What if YOU were the star of the graphic novel? What if the story depended on the choices YOU made?
Sound familiar? You've probably heard of game books where you get to choose your path by reading a series of text paragraphs each ending with a fun choice. But what if...
What if a game book implemented GRAPHICS into the game play? What if instead of text driving the action, text AND graphics combined to create a visual sensory experience?
Last year, we first introduced you to the next evolution of game books with Season 1 of Graphic Novel Adventures. And now we are back with MORE!
The Ultimate Gamebook Experience
These books are an incredible gaming experience. And they are so accessible even to those of you that have never played a gamebook before. Most of the books are one player, but in Season 2 one of the books even supports playing with 2 players!
- There is zero setup time. Open the book and begin playing. Start and stop at will, play time is whatever you want it to be.
- They tell a cohesive and engaging story.
- They include puzzles, riddles, hidden numbers, and other challenges that will test you at every step.
- "I need a game to play on an airplane tray table" - Look no further!
- The books feature a variety of themes and story lines each with different rules and gameplay twists on the core system.
- If you were here for season 1 you already know my opinion... This is the BEST game book experience out there.
Still not convinced? Let's take a peek inside...
In Mystery! you are a new recruit trying to join the Legion of Champions, the most famous super hero group of all-time. You'll have to prove yourself. Experience the trials with Mystery, Miracle Woman, ShadowDark and others in this hilarious and fun filled adventure!
Looking at your character sheet, you'll get to name your super hero and then decide how to split your 3 starting hero points between Flight, Strength, Super Senses, and Super Rich. As you progress, you will be able to increase your stats in the skills of your choice! There is even a high tech metamorpher machine that will allow you to reconfigure your stats during the game, but you might want to be careful using that as there could be, well, er, side effects. Ultimately you'll need to earn enough hero points to become a full fledged member of the Legion of Champions!
Let's look at one of the scenarios that might come up in the book...
How would you handle this situation?
Did you notice the QR code on the page? One of the special features in Mystery is that you have a high tech watch you can use to get instant information and tips. If you have a QR code reader on your phone, go ahead and scan it now. If not, or you prefer not to have a device on hand, don't worry, the QR codes are completely optional!
So which choice would YOU make? Want to know what happens? Well pledge for these books and you'll be able to find out this and soooo much more!
All of the books have choices of where to go and what to do. You'll encounter foes, puzzles, traps, riddles, and much, much more! Not every path is safe though, so choose wisely!
You don't want to miss spotting a hidden number that could be critical to your objective... Can YOU spot the hidden number in the frame below? (Don't worry, the below frame is modified. This is not an actual hidden number in the book - as to not spoil anything)
If this was real and not just a made up example, you would flip to panel 101 and perhaps discover one of Mystery's most intimate secrets.
I can tell you want MORE! Well to experience all these books have to offer you are going to have to pledge for the set. But let's look at an overview of the other four, shall we?
Ready to continue where Sherlock Holmes: Four Investigations left off? Well look no further than Sherlock Holmes & Moriarty: Associates! In this book, not only can you play as Holmes and Watson, but now you can also choose Moriarty! He's joined the team under peculiar circumstances...
Question suspects without fear of offending them knowing your ability to coerce and threaten them will produce useful information!
Will you solve the cases with the help of your arch nemesis? And has he really changed his ways? Or is he up to something sinister?
In Sherlock Holmes: The Challenge of Irene Adler, there is a new detective in town! Irene is now competing with the Baker Street boys for business. But will she truly be able to rival the skills of Sherlock?
Play solo, or head to head against another player each taking on the role of either Sherlock Holmes or Irene Adler. Only by using your wits will you prove yourself to be London's Greatest Detective! Will you best your opponent in this battle of wits? Or will your opponent come out on top?
In Pirates: The Great Chase, you can choose one of three Pirates with a different set of stats. Your goal? To find the prisoner that just escaped your ship and is swimming toward a nearby island.
