Ksenia Kozhovnikova just shared with me her rough pencils (rough! rough! This is rough for her!) of one of the covers for the new TFT books for my More Perilous Journeys Kickstarter.
This one is (obviously) for “Dragon Hunt,” David Pulver’s 40-page solo/programmed adventure. This one can also be easily run with a GM, since going dragon hunting (and other monsters) really ought to be a group effort. Unless, of course, you’re just that mighty.
There was an inquiry about a retail level – and bad on me forgetting about it!
There are now two new pledge levels. One for the new books, one for all the books. If you know an FLGS who wishes to support TFT . . . steer them to this!
Retail Level – 5 Each New Physical Books ($180)
For our retail customers! Five copies each of the printed books (no PDFs!) that are new to this campaign. This is at a 50% discount from the retail cost of the five books.
Retail Option – ALL TEN Print Books (5×) ($360)
If you missed the first campaign and want to put ALL TEN print books on your store shelves, this is your pledge level. Five copies EACH of the softcover books from “Five Perilous Journeys,” plus the five books from “More Perilous Journeys” (this campaign), all discounted at 50% for retail sale. No PDFs are included with this reward!
Thanks to you guys, Gaming Ballistic delivered with More Perilous Journeys its best first day performance on a Kickstarter, ever. It wasn’t even close: my prior record was less than $7,000 . . . and that was the Four Perilous Journeys campaign!
We’re over 60% funded as of this morning, and hopefully we’ll see another solid day. Who knows . . . maybe we’ll even fund today? Four Perilous Journeys saw about 40-50% of Day 1 on Day 2 . . . and that would bring us (dare I say it) Perilously close to success.
This morning I received the updated and revised draft of The Sunken Library, which means all five books are in my hands. Now, it’s all me for editing and layout.
I have commissioned the cover for Dragon Hunt!, and I’ve seen a work-in-progress draft of the pencils for the cover. It’s glorious. The artist and I discussed some revisions and she should get back to me this week, I hope. I’ll post that as soon as it’s ready.
Today I hope to get preliminary work done on all five books. Not full edits, but getting the formatting and initial layouts right. On the programmed adventures, that’s no small task.
With funding moving along at a very healthy clip (knock on wood), I need to accelerate this part of it, so the moment we fund, I’m ready for art direction. Art usually takes a month or so.
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We have 461 “followers” in the campaign, and of those so far, 147 have pledged. We also have 277 actual backers . . . which means 130 folks came aboard that never followed the campaign. This is excellent, as it provides a lot of latent capability to fund . . . and more than fund.
The key thing right now is reach and word of mouth. A kind word and a pointer on a social media feed from a fan, rather than a publisher or author, is huge.
The More Perilous Journeys campaign, producing five new old-school adventures for TFT, is now live!
What is The Fantasy Trip?
The Fantasy Tripis an “old school” RPG created by Steve Jackson. Its first element was released in 1977: the combat gameMelee (available FREE from Steve Jackson Games!). That was followed by the magic gameWizardand a full roleplaying rulebook:In the Labyrinth.
The Fantasy Tripis more “cinematic” than “simulationist” — speed and ease of play are the goal, not an exact representation of every swing and every defense. The background is unabashedly swords and sorcery. Elves are noble, dragons are greedy, and gunpowder weapons exist but are very likely to blow up in your face!
TFT was off the market for more than 35 years, until 2017 when Steve Jackson regained the rights to his work and set about creating a new edition.The Legacy Editioncame out in 2018 . . . andMore Perilous Journeyssupports that amazing deluxe edition.
The campaign features five new adventures. Three expect you to run with a GM at the helm; the other two are solo adventures.
Roc of Sages (Christopher R. Rice and J. Edward Tremlett).Beset by Collectors – assassins from the Indhyna League – the party must journey to the Isle of Greater Zosi to collect items for the semi-corporeal Jok Sevantes. Of course, there are several dangerous stops along the way. Roc of Sages is designed for 4-6 characters of 34-36 points.
