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A collection of short 5e adventures featuring the ponderous, oblivious, disastrous (and recently suspended) Professor Humbert Drumsley!
A collection of short 5e adventures featuring the ponderous, oblivious, disastrous (and recently suspended) Professor Humbert Drumsley!
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 You're in the middle of a major campaign. It's long and involved, and takes tons of prep. Now you're just hours away from your next session, and you don't have anything ready. Fear not! When Professor Humbert Drumsley shows up at the table, there's a problem that your players need to solve. Or Humbert is the problem, whatever works. At any rate, it will keep the characters busy for the night!

Professor Humbert Drumsley: 5e Adventure Codex is a collection of short adventures compatible with the latest edition of the world's oldest fantasy roleplaying system. Not only are these adventures ideal for low level characters, they're designed to be fun, fast-paced, and light-hearted.

Humbert is the stereotypical bumbling mage, perfect for introducing early in a campaign. He leans hard into the familiar fantasy tropes, and he brings along his special brand of kooky arcane accidents and unrelenting eldritch errors. You can use him to provide comic relief between major adventures, or to introduce your own quest hooks and plot points.

The finished Codex will be approximately 80+ pages in a 5.5 by 8.5 inch format. It will contain 10 short adventures, a character write up, statblocks, magic items, and more! The Codex is fully written and has seen a first round of editing. Illustrations have also been secured, using some top-notch artists from both in and outside the industry. Playtesting is ongoing, and we're looking forward to trying everything at the table before it's delivered to you.

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Professor Humbert Drumsley is an aging wizard who is confined largely to his tower and estate. He dresses in the traditional garb of the magically inclined, favouring long flowing robes that match his long flowing beard. Often, he is seen wearing a pointy hat, which is purple and adorned with silver stars. While other wizards may scoff at his choice of attire, Humbert revels in it, feeling that it gives him an air of classic representation.

Humbert was once considered a wise scholar, but years of arcane invocations have left somewhat of a mark on his mind. After a magical incident, Humbert has been suspended from his chair at the local magical university ("But I'm still a professor, dammit!"). Humbert’s peers agree that his incompetence makes him an embarrassment, but he is so oblivious that many consider him blameless. 

Humbert makes friends with nearly everyone he meets, seemingly having lost the ability to be cautious long ago (likely due to an early magical mishap). Humbert often barrels forward with delight, leading him to become (for better or worse) the center of attention at cocktail parties. Regardless of the latest mishap, he pursues his magical research with reckless abandon and rushes towards with his latest (and greatest!) discovery. He fails to consider that the common element in every disaster is himself. 

Want to get your hands on one of the adventures in the Codex? Check out Oh, I Hate Spiders!, available free over at DriveThruRPG

Oh, I Hate Spiders! is a 2-hour 5e OGL adventure, suitable for 3-5 characters at 3rd level. Here the characters are introduced to Humbert, and of course, he needs help with something. God, he always needs help with something. Ok fine, just one more time!

Humbert was studying a sac of phase spider eggs in the basement of a local tavern, when he suddenly had to abandon his research. Because they were about to hatch. But don't worry, he didn't tell anyone. Probably everything is just fine, these things have a way of working themselves out. Well, now the entire place is infested, the tavern is empty, and the building is filled with ethereal fog!

"Just bring back a few live specimens," he says. "It'll be easy," he says. Humbert. What a thoughtless jerk.

Click here to download the free adventure

All the PDFs rewards will be delivered through DriveThruRPG's digital delivery service. You must have a DriveThruRPG account in order to get your digital rewards.

If you are backing at the softcover or hardcover print-on-demand levels, please consult DriveThruRPGs estimated shipping costs for printed products to find the approximate rates for your country.

Each of the Collector's Editions come signed by the authors and have a personalized message of your choice. As an added bonus, all the Collector's levels include free shipping to anywhere in the world!

John Scott is a long-time tabletop RPG fan and DM living in Calgary, Canada. He loves crafting memorable encounters and custom magic items. Not only is he passionate about 5e, he's a fan of narrative, story driven adventures. Years of designing his home campaigns have helped bring Humbert to life in the pages of the Codex.

Terry Herc is a tabletop game designer, with many well received pieces published for 5e over at the DMs Guild. Based in Calgary, Canada, this is their first major release using the OGL, with previous experience writing adventures, creature collections, magic items, and gazetteers. Everything is designed to be low prep, and to be used at the table right away.

Travis Legge is a prolific writer, layout artist, and tabletop game designer living in Illinois, USA. Since founding Aegis Studios in 2009, he has been publishing tabletop products full time, producing a number of original settings, adventures, and supplements for several Community Content programs including the DMs Guild. In addition to creating content, he is also an active member of the tabletop designer community. 

