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Quick update for Bard's Gate (and The Blight):
I'm about 80% through the development of Bard's Gate (a significantly lower percentage through development of The Blight - though other than a few odds and ends Alistair Rigg is still tinkering with, the manuscript for it is 100% in). This is just a perfect storm where products from two different arms of FGG ended up on my desk at the same time. Considering BG was about 50% a previously released and formatted book and I did the developmental groundwork for the new parts in spring 2015, it's just much faster work in progress than The Blight. I've just basically living under a rock since North Texas Con cranking on both of them. :)
So by way of update on The Blight, it's still going. It just has a lot more complexity and moving parts to it. That said, I hope to have some Tome of Blighted Horror art previews for you next week. :)
But enough about that for now. I came here to talk Bards Gate for the moment. Why should you get Bard's Gate?
If you don't have the original, well then this one is worth a look because it's a big awesome city book with hundreds of keyed encounter areas, beautiful maps, a ton of built-in adventures, and gorgeous full-color art by Artem Shukaev and Colin Chan.
A few more tidbits that make this a must have:
And if all that doesn't sell you on it, you're probably a soulless zombie. In which case did I mention the City of Ashes and Cult of Orcus…
What davrion said with the addition of:
Alright back into my working pit. Maybe they'll leave the lid open just a crack for me. :)
P.S. Legends of Hawkmoon to definitively connect and flesh all those titles out…just as soon as I get finished with The Blight…and The canon review of Bard's Gate…and the Lost Lands Campaign Setting...
I'm writing this from North Texas Con...the week after Paizo Con...the week after my last med school final of third year. All that is to say, things are keeping me hopping right now and away from updating on The Blight and such. However, all is still good, and I'm goad you asked.
The writing for The Blight is finished in its entirety except for Bill's adventure and has been turned into me. It is about 80% through its first developmental pass with Al Rigg, Jeff Swank, and others, and is sitting on my desk for its final development and canon pass. Which brings me back to my hopping mentioned above.
So rest assured the product exists in almost its entirety and is now at the mercy of one guy trying to get through the quantity of writing that has amassed. The good news is it's happening. :-) But unfortunately, it's happening at the speed of Greg. :-(
Anyway, I wanted to pop by and give an update since folks are asking to let you know where we are in its progress.
Thanks for your support!
It's not ready for layout yet, so it hasn't become an issue at this point. Though I do anticipate that it will cause some delay. We're just going to have to see how things go with Chuck day to day and what we're able to do with what. However, in the meantime, the development of the book continues. Never fear, FGG will still publish the book. :-)
We'll definitely release a pdf version of the book for sale when the book comes out and, as always, the purchase of the physical book thru FGG will include the pdf for free.
The Borderland Provinces are mainly due south of the area covered in Sword of Air, and the Sundered Kingdoms are southeast or it. Southwest of the Sword of Air areas would be the Kingdoms of Foere, which we have not yet published.
And from Glades of Death as well, but this is otherwise correct.
The environment books (Perilous Vistas) are PF-only books that rely on the intricacies of the PF rules system that do not correlate well with the more simplified 5e and S&W systems (no point in converting feats for S&W, for instance, since it doesn't use feats). Anyway, the resulting conversions of actually relevant rules material would be so thin, they would hardly qualify as "books" really. Rather than try to tack such a sparse product onto the adventures within (which convert just fine between systems) we figured it would give a better product value to just combine those adventures into products (i.e. the QoD line of books) to make them available for the other systems in addition to PF.
Because of the vagaries of the original QoD 5e KS and the fact that some adventures featured in the QoD series already existed in PF and/or S&W and therefore did not need a reprint just to try and grab dollars from fans, the series got off to a bit of a tangled start. Below is the general translation (it's actually not that difficult once you see the mechanism behind the madness). Also, we're starting to put an "Other FGG Products" page at the front of all our new books (starting with QoD2 I believe) to help folks keep things straight. The initial volume issue aside, for everything else it's just a matter if the adventures within already exist in a given system.
Quests of Doom, Vol 1 - 5e only
Quests of Doom, Vol 2 - 5e only
Quests of Doom - PF and S&W
Quests of Doom 2 - 5e only
Quests of Doom 3 - 5e and S&W (the current KS)
Quests of Doom 4 - PF, 5e, and S&W (upcoming in late 2016)
Quests of Doom 5 - 5e and S&W??? (not sure on release date)
The plans for the line continue, but that's as far as I can remember. QoD6 may also be underway with all original adventures for all 3 systems again, but I honestly can't remember for sure.