Catacombs of Living Death(Christopher R. Rice and J. Edward Tremlett).Following the events of Roc of Sages, Jok Sevantes again calls the party to aid him. They must venture forth through a plague-stricken land, and enter the Catacombs of Eulogia to recover the Helm of Baat. Simple enough . . . but things are not always as they appear. Catacombs of Living Death is designed for 4-6 characters of 36-38 points.
The Sunken Library(Christopher R. Rice and J. Edward Tremlett).Set immediately following Catacombs, the players flee the plague-ridden landscape beset by numerous foes. Sevantes’ plans reach their climax as his partners must bring all of the previously found artifacts beneath the depths of a lake in Meloria. There, a lost tome sits in the sunken Great Library of Meloria, and matters become treacherously clear. The Sunken Library is designed for 4-6 characters of 36-38 points.
Dragon Hunt! (David Pulver).Baron Gwalathar’s armies marched off to war. Without its defenders, the dragons of the wild sensed weakness, ravaging the realm. The young Baroness Tanith Gwalathar calls for heroes: It’s time for a dragon hunt! This is a solo/programmed adventure for one 37-39 point character or two 35-36 point characters. It can optionally also be run with a GM.
Dark Lord’s Doom (David Pulver).AnotherDark Lord is on the march, threatening to bring death and destruction to all who oppose, and maybe a few who don’t. This solo/programmed adventure features a squad of soldiers fighting in an all-out war to defeat the evil Lord Saethor and his allies before it’s too late. Will the Dark Lord’s doom fall upon the party, or on the villain himself? Dark Lord’s Doom is designed for 4 characters of 33-36 points each.
I got a lot of great feedback on the More Perilous Journeys campaign page, and as a result, I’ve made substantial revisions to the campaign page. The campaign was originally kept very simple. Print+PDF or PDF; all the new stuff, or all the new stuff AND the old stuff.
Simple, yes. But folks want what they want, and TFT folks know what they want. And YOU let me know what you wanted.
So I adapted.
There are still tiers that sweep up all the TFT books that GB is making, and has made. But now there are also a few more options. Also, discounts for jumping in on the Kickstarter to help get it funded. Check out the new pledges, prices, and campaign overview. And tell all your friends.
All the New Stuff
There are two reward levels that get you all five of the new adventures being offered during the More Perilous Journeys campaign.
$25 – ALL FIVE NEW PDFs
Includes Roc of Sages, Catcombs of Living Death, The Sunken Library, Dragon Hunt!, and Dark Lord’s Doom in PDF format.
$70 – ALL FIVE NEW ADVENTURES IN PRINT & PDF
Includes Roc of Sages, Catcombs of Living Death, The Sunken Library, Dragon Hunt!, and Dark Lord’s Doom in both softcover print and PDF format.
ALL The Stuff, Old and New
If you missed out on the first campaign (Five Perilous Journeys), and you still want it all, these two reward levels are just what you’re looking for.
$50 – ALL TEN ADVENTURES IN PDF Format
This pledge level includes the five new adventures (Roc of Sages, Catcombs of Living Death, The Sunken Library, Dragon Hunt!, and Dark Lord’s Doom), as well as the five adventures produced in the Five Perilous Journeys campaign (Crown of Eternity, Curse of the Pirate King, Citadel of Ice, Ironskull Castle, and the solo Vamprire Hunter Belladonna).
$135 – ALL TEN ADVENTURES IN PRINT & PDF
This pledge level includes the five new adventures (Roc of Sages, Catcombs of Living Death, The Sunken Library, Dragon Hunt!, and Dark Lord’s Doom), as well as the five adventures produced in the Five Perilous Journeys campaign (Crown of Eternity, Curse of the Pirate King, Citadel of Ice, Ironskull Castle, and the solo adventure Vamprire Hunter Belladonna).
The Jok Sevantes Campaign
The five adventures written by Christopher R. Rice and J. Edward Tremlett form a campaign arc that provides for a whole lot of adventuring. If you want these five books as a set, here’s your chance!
