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Everything you need to run exciting seafaring campaigns full of swashbuckling action and magical adventure for Fifth Edition.
Everything you need to run exciting seafaring campaigns full of swashbuckling action and magical adventure for Fifth Edition.
978 backers pledged CA$ 52,500 to help bring this project to life.

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The Seas of Vodari - 5th Edition Swashbuckling & Sorcery

CA$ 52,500

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The Seas of Vodari is a full-color book that we are offering in hardcover and PDF. This book provides 200+ pages of material for gamemasters to run exciting seafaring campaigns for 5th Edition. Your players will get tons of options for creating characters and you'll get support to run a world full of swashbuckling action and magical adventure. 

We need your support to fund the additional artwork, book layout, and to print the hardcover book.  

Prototype of cover and interior pages
Prototype of cover and interior pages

Long ago, a vast continent was annihilated and all but the outer edge of the continent sank to the bottom of the sea. The devastation left only a scattered few to start rebuilding their civilization on a ring of islands…

The Seas of Vodari campaign setting contains all of the iconic things you’d expect in a fantasy setting, but in a world with more water than land, much of the familiar becomes surprising and new. 

  • Dungeons can be found deep below the surface of the sea in the form of shipwrecks and lost cities.
  • The most dangerous monsters are found below the waves, such as sea dragons, megalodons and krakens.
  • Nature becomes as deadly as the most powerful monsters with furious hurricanes, catastrophic tsunamis, and fiery volcanoes.

Islands are modular by nature and the book was designed for you to use as a detailed setting or to pick and choose what you like for your own game world. 

Prototype of Seas of Vodari Map
Prototype of Seas of Vodari Map

The Seas of Vodari campaign setting was created to support seafaring adventures that focus on the crew of a ship hunting sea monsters, exploring mysterious uncharted islands, visiting bustling port cities, following maps to find buried treasure, and battling cutthroat pirates. The setting is also well suited to running campaigns in its large port cities, with swashbuckling heroes getting mixed up with fierce rivals, notorious crime syndicates, feuding nobles, and scheming politicians. 

Sceptre, the capital of the Pirate Isles.
Sceptre, the capital of the Pirate Isles.

The Seas of Vodari will provide you with tons of material to run an entire seafaring campaign or just a single adventure...

  • New races and subraces, classes and subclasses, backgrounds, and feats for your players to create seafaring adventurers.
  • Swashbuckling and sorcery inspired options for all 12 classes to fit a seafaring world
  • Gunslinger class with three subclasses (Arcane Gunmaster, Pistolero, and Musketeer) 
  • A full pantheon for clerics and paladins
  • New weapon, armor and equipment options to offer your players. 
  • You'll find flintlock pistols and rifles, cutlasses and sabres, compasses, spyglasses, and more.
  • New spells, magic items, and powerful ancient relics with a focus on sailing, naval combat, and underwater exploration. 
  • Explore countless islands, with details for over thirty islands, a dozen cities, wilderness encounters, ruins, and more.
  • Advice for running swashbuckling adventures
  • Rules for duels, social combat, naval chases, plunder tables, the code of the sea, and more.
  • 'Island with No Name' starter adventure for levels 1 to 3. 
  • Quick run scenarios including a haunted ship, sunken shipwreck, treasure hunt, and more.
  • Sloops, brigatines, galleons, gnomish submersibles, dwarven ironsides, elven swan ships, ships of the damned, and more. 
  • Plus, we didn't forget to add lots of cannons.
  • NPCs for your players to befriend or face as adversaries. Stats, motivations, illustrations, and more will be provided for each. 
  • Monsters to challenge, amuse, and terrify your players including sea dragons, windsurfing goblins, sirens, technofish, megalodons, and sea titans.  
* up to CA$30
* up to CA$30

All Backers Levels

  • All of our backers will receive our bonus digital copy of our world map and all digital stretch goals that are unlocked.

Quartermaster

  • Receive a PDF copy of Seas of Vodari for 5th Edition.

Captain

  • Receive both a hardcover and PDF copy of Seas of Vodari for 5th Edition.

