A new classic heroic fantasy RPG setting for use with Fifth Edition. Books, accessories, maps, & more for your 5E roleplaying game!
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Thanks, Patrick. Great feedback!
Thanks QT Games! We really appreciate it, and we're looking forward to the next phase.
about the promotion, there are Facebook and Youtube pages where Kickstarter projects can advertise, also Reddit ; best thing would be to find already famous people in the business to spread the word (Wil Wheaton seems quite passionate about RPG)
You've got a great attitude about the situation, the drive and a noteworthy concept that has legs to boot, so I'll look forward to seeing you guys pushing forward in the days ahead! I've a feeling things will go better the next time around! Keep us informed! :)
It is too bad as the setting sounded interesting. You may have reached for the moon as your last two kickstarters were in the $10,000 dollar range. Maybe you can break this into two with a campaign for the adventurer and players books and a second one for the GM and blessings. I'll make sure to keep checking your website. Good luck and don't be discouraged. You won't be the first kickstarter that had to retool, refocus and relaunch to success the second time around.
Thanks Dominik! Thanks RH! Never fear. When we aimed high we knew the risk. It doesn't change our goal, which is to get the setting out. We've got a plan, and we'll keep you informed.
I really hope you will manage to get the setting out anyway! I was really excited about Aetaltis :(
Sorry to hear this guys-I've been enjoying your campaign!
THOMAS: Yes, we'll be placing a character image on the sheet.
LEON: Yep, you're right about that. We've actually done a tremendous amount of promotion (outreach, articles, appearances at conventions, updates, and more), but we're starting from "nobody knows us" so it's definitely a tough job! But we're still plugging away!
As good as this looks you need to do a lot more promotion if your even going to hit your base target
Question, for the deluxe character sheets will there be any sort of character image provided with the character sheets even if they are relatively small?
RE: Technology/Era: Aetaltis incorporates elements both social and technological that, when compared to our own world's history, fall under a number of different locations and periods. In addition, there are isolated instances where a more advanced technology may exist, but has yet to be fully exploited. The overall feel of the setting, however, is traditional medieval fantasy.
I recently added and FAQ about the overseas shipping!
75$ shipping to France???
I think Open D6 would be the easiest option, a generic book for Fantasy exists and is free to download.
I like Hero, but never actually tried their Fantasy rules, I'll look into it. DD/5th or other, indicate bonus in stregth, intelligence, skill bonuses, and special abilities, the last 2 being extremely easy to translate in other systems. Strength being so important in close combat, Intelligence for magic, and Wisdom for mystic powers might be less easy.
A possibly problematic thing would be the opposition : either human oid (thieves, necromancers) or monsters. Some generic ones (orcs, resilient and strong, goblins, hard to hit and sneaky, undead, resistant to specific weapons, and immune to some effects ...), may be the thing that will take the longest to translate, but each system already has the most common covered.
I somehow feel in the main picture with the 3 characters, a renaissance or age of discovery influence in the clothes, is there elements of post middle age? like early firearms or early modern architectural buildings using metal and bricks?
Hi, Patrick: It should absolutely be possible to adapt to another system, especially one as flexible as OpenD6 or Savage Worlds. You probably saw in the race descriptions that we posted in the updates that we've worked very hard to provide the racial descriptions in a rich way. This combined with the 5E stats should provide a great template for making easy adaptations.
In addition, the fact that Aetaltis embraces so many of the elements of classic fantasy game worlds means that much of what you need to play an Aetaltis campaign in a different system exists in a way that will require at most a bit of tweaking.
The greatest challenge would be capturing the feel of the magic system. That said, the new rules are not so integral to the setting that removing them will break it. If you love the world and want to play it with a different system, that would work.
In fact - over the past 15 years or so we've playtested the world in a LOT of systems including Savage Worlds, FATE, GURPS, HERO, 3.5E, and more! We like the feel of 5E best, but they all work.
Is the rule part a big one, or is the background and world description the biggest part? I ask because I've never like AD&D, and 5th edition did especially wrong by thinning out the skill system used to do the investigation part, and will allow characters to be different, then the armor class system is still broken and illogical, keeping the "attacks of opportunity" and limiting it makes no sense (it was too "wargame" rule for me, but at least in the understanding of actions and their consequences, it was logical to have several situations : drinking a potion, casting a spell when in close contact ; now just a consequence of movement, leading to the aberration of doing any kind of movement, jimping, going in circles, as long as you're in the enemy's zone and not incurring Aoo.
Simply, is it possible to adapt to another game system, like OpenD6 or Savage Worlds?
I'm so freaking jealous of whoever got the Master/Mistress of Magic tier. If I had ever once in my life had $3,000, I would have been more than happy to offer it in pledge.
