Glynn Seal does great work. He’s been my go-to cartographer for my last several books, and never gives me reason to doubt he will be The Guy for the next several.

Gushing aside, he did this image for my currently-in-Kickstarter “Nordlond Sagas” project. I love it.

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As I write this, the campaign has been active for exactly three weeks, and we have 12 days to go.

Daily Illuminator!

Today the Norðlond Sagas was featured on Steve Jackson Games’ Daily Illuminator. If you get a moment, re-sharing or commenting on the post – especially in venues off the forums – will help bring some needed attention and (hopefully) velocity to the campaign.

Map of Norðlond

Things have not been idle since I last posted an update. Glynn Seal has completed the map of Norðlond that is available as an add-on, and it unifies the various adventure locations geographically. The team had a good time naming the various larger towns and cities. I’m looking forward to using this particular map in books and as a stand-alone.

With that in mind, I’ve done a bit of digging on the map options, and wanted to pass this information on.

The heavy, 14-point map, UV-laminated for limited use with dry-erase markers is basically printed on business card stock. I’m going to ship these directly from my house, so that I can pack them in a rigid mailer and two plies of double-wall cardboard to keep it safe. Shipping in the USA is likely to be about $10 (it can’t go by media mail, and the packaging to keep it safe is expensive); rest-of-world is likely quite a bit more.

For those who want portability, for the same price of $15 I can offer a 100# paper map, 16×20″, which can be rolled up in a tube mailer. This is just a glossy poster format, no lamination or coating. There’s no price difference there, just paper stock. As always, shipping is a pass-through, I have no control over it, etc.

For international customers, the 12×18″ maps available through DriveThruRPG will be your best bet to have a larger map but still have shipping be affordable.

Editing

I have started in to editing pieces of Rosgarth, and to a lesser extent Forest’s End and Hand of Asgard. The work is coming in a chapter at a time, and I’m going over it and making adjustments to keep the world coherent, as well as acting as editor and keeping in mind flow, art, and all the things that go into making a set of books. This part of the “publisher” job is time consuming but also a great deal of fun, helping folks achieve their vision.

Funding

Right now, we’re hovering at around $20,000 and we’ve been, well, pretty flat – the last 11 days have been tough. Roughly $600 in cancelled pledges, and some of that is related to Kickstarter itself. I hope that these folks come back to us during the Backerkit phase, which avoids that interaction.

The good news is there are nearly 400 folks who are following the campaign but not yet pledged: that means that between actual and “latent” interest, there’s as much as $43K out there. We certainly won’t pull a Pokemon and catch it all, but there’s more than enough to surpass the $29K stretch goal, and all non-shipping funds collected in both Kickstarter and Backerkit will count towards that goal. I want more pages in the book(s) as much as y’all do. The authors, of course, will want more room for more material in their books! (Plus, they get paid more as the backer count increases; my version of profit sharing. Their per-word rate goes up with backer count).

So while things have been quiet for the last week or so, there’s still nearly two full weeks in the campaign, we’ve long since funded, and there’s lots of potential to hit the big goals for offset print as well as longer books.

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Just for Fun: Yrth?

Earlier today, someone pinged me on Discord and noted that they just bought Hall of Judgment, and while they really loved it, their current campaign is on Yrth, and so how would Nordlond fit?

My first suggestion was to plunk the continent on which Norðlond can be found elsewhere, simply not on the continent of Ytarria. The explicit “the Gods of the setting are real, walk the earth, and the creation ‘myth’ isn’t a myth at all” would have to be altered to fit the setting. I talk about variations on the cosmology of the setting in a blog post: Monotheism and Competing Divinities in Norðlond.

The other possibility is, well, those Nomad Lands are pretty far north. What is more, Ytarria is very big. I found this map online, which is the publicly available Ytarria map plus the continental USA and Alaska, added by Eric B Smith.

For those of you that know me, I’ve been living in Minnesota since about 2000. Norðlond is very deliberately sized to my home state, maybe a bit bigger, and the location of major cities in the setting might kinda sorta happen to correspond to county seats in Minnesota. But if Nordlond is roughly 90-100K square miles (it is), that means it can fit into the Nomad Lands about four times over. If your campaign isn’t already much involved there, you could probably drop Nordlond and a good part of the Dragongrounds into the Nomad Lands without even blinking.

