Monday, December 16, 2013

More d20 Freebies from the Internet Archive

I've dredged up some more stuff from old d20 websites. You might be interested in these. You can find them in my d20 Freebies Dropbox.

0one: 7Avengers - Heroes & Magic Sourcebook v2

Basement Games: The River Rat

Children of the Grave: Aten: City of Life

Dire Kobold: When Dire Kobolds Attack

Dragon Scale Counters:
  • An Irresistable Offer [sic]
  • Forgotten Honor

Grinning Goblin: The Secret of Tallow Falls

Inner Circle: Fools Abbey (new)

Jim Gillispe's Module Workshop:
  • Bounty Hunters
  • Dead Man's Party

Magist Entertainment: A Simple Job

Sovereign Stone: Escape into Darkness (3 parts)

The Forge (Poland, files in English):
  • 01 Fish Side
  • 02 Ygron's Bridge
  • 03 Crypt of Devil Flame
  • 04 Winereg's Storehouse
  • 05 The Forge
  • 06 Rakan Forest
  • 07 Temple of Sallos
  • 08 Evil and Dangerous
  • 09 Swamp Witch
  • 10 Woodland Cut Tavern
  • 11 Cartographer
  • 12 Iron Valley
  • 13 Egon Clockmaker Tenement
  • 14 The Cozy Hearth Inn
  • 15 The Broken Coin Inn
  • Goblins' Cave Web Enhancement - Beast From the Abyss
  • Manor Web Enhancement - Werewolf

U.K. Gamers Publishing: Bloodbath

Unicorn Rampant: The Old Rock Tower

EDIT: Link & files removed on 2015-03-05. I figure if you haven't grabbed them by now, you aren't going to, and I need to clean up space in my Dropbox account.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

My Kickstarter Tally

RPG Kickstarters I've backed, plus estimated delivery dates:

1. Mystery Men! A Rules-Lite Comic Book Hero Game - COMPLETED

Number of backers: 14

Total raised: $290

Goal: $210

My pledged amount: $20

  • name listed as Golden Age Patron
  • name inserted as NPC in mini-setting included in book
  • PDF collection of public domain Golden Age comics

Successfully funded: 2010-10-12

Estimated ship date:  N/A

Final product shipped: 2011-05

Number of updates posted: 12

Notes: Kickstarter by John Stater of Land of Nod fame. Raised funds to pay artists. I had to buy the book, so I was actually out $30 total, but it's a great little game and I have no regrets, as it was clear this was to fund a specific production need.

The PDF, by the way, was available on Lulu for free, but has been pulled as Fat Goblin Games will soon be releasing a revised 2nd edition.

2. DugeonMorph Dice - COMPLETED

Number of backers: 379

Total raised: $20,620

Goal: $6,500

My pledged amount: $40

  • Two sets of DungeonMorph Dice, PDF of battlemaps

Successfully funded: 2011-05-11

Estimated ship date: 2011-07

Final product shipped: 2011-12-09

Number of updates posted: 33

Notes: Six months late due to production issues.

3. Random Dungeon Generator as a Dungeon Map - COMPLETED

Number of backers: 1,098

Total raised: $27,789

Goal: $2,000

My pledged amount: $22

  • The poster.
  • A PDF copy of a D&D-compatible board game, Dungeon Robber
  • Access to an interactive, online version of the poster
  • A giant PDF containing a) dungeon adventures by master DMs Mike Mornard, Mike Shea and Tracy Hurley; b) Adventurer Conqueror King (ACKS) rules for the dungeon by Tavis Allison; c) Dungeon Robber game rules.
  • A signed bonus poster: either a second Random Dungeon poster or a Wandering Monsters poster.
  • A sheet of 20 stickers inspired by the poster, by a dozen artists.
  • PDF copy of Paul's DM Notebook, an all-editions D&D resource, containing art, adventures, DM advice, rules, and settings.
  • PDF of five watercolor dungeon-adventure paintings by Jared von Hindman.
  • Custom tokens from the D&D Virtual Table.

Successfully funded: 2012-04-06

Estimated ship date: 2012-05

Final product shipped: posters shipped 2012-05- 21; other rewards followed thereafter. Final reward, the Dungeon Robber online game, was delivered on 2013-08-08  (updates to the game are ongoing).

Number of updates posted: 29

Notes: Everything shipped on schedule, with nice surprises along the way.

