Am looking forward to getting this book in my hands!!
Any word on who is doing the cover for this book? Or are we already looking at the cover art amongst the images on the Kickstarter page with the art we're already seeing?
And YES Hero Lab files, excellent addition, no doubt this one will be unlocked within the next day at the pace the campaign in going.
The support from the publishers for this is incredible, but I want to throw some serious love for those folks helping whether they are pledging to help or are helping to spread the word, I got nothing love for what if going on here. And yes, for the record, I am right there with those out there wanting to see End! get to the big show...so lets keep driving to help those this whole thing started for and get funding covered for getting them and home and covering the necessities...from there, let's get to work on helping get End! here.
Seriously, I want to see Thilo get the chance to see GenCon with his own eyes. Anyone with as much passion for the 3PP community, with as much love for gaming period, deserves to walk into the single largest playground for us big kids :). Not to mention, let's face is, those of us within the ranks of publishers, designers and writers is would be pretty freaking awesome to finally get him to whip out the official stamp of approval on one of our books to take back to the office wall....admit it, now that I have said it, I'm not the only one who wants that framed book on their wall am I?
My friends, I hope we all find the road to GenCon this year.
Thilo, getting you here would make the cost worth it my friend, it would be truly awesome to toast a drink with you my friend, and yeah, I am thinking I no there would be some folks wanting to get your official stamp of approval lol.
And I am going on the record here stating it, regardless I have ever done as a reviewer, at the end of the day, there's only one true reviewer in my opinion for this community. Thilo has built what can only be called an immensely impressive library of material. His reviews have led many of us through the marketplace in finding treasures we may have never known, helped us avoid products that were perhaps not so stellar, and been there with advice and thoughts for the publishers and designers to make sure they continue to grow and learn. He has improved the face of 3PP in ways that have changed for ever how we look at these products.
Ahhhhhhh GenCon......there are so many things Jonathan and I have been talking about we are planning, lol. Game sessions with friends, the classic group pictures (for as many of the RotD crew we can get together), sharing the final results of Pathmaster (would be awesome if we could meet you folks in person, shake some hands kiss some babies, you know).
Wait a minute, did I say game sessions???
Been sleeping away the day my friends, so I apologize for my tardiness, lol....let's open with Congratulations to the finalists.
For every one who submitted a pitch I also say congratulations. Submitting a thought for an adventure requires more than simply slapping an idea of a note. These submissions showed thought, creativity and a great deal of potential.
This will indeed be more chances to enter Pathmaster. Remember that just because we had to narrow this down to 5, there were still a lot of great pitches submitted. Some that made the decisions really hard to decide on the final 5.
And yes, I did have my personal pick for this whole thing, but I am going to refrain from saying who until this is all over, lol.
For years I was the painter for my group of friends and players, worked always out by providing me with paint/brushes/basing material in exchange for mini work. From time to time they'd all thrown in on a large mini for me in lieu of the typical materials.
I'd recommend you ask around at your local game store. Forums are great and all, but there is something to be said for being able to look a person in the eyes when dealing with them when it comes to your minis, lol
OK.....not going to lie, it all came down to me holding everyone up....I had to get my five narrowed down (which was harder than I thought it would be).
Several stood out to me from the pack....but I am going to refrain from giving hints, lol.
@Odraude - I do believe we are looking at doing this as an annual contest, so there will be more chances :)
Where can I get more information about this adventure?
Wraithstrike, the following link will take you to the product page for the original trilogy Link
And this one will take you to new project Kickstarter
Jadeite & Curmudgeonly - Noted and added to my short list of things to be pondering...my Thanks!
Can't seem to leave a review on the PFSRD site...I'm logged in, but it keeps asking me to log in when I try to post the review
Henceforth, I am posting it to me Facebook wall for now folks
An excellent offering for a killer collection of material, and well worth the price folks...I highly encourage folks to pick this up.