Make of that what you will!

user avatarGaming Ballistic is thrilled to announce yet another product approved for the Norðlond Setting. This one will be ready in time to be included in the Norðlond Sagas Kickstarter as an add-on!

The Gods of Norðlond—The Aesir—are more than just mythological, ineffable entities: they walk among the people of the world, offering their wisdom and might to those they find worthy. This book offers detailed information on the denizens of Asgard, the divine realm worshipped by the people of Norðlond and its surrounding regions.

The book presents additional options and guidelines presented for Clerics who choose to devote themselves to the worship of just one instead of the pantheon as a whole. Also included are more than twenty new Holy Might abilities available for Asgardian Clerics and Holy Warriors to bring the word . . . or the sword . . . to those that need it.

The book is 16 pages long, in 8×10 format, in full color. Written by Kevin Smyth, who just couldn’t stop writing after we put the bug in his ear with Norðlondr Fólk. Thanks to Jake Harrison whose casual “what about . . . ” question led to the very rapid proposal and approval of this book!

As an add-on, it will be $5 PDF, $10 Print-only, or $13 Print + PDF. If you want it, simply adjust your pledge. This book will print and ship together with the rest. No waiting!

For Asgard!

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Good morning! As we head into the weekend, we’re just a hair short of 80% funding. For what they’re worth, projects put us just shy of the top stretch goal, which suggests we’ll handily make the offset print goal. Of course, it’s all speculation until it actually happens. As always, a tweet, a blog post, a reshare of the link help quite a bit to expand the project’s reach.

I thought I’d lead into the weekend by teasing the content of the 16-page Norðlondr Fólk book.

Norðlondr Fólk

Each entry features a template, of course (Traits), plus special traits specific to the template (Special Traits). Additionally, there are unique “grow into them” gifts for every race to spend surplus or (in most cases) earned points on.

So what’s in the book?

Familiar Faces

  • BOX Racial Gifts
  • Cat-Folk
  • Dwarves
  •      Dvergr (a Norðlond-specific description and traits better fitting with the implied history of the setting)
  • Elves
  •      Elfàrd (a Norðlond-specific description and traits better fitting with the implied history of the setting)
  • Gnomes
  • Half-Elves
  •      Hálfálfar (a Norðlond-specific description and traits better fitting with the implied history of the setting)
  • Half-Ogres & Half-Orcs (orcs and ogres need some tweaks to fit in with the setting history; their niches are usually filled in Norðlond by trolls and storalfar/hobs, respectively)
  • Halflings
  •      Neveri Halfling (the Neveri are the thorn in the side of the southern border of Norðlond, perhaps 400 miles south of Audreyn’s Wall. Nomadic tribes with the analogy to the Algar horse-lords, the Dothraki, or the Mongol hordes of the Khans. Some of the tribes are halflings, and they are not nice.)
  • BOX Downsizing (Kromm-approved optional guidance for tweaking out armor for little races like halflings and gnomes)

Beast-Folk

Some of these beast-folk are the results of purposeful rituals to bring a person closer to the totem or favored animal of one of the Gods, such as the Allfather’s Ravens, or putting the bear in bear-shirted (berserker). Some of them, well, “a wizard did it.”

  • CC Björnhjarta (Bear-Folk)
  • CC Gullinálmur (Boar-Folk)
  • BOX Becoming the Beast
  • CC Úlfblóðugur (Wolf-Blooded)
  • CC Hrafnar (Raven-Folk)
  • CC Triger-Folk

Half-Breeds

  • Dragon-Blooded
  • Eldhuð (Demon-Blooded)
  • Himneskur (God-Blooded)
  • Vandræðagemsi (Fae Gnomes)

We have 15 pages to fill, and I’m fairly sure we’ll also have room for elemental-touched half-breeds (four of them). I’m not listing them here yet; we’ll either see them if we have room, or we won’t, because the book is so filled with awesome already that we don’t need them.

