This Post Will Be Really Dated, and Soon (5e Kickstarters, 10-27-2021)
|Kickstarter||Days Left to Back|
|Iron Kingdoms: Borderlands and Beyond||1|
|The Lazy DM’s Companion||1|
|Eidol: The Endless Dungeon||4|
|Adventure Kit: The Battle for Arctor’s Vault||10|
|Skyraiders of Abarax||19|
|Shotguns & Sorcery||20|
|Book of Ebon Tides||21|
|Potbellied Kobold’s Guide to Villains & Lairs||21|
|Raiders of the Serpent Sea||23|
|Pirates of Atlantis||28|
There are a lot of D&D 5e Kickstarters going on right now. I’m not going to try to be exhaustive with this list. I’m going to limit this to Kickstarts that I have backed, or that people I know have backed.
Iron Kingdoms: Borderlands and Beyond
This is the follow-up to the previous Iron Kingdoms Kickstarter, bringing the setting into D&D 5e. In this case, the book revolves around the less settled regions of the Iron Kingdoms, and if you’re a fan of Warmachine or Hordes, this is the book that has a bit more Hordes content in it.
The Lazy DM’s Companion
This is a follow-up to Mike Shea’s Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master. I’ve picked up multiple products produced by Mike Shea, so I don’t have a hard time recommending this, but move fast.
Eidol: The Endless Dungeon
This is one that I’ve seen come up from some of the people I follow. It’s a megadungeon, so if that’s your thing, this may also be your thing.
This is the latest project from EN Publishing. It’s a pretty ambitious project, creating more granular options for D&D 5e that remain backwards compatible. This includes reworking the core rules, adding more rules for adjudicating the roleplaying and exploration pillars, and reworking monster entries.
Adventure Kit: The Battle of Arctor’s Vault
I have two of the previous Adventure Kits. These are literally kits. There is a general theme and goal to the adventure, but the product itself has various encounters that can expand and contract the length of the adventure. In addition to NPCs and objectives, it presents stat blocks as more “universal,” having stat blocks that can scale up by tier and have specific traits added to them to model monster types. I haven’t used one of these yet, but if you like to explore theoretical concepts for adventure building, this may be worth it. This particular Adventure Kit includes modules for modeling mass combat.
Skyraiders of Abarax
This one is from Tracy and Laura Hickman, of Ravenloft and Dragonlance fame. In addition to presenting a new setting, one of the selling points of this Kickstarter is that there is an app that helps characters manage material from adventures and the setting.
Shotguns and Sorcery
This is adapting Matt Forbeck’s urban fantasy undead apocalypse noir setting for 5th edition. The previous version of the setting was created using Cypher System, and I’ve got a review of it up at the stew. If you like gritty P.I. stories that also take place in a city with elves, dwarves, and orcs, with an army of undead outside the city walls, you may want to take a look at this.
Book of Ebon Tides
The shadow realms have been important to Kobold Press’ Midgard setting for a while now, primarily as the home to the Shadow Fey. Some regions have been touched upon in the campaign setting guide, adding ghoul and bearfolk domains to the realm of shadows. This book kicks it up a notch and presents a setting book to explore this aspect of the campaign.
I’ll admit, this one has me very intrigued. This is a prehistoric setting, but one with plenty of magic, local gods of significant places, and dinosaurs. With the recent talk of the First World in D&D, the concept of a pre-historic setting that exists before the outer planes existed and before the worlds proliferated is right up my alley.
Potbellied Kobold’s Guide to Villains & Lairs
I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet, but Tales from the Potbellied Kobold was a series of adventure that I’ve only heard good things about. An expanded book of villains and lairs should make for some good modular content.
Monte Cook Games is creating this setting/adventure product for both D&D 5e and Cypher System. It involves a moon that hurtles through multiple planes of existence. That moon has its own city, and carries elements from one reality to another. This one might be a good way to get some Planescape flavor, while waiting for . . . ?
Raiders on the Serpent Sea
This one is from Arcanum Worlds, the same publisher that put out Odyssey of the Dragon Lords. This time around, instead of exploring a Greek myth-inspired setting, the setting is Norse-inspired. Like Odyssey of the Dragon Lords, the setting can be reached basically by getting lost at sea, meaning you can bring in characters from whatever world you want.
Pirates of Atlantis
This is a setting presenting high seas adventures and undersea exploring in a fantasy setting. I’m pretty happy with similar content from Seas of Vodari, but this is providing support not only for 5e but also for 13th Age.
Until Next Time
I have a feeling we’ll be seeing even more of these 5e Kickstarters in the future, but for now, I just wanted to do a quick tour of some of the current ones. Have fun!