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Welcome to the Blackspire RPG Campaign… a dark, baroque, postmodern love letter to Dungeons and Dragons. My name is Robert Randle and I am the creator and Game Master of the D&D inspired campaign world (and now actual-play podcast) called Blackspire… and you’ve just listened to an excerpt from our inaugural recorded gaming session entitled “Fresh Blood from a Stone”.

For upwards of fifteen years now, I have been running everything from one-shot adventures to entire campaigns spanning over several years set in various locations throughout the Blackspire world, but my most current ongoing campaign started back in May of 2013, which I began running for the gaming collective I’d then joined called the Baltimore Role-Players Unite Weekly..

Over the last few years we of the B.R.U.W. Crew had met for nearly eighty separate gaming sessions worth of adventuring before the idea occurred to us to turn our friendly regular Blackspire campaign into an actual-play podcast… and eventually perhaps into something even more…

We've played through the Awakening of a stone golem as he discovers the dark and terrible city of Blackspire that he has just been brought forth into....

We've explored the grounds of a magical mansion... where fey-folk hide around every corner... and where its painted walls come alive to reveal even stranger realms beyond...

We've crossed swords with an infernal Oni on the riotous streets of Jade Town, and discovered the terrifying secrets of his Charnel House home...


And that was just in our first few recorded sessions...

My players love playing in the Blackspire world almost as much as I love running games in it… but we love sharing our adventures with the rest of the gaming community even more. More than anything else, we just want to keep this going because we have so much more of this story in us left to tell… and I’ve even got a potential ending to this campaign which (if I somehow manage to get us there one day) threatens to be the most epic D&D story that I (or anyone I've heard of )has ever tried to tell before.

If it is also your wish for us to reach that epic ending someday, we’d be honored if you would help us along the way to get there...

Creating Blackspire takes resources. Time, supplies, equipment, data, money… all these things and more are needed to bring a show like this about. And relax, please do not worry… we are committed to always releasing our core show for free. That you’ve even stuck with us this long means a great deal to us. We are incredibly grateful for your support… so we want to do more for our listeners… and by also becoming our backer on Patreon… we can start to give back to you that much more.

Below on this page you’ll find everything you need to know about our Patreon campaign… We have various tiers of support, and each level provide backers with a deeper and deeper level of engagement with the Blackspire world.

By supporting us here you can help cover our costs, motivate us to keep going, and help make it possible for us to release more content, more frequently. Patreon backers will receive everything from various personalized communications on the program, access to early, exclusive, and unique show content, and (for only the most brave or foolish) even find their way into taking on the role of an actual player character... and joining us on one of the many spin-off episodes we’ll be creating as the Blackspire RPG Campaign progresses.

So… please check out our page and donate or support us at a level that excites you. Even if you’re not interested in giving us monetary support today, please still be sure to spread the word about Blackspire to all your adventuring buddies out there. Please also be sure to Like, Rate, Subscribe, and Share our program on whatever media platforms you prefer to use. Letting other people know about our show is simply the best way for it to find a new and wider audience… and just a few simple clicks on your end seriously helps in that regard.

So, thank you in advance for your support, and we’ll talk to you again on the next exciting episode of… Blackspire!
Tiers
Life Tax
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Your obligations to the city of Blackspire have been duly noted by the Black Dragons… you have skirted the scrutiny of the tax collectors for another year. 


BOONS

• Backers at this level will receive an ON AIR THANK YOU during a future episode of Blackspire. 


• Remain a supporter at this level for a full year and you will additionally receive a very special thank you on the ANNIVERSARY of your backing. 


• Also… you’ll receive our ETERNAL GRATITUDE, whatever that might be worth to you…

Pay the Pinkie
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
You understand that everyone needs to get their cut… seems you’ve got the smarts it takes to get along in the wicked city of Blackspire. And we take care of our own. You scratch my back, now I scratch yours… 


BOONS

• Backers at this level will receive access to all the new episodes of Blackspire a WHOLE WEEK EARLY! You can even get our RSS feed directly from Patreon so you'll never miss out on what's brand new. 


• You will also be able to SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS that will be read and answered during periodic Mailbag episodes released in the main feed.  Questions will be answered in a round robin sort of approach, generally in the order that they are received, but with priority given to the more infrequent contributors. 


Note: Questions specifically related to campaign world secrets will only be addressed in the Patreon exclusive Behind the Screens Q&A episodes… 

 

• CUMULATIVE with all previous backer levels.