This is a true treasure hunt and you will really need to keep your eyes peeled for hidden objects along the way! You never know what you'll come across that could be helpful later on!
In Pirates: The City of Skulls, you'll continue where your adventure left off and explore the bustling pirate town. Will you be able to unlock its secrets and find what you are looking for?
Featuring a new stat to track, your piracy level, this Pirates book is sure to satisfy.
We are so excited to bring you these books. If you enjoyed Season 1, then you are going to LOVE these! And if you are new to the books, there has never been a better time to jump in. Pledge today! (and then go pick up the Season 1 books from your Friendly Local Game Store).
The suggested retail price per book is $22.99, so choose any of the below pledges and save. Choose the full set to get the best possible deal!
Concerned about shipping cost? Grab a few friends and add additional copies at the same pledge price for each copy. Additional full sets can be added without any additional shipping expense! For example, if you add 3 sets of books for a total of 4, you still only pay shipping as if you ordered just 1 set!
Add on our promotional bookmarks for Season 2! Each has the tracking sheets printed on them! These may be added for $1 per book mark or $5 per set which includes the extra "Achievements" book mark. You can add these (or more books) to your pledge by clicking Manage Pledge and increasing your pledge by the desired amount.
Or, print your own bookmarks for FREE! We will share a PDF of the bookmarks on our website around the time of fulfillment.
Limited advanced shipping opportunity for USA backers! We will be shipping some books by Air Freight to make sure we have product available (at full retail) for the Origins Convention in June. If you would like your full set delivered early, you can select the Advanced shipping opportunity for an extra $15. We expect these copies will be able to be delivered 1-2 months before the main shipping estimated in August. Limit one set per backer, additional sets are not allowed due to limited space.
We MAY add more quantities to the Advanced shipping level depending on Demand and availability to do so.
Each new season, we send out a book as a preview to select media outlets. Here are some quotes and videos from some of them.
Boardgames and Bourbon - Glenn Flaherty
"If this is any indication of what this second season has overall over the first season, it is an evolution of the story telling. I can definitely recommend [Mystery]."
90 Second Nerd - Nick and Jenny
Beyond Solitaire - Liz Davidson
"I am really happy with what I've experienced while playing the Graphic Novel Adventures series so far, and based on the strength of Mystery, my expectations remain high. This project is an instaback for me."
Praise for GNA Season 1
The Dice Tower review of Graphic Novel Adventures - Season 1
Unfiltered Gamer Review
Listen, if you are a genius and lucky enough to get through one of these books on the first try, well then we bow to you (unless you cheated). But the chances are if you are playing legit, it will take you at least a handful of tries to complete one successfully. You are looking at several hours of game play in each book. And these books are the sort where you can put them on the shelf for a year or several months and you'll be able to revisit them again unless you've got one of those photographic memories where you never forget anything!
Great news! The season 1 books are available now! Please support your Friendly Local Game Store by purchasing there. If they do not have them, they can probably order them for you if you are in the USA or Canada. But if you still can't find them, you can purchase them directly from us at vanrydergames.com
For international locations outside of the USA and Canada, please check your local stores as these books and/or others may be available from other publishers in your language.
We MAY offer the Season 1 books in the pledge manager after this campaign, but that is not guaranteed. And if we do we will not be able to ship them until Season 2 is ready.
Graphic Novel Adventures are self-contained games within a book and are English translations we are printing under license of previously released French game books from publisher Makaka Editions. As a result, we will not be offering stretch goals for this campaign. However it should be noted that the more we achieve with this campaign, the greater likelihood we will be able to translate and produce MORE Graphic Novel Adventures!
We are planning to be able to deliver these books very quickly and are targeting August or sooner for our delivery estimate. For Season 1, we were able to deliver in just a few short months and we are confident we can achieve similar results with Season 2.
We are offering retailer pledges for USA/Canada retailers ONLY that are interested in purchasing case quantities. This is simply our greatest retailer offer we have ever had so we hope our retail partners will be interested!
