FAQ: Let Us Build a Tower: A Mythic Bronze Age Adventure in Babel
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What kind of adventure is this?

Let Us Build a Tower is both a Mythic Bronze Age setting and what’s sometimes called a “depthcrawl” adventure. Every time players begin a new adventure, the Tower has been altered by the curse of chaos. The Referee uses the book or web app to generate the changed Tower with unique chambers, features, and encounters as the players explore. The higher they go, the stranger and more wondrous the transformations become in approaching heaven.

The depthcrawl was revolutionized by Emmy “Cavegirl” Allen in The Gardens of Ynn. Instead of static maps, the depthcrawl provides the Referee with powerful tools and tables for generating exciting new environs as they play. This keeps the adventure just as fresh and interesting for the Referee as for players experiencing it all for the first time.

Other depthcrawl examples for the curious include The Stygian Library, Castle Gargantua, Veins of the Earth, Downcrawl, A Rasp of Sand, and The Vast in the Dark.

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Can I run Let Us Build a Tower in Old-School Essentials / Swords & Wizardry / my favorite OSR system?

Absolutely! Stats are provided both for Let Us Build a Tower’s built-in system (based on Sojourn RPG) and for old-school dungeon-crawlers in the 1981 tradition. The “OSR” stats you’ll find here in a creature description, for instance, are comparable to what you’d see in an Old-School Essentials, Swords & Wizardry, or Basic Fantasy adventure. Along with a creature’s behavior and unique abilities, they include things like Hit Dice, Armor Class (Ascending & Descending), Attacks, Saving Throws, Morale, and Movement rate.

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Can I run Let Us Build a Tower as a solo adventure?

Yes, you can! Let Us Build a Tower has been run through dozens of solo sessions as a part of our playtesting. While LUBAT does not contain special rules or instructions for solo play, the changing nature of the Tower keeps it fresh and interesting each time you enter.

Naturally, if you’ve read the book you’ll have some helpful foreknowledge that would ordinarily be Referee-only. But if you let the dice fall where they may, you’ll still find exciting challenges and surprises in solo play.

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Can I add more items to my pledge once the campaign ends?

Yes, you will be able to add additional items to your pledge when we send out our post-launch backer survey.

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Will I have the opportunity to provide beta feedback?

Yes! Backers of the Digital Edition tier and higher will receive an early access code to preview the Tower Generator web app. While in beta, there will likely be quirks and bugs we still haven’t caught yet, so your feedback is highly appreciated.

Backers will also receive early previews of the PDF at some point before LUBAT ships. Your feedback on the PDF will be highly valuable as well. We’ll be continuing the improve and refine the game right up until it goes to print.

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Can I see a preview of Let Us Build a Tower’s contents?

You can find an early preview of the table of contents and opening pages here: https://www.sojournrpg.net/files/Let_Us_Build_a_Tower_DRAFT_PREVIEW_2023-12-01.pdf

Please note that these pages are not final. Contents and layout will change prior to the final version. Backers of the Digital Edition tier and higher will have a chance to see full previews of Let Us Build a Tower before it goes to print.

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