13th Wing
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
The mysterious Library so jealously guarded by the College of Necromancy is arguably the greatest depository of knowledge in the entirety of the Blackspire world… and only its most trusted students are granted access to the forbidden tomes locked away in its infamous 13th Wing… 


Now your education can truly begin… 


BOONS

•Backers at this level will receive access to a host of Patreon EXCLUSIVE EPISODES, including new installments of the SEASON ZERO recaps, in depth CHARACTER BACKGROUNDS and discussions, actual-play SIDE SESSIONS featuring a vast cast of Player Characters, and finally the coveted BEHIND THE SCREENS Q&A show, where backers can submit any question related to the Blackspire world that they desire, including campaign mysteries, potential story threads, character background secrets, and more! You can even ask stuff that would risk spoiling the campaign… as none of the Blackspire players will be allowed to listen to those Behind the Screens Q&A episodes. 


• At this level you’ll be GUARANTEED to have at least one of your questions answered per round of Mailbag episodes, whether it is in the main stream or in the Patreon feeds. 


• Additionally, each month backers at this level can submit an idea (up to 144 characters) for PEOPLE, PLACES, or ITEMS in the Blackspire world that will be added to lists that your humble GM shall regularly pull from for inspiration. 


Note: Each additional month backers can submit either another 144 characters of nuance to their previous idea, or propose a new concept for an NPC, place, or thing. Obviously, the more interesting the idea, the more likely it is it’ll get used… These are things that can influence the game cosmetically, and ideas so chosen will be considered canon throughout the campaign setting. 


• CUMULATIVE with all previous backer levels.

Ritual of Evocanimus
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
“Did you do it? Have you finally succeeded, Golemoro?” asked the golem priest known as ÉPEE.  


The wizened shugenja frowned and scratched his chin as he carefully crafted his response. “Hmmm… time will tell if it is to your satisfaction, Father. But yes, my creation is awake.”  


"Then hush!” interrupted the Nimblewright as he turned towards the newly awakened stone samurai “For the first words of my people are often profound. Welcome to the world, brother…”   


BOONS:

• For backers who are interested in being more than just passive listeners, this level allows you to submit an ADDITIONAL IDEA to yet another set of lists that will be pulled from for inspiration when crafting future Blackspire adventures… HOOKS, LINES & SINKERS. Hooks are plot hooks designed to start new story arcs, Lines are boons you can award to characters, and Sinkers are obstacles you can suggest be introduced to the story. Again, the more interesting the idea, the more likely it is it’ll get used… However, these are things that can influence the game’s actual outcome, and ideas so chosen will likely shape the campaign setting in distinctly unique ways. 


• A backer at this level will also be considered “ON DECK” as a player character (PC) to potentially fill any open slots needed in a future actual-play Side Session. Players added to a game in this manner will only be allowed to run pre-generated characters


[Ability to run Skype, Google Hangout, or Roll20 is a plus, but gaming via telephone conference call is also possible. Must have the ability to run and record in Audacity (a free software) while utilizing a decent quality microphone, and give written consent to your creative participation in the program.] 


• CUMULATIVE with all previous backer levels.

White Hydra Mercenary
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
“We fight where the money is.”  – Axxitanis, called “Stormtooth” blue dragon of the Caéraco Clan and paymaster of the White Hydra Mercenary Company   


BOONS:

• Backers at this level have opted to become active participants in the Blackspire world. This level allows you to chose which of a possible list of Blackspire spin-off ACTUAL-PLAY GAMES you’d like to participate in, and then craft your own (appropriately leveled) PLAYER CHARACTER to run for it. Don’t worry if there aren’t enough players in the group to start with… each month prior to having a quorum, you’ll still get your own Side Session as a one-on-one one shot with Blackspire’s GM Robert Randle. These will be considered “bonus” development sessions which will allow you to start play with a proportionally more experienced character than the rest of the party. Once there are enough backers to form an adventuring party, this group of PCs will then go on to play in a Blackspire adventure that will be produced as an ACTUAL EPISODE… and the events that occur within will be considered canon in the campaign world henceforth. 


[Ability to run Skype, Google Hangout, or Roll20 is a plus, but gaming via telephone conference call is also possible. Must have the ability to run and record in Audacity (a free software) while utilizing a decent quality microphone, and give written consent to your creative participation in the program. Flexibility will be key to securing the maximum level of participation at this level, so backers should typically have evening and weekend availability.] 


• After remaining a backer at this level for six months you will also receive a CUSTOM PAINTED MINIATURE of your player character from Blackspire Studios. 


• CUMULATIVE with all previous backer levels.