Admiral

  • Receive all of the rewards from the Captain pledge level...
  •  PLUS, you'll get all of our add-ons (Printed Poster Size World Map, Digital Character Art & Token, and Digital Map Pack).
  •  PLUS, we'll send a bonus exclusive gift which includes a full-size poster (folded), a set of monster stickers, and a postcard with a handwritten thank you note.

Legend of the Seas

  • Your extra support makes you a hero in our books. Receive all of the rewards from the Admiral pledge level... 
  •  PLUS, you'll get early access to the materials for review and playtesting.

Explorer 

  • Receive all of the rewards from the Hero pledge level...
  •  PLUS, you'll get to name and help us design an island which will go into the final version of the book! Our style and content guidelines will apply. We reserve the rights to make changes in line with canon. Any offensive and discriminatory material will be denied.
  •  PLUS, you'll be invited to a one-shot on Roll20 or in person at Gen Con 2019.

Shipbuilder 

  • Receive all of the rewards from the Hero pledge level...
  •  PLUS, you'll get to name and help us design a ship which will go into the final version of the book! We'll outfit a ship with crew based on your ideas. We reserve the rights to make changes in line with canon. Any offensive and discriminatory material will be denied.
  •  PLUS, you'll be invited to a one-shot on Roll20 or in person at Gen Con 2019.

As we reach new funding goals, we'll unlock additional stretch goals for book content, digital extras, and more.

Vodari is a world full of allies and adversaries for your PCs to meet.
Vodari is a world full of allies and adversaries for your PCs to meet.

Stretch goals are in Canadian dollars.
Stretch goals are in Canadian dollars.

  •  12K in Funding - Ship Character Sheet (PDF). Ships are an important member of the team and act as a vehicle, floating fortress, and home for the PCs. The ship character sheet will help you track stats, inventory, weapons, ship modifications, and more.
  •  200 Backers - 2 Additional Monsters. With 200 backers we're able to bump up the page count and offer two new monsters to the book.
  •  15K in Funding - Nautical Terms & Definitions. Seafaring campaigns have a lot of terminology and jargon. We'll make sure you know your port from your starboard so you don't sound like a lubber. Savvy?
  •  250 Backers - 5 Additional Ship Modifications. With 250 backers we're able to bump up the page count to add even more figureheads, plating, rams, sails, and more.
  •  17K in Funding - Seas of Vodari Character Sheets (PDF). A Vodari themed character sheet for your players.
  •  300 Backers - More Background Options. We have added two more backgrounds and substitute bonds specifically for a Vodari campaign. All of our backgrounds help players create PCs that fit a seafaring world. Our substitute bonds tie into the locations and organizations of Vodari and can be selected instead of the background specific bonds.
  •  20K in Funding - Pregenerated PCs (PDF). We will create a collection of pregenerated PDF character sheets, each with an illustration of the PC to hand out to players. The collection will provide a group of typical adventurers that fit a swashbuckling and sorcery setting. Whether you are running a seafaring adventure for first time players or veterans in a hurry, we hope these will be a useful resource. This is backer exclusive digital reward and will not be available to non-backers.
  •  25K in Funding - Two Additional Races. With this extra support from our backers, we'll be able to increase the page count and add an additional two playable races to the book.
  •  500 Backers - Seas of Vodari Quick Start Guide (PDF). We'll release a Quick Start Guide in May 2019. The PDF guide will provide 50+ pages of content to start your voyage on the Seas of Vodari. While it will only be a sample of the content we'll have ready for the final book, we'd love to be able to provide our backers with content this spring. Early Access backers would see this first (as with any content).
  •  30K in Funding - Two New Subclasses. With this extra support from our backers, we'll be able to increase the page count and add an additional two subclasses to the book. 
  •  35K in Funding - Five More Random Tables. We can now increase the page count to offer five more tables. The book was always going to have numerous tables covering random encounters, trinkets, weather, sea chases, and more. With five more random tables, we can provide even more stuff to fill in those port visits, sea voyages, and island expeditions you never planned for. 
  • 50K - Under the Seas of Vodari (PDF). Under the Seas of Vodari will provide players and gamemasters with more materials for undersea adventures or even entire aquatic campaigns. Under the Seas of Vodari will be delivered to backers in early 2020.

