Death Dealing: A card-throwing rogue subclass for 5E!

Created by Steve Conley

Plus new spells, magic items, and creatures! #ZineQuest

Latest Updates from Our Project:

A Death Dealing update: Revised cover art, Shuffling Mound, and locking orders!
10 months ago – Mon, May 15, 2023 at 09:39:00 AM

Here's a quick update and a few new sneak peeks!

Backerkit orders will be locked over the next 72 hours - look for a final notification later today! These final numbers will tell me just how many of each book, deck, and miniature I need to make!

I've mostly finished the cover art! I removed the placeholder blood and painted in the card's magical effects. I'm really happy with it and hope you are too!

One change I need to make is that the card hitting the guy in the front should be the King of Clubs.

Here's a first look at the creature art for the Shuffling Mound. I sculpted the shapes using the Nomad app so there will be an STL available in the future!

And lastly, I'm on track to share the Death Dealing card deck preview this week! I'm currently revising the art for all the number cards - I wasn't happy with how the initial version was looking. I'm excited to share the new designs with you!

Thank you again for your amazing support!

-- Steve 

BTW... today's the last day for Patreon supporters to get the four Dredges STL files with their support. The next sculpt will be the undead knight Kevin the Illegible.

A big Death Dealing update: Subclass preview, Backerkit surveys going out, and Dredges!
11 months ago – Thu, Apr 13, 2023 at 10:16:51 PM

Greetings, rogues! There is a LOT to report...

  • Backer surveys start going out tonight!
  • The Backerkit pre-order store is now open for those who missed the campaign
  • The subclass features are previewed below! What do you think?
  • New 3D-printable sculpts: Dredges!

Backer surveys are on their way!

I received Backerkit's approval today so the surveys will start going out tonight! The system will send the first batch of surveys to 5% of backers to make sure everything works. The rest of the surveys will go out tomorrow and over the weekend!

Also, the Death Dealing Backerkit pre-order store is now live so anyone who missed the campaign can pre-order physical rewards! Digital rewards and add-ons are not available for pre-order unless you're a Kickstarter backer.

Death Dealing Subclass Features...

These are not final and I'd love your feedback. You can comment below, on my Discord, or via Kickstarter messaging.  A preview of the Death Dealing Deck will come next week. (And I'm sure I'll rewrite/edit the text a million times before we go to press.)

Some of these features may be useful every game, others will be very situational. I hope all of them are fun!

The Cheat Death feature, for instance may be a bit too powerful or just as likely might never come up in your game.

And now, Dredges...

These creatures have appeared in The Middle Age webcomic and their stat blocks will appear in Death Dealing. The printable STL files are available as add-ons through your backer surveys but if you can't wait, they're available free this month to my Patreon supporters and for sale in my web shop.

When you hit a large Dredge, it splits into two medium Dredges. When you hit a medium Dredge, it splits into two small Dredges and so on.

 Thank you all so much for your amazing support! 

-- Steve

A quick Death Dealing update and some other Kickstarters worth checking out
12 months ago – Fri, Mar 17, 2023 at 07:47:47 PM

The work on Death Dealing is going really well! I expect to have the subclass ready for backers to preview early next month!

Meanwhile... I'll also be preparing the Backerkit pre-order shop so people who missed the campaign will be able to get their orders in before we go to press. Backers will also be able to use Backerkit to add items to their Kickstarter pledge. I'll let everyone know when the pre-order shop goes live.

And now, some art... here's a look at one of the bonus creatures we unlocked. Eagle-eyed readers of my webcomic The Middle Age, will recognize these. This is a medium Dredge.

The Dredges range in size from large to tiny.
The STL sculpts for all four different sizes of Dredge will be available next month in my web shop and will be free for my Patreon supporters in April (

I have another update at the end of next week. But before I go...

Here are a couple of Kickstarters worth checking out...

Swords: Cut the Deck

This game is from Matthew Wills, the cartoonist of the stabbingly-popular SWORDS webcomic. Matthew describes the game as, "A fast-paced tabletop game where you try to outmaneuver your opponents in an epic contest of wits and steel."  I contributed art for one of the cards but don't hold that against him.

You can check it out here:

 And in the graphic novel side of things, there's...

Amber Atoms: Blast Off!

Amber Atoms is by cartoonist Kelly Yates who's worked on projects like the Doctor Who comics and the My Hero Academia toy line. This is the first time the four issues of Kellys's sci-fi adventure story have been collected. It's fun and I really like Kelly's art!

You can check out the campaign here:

I'm so happy with how well their campaigns are going. Please give them a look!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

-- Steve 

Woohoo! Death Dealing is funded!
12 months ago – Thu, Mar 09, 2023 at 08:11:05 PM

Thank you all so much!

Thanks to you, we're going to have even more spells, magic items, creatures, and illustrations!

As Death Dealing comes together, I'll keep you updated every step of the way. 

I'll also be sharing with you previews of the subclass and the Death Dealing Deck of cards. I'd love your feedback before they go to print. And in the coming days, look for a message from me for downloading your bonus copy of The Middle Age Volume 1. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Thank you for making this campaign such a success!

-- Steve

Ten hours to go! Nearly every stretch goal unlocked!
12 months ago – Thu, Mar 09, 2023 at 09:07:24 AM

The Death Dealing campaign wraps up tonight at 10pm ET and it's going really great!

So far, we've unlocked extra magic items, extra spells, extra creatures, two stickers, downloadable character sheets, digital goodies, and deluxe paper for the zine and hardcover books!

There's only one stretch goal left to unlock - the bonus digital zine PLOTZ DEVICES...

As of this writing, we're just 46 backers away from unlocking it! I really love this concept and want to share it with you. My hope is that if you all love PLOTZ DEVICES, I'll expand it into its own book. 

 Please share this campaign with your friends (and on socials) and let's see if we can reach this last goal!

And I'll be live-streaming today...

I'll be live on Twitch today for a few hours starting at 4pm ET if you want to stop by!

Thank you again for your amazing support!

-- Steve