The Midnight Legion Series
Portal of Life is the final gamebook in the Midnight Legion trilogy. It follows book 2, The World Reborn, and book 1, Operation Deep Sleep. In this campaign we are releasing the 3rd gamebook, which you can either play as a standalone adventure or as a continuation in the series. Here is more about...
What to Expect
The Midnight Legion is an interactive story where you decide what happens next. Solve puzzles, recover lost memories, and utilize combat, stealth, or sixth sense and diplomacy. You can read this book on its own (all you need is a pair of six-sided dice), or start with Books 1 and Book 2. Midnight Legion was labeled a "projects we love" by Kickstarter.
We have another special item available in this campaign. The prequel mini-booklet Last Recruit features a character-creation storyline created for the 2018 Free RPG Day. There are a limited number of remaining print copies set aside and available for this campaign. In this adventure, you can develop your character for the Midnight Legion Series through its narrative. (Unlocked PRINT ADD-ONs available now)
Midnight Legion Reviews
"Aaron has a system where memories are gradually given to you, allowing for the story and your background to unfold as you read. This is a great strength of the book, where every few sections gives you a new insight into the mystery around you." -Lloyd of Gamebooks
"...one of The Best Games for Solo Players from Gen Con 2016...." -Nerdy But Flirty
"...this series uses a highly advanced game system, offering a deeper level of character generation than a standard CYOA gamebook – featuring combat, puzzles, diplomacy, stealth and role-playing elements. Book 1: Operation Deep Sleep is available in a very attractive box set,..." -Gamebook News
“An incredible story, an incredible journey…so much fun.” The What Did You Play Last Week Podcast Thing (Podcast):
"4.5 out of 5" -Board Times (Polish)
"Just wanted to say Thank-You! Its better then I even hoped for! And the illustrations are just amazing! I have backed projects before and this it the first time I feel that the end results is worth more then my pledge! Again, Thank-You." -KICKSTARTER BACKER book 1 Jason S.
"This game is ideal for anyone wanting a solo roleplaying experience or even for parents who want to introduce their kids to gaming (and maybe hook them on reading at the same time)." -Josh, YTG Podcast Network, Your Turn Go!
The Midnight Legion is a highly advanced, color illustrated gamebook trilogy in the style of the classic Choose Your Own Adventure series, with control over your character and world—think of SORCERY or LONE WOLF, with deeper character generation. An interactive story is combined with combat, strategy, puzzles, diplomacy, stealth and role playing elements. Collect information, knowledge, and goods from the world around you to advance your character.
Like any gamebook one player reads the entries as the game master to another player who experiences the world of Midnight Legion. All the rolls for the encounters are handled by the reader and the player handles all of his or her character's dice rolls. This is also a good way for the game master player to introduce the game to someone who doesn't know all the rules.
You must choose whether to complete your objectives using combat, stealth, or sixth sense and diplomacy. You can solve the puzzles that unlock secrets using logic, or you can try to recover your lost memories for clues.
Whatever you decide, your actions change the world around you and determine the encounters you face next. Every game you play will be different – and you will need all of your skills to survive.
Your world is gone
The world that has replaced it is alien and savage, but filled with wondrous new life. In the last remaining Midnight Legion base a computer controls technology that can destroy it or help it to thrive.
If you’re strong enough you can defeat the agent who betrayed your mission. If you’re clever and skilled enough you can solve the base’s puzzles and outwit its traps. But even then you will still need to confront the sentient, possibly deranged computer itself. What it can tell you depends on how much you are willing to sacrifice to regain the memories you have lost.
[UNLOCKED] 2k: Added color pages. Added artwork. [UNLOCKED]
[UNLOCKED] 4k: Upgraded paper stock, premium coating, and more color pages. [UNLOCKED]
[UNLOCKED!] 4.5k BONUS UNLOCK!! PDF FREE Short Story "The Ancients Awaken" from 2016 Every Day Fiction! Never before released expanded edition! This goes to ALL BACKERS at all LEVELS!
- Centuries after the Devastation destroyed human civilization, mole explorers discover an underground human lair. They don't know that this is Alpha Base, where Midnight Legion agents wait for MELMA to rouse them from their stasis. All they know is that they have found a potential new home, with treasures beyond their wildest imagining.
- This story takes place before MNL 1: Operation Deep Sleep. A shorter version was published in 2016 by Every Day Fiction, but this full, expanded version has never been published or shared.
[UNLOCKED!] 6k: Refined Hewn Bound Soft cover for Book 3: The World Reborn. [UNLOCKED!]
[UNLOCKED!] 7k: BONUS UNLOCK!! Hyperlinked version of the PDF for LAST RECRUIT. [UNLOCKED!]
[UNLOCKED!] 8k: Hyperlinked version of the PDFs for Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3 [UNLOCKED!]
[UNLOCKED!] 9k: Add "The Last Mission" short story into the PRINT & PDF version of BOOK 3. [UNLOCKED!]
[UNLOCKED!] 10k: Add a version of "Passing the Torch" short story into the PRINT & PDF version of BOOK 3. [UNLOCKED!] (original PDF VERSION will still have added graphic/editorial aspects beyond these versions)
[UNLOCKED!] 11k: Add a version of "The Ancients Awaken" short story into the PRINT & PDF version of BOOK 3. (original PDF VERSION will still have added graphic/editorial aspects beyond the PRINT version) [UNLOCKED!]
[UNLOCKED!] 13k: SHORT PRINT RUN: re-print prequel "Last Recruit" book 0 and to increase ADD-ON limit by (100) more, and add (100) more book 0 to the levels with this book. [UNLOCKED!]
[UNLOCKED!] 14k: FULL PRINT RUN: Re-print prequel "Last Recruit" book 0 and re-open the ADD-ON cap and levels with this book. [UNLOCKED!]
18k: Reprint of Book 2, and ability to ADD-ON Book 2: The World Reborn.
22k: Reprint of Book 1 box set, and ability to ADD-ON Book 1 box set.
Add +$5 to get a PDF editions (with hyperlinks) of LAST RECRUIT
Add +$13 to get an additional BOOK 3: PORTAL OF LIFE, if you already have a print edition level.
Add +$15 to get a PDF edition of BOOK 1, MAP and MEMORY BOOK. (Sorry we cannot offer print add-ons, there are only a couple of boxes of this PRINT set left.)
Add +$9 to get a PDF edition of BOOK 2 . (Sorry we cannot offer print add-ons for this one either, there is less than a full box of the PRINT edition of this book remaining.)
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Risks and challenges
Studio 9 Games/ Studio 9 Inc has run 10 successful Kickstarters. Two of these campaigns were labeled by Kickstarter as "Projects we Love".
The only risk we anticipate is delays related to factors outside our control such as printing or shipping. These would be communicated as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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