In an unbelievable stroke of generosity, I've reached my goal (and then some) for the fundraiser in an unimaginable short time. The gift was so generous that this unnamed individual will have the choice of either both sets of my original notes for the adventures or one of his choosing. Should he wish just the one, I'll be giving the other set to the next highest donor in thanks for all the good will I've received in less than two hours.
So for the record, I'll be able to replace my aging computer and get back on with finishing the sequel. However, I promised to keep this fundraiser going for a full week to allow people access to the limited edition PDF. I intend to keep that promise. All additional funds raised from this point forward will be applied towards other expenses. This allows me to actually turn down additional freelance projects (not counting those I've already committed myself to) in the short term so that I can concentrate on getting the sequel completed before year's end. However, I know not everyone may not wish to contribute towards that goal, and I wanted to be honest with all you very fine and unbelievably generous people. So consider the PDF to be more of a "pay what you want" product than a true fundraiser from now until next Thursday.
I am deeply in awe of you all. I've said this before, but writing is an extremely lonesome profession and I'm seldom aware of how much people enjoy my work until I get out on the convention trail and meet fans face-to-face. Your contributions this afternoon have astounded me, and I remain gobsmacked at the generosity and humanity of you all. From the bottom of my heart, I extend my thanks. I will endeavor to continue producing work of my finest caliber for your enjoyment. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Very most sincerely,
My friends, Stonehell Dungeon is cursed.
I’m not speaking of the manifold magical enchantments that
lurk within, but rather a real world phenomenon that has plagued the dungeon
since its inception. Back in 2009, when I was assembling the first book, my
computer decided it would be a good time to cook its motherboard right when I
was at the tail end of putting together the book. Some work was lost, but I was
able to get my hoary computer repaired and complete the book. Now, history has
You may have noticed that I’ve had little to report either
here or on the various forums and social media dedicated to chronicling the
sequel. This is because nothing has been accomplished for reasons outside of my
control. A few weeks ago, my computer decided to become twitchy, and then
undergo a series of catastrophic failures. I’m typing this on a loaned laptop,
which is how I’ve been connecting to the ether the past three weeks.
As with many things in life, catastrophe seldom comes when
it’s convenient, and my computer giving up the ghost for good is no exception.
My machine died just when finances are at their worst and, after pursuing my
budget, it’s apparent it may be several months before I can afford repairs or
replace the ancient computer. At this point, it’s probably the same cost to do
either. Frankly, that’s a delay I do not want to endure.
To this end, I’ve decided to appeal to the fans of the
dungeon to help get things back on track and to finish the book before year’s
end as anticipated. Beginning today and running for one week, I’m holding the Save Stonehell Fundraiser in hopes of helping cover or at least defray
the cost of getting myself back into the modern age and finish the sequel. I’m
not one to ask for charity often and hate to do so, but this is one case where
I feel appealing to the fans of Stonehell
Dungeon in particular, and my work in general, is justified since it helps
me get the book out and into your hands all the sooner. Both of us benefit in
the long run.
However, rather than ask for pure charity, the Save Stonehell Fundraiser rewards you for your assistance. For the next
seven days, anyone who donates any amount to the fund will receive a special
PDF of seldom-seen Stonehell material. This PDF, Stonehell Dungeon—Convention Specials: Revealed, contains two
special adventures set in and around Stonehell Dungeon, adventures previously
only experienced by a small handful of people who played through them at
conventions. After next week, I’ll no longer be distributing this PDF and its
mysterious contents will return to my private archive of work for good.
The 16-page supplement contains “The Hidden Vault of Evaders
Noan”, an adventure designed for 3rd level PCs that was first run at
the 3rd Annual Dave Arneson Memorial Game Day in 2011, and “The
Great Stonehell Lazer Massacre,” run exclusively at this year’s NTRPG Con. In
addition to the adventures, the PDF contains a number of “Behind the Scenes”
sidebars that discuss dungeon design choices, humorous anecdotes, and actual
events that occurred when running these adventures. Much like Stonehell Dungeon Supplement Two: Buried
Secrets, there is almost no art in the supplement (but there is a cool piece of map clarification by Jim Wampler), meaning the pages are
jam-packed with goodies. If you own that supplement, you know what to expect.
As noted above, it doesn’t matter if you can spare $1.00 or
$100.00. All contributors receive a copy of the PDF as a “thank you” for your
generosity. I’ll endeavor to email your copy within 24 hours of being notified
of your contribution. The PDF will be sent to the default email address
associated with the contributor’s PayPal account unless otherwise specified by
the donor. The PDF is 883 kb in size, so if you expect your email provider may have issues with a file of that size, let me know and I'll make other arrangements to get it to you.
But that’s not all. To further show my appreciation (and to
possibly convince you to donate generously), the two contributors who donate
the most to the Save Stonehell Fundraiser will receive a special thank
you: my own personal copies of the adventures, including my hand-drawn maps,
notes, and other annotations that accrued through actual play. I will
personally mail each of those two contributors one of the adventures and
provide extra customization (an autograph, a letter of provenance, a stick
figure drawing of a Viking riding a whale, etc.) as desired. The contributor
who donates the most will get first choice of the two adventures, with the
second highest donor receiving the other. In the event of multiple donors
contributing the same amount, I’ll determine the recipient randomly using a
good old polyhedral.
At the end of each day, I’ll post in the comments below the highest
contributions to date. This way, if you really want a shot of one of the
adventures, you’ll know the goal to hit or exceed. Multiple donations by one
person will be totaled when determining the two recipients of my personal
notes, so if you give more than once, all your contributions will be applied
when making the determination of the most generous donors.
EDIT: Should be working now. Thank you!
On the upper right of this blog is a Paypal Donation button.
If you wish to contribute to the fund, please use that button to give. I’m hoping to raise around $300.00 during the next seven
days, which will either cover the cost to get my nine-year-old, second-hand PC
restored to life or allow me to purchase a budget economy tower from the local
electronics box store. If thirty fans of Stonehell contribute $10.00 each, my
goal is reached and I can accelerate the return to working on both Stonehell
and other projects, clearing my plate clean by 2014. Give what you can,
however, if you’re so inclined.
Let me conclude by both thanking you in advance for your
generosity and for you constant patience in waiting for the final Stonehell
book. The dungeon is getting close to completion and, with your help now, will
soon go from a long-standing promise unfulfilled to something you can read,
use, and keep on your shelf for years to come.