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A new adventure for Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea, written by Jeffrey P. Talanian, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.
A new adventure for Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea, written by Jeffrey P. Talanian, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.
A new adventure for Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea, written by Jeffrey P. Talanian, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.
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HYPERBOREA: The Mystery at Port Greely

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THE MYSTERY AT PORT GREELY™

The award-nominated role-playing game, Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea™ is back with a brand new, exciting adventure, written by the game's creator, Jeffrey Talanian.

This sword-and-sorcery adventure module is site-based, fleshing out a small portion of the Hyperborea setting and providing classic, memorable adventure material.

The Mystery at Port Greely is designed for the AS&SH™ game, but it is 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, this module will be saddle-stitched, ranging from approximately 32 to 40 pages, and measuring 8.5 x 11 inches. It will feature a full-colour, card stock cover, and sharp, black & white interiours on durable paper.

And here is my talking head, to tell you all about it:

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Adventure Description:

Until recently, the peculiar village of Port Greely was renowned as one of the most prolific exporters of crustaceans in the realm. Then, about three years ago, the Greely lobstermen severed all ties with outside partners. Subsequent attempts at renegotiation were shunned. More recently, a small group of Fishmongers’ Guild representatives from the City-State of Khromarium has gone missing in Port Greely, and answers have been less than forthcoming. At present, the guild seeks answers. They want to know what became of their representatives, and they wish to reestablish their lucrative partnership with the Port Greely lobstermen. Your party has been contracted to help resolve the mystery at Port Greely.

The Mystery at Port Greely, by Jeffrey Talanian
The Mystery at Port Greely, by Jeffrey Talanian

The Mystery at Port Greely is an adventure designed for from four to six characters of 4th through 6th level, for use with Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea and other traditional fantasy role-playing games.

Text: Jeffrey P. Talanian 
Editing: David Prata
Front Cover Art: Charles Lang 
Back Cover Art: Del Teigeler (inks), Daisey Bingham (colours)
Interiour Illustrations: Peter Mullen, Del Teigeler  
Cartography: Andreas Claren, Glynn Seal

Greely Lobstermen by D. Teigeler and D. Bingham
Greely Lobstermen by D. Teigeler and D. Bingham
The Mystery at Port Greely, Peter Mullen art
The Mystery at Port Greely, Peter Mullen art

REWARD LEVELS SUMMARIZED

$10 PDF. A PDF of The Mystery at Port Greely.

$20 PRINT MODULE (S&N) and PDF.  A print copy of The Mystery at Port Greely, signed and numbered by Jeffrey Talanian. This pledge level also includes a complimentary PDF, which will not be offered once this campaign is through. Note that there will be a total of 300 signed and numbered books, 280 of which are offered at this pledge level. 

$20 PRINT MODULE and PDF. A standard print copy of The Mystery at Port Greely, by Jeffrey Talanian. This pledge level also includes a complimentary PDF, which will not be offered once this campaign is through.

$60 + $120 RETAILER PLEDGE LEVELS. These two pledge levels are intended solely for retail shops that intend to resell the adventure modules. The $60 level is for five (5) modules, and the $120 level is for ten (10) modules. Proof of retail establishment required!

$125 ORIGINAL TEIGELER ILLUSTRATION + PRINT MODULE (S&N)and PDF. An original (quarter-page) Mystery at Port Greely illustration by Del Teigeler. Sizes range from 4 x 4 inches to 8 x 8 inches. This pledge level also includes a signed and numbered print copy of the adventure module, as well as a complimentary PDF.

$225 ORIGINAL TEIGELER ILLUSTRATION + PRINT MODULE (S&N) and PDF. An original (about 9 x 12-inch) Mystery at Port Greely illustration by Del Teigeler. This pledge level also includes a signed and numbered print copy of the adventure module, as well as a complimentary PDF.

$350 ORIGINAL TEIGELER ILLUSTRATION + PRINT MODULE (S&N) and PDF. An original (about 11 x 14-inch) Mystery at Port Greely illustration by Del Teigeler. This pledge level also includes a signed and numbered print copy of the adventure module, as well as a complimentary PDF.

