I've got good news. The last two manuscripts for Midgard Tales have arrived and I'm doing development passes on them before turning them over to Christina for editing.
That puts us in a pretty good place, especially with the cartography and art underway, and with Christina already started editing this into final shape (and through this winter). Layout and printing work will take up the Spring, so I think we're on target for a Summer 2013 hardcover book. Shipping all 4 elements in December 2013 was a little too optimistic.
Where does that leave various elements of the project? Legends of Midgard is furthest along, and will ship in January 2013. Highly promising, and of course Wolfgang will send out the PDF when it is ready. All signs point to good progress, though the cover art is behind.
Speaking of progress: Wolfgang Baur has turned over The Raven's Call to the editor! Art sketches are coming in for the Trollkin and the maps are with Alyssa Faden, a talented cartographer. Expect this as a late February or early March 2013 release in PDF (print to follow for some backers).
We haven't forgotten about Freeing Nethus, but Christina is currently editing more than writing. It is still on the radar, but likely will be the last element to ship.
I want to make sure we confirm playtester groups early on, so if you helped out with a completed report, check out the playtester thread and give me the names of your players-- and the name of your group, if you have one!
Additionally, there are all the smaller bits and pieces for senior backers, some talk about the next project, the Valhalla Calling contest still has almost 24 hours to submit your pitch, and, of course, there are all of the season's festivities. In short, we've got plenty to keep us busy until Midgard Tales is ready for your eager fingers.
I'm feeling pleased about it, truth be told, and happy to see this come together. I can't thank you enough for being a part of it!
- Ben McFarland
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BARD: Keep up with the Kickstarter updates and reports on the Tales progress. You are credited as a backer in the final book.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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HERO: as Adventurer, plus you get access to the private boards and voting rights to choose which adventures are designed. See everything behind the scenes! You also get the PDF of all standalone items if we meet stretch goals, like the extra battle maps, Legends of Midgard book, and the separate adventure by Wolfgang Baur if those stretch goals are met.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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DIABOLIST: as Lorekeeper, plus pitch your ideas for all 1st-to-3rd level adventures and legendary NPCs. Also includes a PDF of the upcoming Midgard campaign setting and print copies of any standalone Midgard Tales extra adventures and the Legends book. Free shipping in the US. Add $15 if shipping internationally.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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ARCHMAGE: As Diabolist, plus you can pitch to design all 1st-to-6th level adventures, get an autographed version of the hardcover book (instead of the regular one), and a signed copy of Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design. Also includes a Midgard Tales or Small but Fierce t-shirt (your choice). Add $20 if shipping internationally.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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LEGEND: As Archmage, plus pitching for all 1st-to-10th level adventures, and you can play one of the adventures via Google+ Hangout with Christina, Ben, or Wolfgang at a mutually-agreed time. In addition to your copy of Midgard Tales, you also get an autographed copy of the Midgard Campaign Setting. Learn the ropes to lead a future project and make a pitch to lead the Fall/Winter 2012 Open Design project if you wish. US shipping included, or add $25 if shipping internationally.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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VIZIER: As Legend, but you may pitch for any level adventure, and you will have personal coaching and feedback on your pitches from the Lead Designer. You also get two autographed copies of Midgard Tales (rather than one), and an in-person game with Christina Stiles at Gen Con 2012, PaizoCon 2013, or a mutually agreed venue. Add $30 if shipping internationally.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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ORACLE: Take the mantle as the Clockwork Oracle or the Spider Prophet, and issue some proclamations! As an Oracle, you choose a cultural region and a particular level of play, and work with Christina Stiles, Ben McFarland, or Wolfgang Baur to turn that choice into a tailored adventure. In other words, you give the lead designer some directions, and get the personal adventure you want. Also includes all Vizier-tier rewards, plus an autographed handbound leather copy of Midgard Tales, plus print copies of Tales of Zobeck, Tales of the Old Margreve, Journeys to the West, the Midgard Campaign Setting book, a 1 year subscription to Kobold Quarterly magazine, and the ultra-collectible Steam & Brass adventure that was the very first Open Design project. Finally, your status as Oracle includes an in-person game with Christina Stiles, Ben McFarland, or Wolfgang Baur at Gen Con or PaizoCon 2012 or 2013.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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GODLING: As Oracle, but the adventure you propose is exclusive to you and will not be shared with the public (unless you want to see Open Design release it, of course).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012