Saturday, March 31, 2012

Adventures Dark and Deep™ Kickstarter Almost There!

The cover image for the book
Well here we are halfway through the kickstarter campaign for Adventures Dark and Deep™: A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore, and we're at 84% of the goal. I can't thank you all enough for your support of this project, and am deeply humbled by the results so far.

But we still have 16% to go. Help push this project over the goal line!

Adventures Dark and Deep™ is an attempt to explore what the game might have looked like if Gary Gygax had been allowed to keep developing it, based on several articles in Dragon magazine, numerous bits of information given in various online fora, and other writings. This is a best-guess based on the information available, the result of years of research and an open playtest that's lasted for more than a year and a half. Everything comes from his public statements; there's no insider information at work here.

This particular project, A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore, is not a full rulebook unto itself, but is a rules supplement intended to be used alongside whatever 1E-like rules you currently use. Whether you're playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1E, OSRIC, Labyrinth Lord with the Advanced Edition Companion, or something else that's compatible, you'll be able to take this book and start using it right away. And what's in it?
  • A new bard class and the jester-sub class, along with all the spells that make them unique
  • The mystic class, a sub-class of cleric, and tons more spells
  • The savant class, a sub-class of mage, plus spells
  • The mountebank class, a sub-class of thief with, you guessed it, more spells!
  • A new alternative combat system that's faster and less complex, including a new unarmed combat system
  • New monsters
  • And lots more!
The book will be approximately 125 pages long, available in .pdf, softcover, and hardcover versions, and is designed to be completely modular. Want to use the mountebank but not the mystic? Don't want any of the new classes, but want to use the new combat system? Go ahead! Everything will work fine. Use what you want, but I think you'll like it all.

The money raised from the kickstarter campaign will be used to pay for artwork by the incredibly talented OSR artist Brian "Glad" Thomas, as well as professional editing.

Help make this a reality, and let's get the kickstarter campaign over the goal so I can start putting out bonus goals!


Andrew Byers said...

Can't wait for the book to come out! Any hints on the new monsters? Will these be a mix of your own creations, some that haven't seen the light of day in a while, a mix?

buj said...

Joseph, this may be off subject, but what's going on with the printed version of your Castle of the Archmage project? I think that would make a great Kickstarter project and one I would invest in...

Joseph Bloch said...

It's coming, buj! Black Blade is hard at work. Details to come from their quarter soon, I'm sure.

Magus117 said...

I'm sorry-but the cover is a huge disappointment. What happened to the cool looking art pieces on the Adventures Dark and Deep site? This one is just too comic-bookish!

Joseph Bloch said...

Sorry you don't like the cover. The plan never was to use the W.C. Wyeth works as the covers; they are only placeholders.

Personally, I love it.