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Three new, exciting adventure modules for the award-nominated role-playing game, Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea.
Three new, exciting adventure modules for the award-nominated role-playing game, Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea. Click the button below to purchase them now!
Three new, exciting adventure modules for the award-nominated role-playing game, Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea. Click the button below to purchase them now!
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HYPERBOREA ADVENTURE THREE-PACK

The award-nominated role-playing game, Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea™ is back with three new, exciting adventures! 

  • Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes™ (Talanian)
  • Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess™ (Salvador)
  • Beneath the Comet™ (Ball)

Each of these sword-and-sorcery adventure modules is site-based, fleshing out some small portion of the Hyperborea setting and providing classic, memorable adventure material. 

These adventures are designed for the AS&SH™ game, but they are suitable for use with the traditional editions of the world's most popular RPG, as well as its modern simulacra, such as OSRIC™ and Swords & Wizardry™.

Physically, each module will be saddle-stitched, range from approximately 44 to 56 pages, and measure 8.5 x 11 inches. Each will feature full-colour, card stock covers, and sharp, black & white interiours. 

GHOST SHIP OF THE DESERT DUNES

Somewhere in the depths of Diamond Desert lie the skeletal remains of Ymir’s Serpent, a legendary Viking longship. In days of yore, Sigtrygg Forkbeard led his company upriver, piercing the desert’s hostile heart. There the Vikings unearthed a lost mine brimming with green diamonds, but the River Æolus desiccated as the Serpent prepared for launch, and the ship was swallowed by the dunes. Forkbeard and his company were never seen again, but tales of a shimmering Viking ghost ship gliding over the dunes persist to this day.

Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes
Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes

Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes is an adventure for from four to six characters of 2nd through 4th level, for use with Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea™ and other traditional fantasy role-playing games.

Text: Jeffrey P. Talanian 
Cover Art: Charles Lang
Interiour Illustrations: Mark Allen, Johnathan Bingham, Del Teigeler 
Editing: David Prata
Cartography: Ben Ball, Glynn Seal

FORGOTTEN FANE OF THE COILED GODDESS

More than a month ago, your party found itself in Port Zangerios, where you heard of an Esquimaux thief selling a treasure map. Low on wealth but high in courage, you sought him out. The man turned out to be a fearful ex-slave who had “acquired” the map from his Ixian master. The map is incomplete but shews the Isle of the Serpent in far-off Lemuria, where rests a fabulous treasure called the Feathered Crown of Nanasa (or so thought the Ixian). Pooling your money to purchase the unfinished map, you bought passage on an Amazonian trade ship. After passing through tempests and torrential rains that shimmered with auroral light, you have come to the great city of Jhaman Ket. Now you must seek out the location of the Isle of the Serpent.

Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess
Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess

Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess is an adventure for from four to eight characters of 5th through 7th level, for use with Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea™ and other traditional fantasy role-playing games.

Text: Joseph D. Salvador
Cover Art: Val Semeiks
Cover Art Colours: Daisey Bingham
Interiour Illustrations: Johnathan Bingham, Del Teigeler
Editing: David Prata
Cartography: Joseph D. Salvador, Glynn Seal

BENEATH THE COMET

For weeks the Comet has blazed in the sky above Hyperborea, inspiring widespread superstitious dread and fear of some star-borne contagion. Under the light of this harbinger from the Black Gulf, the PCs have come to Bogrest, following a magical treasure map that reveals great wealth buried in the Lonely Heath north of the village. Finding that treasure will be no simple matter, however, for Hyperborea is a weirder and deadlier place than ever beneath the Comet.

Beneath the Comet
Beneath the Comet

Beneath the Comet is an adventure for from four to six characters of 6th through 9th level, for use with Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea™ and other traditional fantasy role-playing games.

Text: Ben Ball 
Cover Art: Peter Mullen
Interiour Illustrations: Johnathan Bingham, Del Teigeler
Editing: David Prata
Cartography: Ben Ball, Glynn Seal

REWARD LEVELS SUMMARIZED

PDF Adventure Pledges: You can purchase one (1), two (2), or all three (3) PDF adventures: Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes, Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, and Beneath the Comet. The regular price for each PDF is $10, so purchasing all three for $25 is a bargain.

Print Adventure Pledges: You can purchase one (1) adventure for $20, two (2) adventures for $40, or all three (3) for $50: Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes, Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, and Beneath the Comet. If you pledge for all three, and you are among the first 240 to do so, your adventures will be signed and numbered by AS&SH creator, Jeffrey Talanian. Also, for the Kickstarter campaign only, for each print adventure you purchase, you also get a free copy of the corresponding PDF. Once the KS campaign ends, all PDFs will be sold separately.

Retailer Pledges: These pledge levels allow hobby shops to be the first to carry all three new AS&SH adventures. Proof of retail establishment is required, as well as the contact's association with said establishment (owner, manager, etc.). 

Original Map Pledges: At this pledge level, you get a signed and numbered set of all three (3) adventures: Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes, Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, and Beneath the Comet. You also get all three PDFs, but the feature of this pledge level is an original map by cartographer Glynn Seal. This reward level is limited to six (6) pledges; five of which include one (1) map at A4 (8.3 x 11.7 inches) size, and one of which includes two (2) maps at A5 (5.8 x 8.3 inches) size. These maps have been rendered on Bristol board. 

