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Gallant Knight Games (GKG) is a roleplaying game company focused on heroic and dramatic storytelling through gaming. They are dedicated to high-quality roleplaying, card, and board games. The Hero’s Journey Fantasy Roleplaying was inspired by classic fantasy literature and modern game mechanics. The book was published through a collaboration between Gallant Knight Games and Barrel Rider Games.

Before The Hero’s Journey Second Edition project was launched on Kickstarter, Gallant Knight Games completed the PDF and ordered proof copies. Their goal for this project was to run a focused, tight campaign that would allow them to make a high-quality offset print run of the corebook in both softcover and hardcover. Backers received their PDF the same day the Kickstarter funds were delivered, and the fast turnaround meant physical books were soon shipped to backers. The campaign launched on Kickstarter in January 2020 and was fully funded in just 3 hours. GKG and Barrel Rider Games offered a new PDF adventure for The Hero’s Journey for every $1500 over their goal. At the end of the campaign, 778 backers pledged $27,738 to help bring this project to life.

The Hero’s Journey Fantasy Roleplaying, Second Edition, is a roleplaying game that blends tradition and modern game design. Players can take on heroes’ role in a world of danger and magic, inspired by classic fair stories and timeless fantasy literature. The book gives players an experience firmly rooted in traditional western folklore where the player characters are more than just sword-swinging mercenaries. In The Hero’s Journey, players are all that stands between civilization and dangers beyond the wild. The Second Edition offers new archetypes, new lineages, new monsters, new spellcasting, and Myth Points and Magic items.

James M. Spahn is the author of The Hero’s Journey Second Edition and is best known for his work in several other roleplaying games, including White Star: White Box Science Fiction Roleplaying, White Star: Galaxy Edition, Untold Adventures Minimalist Fantasy Roleplaying. The cover illustration was done by industry veteran Jon Hodgson, and all interior art was done by Nicolas Giacondino. GKG felt a second edition was necessary because, in its original edition, The Hero’s Journey Fantasy Roleplaying was explicitly designed to be compatible with Swords & Wizardry: White Box and similar games. The second edition’s extensive changes allow more modern game design elements that can be seamlessly incorporated into the chosen play mode.

To learn more about Gallant Knight Games and their Kickstarter project, check out the links and details below.

Game Information:
Number of player: 2+
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
Hardcover book

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: January 2020
Ship Date: July 2020