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The Temple of Modren is a 44-page Pathfinder Compatible adventure that introduces you to the amazing World of Aetaltis. Use one of the ready-to-play Aetaltan heroes or bring your own character as you and your companions descend into the monster infested ruins of the Deeplands! Don't take our word for it! Download the entire 20,000 word draft text today!
UNLOCKED! The 46-page Green Briar Tavern expansion for backers at the NOBLE level and above! The Green Briar Tavern lets you start your adventure off right with a visit to an iconic fantasy tavern. It includes everything you need to use the Green Briar Tavern in your campaign, including a map of the tavern, the staff and patrons, and story seeds for your next adventure!
UNLOCKED! The 46-page Town of Thornwall expansion for backers at the NOBLE level and above! Make The Town of Thornwall the base of operations for your adventures with this fantastic new setting book. It contains a complete map of the town, descriptions of the businesses and buildings, and information and stats for all the important townspeople. Plus a wealth of adventure seeds and three side-quest mini-adventures!
This incredible 136-page color book features the talents of a team of RPG industry pros, including:
- Marc Tassin (Writer)
- Amanda Hamon Kunz (Game Design Editing)
- Steven S. Long (Editing)
- Mitchell Malloy (Cover and Illustrations)
- Mike Schley (Catography)
- Universe-M (Illustrations)
ADDED! The Adventurer's Guide to Aetaltis, and online resource available free to ADVENTURER level backers and above starting June 21st! New monsters, adventure sites, maps, stories, and more added every week at www.aetaltis.com.
But there's more on the way!
As stretch goals, a host of amazing authors have agreed to help bring the World of Aetaltis to life! Larry Correia, David Farland, Matt Forbeck, Ed Greenwood, Dave Gross, John Helfers, Steven S. Long, Mel Odom, Jean Rabe, Lucy A. Snyder, Michael A. Stackpole, James L. Sutter, andElizabeth Vaughan have all agreed to support this project by writing short stories for you set in the World of Aetaltis!
And of course there’s art! We’re honored to announce that legendary fantasy artist Larry Elmore has agreed to create a new piece for the cover of one of the books offered in this Kickstarter as yet another fantastic stretch goal.
PLUS an adaption of Aetaltis forStorium, the groundbreaking online storytelling game that took Kickstarter by storm!
Not to mention original art pieces, one-of-a-kind hand-drawn sketchcards, mini-adventures, and more! You have the chance to get it all when you make your pledge.
Check out a summary of our stretch goals!
For details on each goal, see the Stretch Goals section a little farther down the page!)
What if I ran a role-playing game on a grand scale, where the greatest authors, artists, game designers, and creative minds could bring their finest talents to the table and enrich a new fantasy world with their unique creative visions?
And what if I ran a role-playing game where everyone could play? And it wouldn't matter if they played Pathfinder, Storium, or something completely different, or if there were two people or two thousand. Everyone could play together, in the same world, applying their own creative ideas, and forging those ideas into new legends.
This is the dream that drove me to create the world of Aetlatis and launch this Kickstarter.
Aetaltis provides a rich framework that supports and inspires new ideas, without getting in the way of creativity. It feels familiar enough that people working with the world know inherently how to interact with it, while offering fresh creative ground where new ideas can grow. It is a world of depth, consistency, and reason. It gives people the tools they need to build their own stories, while still providing clear opportunities to break the rules and march off in a completely new direction.
This is what Aetaltis is all about and the heart of this Kickstarter. I believe that by working together, we can bring a new world to life that will inspire gamers, authors, readers, artists, and creative people for years to come.
Because I know that I never tire of discovering what's over (or under) the next mountain, and I'm betting that you feel the same way.
Gaming is all about creative collaboration. The entire hobby is based on groups of people working together to create something fantastic. It's that spirit that makes our hobby different from any other and why I've involved so many talented people in this project.
It's also the reason I chose Kickstarter. This project isn't just about the world I created or the stories the writers tell or the pictures the artists draw. It's about what YOU do with Aetaltis when it's finished. With that as my philosophy, involving everyone from the start makes perfect sense, and Kickstarter lets me do that.
Creativity and great ideas are wonderful things, but even the best ideas need a strong business framework to survive. I've worked with accountants and business planners to ensure the world, stories, and art we're giving you are supported by a sound business plan. I've set aside the funds necessary to see this through, committing my own resources to the project before I ever asked you to take part in it.
I also created a business environment for the creative people involved that treats them with respect and properly rewards them for their efforts. Authors and artists get paid upon acceptance instead of on publication, they can reprint their work independently in the future, and everyone gets paid a professional rate that reflects the value of their work and experience.
