About this project
The adventure goes on!
With this new Kickstarter campaign, our objective is to finance two new projects in the Shadows of Esteren Universe: the new supplement “Occultism”, and our third music album: “Rise”.
Beyond financing these two new projects, contributing to this Kickstarter campaign will make you a big part of our adventure because you will be helping us to further our momentum and professionalize our activity. This is no small challenge, but with your support, we can do it!
"If you haven't checked out this French game that's finally come to the English language, I urge you to watch this video and consider checking out one of the best envisaged games of our time." Grognard games
Check the video from Grognard games. You can see the books 0 & 1 (standard, KS edition and Limited edition) as well as some of the game aids (Book 0 Prologue Bundle and Book 1 Universe Bundle):
Here is some important information to read before getting started:
- Starter Pack. The “Varigal” pledges are for newcomers to the Esteren adventure. They give access to the Standard Edition of the books and to many bonuses, all at a bargain price. Answer the call of the Shadows! You can begin your journey by downloading the PDF of Book 0 – Prologue for free here! (or here on DriveThruRPG). UPDATE: LAST BATCH for the Varigal Master reward tier, don't miss it!
- Veterans. Have you been following us for a long time now? The “Farl Collector” pledges include all the new content: the Limited Edition of the new books, and access to the unlocked stretch goals.
- Summary of the Pledges. Clicking here (or on the image below) will take you to an Excel file summing up each pledge and the unlocked stretch goals.
- Did you miss a previous KS ? The Ard-Amrach Collector pledge is for you: it includes special options to get those items. The perfect opportunity to catch up! If you only missed Ghost Stories, the High Farl collector is for you and includes a copy of this item.
If you have any questions about Esteren or this campaign, please post a comment or ask us directly on the official forums. We'll be glad to welcome and help you. :)
In addition to your initial pledge, you can add some options. Here are all the options available:
Also, you can download this spreadsheet here.
- How to get options?
Click « manage my pledge » and add the amount of your option(s). When you manage your pledge just keep your pledge level the same but change the amount that you are pledging to account for any add-ons you want. When we send you the survey at the end of the campaign, you will tell us what the extra funds are for.
- Update about the Standard Edition books
- Update about the Kickstarter Special Edition books
- Update about Occultism and Ghost Stories
- Update about the DAOLS, the metal coins
- Update about the board game "The Black Rose"
- Update about the MINI (35mm, resin)
And here is a PDF calatog:
Please note the catalog does not include ALL the options (for a summary of all the options, check the spreadsheet above). But you can learn more about the game, the books and some important add ons & items. You can download it here.
Shadows of Esteren is a medieval role-playing game with a horrific and gothic influence. Drawing inspiration from Celtic myths, this universe has a discreetly fantastic side hidden under a bleak, realistic surface. This world is populated with humans who have to struggle through tough daily lives, while facing a supernatural threat lurking in the dark. With the focus of its adventures being investigation and survival, Shadows of Esteren favors an immersive mood and interaction among the Players.
This particular atmosphere is drawn from several sources of inspiration: the harshness and romanticism of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart; the universes of Tim Burton, particularly that of Sleepy Hollow; Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke; as well as Berserk, the manga by Kentaro Miura.
We have had the honor of seeing our work recognized with many awards, including three ENnies in 2013: Best Art (Gold), Best Production Value (Gold), and Product of the Year (Silver).
Learn more with those two videos (with english subtitle for the first one):
You can discover Esteren through the PDF of Book 0 Prologue, freely downloadable here on DriveThruRPG or here on dropbox. It contains an introduction to the universe, a summary of the system, 6 premade characters, and three scenarios. Making this PDF available to you was made possible thanks to the involvement of the backers of Shadows of Esteren. Kudos to them! Also, here is a FAQ to get an overview of Shadows of Esteren.
Occultism is the new book of the Shadows of Esteren series. Started in 2012, spanning about 120 pages, this supplement is a “thema.” Each thema explores one of the strong themes of the universe. After The Monastery of Tuath, centered on the order of the monks of the Temple, Occultism details professions related to esotericism and mysticism. It includes many game aids and additional rules, as well as a long scenario, “A Tidy Room.”
This thema comes with a music album, Rise. In development for several years, Rise is the third album in the universe of Shadows, following Of Men and Obscurities and Dearg. The two composers of Rise have accomplished a hybrid work of art, sometimes reminiscent of Ennio Morricone, but flirting with darker, more electric tones similar to Radiohead. It numbers fifteen songs.
Here are four tracks:
Now, besides the Standard (Tri-Kazelian) and Limited Edition (Farl Collector) you can get a Kickstarter Special Edition of this book (with the Greater Tri-Kazelian reward tier or as an option to your pledge):
Here are the three different covers for the Occultism book:
The Limited Edition hasn't been revealed yet but will be similar to this one (from the very first Kickstarter, now out of stock):
Ghost Stories is the second supplement showcased for this campaign. Some of you are already familiar with it: born during a previous Kickstarter, it has been written, translated, and is on its way to being fully illustrated. If you have missed this book during the previous campaigns, the High Farl Collector pledge (and the Ard-Amrach Collector as an option) includes a Limited Edition, stamped and numbered.
Ghost Stories includes two books: The Black Moon Handbook and the pocket book Hauntings. The main theme of the first one is ghosts. It is written by occultist Steren Slaine, a new signature character of the series. The book can be used by the Leader as well as found by the PCs during the game and used like an occultism handbook. Through its 68 pages, the book offers game aids about ghosts and possession phenomena, five new notable characters, five short scenarios (called “Canvases”), and a bestiary detailing four creatures. The novelty of Ghost Stories is that it comes with the first collection of short stories of the series: Hauntings. This collection is gathered in a pocket book containing five short stories written by recurring authors of the series.
You may have already pledged for this book during a previous campaign, in which case you will get it along with the items of this new campaign. The pocket book Hauntings is automatically included with Ghost Stories: if you have previously pledged for the book, whether in the Standard or Limited Edition, you will get a copy of the collection of short stories.
Now, besides the Limited Edition (High Farl Collector and Ard-Amrach Collector) you can get a Kickstarter Special Edition fo these books as an option. Learn more here.
Here are the stretch goals unlocked during this campaign. Thanks to your help, we can improve the books and produce new contents :
More to come...
The visual atmosphere of Shadows of Esteren is a very important aspect of the project. Since 2012, Esteren has won three awards for its illustrations, including a Gold ENnie in 2013!
Here are a few samples:
Risks and challenges
In 2006, we started the great adventure of the creation of Shadows of Esteren. Four years later, the first book was released in France. We translated it ourselves, and it became the first French role-playing game to earn three ENnie Awards in 2013. Since then, the series has kept growing, and the adventure has gone on. Several books have been published, two music albums were produced, and the tour numbers more than 140 dates all over the world.
However, despite these successes, the fact remains that our adventure is still fragile. It is still carried forward by a team of enthusiasts who keep creating books after work, during the night or on weekends.
Since 2012, crowdfunding has been offering us new perspectives. The ultimate goal is the professionalization of the project and the birth in France of an actual company dedicated to the creation and the development of content for Shadows of Esteren. Our dream is to hire, to create employment. There is still a long way to go, but we want to believe!
It is with this purpose in mind that we are starting this new Kickstarter campaign to introduce a brand new book, Occultism. But there's more: this campaign is also the opportunity to showcase the new Esteren album, RISE.
This Kickstarter is our fifth campaign dedicated to Shadows of Esteren. The first four were successfully delivered. We are confident about the delivery date because books are almost finished. However, unblocking several stretch goals can delay final delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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