Castles of Mad King Ludwig Collector's Edition

The Well Roleplaying Game

A project in Seattle, WA by Shoeless Pete Games

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A fun, lightweight tabletop roleplaying game of exploring dungeons, finding treasures, and collecting grievous wounds.
Backers: 1002
Average Pledge Per Backer: $34

Funded: $33,891 of $7,800
Dates: Nov 27th -> Dec 27th (30 days)
Project By: Shoeless Pete Games
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Latest News

One Shot Podcast On the Way!

December 25th - via:
Well, you did it. I promised to commission an episode of One Shot Podcast if you took me up to 800 backers, and you got me there. I'm reaching out to James D'Amato now. And now I feel like there needs to be an additional stretch goal to lure you ever... (Read More)

Q&A Log Posted

December 22nd - via:
If you're interested in the Q&A Randomworlds just hosted on their Discord, you can check out the logs here.  (Read More)

Content Warning: (Crypt) Spiders

December 21st - via:
As we near the end of the campaign, I'd like to give you all a sneak peak at a couple pages of the book, featuring one of my favorite pieces of Kurt Komoda's art: the crypt spiders. I apologize in advance to any arachnophobes, but I hope the update... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked and Interview News

December 19th - via:
Thank you all so much for making this a fantastic experience so far. In today's news, you've unlocked a new scenario from The Dovetailor! While celebrating that, keep your eyes open for Our Shores, an RPG compilation from the creators of Southeast... (Read More)

State of the Stretch

December 17th - via:
You all continue to exceed my expectations. You're spreading the word, sharing the project with allies and nemeses, and I'm grateful. We're almost up on the $24,000 goal that will add another scenario to the book! Future Goal: 800 Backers I bet we... (Read More)

600 Backers Reached & Additional Art Unlocked!

December 15th - via:
Thank you all so much! I'm thrilled and grateful to have the opportunity to share my game with so many people. I'm now in the process of looking at artists for filling in the little nooks and crannies that appear when laying text out into a book.... (Read More)

Sneak Peak at the Tombs

December 14th - via:
The tombs are that portion of the Well above the city of Bastion. When they leave a layer of the Well, they bring everything of value they can, leaving only their entombed dead, their ancestors' grave goods, and anything they forgot. It's not long... (Read More)

New Stretch Goal: 600 Backers for Additional Art

December 9th - via:
As we reach the end of initial layout (absent the stretch goals it now seems likely we'll include), the book contains a handful of spots where I could fit a little more art. I have some in mind—scenes of people exploring or fighting—and I'm... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #4 Unlocked: A Robert Schwalb Scenario!

December 7th - via:
Shadows Loom... It's just another delve up the Well, which means just another day of hushed movement, growing stress, and moments of panic. You've finally found a place worth searching—a private crypt that looks undisturbed, so the grave goods... (Read More)

More on Stretch Goals

December 6th - via:
After some discussion and deliberation, we've established that it won't be a major delay to include the stretch goals in the printed book. The most important thing for me, then, will be to establish a consensus willingness among backers to wait a... (Read More)

You're the Best, and Stretch Goal Update

December 3rd - via:
You're all great. I never expected this much support. I'm awed and grateful. Thank you all. Stretch Goal Update To make sure it's clear, my current plan is to distribute all stretch goals not otherwise noted as a supplemental .pdf, likely a month or... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #3 Unlocked: Cat Rambo's Original Fiction

December 2nd - via:
Mysterious Writings... The distant, dusty corridor of the crypts used to be part of a stonecutter's workshop, but there's something unusual on the walls. You might be the first living person to lay eyes on it, archaic text chiseled into the walls. If... (Read More)

Kickstarter Wonk: December, 2020

December 2nd - via:
The game designers are hard at work, and just in time for the holiday season we have a complete slate of Kickstarters! Ten Kickstarters, emerging from the quagmire known as 2020. (Read More)

Stretch Goal #2 Unlocked: A Rob Heinsoo Scenario!

December 1st - via:
A Well-Aged Adventure You're enjoying a nip in The Broken Shovel when a man with a weathered face sits next to you uninvited. Before you can complain he orders the next round of fungal spirits, so you let him stay. Midway through the night of... (Read More)

Next Stretch Goal: Short Fiction from Cat Rambo

November 30th - via:
Cat Rambo has written so much I can't begin to tell you about it. She's an accomplished science fiction and fantasy author, and I'm so happy she's agreed to write some original fiction set in The Well. ...But first we need to get to $15,000. Let's do... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #1 Unlocked: Original Bruce Cordell Fiction!

November 30th - via:
A Strange Discovery... While exploring a dusty crypt in the tombs above Bastion, you find a lead-sealed box. Hoping for treasure, you open in, to find... a sheaf of preserved mycopaper, containing what appears to be a narrative. Is it a true account... (Read More)

The Well is a tabletop RPG about underground gravediggers from a former D&D developer

November 30th - via:
Uncover riches in abandoned underground crypts by playing The Well, an upcoming roleplaying game from an ex-developer for Dungeons & Dragons, Peter Schaefer. The Well is a tabletop roleplaying game that sees players becoming a crew of gravediggers who pursue the dangerous profession of searching for wealth amongst the crypts of the dead. (Read More)


November 29th - via:
Gratitude, thy name is Peter. Thanks so much for your support on my first Kickstarter. I'm grateful and thrilled that this book is going to become a reality! I'd love to see what gaming luminaries like Bruce Cordell and Rob Heinsoo can bring to the... (Read More)

Gravedigging Our Way to the Top!

November 28th - via:
Seeing everyone's enthusiastic support is fantastic and gratifying. Thank you all so much! Now seems like the time to announce the first stretch goals: $9,800: Fiction from Bruce Cordell The mind behind The Strange, the Far Realm, and psionics will... (Read More)

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