Hopefully you like what you see. I know my previews of Kevin’s work have been really fun to read.

The Norse-inspired Norðlond setting for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG keeps growing. Here’s what’s going on, and what’s coming, for Gaming Ballistic in this series of third-party products for SJG’s Powered-by-GURPS boxed set.

Nordlond Sagas: Now on Kickstarter

On Sept 10, Gaming Ballistic launched its 8th Kickstarter campaign, and much like the quite-successful “Four Perilous Journeys” campaign for The Fantasy Trip, Nordlond Sagas is also funding multiple books.

The Dragons of Rosgarth

48 or 64 pages
This setting expansion and adventure scenario details the towns of Midgard and Jarngarðr, and provides a looming threat worthy of a party of seasoned delvers. Targeted at four to six delvers of 300 points or more. Written by Kyle Norton.

Forest’s End

64 or 80 pages
A bold thegn built a fortified settlement beyond Audreyn’s Wall, near where the forest meets the sea: Skógarenda . . . Forest’s End. Forest’s End features several threats and three actual dungeons to delve for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG! Written by Merlin Avery.

Norðlondr Fólk

16 pages
Sixteen playable racial templates to supplement those from Dungeon Fantasy Adventurers, including Norðlond-specific versions of elves and dwarves. Also dragon-blooded, children of humans and demons, and other hybrids, such as raven-folk and those who are brothers and sisters to bear and boar. Written by Kevin Smyth.

Previous Books

Of course, if you missed out on the Hall of Judgment and Citadel at Nordvorn campaigns, those are available, along with the Fantastic Dungeon Grappling booklet, as both comprehensive “all the books” pledge levels in both PDF-only and Print/PDF bundles, as well as add-ons should you wish to pick and choose.

Announcing: Nordlond Bestiary and Enemies Book

Gaming Ballistic is thrilled to announce that we’ve been given the green light to develop a comprehensive bestiary for the Norðlond setting for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG.

It’s going to be very meaty, to the tune of 200 to 250 creatures, mundane and magical. Making it Nordlond-specific and based on the Dungeon Fantasy RPG means that the project and its collaborators get to write to a common target. The specificity of it means each creature and entry can be tailored well enough that it’s not just a list of generic creatures. The issue that plagues such projects is that it’s impossible to guess what campaign flavor it’s going to be in. By making this support Nordlond, it removes that constraint and allows me to be specific while not precluding other efforts or adaptations.

This is going to be, well, a beast of an endeavor. The good news is that tens, maybe even hundreds, of thousands of words already were written as part of a different project for this purpose. Some art even exists. And I even have a draft (work-in-progress, subject to change, etc.) cover:

A project this large will take a lot of funding to pull off. That’s why I haven’t rolled it in to the Norðlond Sagas kickstarter directly.

But I will say this: if by some miracle the current Kickstarter takes off and hits like $75,000 or $80,000 (which is a record-for-me-breaking campaign of 1200 to 1500 backers!), I’d not need to fund it separately to get to the printable PDF stage. I could develop it and only at the end use a short campaign to size the print run.

Wouldn’t THAT be fun?

The Norðlond Sagas crowdfunding campaign launched this morning at 10:30am. AS I write this, perhaps seven hours into the campaign, we’ve already passed 45% funding. In one day. We’re thousands of dollars past where we were on the end of Day 1 of the Norðvörn campaign.

This campaign is offering up three more books to add to your Dungeon Fantasy RPG collection – perhaps you were fresh off the Dungeon Fantasy Magic Items 2 campaign, and that whetted your appetite for more? Well, we have it for you.

What’s on Offer

So…what can you get with the Norðlond Sagas?

The Dragons of Rosgarth
48 or 64 pages
This setting expansion and adventure scenario details the towns of Midgard and Jarngarðr, and provides a looming threat worthy of a party of seasoned delvers. Targeted at four to six delvers of 300 points or more. Written by Kyle Norton.

 

Forest’s End
64 or 80 pages
A bold thegn built a fortified settlement beyond Audreyn’s Wall, near where the forest meets the sea: Skógarenda . . . Forest’s End. Forest’s End features several threats and three actual dungeons to delve for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG! Written by Merlin Avery.

