Archive for November, 2011

IndieGoGo Fund Drive Launch

November 29, 2011

IndieGoGo is offering half-off on fees for new fundraising campaigns that launch today, so rather than waiting for December 1st, I’m quietly launching it today, and will go with more publicity starting in December. Description needs more detail and some editing, but it’s underway.

Here’s the short link to share the campaign: http://igg.me/p/52524?a=323113&i=shlk

The embed widget doesn’t appear to play nice with WordPress; I’ll need to find someplace else to test that.

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Working Title: Wilderness

November 28, 2011

I’m getting ready to start the adventure fundraiser project. The working title for the adventure is Wilderness. Naming rights are open to discussion and/or sponsorship.

Right now, my plan is to start the campaign on December 1st and run it through the end of February. That’s a little longer than ideal, but I think it allows more time to reach people who might be interested in it and try to recruit them to contribute.

I’m planning to use IndieGoGo to handle the fundraising. This means a couple things for the project. Most importantly, unlike Kickstarter, all contributions are collected. If the project doesn’t reach its goal in Kickstarter, no one gets charged. But with IndieGoGo, if you pledge X dollars, you are charged X dollars immediately, and, after the fees are taken out, the rest goes to fund the project right away. I’ve also been given to understand that it is easier for non-US contributors to participate through IndieGoGo, as opposed to other crowd funding platforms.

The upside for this is that, as long as there is some contribution, the adventure is going to be produced. It may only be minimally funded, in which case, it’s going to be smaller in scale. But I’m going to take the advice of Mark Shocklee about setting a range of goals.

The base goal is probably going to be $750. For that, the project will be a minimum 16-page adventure. If support reaches $1500, it will be a minimum 32-page adventure.

There is also an opportunity to have an art component. If support reaches $3000, I will have a custom piece of cover art commissioned from Timothy Truman (the artist who did the cover art for Enchanted Wood; I’ve been in brief contact with him, and it looks like it would be possible to commission him for a piece). That might also end up being a separate crowd funding project, rather than rolling it into the adventure fundraiser. I’ve also contacted another artist to see about rates for some interior art. I was going to see about contacting John Garcia (who did many of the interior drawings for the DQ rulebook), but unfortunately he passed away a few years ago.

I’d like to have some art in the adventure even if we only raise a moderate amount of funds. So I will assign roughly 20% of the money raised to go toward illustrations and artwork. This will probably mean hiring younger, lesser-known artists for a pittance (and I am not happy at having to do that), but I am realistic about the money that will be available, and I hope that I will be able to find a couple people who might be willing to do some fun work for a fraction of what they would normally charge. The other option would be to find some existing art that would be appropriate that we might be able to license to use.

If you have any leads or ideas about the art side, let me know.

Three DQ Adventure Kickstarter Ideas

November 4, 2011

So… I started talking about the idea in August, and now, all of a sudden, it’s November.  I haven’t been able to spend time on this the way I would like, which is the whole point of the Kickstarter (or IndieGoGo, or whatever) venture; to be able to make some financial space in order to be able to spend some time on the idea.

There wasn’t a whole lot of immediate and overwhelming support clamoring for the thing, either.  Frankly, that’s understandable.  Some guy mouthing about an adventure he’s gonna write for a long-forgotten RPG isn’t going to ring off the charts.  I like to think I’ve contributed a few things to the DragonQuest community, but that’s no big thing; I’m not an established game writer/designer.

I’ve been struggling to come up with some nice capsule descriptions of the adventure ideas I’ve been thinking about for this project, but to get a nice, tight, SPI-style intro in just a couple lines is hard.  And these are still pretty open-ended ideas.  So instead, what I’m going to do is give you the unfiltered ramble.  After all, these aren’t completed ideas, yet.  I have some pieces in mind that I’m interested in incorporating, and it’s better to put those ideas out there and see if they resonate with anyone else to move toward a project that can muster some support and interest.


The Earth Works

During the wars around the Return of Mador, nearly half a century ago, forces allied with Mador set up magical production and research facilities to provide enchanted materials for use by their forces. Sometimes, these were places that had been homes to scholars of magic. Clues found in the treasures collected from The Water Works point to the existence of another Works, this one dedicated to Earth Magics.

This would obviously be a sequel to the Water Works, but could certainly function as a free standing adventure on its own equally well. Probably this adventure would serve to introduce a few new Earth Magics spells or items of interest.

If this would be successful, this would also likely set up a following adventure or two, the Gas Works and the Fire Works (and perhaps even, the Clock Works)


The Wilderness of A—–

An old adventurer was rewarded by the local king for heroic services with the title of Baron and a grant of land off in the wilderness beyond the borders of the Kingdom. Some years later, he felt his adventuring career was at a close, and he settled in his lands and invited settlers to come and join him. The land has prospered to some extent, but it suffers from being too distant and unconnected to the Kingdom. A couple years ago, the Baron decided to construct a road through the Wilderness of A—– to connect to the Kingdom more directly.

But now, problems have arisen. Workers are disappearing and other unsettling events are keeping the road from being completed. The Baron’s people have sought to hire adventurers to travel with the surveying parties and work gangs to protect them from whatever is causing the problems and to help settle the wilderness so that the road can be completed.

This would include a map of some of the region. Not as extensive as the Frontiers of Alusia, obviously, but perhaps twice the area of the Overland Map from the Camp of Alla-Akabar and considerably more detailed. This could possibly be an adventure that would feature a new college of magic: the College of Sun Magics.

Obviously names need to be filled in here, but there are several potential naming rights opportunities for Kickstarter contributors. I see this one as perhaps something like The Enchanted Wood, with an overall arc to the adventure, and a series of capsule adventures and encounters that the GM can use for a mini-campaign of several adventures. There are also potential hooks in the new Barony that might be useful leads for further adventures.


The Coven of X—–

The general premise for this would be a power struggle going on in a coven of witches (College of Witchcraft) which the characters become caught up in. There would be an opportunity to use this with a PC witch, but probably more likely as a group of hired help serving one faction or another.

Just what is going on as a backdrop to this needs to be determined. One idea I have is that the Coven is centered in a city, and an opposing army is gathering nearby. Some of the witches are connected to the current power structure of the city, but others might have competing loyalties (though probably not overtly).

Obviously this would be an opportunity to spend some more time wit the College of Witchcraft. This would likely be far more of a character intrigue than any sort of dungeon crawl, but there would need to be locations and things going on with this, as well. Getting the PCs into the story might be a bit more difficult, but there are interesting possibilities in this.


I am, of course, very interested in any feedback about any of these ideas. I’m happy to discuss these further, and I will continue to refine these for the kickstarter kickoff (whenever that turns out to be). If there seems to be particular acclaim for one or another, rather than a divided interest among all three, that’s probably helpful in moving things along.

I’ll post about this on the DQ boards in a while, as well, so hopefully there can be some further discussion about the ideas. Even if you don’t think you’d contribute, but you have some ideas about the adventure concepts, I’m glad to hear what you think, even if it’s just to vote on which of these you think is most interesting.