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Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition
Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition
Contribute to help create, publish, and distribute the 2nd Edition of the CHANGELING: THE LOST tabletop roleplaying game.
Contribute to help create, publish, and distribute the 2nd Edition of the CHANGELING: THE LOST tabletop roleplaying game. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
There will be dragons and there will be sirens and there will be all the armies of the otherworld sent to bring you back. But you will slay them and you will shun them and you will stand on the battlements of your fortress as they break against your walls of thorn and iron.
You will be free.
You know the stories. The hero leaves his village on a terrifying journey, or the waif finds her way through the cold, dark woods. In the end, they kill the giant or shove the witch in an oven.
But what happens next?
In Changeling: The Lost, you take on the role of an ordinary person who has seen the extraordinary. Lured or abducted by the alien Gentry, you have passed the gates and Hedges between our world and the vast fantastic.
In Arcadia, the Gentry changed you. They forged your flesh and sewed your bones, and they gave you a role to play. You were a lover or a servant or a monster. But it was never your story.
Having run from your Keeper and climbed your way back through the Hedge (and didn’t the thorns bite more than they did going in?), you’re back in the world of pizza and Facebook and nuclear anxiety.
Your eyes are open now. You can see that magic is not the sole province of Faerie. The world is alive with wonders most people never see...and rife with horrors that count on that unwariness. It’s all part of your life now. You take the good with the bad, the magic with the monstrosity, the beauty with the madness.
It’s not always an easy story, not always a happy story. But now it’s your story.
Changeling: The Lost began in 2007, and amassed some of the most passionate fans the Chronicles of Darkness has ever known. Now, it’s reborn in its second edition, which tells new tales and builds on lessons learned in the past ten years. We’re jumping back into the brambles, and letting the scar tissue from last time protect us.
This CHANGELING: THE LOST 2nd Edition Kickstarter is designed to enable us to create a prestige hardcover edition designed to match the look and feel of our other Chronicles of Darkness core rulebooks such as Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, or Mage: The Awakening...
We want to create an 8.5" x 11" hardcover with a beautifully designed, symbolic cover image printed on a metallic under layer, and featuring an emboss/deboss of the logo. We estimate the book to be more than 300 pages, with a two-color interior and endpapers on high quality paper stock.
Changeling: The Lost, Second Edition will include the many kinds of changelings and their Courts, powers and other perks for the Lost, antagonists such as Huntsmen, Hedge Ghosts, and of course the True Fae, and cities from around the world with their own local Courts.
- The Fair and the Foul: Seemings (the fairy tale roles changelings play) and Courts (the most common groups in changeling culture).
- More in Heaven and Earth: The worlds changelings move through, and descriptions of changeling culture.
- Words of Wonder: Character creation, Contracts (powers) and Merits for changelings.
- Words of Binding: The core Chronicles of Darkness rules, plus subsystems like Hedge shaping and dream battles.
- Shared Nightmares: Allies and antagonists for the Lost, ranging from goblins to True Fae.
- All the Kingdoms of the Earth: Changeling society in different cities, including local Courts for each one.
- Tales Around the Fire: Storytelling advice, including Chronicle-building, rules for creating new Courts and Contracts, and player safety advice.
- Appendix: The Fae-Touched: Character creation for those bound by promises they made to changelings before the changelings' abduction.
Throughout the campaign, we will be posting previews of the Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition manuscript as updates for all backers.
The goals of this project are threefold:
First, and most important, we’re running this Kickstarter so we can make the best version of Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition that is possible. Getting your support early allows us to fund the best production, use the most appropriate components, and possibly even add more art to the core book.
Second, we're able to use funding to explore more of the Changeling world, even expanding into rules companions or fiction anthologies. The greater our funding on the Kickstarter, the more resources we are able to devote to exploring this setting.
Third, we're able to celebrate the legacy of Changeling: The Lost by offering a great deal on a list of first edition Changeling: The Lost titles in PDF. The Arcadian Dreams digital bundle is included in several reward tiers, or can be added to any reward, and begins with 7 titles from the first edition library. As we expand our funding on the entire project, we will be able to add titles to this bundle making it a truly amazing offer.
Beyond all of those campaign-specific goals, we hope to do what our games have always done - build a community invested in each other's stories and shared imagination. Every person who participates is joining with the goal of bringing this game into the world, and that common goal is a powerful binding element that we can't help but want to share. When you back this project, you join us on this journey and become part of our motley band.
