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Kickstarter: ADOM the Roleplaying game!
« on: January 14, 2019, 05:18:50 PM »
Dear roguelikers!

We are very happy to announce that the kickstarter campaign for ADOM the Roleplaying game is now live!

https://tinyurl.com/adom-rpg-kickstarter

ADOM now is branching out into new media in an attempt to make the world even more roguelike! ADOM the Roleplaying game will allow you to adventure with your friends in the Ancient Domains of Mystery. Ancardia was a peaceful world, but a mysterious Gate has opened in a deep and long forgotten cave and now the forces of Chaos spread their corrupting taint, twisting and changing the very essence of beings.

It is for the heroes to decide which side to choose, if any, for Chaos offers tempting powers far beyond mortal capabilities.

12 races and 22 classes allow for a wide variety of unique playstyles where both class and race decisions will continue to matter as the characters grow in power.

ADOM the Roleplaying game is part of the Old School Revival movement and fully compatible with other OSR titles, featuring the "Danger System" - a smart take on advantage/disadvantage mechanics designed to simulate complex situations with very few rolls.
Featuring over 600 full colored pages with gorgeous, handpicked artwork over two books, ADOM the Roleplaying game seeks to set new standards in indie RPG design.

If you want to learn more and see some spectacular samples, check us out at https://www.adom-rpg.com.

Please note that this is the Kickstarter for the pen & paper roleplaying game. The Kickstarter campaign for Ultimate ADOM (https://www.ultimate-adom.com), the sequel to ADOM the computer game, will launch at the end of February.

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Thomas Biskup
ADOM Creator & Maintainer

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Re: Kickstarter: ADOM the Roleplaying game!
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 08:45:13 PM »
Excellent artwork on the Kickstarter page!

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Re: Kickstarter: ADOM the Roleplaying game!
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2019, 07:30:04 AM »
ADOM the Roleplaying game is part of the Old School Revival movement

What even is that? This is more like part of new school money-grabbing movement where everything is monetized to maximum value you think you can squeeze. Want to be old school? Release ADOM (that roguelike, not this horrible thing) open source and free.

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Re: Kickstarter: ADOM the Roleplaying game!
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2019, 02:05:50 PM »
OSR is just an umbrella term in the P&P scene for being "pretty much"  D20/ SRD OGL'ish/ "compatible with the classic rules system"---though in this case also the latest D&D incarnation without having to hitch themselves so entirely to that wagon.   Such that, any existing dice/supplies/etc for fundamentally running those tabletop games can be leveraged without needing to buy into some exotic items.

While it looks great, I am Extremely Wary...to say the least...about trying to just about immediately jump to an Ultimate ADOM Kickstarter right after this one as it doesn't seem like much of a gap at all to recover for the folks running it, nor possibly the audience overlap in terms of regenerating funds after splurging---though the advance notice does give folks some amount of time to reckon I suppose.   In terms of riding hopeful momentum and awareness it makes sense, and perhaps there's some division of labor to allow for the rest to work, but it definitely seems like a bit of a bold gambit---so bold, in fact, that I can't think of any other instance of such being successful nor even tried.

I hope it all works out, agreed on the fantastic art and all else.
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Re: Kickstarter: ADOM the Roleplaying game!
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2019, 02:23:22 PM »
ADOM the Roleplaying game is part of the Old School Revival movement

What even is that? This is more like part of new school money-grabbing movement where everything is monetized to maximum value you think you can squeeze. Want to be old school? Release ADOM (that roguelike, not this horrible thing) open source and free.

It's very nice of the internet to always think about money-grabbing first :-) Thanks for that one! As we have to work for the money (ever tried writing a 600+ page game... guessing from your post I would say "no") you can be ensured that we could earn money in much simpler ways than that ;-)

It's two things:
  • First of all it's a campaign to deliver something a surprising number of people keeped asking us about after our initial crowdfunding campaign: the complete ADOM RPG. As requests for that continued to pop up I decided to fulfill these requests and a life-long dream of my own: having my own version of the ADOM RPG in glorious full color
  • We attempt to widen the awareness for ADOM. Only doing that will allow us to continue to work on the game and its sequel: Ultimate ADOM.

Want to be old school? Release ADOM (that roguelike, not this horrible thing) open source and free.

I'm not sure what the relation between open source and old school is. But after having received murder threats about not releasing ADOM as open source, I can guarantee one thing: ADOM will never be open source. Say thanks to those fuckers in the glorious murder threat days. And write your own game if you want it to be open source. Makes no sense if I want to continue working on it.

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Re: Kickstarter: ADOM the Roleplaying game!
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2019, 02:25:42 PM »
OSR is just an umbrella term in the P&P scene for being "pretty much"  D20/ SRD OGL'ish/ "compatible with the classic rules system"---though in this case also the latest D&D incarnation without having to hitch themselves so entirely to that wagon.   Such that, any existing dice/supplies/etc for fundamentally running those tabletop games can be leveraged without needing to buy into some exotic items.

Exactly!

While it looks great, I am Extremely Wary...to say the least...about trying to just about immediately jump to an Ultimate ADOM Kickstarter right after this one as it doesn't seem like much of a gap at all to recover for the folks running it, nor possibly the audience overlap in terms of regenerating funds after splurging---though the advance notice does give folks some amount of time to reckon I suppose.   In terms of riding hopeful momentum and awareness it makes sense, and perhaps there's some division of labor to allow for the rest to work, but it definitely seems like a bit of a bold gambit---so bold, in fact, that I can't think of any other instance of such being successful nor even tried.

I hope it all works out, agreed on the fantastic art and all else.

As the Kickstarter tries to explain: We are cautious this time. And it totally understand your caution ;-)

I have hired writers to work on most of the game content, I'm paying artist and my "only" (but major and very important) part in this is that I can think about the revised design for Ultimate ADOM in the same time I think about the design for the RPG.

And yes, it's a bold gambit. But the meek don't get anywhere ;-)

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Re: Kickstarter: ADOM the Roleplaying game!
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2019, 10:25:08 PM »
And yes, it's a bold gambit.

No it wasn't. Lot of people have noticed you can try your luck with almost anything in crowdfunding, because the projects that get funded can be anything. In some cases it just has to be a meme-worthy enough to work. Or they use some kind of (old) brand/remake. Obviously you can't admit any of this, because you were just lucky to strike gold with ADOM, because it is in a small, less competitive genre with enthusiastic fans.

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Re: Kickstarter: ADOM the Roleplaying game!
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2019, 11:22:06 PM »
Obviously you can't admit any of this, because you were just lucky to strike gold with ADOM, because it is in a small, less competitive genre with enthusiastic fans.

Luck. And hard work. You might also have heard of the latter.

Thomas Biskup
ADOM Maintainer