About this project
Dungeonlands is a line of old school killer dungeons for the award-winning Pathfinder and Savage Worlds roleplaying games. And if you're not into tabletop RPGs, we've got some cool things for you too....
- Pathfinder version starts at level 15.
- Savage Worlds version starts at Heroic rank.
- Over 20 rooms and monsters detailed in each 96 page book with tables and map tiles to randomize the dungeon layout and encounters.
In a small, dark tavern where the smoke and shadows are as friendly and regular as the patrons, one hooded man looks up from his cup of beer. His eyes shine in the dim light. The flame there is not a reflection of the licks of flame from the lanterns. At the same moment, every other man and woman in the tavern feels a sharp pinch of electricity on their skin as a haunting dirge fills the air.
Anat's Lament by Alex Cottrell
Heroes Arrive by Alex Cottrell
Meeting With The Dragon by Alex Cottrell
Jolek by Alex Cottrell
Find a box. A packing box. Something for storing your big TV. Now climb inside that box. Have someone else tape the top shut. Make sure you have enough air to breathe.
Got it? Okay. Now, see how long you can sit in there. A few minutes? A few hours?
Try two thousand years.
That’s how long the angel Anat has been imprisoned. In a tiny box. An angel, trapped by sorcery and cunning, has been locked inside a box for two thousand years. But she’s never stopped calling for help. Her song reverberates across worlds, calling for heroes to rescue her from an eternity of torment. In two thousand years, no hero has succeeded. They’ve failed every test. Every trial. And the tomb has sucked their souls for the purpose of feeding an entity that can feed on nothing else.
And now, it’s your turn to try.
Tomb of the Lich Queen is a deadly old school dungeon crawl designed to challenge powerful heroes to the utmost of their abilities. It's a sprawling climb into a dark abyss with an endless horde of enemies and traps inspired by Gary Gygax's Tomb of Horrors and other classic dungeons.
The goal is to free an angel trapped at the heart of the tomb. The tomb itself is a large, sentient machine designed to lure heroes in, murder them, and steal their souls. The master of the tomb is the walking remains of a once powerful sorceress: the Lich Queen.
Are you up for the challenge?
There's an award-winning development team behind our Dungeonlands line, including writers John Wick (Legend of the Five Rings, 7th Sea, Houses of the Blooded http://johnwickpresents.com/) and Lee Szczepanik, Jr (War of the Dead http://www.daringentertain.com/); artists Jason Engle (http://jaestudio.com/), Jim Pavelec (http://jimpavelec.com/), Aaron Acevedo (http://aaronace.com/), Alida Saxon (http://alidasaxon.com/); and Savage Mojo (http://savagemojo.com/), ENnie and Origins Award winning publishers of Suzerain roleplaying games, Gamescapes roleplaying game accessories, and Brainradio fiction.
We're raising funds to create two books (one for Pathfinder rules and another for Savage Worlds) and a wide variety of accessories too: character cards, monster cards, a full soundtrack, tile maps for the entire dungeon, and more! We have a lot of great pledge rewards, including commissions from Jason Engle, custom tile map sets personalized for your game, or even illustrated fiction based on your character! Look for more on these and other rewards in the coming updates.
If we pass the initial $5,000 goal, we've got plans for a number of stretch goals:
$6,000 Support the people. A big team of wonderfully talented people is needed to put together something as ambitious as Dungeonlands. They do what they do because they love their art, and because they want to see the same awesome books, maps, cards and music as you do. However, the
reality is that they need to pay the rent on their apartment, keep the electric company off their back, and put food on the table.
Most of the money raised in this Kickstarter goes towards the costs of creating the products, printing books, shipping them to your door, etc. Very little gets into the hands of the creative team, and once it's split between everybody, that's not much each. So the $1,000 between $5,000 and $6,000 is a 'thank you' stretch goal, from all of us to all of them. The whole amount will go straight to the talented people who make this all possible.
$10,000 Machine of the Lich Queen. So the heroes made it past the tomb, eh? Maybe, just maybe, they've got what it takes to go all the way. But there's an obstacle in their way. The Machine. What, you thought the Tomb level rearranges itself every hour without any help? Oh no, and the machine level is even more dangerous than the tomb above.
We've got a host of truly amazing ideas for the second book in the Lich Queen trilogy. Pledge to $10,000 and we'll add them to this Kickstarter!
$11,000 Support the people. Given the extra work of the Machine of the Lich Queen, the second volume in the trilogy, we'd like to raise another $1,000 to split among the creative team to help put food on the table, which allows them to keep doing these amazing books.
$12,000 Alternate opening for Wicked Fantasy from John Wicks Presents - includes four pre-generated level 15 Pathfinder characters, an introductory adventure set in the Wicked Fantasy setting, and a new 24x32 inch poster map. If unlocked, you can add this to your loot for +$10 like our other alternate openings. http://johnwickpresents.com/wicked-fantasy/
$14,000 Alternate opening for Totems of the Dead from Gun Metal Games - includes four pre-generated Heroic rank characters, an introductory adventure set in the Totems of the Dead setting, and a new 24x32 inch poster map. If unlocked, you can add this to your loot for +$10 like our other alternate openings. http://www.gunmetalgames.com/games/totems-of-the-dead/
$15,000 Palace of the Lich Queen. Your heroes are made of steel, or so it would seem. They breezed through the Tomb level, they aced the Machine level... and now it's time to make them pay! Under the Machine, the Lich Queen has her multi-realm Palace, a deadly mash-up of ever-changing fragments from different worlds. And at the end, she waits to meet the heroes for a final, apocalyptic showdown.
