TenLeagues is creating Dungeon Encounters
4

patrons

$28
per month
I'm a lifelong player and GM of tabletop RPGs with over 20 years of experience, and The Tomb of the Pale Gate is my current nascent project. It explores a megadungeon complex one point of interest at a time. The stories of these places interlink to become the deeper history of the dungeon, or they can be placed elsewhere to stand either on their own or with a small number of them chained into a mini-adventure.

By writing in a way that can work with any system or none, by making concepts the project and mechanical attributes a secondary concern, an adaptation of the project to a game system rather than the project itself, and also by writing with a goal of making every "monster" I put in this dungeon have needs and goals, I steer myself away from overuse of tropes and of simply designing a series of fights, instead focusing on interesting places, people, creatures, and things, which have to stand on their own merits and have multiple angles of approach, rather than simply being an interplay of combat mechanics dependent on some specific D&D edition.

Because this project is still developing and finding its direction, joining me on it at this stage is an opportunity to shape its development and the development of my future projects, whether that's more emphasis on maps, side adventures, more dungeon locations, more locations outside the dungeon, or things of that sort.

Pledges will show support for this project and help in its development, and help enable me to refocus my time on the kinds of creative work that I want to do and nurture the talents I want to nurture. Thank you, and I'm excited to have you join me for this series.

Header image credit: @missgiantbee
Tiers
Hireling
$1 or more per month
Hirelings are an indispensable part of any adventure, and this one's no different. At this tier, you get access to a monthly patrons-only preview of the titles of every scheduled post that month, and at your option your name in a monthly thank-you post
Henchman
$5 or more per month
An adventuring party isn't complete without its henchmen, sturdy souls who hold the line and brave traps so the more experienced adventurers are fresh for the fight. At this level, you gain access to a monthly packet including my notes from the development of the month's locales so you can see how they came to be and what ideas didn't make it in, plus other goodies depending on the goal tiers we reach.


Includes Hireling rewards

Adventurer
$10 or more per month
Experienced adventurers are the backbone of every dungeon expedition. At this tier, send in your fallen PCs to me, and I'll add their monuments to the Tomb as I reach appropriate places for them. You'll also get to join my patreon discord server, where I might leak spoilers for upcoming things


Includes Henchman tier rewards

Includes Discord rewards
Hero
$30 or more per month
Adventurers who survive and win a lucky break are remembered as heroes by those they helped. At this tier, I'll give your character the celebrity treatment: they get an obituary written before their death, ready to be posted with the final details filled in when their heroism catches up to them. You'll also get access to the Heroes channel on the discord server, which I might use as a sounding board for ideas I'm in the process of working out.


Includes Adventurer tier rewards

Includes Discord rewards
Legend
$50 or more per month
The greatest of heroes become legends in their own time. At this level, I'll write a tribute to your own creative project or character, written at a pace tailored to the project (it could be an adaptation of encounters from the Tomb into a level matching the thematics of your dungeon, written over the course of several months, or a short scene from your character's backstory every month or two). You'll also be inducted into the Legends channel on the Discord server to discuss those projects


Includes Hero tier rewards

Includes Discord rewards
Mastermind
$200 or more per month only 1 left
Wow! At this tier, I will write a whole adventure tailored to your plot and PCs, revise and edit it based on your review, and do everything short of running it on your behalf (maps and visual aids subject to my artistic abilities). As an added benefit, I'll withhold publication on it for a limited time to give you a window to run it exclusively and spoiler-free.


Includes Legend tier rewards

Goals
$28 of $50 per month
Awesome! At this level, expenses for the project website and websites for any side projects I take up are covered and I can take ads off my wordpress page and in later months get subscriptions to the other services this project runs on. Thank you!
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I'm a lifelong player and GM of tabletop RPGs with over 20 years of experience, and The Tomb of the Pale Gate is my current nascent project. It explores a megadungeon complex one point of interest at a time. The stories of these places interlink to become the deeper history of the dungeon, or they can be placed elsewhere to stand either on their own or with a small number of them chained into a mini-adventure.

By writing in a way that can work with any system or none, by making concepts the project and mechanical attributes a secondary concern, an adaptation of the project to a game system rather than the project itself, and also by writing with a goal of making every "monster" I put in this dungeon have needs and goals, I steer myself away from overuse of tropes and of simply designing a series of fights, instead focusing on interesting places, people, creatures, and things, which have to stand on their own merits and have multiple angles of approach, rather than simply being an interplay of combat mechanics dependent on some specific D&D edition.

Because this project is still developing and finding its direction, joining me on it at this stage is an opportunity to shape its development and the development of my future projects, whether that's more emphasis on maps, side adventures, more dungeon locations, more locations outside the dungeon, or things of that sort.

Pledges will show support for this project and help in its development, and help enable me to refocus my time on the kinds of creative work that I want to do and nurture the talents I want to nurture. Thank you, and I'm excited to have you join me for this series.

Header image credit: @missgiantbee

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Tiers
Hireling
$1 or more per month
Hirelings are an indispensable part of any adventure, and this one's no different. At this tier, you get access to a monthly patrons-only preview of the titles of every scheduled post that month, and at your option your name in a monthly thank-you post
Henchman
$5 or more per month
An adventuring party isn't complete without its henchmen, sturdy souls who hold the line and brave traps so the more experienced adventurers are fresh for the fight. At this level, you gain access to a monthly packet including my notes from the development of the month's locales so you can see how they came to be and what ideas didn't make it in, plus other goodies depending on the goal tiers we reach.


Includes Hireling rewards

Adventurer
$10 or more per month
Experienced adventurers are the backbone of every dungeon expedition. At this tier, send in your fallen PCs to me, and I'll add their monuments to the Tomb as I reach appropriate places for them. You'll also get to join my patreon discord server, where I might leak spoilers for upcoming things


Includes Henchman tier rewards

Includes Discord rewards
Hero
$30 or more per month
Adventurers who survive and win a lucky break are remembered as heroes by those they helped. At this tier, I'll give your character the celebrity treatment: they get an obituary written before their death, ready to be posted with the final details filled in when their heroism catches up to them. You'll also get access to the Heroes channel on the discord server, which I might use as a sounding board for ideas I'm in the process of working out.


Includes Adventurer tier rewards

Includes Discord rewards
Legend
$50 or more per month
The greatest of heroes become legends in their own time. At this level, I'll write a tribute to your own creative project or character, written at a pace tailored to the project (it could be an adaptation of encounters from the Tomb into a level matching the thematics of your dungeon, written over the course of several months, or a short scene from your character's backstory every month or two). You'll also be inducted into the Legends channel on the Discord server to discuss those projects


Includes Hero tier rewards

Includes Discord rewards
Mastermind
$200 or more per month only 1 left
Wow! At this tier, I will write a whole adventure tailored to your plot and PCs, revise and edit it based on your review, and do everything short of running it on your behalf (maps and visual aids subject to my artistic abilities). As an added benefit, I'll withhold publication on it for a limited time to give you a window to run it exclusively and spoiler-free.


Includes Legend tier rewards