I absolutely love the DMs Guild, and it’s still my go-to place for additional 5e content, but it seems that more and more creators are turning to Kickstarters to fund and market their adventures, lore books and D&D related products. A quick search reveals nearly a 1,000 projects related to 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons available to back on Kickstarter right now, with 1,000s more related to RPGs and table top gaming in general listed on the site.

That’s a lot of browsing for you to get through, so let me share some products that caught my eye recently, that are taking off right now. (My challenge, from now onwards, will be to keep this list fresh… if you have a Kickstarter you think I’ll like drop me a line!).

Selected 5e D&D Kickstarters…

Whenever backing a Kickstarter project be sure to read the small text and risks, and for physical products check the shipping costs.

Now, go and bring some of these extremely creative dreams to life!

The Oracle Story Generator

Type: Adventure Cards
Team: Nord Games
Back By: 8th July 2021

Enjoy brainstorming new adventures? This eye-catching Kickstarter promises unlimited creative potential for DMs and looks like a fantastic toolset for budding professional story writers out there too! There are 5 different decks being created with different themes (Epic Adventures, Political Intrigue, Simple Side Quests etc) and each deck has different types of cards within them – Actors, Actions, Subjects, Intents and Developments. On top of that each card has four options, so that a Warlord (Actor) might have four different variations, which you can use or select randomly for your story. The cards look stunning and each deck offers 250 million potential story combinations! Your fantasy RPG sessions are set for life basically!

Selected Reward Tiers for Oracle Story Generator

There are many different reward tiers for this project (including for retailers), so I’ll just highlight a few, and you can head to their Kickstarter.com page for more.

Pledge $7 dollars

PDF version of deck of your choice

Pledge $20 dollars

Deck of your choice + PDF

Pledge $70 dollars

All five decks + five PDFs

>> Back Oracle Story Generator on Kickstarter.com <<

Check out the official product teaser video, discover some cool stretch goals, and decide whether to back by following the link above.

Isle of the Dreaded Accursed

Type: Adventure
Team: Mr. Tarrasque, JVC Parry, Nord Games
Back By: 30th June 2021
Estimated Delivery: December 2021

Inspired by the Ultimate Bestiary of the Dreaded Accursed by Nord Games (from which the adventure borrows many monsters and artwork), this stand alone adventure throws characters into the deep end of a divine temper tantrum, in which the Sea Goddess Elvirath has unleashed her full fury to punish her worshippers for not paying her ’nuff respect (and also spending too long dabbling in necromancy!). I’m loving the combined Theros and Ghost of Saltmarsh vibes about this one, and with a remote rocky island rife with undead as the main location this looks like the perfect 5e adventure to terrify your players with in winter 2021/22 (the adventure’s delivery date).

Reward Tiers for Isle of the Dreaded Accursed

Tier 1: Zombie (€10 pledge)
PDF of the adventure
20% discount on Nord Games products

Tier 2: Skeleton (€20 pledge)
PDF of the adventure
Softcover version
20% discount on Nord Games products

Tier 3: Revenant (€50 pledge)
PDF of the adventure
Softcover version
DM Screen
Dungeon Map
Player Handouts
20% discount on Nord Games products

Tier 4: Lich (€500 pledge)
PDF of the adventure
Softcover version
DM Screen
Dungeon Map
Player Handouts
20% discount on Nord Games products
Your NPC in the adventure!

>> Back “Isle of the Dreaded Accursed” on Kickstarter.com <<

Check out the official product teaser video, discover some cool stretch goals, and decide whether to back by following the link above.

Wanderer’s Guide to Merchants and Magic

Type: 5e compatible sourcebook
Team: Eventyr Games
Back By: 1st July 2021
Estimated Delivery: March 2022

Players love magic items… and if you have DM’ed any mid- to high-level campaign you’ll know they are desperate to buy them and trade them too! Merchants & Magic promises to deliver a great toolset for this underserved niche in 5th edition, while furnishing GMs with 100s more magic items and a full bazaar of memorable merchants.

Reward Tiers for Merchants & Magic

Tier 1 (€15 pledge)
PDF version of Merchants & Magic.

Tier 2 (€25 pledge)
Softcover version of Merchants & Magic.

Tier 3 (€30 pledge)
Softer version + PDF

Tier 4 (€30 pledge)
Hardcover version of Merchants & Magic.

Tier 5 (€35 pledge)
Hardcover version + PDF

Enchanter Bundle (€75 pledge)
PDF
Hardcover version
Design your own magic item for the book!

Merchant Bundle (€125 pledge)
PDF
Hardcover version
Design your own merchant for the book!

>> Back “Merchants & Magic” on Kickstarter.com <<

Check out the official product teaser video, discover some cool stretch goals, and decide whether to back by following the link above.

Weird Wastelands

Type: 5e compatible sourcebook
Team: Web DM
Back By: 12th July 2021
Estimated Delivery: March 2022 (PDF) / September-December 2022 (Hardcover)

Add post-apocalyptic flavour to your D&D games with these 10 magic-warped locations, and gain an entire toolset to bring weird and wonderful wastelands into the heart of your campaign. Product includes new monsters, new mechanics for exploration, new spells and new subclasses, as well as a return of the absent psion class for 5e. Developed by popular Youtube channel, Web DM, with foreword by none other than Monte Cook himself.

