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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 14 2018
$3,541
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74
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 14 2018

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Eastern Fantasy Noir Steampunk for 5E
Eastern Fantasy Noir Steampunk for 5E

We are closing this project down and are relaunching a new, revised Kickstarter for Imperial Matchmaker and Trade War in the near future (Summer 2018). 

Thank you again to all our project backers and everyone else that took an interest in Imperial Matchmaker!

An enmity between the Gekido, Hakaisuru, Kirai, and Namida clans has persisted for ages, the wounds from the Battle of Broken Spears torn open every few years by border skirmishes and trade disputes. Seeking to win the minds of the people by a grand gesture during these dark times, Emperor Hitoshi Masuto has arranged an alliance between the quarreling noble families—20 brides and grooms have been chosen to wed in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the decisive final battle in the rebellion against more than a century of foreign occupation.

Whether the adventurers seek honor and glory by protecting these fiancees or choose to line their pockets by ensuring the unions never come to pass, opportunity knocks at their door as the bengoshi of several clans sift through the mercenaries and spellswords that walk the streets of Sanbaoshi for the most capable agents. To rise above the chaff in the capital of the Imperial Prefecture the PCs must be willing to do whatever is necessary to achieve their goals and survive among their cutthroat competition, the corrupting Mists of Akuma, and any designs of the monstrous forces keen to strike a foothold anew in Soburin. 

Imperial Matchmaker's cover by Renan Moraes
Imperial Matchmaker's cover by Renan Moraes

The Imperial Matchmaker sandbox mega adventure for 5E is a full color hardcover book that takes characters from 4th through 10th level as they try to stop the disruption of Emperor Hitoshi's decreed nuptials—or use the grand events to gain glory, fame, and power in the disparate lands of Soburin. Throughout the adventure PCs explore the richly detailed imperial capital of Sanbaoshi while fighting off adeddo-oni emerging from the Mists of Akuma and discovering the subplots woven into the module for their characters, each one of them unique and distinct from their mercenary peers.

Cover of the softcover iconics book by Sara Shijo
Cover of the softcover iconics book by Sara Shijo
Each illustrated by world class artist Claudio Pozas!!! (www.claudiopozas.com)
Each illustrated by world class artist Claudio Pozas!!! (www.claudiopozas.com)

The challenges facing the adventurers in Imperial Matchmaker are as difficult as they are diverse and to truly embody the Mists of Akuma campaign setting we've made 8 special pregenerated characters for players to utilize. Groups making their own PCs (character sheets → ink-friendly) get guidelines inside of Imperial Matchmaker: Guests on how to include special features like the iconics, and then the GM can use these characters instead as rival NPCs with builds at 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th level! 

  • Ayakashi, Performer Extraordinaire - A noh theater mask turned into a tsukumogami able to possess those who wear it to travel freely in society.
  • Kanden, Last Shinobi of the Jitsuri-Teki - Undead haunted still by his ancestors (both soldiers from distant Ropaeo and murdered soburi ninja) that seeks solace before his ancient augmetics give out.
  • Lan, Self-Proclaimed Immortal - Saru hengeyokai thief with a penchant for machinery, collapsible staff, cursed headband, and secrets galore.
  • Matsi Tsunamo, Private Eye for Hire - Magic dice wielding urban tanuki detective seeking the answer to a mystery beneath Sanbaoshi.
  • Natsuko Hibike, Kamispeaker - Soburi cleric accompanied by her family's powerful spirit, a strange snake kami named Hibe.
  • Piasu, Haiiro-Nokishi Battle Brother - Machine-armored hobgoblin erītokirā warrior with a mission from his Chapter Master and a debt to the black-smoke dragon Ahenchūdoku.
  • Rinna, the Rōsoku-Urasan - Tengu warlock from the future that uses her ancestors as her patron, seeking to upend a terrible fate for the world.
  • Tomoe Masamune, the Crimson Blade - Soburi samurai in Sanbaoshi seeking to reclaim the dignity stripped away after her lord amputated her for defying his word (a limb replaced now by the steam arm tsukumogami Zenryōna).

For GMs and players that seek to travel beyond the bounds of Sanbaoshi we're making the Mists of Akuma: Trade War adventure path, a hardcover book that collects and expands on the existing six Mists of Akuma adventures! These highly-rated modules will include new antagonists ranging from smuggler guilds to subversive shinobi clans in an epic tale crafted by shinnichi (japanophile) Duan Byrd that traverses the whole of Soburin. More information, video walkthroughs, and PDF previews of the adventures are on DriveThruRPG but for a quick rundown:

An eastern fantasy noir steampunk campaign setting for 5E funded on Kickstarter in 2016Think Edo-era Japan + Ravenloft + Warhammer 40,000 or Afro Samurai + Onimusha + Sin City

Owning the Mists of Akuma core book is not required to play through Imperial Matchmaker, but both it and the Adventurer's Handbook are available as pledge rewards and add-ons for GMs that want the whole package.