When the campaign ends we'll send out a survey to all of our backers where you'll have the option to pick-up additional copies of the book and add-ons. 

The following add-ons are available right now to our Admiral and higher pledge levels during the Kickstarter campaign. During fulfillment all of these add-ons and hopefully more will be made available via Backerkit. 

Add-ons are in Canadian dollars.
Add-ons are in Canadian dollars.

We will send a bonus exclusive gift as a reward to anyone who pledges at the Admiral or higher level. The gift will include a full-size poster (folded), a set of monster stickers, and a postcard with a handwritten thank you note. This gift is will not be available after our Kickstarter ends.

So you can pick up the add-ons now and get the reward, or wait until fulfillment and pick and choose what you like on Backerkit.

Concept art of giant crab (skull for scale)
Concept art of giant crab (skull for scale)

No shipping costs will be collected in this Kickstarter. Shipping will be charged during fulfillment via Backerkit. 

  • We are offering worldwide shipping and this campaign is shipping friendly to the US, Canada, and European Union. 
  • Our estimates for shipping are between CA$10 to CA$30, depending on where you're located in the world. 
  • We will work with our partners in the US, Canada and EU to ship and are looking at average costs of US$10 to USA, CA$12 to Canada, €14 to EU, £12 to UK, and AU$25 to Australia.

There will be no additional shipping costs for physical add-on items such as the Printed Poster Size World Map

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@seasofvodari.com

Our current team on the project.

Shawn Ellsworth - Project Lead. Co-founder of ENnie nominated Tribality.com, platinum selling author on DriveThruRPG, web designer, and gamemaster sailing the Seas of Vodari since 2014.

Brandes Stoddard -  Game Designer & Writer. Freelance game designer/writer and fantasy LARPer. Has worked on past projects for Rite Publishing, Atomic Overmind, ENworld's EN5ider, Tribality, and others. 

Colin McLaughlin -  Game Designer & Writer. Freelance game designer and writer. Has worked on past projects for ENworld's EN5ider, Tribality, and others.

Rich Howard - Game Designer & Writer. Freelance game designer, podcaster, co-designer of Descent into Midnight RPG and the best selling Alchemist for 5e through Tribality Publishing on DriveThruRPG.

Michael Long - Writer. Co-founder of Tribality.com, author on DriveThruRPG, D&D Adventurer's League DM, founder of D&D 5e Facebook fan page, and Seas of Vodari player.

Mark Cookman - Writer. Author of Pirate GM series and zombie apocalypse campaign supplement book, Welcome to Mortiston, USA, and captain of a 36' sailboat that he lives aboard with his family.

Dave Jumaquio - Graphic Design & Layout Artist. Provides all of Tribality's branding and layouts  for PDF publications. Dave designed the website and logo for Seas of Vodari and will be responsible for the layout of the book.

Mariam Trejo - Character Design & Illustration. Illustrator who designs characters for comics, animation and children books. Ara illustrated all of the character concepts and the cover illustration for Seas of Vodari. 

We've been creating best-selling content for Fifth Edition for years. Visit our publisher page on Drive-Thru RPG to find all of our titles.  

Want to help us get the word out? Follow Seas of Vodari on social media and let your friends and family know about the campaign.


Disclaimer: Tribality Publishing and The Seas of Vodari are not associated with Wizards of the Coast LLC. The Seas of Vodari and the associated works are copyright Shawn Ellsworth 2019, officially licensed to Tribality Publishing. 

Crownport, the capital of Taevara.
Crownport, the capital of Taevara.

Risks and challenges

Tribality Published already has numerous best-selling PDFs under its belt. We self-funded those PDFs, but we wanted go big for Seas of Vodari and publish a hardcover book.

We have secured a solid team of professionals on both the writing and production side. We are now moving into the final development stage of filling out the world with more player options, locations, magic, and monsters.

We’ve taken the following steps to make sure we deliver the very best book to you on time:
• We are working with a quality local printer we have worked with before on numerous projects.
• We'll be working with Backerkit to get rewards shipped out to you as easy and straightforward as possible.
• We picked a delivery date that we know we can hit and stretch goals that won't push our date forward.

