Off the Beaten Path, Mountain Excursions – Project Overview
A minimum of twenty single or double page mountain excursions to use as side quests or stand-alone adventures for your Fantasy RPG. There are over twenty-six pages of encounters found within cold mountain passes and snowy locales. As your player's characters travel through the frozen wasteland, they will come across tombs, yeti caves, snow drake lairs, deserted lodges, 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.
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 mountain 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).
*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 a Daily Goal that will add more adventures, upgrade maps, 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!
This project has a short, ten-day length – designed to get us from launch to completion quickly without all the wait time. Since most of the work is already done, we'll use the time between project end and 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.
This project delivers the Excursions book in two formats: a system neutral version with open stat blocks sections for GMs to fill in and the 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.
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.
Note that the final cover will include text on the back cover.
Excursions Observer – $1 or more lets you follow the project. You may upgrade from Observer to another reward any time before the project ends.
Mountain Adventurer – $6 for either the System Neutral or Swords & Wizardry PDF. Delivered by DriveThruRPG.
Mountain Explorer – $9 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.
Mountain Veteran – $13 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.
Mountain 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.
Mountain King – $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 Excursions project (Desert), a total of five were added/created.
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'll finish the adventure upgrades to Swords & Wizardry, and work through any project stretch goals' additions as we go along.
Project Starts: January 9th
Project Ends: January 18th
Added Adventures, Written: January 18th
Added Adventures, Edited: February 1st (Note the 20 base adventures are already edited)
Upgraded Maps Completed: February 16th (several were under way at project launch)
Layout Completed: February 16th
Print Proof Ordered: February 18th (print proof turnaround is 3-4 weeks)
PDF Delivery: End of February
Delivery (assuming first print proof accepted): End of March
[April 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.
Initial Funding: $500 adds an extra Mountain adventure to the book. *** GOAL MET! ***
Double Funding: $1000 adds a second Mountain adventure to the book.
Triple Funding: $1500 adds a third Mountain adventure to the book.
Additional Goals after $1500 will be added as needed.
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, 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 $6. Your total cost between KS project and DriveThruRPG fulfillment for a printed book will be $15 + shipping to your location.
Previous Excursions Project
Last year, I successfully launched and fulfilled both the Forest and Desert themes (Off the Beaten Path, Forest Excursions and Off the Beaten Path, Desert Excursions) here at Kickstarter. You can find the project details linked to the images below. When you fulfill your print order at DriveThruRPG for Mountain Excursions, you can add on copies of the Forest and/or Desert Excursions at the same time.
Note that with this third 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.
Future Excursions Projects
Later in 2019, we'll complete the fourth Excursions project for cities. As a final, fifth project, we'll 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.
Thanks to Travis Hanson and Glynn Seal at MonkeyBlood Design for the hard work to help make this a fantastic project! Special thanks to Michael Gross 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 two "Off the Beaten Path" Excursions project (Forests, 2017 and Deserts, 2018), and have had several other projects completed via Kickstarter. I've already completed the base 20 mountain adventures (written, layout and editing). Only the add-on maps and bonus Excursions add a slight risk to complete the project on time.
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