$25 – COMPLETE JOK SEVANTES CAMPAIGN IN PDF FORMAT
PDF copies of the five linked adventures that form the “Jok Sevantes” campaign arc. These include Crown of Eternity, Curse of the Pirate King, Roc of Sages, Catacombs of Living Death, and The Sunken Library. (These five adventures retail for $32)
$70 – COMPLETE JOK SEVANTES CAMPAIGN IN PRINT & PDF FORMAT
Print and PDF copies of the five linked adventures that form the “Jok Sevantes” campaign arc. These include Crown of Eternity, Curse of the Pirate King, Roc of Sages, Catacombs of Living Death, and The Sunken Library. (This reward would retail for $87)
Just the Solo Adventures
TFT fans seem to really love solo adventures, and let the publishers know this regularly. So, if that’s what you want, here you go!
$20 – JUST THE SOLOS IN PDF FORMAT
You want solos? Portable, no-shelf-space-required solos? You got ’em. All three of David’s solo/programmed adventures that Gaming Ballistic has produced, and ONLY the solo/programmed adventures, in PDF format. IncludesVampire Hunter Belladonna,Dragon Hunt!, andDark Lord’s Doom. Both of the new adventures can be run as group adventures with or without a GM.
$50 – JUST THE SOLOS IN PRINT & PDF FORMAT
You want solos? You got ’em. All three of David’s solo/programmed adventures that he’s written for Gaming Ballistic in both Print and PDF format. IncludesVampire Hunter Belladonna,Dragon Hunt!, andDark Lord’s Doom. Both of the new adventures can be run as group adventures with or without a GM.
Pick and Choose
Sometimes, you just want what you want. Based on backer feedback (and no small amount of discussion with Backerkit), Gaming Ballistic is pleased to offer somea la cartepledge levels.
After choosing one of these levels, during the Backerkit phase of the project, you will select from the ten available TFT adventures from Gaming Ballistic.
The following reward levels arePDF-ONLY.
$6 – Choose any ONE PDF
$12 – Choose any TWO PDFs
$18 – Choose any THREE PDFs
The following reward levels are PRINT-ONLY.No PDF is included with thesepledge levels!
$12 – Choose any ONE softcover print adventure
$22 – Choose any TWO softcover print adventures
$33 – Choose any THREE softcover print adventures
I’ve also added some preview images that give a much better idea of what the books will look like. Some are work-in-progress, others represent past books, but since I’m using the same art team . . . pretty representative!
The covers for the five new books utilize the same template as those from Five Perilous Journeys. Inspired by the iconic Megahex tiles of The Fantasy Trip, here are two example of the cover layouts. Of course, the images will be added later!
I’ve already selected Ksenia Kozhovnikova to illustrate Dragon Hunt! And she knows dragons!
My art team is pretty consistent from project to project, though I’m always looking for outstanding new talent. Here’s the cover of Citadel of Ice, done by Rick Troula for the last campaign:
Art, Maps, and Layout
Layout and editing are underway, and will continue as the campaign progresses. Here’s a screen capture from Roc of Sages, which is substantially complete in layout, needing only more fine-tuning of the language. It is representative of both the prior books, and the format of the upcoming products. The maps (see below) will be replaced by Glynn with something more than a rough sketch!
TFT is a tactical battle game, and a roleplaying game. But good maps make for good fights. Fortunately, I’ve good good help. Glynn Seal, the ENnie Gold Medal cartographer in 2018 for his work on his Midderlands setting, has once again agreed to provide the maps for these five new books.
Here’s an example of his B/W work from Vampire Hunter Belladonna, featuring a tactical hex-map.
One more spread! This one from Citadel of Ice, showing a topographical map of the titular Citadel on the rapidly disintegrating iceberg, as well as a tracker who has clearly made a very poor 3/IQ roll.
I hope that, despite the art and maps being mostly pending, these images give you a feel for what the team shall provide.