"It takes your eyes a second to adjust to the dimly-lit indoors; smells of ale and savoury mouth-watering meals fill your nostrils. Patrons clink their glasses, laughing merrily, recounting the most valiant tales of their adventuring days. A hooded wanderer scowls from the corner, his face obscured by the smoke billowing from his pipe. The barkeep eyes you, and beckons you in with a friendly wave of his arm."
Indeed, you’ve walked into the local tavern.
Since the dawn of time — or at least since tabletop games have been around — roleplaying games and taverns have always gone hand-in-hand: Taverns serve as the tried-and-true traditional starting point of an adventure, as a central hub to each unique location throughout a campaign, and as a locale for the players to glean key storyline information from the various characters that populate a Game Master’s story. It is because taverns are so integral to the roleplaying experience that this project, a compendium of different Taverns, has been borne.
SideQuests: Tip-Top Taverns is a supplement filled with twenty different Taverns for your adventure, all featuring unique barkeeps and patrons, waitresses and staff, menus, drunkards, entertainment, barfights, adventure hooks, and more! Each Tavern is fully fleshed-out, offering multiple pre-generated options, so when your party is in need of a bar, you will always be prepared. The twenty diverse taverns will feature trendy locales based on different races, intriguing locations, and — of course — the potential for interesting storylines and adventures. The taverns themselves don't adhere to a specific game system, so you can use them with D&D, Pathfinder, 13th Age, or any other tabletop RPG. You can treat the twenty taverns as their own separate chapters, or even simply roll a d20 to decide which Tavern your players have ended up in… The choice is yours!
The campaign for Tip-Top Taverns is straight-forward: You back this project, and you'll receive a PDF copy of the supplement in September 2018. If you're new to SideQuests, you can pledge to a higher tier and get instant access to all 10 previous SideQuests adventures (spanning levels 1-to-10, optimized for 5E) when the campaign is over.
On top of that, there are some super-exciting collaborative tiers, where you get to pitch your idea for an NPC to be included in one of the various taverns! Whether it's a character from your own campaign, a quest that you've always been waiting to spring on a party, or your group's entire party, these limited spots will offer a chance to throw your ideas* into the mix! The four collaborative Tiers are the Barkeep, Questgiver, Drunkard, and Adventuring Party Tiers – all will be delivered a simple fillable form after the campaign ends in order to participate.
* Of course, there are some exceptions. Obviously no copyrighted material or explicit/offensive content will be permitted for publication. Anything and everything else is fair game. The form will have to be filled and returned by August 1st, 2018 in order to be published.
Risks and challenges
Assuming all goes well, this will mark the third successful SideQuests Kickstarter project. While there had previously been some hiccups in the production of SideQuests due to offering more content than originally anticipated (read: maps) SideQuests: Tip-Top Taverns is a refreshingly straight-forward, and completely mapless, affair.
There are no foreseeable risks with this project. Everything will be delivered digitally September 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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