When we came up with the idea to do a book about taverns with an incredibly cheesy title – little did we know that it would become a massive Kickstarter hit! Now, one year later our modestly hyped “Remarkable Inns & Their Drinks” is almost due for release. Read on for all the details!
From small idea to massive book
Initially, this book started as nothing more as an homage to a favorite of ours: Volo’s Guide to the Sword Coast. I and my writer Greg Rycerz (This dude is Talented!) wanted to do a sort of old school book about taverns and quirky characters and drinks. Our first draft was done early 2017 and was just eight tavern descriptions, their drinks, and occupants. The writing of Greg blew us away so much, however, that we felt there was much more possible. Slowly, the idea developed into a book that not only listed some pre-defined taverns, but also complete chapters on how to bring taverns to life and how to create them. This led us to hire another pair of writers, Katie Rose and Richie Lewin. And at the height of development, even I (Chris) contributed a big chunk of material to round out the book. An initial slim draft of 20 pages grew to a hefty book over 88 pages.
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The 88-page Remarkable Inns & Their Drinks book will be available as:
- PDF $9.99
- Softcover $15.99
- Hardcover $25.99
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- Release date: February 25th on DriveThruRPG & our selected retailers worldwide.
This book (while optimized for 5e) is generally compatible with any RPG game.
A cheesy title
Somehow we felt that all RPG books coming out had these overtly “epic” and rather serious titles like Tome of Something, Wrath of Something Another and The Curse of Something. We thought it would be kind of funny to do an incredibly cheesy title, people would stop and frown at. This would give us (a small publisher) the benefit of attention among the established crowd. That’s how “Remarkable Inns & Their Drinks” came to be. It quickly became apparent that the tile struck a chord, and many players and GM’s loved the “Drinks” aspect of it. This really turned the book into something much more than just a “set of taverns” and made it exceed its original inspiration: Volo’s Guide to the Sword Coast.
Rich with content and artwork
While the bar for good-looking RPG books is already seriously high (Hello, Tome of Beasts!) – we certainly feel our Remarkable Inns book is one of the best-looking products out there. With over a 100 illustrations and paintings, every page has something to look at. In terms of content density, it goes from ready-made taverns, NPCs and story hooks, optional gameplay rules to flesh out your tavern visits, songs and tales, and tons of random generation tables. If that’s not enough we’ve thrown in a “100 More Story Hooks” table that spans several pages. Just because we thought that’s badass to do. 🙂 This book will be a source of inspiration for many, many game sessions to come and will always offer something flavorful when you need it. Heck, maybe some of these taverns and characters become mainstays in your campaign world!
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