Minister of Propaganda
$300 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
“To the Contract” 

-motto of the Mercenary Consortium  


“You Rent Us from the Spire” 

-motto of the Sellsword Fraternity   



• Wish to ADVERTISE your product or show?  At this level you can sponsor our episodes for a full month and have 30 seconds of your ad copy recorded and produced by us to be run on all shows released in the main Blackspire feed.  


• Please contact us in advance if you are interested.  We retain the right to veto any and all products.

Blackspirian Aristocrat
$500 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
The half-orc gang leader frowned as he assessed the streaks of blood and ash that decorated the dark elf alchemist before him. 


Spike sighed. “What I’m trying to say is ‘thank you’… and in Blackspire, we say thank you like this…” 


And with that the barbarian hurled a pouch of money at G’eldatar's head.   


BOONS:

• Only for the most dedicated backers who desire to be fully immersed in the Blackspire world. At this level GM Robert Randle will run a full on (completely canon) BLACKSPIRE CAMPAIGN of your thematic preference for you and up to three friends (4 PCs total) set anywhere in the Blackspire world. If you are unable to produce enough adventuring companions to fill this quorum, members of the Baltimore Role-Players Unite Weekly (B.R.U.W. Crew) may be approached to fill in these open spots. Guaranteed minimum of two hours of development time + three hours of game-play per month that you remain a backer at this level, and sessions may even be produced as special Blackspire episodes and (with your permission) released for everyone to enjoy. 


[Ability to run Skype, Google Hangout, or Roll20 is a plus, but gaming via telephone conference call is also possible. Must have the ability to run and record in Audacity (a free software) while utilizing a decent quality microphone, and give written consent to your creative participation in the program.] 


• Robert will also ensure the topic of this campaign is featured as part of the Legend Lore segment of his other podcast Adventure Hook… where he and co-host Aaron Campbell will brainstorm up the best adventures for your party that they can possibly concoct.  


• Additionally every three months backers at this level will receive a CUSTOM PAINTED MINIATURE of any character they wish from Blackspire Studios (possibly including slain NPCs). This feature does not stack with the miniature reward from the White Hydra Mercenary level. 


• CUMULATIVE with all previous backer levels unless otherwise stated.

Goals
$29 of $50 per month
PIZZA! Once we hit this level of support, it'll pay for the pizza, snacks, and other fuel the Blackspire PCs need to make it through another gaming session.
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Welcome to the Blackspire RPG Campaign… a dark, baroque, postmodern love letter to Dungeons and Dragons. My name is Robert Randle and I am the creator and Game Master of the D&D inspired campaign world (and now actual-play podcast) called Blackspire… and you’ve just listened to an excerpt from our inaugural recorded gaming session entitled “Fresh Blood from a Stone”.

For upwards of fifteen years now, I have been running everything from one-shot adventures to entire campaigns spanning over several years set in various locations throughout the Blackspire world, but my most current ongoing campaign started back in May of 2013, which I began running for the gaming collective I’d then joined called the Baltimore Role-Players Unite Weekly..

Over the last few years we of the B.R.U.W. Crew had met for nearly eighty separate gaming sessions worth of adventuring before the idea occurred to us to turn our friendly regular Blackspire campaign into an actual-play podcast… and eventually perhaps into something even more…

We've played through the Awakening of a stone golem as he discovers the dark and terrible city of Blackspire that he has just been brought forth into....

We've explored the grounds of a magical mansion... where fey-folk hide around every corner... and where its painted walls come alive to reveal even stranger realms beyond...

We've crossed swords with an infernal Oni on the riotous streets of Jade Town, and discovered the terrifying secrets of his Charnel House home...


And that was just in our first few recorded sessions...

My players love playing in the Blackspire world almost as much as I love running games in it… but we love sharing our adventures with the rest of the gaming community even more. More than anything else, we just want to keep this going because we have so much more of this story in us left to tell… and I’ve even got a potential ending to this campaign which (if I somehow manage to get us there one day) threatens to be the most epic D&D story that I (or anyone I've heard of )has ever tried to tell before.

If it is also your wish for us to reach that epic ending someday, we’d be honored if you would help us along the way to get there...

Creating Blackspire takes resources. Time, supplies, equipment, data, money… all these things and more are needed to bring a show like this about. And relax, please do not worry… we are committed to always releasing our core show for free. That you’ve even stuck with us this long means a great deal to us. We are incredibly grateful for your support… so we want to do more for our listeners… and by also becoming our backer on Patreon… we can start to give back to you that much more.