These decisions, combined with my personal experience, ensure that the necessary business infrastructure exists to support this project over the long term. When you commit to support this project, you'll know that I've committed to making sure that the business side of the project supports your investment financially and creatively, now and into the future.
Pledge! When you pledge to support this project you not only get great rewards like The Temple of Modren adventure, but you’re also an instrumental part of bringing Aetlatis to life. The more support we receive, the more we can give back!
Tell Your Friends! Our hobbies are all about people working together to do something fun, and this Kickstarter is no exception. Get your friends involved! By working together we can do something amazing, and I can give you even more for your pledge! But if we’re even a dollar short of a stretch goal we lose all the benefits of that goal! Gamers accomplish incredible things when we work together, so please help spread the word!
Talk To Me! Our hobbies are all about collaboration, and Aetaltis embraces that tradition. Send me an email! Tell me what you like, what you think we should change, what you want to see, and who you want involved! I want to hear from you! I will personally respond to every email I receive during this Kickstarter. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over three hundred years have passed since the fall of the Atlan Enclave, and the people of the Sea of Tears have finally brought order to their fractured world. Fledgling nations have grown into powerful kingdoms, thriving merchant states have re-established the old trade routes, and the priests of the Enaros have rebuilt their great temples. But in this time of hope, the shadow of an ancient evil is rising once again.
Deep beneath the surface of Aetaltis lurk the armies of the fallen god Endroren. For over a thousand years powerful mystic seals held Endroren and other forces of darkness at bay. An order of holy knights known as the Warders of Alantra created and maintained the seals, but when the Enclave fell, so too did many of the ancient orders—including the Warders. Now, after centuries of neglect, the holy seals are failing, and the dark ones have returned.
For the first time since the Age of Darkness, orcs, goblins, trolls, and a host of other fiendish monsters threaten the good people of the world. They strike with unrestrained cruelty, burning, killing, and destroying all that lies before them. The recently reborn holy orders have combined their divine strength with the temporal power of the new kingdoms to face this growing threat, but the dark ones are many and the defenders few.
But there is hope!
Lord Drakewyn of New Erinor has called upon the brave men and women of his land to take up arms against their common foe. In response, a small army of independent heroes known as adventurers have joined the fight. These stalwart men and women fight the battles ordinary soldiers cannot fight, go where the holy orders dare not go, and serve as beacons of hope in a world growing darker with each passing day. From hardened dwarven warriors to crafty cheebatan rogues, from fleet footed fey scouts to wizened selenthean mages, these brave souls provide what ultimately may be the only protection for the people of this troubled land.
Will you join these brave adventurers in their quest? Will you put spell and blade to the test in defiance of the Dark Hordes? If so, if you have the courage to take on this burden for the good of all, perhaps there is still hope, and perhaps you will become the next…
…Champion of Aetaltis!
We're already unlocking stretch goals! Plus, thanks to reduced printing costs, we lowered the goals!
****UNLOCKED $5000: Free e-Release of Temple of Modren + 3 New Heroes UNLOCKED****
In the spirit of Free RPG Day, the final PDF version of The Temple of Modren will be released for free on Saturday, June 21st! Help us hit this goal so we can give back to the amazing community we’re all a part of! We’ll also add three more ready-to-play Aetaltan heroes to the Kickstarter version of The Temple of Modren to thank you!
****ULOCKED $6000: The Green Briar Tavern Character Dossier + 2 New Heroes****
Start off your adventure with a visit to the Green Briar Tavern! The Green Briar Tavern collects all of the ready-to-play Aetaltan heroes you’ve unlocked into one book and adds two additional heroes. It also contains everything you need to use the Green Briar Tavern in your campaign, including a map of the tavern by Mike Schley, Pathfinder compatible stats for the tavern’s staff and patrons, and story seeds for your next adventure!
- AMBASSADOR and NOBLE levels and above will receive the expanded e-book version that includes The Temple of Modren AND The Green Briar Tavern.
- NOBLE level backers will receive the stand-alone print version of the Temple of Modren.
- ADVENTURER and SWASHBUCKLER level and above will receive the print version of the Temple of Modren expanded Campaign Book that includes the Temple of Modren AND The Green Briar Tavern.
***UNLOCKED $8,000: The Town of Thornwall Setting Book***
Make the town of Thornwall the base of operations for your character's future adventures with this fantastic new setting book. It contains a complete map of the town, descriptions of the businesses and buildings, and information and stats for all the important townspeople. Plus a wealth of adventure seeds and three side-quest adventures!