Reward Tiers for Weird Wastelands

Tier 1 ($25 pledge)
PDF version of Weird Wastelands

Tier 2 ($55 pledge)
Hardcover + PDF version of Weird Wastelands

Tier 3 ($100 pledge)
Deluxe Hardcover + PDF

Tier 4: Collector’s Box ($350 pledge)
Deluxe Hardcover + PDF
Weird Workbook
Weird GM’s Screen
Wasteland Flask
Wasteland Dice Satchel
Wasteland Dice
Everything else unlocked in stretch goals

>> Back “Weird Wastelands” on Kickstarter.com <<

Check out the official product teaser video, discover some cool stretch goals, and decide whether to back by following the link above.

Heliana’s Guide to Monster Hunting

Type: 5e compatible sourcebook (with adventures)
Team: Loot Tavern
Back By: 1st July 2021
Estimated Delivery: Jan 2022

Reward Tiers for Heliana’s Guide to Monster Hunting

Tier 1 ($25 pledge)
PDF version of Heliana’s Guide

Tier 2 ($50 pledge)
Hardcover + PDF version of Heliana’s Guide
Kickstarter Exclusive Stickers

Game Ready Tier ($75 pledge)
Hardcover + PDF version of Heliana’s Guide
Kickstarter Exclusive Stickers
Heliana’s Handouts
Loot Tavern Map

All Pins Tier ($90 pledge)
Digital PDF
Enamel Pin Pack 1
Enamel Pin Pack 2
Kickstarter Exclusive Stickers

Core Box Tier ($125 pledge)
Digital PDF
Physical Hardcover Book
Heliana’s Handouts
Kickstarter Exclusive Stickers
Gelatinous Ooze Resin Dice Set
Heliana’s Dice Bag
Item Card Pack 1
Item Card Pack 2
Loot Tavern Map
Standard Dark Blue Box

Deluxe Box ($250 pledge)
Digital PDF
Physical Hardcover Book
Heliana’s Handouts
Kickstarter Exclusive Stickers
Loot Tavern Map
Indian Agate Gemstone Dice Set
Heliana’s Dice Bag
Item Card Pack 1
Item Card Pack 2
Enamel Pin Pack 1
Enamel Pin Pack 2
Collector’s Edition White & Gold Box

Back “Heliana’s Guide to Monster Hunting” on Kickstarter.com

Check out the official product teaser video, discover some cool stretch goals, and decide whether to back by following the link above.

Honourable Mentions…

Let’s round off the post with a few more projects I didn’t have time to elaborate on, but look pretty awesome:

Asian Monsters

A 112 page bestiary by Legendary Games. Check it out here.

Botanical Bestiary

Plant-inspired monsters derived with Slavic origins. More here.

5e Campaign Journal

A beautiful looking journal for your 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Record up to 3 years of your adventures in this gorgeous tome.

Carovea Victor

Ancient Rome and Greece translated into 5e! Read more on Kickstarter itself.

Latestarters

Ok that’s it from me for now… if you’re in the market for epic D&D adventures and supplements, be sure to drop my DMs Guild page and have a browse. My Platinum bestseller Esquiel’s Guide to Magic Weapons has garnered some rave reviews while I’m confident that your players will LOVE my latest adventure Dragonbowl – if they survive! And while already published content may lack that shiny new buzz, you benefit from being able to read the reviews and be assured of the quality of the product. Plus it arrives right away!

Dragonbowl

Type: 5e Adventure (Tier 2)
Team: Hipsters & Dragons

Delve into the Underbelly cavern to take part in Faerun’s most bloodthirsty sporting extravaganza! A non-stop fiesta of parties, parades and arena combats for most, disguises a trade fair of every type of criminal activity, and your heroes will face as many dangers outside Dragonbowl Arena as within it. With 16 fighting teams to choose from, 30 locations to visit and dozens of side quests you can run Dragonbowl your way!

“If you took American Gladiators, the Colosseum, and the Quidditch World Cup and then mashed them all together I imagine you’d end up with something like Dragonbowl. More than just a combat-focused adventure, Dragonbowl is a Bacchanalian-style festival with its own economy and ecology. Opportunistic entrepreneurs (some more shady than others) are out hustling for profits and corporate sponsors have sunk their claws into monopoly (looking at you Bloodwizer).

This adventure is overflowing with well-designed NPCs for the players to engage with. They could also either oppose the players or join them, if need be. Dragonbowl has all the charm of a longstanding recurring carnival or state fair to include questionable prizes, hawkers, and mini-games and attendees. With so many personalities and activities competing for your attention, all players are bound to find things that speak to their characters while working their way through the adventure to its conclusion and main prize (who couldn’t use 500,000 gold pieces?!).”

>> Back DRAGONBOWL on the DMs Guild <<

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