Below on this page you’ll find everything you need to know about our Patreon campaign… We have various tiers of support, and each level provide backers with a deeper and deeper level of engagement with the Blackspire world.

By supporting us here you can help cover our costs, motivate us to keep going, and help make it possible for us to release more content, more frequently. Patreon backers will receive everything from various personalized communications on the program, access to early, exclusive, and unique show content, and (for only the most brave or foolish) even find their way into taking on the role of an actual player character... and joining us on one of the many spin-off episodes we’ll be creating as the Blackspire RPG Campaign progresses.

So… please check out our page and donate or support us at a level that excites you. Even if you’re not interested in giving us monetary support today, please still be sure to spread the word about Blackspire to all your adventuring buddies out there. Please also be sure to Like, Rate, Subscribe, and Share our program on whatever media platforms you prefer to use. Letting other people know about our show is simply the best way for it to find a new and wider audience… and just a few simple clicks on your end seriously helps in that regard.

So, thank you in advance for your support, and we’ll talk to you again on the next exciting episode of… Blackspire!

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Tiers
Life Tax
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Your obligations to the city of Blackspire have been duly noted by the Black Dragons… you have skirted the scrutiny of the tax collectors for another year. 


BOONS

• Backers at this level will receive an ON AIR THANK YOU during a future episode of Blackspire. 


• Remain a supporter at this level for a full year and you will additionally receive a very special thank you on the ANNIVERSARY of your backing. 


• Also… you’ll receive our ETERNAL GRATITUDE, whatever that might be worth to you…

Pay the Pinkie
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
You understand that everyone needs to get their cut… seems you’ve got the smarts it takes to get along in the wicked city of Blackspire. And we take care of our own. You scratch my back, now I scratch yours… 


BOONS

• Backers at this level will receive access to all the new episodes of Blackspire a WHOLE WEEK EARLY! You can even get our RSS feed directly from Patreon so you'll never miss out on what's brand new. 


• You will also be able to SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS that will be read and answered during periodic Mailbag episodes released in the main feed.  Questions will be answered in a round robin sort of approach, generally in the order that they are received, but with priority given to the more infrequent contributors. 


Note: Questions specifically related to campaign world secrets will only be addressed in the Patreon exclusive Behind the Screens Q&A episodes… 

 

• CUMULATIVE with all previous backer levels.

13th Wing
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
The mysterious Library so jealously guarded by the College of Necromancy is arguably the greatest depository of knowledge in the entirety of the Blackspire world… and only its most trusted students are granted access to the forbidden tomes locked away in its infamous 13th Wing… 


Now your education can truly begin… 


BOONS

•Backers at this level will receive access to a host of Patreon EXCLUSIVE EPISODES, including new installments of the SEASON ZERO recaps, in depth CHARACTER BACKGROUNDS and discussions, actual-play SIDE SESSIONS featuring a vast cast of Player Characters, and finally the coveted BEHIND THE SCREENS Q&A show, where backers can submit any question related to the Blackspire world that they desire, including campaign mysteries, potential story threads, character background secrets, and more! You can even ask stuff that would risk spoiling the campaign… as none of the Blackspire players will be allowed to listen to those Behind the Screens Q&A episodes. 


• At this level you’ll be GUARANTEED to have at least one of your questions answered per round of Mailbag episodes, whether it is in the main stream or in the Patreon feeds. 


• Additionally, each month backers at this level can submit an idea (up to 144 characters) for PEOPLE, PLACES, or ITEMS in the Blackspire world that will be added to lists that your humble GM shall regularly pull from for inspiration. 


Note: Each additional month backers can submit either another 144 characters of nuance to their previous idea, or propose a new concept for an NPC, place, or thing. Obviously, the more interesting the idea, the more likely it is it’ll get used… These are things that can influence the game cosmetically, and ideas so chosen will be considered canon throughout the campaign setting. 


• CUMULATIVE with all previous backer levels.

Ritual of Evocanimus
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
“Did you do it? Have you finally succeeded, Golemoro?” asked the golem priest known as ÉPEE.  


The wizened shugenja frowned and scratched his chin as he carefully crafted his response. “Hmmm… time will tell if it is to your satisfaction, Father. But yes, my creation is awake.”  