@Jadeite - At this point we're not looking to do either the Player's Guide or Prequel in print, offering them both in only the PDF format. Not saying this won't happen before the campaign ends, but at this point we're still a ways away from unlocking either of these goals.
@StanC - All levels getting including printed material includes the corresponding PDFs as well. Henceforth the $65 level will include the three soft cover books with individual PDF's, and the $95 Hardcover will include a single collected PDF.
Thanks for the questions!!
@ Mach1 - The hardcover will be the collected book as one volume, with an exclusive cover for the Kickstarter. The softcover level will include the same material, but as three separate books.
@Carter - Well, I'm assigned a deadline of August for all of the writers and artists so that I can go in to final layout and design. So, as long as we have all ads in by then everything will be fine. I intend to remain in contact with each person involved as this process, including those who have bought ad space, to make sure everyone gets their material in with time to spare.
@PathfinderFan - I understand, entirely. I have a few campaigns I have backed that at the end of the day have left me less than thrilled. I do appreciate the fact that you are still planning to support us when the book shows up on the regular market though :) I feel it only fair to make it clear, we are planning on an exclusive cover, as well as a few other perks. But, the core book will in fact me available after the dust settles.
Thanks for the questions my friends, as well as the interest!
Ah the joy of language....so many of the great terms and words have already been used, lol...luckily, much like a certain space faring military unit that has found itself under rather intense scrutiny recently, there are terms common enough that they are fair game :)
Well Christina, grab that lamp and come on over...that right folks, Christina is venturing into the dark. Officially added to those brave souls journeying into the heart of drow territory all to bring you a better tale.
Check out the Rise of the Drow Kickstarter for all the updated information.
And make sure you check out Christina's Kickstarter Bite Me!as well!
Just as an aside here, are you guys aware there is a drow house also named Everhate in the Forgotten Realms?
Hmmmm...that I was unaware of, lol...well, I guess we'll address that, lol. Thanks for the heads up...much obliged!
Marc Radle wrote:
Wow - Lots of good people involved in this!
Just a few :) Still got room for a few more, wink wink, nudge nudge...
With no offense intended towards Endzeitgeist, I'm not sure if his inclusion as an author will really incite that many people. Writing good reviews doesn't necessarily translate over into writing good adventures or support articles.
Hopefully Kthulhu people will be pleased with what End! is writing. You are correct in that writing reviews in not the same as writing material for a storyline, article or adventure. There is a world of difference. Luckily this is not his first time in to the pool, lol.
I've talked with End! regarding what it is he wanted to bring to the table for this project, and it didn't take long for me to be convinced that he belonged on this project.
Since the trilogy is for the levels 6-15, what would be good prelude adventures?
Obviously this would be were I should point out several of the Adventureaweek's offerings, and there are quite a few that would serve well to introduce characters to the setting for the lands this adventure impacts. However, I think instead what I will do is sneak out the hint that this very topic was raised in the planning for this campaign, in regards to looking into a "prequel" of sorts for the Rise of the Drow, that would handle the first six levels.
Nothing has been finalized yet, but it is on the table of conversation as a potential stretch goal to be included in PDF format.
Great question, and thanks for asking.
Keep the questions coming folks, the feedback is greatly appreciated!
We discussed offering the original PDF's in the Kickstarter, but in the end felt that would simply become confusing, and a little redundant. And never hurts to ask for clarity, so no worries.
Not a bad idea, KTFish in that the majority of KS I have backed were well over due (or still are!). However the other point is it is a long time for some of my money to be away, I think you will have to be very scrupulous in keeping backers informed. Is there plans for lots of drafts and stuff to be sent to backers throughout the process?
Mach1, I completely get where your at here mentally, I do. I've been there myself more than once looking at a book that I wanted weighing the idea of if it was going to be worth the wait. My last mega book with a long lead time I bought was Numenera...and yes, I looked the delivery date and pondered...I am very glad I jumped. One thing I have learned by backing that particular campaign is how it feels to be waiting for that long...and how cool those updates and peeks behind the curtain are.