They are actually a bit different, Jeffery. Today's update will provide a bit more detail about them.
The occupation looks like 5e's backgrounds with extra detail. Is this used in addition to backgrounds or in supplement to them?
Ok sounds great thank you
DWAYNE: Good question. In fact I'm adding an FAQ item about this, because quite a few people have asked. Right now we're focusing on 5E, but if the Kickstarter does well, we are not opposed to expanding to support other systems.
ROB: This is wonderful to hear! I'm really glad to hear you're excited about it, and we look forward to incorporating your character!
I host a ton of World of Greyhawk stuff at my store for both kids and adults, it seems to me that World of Aetaltis would seamlessly fit right in with that kind of "believable fantasy" am I correct?
I love the feel of what you are creating guys, you got me backing to have a Character involved, very good chance I will up my pledge to become even more involved as things progress. Will this also be made for those of us who have retail stores to carry? I know the kids and players at my shop would love the chance to see one of my NPCs in the print of Aetaltis.
Thanks for the great inclusion on Facebook as well. Love the updates and posts you guys make. Really excited for you and all who are involved.
Hi Just wondering is World of Aetaltis an open world or designed as a 5th ed world? As I enjoy Pathfinder and would use this one with pathfinder rules
Thanks, Marc! More info is definitely on the way! And as for the name...well...there is meaning in that name, but that's a secret for another day! :)
Hi all! I have to get ready for work, but just wanted to quickly say I am really excited for this campaign. Can't wait to learn more about it.
PS-- Great name, Marc. Love the spelling ha. :)
Don't be that guy Marc... don't be that guy
HA! Rules lawyering Kickstarter - yeah, guess I'm that guy now. :)
One is never too old to ask parents for money for games. Much better plan than selling organs. Approved by Kickstarter... As long as you don't spam them with request. ;)
@Marc - 3rd Kickstarter and your turning into a rules lawyer ;)
I'm pretty sure there is a Kickstarter rule where I'm not supposed to encourage the selling of organs to raise funds...but you can tell your friends to back it. That's allowed! :)
Now w/ seeing the essence point system, I may need to sell some plasma or a kidney to up my backing! Lol!
Oh, if only I could afford the Master of Magic tier. I have just the character for such a rank. Sighs, Hero of Aetaltis will have to do I guess.
Yes! Print versions of Heroes of Thornwall for 5E will definitely be available as add-ons!
Will a print version of Heroes of Thornwall 5e be available as an add-on?
Bumped to MC - only 22 left, they'll go quick once the campaign gets to rollin'. ;-)
Posted to RPG.NET. I haven't posted to ENWorld yet because I sent the info through their guy who handles Kickstarters. I BELIEVE he'll be posting it.
did you post this kickstarter on enworld and rpg.net (in tabletop roleplaying open)? This might attract more backers!
Hi, Nicholas! The Essence tokens are for the Glyph Magic system introduced in the Aetaltis rules. It's a point based magic system designed for arcane casters. We'll be doing a full post about it in the next day or so.
Are there added mechanisms that facilitate the need for the two token types, Inspiration and Essence? I remember Inspiration from 5E, but is there an expansion on the concept?
great, thanks, I appreciate it! I just switched :)
Hi, Kikai! Check out the new DIGITAL CHAMPION reward tier! I created it just for you - literally! (Although I imagine it will be of interest to others!) :)
I wonder if it's possible to include the strechgoals in the core books pdf tier? The international shipping, fees and taxes that are involved in getting the physical copies are very high, so I usually buy the physical copies from the gamestore and only back the pdf level. But the core book pdf tier does not include the stretchgoals so far :(
Thanks, RH! I'm glad you enjoy it. I figured we may as well have some fun DURING the campaign as well as afterwards!
On as a follower for now, ran across a tweet regarding your campaign. Like the idea of running the KS through the eyes of a scribe/chronicler. Good call!
Right now I'm in for the PDF level, but I will take a look at a print level later on once I can make arrangements for pickup on the US-side of the border. Really wanting to get some swag ;)
It's launched. Let's do this. Repeat backer. Previous books were well done. This should be great.
Jumping in. Looks interesting :)
We're doing well so far! Thanks to everyone for your support! For shipping, Benjamin, I'd be happy to make one shipment. We'll be using Backerkit - backerkit gives us a lot of flexibility for making tweaks after the fact!
Aye Marc the shipping cost does indeed look harsh, but i go for the books anyway.
Just wondering, a friend of mine from switzerland also just backed, would it be possible to make one big shippment to reduce shipping cost?
Pledged at the $235 level, my players are usually good for chipping in for stuff, and I think they'd like player's books. A little scared of the print add-on costs if wildly successful :)