$680
pledged of $3,850pledged of $3,850 goal
14
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 17 2010
Platinum Lion GroupBy Platinum Lion Group
First created
Platinum Lion GroupBy Platinum Lion Group
First created
$680
pledged of $3,850pledged of $3,850 goal
14
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 17 2010

About

Thanks for checking out our project! In a nutshell this project is actually composed of two pieces: The World of Trexlin a system-independent fantasy RPG campaign setting and the Xephyer fantasy card game. We've tried to include as much information about the project as possible - but, if after reading through this information and taking a look at the video, you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to drop us a line. The video is essentially divided into two parts, the first being a general overview of the projects - and the second part, a more in-depth tour of the World of Trexlin - to try and provide an overall "feel" of the setting.



As both projects started from the same inspiration, the World of Trexlin campaign setting, we'll tackle this first.



World of Trexlin - Campaign Setting The goal is to create a rich, vibrant, and highly-detailed tabletop fantasy RPG campaign setting that is rules/system independent - such that a GM can take this setting and use it to run an adventure, a series of adventures, or even an entire campaign under whatever rules system the GM prefers.

In RPGs - the game is really about the playing. Development of a cohesive setting is time consuming and often frustrating for a GM - especially when a GM spends hours fleshing out all the details of a town, only to have their players bypass it. The focus with the World of Trexlin is to provide the GM a cohesive, vibrant, and dynamic setting to run their game. So a GM can spend time on working out the intricate details of an adventure - but not have to worry if the players get side-tracked and want to explore another area. With the World of Trexlin, the GM would have all the history and detailed information needed to allow the game to continue and grow, thus providing for a better play experience for both player and GM.

Specifically, when designing the overall concept, there were a number of things that we wanted to ensure were considered - a partial list includes:

  • A considered approach to the geography and habitation (weather patterns, why cities are where they are, etc)
  • Variety of races and cultures - each with their own history, traditions, religion(s) and outlook (a civilization that develops on a desert littoral will be completely different in their beliefs, outlook, society, etc from a civilization that develops in an area of deciduous forests and grasslands for example)
  • Considered approach to economies - both regional and country / city - as well as the impact of resources and political systems.
  • Prevalence of Magic - and its impact on aspects of life and technology. (in some races and civilizations magic may be rare - and thus they fear it - while in others - it could be seen as a boon of the gods - or a rare gift)
  • Languages and communication - A reasoned approach to the variety and spread of languages.
  • Legal systems
  • Government and Politics - including the impact of organizations (religious, trade, secret) on the ruling system and daily life.
  • Areas of mystery and unknown. We wanted to ensure there are plenty of potential adventure hooks for a GM to work with.

Development of Trexlin is well on its way. The general overall world is created, an over-arching history has been detailed, and work is underway on compiling all the necessary details that go into creating a comprehensive campaign setting.

Once completed, in order to keep the World of Trexlin dynamic, a website will be launched which will provide periodic updates on general world events and possible adventure hooks as an additional resource. Kingdoms go to war, plagues devastate nations, earthquakes topple cities - there are all sorts of events that can occur. By providing updates, this keeps the setting fresh and offers new adventure hooks for a GM to run with.



Xephyer Card Game

As an outgrowth of playing and developing Trexlin, the idea was floated to create a fantasy-based card game that could be played, by players, during an RPG session - or, alternatively, could also function as a stand alone card game for the times a group doesn't necessary feel like role-playing.

Thus was born the Xephyer card game. It is a fantasy-themed (actually World of Trexlin themed) betting card game for 2 to 7 players requiring strategy and luck. A player involved in a recent play test described it as a "Fantasy cross between Texas Hold'em, Bridge, and Rummy - perfect for RPG setting - fast and fun but it works equally well by itself, outside the RPG setting".

Xephyer is very near completion. The cards have been finalized, the rules play-tested and modified, and the card tuck-box designed. There are only a few minor items that need to be completed before the game is ready to be printed and shipped.



As the Xephyer card game is very near completion, we will first focus on this. The plan is to produce two versions - a standard version and a deluxe collectors edition. The difference between the two will be that the collectors edition will contain custom metal "Coins of Trexlin" that can be used as betting tokens while playing Xephyer - or as a prop, etc. We are currently working with a token/coin minter to get various sizes and colors designed. At this point, we'd like to get Xephyer to the publishers at the end of August - so that we would hopefully have it back and ready to distribute by early October.

For the World of Trexlin we are aiming for a 1st Quarter, 2011 release date. Our timeline has the final overall Campaign map targeted for completion by September 15th. We may make the map available separately in the fall of this year. The goal is to have all Sourcebook material compiled and ready for layout and proofing by mid-January. This should make the PDF version available by mid-February, and the hard copy print version (we're unsure at this point if it will be hardback or softcover) shipping in early March. At least, that's the current goal.



