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A minimum 26-page book, filled with one- to two-page adventures usable by any system. Based on the Patreon project by Nomad Gaming.
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Off the Beaten Path, City Excursions – Project Overview

A  minimum of twenty single- or double-page city excursions to use  as side quests or stand-alone adventures for your Fantasy RPG. There  are over twenty-five pages of encounters to be found within cities and towns. As your players' characters travel through large settlements, they will come across gangs, sewer creatures, evil warlords, basement baddies, and more! These adventures are a great way to  add additional encounters during travel or to handle an unexpected change in direction!

Two Options: designed as System Neutral or specifically for Swords & Wizardry.  

Book 4 - Cities
Book 4 - Cities

Excursions started as a Patreon project – I created and delivered 5-6  adventures digitally to subscribers each month throughout 2017. This  project prints all the adventures from the city theme in a single  book.

Print on demand books will be saddle-stitched with a color exterior.  Although the paper used for the project will be of premium quality, the  interior of the book will be printed in black and white (as the original  Patreon PDFs were). The approximate cost of the print on demand book (excluding shipping and taxes) will be less than $5 if the page count stays at or under 36 pages.

*Important Note for Physical Rewards: The base printing and  shipping costs are the responsibility of the backer – when the project  "fulfills" its rewards,  backers will receive a discount coupon for the  wholesale price of the book. Backers will pay the base print cost plus  shipping to their location after the project has completed.* 

The Kickstarter project reward cost pays for the cover art, upgraded maps, print proofs, editing, and fees.

Current Project Status / Daily Goals

This area will display the current project status: 

Each day, the project will have one or more Daily Goals that will add another adventure, an upgraded map, or other content:     

There are also project goals that will produce additional upgrades to the project:     

Both sets of goals work together to give this project the maximum number of upgrades!

Project Design

This project has a short, 10-day length – designed to get us from launch to completion quickly without a lot of wait time. Since most of  the work is already done, we will use the time between the project's end and its fulfillment for map upgrades, add-on adventures, and print proof  review(s).

Each day, the project will have one or more stretch goal rewards; if  the goal is met, the bonus is added to the project. If we miss the goal,  that bonus is skipped (but may be added to another daily stretch goal  later that day or the next). Backer activity each day adds more content! This formula only works with short project time frames.

System Versions

This project delivers the Excursions book in two formats: a System Neutral version with open stat blocks sections for GMs to fill in and a Swords & Wizardry version (OSRIC compatible).

At this time, there is no plan to produce a 5th edition D&D version of Mountain Excursions. This is mainly due to space requirements on each page. Of course, with a few minutes of prep, the System Neutral version can easily be adapted to any FRPG system, including 5th edition.

Content

The book is filled with twenty or more one- to two-page adventures. No page flipping is required with two-page excursions as they are laid out in a full interior spread. Each adventure has simple and detailed backgrounds, encounter areas and stat blocks for foes. The sample city adventure, "Bird Attack!" is shown below.     

City Excursions #5, "Bird Attack!"
City Excursions #5, "Bird Attack!"

Artwork

Besides the cover and a few stretch goal rewards, the project will  have no additional artwork within the book. One- and two-page adventures utilize all of the small amount of space for encounter details, monsters, and treasure. There is no room for interior artwork!

The cover art has been created by well-known comic book artist, Travis Hanson. You can see his cover work below.     

Full cover spread
Full cover spread

Note that the final cover will include text on the back cover.

You can also see Travis's progression of the cover in the next two illustrations:    

Early sketch...
Early sketch...
Inking...
Inking...

Note that Travis turned around the cover from sketch to full color in just a few days - no one in the industry works at his speed!

Rewards

Excursions Observer – $1 or more lets you follow the project. You may  upgrade from Observer to another reward any time before the project  ends.

City Adventurer – $6 for either the System Neutral or Swords & Wizardry PDF. Delivered by DriveThruRPG.

City Explorer – $10 for either the System Neutral or Swords & Wizardry print on demand copy. These will be premium, saddle-stitched editions.  *You as the backer are responsible for paying the base printing price  and shipping for your reward*. Print and fulfillment by DriveThruRPG.

City Traveler - $10 for *both" System Neutral and Swords & Wizardry PDFs. Delivered by DriveThruRPG.

City Veteran – $14 for either the System Neutral or Swords & Wizardry print on demand copy and PDF. These will be premium, saddle-stitched  editions. *You as the backer are responsible for paying  the base  printing price and shipping for your reward*. Print and fulfillment by  DriveThruRPG.

City Conqueror – $18 for *both* the System Neutral and  Swords  & Wizardry print on demand copies. These will be premium,  saddle-stitched editions. *You as the backer are responsible for paying   the base printing price and shipping for your reward*. Print and fulfillment by DriveThruRPG.

