Douglas Sun is creating D&D 5E and Pathfinder location modules
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Thank you for your interest in my work! I've been writing for roleplaying games since before the turn of the century. My first gig involved writing some supplemental material for Last Unicorn Games' legendary Dune roleplaying game that, sadly, never got published. Since then, I've worked on Decipher's "Star Trek" and The Lord of the Rings roleplaying games, a whole lot of OGL D&D 3rd Edition books, and I was line developer for most of The Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game's third edition run.

Since late 2016, I've been working on a series of short modules for use with Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, called Places by the Way. They work as short stand-alone experiences, but each Places by the Way module is meant to be a kit for creating a memorable interlude in a larger campaign. For info on products that we have published to date, check out the Ramen Sandwich website. Ramen Sandwich Press has a Facebook page for announcements and weird ramblings, and I sometimes post designer's notes to my personal blog, "I Think We've Been Playing It Wrong."

In August 2018, I also launched a series of similar modules for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, called Found by the Way.

Places by the Way and Found by the Way have two inspirations. One is the line of mini-adventures that AEG published as part of the D&D 3rd Edition open license boom. I recall that the word count for those modules was only 5,000 words. I wrote a few of them, and they suggested to me that the short form could be made to work in adventure modules as it does in fiction. That is to say, if the typical folio-sized module is the novel, and the hardcover campaign books that WotC is publishing for 5th Edition are epics, there should be also be a place for the module equivalent of short stories.

The other inspiration is the strangely important role that side quests play in what we now recognize as standard CRPG structure. Side quests are those little tasks that you can find throughout the game world, and while they have no direct bearing on the main story, they allow you to accumulate XP, money and items, and meet memorable NPCs. If they’re done well they can add real flavor to the game experience. Fallout remains one of my very favorite CRPGs. One of the first things that jumps back into my mind is Tandi, the Shady Sands girl voiced so perfectly by Cree Summer. Her wistful musing about what lies beyond her little village convey the fallen melancholy of that world so beautifully that it made me forget all about finding that water filter. My goal for Places by the Way is that somewhere in the series, I will create an NPC encounter that has an effect like that. I want to help you create a moment in a campaign that's memorable out of proportion to its role as a diversion.

Places by the Way and Found by the Way modules average about 12,000 words and 15 numbered locations. Each location offers an encounter, noteworthy items, noteworthy NPCs or an opening into which you can hook your existing campaign.

Ramen Sandwich Press published Places by the Way #1: The Village of Darkharrow in March 2017. Everything that has happened since then convinces me that I can keep the series going for a while, publishing modules at a rate of four per year, maybe even five. Same with Found by the Way; I believe that there is enough mojo in the Pathfinder community to keep it going.

So I'm giving you the chance to subscribe to either Places by the Way or Found by the Way (or both) and help me make it so. When you begin your subscription, you'll get a copy of the most recent module (in the case of Places by the Way, the setting-neutral, OGL version, not the Forgotten Realms version) and as long as you keep up your monthly payments, you'll get a copy of every new module as it is published. No need to keep up with announcements or continually check the Ramen Sandwich Press website Twitter feed, FB page, or the Hype Machine board on RPG.net; you'll automatically get a copy delivered to you. It's as easy as that. We'll do the remembering for you.

In addition, I'll stay on the lookout for freebies that I can toss your way to add value and exclusivity to your subscription. I can't promise anything in particular, but in the spring, when Ramen Sandwich Press co-published Kimberly Unger's fantasy novella The Gophers of High Charity, I secured a Smashwords coupon for a free ebook copy for all backers currently on record.

Something else that occurs to me: Since you'll be able to comment on my posts, I can turn to you  if I need advice — let's say I have a decision to make while I'm writing a module and I want to know what the audience would prefer. I'll just post here and ask you. Or, how about this: I'm not that great with names, to be honest. So maybe I should ask you, my community of readers, to suggest NPC names. 

Before I wind this up, I should make it clear: If you're already following Places by the Way, you probably know that I also hit up Kickstarter regularly to help cover art and production costs. And you know that I offer our Kickstarter backers a special "Limited Edition" of each module, one that contains an extra Easter Egg of content that won't be published anywhere else. This is not the version that you'll be getting. You'll be getting the same version that's on sale to the general public.... Yeah, I know.... It's not that I don't love you guys for supporting my work. But I made a promise to my Kickstarter backers that that extra content would be theirs and theirs alone. I need to stand by it.
Tiers
New Wave Patron (Pathfinder)
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Ramen Sandwich Press will email you a printable, non-watermarked PDF copy of the each new Found by the Way module as it is published, as well as a copy of the one most recently published when you sign up.
New Wave Patron (Dungeons & Dragons)
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
Ramen Sandwich Press will email you a printable, non-watermarked PDF copy of the setting-neutral version of each new Places by the Way module as it is published, as well as a copy of the one most recently published when you sign up.
Two-Way Digital Patron
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Why limit yourself to either D&D or Pathfinder? Ramen Sandwich Press will email you a printable, non-watermarked PDF copy of the setting-neutral version of each new Places by the Way module and its Found by the Way cousin as they are published, as well as a copy of the one most recently published when you sign up.
Old School Patron
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
Ramen Sandwich Press will snail-mail you a print copy of the setting-neutral version of each new Places by the Way module, as well as a copy of the one most recently published when you sign up. I'll autograph each copy with a personal note of thanks to you!
Analog and Digital Patron
$8 or more per month 2 patrons
You'll get a PDF copy and an autographed print copy of the setting-neutral version of each new Places by the Way module, as well as a copy of the one most recently published when you sign up.
Goals
$22 of $1,000 per month
As I start out on Patreon, it seems almost too good to be possible that I could gin up $1000/month in patronage. But if I can get there, every current patron will get a big, wet sloppy kiss of a thank-you card!
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Thank you for your interest in my work! I've been writing for roleplaying games since before the turn of the century. My first gig involved writing some supplemental material for Last Unicorn Games' legendary Dune roleplaying game that, sadly, never got published. Since then, I've worked on Decipher's "Star Trek" and The Lord of the Rings roleplaying games, a whole lot of OGL D&D 3rd Edition books, and I was line developer for most of The Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game's third edition run.