Original Monster Illustration Pledges: At this pledge level, you get a signed and numbered set of all three (3) adventures: Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes, Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, and Beneath the Comet. You also get all three PDFs, but the feature of this pledge level is an original monster illustration by Del Teigeler. This reward level is limited to fifteen (15) pledges, all of which have been rendered on 9 x 12-inch Bristol board. 

Original Interiour Illustration Pledges: At this pledge level, you get a signed and numbered set of all three (3) adventures: Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes, Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, and Beneath the Comet. You also get all three PDFs, but the feature of this pledge level is an original interiour illustration by Johnathan Bingham. This reward level is limited to twenty-one (21) pledges, all of which have been rendered on 9 x 12-inch Bristol board. 

Original Large-Sized Interiour Illustration Pledges: At this pledge level, you get a signed and numbered set of all three (3) adventures: Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes, Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, and Beneath the Comet. You also get all three PDFs, but the feature of this pledge level is an original interiour illustration by Johnathan Bingham. This reward level is limited to fifteen (15) pledges, all of which have been rendered on 11 x 14-inch Bristol board.

Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes Charles Lang Cover Art Pledge: At this pledge level, you get a signed and numbered set of all three (3) adventures: Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes, Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, and Beneath the Comet. You also get all three PDFs, but the feature of this pledge level is the two (2) original paintings by Charles Lang, one of which will be featured on the front cover of the Ghost Ship module, the other on the back. This reward level is limited to one (1) pledge, and each painting measures 7 x 9 inches. 

Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess Val Semeiks Cover Art Pledge: At this pledge level, you get a signed and numbered set of all three (3) adventures: Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes, Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, and Beneath the Comet. You also get all three PDFs, but the feature of this pledge level is the original, 11 x 17-inch, pen-and-ink cover illustration by Val Semeiks, which will be featured on the front cover of the Forgotten Fane module. Also included is Val's original sketch work leading up to the final cover. This reward level is limited to one (1) pledge.

Beneath the Comet Peter Mullen Cover Art Pledge: At this pledge level, you get a signed and numbered set of all three (3) adventures: Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes, Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, and Beneath the Comet. You also get all three PDFs, but the feature of this pledge level is the original, 11 x 14-inch, colour cover illustration by Peter Mullen, which will be featured on the front cover of the Comet module. Also included is Peter's original sketch work leading up to the final cover. This reward level is limited to one (1) pledge.

Cartography by Glynn Seal
Cartography by Glynn Seal
Original art by Johnathan Bingham
Original art by Johnathan Bingham
Original art by Del Teigeler
Original art by Del Teigeler

ADD-ONS

Add-ons for the Hyperborea Adventure Three-Pack consist of extra modules. Pledgers in the $50 group or greater can increase their pledge by $20 for each module that they want extra, or $50 for every three. These would be unsigned copies (or “play” copies for those collectors who wish to put aside their signed editions). This is how it works:  

#1. Select the “Manage your Pledge” button above. If you have not pledged yet, it will say, “Back This Project.”
#2. Increase your pledge amount by the total of the add-ons that you want to add (+$20 for each module or +$50 for every three)
#3. After the Kickstarter Campaign is over, you will receive a survey that will ask you which extra modules you wish to add.

Monster Illustrations by Del Teigeler
Monster Illustrations by Del Teigeler
Monster Illustrations by Del Teigeler
Monster Illustrations by Del Teigeler
Interiour Illustrations by Johnathan Bingham
Interiour Illustrations by Johnathan Bingham
Interiour Illustrations by Johnathan Bingham
Interiour Illustrations by Johnathan Bingham
Interiour Illustrations by Johnathan Bingham
Interiour Illustrations by Johnathan Bingham

STRETCH GOALS

We have come up with some modest stretch goals for the Hyperborea Adventure Three-Pack. More may be added while the project is live.

$15,000 = Inside Cover Maps. Printing on the inside covers is a traditional and well-received component of classic RPG adventure modules.

$17,500 = Additional Art. We will commission additional pieces of interiour art to further improve the visual component of these adventure modules.

$20,000 = Bookmarks. Every print customer receives a free 2 x 6-inch card stock bookmark for each module purchased. These bookmarks will feature the cover art seen above.

$21,000 = Additional Colour. Daisey Bingham will add colour to three pieces, one from each adventure. These pieces will be featured on the back covers of each module. (See Daisey's colour work on the cover of Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess.)

Risks and challenges

Every Kickstarter project faces potential setbacks that can slow or even halt production. To mitigate the possibility of setbacks, I've taken several steps to ensure a positive outcome: The writing, editing, cover art, interiour art, maps, and cover design are all complete. Once this Kickstarter funds, the only tasks to complete will be layout, printing, and shipping.

Stretch goals are another concern. Of course, the idea is to create stretch goals that provide incentive for additional funding, but it is easy to fall into the trap of dreaming up stretch goals that are difficult, costly, or time-consuming to produce. To this end, I've come up with modest, reasonable stretch goals.

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