City Castellan – $24 for *both* the System Neutral and Swords &  Wizardry print on demand copies and PDFs. The print on demand books will  be premium, saddle-stitched editions. *You as the backer are responsible for paying  the base printing price and shipping for your  reward*. Print and fulfillment by DriveThruRPG.

* All backers will receive all Water Excursions stretch goals (as daily goals) in PDF form. In the last two Excursions projects (Desert, Mountains), a total of ten were added/created. Note that backers of the Cities project only get the Water Excursions created by this project's stretch goals and not all those previously created in the past two projects. 

Project Work at Launch and Completion

All twenty adventures were completed for Patreon and are ready for printing. As you can see by the image above, Travis has completed the cover. Stretch goals will add map upgrades by MonkeyBlood Design.

During the project, I will finish the adventure upgrades to Swords & Wizardry and work through any project stretch goals' additions as we go along.

Planned Schedule

Project Starts:  Wednesday, July 10th

Project Ends:  Friday, July 19th

Added Adventures, Written:  July 19th

Added Adventures, Edited:  July 21st  (Note the 20 base adventures are already edited)

Upgraded Maps Completed:  July 21st  (several were under way at project launch)

Layout Completed: July 26th

Print Proof Ordered:  July 29th  (print proof turnaround is 3-4 weeks)

PDF Delivery:  August

Delivery (assuming first print proof accepted):  Mid-September

[later September delivery if a 2nd print proof is required to fix issues]

Project / Daily Goals

The book will be printed with a minimum of 20 adventures. However,  project and special daily goals will increase that number! Additionally,  upgraded maps and other options will be revealed for backer count  and project total goals.

Project Goals: 

Initial Funding: $500 adds an extra City adventure to the book.   ** GOAL MET! **

Double Funding: $1000 adds a second City adventure to the book.    ** GOAL MET! ** 

Triple Funding: $1500 adds a third City adventure to the book.     ** GOAL MET! ** 

Quadruple Funding: $2000 adds a fourth City adventure to the book.

Additional Goals after $2000 will be added as needed.

Daily Goals:

Backer involvement is important in our projects – blog posts and  social media shares will help add to the rewards. Additionally, we enjoy  putting out daily goals for best title name, monster suggestions, and treasure  ideas too. We'll be adding even more daily goal targets this time  around!

The daily goals are found in the tables near the top of this project's details.

Printing and Shipping

Both the base cost (wholesale) of the book and shipping will be paid  by you, the backer, as an additional cost above and beyond the  Kickstarter reward price. The KS project reward price covers artwork, map upgrades, editing, writing, KS fees, processing fees, and print proofs. Also, I've factored in a little extra for page count increase – just in case we go over 36 pages in total.

The wholesale price of the premium, saddle-stitched book is estimated to be around $5. Your total cost between KS project and DriveThruRPG  fulfillment for a single printed book will be about $15  + shipping to your location.

Previous Excursions Project

In the last two years, I successfully launched and fulfilled the Forest, Desert, and Mountain themes (Off the Beaten Path, Forest Excursions; Off the Beaten  Path, Desert Excursions; Off the Beaten  Path, Mountain Excursions) here at Kickstarter. You can find the project details linked to the images below.  When you fulfill your print order  at DriveThruRPG for City Excursions, you can add on copies of the  Forest, Desert, and/or Mountain Excursions at the same time.     

Book 1 - Forests
Book 1 - Forests
Book 2 - Deserts
Book 2 - Deserts
Book 3 - Mountains
Book 3 - Mountains

Note that with this fourth project, we have completed even *more* prep  work than before – the base 20 adventures are already edited, the map upgrades are under way, and three add-on adventures are almost fully  written. Additionally, the expected 4-5 Water Excursions will be mostly written by project launch!

Future Excursions Projects

At the end of 2019 or early 2020, we will complete the multi-year Excursions project. We will bundle the entire group of Forest, Desert, Mountain, City and Water Excursions into a single, hardcover tome as a final project to wrap up the Excursions project. That book will be offered in S&W and 5E (we hope).

Special Thanks

Thanks to Life of the Party illustrator Travis Hanson and Glynn Seal at MonkeyBlood Design for the  hard work to help make this a fantastic  project!  Special thanks to Michael J. Gross, III for his editing work. A very special thanks to the Patreon backers who supported the monthly work to get us to this point! 

Risks and challenges

I've already completed the first three "Off the Beaten Path" Excursions project (Forests, 2017; Deserts, 2018; and Mountains, 2019), and have had several other projects completed via Kickstarter. I've already completed the base 20 city adventures (writing, layout, and editing). Only the add-on maps and bonus Excursions add a slight risk to complete the project on time.

Printing is handled by RPGNow, reducing the risk of using a local or online printer.

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