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A Mystery Adventure Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe for 5e

A project in Oxford, UK by Midnight Tower

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‘Before the Stroke of Midnight’ is a Gothic Fantasy RPG Book for Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition (Dnd/D&D)
Backers: 1874
Average Pledge Per Backer: £15

Funded: £27,767 of £1,265
Dates: Nov 3rd -> Dec 3rd (30 days)
Project By: Midnight Tower
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Latest News

All stretch goals unlocked!

December 2nd - via:
*** Yey! All stretch goals unlocked! *** Hi! The final stretch goal has been unlocked! Pre-generated D&D characters will be available to all backers. The suggestion of having pre-made characters as a stretch goal was made by several backers.... (Read More)

Stretch goal #8 unlocked: Poisons!

December 1st - via:
*** New poisons! *** Hello everyone! We’ve unlocked stretch goal #8! Yey! We’ll travel far and wide across Eastern Farraway to find various poisons that can be used for creating your own murder mystery. Here’s an excerpt: While some poisons... (Read More)

Changing your pledge

November 30th - via:
*** Project status update *** Hi everyone! We’ve just received the text for the compendium from our proofreader who once again has saved us from publishing all kinds of terrible typos (thanks, Pauline!!). We’re working on the final stage of the... (Read More)

Poll: What should we do next?

November 28th - via:
*** What should we do next? *** Hi everyone! We’d love to hear your thoughts on Midnight Tower’s plans for the future! So many plans, so little knowledge! Help, help! :) Our next Kickstarter campaign will be a trilogy of adventures that can be... (Read More)

Sneak peek at the new monster: Vengeful Bride

November 27th - via:
*** Vengeful Bride *** Hello from a very misty Oxford, England! We’ve just added a new, extremely dangerous monster to the compendium, and we’re pleased (or terrified!) to introduce the Vengeful Bride. The vengeful bride is the spirit of a... (Read More)

Sneak peek at Legend & Lore

November 26th - via:
*** Legend & Lore *** Hi everyone! We’re hard at work on the compendium and we’re currently writing a section on legend and lore. The topic will be - you may have guessed it - ravens! Here’s a sneak peek at raven folklore in Eastern... (Read More)

We made a ridiculous video for your entertainment!

November 24th - via:
The premise: In an alternative reality, the two nerds behind Midnight Tower have been called to a job interview at Wizards of the Coast – or so they think... We’re roleplaying as ourselves against Augury, Ginny Di’s evil villain tiefling... (Read More)

More NPC portraits!

November 21st - via:
*** Four more NPC portraits *** Hi everyone! We’ve received more artwork from Alaina and we couldn’t be happier! The NPCs are illustrated just as we hoped they’d be, but twice as good!! Does that make sense? We hope so! :-) We’re excited to... (Read More)

Stretch goal #6 unlocked!

November 20th - via:
*** Stretch goal unlocked *** Hello from the nerds in the Midnight Tower! What an amazing week: We’ve just unlocked stretch goal #6 and more than 1,100 people have joined the campaign. HUZZAH!!! :-D We’ll light our lanterns and delve deep into... (Read More)

The first four illustrated NPCs!

November 18th - via:
*** Illustrations of the first four NPCs *** Hi everyone! We’ve received previews of the illustrations for four the NPCs who live in Shieldsborg Castle, and we’re exceedingly happy with how they’re turning out! The artist Alaina Milare is not... (Read More)

Name the cat!

November 17th - via:
*** The cat needs a name *** Hello everyone! A ginger tabby cat makes its home in Shieldsborg Castle, where it roams the shadowy corridors, stalks the grounds, or sleeps curled up in the cook Nell Tintagel’s bed. But many of the castle’s... (Read More)

More adventure maps!

November 15th - via:
*** More maps ready *** Hello everybody! This has been a busy week in the tower and we’ve now completed all the smaller maps for the adventure! (Click here to see a larger version of the maps.) The Blackraven Cemetery, a ramshackle gazebo in the... (Read More)

Stretch goal #5 unlocked and 900 backers!

November 14th - via:
  *** Watch two pages come alive *** Hi everyone! Here is an image of two pages in the adventure that we’re working right now! You can click here to see a quick animation of how these pages come alive from beginning to the finished layout. ***... (Read More)

Our visit to Edgar Allan Poe’s cottage!

November 12th - via:
*** A look inside Edgar Allan Poe’s cottage *** Hello everyone! A couple of years ago, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit New York City for a week. And of course, we visited Edgar Allan Poe’s old home in the Bronx! Here are some photos... (Read More)

Shieldsborg Castle maps and 800 backers!

November 11th - via:
*** Castle maps *** Good morning, everyone! Here is a preview of Shieldsborg Castle’s three floors, inked and coloured by Toby at Dark Realm Maps! As you can see, there are lots of rooms for the adventurers to explore as they search for the lost... (Read More)

New stretch goal unlocked!

November 9th - via:
Good morning!! What an amazing start to the day in Oxford: The campaign has reached 700 backers! Bring forth the cake! May the cake be with you!! *** First sketches of the NPCs *** Here above are the first sketches for their portraits! They’re... (Read More)

New castle map!

November 8th - via:
Hi everyone! We’d like to share one of the maps by Toby Lancaster from Dark Realm Maps that will be included in the adventure! This is one of the castle’s three floors, so there’ll be lots of areas for the adventurers to explore. Toby has done... (Read More)

Stretch goal #3 unlocked! Yey!

November 6th - via:
Hello! Here’s one of the latest illustrations for the new adventure. Who did the locket once belong to? And where is it now? Search the castle, and you will find out…! *** Stretch goal unlocked *** Thanks to the astounding support for the... (Read More)

500 backers! Vote on stretch goals!

November 5th - via:
The making of the Shieldsborg Castle ground floor map from sketch to finished map. Hi everyone, here’s an update about the campaign for Before the Stroke of Midnight! *** Over 500 backers *** It’s morning here in Oxford, UK, and we’ve just... (Read More)


November 3rd - via:
A ghostly cat - soon in an adventure near you...!   THANK YOU everyone for making this project happen! We were fully funded in record time, and we’ve already unlocked the first stretch goal! This is insane – and totally amazing at the same... (Read More)

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