Sample Layout with content from Nordvorn. Will definitely change!

 

Norðlondr Fólk
16 pages
Sixteen playable racial templates to supplement those from Dungeon Fantasy Adventurers, including Norðlond-specific versions of elves and dwarves. Also dragon-blooded, children of humans and demons, and other hybrids, such as raven-folk and those who are brothers and sisters to bear and boar. Written by Kevin Smyth.

A Note on Add-Ons

A few comments on add-ons.

Multiple Copies of Books

I had a question on ordering more than one set of books; this also applies if you wish to pick and choose from the offerings from the Kickstarter.

You bet. If you want to gift them to someone else, or want to frame them, or whatever: A second set will be available regardless of final page count to backers at $60 per set. If we hit a stretch goal and page counts go up, anyone who actually has joined the campaign early – even the $1 folks – will be able to get more copies at this price. If page count goes up, pre-order backers coming in late will get the books at the post-campaign retail price (that’s only $65 for the set instead of $60, but still).

If there’s interest in buying multiple copies of a particular book, those will be available too during the backerkit phase.

  • Nordlondr Folk: $10 in print, $5 in PDF; $13 as a bundle
  • Rosgarth: $18 in print at 48 pages; $9 in PDF, and $23 as a bundle
  • Forest’s End: $21 in print at 64 pages; $11 as PDF; $26 bundle

Norðlond Maps

One of the add-ons is a choice of large-format map options covering Norðlond, and showing how Isfjall (from Hall of Judgment), Norðvörn, and the towns and adventure locations from the books in development are connected.

Right now, it’s offered as a 12×18″ POD version from DriveThruRPG’s poster printing service, and as a 16″x20″ option on 14 ponit card stock.

That option is going to be big to ship. It cannot be folded (well, it can, but you’d be mad) and so may very well cost $10 or $15 in shipping for a $15 item. It will not roll up into a small USPS triangular mailer.

So I’m looking into a middle ground, which is a 16×20″ poster on heavy poster paper, which CAN be rolled up and will therefore be less expensive to ship. No word on how that will play out internationally; it may wind up being prohibitively horrible to ship the big format cardstock. We’ll see. Shipping is horrible.

Milestones Already?

This is my eighth Kickstarter, but it marks a few milestones for Gaming Ballistic and the Dungeon Fantasy RPG.

  • When it’s finished, there will be a full half-dozen books supporting the Norðlond setting. Four setting/adventure books, and two rules supplements. That’s a credible showing, and I’m proud of it.
  • It’s the second time I’ve asked for, and received, permission from SJG to play in the “rules” space. The first was with Fantastic Dungeon Grappling, which was inserted into the Boxed Set Reprint, much to my joy. The new book, Norðlondr Fólk, features some exciting options for character generation, with 16 new race and ancestry options and variations.
  • It’s the first time in the Dungeon Fantasy RPG space that the products aren’t written by me. This means three new people, who have never before written into a GURPS/Dungeon Fantasy RPG book, are joining the stable of “folks who have written for GURPS/Powered by GURPS.” This makes me very happy, as more writers means more stuff.

Schedule

Just to give a rough idea of where things are supposed to go:

  • Sept 10 through Oct 12: Kickstarter Campaign Active
  • Oct 12 through (roughly) Oct 26 – Funds Settle
  • Haloween Week: Backerkit phase opens for surveys, shipping, and pre-orders
  •  Mid-November: Backerkit “closes” and cards are charged[1]
  • End November: PDF review phase[2]
  • Mid-December: PDF feedback due
  • Before Xmas: PDFs sent out and final files sent to printer
  • End January: Printing
  • End February: Moving books through the world
  • End March: Arrival in-hand

[1] Backerkit won’t really CLOSE until the final printer files go out, so I know how many orders to place.

[2]The PDF review phase will see about 10% of the backers get preliminary files. These are chosen based on a combination of how much was pledged (total pledge amount, not pledge level) plus a random factor, so that the highest pledge levels get priority, but lower pledge levels are not locked out. This phase is IMPORTANT, and everyone who provides useful feedback will get credit in the book.