To take advantage of this offer simply back for $50 to commit to buy. Then, prior to shipping from the factory we will ask you to finalize your quantity commitment, but you can pay your remaining balance at a later date prior to final shipping. Pricing is 50% off of KSP (Kickstarter Shipped Price) or $42.50 per set. Minimum order quantity is 4 book sets.
Additionally, as a special thank you for supporting our GNA book line, we will send Brick and Mortar retailers a custom display to use for the GNA books in your store, a pre-release store demo copy of The Crusoe Crew - the upcoming co-operative GNA game, and we will produce a "How to sell a GNA book" video for you to share with your employees! And we will send these items as soon as they are ready for use with your Season 1 GNA books you carry now - NO NEED TO WAIT for your Season 2 product to arrive!
Van Ryder Games will pay the shipping for retail pledges. We are not trying to make money off of retailers with this deal. We are trying to earn your commitment to the brand while giving you amazing margin to get started (or continue), as well as all of the tools you need to succeed in selling the books!
This offer is LIMITED. We will verify all retailers!
Retailers interested in stocking Season 1 - which is available NOW! - can do so by contacting your distributor of choice. Retail distribution for these products is limited to the USA and Canada.
Author and Illustrator Credits (note many use nicknames):
Sherlock and Moriarty: Associates - Author: CED/ Illustrator: Boutanox / Inks: Damien Gay / Translation: JF Gagné
Sherlock Holmes: The Challenge of Irene - Author and Illustrator: CED / Inks: Damien Gay Translation: Adam Marostica
Mystery! - Author: CED/ Ilustrator: Stivo / Translation: JF Gagné
Pirates: The Great Chase - Author: Shuky / Illustrator: Gorobei / Translation: Adam Marostica
Pirates: The City of Skulls - Author: Shuky / Illustrator: Gorobei / Translation: Adam Marostica
Risks and challenges
Van Ryder Games has successfully funded and fulfilled many projects. We learn more and more with each experience. Our goal is to get the game to you, our supporters, as quickly as possible, but we won't sacrifice quality for speed.
There are the usual risks of printing, shipping, customs, and other unintended delays, but you can be sure we will deliver the game to you as promised. Feel free to ask any of our returning backers!
A few remarks we want to share with you regarding our approach for our projects, including this one.
1. Communication is of the utmost importance to us. Please ask any and all questions and we will answer as quickly as possible.
2. There are no stretch goals for this project and we will not be adding any.
3. Your comments and feedback are REALLY important to us. If you have an idea, concern, or compliment, please share it with us! We can't promise to implement or act on every idea that comes our way, but we will certainly consider each one!
4. We pledge to keep a positive attitude regardless of the success or failure of this project and we ask that you do the same.
5. To have fun! Kickstarter projects can be stressful, but these are games and the most important thing is to have FUN!
Please note the following is our policy on pledges and refunds.
All pledges are final upon the completion of the funding period, however we may, at our sole discretion, refund your pledge in full if the request is made within two weeks of the end of the campaign. Any request for refund after more than two weeks has passed will be subject to a 10-20% cancellation fee to account for KS fees and administrative expenses.
We require that our pledge manager and/or survey be completed in a timely manner so that we can process orders efficiently and on time. Completing your survey late at any point beyond the deadline we communicate, could result in significant delays and could result in additional shipping expense to be paid by you. We give plenty of time to complete the survey, so please do so in a timely manner to avoid any inconvenience or delay. Any survey that is not completed within 30 days from final fulfillment (defined as the last date of shipping of KS rewards for your region) will result in your pledge being considered abandoned and any amount pledged will be considered a gift in support of the project.
By pledging to this project you understand the risks, challenges, and pledge terms we have laid out here, and agree to be bound by them. If you do not agree to these terms, please do not pledge for this project and wait for the possibility of the game to become available in the retail market.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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