First - thanks for reading down all this way!

In order to bring the World of Trexlin campaign setting - as well as the card game Xephyer to players, we need your support. On the right are a number of different support levels to help us reach our goal. Essentially, a support level of $10 and above serves as a pre-order of the Xephyer Card Game - while support levels of $15 and above serve as pre-orders for both the Xephyer Card Game and the Digital version of the World of Trexlin. From the support level of $35 and above, you are basically pre-ordering both the card game, the digital version of the campaign sourcebook and the hard copy of the sourcebook.

In addition, we have a number of other goodies that you can get - including original artwork from the games, and the opportunity to impact the World of Trexlin directly by being involved in the naming or creation of parts of the setting.

The more support we can get, the more we can do. If we exceed the goal, that will allow us to expand the scope of the Sourcebook by including more detail (more pages) and more large scale maps.

I hope that this project is something of interest to you - and if you can back us, it is greatly appreciated.

Happy Gaming!

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Tin Level Supporter - For a $5 pledge, you get access to the exclusive World of Trexlin web-forums when launched, where you can follow along as the World of Trexlin develops. Additionally, your name will be noted on the "Patron" page in the World of Trexlin Sourcebook.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Pewter Level Supporter - For a $10 pledge - you get everything from Tin Level plus you get a hard copy of the completed Xephyer Card Game when it is published. The cards will be printed on high quality 300gsm paper with full color faces and come in a customized tuck box along with complete rules.

    Less
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    Copper Level Supporter - For $15 pledge - you get everything from Tin and Pewter levels as well as a digital copy (PDF) of the completed World of Trexlin Sourcebook.

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 20 or more About US$ 20

    Bronze Level Supporter - For $20 pledge - you not only get acknowledgement as Patron, a digital copy of the World of Trexlin Sourcebook, but instead of the standard version of the Xephyer Card Game - you get the Collector's Edition - complete with a pouch of 'Coins of Trexlin' - actual custom metal tokens to use when playing Xephyer, or as a prop in your campaign.

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    Brass Level Supporter - For $35 - not only do you get all of the rewards of the Tin, Pewter, and Copper levels - you also get a hard copy of the World of Trexlin Sourcebook when published!

    Less
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 45 or more About US$ 45

    Iron Level Supporter - For $45 pledge - not only do you get the Tin, Pewter, Copper, and Brass rewards - You also get a large (approximately 24" x 30") full color map of the World of Trexlin professionally printed on sturdy paper.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    Silver Level Supporter - For $50 Pledge - you get all the rewards entitled to Iron Level supporters - except instead of a the Standard version of the Xephyer Card Game - you get the Deluxe Version!

    Less
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    Gold Level Supporter - For $75 Pledge - You are entitled to all the rewards of Silver Level Supporter PLUS you get two additional large full-color maps! Full color 11x17 highly detailed maps of both the Empire of the Platinum Lion and the Imperial City of Lions Den (both maps prepared by the award winning fantasy cartographer Sean Macdonald!)

    Less
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 125 or more About US$ 125

    Platinum Level Supporter - For $125 Pledge - You will receive all of the rewards of Gold Level Supporter PLUS you will have the opportunity to name (within reason, of course) a major NPC or Organization which will be featured in the World of Trexlin Sourcebook.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    Mithril Level Supporter - For $150 Pledge - You get all rewards entitled to Platinum Level Supporters AND you get a limited edition signed print of one of the pieces of original artwork from Xephyer Card Game or the World of Trexlin.

    Less
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 200 or more About US$ 200

    Ruby Level Supporter - For a $200 Pledge - you get all the rewards from the Mithril Level PLUS you will have the opportunity to name (again, within reason) an area, ruin, town, river - or some other feature which will be included in the Large printed World of Trexlin Maps and in the World of Trexlin Sourcebook. Plus, you will be listed in the World of Trexlin sourcebook as a Contributing Patron.

    Less
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 300 or more About US$ 300

    Emerald Level Supporter - for $300 Pledge - you get all of rewards of the Ruby Level PLUS you will get a framed ORIGINAL piece of artwork (signed by both the artist and the lead designer) from either the World of Trexlin or Xephyer Card Game.

    Less
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 450 or more About US$ 450

    Saphire Level Supporter - for $450 Pledge - You get all the rewards of the Emerald Level PLUS you get to work closely with the World of Trexlin design team to design your own monster, ruin, dungeon, or organization which will be included in the World of Trexlin. Plus, you will be given credit, as a contributing author, in the World of Trexlin Sourcebook.

    Less
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 600 or more About US$ 600

    Diamond Level Supporter - for $600 Pledge - you get all of the other rewards listed - PLUS - you get the one-of-a-kind, original, hand-sculpted World of Trexlin 3D map. This is a unique, hand-crafted map - sculpted by renowned fantasy artist William McAusland!

    Less
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (46 days)