Since late 2016, I've been working on a series of short modules for use with Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, called Places by the Way. They work as short stand-alone experiences, but each Places by the Way module is meant to be a kit for creating a memorable interlude in a larger campaign. For info on products that we have published to date, check out the Ramen Sandwich website. Ramen Sandwich Press has a Facebook page for announcements and weird ramblings, and I sometimes post designer's notes to my personal blog, "I Think We've Been Playing It Wrong."

In August 2018, I also launched a series of similar modules for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, called Found by the Way.

Places by the Way and Found by the Way have two inspirations. One is the line of mini-adventures that AEG published as part of the D&D 3rd Edition open license boom. I recall that the word count for those modules was only 5,000 words. I wrote a few of them, and they suggested to me that the short form could be made to work in adventure modules as it does in fiction. That is to say, if the typical folio-sized module is the novel, and the hardcover campaign books that WotC is publishing for 5th Edition are epics, there should be also be a place for the module equivalent of short stories.

The other inspiration is the strangely important role that side quests play in what we now recognize as standard CRPG structure. Side quests are those little tasks that you can find throughout the game world, and while they have no direct bearing on the main story, they allow you to accumulate XP, money and items, and meet memorable NPCs. If they’re done well they can add real flavor to the game experience. Fallout remains one of my very favorite CRPGs. One of the first things that jumps back into my mind is Tandi, the Shady Sands girl voiced so perfectly by Cree Summer. Her wistful musing about what lies beyond her little village convey the fallen melancholy of that world so beautifully that it made me forget all about finding that water filter. My goal for Places by the Way is that somewhere in the series, I will create an NPC encounter that has an effect like that. I want to help you create a moment in a campaign that's memorable out of proportion to its role as a diversion.

Places by the Way and Found by the Way modules average about 12,000 words and 15 numbered locations. Each location offers an encounter, noteworthy items, noteworthy NPCs or an opening into which you can hook your existing campaign.

Ramen Sandwich Press published Places by the Way #1: The Village of Darkharrow in March 2017. Everything that has happened since then convinces me that I can keep the series going for a while, publishing modules at a rate of four per year, maybe even five. Same with Found by the Way; I believe that there is enough mojo in the Pathfinder community to keep it going.

So I'm giving you the chance to subscribe to either Places by the Way or Found by the Way (or both) and help me make it so. When you begin your subscription, you'll get a copy of the most recent module (in the case of Places by the Way, the setting-neutral, OGL version, not the Forgotten Realms version) and as long as you keep up your monthly payments, you'll get a copy of every new module as it is published. No need to keep up with announcements or continually check the Ramen Sandwich Press website Twitter feed, FB page, or the Hype Machine board on RPG.net; you'll automatically get a copy delivered to you. It's as easy as that. We'll do the remembering for you.

In addition, I'll stay on the lookout for freebies that I can toss your way to add value and exclusivity to your subscription. I can't promise anything in particular, but in the spring, when Ramen Sandwich Press co-published Kimberly Unger's fantasy novella The Gophers of High Charity, I secured a Smashwords coupon for a free ebook copy for all backers currently on record.

Something else that occurs to me: Since you'll be able to comment on my posts, I can turn to you  if I need advice — let's say I have a decision to make while I'm writing a module and I want to know what the audience would prefer. I'll just post here and ask you. Or, how about this: I'm not that great with names, to be honest. So maybe I should ask you, my community of readers, to suggest NPC names. 

Before I wind this up, I should make it clear: If you're already following Places by the Way, you probably know that I also hit up Kickstarter regularly to help cover art and production costs. And you know that I offer our Kickstarter backers a special "Limited Edition" of each module, one that contains an extra Easter Egg of content that won't be published anywhere else. This is not the version that you'll be getting. You'll be getting the same version that's on sale to the general public.... Yeah, I know.... It's not that I don't love you guys for supporting my work. But I made a promise to my Kickstarter backers that that extra content would be theirs and theirs alone. I need to stand by it.

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Tiers
New Wave Patron (Pathfinder)
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Ramen Sandwich Press will email you a printable, non-watermarked PDF copy of the each new Found by the Way module as it is published, as well as a copy of the one most recently published when you sign up.
New Wave Patron (Dungeons & Dragons)
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
Ramen Sandwich Press will email you a printable, non-watermarked PDF copy of the setting-neutral version of each new Places by the Way module as it is published, as well as a copy of the one most recently published when you sign up.
Two-Way Digital Patron
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Why limit yourself to either D&D or Pathfinder? Ramen Sandwich Press will email you a printable, non-watermarked PDF copy of the setting-neutral version of each new Places by the Way module and its Found by the Way cousin as they are published, as well as a copy of the one most recently published when you sign up.
Old School Patron
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
Ramen Sandwich Press will snail-mail you a print copy of the setting-neutral version of each new Places by the Way module, as well as a copy of the one most recently published when you sign up. I'll autograph each copy with a personal note of thanks to you!
Analog and Digital Patron
$8 or more per month 2 patrons
You'll get a PDF copy and an autographed print copy of the setting-neutral version of each new Places by the Way module, as well as a copy of the one most recently published when you sign up.