Deep in the heart of Mount Surtur an ancient evil long thought vanquished is stirring. Can your heroes protect the Ice Kingdoms from the legacy of the fire giants?
The Ice Kingdoms is a fantasy setting inspired by and designed for old school RPGs. We love the ‘feel’ of old school games (such as pre-3rd Edition Dungeons and Dragons) and their rules, so we are creating game material that is compatible with several modern game systems that use the Open Game License to ‘retro-clone’ those classic games. The Ice Kingdoms is compatible with OSRIC and For Gold & Glory, and our books can also be used with Swords & Wizardry, Basic Fantasy Role-Playing, and Labyrinth Lord with only very minimal conversion, as well as the original editions upon which these games are based. We are currently working to convert our earlier projects to other game systems such as Pathfinder, 3rd Edition and 5th edition.
Our plan is to continue to publish our material through print on demand suppliers such as Printer Studio and Lulu. This has let us keep the cost of the Kickstarter as low as we can and pass the savings on to you. If we raise substantial funds over our goal and stretch goals, this method of production may change. The money being raised is to pay for our stable of artists and our contributing writers. We have decided to go with professional artists instead of using stock art or public domain art to enable us to precisely evoke the world and feeling of the setting we have created. We also want our backers to receive a product with new art and not just reused images they may already have in other products they have purchased.
This Kickstarter will cover one of our adventures planned from the first Kickstarter we ran in 2016: The Fires of Mount Surtur. In addition we have a supplemental Compiled Bestiary in the works that will be released as part of this Kickstarter.
For this project we have enlisted the talents of Grant Hoeflinger to handle the writing of the core adventure with the support of writers Moses Wildermuth (For Gold & Glory) and Chris Lites (Dust Adventures, Conan) and more to handle the writing chores while RW Stenberg continues to handle the art direction.
In addition we have past products available written by James Ward and are currently working with Richard Knaak on developing several monsters for a future release.
The base funding goal will cover the creation of the art for The Fires of Mount Surtur.
The recommended pledge award for the best value and reward level is the $25 pledge that includes the following rewards: PDF copy of the adventure The Fires of Mount Surtur and a print copy of The Fires of Mount Surtur, PDF copy of The Compiled Bestiary, and PDF copies of all Ice Kingdoms material published before this Kickstarter.
As we hit different stretch goals we will add more content to the adventure as well as new art.
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$1750 Bonus Free PDF Adventure UNLOCKED
$2000 New Original Art for Free PDF Adventure UNLOCKED
$2500 Bonus Second Free PDF Adventure UNLOCKED
$2750 New Original Art for Second Free PDF Adventure UNLOCKED
$3000 Bonus Third Free PDF Adventure
$3500 New Original Art for Third Free PDF Adventure
$3750 Pathfinder 1E/3E/3.5E Conversions
$4000 5E Conversions
NOTE: We don't use any outside sites or agencies to fulfill our orders other than our printer (we use Lulu for printing). We don't use Backerkit or any of those sorts of tools. All fulfilments are done through Kickstarter and are handled by me (CS Barnhart) directly. PDFs are sent out through links to either Google Drive or Dropbox (or both). Shipping is handled through Kickstarter and is added to your final pledge when Kickstarter gathers pledges. Shipping doesn't just cover shipping costs but also handling and preparation. These are the same methods we used for our last Kickstarter and they worked very well for us. At this point the Compiled Bestiary is only available as a PDF, based on the Kickstarter campaign, this can easily change.
Risks and challenges
The major risks or challenges for any independent game company are time and money. Writing takes time. Art, layout, editors, additional writers, printing, shipping all cost money. We are attempting to have as much of the book complete before the kickstarter finishes to have rapid completion of our commitment to you our backers. I know how it is waiting for a kickstarter to fulfill their products to the backers. This is why we are not doing shirts or special dice or other non-gaming add ons or stretch goals. Though you can purchase Ice Kingdoms shirts through a link on our website. Everything we are offering is for the enjoyment of actually playing the game.
Therefore our major challenge is to get the core book ready for shipping in time for March 2019 and we will do the best we can to avoid any unnecessary delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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