|Greg A. Vaughan Pathfinder Creative Director, Frog God Games|
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This is apparently my day to announce new Frog God Games pdf lines. First Lost Lore and not this. :-)
With our recent Cults of the Sundered Kingdoms Kickstarter we launched in experiment for dabbling in the realm of short fiction with Tales the Lost Lands, Tales Pack 1 and Tales Pack 2. These short stories are released in conjunction with specific products (in this case the three short stories in each Tales Pack ties in with the adventure path or gazetteer featured in Cults of the Sundered Kingdoms) and provide canonical information in support and even to expand on the information provided in the game books. In fact, one of my goals was to make each Tale of the Lost Lands hold a level of canonical detail unique to it alone, so fans of the Lost Lands can know they're getting more than just a cool story but actual new bits to the overall Lost Lands picture. But, of course, the main goal is to tell really cool stories set in the Lost Lands.
Each Tales Pack pdf consists of three short stories and runs about 30 pages long. For the price of $2.99 each, we thought that a buck a story was probably a fair way to introduce the new line. :-) In addition to being canonical to build on the game depth for players and GMs alike, each story begins with a spoiler alert to let GMs know the dangers of letting his or her players read the stories, what adventures/products they might spoil, and which ones would be better to let players read aftercompletion of a specific adventure. We want them to be a useful tool for both players and GMs but to not mess up any campaigns for GMs.
The first two packs have works associated with the Cults of the Sundered Kingdoms gazetteer and adventure path, but we've got additional packs in the works for the upcoming Lost Lands products Borderland Provinces and The Northlands Saga Complete as well.
The first two feature the following stories:
Tales Pack 1
"Dominus Est" by Jeff Provine - a look at the secret history of Count Wynston Mathen, his accursed bloodline featured in the classic Necromancer Games adventure Aberrations included in the adventure path, and his time spent with the Great Crusade in the mysterious eastern land of Khemit.
"The Doom That Came to Saranganatha" by Nathan Shank - a glimpse into the prehistoric doings and resulting catastrophe that underlie the entire Cults of the Sundered Kingdoms adventure path.
"The Humble Friar, or Better Than One" by Kevin Wright - a look at the reign of the Tyrant of Lowport and the establishment of the enigmatic Lezcano's Inn outside of town where a group of adventurers has set up shop just outside that city's walls to become a constant thorn in the tyrant's side.
Tales Pack 2
"Among the Cattails" by Rick McCracken - the children's fable "Cat Takes a Wife" has been told as a bedtime story for years and even gave name to the Sundered Kingdoms town of Cat's Wife. But what happens when a stranger comes to town and weaves a dark tale about the centuries-old truth behind the fable while seemingly knowing far more about it than should be possible?
"Regrets Only" by Arlan Bullard - the classic Necromancer Games adventure Morrick Mansion centers around the heroes trying to break into the Morrick Estate and survive the horrors that exist there as a result of the wedding held there 5 years ago that fell under a powerful curse and went horribly, horribly wrong. Now with "Regrets Only" you can be on the inside and see what it was like to get an invitation to that ill-fated soiree.
"Under New Management" by Jeff Provine - The Empire of Oceanus has conquered the city of Oestre. But can even a military power such as Oceanus successfully cow a long-established cutthroat merchants consortium? And what about the ancient cult that stands behind it as the true source of its power?
So that's it so far, but look for more such as "Echoes from the Otherside" and "Home Waters" and others with the upcoming Borderland Provinces and Northlands Saga releases.
And since this is a brand-new foray for us, we'd really like to know what you think of these collections. So, please, let us know what you think while we determine their future as a product line. Thanks!