You're Invited to the BlackStar Studios Birthday Bash!
BlackStar Studios would like invite each of you to our One-Year Anniversary & Fundraising party on Sunday, October 23rd, from 6:30 to 9:00 at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art (138 Sullivan Street, New York, NY). The party will include wine & cheese, and the chance to meet and talk with members of the development team.
As a NYC-based publisher we are creating a fantasy and sci-fi gaming world based in real-world history, realism, and the natural and social sciences. The Shadowlands emphasizes these sciences in every aspect of development, in world-building, art, and writing of adventure modules.
This is a chance for everyone in the New York area to come meet & greet that team.The fundraising is in tandem with this Kickstarter and is similarly for the upcoming release of our two books: Tarina Guidebook and The Gates of Tarina adventure module. These books represent the first products of the Shadowlands Campaign Setting and product line. Following the pattern of Pathfinder RPG’s default setting, Golarion, these first products detail only one small part of the Shadowlands world, with other regions to be the focus of future publications.
The launch of Shadowlands marks the climax of over 15 years of world-building. Designers include experts in physics, linguistics, military intelligence, sociology, philosophy, and a host of other disciplines.
Industry writers on the project include Stephen DiPesa (White Wolf) and Jaye Sonia (Rhune, Open Design, Kobold Quarterly). Also contributing are industry artists Ben Wootten (Wizards of the Coast, Paizo), Jonathan Roberts (Fantastic Maps), Michael Arrington (Acacia Games), John Cason, and lead artist Ambrose H. Hoilman.
We are asking everyone who attends to make the step you already have and to consider making a small donation to our Kickstarter. To all of you who have already given, this is our chance to meet and personally thank you and to tell you more about the project, and hopefully to get you excited to spread the word and encourage others to join in.
We can only bring our World to life through your help and asking you to join us for our One-Year celebration is the least we can do to express our thanks!Looking forward to seeing and personally thanking you all!
Thank you all, very sincerely!
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Oct 7, 2011 - Nov 24, 2011
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Shadowlands Explorer: Patrons at this level will receive a high-resolution copy of the Sæmyyr World Map, designed by acclaimed RPG cartographer Jonathan Roberts of Fantastic Maps.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Shadowlands Adventurer: Receive the Sæmyyr World Map, as above, PLUS a PDF copy of the adventure "The Gates of Tarina".Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Tarina Adventurer: Receive all of the above PLUS a separate map pack of 5 high-resolution maps designed for use in the adventure and for the city of Tarina.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Shadowlands Gamer: Print editions of BOTH books: "The Gates of Tarina" adventure module AND the "Tarina Guidebook", everything you need to get introduced to the Shadowlands Campaign Setting!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Tarina Explorer: Receive all of the above PLUS a PDF copy of the "Tarina Guidebook", the source book for the upcoming "Curse of the Raiton King" campaign saga and regional guide to the area surrounding the city of Tarina.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Tarina Patrona/Patronus: Receive all of the above PLUS acknowledgement in the 'Special Thanks' section of BOTH books with either your real name or chosen character name!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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BlackStar Donor: Receive all of the above PLUS a limited edition BlackStar Studios T-shirt (still in design) marking you as a DONOR! Please provide size, etc. when donating.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Tarina Retailer: 5 copies of EACH book (10 books total) at a special rate for small retailers. Must share EIN or equivalent Tax ID when making a donation.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Sæmyyr Cartographer: Receive all of the above PLUS a full-color, poster-size printed Sæmyyr world map digitally SIGNED by cartographer Jonathan Roberts of Fantastic Maps.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Tar Sequin Rare Book Collector: Receive all of the above PLUS full-color print editions of both books ("The Gates of Tarina" adventure module and the "Tarina Guidebook"), SIGNED & NUMBERED by the two lead game designers - Chris Merwin & Ben Cacchione.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Shadowlands Shop: Our special rate for larger gaming stores who want a great special! TEN (10) copies of EACH book (20 books total) PLUS 3 copies of the Tarina Map Folio PLUS 1 World Map poster. Must share EIN or equivalent Tax ID when making a donation.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Shadowlands Super-Store: 15 copies of EACH book (30 copies total), 5 copies of the Tarina Map Folio, and 1 World Map poster for the largest gaming stores! Must share EIN or equivalent Tax ID when making a donation at this level.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Tarina Art Collector: Receive all of the above PLUS a full color print poster SIGNED & PERSONALIZED by Ambrose H. Hoilman of the “Gates of Tarina” cover art!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Black Jewel of Raetia Art Aficionado: Receive all of the above PLUS a limited edition digitally SIGNED and NUMBERED digital print on real canvas of artist Ben Wootten’s painting “Approach to Tarina”.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Paragon of Tarina: Receive all of the above PLUS you will be able to name and help develop one major NPC in the “Tarina Guidebook” and the forthcoming “Curse of the Raiton King” Campaign Saga.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Shadowlands Playtester: Receive all of the above PLUS one of the game designers will travel to your city (within the continental United States or Canada) and run a specially designed single session adventure for you and your group. You will also be listed separately as a "Very Special Thanks".Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Local AI: Receive all of the above PLUS you will be allowed to name and give input on a local god/artificial intelligence which will feature in the will be featured in all future listings of Tar Sequin deities (including the forthcoming player's primer) along with an entry in the Sæmyyr Incunabulum -the online encyclopedia of all things Shadowlands.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012