False Promises, an Old School RPG Adventure
Did you know that it is the 40th anniversary of D&D this year? To help commemorate this historic event, I've decided to produce a series of old school adventures in that game system, starting with part one, False Promises. It's designed for 3 to 5 characters of levels 1-3.
Do you like old school roleplaying games of the 1980's? Do you like a good mystery? Then False Promises is for you. It is the first book in a three book series, taking place in the province of Sivona. The entire series will take adventurers through Sivona and into the wild North of Darkhome, the land of giants and dragons. Here is the adventure hook:
"For two weeks, shipments of ore and gold from Principal Mine 127 have not arrived in Bordovia. All messengers sent to the mine to investigate, including Sivonan soldiers, have not returned. Baron Ungur Wyrmbul demands to know what has happened to his top producing mine. He cannot send any more troops to investigate the mine and nearby town of Kwaltist, with his border forts near Darkhome already insufficiently supported. Who will investigate the missing shipments and solve the mystery at Kwaltist?"
When this Project Ends, What Needs to be Done?
Printing and shipping the rewards. The writing, editing, and artwork is already done! I like to complete everything *before* I start a Kickstarter project, so you get your rewards after payments process and the books are printed. No waiting. No excuses.
False Promises will be a 16 page, saddle-stitched 8.5" x 11" book. It will have a color exterior and a black and white interior. If met, stretch goals may change the the text headings and images to color, but all maps will remain black and white.
Wait, only 16 pages? Yes, but those 16 pages are jammed full of detail, maps and tables. I use a size 8 font (with Book Antiqua) and use all available space (smaller margins). Plus, I wanted the first book of the series to play in 1-3 sessions, depending on the player's speed.
The initial goal of $1500 roughly equates to 75 to 100 printed books. Electronic rewards will adjust the number of printed books in the end.
Additional stretch goals may add one or two page encounters - these will be inserts and will not change the book itself (I do not want to upset the editing and image layout of the book, it's already done. Although the "insert" encounters are already written, they aren't essential to the story line in False Promises, but are side activities for the adventurers).
Lucas Pandolfelli returns to a ThrowiGames project again, adding his amazing work to False Promises. His color cover is spectacular:
He has also drawn all the images for the interior as well.
A few stretch goals have been added to enhance the book but not drastically change it in any way. Again, it's important to me to have the finished product ready before this project started - I'd hate to change the book layout or remove pictures to make room for new content - it's better to add additional content ("optional encounters") as inserts.
All backer levels receive any stretch goal rewards met.
Book Cost Breakdown
The target goal of $1500 ensures that all expenses are paid and/or reimbursed, with a little extra to put toward artwork in part two. The graph below shows the breakdown of costs for each book:
Signed and Numbered Copies
The first 51 copies out of the printer's box will be signed and numbered, with #2 - #51 going to the Collector, International Collector, and Collector/Player levels. #1 is offered as a single reward option for one dedicated backer (Super Collector).
Note that the assignment of numbers is based on the order in which supporters backed the project. For example, the first person to back any of the Collector levels will get #2, the next will get #3, and so on.
Special Note on PDFs
Any backer of a print level can request a PDF copy as well - I am not automatically sending the PDF to ALL backers. Many print backers from my last project did not want the PDF. I'll ask you in the survey if you want the PDF. If you don't want it, you won't get it.
Part One of Three?
Yes, False Promises will be the first book in a three part series celebrating the 40th anniversary of D&D. The second and third books will release via Kickstarter sometime in January 2015 and April 2015 respectively. Part two, the "Fury of Thringalesh" is close to completion but lacks play testing, editing and artwork. Look for news about part two at the end of the year!
False Promises Creator/Author
I'm the sole creator of False Promises, including the content and maps. Only the artwork was created by someone other than myself. All supporting content including world names and references are part of the ThrowiGames line of products found at my website.
False Promises is the first adventure published by ThrowiGames LLC in an old school rule set. All previous adventures found at the company website were created for the Throwigames Simple Roleplaying System (TSRS) which was nominated for a 2013 Ennie. False Promises will also be available for TSRS in 2015 via the throwigames.com website. Note that the World Guide for TSRS is freely available at the website and can be used for any game system.
The Throwigames Simple Roleplaying System (TSRS) All-in-One Guide, successfully launched and completed in March 2014 ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1801954192/throwigames-simple-roleplaying-system-all-in-one-g ).
Risks and challenges
With print projects, we are often at the mercy of the printing company; their delays become ours. Luckily, I've found a reliable printer that I've used twice before and both print runs have been high quality and completed *before* the expected date. Additionally, if we reach the initial funding goal early, I may submit the project to my printer before the end just to expedite the process (with revised counts post end date).
If the final count of books far surpasses my expectations, delivery of the books by the end of December will be challenging. I'll update backers with new expectations if we go over and above the reasonable number of books I would be able to ship in December.
This isn't my first Kickstarter project - my last project was successful and delivered early. I learned a few things about the payment process that I'll use to make this project run even better.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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