Ready, Set, GO!

So that’s the plan for now. As noted in the various preview announcements, now that you’ve pledged, you can still help out. Share the link to social media. Start or contribute to a thread on the various RPG groups (which reminds me: gotta post on Reddit). Say nice things in places! It really does help.

Join us! Support the Norðlond Sagas

Norðlond Sagas is coming to Kickstarter

You guys have so far funded three Dungeon Fantasy RPG books from Gaming Ballistic.

Hall of Judgment was my first license from SJG, and you guys showed up strong. Then came the more recent Citadel at Nordvorn, and not only did you throw down for that, it also brought a second edition of Hall of Judgment with a much, much better printing, and a stand-alone booklet: Fantastic Dungeon Grappling.

We’re not going to string the products out for you this time. Gaming Ballistic is thrilled to announce that next week marks the launch of the Nordlond Sagas crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

It will bring you three unique books, all written by new authors, and all set in the ever-expanding Nordlond setting.

The Dragons of Rosgarth

48 pages (64 if we hit a stretch goal)

This setting expansion and adventure scenario details the towns of Midgard and Jarngarðr, and provides a looming threat worthy of a party of seasoned delvers. Targeted at four to six characters of 300 points or more. Written by Kyle Norton (Dungeons on Automatic).

The Ruins of Rosgarth are occupied again, this much is certain. But mining caravans and logging expeditions are being threatened by growing hordes of undead, as well as surging ranks of dragonkin. Wizards and clerics alike are muttering uneasily as they feel the disturbance in the land, and the Aesir whisper in the dreams of heroes. Journey into the wilds north of Audreyn’s Wall to Rosgarth Ruins. Investigate the source of the danger . . . and defeat it if you can.

Sample Layout with content from Nordvorn. Will definitely change!

Forest’s End

64 pages (80 if we hit a stretch goal)

The King proclaimed over a year ago that for the first time in centuries, the ranks of the nobility would be expanding, with lands available for those bold enough to hold them. The catch? The lands lay beyond Audreyn’s Wall, where dragonkin roam, giants dwell, and all manner of creatures make their lairs.

And yet, the Dragonground, as they are called, are home to countless ruins and dungeons, plus abandoned broken ley line junctions . . . and the boundless and magical wealth of the fallen empire of the Dragon Queens. One thegn, more than bold enough to take up the King’s challenge, built a fortified settlement near where the forest meets the sea: Skógaenda. . . Forest’s End.

A year has past, and the settlement has thrived. The thegn is ready to claim his rightful status as lord and jarl. A great feast is planned. What could go wrong?

Forest’s End features several threats and three actual dungeons to delve for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG! Written by Merlin Avery.

Norðlondr Fólk

16 pages

This short supplement brings at least 16 different playable racial templates to supplement those from Dungeon Fantasy Adventurers. Including Nordlond-specific versions of elves and dwarves, it also provides ties to other cosmology for the setting: dragon-blooded, children of humans and demons, and other hybrids, such as raven-folk and those who are brothers and sisters to bear and boar. With new traits available for every Dungeon Fantasy race, this book allows you to tie all of the “usual suspects” in with the Nordlond setting and bring some entirely new abilities to your games. Easily portable to other settings. Written by Kevin Smyth, who was deeply involved with writing and proofing the pre-generated characters from Hall of Judgment.

Goals, Duration, and Pledge Levels

Depending on approval, the campaign will launch either Sept 10 or Sept 12 (next Tuesday or Thursday) and run through October 12.

It has an initial funding goal of $15,000, and two important stretch goals

  • The first stretch goal is at 300 physical copies. At that point, we upgrade to a higher-quality printing, at the same printer that did Citadel at Nordvorn and Hall of Judgment 2nd Edition.
  • The second stretch goal is at $29,000. At that point, there’s enough funding to ensure that Rosgarth and Forest’s End can both be expanded by 16 pages.

The pledge levels are offered as a bundle including all three books. This is necessary for printing cost efficiency as well as to get the loyal DFRPG customers more stuff in 2019.