The Mists of Akuma are an ancient and primordial fog that re-emerged not long after the people of Soburin threw down the oppressors of the Kengen Occupation. Exposure to the supernatural haze corrupts living things, robbing them of their dignity and virtue until they are completely transformed into adeddo-oni—deadly, swift, zombified perversions of who they once were. Even inanimate objects are not immune to its effects, artificially aged at a rapid pace and possibly becoming monstrous tsukumogami in the process! This is a complete campaign setting of two dozen prefectures with 14 new races, archetypes for all classes (including a paladin samurai and wu-jen warlock), martial arts feats, two attributes that help define characters in the world (Dignity and Haitoku or “fall from virtue”), majestic imperial dragons, a treasure trove of oni, and more. 

Pledge levels at $100 and below offer at-cost print vouchers. When a book is complete (or in the case of finished books about 3 weeks after the end of the Kickstarter's funding period) Storm Bunny Studios sends a discount voucher making the cost to buy the book equal to what we pay when we order one (which means money only for the paper, ink, glue, and shipping). The pricing calculator can be found here and the estimated costs for printing these books are below:

  • Imperial Matchmaker: Guests (softcover) - $5.28 [£4.02]
  • Imperial Matchmaker - $13.29 [£9.50]
  • Mists of Akuma: Trade War - $14.00 [£10.04]
  • Mists of Akuma - $16.70 [£12.11]
  • Mists of Akuma: Adventurer's Handbook - $11.87 [£8.61]

Pledges of $250 or more have books as rewards (shipped directly when they are prepared at no additional cost).

  • $7 ADVENTURES - Two adventure PDFs of your choice with print vouchers
  • $8 Mists of Akuma: Adventurer’s Handbook - PDF & at-cost print voucher ($8 per extra PDF/voucher)  
  • $15 Mists of Akuma campaign setting core book - PDF & at-cost print voucher

World class artist CLAUDIO POZAS (Lord of the Rings, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars) is illustrating each of the Imperial Matchmaker iconics! The cover of the book and several interior pieces are being done by fellow Brazilian artist Renan Moraes. From the original Mists of Akuma art team we're bringing back Indi Martin for more half-page scenes, Sara Shijo for the cover of Imperial Matchmaker: Guests and the linework of several half-page interior pieces, and Nathanael Batchelor to color her beautiful grayscale work.

Savannah Broadway and Michael McCarthy are back to handle the iconics and help sort out the largely playtested mega adventure by Mike Myler, joined by newcomers Duan Byrd and Haze Browne helping redevelop the Trade War adventure path. 

When we start unlocking stretch goals more artists and writers join the team!

Risks and challenges

I've successfully funded and fulfilled 5.5 out of 6 Kickstarters (5.5 because I'm finishing stretch goals from Book of Exalted Darkness during the crowdfunding period of this project http://kck.st/2ryiAoP). Because I've recently been hired as the editor for EN5ider we've set our target fulfillment dates on the bulk of this project in summer of next year (2019 for Imperial Matchmaker, December 2018 for Trade War and Imperial Matchmaker: Guests) even though the vast majority of it is already written and playtested. As my previous project backers attest (https://mikemyler.com/reviews/), I go out of my way to make absolutely certain that every single person who supports one of my projects gets their rewards (and is satisfied or overwhelmed with joy).

All estimated printing costs may change between now and the time of printing depending on increases on ink costs, paper costs, shipping costs, and total page count (in the event that a book is larger than planned).

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    All 8 of the Mists of Akuma iconics are contained in the handy Imperial Matchmaker: Guests PDF with builds from 3rd-10th level to be used as pregenerated PCs or NPC rivals!

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    Want to keep this new campaign setting book behind the GM screen? Choose this pledge level for the iconics PDF, Imperial Matchmaker, the Mists of Akuma core book, and the Adventurer's Handbook for your players! Each comes with an at-cost print voucher (and in the case of the player book, three vouchers!)

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    You are as in love with Soburin as we are and we welcome you to her decaying embrace! As reward for your devotion to the Masuto Empire you'll receive everything from the Groom's Family pledge level and then we're adding your plot line to the mega-adventure! We have room for one more bengoshi (or other antagonist) and it’s up to you to choose from which prefecture they hail, tell us how they meddle in the matrimonial ceremonies, and decide upon their ultimate goal!

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