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    Quartermaster

    Receive a PDF copy of Seas of Vodari for 5th Edition.

    Includes:
    • PDF Copy of Seas of Vodari
    • All Digital Stretch Goals
    • BONUS: Digital World Map (PDF/JPG)
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    Captain

    Receive both a hardcover and PDF copy of Seas of Vodari for 5th Edition.

    Shipping will be charged during fulfillment via Backerkit. See Shipping on the main Kickstarter text.

    Includes:
    • Hardcover Copy of the Seas of Vodari
    • PDF Copy of Seas of Vodari
    • All Digital Stretch Goals
    • BONUS: Digital World Map (PDF/JPG)
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    Admiral

    Receive all of the rewards from the Captain pledge level...

    PLUS, you'll get all add-ons (Printed Poster Size World Map, Digital Character Art & Tokens, and Digital Map Pack).

    Shipping will be charged during fulfillment via Backerkit. See Shipping on the main Kickstarter text.

    Includes:
    • Hardcover Copy of the Seas of Vodari
    • PDF Copy of Seas of Vodari
    • All Digital Stretch Goals
    • Add-On: Printed Poster Size World Map
    • Add-On: Digital Map Pack
    • Add-On: Digital Character Art & Tokens
    • BONUS: Digital World Map (PDF/JPG)
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    Pledge CA$ 125 or more About US$ 95

    Legend of the Seas

    Your extra support makes you a hero in our books. Receive all of the rewards from the Admiral pledge level...

    PLUS, you'll get early access to the materials for review and playtesting.

    FREE Worldwide Shipping (up to CA$30). Additional shipping costs will be charged during fulfillment via Backerkit. See Shipping on the main Kickstarter text.

    Includes:
    • Early Access to the Material
    • Free Worldwide Shipping (up to CA$30)
    • Hardcover Copy of the Seas of Vodari
    • PDF Copy of Seas of Vodari
    • All Digital Stretch Goals
    • Add-On: Printed Poster Size World Map
    • Add-On: Digital Character Art & Tokens
    • Add-On: Digital Map Pack
    • BONUS: Digital World Map (PDF/JPG)
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About US$ 378

    Explorer

    Receive all of the rewards from the Hero pledge level...

    PLUS, you'll get to name and help us design an island which will go into the final version of the book! Our style and content guidelines will apply. We reserve the rights to make changes in line with canon. Any offensive and discriminatory material will be denied.

    PLUS, you'll be invited to a one-shot on Roll20 or in person at Gen Con 2019.

    FREE Worldwide Shipping (up to CA$30). Additional shipping costs will be charged during fulfillment via Backerkit. See Shipping on the main Kickstarter text.

    Includes:
    • Your Island in the Book
    • Early Access to the Material
    • Free Worldwide Shipping (up to CA$30)
    • Invite to One-Shot
    • Hardcover Copy of the Seas of Vodari
    • PDF Copy of Seas of Vodari
    • Add-On: Printed Poster Size World Map
    • Add-On: Digital Character Art & Tokens
    • Add-On: Digital Map Pack
    • BONUS: Digital World Map (PDF/JPG)
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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About US$ 378

    Shipbuilder

    Receive all of the rewards from the Hero pledge level...

    PLUS, You'll get to name a ship which will go into the final version of the book! We'll outfit a ship with crew based on your ideas. We reserve the rights to make changes in line with canon. Any offensive and discriminatory material will be denied.

    PLUS, you'll be invited to a one-shot on Roll20 or in person at Gen Con 2019.

    FREE Worldwide Shipping (up to CA$30). Additional shipping costs will be charged during fulfillment via Backerkit. See Shipping on the main Kickstarter text.

    Includes:
    • Your Ship in the Book
    • Early Access to the Material
    • Free Worldwide Shipping (up to CA$30)
    • Invite to One-Shot
    • Hardcover Copy of the Seas of Vodari
    • PDF of the Seas of Vodari
    • Add-On: Printed Poster Size World Map
    • Add-On: Digital Character Art & Tokens
    • Add-On: Digital Map Pack
    • BONUS: Digital World Map (PDF/JPG)
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