I intend to run a regular "Diary" if you will, chronicling the progress of the project...showing sample pages and artwork, perhaps sliding in a new item or creature from time to time when I feel the update doesn't have enough to offer...In short, this book, this project, has dominated a great deal of my time for the last several months, and I intend to make the best possible product I can, while sharing the journey with those on board for the ride.
As far as drafts...we're discussing something as a potential, we just want to make sure we're all in agreement, and it will be as good as we want it to me before we publicly toss is out there.
I hope I have answered this well enough to express my sincere intentions of doing right by our pledgers while the process of putting the material together is happening, as one thing I personally dislike as a backer is never hearing from a campaign I have backed...so I have no intention of turning around and doing such a thing to others.
Christina Stiles wrote:
Thanks Christina, and congrats on bringing End! on board. I have no doubt he's going to bring nothing but awesome to the project.
End....if you keep this up we're going to have to find us a new reviewer, lol...
Folks, follow the link Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes, go check out what Christina has got going on...she has pulled together a serious collection of talent for her book.
Can you confirm that the date we can expect this if we back August 2014, in over a year and a half?
In the end the choosing of the long lead time came down to my voice, I decided on roughly a year, and a stood on it until I convinced the rest of the crew. The reason being that I wanted enough time for all parties involved to have time to work, and bring their A game to the table. We have a lot of guests on board for this, people who have their own companies and writing schedules. Not to mention our artists, who will be taking an a rather large art order.
Now, I fully expect to be in a position to be able to deliver before the projected date. But, I would rather have that buffer to be safe and surprise you with an early delivery rather and have to explain to folks why we are late die to unforeseen issues with an outside source. I have seen several campaigns forced behind due to circumstances of this nature.
So, in short, we hope to be able to deliver far sooner than planned, but we would rather be safe than disappoint anyone.
Thank You for the question Mach1.9pants
That's right folks, AAW has jumped in to the deep end with their first Kickstarter offering. A compiled expanded edition of the Rise of the Drow trilogy.
3 time Ennie award winning cartographer Todd Gamble will be bringing with personal touch to the full color gorgeous maps, adding in many new sections as the material expands and grows.
Jonathan Nelson and Stephen Yeardley co-authored a solid, epic storyline and decided to invite along some friends when it was time to revisit the project for an expansion.
With a host of authors on board including Brian Berg, Owen K. C. Stevens, Robert Gruver and Jason Stoffa the sheer weight of new material and sections being added to the trilogy alone are going to provide enough material to fill another 100 pages.
With plans to bring an board familiar names as well as a new fresh faces in regards to art, we'll also got a few surprises in store as to artists we are wanting to work with for this book.
And no, that's not all we have planned my friends...so come check it the campaign, hit us with a million questions, and let's see enjoy this ride together!!!!!!!!!!!
Just a query, does including stuff in your pitch from the AaW setting score points, ie give an advantage over pitches without?
Being on the judges panel for the opener for the Pathmaster Contest I can guarantee that I will be looking as skill of writing and interest of pitch before I look at setting locale.
Now, having said that, let's go over a few key things that one should always keep in mind when submitting an adventure proposal.
1. We're gamers too. If it has been done to death, we've probably already seen it also...make it original.
2. If you absolutely must ignore rule #1, make it interesting. Show me something I've never seen before, take a classic that we all know and do something new.
3. Understand the material. I know, this seems like an obvious one, but trust me, I point it out due to past experience.
4. If you want to work with the AaW setting then make sure you understand it enough to do right by it. I won't state that using the setting will help your odds, but I can guarantee using it incorrectly will certainly hurt.
5. Have fun. It translated into your work my friends. Trust me, I've read and reviewed enough material to tell you that enjoying your writing shows.
Beyond that, good luck to you all, I eagerly await submissions.
Yeah, I rolled the bones on this one and serously came up better than it could have been. Basically the part of my brain that was affected was the section that deals with written writtuage and reading...there are some side areas I am workin on still, but I really did get lucky.