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I don't want to oversell the African elements, but there's some inspiration drawn from the Zanzibar pirates, from Benin, and to a lesser degree from Great Zimbabwe. The sub-Saharan dieties in the pantheon chapter include fantasy takes on Yemaja, Eshu, Kwansi, and Ogun.
For player options, there's a West African-inspired bard archetype, and I'd say the whole werelion PC race fits that region very well.
Yep, PaizoCon has a lot of publishers talking to writers, hanging out in their booth, what have you. It's small enough that you can probably bend someone's ear without trouble.
Artists who want to pitch me at GenCon, well, I get that it might be easier for people to attend, but the time pressures are a lot tougher there.
Small conventions are good for meeting publishers and art directors, is what I'm saying.
A totally reasonable concern!
Fortunately, we waited to launch this one until the Southlands project books were sent to press. Beyond approving printer proofs and working with our shipping team, there's not a lot for the Kobold crew to do until the Southlands launch.
Designers, artists, and editors all get bored when there's no project, so we're using our time on this next project.
The NPC codex is a chance for backers to contribute favorite characters, and for the book's designers to strut their stuff, and to make it super-easy to pull out and use.
It's major increase in the total number of NPCs. Because it's a PDF release (at least at $50k), it doesn't destroy the shipping and printing budget.
Is is possible to reveal what the five appendix races are so far? I see Owen KC Stephens is doing the Kitsune, and I think I remember seeing suli mentioned somewhere….
All I can say is that of the 5 appendix backers, 3 have expressed a preference. Those are:
Dragonkin (added into that chapter)
The other two are free-floating right now: I'll be happy to mention then when those backers choose the race they want covered.
The Halls of the Mountain King is not Kickstarter-only. It will also be available at PaizoCon and via the Kobold Press store.
Goblins in the Brewery is sold at conventions only, so ok, that one appearing on the Kickstarter is pretty much an exclusive.
And yeah, international shipping is a nightmare right now, and the rates are going to rise in about 2 weeks. Shipping is not fun as a buyer, and possibly even less fun as a publisher.
Maybe I'm too close to it, but I'm not seeing a lot of coyness in the Advanced Races Compendium. The races included are spelled out, the goals are spelled out, we've done a ton of art previews. As announced on the Kickstarter project page, Owen KC Stephens is writing the Kitsune appendix, which was sponsored by an Appendix Patron. Victoria Jackzo will write the Dhampir chapter (not yet funded).
FWIW, I tend to provide project information on the project page first, then social media and forums later. The latest update on the project page is here.
137Ben, as you said, the crunch on these races is all Open Content, with the possible exception of some regional traits that are drawn from particular Midgard locales (I think centaurs and maybe tiefling had some? Not sure). The setting material is closed.
Looks like the art goal is going well. Looking forward to getting backer input for those.
Understood on lizardfolk, and as mentioned above, it's something we'll address in the expanded version of Lizardfolk (including Southlands sidebar material).
Hero Lab files are very much part of the plan, though we need to fund the hardcover itself first.
Have the races that kinda lost the flavor been....flavored? I know it's hard to keep flavor things setting-neutral, but flavoring physiological differentiation or life cycles or gender differences could go a long way...
It was an experiment. I'll be adding some flavor and lore elements to the lizardfolk, both some elements related to Veles-Sa in the Southlands setting, and some more setting-neutral lore that could be dropped in anywhere.
El Ronza wrote:
Do the hard copy pledge levels really have international shipping charges included in the price? As a resident of the Land Down Under, I need to know before I pledge.
The pledge levels are quoted without international shipping, but I believe Australia is a $10 shipping charge. Sort of ridiculously low international shipping.
Sure, we are currently struggling mightily to get the hardcover book on press. It's close, which means if things go well we will hit a July release date for both the Campaign hardcover and the Southlands Bestiary. That's July for project backers--public release is more likely an early August ship date.
The project exclusives I won't guess on.