Jeremy Hart is a freelance illustrator and tabletop game designer. He publishes 5e compatible creatures in his Creature Features, and regularly publishes collections in his Creature Feature Quarterlies.  Based in Wisconsin, USA, he illustrates paper minis, virtual tabletop minis, and makes high quality stock art. 

Some examples of Jeremy's creature art. Other examples will be found in the finished book.
Some examples of Jeremy's creature art. Other examples will be found in the finished book.

Rick Hershey is an illustrator, graphic designer, writer, and tabletop game publisher. He has worked in the gaming industry for over 15 years, providing work as a freelancer many big names. In 2011 he founded Fat Goblin Games in South Carolina, USA. Not only has he created hundreds of support books, he also produces high quality stock art.

Some examples of Rick Hershey's art. Other examples can be found throughout the campaign page.
Some examples of Rick Hershey's art. Other examples can be found throughout the campaign page.

Jared Glodde is an rpg enthusiast and tabletop game designer. In addition to that, Jared is also a talented voice actor and contributed the voice over work in our campaign video.

Rafael Krux is a digital music producer. Rafael has released several compositions into the public domain, including One Step Closer, which can be heard in our campaign video.

Oh-no! Humbert tried to cast modify memory to forget that awful breakfast he cooked, but instead we've forgotten some of our stretch goals! Fear not, we're frantically going through our notes looking for all stretch goals we planned. As we remember, we'll post more.

Every stretch goal will be geared towards making the final product even more useful at your table. Some will includes lore, statblocks, and even more cool stuff! Uh, we think.

Incredible! We've unlocked all 5 Social stretch goals! That means we will add extra lore on Humbert's tower, a list of oddities found in Humbert's pockets, a list of Humbert's former class mates, a collection of minor incantations from Humbert's spellbook, and a list of 20 quest items!

Thank you to all of you for sharing us on social media - your efforts have been a huge part of making this campaign success!

Astounding! We've unlocked all 7 Backer stretch goals! That means we will add over 24 statblocks, 20 minor magic items, a one page dungeon, an alternate statblock format as a digital addon, and some advice on what to do if Humbert (unfortunately) dies.

Thank you everyone for supporting our campaign - you've helped make this book bigger and better!

Amazing! We've unlocked Humbert's Extra Appendix! This will be a 32 page zine, designed to be the ultimate campaign companion for Humbert!

We've only got one stretch goal left! When we hit $14,000 we will add ANOTHER bonus adventure to Humbert's Extra Appendix and expand the zine from 32 to 40 pages!

We want to give you more tools to bring Humbert to life at your table. If you are starting a new campaign, or adding to your regular weekly game, Humbert's Extra Appendix will give you more of what you need to run great games: inspiration!

Inside these pages you will find quest hooks, locations, npcs, quest items, and more! Not only that, we will include our unlocked Bonus Adventure, expand it, and make it even better! Plus, we will add advice on extended campaigns that feature Humbert, and ways you can add magical mishaps to any campaign.

This zine will be available as a PDF to all backers. Our physical reward levels will also have it available as print-on-demand through DriveThruRPG. And of course, all our Collectors get their print copy included in their package for FREE!

The draft PDF will be delivered immediately after the Kickstarter ends, via a Google Drive link. Revisions will also be made available and announced via updates, with the shared file being updated. The final PDF will be delivered via DriveThruRPG as a free copy to your account. 

The softcover and hardcover portion of the campaign will be delivered with DriveThruRPG. At these levels you will receive an at-cost voucher for DriveThruRPG's print-on-demand service. This means that the shipping on the softcover and hardcover print pledges have shipping paid for by the backer while going through DriveThruRPGs order checkout; you should be aware of shipping costs for your area.

The Collector's Editions included a signed copy of the softcover or hardcover, depending on the Reward Level. Or you can get the Complete Collector and get both softcover and hardcover. All the Collector Editions include free shipping to anywhere in the world! And if we hit our stretch goals, there may even be some extra goodies in these packages.

Risks and challenges

With Humbert around, you never know what might happen! Kidding aside, this is our first Kickstarter. We're very excited, but like anything, there is always the risk that something might happen. Its important that we are mindful of unforeseen surprises.

The good news is that the risk of not fulfilling the campaign is extremely low. All the writing is completed (except for stretch goals!), and we are in the middle of editing and playtesting each chapter.

Since this will also be our first print product, we've added in a good buffer in case there are unforeseen challenges. We don't anticipate any problems, but you never know. No matter what, we will keep you informed every step of the way.

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