Anyway, I hope that clears up the muck some. Hopefully by QoD6 all of the QoD vs. QoD, Vols 1&2 will be well behind us. :-)
P.S. Book of Alchemy is still in the works. It's just a project that, being true to its subject matter, requires a slow simmer. I can't begin to guess what kinds of lymphomas and neuro deficits John Ling is going to develop from being steeped in all those alchemical reagents for so long. But, it's cool, we always told him he was expendable...or maybe we didn't, I don't recall at the moment. Meh, either way.
Exactly what Matt said! :-)
Durbenford is not regionally a part of the Borderland Provinces (so it didn't make it onto the edge of the map), but it is politically a part of the BP (so it's included in the book).
Your anaconda* will give you flackunless you Back, Jack!
*The CR 10 advanced-HD version of the constrictor snake as described on page 255 of the PF Bestiary. What'd you think I was talking about?
We hit the button on the Blight KS page earlier this morning. It is now in the hands of the Kickstarter approval process to be launched. Supposedly this can take up to three days. In our experience with KS in the past, this has taken about 10 minutes. Apparently we're falling somewhere in between. But what that means is that it can appear at any moment. So if you see it, start a thread here with a link. I'm on a short lunch break but will be in clinic the rest of the afternoon, Bill is at a game convention, and Matt is out Matting like a Matt (I don't actually know what Matt is doing). I'm just saying, we may not be the first to see it, so be sure and let the cat out of the bag if you do.
We're diligently getting the KS together to go live with The Blight. Unfortunately my rotations schedule picked this time to switch away from midnights (yay!) to 5-to-5s (boo!). So we're putting it together as we can. Anyway, it should definitely be up this week. I'd like to have it launch by Tuesday, as I told Rich, but sometime in there will do. :-)
Anyway, we'll keep you posted.
So watch the skies!..er, gutters...I guess...
Yes, Greg, I want an appendix about the deities of the Lost Lands.
Me too! With this thing about to fund, I think we should be hearing from Matt soon about some stretch goals. And I think a deities appendix would probably be a pretty high priority for that.
Well...now that you mention it, there are about to be some stretch goals on the table. And with all this deity stuff we've written, we'd sure like to put it somewhere. :-)
Will there be any method to combine postage on any of the KS's? Since there's so many abound, I think I've spent over $100 on shipping alone - money I prefer to give to you guys; even if it meant waiting a while for the next KS project to be printed.
I don't know the answer to that, but it's worth it for you to shoot Bill an email and ask I'd think. He might be able to help you out with that and potentially save you a bundle.
We know that there is 5e support out there. The question is if it is there for campaign materials and adventure paths or not. The Kobold's monster book is just that, a monster book. Our own monster book, Fifth Edition Foes, sold very well. But Borderland Provinces is a campaign setting book, and WotC has been focusing a lot of attention on their own setting of the Forgotten Realms, so it's not an unfilled niche like additional monster books are.
We're not testing to see if there is 5e support (we know there is). We're testing to see if there's 5e support for a product like Borderland Provinces.
And I'm with you, I hope there's a ton of support. I'd love to see Rappan Athuk, Slumbering Tsar, Barakus, etc. emerge with 5e versions to terrify and abuse a whole new edition of gamers. :-)
Have any delays been noted on delivery of the email link? I've gone through the ordering process twice now for the preview pdf and all I'm getting is the eerie silence of the grave.
Did Silverhair's instructions work for you Unclefes?
Backed. Yes, need to pay more attention to the current project.
Sorry for the Blight distraction. We just wanted to use the Halloween period to plug the upcoming project as well. After today we will return you to your regularly scheduled Borderland Provinces KS.
Just like the title said. Tonight at midnight begins the 7th Day of Halloween (as we at Frog God Games count such things), so in celebration we're releasing a free preview pdf of the first 10 pages of Richard Pett's much-anticipated master campaign and adventure path.
This is the campaign from which Richard originally spawned his classic modules set in "The Styes" back in Dungeon Magazine. He's written the complete campaign book and a 9-module adventure path set there, and Frog God Games is going to launch a Kickstarter for it on November 15th. But before then, we're releasing a free pdf preview of the Guide to the Blight's first 10 pages to let you get an idea of the madness...ahem, mayhem...erm, masochism...having a hard time coming up with a non-perjorative term...no, madness is probably most accurate that is The Blight: Richard Pett's Crooked City.