If you missed Hall of Judgment and Citadel at Nordvorn, there’s also both digital and physical tiers to get all the books, all at once. Plus two retail levels for those who would like to cover the line.

Get Notified! Follow Norðlond Sagas on Kickstarter

It’s another GURPSDay, and here’s the last few weeks of posts! The big news right now in the GURPS-o-Sphere is the Dungeon Fantasy RPG Magic Items 2 “Quickstarter.” This four day campaign funded quickly, and is going to end Friday, 5:30pm Central Time. Right now it’s past $10K, and so is less than $5,000 (about 215 people) away from the only stretch goal, which is to push the book from 48 to 64 pages.

It’s already written, laid out, and art inserted. Get it now at a discounted price (seriously: check the price of DFRPG Monsters 2 on Warehouse 23, compare to its backer-level price during its own Kickstarter, and you’ll see similar discounting. It’s a good deal right now. 

In any case, we’re here for GURPSDay, so scroll all the way down (the random order is, well, random). Catch up and get some repeat views and if you missed some. They’re in reverse chronological order, so if you’re up-to-date, just skim off the top!

News for Gaming Ballistic:

  • Fulfillment is complete on Citadel at Nordvorn. If you like it, please say something in a public place. A Tweet, a blog post, a review, a Forum post.
  • My second print proof on Dungeon Grappling is on its way to me. The entire book was lightened up by 10-15%, which hopefully will restore the details to the artwork. If so, I’ll confirm the 100-copy order, get the 15 or so books I owe folks from various projects under way, and then we’ll be back in stock.
  • Ship approval and print approval for Four Perilous Journeys is done for all products. All PDFs have been delivered. I will be ordering the physical goods (counter tiles and card decks) this week.
  • I anticipate launching another Dungeon Fantasy RPG Kickstarter on September 10, which should go until October 12. There will be three books in it: two adventures and one short supplement. Look for it, and please spread the word.

GURPSDay is in its sixth – GURPSDay started in February 2013,  a year after I started Gaming Ballistic. Things have slowed down a bit, and I’ll be considering how to revitalize this weekly activity. I’d like to see an average of 100 posts here per week – one per blog, ish – so we’ll see what we can do to get creative juiced flowing.If you just started a GURPS blog – and I know that some of you have – email me and get on the list! With the advent of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, Powered by GURPS, there’s even more reason to write.

How? Two action items: post more, recruit more. It’s really that simple. More posters is more posts, and more interest in GURPS.

Below you can find the blog activity for the last week. There’s a whole lotta awesome GURPS going on. Read all the posts.

Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.
Continue reading “GURPSDay! Aug 16 to Sept 5, 2019”

Castle Ironskull and Crown of Eternity

Yesterday I sent out preliminary PDF copies of Castle Ironskull, a 16-page adventure by David Pulver for The Fantasy Trip. It’s the first of five adventures created for the “Four Perilous Journeys” Kickstarter, which successfully funded at well over target level. This begins roughly a month of proofing, refining, and final adjustment before the files to to the printer and finalizing quantities. That means if you missed the Kickstarter campaign proper . . . it’s not too late! Pre-orders are open on Backerkit.

This morning I “blasted” notification emails for Crown of Eternity. These notes should be in your in-box; if not, check Spam. If not, email me or send me a message through Kickstarter.

Unlike Castle Ironskull, Crown’s counter art is not yet complete. But here’s what’s coming

  • 14 salt-wraiths
  • 7 wights
  • 6 royal wights
  • 4 gargoyles
  • 3 cactus things
  • 3 human henchmen
  • 3 tooth snakes
  • 2 important NPCs

I’ve seen the preliminary art for the salt wraiths and the royal wights this morning; they’re lovely.

As always, please send any observed mistakes to my email: gamingballisticllc@gmail.com with [Crown of Eternity] in the subject header.

Other Progress

We really are coming to the end. The next big steps are to prepare the actual printed counter sheets, which means choosing a design for the back of each sheet (something y’all helped me with in prior updates), and then moving the color version of each one to the vendor site.