"Then hush!” interrupted the Nimblewright as he turned towards the newly awakened stone samurai “For the first words of my people are often profound. Welcome to the world, brother…”   


BOONS:

• For backers who are interested in being more than just passive listeners, this level allows you to submit an ADDITIONAL IDEA to yet another set of lists that will be pulled from for inspiration when crafting future Blackspire adventures… HOOKS, LINES & SINKERS. Hooks are plot hooks designed to start new story arcs, Lines are boons you can award to characters, and Sinkers are obstacles you can suggest be introduced to the story. Again, the more interesting the idea, the more likely it is it’ll get used… However, these are things that can influence the game’s actual outcome, and ideas so chosen will likely shape the campaign setting in distinctly unique ways. 


• A backer at this level will also be considered “ON DECK” as a player character (PC) to potentially fill any open slots needed in a future actual-play Side Session. Players added to a game in this manner will only be allowed to run pre-generated characters


[Ability to run Skype, Google Hangout, or Roll20 is a plus, but gaming via telephone conference call is also possible. Must have the ability to run and record in Audacity (a free software) while utilizing a decent quality microphone, and give written consent to your creative participation in the program.] 


• CUMULATIVE with all previous backer levels.

White Hydra Mercenary
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
“We fight where the money is.”  – Axxitanis, called “Stormtooth” blue dragon of the Caéraco Clan and paymaster of the White Hydra Mercenary Company   


BOONS:

• Backers at this level have opted to become active participants in the Blackspire world. This level allows you to chose which of a possible list of Blackspire spin-off ACTUAL-PLAY GAMES you’d like to participate in, and then craft your own (appropriately leveled) PLAYER CHARACTER to run for it. Don’t worry if there aren’t enough players in the group to start with… each month prior to having a quorum, you’ll still get your own Side Session as a one-on-one one shot with Blackspire’s GM Robert Randle. These will be considered “bonus” development sessions which will allow you to start play with a proportionally more experienced character than the rest of the party. Once there are enough backers to form an adventuring party, this group of PCs will then go on to play in a Blackspire adventure that will be produced as an ACTUAL EPISODE… and the events that occur within will be considered canon in the campaign world henceforth. 


[Ability to run Skype, Google Hangout, or Roll20 is a plus, but gaming via telephone conference call is also possible. Must have the ability to run and record in Audacity (a free software) while utilizing a decent quality microphone, and give written consent to your creative participation in the program. Flexibility will be key to securing the maximum level of participation at this level, so backers should typically have evening and weekend availability.] 


• After remaining a backer at this level for six months you will also receive a CUSTOM PAINTED MINIATURE of your player character from Blackspire Studios. 


• CUMULATIVE with all previous backer levels.

Minister of Propaganda
$300 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
“To the Contract” 

-motto of the Mercenary Consortium  


“You Rent Us from the Spire” 

-motto of the Sellsword Fraternity   



• Wish to ADVERTISE your product or show?  At this level you can sponsor our episodes for a full month and have 30 seconds of your ad copy recorded and produced by us to be run on all shows released in the main Blackspire feed.  


• Please contact us in advance if you are interested.  We retain the right to veto any and all products.

Blackspirian Aristocrat
$500 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
The half-orc gang leader frowned as he assessed the streaks of blood and ash that decorated the dark elf alchemist before him. 


Spike sighed. “What I’m trying to say is ‘thank you’… and in Blackspire, we say thank you like this…” 


And with that the barbarian hurled a pouch of money at G’eldatar's head.   


BOONS:

• Only for the most dedicated backers who desire to be fully immersed in the Blackspire world. At this level GM Robert Randle will run a full on (completely canon) BLACKSPIRE CAMPAIGN of your thematic preference for you and up to three friends (4 PCs total) set anywhere in the Blackspire world. If you are unable to produce enough adventuring companions to fill this quorum, members of the Baltimore Role-Players Unite Weekly (B.R.U.W. Crew) may be approached to fill in these open spots. Guaranteed minimum of two hours of development time + three hours of game-play per month that you remain a backer at this level, and sessions may even be produced as special Blackspire episodes and (with your permission) released for everyone to enjoy. 


[Ability to run Skype, Google Hangout, or Roll20 is a plus, but gaming via telephone conference call is also possible. Must have the ability to run and record in Audacity (a free software) while utilizing a decent quality microphone, and give written consent to your creative participation in the program.] 


• Robert will also ensure the topic of this campaign is featured as part of the Legend Lore segment of his other podcast Adventure Hook… where he and co-host Aaron Campbell will brainstorm up the best adventures for your party that they can possibly concoct.  


• Additionally every three months backers at this level will receive a CUSTOM PAINTED MINIATURE of any character they wish from Blackspire Studios (possibly including slain NPCs). This feature does not stack with the miniature reward from the White Hydra Mercenary level. 


• CUMULATIVE with all previous backer levels unless otherwise stated.