$16,000 Support the people. As above, the extra book will take a lot of extra work, and we'd like to give another $1,000 to the creatives. Split between everyone it's not a lot more each, but every bit helps. We hope you'll agree they deserve it.
$25,000 Special Editions. At this level of pledges we'll upgrade all our print plans to offer special editions of the trilogy, hard bound and with full-color interiors. These will be absolutely stunning and we'd expect them to become your pride and joy. We're really excited about this, and would love to be able to unleash all the creative talent to make the finest of books for the whole trilogy.
$25,000+ To be announced. We've mentioned before that we hope to make the ultimate box set, with high quality printed versions of all the cards, maps, books, and so on. It'll be a remarkable thing to behold, but we'll tell you more about those plans if we get close to the $25,000 mark.
If you're not a roleplayer, take a look at our Believer, Seeker, Initiate and Bard pledge levels. There's some wonderful art, fiction and music you can get that way. Also, if you want to make your pledge for a roleplaying friend or member of your family, consider something truly personal: the Guardian, Monster and Legend pledge levels would make an awesome gift.
For roleplayers, even pledging at the Questor level you're getting something truly amazing - those map tile sets add up to 6,912 squares of high resolution, full color tabletop maps PLUS the 48 page dungeon construction kit! The Adventurer pledge level and those below it get a PDF of the core Tomb of the Lich Queen book, while Hero and below get the PDF and the book in print. For those of you who want to fullest Dungeonlands experience, our Digital Subscription option is a great way to get all the new material we make throughout the next year.
So... help us make the dream a reality. Play your part in defeating the Lich Queen and freeing the angel Anat.
Launching a new game line is a huge commitment, and Kickstarter allows us to accurately gauge your interest. More importantly, it provides us a forum to communicate directly with you, the fans, from the very beginning. We’re very excited to have you as part of this process early on, and you should expect questions and polls during the Kickstarter about things like favorite Realms, Patrons, new monsters, heroes, and more.
In short, Kickstarter is about giving us the tools to produce exactly the game you want.
There are a number of things you can order if they're not already in your pledge level. Simply pledge more money at your pledge level and at the end of the Kickstarter we'll email you to ask which of these extras you'd like to add for that extra money (if you pledge extra and don't want anything for it we'll say, "Thank you" on behalf of the hard-working creative team because all that money will go to them).
+$5 Add the rules system notes for the other rules system for the PDF card decks. Our hero, monster, nexus, traps, treasure and equipment cards come with stats for one rules system (your
choice - we'll ask you to confirm at the end of the kickstarter whether you want Pathfinder or Savage Worlds). However, if you want both sets of stats, this is the way to get them. (Minimum pledge level
+$10 Add a realm bundle from the Hero of... pledge levels. There are three bundles - Untamed Empires (swashbuckling), Clockwork Dreams (steampunk faeries) and Portal Jumper (sci-fi) - and each is available for either Savage Worlds or Pathfinder. Example 1: if you have the Hero of Clockwork Dreams pledge level, but also want the Savage Worlds bundle for Untamed Empires this is the way to add the second bundle to your pledge. Example 2: if you have the Hero of Clockwork Dreams pledge level, but want the bundle for both rules systems, then this works too. (Minimum pledge level Hero of Untamed Empires/Clockwork Dreams/Portal Jumper)
+$10 Add another PDF of one of the Lich Queen books, including Heroes & Servitors from our 24 Hour Design Party. Example 1: if you'd like both the Savage Worlds and Pathfinder PDFs of Tomb of the Lich Queen, this is the way to add the second version to your pledge. Example 2: once we reach the $10,000 stretch goal, if you'd like to add the PDF of the Machine of the Lich Queen to the Tomb of the Lich Queen you've already pledged, then this works too. (Minimum pledge level Questor)
+$20 Add another print copy of one of the Lich queen books. Free shipping for the continental US - international customers please add $20 shipping. Example 1: if you'd like both the Savage Worlds and Pathfinder versions of Tomb of the Lich Queen, this is the way to add the second print version
to your pledge. Example 2: once we reach the $10,000 stretch goal, if you'd like to add the printed book of the Machine of the Lich Queen to the Tomb of the Lich Queen you've already pledged, then this works too. (Minimum pledge level Hero)
We want to thank you in advance for your support. Please pledge whatever you like or can, but also don't forget to spread the word far and wide about this project. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors and even strangers if they'll listen. It's going to be an amazing project and we hope you'll join us and help publish Dungeonlands. Keep an eye out for updates from the team and be sure to drop us a line in the comments section and tell us what you think.
Thank you for your support and game on!
Trailer video and artwork by Aaron Acevedo, Chris Bivins, Alex Cottrell, Jason Engle, Bien Flores, Elizabeth Lee, Miles M Kantir, Jim Pavelec, Alida Saxon, and John Wick.
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