It also means preparing the PDF of the color sheets for those that get it. These two steps are really the same.

It also means putting some labels down on each counter so that you can distinguish them by more than looks. Again: that’s going to happen at the same time as the other two steps.

Since the color counter art is in hand for most of these, the job is tedious but can be done at any time; because physical printing of the books is slower than printing the counters, I can even start this after the final book print files go to Latvia . . . but I probably will try and get a jump on them earlier.

The card decks are the other bit of tedium. These will require some coordination with SJG, but again, a lot of work is done – largely thanks to SJG giving me the files for Decks of Destiny. If someone says (and I saw this on Reddit) “SJG is hard to work with,” let’s just say my experience has been radically different, and better (and I said this on Reddit). It continues to be a true pleasure.

So really, once the final art comes in, it’s a whole bunch of “grunt work” but that’s that. The rest is proofing, tweaking, and getting the very-simple NPC stats transferred over.

Card Decks

Just to be clear: we passed the 250-deck stretch goal for increasing the number of cards in the deck to 63. That means 12 or 13 cards per adventure. The next goal would be at 500 decks, which seems unlikely at this time. Pre-orders in sufficient quantity – which means nice comments need to spread beyond this forum! – would fix that, but it needs to be soon!

In any case, for (say) Crown of Eternity, you would get both important NPCs, one each of the rest (minimum), and duplicated of the salt wraiths and wights. Where I have to choose, items that already appear somewhere else (another deck) or are fairly mundane – like the gargoyle above – will be dropped to ensure a unique monster, especially one that appears in large numbers, has more than one such card.

About those Pre-Orders

This has been a very successful project for me, and is on track to remain so (but it’s not over until I pay for shipping, so . . . ). Pre-order volume, however, has been very light.

You can help me with that. Saying nice things on Social Media, and including the pre-order link, really does make a difference. Now that the adventures are in hand, quick capsule reviews of the good (which can generate sales) and the improvable (which helps me and the authors refine the game for next time) are huge boosters. Coming from not-Gaming-Ballistic they have more weight than me or my authors promoting our own product.

And after all, there were 3,300 backers or so for the original Legacy Edition. That leaves roughly 2,700 people who are right smack in the target market here! Let’s get busy. (Kidding. Sort of. Well, not really.)

All Book Covers

Just to leave you with some pictures, and most of you have seen these before. But . . . here are the final covers for all five adventures.

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As a Strange Dr once said: “We’re in the Endgame now.”

Oh: that may have been a spoiler.

In any case, I got the advance copies of Citadel and HoJ (2nd Edition) yesterday.

These are freakin’ gorgeous books. I’m super-proud of Citadel, and I hope you guys enjoy the heck out of it.

Enough back-patting: here are a few pictures.

All three books, in advance-copy form
All three books, in advance-copy form
Fantastic Dungeon Grappling, Citadel at Nordvorn,  Hall of Judgment (1e), and Hall of Judgment (2nd Edition) spine view
Fantastic Dungeon Grappling, Citadel at Nordvorn, Hall of Judgment (1e), and Hall of Judgment (2nd Edition) spine view
Map and Artist's Take on Longbru; Sewn binding visible.
Map and Artist’s Take on Longbru; Sewn binding visible.
Interior shot of Hall of Judgment 2e
Interior shot of Hall of Judgment 2e
Lay-flat binding!
Lay-flat binding!
Close-up of stitching. Should be robust.
Close-up of stitching. Should be robust.

And lastly, a parting shot of the two 128-page Norðlond books.

They should arrive in the UK maybe by the end of the week. I expect few shennanigans with getting them into the UK from Latvia, since books are 0% VAT and Latvia and the UK are easy relatively speaking. I’ve shipped bookmarks to Kixto from the US – I could not guarantee that the printer I had in the UK would produce product that would work with a dry-erase marker – and they should arrive June 18.

Shipping to international customers will be done within a few days after that; 1-8 weeks for delivery depending on the fortunes of shipping and travel.

Then the remainder of the books will be transported to Studio 2 in TN for fulfillment. Two weeks or less from arrival to books-in-hand.

Endgame.