- AMBASSADOR and NOBLE levels and above will receive the expanded e-book version that includes The Temple of Modren AND The Green Briar Tavern AND The Town of Thornwall.
- NOBLE level backers will receive the stand-alone print version of the Temple of Modren.
- ADVENTURER and SWASHBUCKLER level and above will receive the print version of The Temple of Modren expanded Campaign Book that includes The Temple of Modren AND The Green Briar Tavern AND The Town of Thornwall.
LOCKED $11,000: Aetlatis Story Pack & Tavern Expansion #1
The Aetaltis Story Pack is an ebook that contains original fiction set in the World of Aetaltis! Story contributors include Ed Greenwood, creator of the legendary Forgotten Realms campaign setting, James L. Sutter, Managing Editor for Paizo Publishing, co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game campaign setting, and author of The Redemption Engine, and USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Vaughan. We’ll also add three new Aetaltan heroes from these stories to the Green Briar Tavern!
LOCKED $14,000: Story Pack Expansion #1 & Tavern Expansion #2
We add three more stories to the short fiction pack! This time we're adding a story from New York Times bestselling author of the amazing Monster Hunter International series, Larry Correia. But wait, therei's more. We're also adding stories from Mel Odom, author of more than 140 books including titles for Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Jean Rabe, the author of more than 25 books including titles for Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, and BattleTech. And again, we take one character from each story, stat them out, and add them to Green Briar Tavern! At this goal we're also adding an all new Aetaltis mini-adventure from RPG legend James M. Ward, the creator of GAMMA WORLD!
LOCKED $18,000: Story Pack Expansion #2, Tavern Expansion #3, and Aetaltis for STORIUM!
In this pack, we include stories from Dave Gross, an amazing author who has written books for Pathfinder Tales™, WARMACHINE® and Forgotten Realms, and game industry veteran Steven S. Long, a game industry veteran known for his tremendous work on HERO System, Lord of the Rings, and Star Trek roleplaying games. And another two heroes make their way into the Green Briar Tavern. As if that weren't enough, when this stretch goal gets unlocked, we work with the fantastic team over at Storium to adapt Aetaltis into a playable Storium world, ready for you and your friends to explore when Storium goes live in November!
LOCKED $23,000: Story Pack Expansion #3 & Tavern Expansion #4
LOCKED $28,000: Story Pack Expansion #4 & Tavern Expansion #5
This time we add stories from Michael A. Stackpole, the New York Times bestselling author of books for Star Wars, World of Warcraft, Battletech, and more. We also include a story from Lucy A. Snyder, winner of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction. And as always, two more adventurers get added to the Green Briar Tavern!
LOCKED $33,000: Story Pack Expansion #5 & Tavern Expansion #6
Matt Forbeck, author the Monster Academy series and books for Eberron®, Forgotten Realms, Guild Wars® and more, will add a new short story to our Aetaltis Story Pack! Plus we add two more characters to the Green Briar Tavern! (Plus surprises we'll be announcing later!)
LOCKED $40,000: Champions of Aetaltis Print Anthology
We’re collecting the short stories from all the story pack expansions you’ve unlocked and assembling them into a professionally typeset anthology entitled Champions of Aetaltis. Everyone at the NOBLE level and above will receive an ebook version of the anthology and everyone at ADVENTURER level and above will receive a mass market paperback physical copy of the book!
LOCKED $50,000: Larry Elmore Cover
I’m still stunned that we’re able to offer this, but when we hit this stretch goal, the legendary Larry Elmore has agreed to paint a new piece to use as the cover for the Champions of Aetaltis anthology! You almost certainly know Larry Elmore’s name, but even if you don’t, you know his art. From the iconic cover for the Basic Dungeons & Dragons "Red Box" rules to the stunning covers of the Dragonlance books, Larry Elmore shaped our vision of fantasy gaming. Now he’s going to help to bring the World of Aetaltis to life!
The Temple of Modren: Goblins are loose in the hills, and the town of Thornwall is under attack! With the nearest royal guard post more than three days ride to the south, you and your stalwart companions are the only hope for this harried hamlet! You must defeat the goblins and seal whatever Deepland hole they crawled out of or Thornwall is lost. The Temple of Modren is a 44 page Pathfinder Compatible adventure for 4-6 1st Level heroes that requires only minimal preparation to run. It includes the main adventure, maps by the incomparable Mike Schley, and five ready-to-play Aetaltan heroes, plus amazing illustrations by the team at Universe M.