$500 ORIGINAL MULLEN ILLUSTRATION + PRINT MODULE (S&N) and PDF. An original (about 11 x 14-inch) Mystery at Port Greely illustration by Peter Mullen. This pledge level also includes a signed and numbered print copy of the adventure module, as well as a complimentary PDF.

$500 ORIGINAL G. SEAL MAP + PRINT MODULE (S&N) and PDF. The original (11.75 x 16.5-inch) Port Greely map by Glynn Seal. This pledge level also includes a signed and numbered print copy of The Mystery at Port Greely, as well as a complimentary PDF.

$1,000 ORIGINAL LANG COVER + PRINT MODULE (S&N) and PDF. The original 4 x 6-inch cover painting for The Mystery at Port Greely, by Charles Lang. This beautiful painting comes framed, too. This is a one-of-a-kind treasure! This pledge level also includes a signed and numbered print copy of the adventure module, as well as a complimentary PDF.

Port Greely Map by Glynn Seal
Port Greely Map by Glynn Seal
Original Quarter-Page Illustration, D. Teigeler
Original Quarter-Page Illustration, D. Teigeler

ADD-ONS

Add-ons for HYPERBOREA: The Mystery at Port Greely Kickstarter consist of extra (unsigned) modules and T-shirts!

Add a Module. If you increase your pledge by an increment of $20, you can receive an unsigned print copy (or copies, if you want more than one) of The Mystery at Port Greely. Some folks refer to these as  “play” copies; often collectors who wish to put aside their signed editions. 

Add a T-shirt. If you increase your pledge by an increment of $25, you can receive a T-Shirt of The Mystery at Port Greely (see mock graphic below). We will survey you for your size after the campaign is over.

Other Add-Ons. Did you miss our last Kickstarter Campaign? If you would like print copies of Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes, Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, and/or Beneath the Comet, you can increase your pledge by increments of $20 for each module. These are normally sold at $22 apiece.

This is how to make an add-on:

#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. 
#3. After the Kickstarter Campaign is over, you will receive a survey that will confirm your add-on requests (confirming T-shirt size, module choices, etc.).

Mock photo of "The Mystery at Port Greely" T-shirt
Mock photo of "The Mystery at Port Greely" T-shirt

STRETCH GOALS

We have come up with some modest stretch goals for this Kickstarter campaign. More may be added while the project is live.

$6,500 = Inside Cover Maps. ACHIEVED! Printing on the inside covers is a traditional and well-received component of classic RPG adventure modules.

$8,500 = Additional Art. ACHIEVED! We will commission additional pieces of interiour art to further improve the visual component of this adventure module.

$10,500 = Bookmarks. ACHIEVED! 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.

$12,000 = Additional Map. ACHIEVED! We will commission yet another map, this time from Ben Ball, whose regional maps of Hyperborea can be seen on the inside covers of "Beneath the Comet" and "Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes."

Photograph of Teigeler Originals
Photograph of Teigeler Originals

SHIPPING

Shipping will be billed at a time when we are close to fulfilling this Kickstarter campaign. We will use Paypal invoicing to bill you, but for those customers who do not prefer Paypal, we can also invoice you through Square

All backers are required to pay shipping charges beyond their pledge. These shipping charges will be reasonable, using the current USPS rates for both domestic and international customers. Once your invoice is paid, we will prepare to ship your pledge rewards to you.

Note that we are careful and considerate when packaging RPG materials, taking the approach of a collector's mentality. We intend to use boxes, just as we did with the last KS campaign.

Framed Painting by Charles Lang
Framed Painting by Charles Lang

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OUTTAKES: Filming a North Wind Adventures Kickstarter video is a big production. Observe how my detail-oriented crew prepares me for the big shoot, removing all the unsightly dog hair from my T-shirt. 

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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, cover art, cover design, and maps are complete. Most of the interiour art is complete, and editing is underway. Once this Kickstarter funds, we will have layout, printing, and shipping to manage.

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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