4. Appendix N Adventure Toolkit - OH DEAR GOD WHEN WILL THE DELAYS END?

Number of backers: 572

Total raised: $18,893

Goal: $1,000

My pledged amount: $30 (note: includes original $20 pledge plus additional $10 in October 2012 when offered opportunity to get things shipped faster and in three shipments)

  • 1 print and 1 pdf copy of the module, “Appendix N Adventure Toolkit #1: “The Ruins of Ramat”
  • Special, limited edition Supporters Poster.
  • 1 print copy of the special, limited edition, “Appendix N Adventure Toolkit #1a: “The Witch of Wydfield”, plus 1 print and 1 pdf copy of:
  • Bonus Goal #1: “Appendix N Adventure Toolkit #2: “The Crumbling Tower.” Bonus Goal #2:  “Appendix N Adventure Toolkit #3: “Danger in the Sulyndri Forrest.”
  • Bonus Goal #3:  “Appendix N Adventure Toolkit #4: “The Revenge of Abudakar.”
  • Bonus Goal #4:  “Appendix N Adventures Game Box.”
  • Bonus Goal #5:  “Appendix N Adventure Toolkit #5: “Perplexing Disappearances in Brambury.”
  • Final Bonus Goal: Appendix N Adventure Toolkit #6: "The Old Isle Campaign Setting." This product will include a 11" x 17" color campaign map, a digest Player's and Referee's Guide
  • Extra Bonus Goal: DAGGER RPG -- A Referee Screen for Quick and Simple Role Playing with Young Children

Successfully funded: 2012-07-02

Estimated ship date: 2012-07

Final product shipped: WHO KNOWS? MAYBE WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER? PDF coupons for several modules have been delivered, and a few backers are reporting delivery of print products.

Number of updates posted: 56 (so far)

Notes: Over a year late. Lots of excuses. Sure, John had a bad year, but seriously--he over-promised and is now under-delivering and pissing off many backers along the way. Anyone who kicked in an extra $10 for faster shipping were suckered out of that money. He is now saying the project won't be complete for another 4 months. Last week he announced an employee quit because he found a better job. I'll never back or buy anything direct from Brave Halfling again.

5. The Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord & Other Adventures - COMPLETED

Number of backers: 141

Total raised: $3,458

Goal: $600

My pledged amount: $30

  • A copy of The Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord and Other Adventures and a copy of the PDF of same.
  • Personal bonus: 2nd copy of book
  • Personal bonus: 1 print copy of Everything is Dolphins RPG
  • Personal bonus: 2 print copies of Lovecraft Rules RPG
  • Personal bonus: 1 copy of Randomocity #1 zine

Successfully funded: 2012-10-10

Estimated ship date: 2013-03

Final product shipped: 2013-11

Number of updates posted: 15 (so far)

Note: Seven months late, but Tim was up front about the delays--not offering excuses, but keeping us abreast of the printer problems that delayed productions. He had it done right and used a fulfillment warehouse to get things packaged and shipped. The personal bonus items were included because I helped secure some of the content of the final book.

6. Larry Elmore: The Complete Elmore Artbook (Hardcover) - OPEN (IN SHIPPING PROCESS)

Number of backers: 2,097

Total raised: $299,914

Goal: $17, 500

My pledged amount: $50

  • Copy of the book,  expanded to 336 pages as a bonus goal was met
  • 8x10 print set of the BEC cover artwork
  • 64pg black & white sketch book softcover
  • 8x10 print set of the original 3 Dragonlance book covers
  • Motorcycle ride with Larry (I don't ride, but still. . .)

Successfully funded: 2012-12-31

Estimated ship date: 2013-08

Final product shipped: Scheduled to ship 2013-12-03

Number of updates posted: 77 (so far)

Notes: My gold standard for how a Kickstarter should be run. Elmore has a major reputation to uphold, and the communication on this one has been 100% top notch. Printer delays are inevitable, especially in a full-color art book. If this one is a few months late it is entirely understandable. He even posted a video publicly apologizing for the delay in the project--that's how professional he is.

7. Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay - OPEN
Number of backers: 89

Total raised: $1,885

Goal: $500

My pledged amount: $35

  • Softcover copy of book
  • Softcover and PDF copy of Chronicles of Amerth setting
  • PDF copy of Atarin's Delve
  • PDF copy of Blood Moon Rising
  • PDF copy of The Inn of Lost Heroes
  • PDF copy of Pyramid of the Dragon
  • PDF copy of The Stealer of Children
  • PDF copy of The Shrine of St. Aleena
  • PDF copy of Ghoul Keep and the Ghoul Lands
  • PDF copy of Oak Grove Whispers  city-based module written specifically for this Kickstarter
  • Backer-created NPC included in final book

Successfully funded: 2013-11-21

Estimated ship date: 2014-03

Number of updates posted: 4 (so far)

Notes: Material is mostly written. Indie publisher has a good track record with other products, even though this is his first Kickstarter. PDFs of available rewards delivered via on 2013-12-06. Previews provided on a weekly basis. Definitely seems on track at this point.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bimbo's Initiation

Check out the awesome D&D-ishness of this old Betty Boop Max Fleischer cartoon from the 1930s:

"Bimbo's Initiation"

Aside from its obvious racist stereotypes of the creatures in blackface, this thing is full of funhouse tricks and traps. Steal away friends, steal away.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

That Goblin's Got One Hell of a Punch!

If you aren't already reading or following +Arnold K's Goblin Punch, what the hell is wrong with you?

Seriously, this man is a genius.

Here's links to a few posts to get you started:

A Spell Called Catherine

Inventing the Tiger

Taming the Mouse

The Goblin Library (has updated pdfs for the Tiger and Mouse posts)