- Everyone who backs this project can download the text-only draft of the adventure today.
- CITIZENS and above can download the final PDF version of the adventure in June.
- NOBLES and above receive a physical copy of the adventure by Gen Con.
- ADVENTURERS and above will receive the Campaign Book version which includes the Green Briar Tavern campaign site and the extra pre-generated characters!
Aetaltis Forums—Early Access/Upgrades: Get access to the Aetaltis Forums before they go public! Learn what’s next for the World of Aetaltis, read new short fiction, ask questions about the world and game, and offer your suggestions. With each upgrade to your account, you’ll gain access to more inside information, playtest materials, and first-looks at future projects.
Map of Thornwall: A beautiful, full-color map of the town of Thornwall, the town where the Temple of Modren begins and home to the Green Briar Tavern.
- CITIZENS and above receive a black & white copy of the map as part of The Temple of Modren.
- ADVENTURERS and above receive a beautiful 8 ½" x 11" full-color copy of the map.
- AVATARS and above receive a stunning 18" x 24" full-color copy of the map.
- LEGEND receives a huge 24" x 36" full-color large poster map.
- CHAMPIONS and above each receive a random Aetlatis sketchcard.
- AVATAR and above receive a sketchcard featuring the Aetaltan hero or monster of their choice.
Aetaltis Kaffeklatche Ticket: Join the Aetaltis creative team for coffee at Gen Con in August. You get the inside scoop on what’s next for the World of Aetlatis and get answers to your questions about the project, the world, and its future. Coffee provided. Does not cover any other expenses.
- ADVENTURES and above receive one ticket to the Aetaltis Kaffeklatch.
Aetaltis Breakfast Ticket: Join the Aetaltis creative team for breakfast at Gen Con in August. Get the behind the scenes look at our secret plans for Aetlatis and share your ideas about what we should do next. Breakfast is provided. No other expenses are covered.
- AVATARS and above receive one ticket to the Aetaltis Breakfast at Gen Con.
Aetaltis Writer’s Guide: The Aetaltis Writer’s Guide is the 199-page “writer’s bible” used as a reference by authors who are writing stories set in the World of Aetaltis. The material in this document will serve as the foundation for future Aetaltis products, and you’ll get to see it before anyone outside of the Aetaltis creative team!
- +$10: Add a ticket to the Aetaltis Kaffeklatche (CHAMPION level and above, maximum of one additional ticket per backer)
- +$25: Add an extra Aetlatis Sketchcard (CHAMPION level and above, maximum one additional card per backer)
- +$50: Add a ticket to the Aetaltis Breakfast (AVATAR level and above, maximum of one additional ticket per backer)
- +$10: Add a physical copy of the Temple of Modren (NOBLE level and above, maximum 10 total copies)
- +$10: Add a 22" x 28" 1-sided color poster map of The Green Briar Tavern (battlemap scale, 1" = 5')
- +$10: Add a 22" x 28" 1-sided color poster map of the Town of Thornwall (NOT battlemap scale)
- +$10: Add a 22" x 28" 1-sided color poster map of the Temple of Modren Exterior Map (NOT battlemap scale)
- +$10: Add a 22" x 28" 1-sided color poster map of the Temple of Modren Interior Map (NOT battlemap scale)
- +$15: 2 Poster Maps (Total)
- +$25: 3 Poster Maps (Total)
- +$30: 4 Poster Maps (Total)
One of my responsibilities as the lead on this project is to choose the very best people to work on it. I feel extremely confident that I've done that. Below is the team that is working to make the products we're promising a reality. Every one of them is an experienced, successful expert in their field. I'm honored to have such a fantastic group contributing to the success of this project.
Marc Tassin (Project Creator)
Marc Tassin (that's me!) is a published author and editor of both fantasy fiction and games. His work in the RPG industry included projects for Dragon Magazine® and Shadowrun®. His short fiction is available in a number of anthologies including the DAW anthologies Furry Fantastic, Steampunk’d, Catopolis, Spells of the City, and Hot & Steamy.
In his day job, Marc is a Software Project Manager with over a decade of experience and success. He’s led many complex projects to completion, and he currently manages three internal services teams at a multi-national software company.
In his free time, Marc runs the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium, the largest science fiction, fantasy, and media tie-in fiction writing conference of its kind.
And in case you’re wondering, no, he doesn't sleep very much.
