Monkey Monday: The Mandate of Heaven Kickstarter!

The Queen of the West by Dan Barker

The Queen of the West by Dan Barker

Yes I’m taking Monkey back to Kickstarter next week with the Mandate of Heaven Kickstarter, which opens on Monday 13th March and closes on Sunday 19th of March.

After the sucess of the Monkey Kickstarter, Kickstarter contacted me about running a one week kickstarter as part of thier All in One promotion. So under the rules of this promotion my kickstarter has to run for one week and have one stretch goal. So on a roll from the Monkey Kickstarter and busy writting up the Mandate of Heaven adventure to run at 7 Hills gaming convention (which would have been the next stretch goal to fund), I thought hey lets give it a go.

So the main goal will be  the Mandate of Heaven this large adventure details three mythic locations within the Monkey Universe. The Western Heaven, Chang‘an the capital of the Tang Empire and the Ten Courts of Hell. There numerous plots play out and evil demons try usurp the harmony between Heaven and Earth.

It’s the most epic Monkey experience I’ve ever written for the game, and it’s ideal for if you just want to run a memorable one shot or start your Journey to the West with a bang.  At 7 Hills I’ll be running it with two tables of four players and a co-Narrator who will run one of the tables while I run the other. Each table represents either the Earthly captial of the Chinese Empire or the Western Heaven, with a third table being used when the immortals visit the Ten courts of Hell.

I’ve written in more detail about the adventure during the 23 Days of Monkey….Day 19 The Mega Monkey.

Of course if you are running it at home you can run it with just your home group round your gaming table, taking your own time to run it as a multi-session experience. A drawn out TV serries rather than a Cinematic Film like the convention game is.

Physcially It’s going to be a standalone A5 or 6″ by 9″ book, that will detail dozens of locations. characters and events, as well as explaining how to run this ‘wandering toybox’ adventure within a framework that gives the players and entertaining and satisfying experience. Art will be by Peter Frain and Dan Barker who will be already running hot from illustrating Monkey. To the right is Dan’s take on the Queen of the West, the co-ruler of the Western Heaven.

I’ve currently firming up what the single Stretch Goal will be. At the moment  a collection of specially designed play-aids – like A3 location maps, player markers and player handouts – comes to immeadiatly to mind.

If you missed out on the Monkey Kickstarter earlier this year there will be a backer levels for you to get the main rule book and stretch goals as if you had backed the orginal.

 

 

 

Morning Monkey, 3 Days to go, Cover preview

So the clock is ticking down on the campaign and on Friday Morning it will all be over.

Cover artist Jon Hodgson is hard at work on the front cover and has posted these two detail images of the work in progress.

Monkey, detail work in progress by Jon Hodgson

Pigsy detail work in progress by Jon Hodgson

Jon Hodgson’s work in progress cover

Morning Monkey FOUR DAYS TO GO!!!

That’s right this time Friday morning it will all be over!

Stretch Goal 4 funded at the end of last week, so that’s The Monkey Companion in the bag. That’s a total of four books that the campaign has funded now. I’ve added six new stretch goals to the campaign  and funding has picked up. Who knows where we will end our own Journey to the West ?

So if you are thinking about backing now is the time to jump aboard and if you are a backer thinking about upping their pledge please do now to help the campaign end up in a crazy unimaginable place 🙂

Jon Hodgson’s work in progress cover

 

Monkey Morning 18 Cover + Illustrations

More art is coming in from the artists. Lots of stuff to show you today 🙂

Art production for the main rulebook is fully under way and the artists are blowing me away with their contributions 🙂

Here’s Jon Hodgson’s cover in progress

And here it is again on its own as a static image…

Jon Hodgson’s cover a work in progress at sketch state

Next Dan Barker has finished off his full page illustration for the adventure “If you see Buddha on the Road”

Dan Barker’s If you see Buddha on the Road

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