So check it out here under the Updates tab to download your pdf.
But beware. The free pdf will only be available from midnight tonight until midnight tomorrow.So don't miss out.
THE TERROR RETURNS TONIGHT!!
Do you have fond memories of "The Styes" from the halcyon days of Dungeon Magazine?
Well fret not, friends and fiends, because Richard Pett's very own campaign from which "The Styes" was spawned lives on...lives again...whichever...in The Blight: Richard Pett's Crooked City forthcoming from Frog God Games.
See where the madness began and where it was first afflicted upon the poor souls who have had the misfortune to be trapped in Rich's home game for the past few decades (usually strapped to a chair in a bricked up room is my understanding)
And tonight at the stroke of midnight, a special preview pdf revealing the first 10 pages of this dastardly edition of devious d...something (writing is hard!) will be released for free download here under the Updates tab. Previous updates on this page also include special treats from the previous 6 days of The Blight reveals in anticipation of this Halloween release.
But this special release will be available only from midnight at the eve of All Hallow's Eve until midnight at the eve of...post-All Hallow's Eve...that's probably not very clear. Okay it's available from midnight tonight until midnight tomorrow. After that the link will be taken down and this special free preview pdf will disappear into the aether...forever.
Actually, it'll probably pop back up at some time during The Blight KS that will be launched by Frog God Games on Nov. 15, but Halloween is the only time you will be able to get it before then. So don't miss out!
The Lantern Man gives it four thumbs up!
We would love to see the 5e market open up to our big books like The Blight and such. So far we've seen a really good response to our adventure anthologies (the Quests of Doom series), but it remains to be seen if they're looking for campaign material as well, like these big books. Fingers crossed.
Only 1 more day 'til Halloween...do you know where your children are?
They just might be here...
Naw, I'm just joshin' ya. That's just the latest update on The Blight for the 7 Days of Halloween from Frog God Games. I actually don't know where your children are. Last I heard they were waiting for you by the creepy van that was parked over there. I told them only one piece of candy each. Come to think of it haven't seen them since that van left.
Hey! What kind of parents are you anyway, leaving me to watch your kids in this parking lot? You don't even know me!
Sheesh! Some people.
It will have all the info of the original plus a lot more. So it will actually be significantly different but will not leave out any of the prior information.
The Crypt Keeper wrote:
I hope we get a Jack the Ripper like character wandering the Blight...and if not that, then at least a whole cult comprised of them.
Perhaps you haven't heard of a fellow known by some as Bloody Jack Carver. He visited PaizoCon, NTRPGCon, and Pacificon a couple years back in an epic three-day game. Bloody Jack is one of the add-on modules that are going to be available with the Blight KS.
Haven't had a chance to delve into the previews yet, but on the surface looks good. Is the Blight set within the Lost Lands?
Yes, it is. It lies at the western edge of the continent of Akados. roughly due west of the Kingdom of Suilley on the Sinnar Coast Map but on the opposite edge of the Kingdoms of Foere.
Looks awesome. Is the Blight going to be full color?
No, and we had to pay extra just to get the white included to make it black & white. The original manuscript came only in black, purest black...like the darkness of Richard's soul.
Bard's Gate Complete should be KS in June 2016. So it should be available outside the KS a few months later after it is distributed to the KS backers. Not sure about ACD. I don't know that they carry wholesale FGG stuff, though I could be wrong on that.
You shouldn't have much trouble finding the roving bands of monsters though (or at least they shouldn't have much trouble finding you). ;-)
I posted a short explanation regarding this to a comment under Update #9, though Matt may have covered the same ground in Update #10. It hadn't been posted yet when I made my comment.
Like Matt said, the coupons are only for pdfs from the website. If they were allowed to be used on a KS they could (theoretically) fund the KS without FGG ever receiving a dollar towards the KS which would effectively bankrupt FGG and prevent there from being another KS or a website. However, you can use the coupon to buy the pdf of the books after the KS when they are available on the FGG website. That way we can still sell you the book for the coupon but also allows us to actually fund the KS that pays for production of the book. :-)
Obviously that is a very extreme example and isn't a scenario that you were really suggesting, brvheart, so I don't want you to think that it was directed towards you in particular. YOu just raised a really good question, so I wanted to explain the rationale behind the coupons not working for the KS. I know you're just looking for a way to support the KS and we really do appreciate it. That would just be a method that could potentially really hurt our ability to fund production.