Tiara Lynn Agresta (Temple of Modren Layout and Design)
Tiara is a talented designer with experience in the roleplaying game industry. Her work has appeared in the Ennie nominated Smallville Roleplaying Game from Margaret Weis Productions, the Pathfinder Compatible Razor Coast campaign book from Frog God Games, and Iron Edda War of Metal and Bone project from Sand & Steam Productions.
Amanda Hamon Kunz (Temple of Modren Game Design Editor)
Amanda is a freelance game designer for Paizo and a freelance designer, developer, and editor for Kobold Press. You can find her game design work for Paizo in more than a dozen publications, including Bestiary 4 and Inner Sea Gods. Her editing work for Kobold Press has appeared in several product lines, including the New Paths series of base classes for Pathfinder RPG, and her work as lead designer can be found in the Advanced Races line. She also worked as developer and editor for Deep Magic, a hardback Kobold Press publication of, among other things, more than 700 new spells for Pathfinder RPG.
John Helfers (Aetaltis Fiction Editor)
John Helfers spent sixteen years working at Tekno Books (the largest commercial book packager in the nation), where he co-edited more than twenty short story anthologies. He has published more than forty-five of his own short stories including stories written in the Dragonlance®, Transformers®, BattleTech® and Shadowrun® universes. His most recent nonfiction book, The Vorkosigan Companion (co-edited with Lillian Stewart Carl) a guide to the science fictional world of Lois McMaster Bujold, was nominated for a 2009 Hugo Award. In 2010, the Shadowrun anthology Spells & Chrome won the Origin Award for Best Game- Related Product. Recent work includes the novel Warlock II: The Great Mage Game and a short story in the military fantasy anthology Shattered Shields.
Steven S. Long (Temple of Modren Editor)
Steven S. Long has written, co-authored, edited, or otherwise been involved with over 150 RPGs and RPG supplements including: The HERO System 5th Edition, 5th Edition Revised, and 6th Edition core rulebooks A whole host of HERO System supplements including Fantasy Hero, Pulp Hero, Dark Champions, Hudson City, Post-Apocalyptic Hero, and The Ultimate Skill. His work has also appeared in The Lord Of The Rings Roleplaying Game (Decipher) (Origins Award, Best Roleplaying Game, 2002) The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Roleplaying Game (Last Unicorn), and The Star Trek: The Next Generation Roleplaying Game (Last Unicorn) (Origins Award, Best Roleplaying Game, 1998)
Mitchell Malloy (Temple of Modren Artist)
Mitchell Malloy is an experienced concept artist and illustrator. His work has appeared in Talisman and Android: Netrunner from Fantasy Flight Games, League of Legends from Riot games, Jack Huston and the Necronauts from Warbird Games, Immortalis from Present Creative, Salvage from Storm Rascal Studios, and Heroes of Newerth and Strife from S2 Games.
Mike Schley (Temple of Modren Maps)
As a professional artist and designer, Mike has produced a large body of work for a variety of clients ranging from publishing firms to public universities. Currently his focus is on providing illustration and cartography services to the book and game publishing industries. Combining the use of digital and traditional media, he loves conveying a naturalistic visual style while benefiting from the clean and finished properties of the digital format.
A partial list of Mike's clients includes:
- Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro Games
- ProFantasy Software
- Inkle Studios
- Vorpal Games
- Privateer Press
- Paizo Publishing
- Sidhe Games
Universe M Productions (Logos and Illustrations)
Universe M Productions consists of three brothers (Jake, Kevin and Matthew Minor) who are a dedicated team of artists and creators with vision, passion, and determination. Their portfolio is growing constantly. Their industry experience in comics, sketchcards, movies, and role-playing games have shown that they know how to work with licenses of all sizes. They can work on all facets of production from conceptual work through writing, artwork, and production.
Dungeons & Dragons and Forgotten Realms are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Pathfinder and associated marks and logos are trademarks of Paizo Inc., and are used under license. See paizo.com/pathfinderRPG for more information on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
Risks and challenges
DELAYS: Since authors, artists, and editors are still working on some parts of the project delays remain possible. Fortunately, the majority of the work for The Temple of Modren is already finished, and I have a strong pool of people standing in the wings ready to jump in to help to keep the project moving forward.
COST OVERRUNS: Unexpected costs could emerge. I've already made financial preparations to cover the worst case scenarios to ensure that if this happens it won't have a direct impact on the deliverables.
HUGE SUCCESS: If the kickstarter does REALLY well, it's possible I'd need to spin up teams to help handle the expanded reward fulfillment responsibilities. I've planned for this by selecting printers, service providers, and delivery promises that are ready to be scaled as needed. This should reduce any potential delay resulting from this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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