Roll & Play Press are edging up to £100,000 with their latest Kickstarter. They are an example of a British RPG publisher who’s found a niche with tables and reference guides, making a quality product and earning a loyal audience of backers.
One-Shot Wonders offers over 100 session ideas for 5e (but I’m sure you can apply that to any fantasy) and puts everything you need to plan a game in two pages or less. You can see the details on the project page.
The A4-sized hardcover caters to whisking up adventures for characters levels 1 to 8. There are references to 5e in the guide, but you can apply the techniques to any fantasy.
A free-to-download preview is available as a PDF (PDF link).
One-Shot Wonders is broken up into chapters that talk about interesting places. This book is designed for GMs/DMs who want to run a dungeon crawl in the desert, for those whose players want to fight pirates on the open sea, or when someone has asked you to run an adventure somewhere unusually cold.
Each adventure idea also has a theme written next to it, such as “magical,” “spooky,” “comedic,” “mysterious,” “riddles,” “conflict resolution,” “time limit,” etc., so you can figure out what kind of game you want to play.
As well as being beautifully designed, One-Shot Wonders is bursting with full-colour illustrations to jumpstart your imagination. Throughout the book, select stories also feature a key location battle map or building floorplan to help GMs and players visualise the adventure’s setting.
You can back the campaign by sharing it on social media. If you pledge any cash at all, you’ll be able to access the Pledge Manager later.
There are retailer options, and then, for backers at £22, the first reward tier offers the PDF edition of One-Shot Wonders and an acknowledgement in the book.
Shipping costs need to be calculated later, but supporters who pledge £2 will get the hardback instead of the PDF.
At £40, we’re back to digital-only but add in 4 pre-generated parties of adventures, terrain maps and key locations.
The PDF and hardcover come together at £42, and the Collector’s Edition unlocks at £60.
The top tiers are £65 for the bundle, in both digital and physical, then £120 (with over £100 in retail price saving) for a special acknowledgement, dice and scroll case, all the stretch goals in addition to the bundles.
Roll and Play Press estimate delivery of the project in October next year.
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