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Thanks! It's the first time ever for a Kobold Press book at the Escapist.
We had an amazing group of designers, backers, and artists. The book is up against a Paizo title in the same category (so I don't think we'll win the category), and yet it is great that people noticed just how well this book turned out.
Print version is available at the Kobold Press store right now, and I imagine it will be live here at Paizo soon.
And if you happen to be in the Seattle area, we're doing a book launch/signing at the University of Washington Bookstore tonight at 7 PM. I'll be there with Chris Pramas, Rob Heinsoo, Jeff Grubb, Steve Winter, and others.
Been working on the major Southlands pantheons for a while, and they are starting to gel. At least, the desert section and the Nurians.
Horus and Aten are on the list for Nurian Imajaghan; elsewhere it might be less well-known figures like Ogun or Xevioso. In the deep deserts, though, it is Yemaja, goddess of waters, who stands as a favorite of paladin imajaghan in the Southlands.
There 960 backers, and the rewards include an amazing set of player options, campaign books, and adventures. It will make your desert adventures shine, and inspire some great new characters. )Not to mention all the monsters and demonic cults to inspire GMs!)
There's just EIGHT (8) hours left.
After that, you've missed out on the latest goods from Paizo staffers like Owen Stephens, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Adam Daigle, and RPG Superstars like Steve Helt, Mike Welham, and Jason Nelson.
The secret reward is a very small one, but I think it's also very cool.
And yes, I think those scrolls should be written on discarded snake skin. I'm sure the art director will find it simple to show that in snake-textured graphics. There's a Photoshop plugin for snakeskin, right? :)
And yes, LOTS of good stuff at 1,001 backers, including material by Paizo's own Owen Stephens, and RPG Superstar Steve Helt, and more.
Hey Justmebd, you're right, the exclusive is a backer-only item. Southlands backers can upgrade to the rewards that include it at any time. But it's not a standalone.
Ten Arabian Nights is available in PDF as part of the $48 Digital Complete package (which is currently 13 books total, including the 3 big ones). The same book is available in print at a lot of tiers, starting with the $101 tier.
You are correct that the Ten Arabian Nights print book is not listed in the add-ons, and there's no tier that is just the hardcover and the adventures. The demand for print-only definitely exists, but it's small, so I try to just provide one or two print-only options.
Jinn-Blooded is the $39 option for the hardcover without any digital materials etc (and shipped to any US address). My advice would be stick with that, and see whether the Arabian Nights fits your budget in a month or two, when the survey goes out.
All three items at the $80,000 now unlocked and added to the rewards for backers! And we have an introduction coming from Jeff Grubb, the designer of Al-Qadim. And we're accepting monster submissions from backers.
The three latest additions include:
1) Blue Turbans: Martial Traditions of the Southlands for Fighters, Rangers, and Paladins
If we find a few more backers, the printed poster map gets bound into the back of the book as well.
Helpful tip, Egon:
This free PDF preview disappears in about 24 hours. Check it out while you can!
Grave Ol' Salty wrote:
The thought that Ishadia was a stretch goal completely bugged me - it's right on the edge of The Dragon Empire after all. Why explore places further away and yet leave a gap in the Midgard CS book? Good thing it's being filled in.
It bugged me too! Ben McFarland and Brian Suskind wanted to cover new ground rather than revisit known sites, so they argued against revisiting Ishadia (since it is already in the Midgard CS book). I think they had a point, but I put it on the list of stretch goals.
I'm very glad we are covering it, though, as I think it is one of those hinge-points that are good for campaign variety and conflict.
In the interest of my wallet, will the Ten Arabian nights be available as an Add-on after the KS?
The Arabian Nights adventures are exclusive to the Kickstarter, but yes, backers can upgrade. So pledging lower now should work. (We're still working on some new fulfillment options, and this seems like the sort of thing that we're hoping to enable.)
ALSO: Werelion! Fairly awesome, I think.
It hasn't been created yet so it's hard to preview it; we posted a look at some of the data and the techniques behind it described by the cartographer.
The size is likely to be around 36 by 24 inches. A fairly standard size for items like this.
Cost will depend on whether we have enough backers to bind it into the book itself, or whether we do a short run to order for a few people (which is more expensive per piece). I'll share the price with backers as soon as I know.
Fred Fields has joined the project as an artist, and we have funded the kingdom of the aasimar as well.
If we get 12 more backers, the Southlands gets a poster map by Anna Meyer, whose work on Greyhawk has been truly amazing. I'm biased, but this is going to be one of the best campaign maps every produced!
Also, a view of the Obelisk of the Nurian God-Kings today. Just a sample of the isometric and 3D maps for the Southlands!
I think she might, and she might not. I suspect it depends on what adventure path she's running.
I do know that we're just $100 short of getting artist Fred Fields on this project. (He does really great work!).
We're also extremely close to adding the realm of Ishadia, the Heavenly Kingdom of the Aasimar. Last I heard, they had a big dragon problem, and they have some cool magic and archetypes to help them kick evil to the curb.
Will the free adventure make it to backers of the project? it's tough to like your FB page with my G+ account....lol
The Southlands adventure will ship to backers when they're done, but we're still in development on most of them, and the
Right now, NEVERMORE by Richard Pett is an exclusive offer to fans of our Facebook page (and it is not related to the Southlands project at all). After the Facebook promotion is over we plan to make that adventure available more broadly.
But we're drifting wildly off topic...
I think the Tome Show and the Idle Red Hands are the meatier interviews.
Though I talk a bit about the book launch part in the Geek Nation, and I am sort of excited to do a book launch at the University Book Store in Seattle. It's kind of a Big Deal venue in the SF/fantasy world.
Anyway, yes, I am a big and enthusiastic geek on podcasts. You are all shocked by this, I'm sure.