The Vitacernis

Created by Brian Stauffer

A third-party settlement + tree crawl for the Mausritter RPG

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Digital Copies Incoming!
6 days ago – Wed, May 12, 2021 at 01:48:11 AM

Hi all!


Surveys are now locked which means digital copies are going out! You should be receiving an email from backerkit with an itch link to redeem your copy shortly! And for anyone that missed the Kickstarter, it is now on itch.io.


Included in the digital files are:

  • The full 20 page zine PDF as spreads or singles
  • A standalone file with Evyln Moreau's beautiful map to print out for use at the table (or just to admire)
  • A PDF of notable items/conditions/spells from the adventure as a cutout sheet

When you get a chance to read through the zine, I'd love to hear what you think. For questions or feedback, leave a comment on the itch page or send me a message on Kickstarter or twitter @brstf.


Also if you find any typos let me know! I will be finalizing the bleed mistakes in the layout in the next few days, so there's still time to correct any of these that slipped by for the final print version.


If you do not receive an email, it's because you haven't filled out your survey yet. There are still a few stragglers, so be sure to check your spam folder or request a survey link under "Lost your survey?" on the BackerKit project page at https://the-vitacernis.backerkit.com.


If you haven't received any emails about surveys, please send me a message on Kickstarter so I can verify the email I have is correct.


Thanks again for the support everyone, looking forward to hearing from you!

- Brian

Proof Copies Received, Surveys Locking Soon!
8 days ago – Sun, May 09, 2021 at 07:15:35 PM

Hi all, 

The proofing copies have arrived!

Proof copies!

There are some minor issues like bleed settings where the art doesn't extend fully to the end of the page as intended and the page number art is cut off in some instances: 

Bleed on the cover incorrectly configured, will fix this!
Page numbers also have small cutoff issues

This is what proofing copies are for though, and I will be making minor adjustments to the layout to account for this before sending out the final printing order.


Otherwise they look good, so I'm proceeding to lock down surveys, which means you'll have 48 hours to make any changes with add-ons.  If you haven't filled out your survey yet, please do so as soon as you can! Once the orders have locked, I will be distributing itch keys for the digital version!


Note this isn't locking shipping addresses yet, that will come once the zines are printed. I'll send another update reminder as we approach that deadline.


If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on the BackerKit project page at https://the-vitacernis.backerkit.com.


Thanks everyone for the support! Excited to get the digital versions in your hands in just a few days!


- Brian

Map Preview, Survey Reminder, Digital Version Soon!
18 days ago – Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 12:50:24 AM

Hi all!


It's been awhile, but I have good news: the final version of the map is finished! With that, all of the art is complete, last steps are to finalize the layout with the map integrated and do a triple-check proofreading to make sure I've squashed all typos. Here's a preview of the spread with Evlyn's lovely illustration:

Once those final steps are finished, it's off to the printers, and digital copies off to backers. With the final steps coming soon, this is just another reminder to complete your surveys if you haven't already (90% complete so most of you have!). Final address lock won't happen until the physical copies are ready to ship, which I will send a reminder about once I have a better idea from Mixam when the copies will be arriving at distributors.


Finally, an update on the Mausritter community at large: The Mausritter March jam mentioned in the previous update finished with a whopping 44 entries, including my own: A pamphlet adventure with a dungeon crawl through a temple found at the base of a drained pond. Starting in a few days is also another Mausritter jam: Mayfield.


Thanks again everyone for your patience, I can't wait to get this into your hands!

- Brian

Surveys are coming and #MoreMausritterMarch
about 2 months ago – Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 05:21:21 AM

BackerKit surveys will be going out to all of you within the next couple of days to collect information to get you your zines (both digital and physical)! This is where collecting the shipping costs and addresses will happen for physical backers, and also digital backers will have the option to upgrade to receive a physical copy if they'd like. 

After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before I close the surveys and get the final counts.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://the-vitacerins.backerkit.com

If you have any trouble, check out the FAQ here: https://the-vitacerins.backerkit.com/faq

The zine itself is progressing nicely, final edits to the text are complete, I've gone through and added hyperlinks to the digital version to make it as usable as possible, and the separate item sheet is laid out and ready to go. The dungeon map art should be in within the next week, and then it's final touches and spot checks before sending it off to the printer. Still plenty of time in the schedule for any delays, but we should still be on track.


Finally, if you're looking for more Mausritter adventures, check out #MoreMausritterMarch. MausritterMarch is a game jam where the Mausritter community is building hexes, adventures, and tools that can be used on their own, but will also all be compiled into a usable campaign setting once the jam completes. Just over a week left with 25 submissions, check it out here: https://itch.io/jam/rittermarch

We did it! 🎉🎉
3 months ago – Mon, Mar 01, 2021 at 04:55:15 PM

Thanks everyone for the incredible support over the past two weeks! Not only did we get funded, but over 140% funded! Considering I thought it was a long-shot to get funding at all, the support has been absolutely humbling, thanks so much

Moving forward, expect initial surveys to go out within the next few weeks, and BackerKit to open as soon as I can figure out how to navigate it. I'll post updates here as I hit milestones, new mockups as the map art comes in and layout gets finalized, and any updates to the timelines if necessary.


Thanks again for the support everyone, I couldn't have done this without you, and I cannot wait to get this in your hands!

- Brian