All participants who would like to make this project happen can pledge their support and add to the overall campaign total. If the campaign meets the funding target ($50,000), then we will have funded the project and it will become a reality. Your pledge will only be collected if we achieve our funding target.
In exchange for your support, we offer rewards based on your level of funding pledged. The Reward Tiers down the right side of the page outline the various rewards reflecting various levels of support pledged.
The two main rewards of note:
All Pledge Tiers of $25 or greater will receive a digital PDF copy of the CHANGELING: THE LOST 2nd Edition Core Rules.
All Pledge Tiers of $50 or greater will receive a traditionally-printed, hardcover copy of the CHANGELING: THE LOST 2nd Edition Core Rules.
In addition, several reward tiers will include a coupon for "at cost" Print on Demand physical books you can choose to purchase from DriveThruRPG.com, usually some time after the PDF has been released. This allows us time to collect errata and revise the final ready-for-print file before sending it to publication. You DO NOT need to take advantage of this discount PoD offer as it does not affect in any way your pledge rewards. Note that there will be a shipping charge issued by DriveThruRPG.com whenever a PoD product is ordered.
A further consideration is our "Arcadian Memories" digital bundle. For only $10, you will receive every 1st Edition Changeling: The Lost title included in the bundle. The bundle begins with 7 PDF offerings from the Changeling: The Lost library, but may expand as we hit additional funding goals. To receive all the titles that end up included in this bundle, you can increase your total pledge level by $10 (see ADD ONs below), or choose a Reward Tier that already features the bundle, such as:
- Warrior of the Silent Arrow ($10)
- Defender of the Silent Arrow ($35)
- Sentinel of the Silent Arrow ($60)
- Disciple of the Antler Crown ($80)
Beyond those basic considerations, we also have premium reward tiers, offering everything from signed copies (Heart of the Leaden Mirror, $110) to becoming an art model for a future Changeling: The Lost project (Elder of the Antler Crown, $400), to even acting as a Consulting Developer on a future project (Champion of the Silent Arrow, $800). So please read through all reward tiers carefully to see what each one offers.
If, working together, we're able to achieve our funding goal, we will set supplemental targets and offer additional rewards. These will be detailed as they arise in the "Stretch Goal" section below.
Please note that rewards that include physical goods (such as the hardcover book or the Storyteller's Screen) may automatically add additional charges to cover shipping expenses.
We love retailers, but modern publishing methods don’t always make it easy for them to get books into their stores. With CHANGELING: THE LOST 2nd Edition, we want to try to get at least one print run into game stores, so everyone has a chance to experience it.
Any retailer who pledges at the retailer reward tier level (Goblin Market Merchant) will get five copies of the traditionally printed hardcover book, as well as five copies of the Storyteller's Screen, at a retail-specific discount so that they can sell in-store.
In addition to the rewards listed in each reward tier, backers can increase their overall pledge to add on the following additional rewards. Simply increase your total pledge level by the amount indicated – we will confirm which add on rewards you’ve chosen via BackerKit surveys after the campaign has run.
Add $20 to your pledge total to get an additional copy of the PDF version of the Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition core rules. You will select your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
Add $45 to your pledge total to get an additional copy of the traditionally-printed hardcover core rules. Can be added to any reward tier that already includes a hardcover version of the core rules (Pledge Level $50+, United States backers only). You will select your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
Add $65 to your pledge total to get an additional copy of the traditionally-printed hardcover core rules. Can be added to any reward tier that already includes a hardcover version of the core rules (Pledge Level $50+, Non-US location backers only). You will select your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
Add $20 to your pledge total to get a sturdy three-panel screen featuring the beautiful collage of Changeling: The Lost art on the outer side, and a selection of charts and other info to make the Storyteller's job a little bit easier on the inside. Can be added to all reward tiers that include a hardcover, physical copy of the core rules (Pledge Level $50+). You will select your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
Add $55 to your pledge total to get a bundle containing PDF copies of the current Chronicles of Darkness core rules collection, listed below. You will select your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends. The bundle contains:
• CHRONICLES OF DARKNESS DIGITAL CORE BOOK PDF
• VAMPIRE: THE REQUIEM 2ND ED. DIGITAL CORE BOOK PDF
• WEREWOLF: THE FORSAKEN 2ND ED. DIGITAL CORE BOOK PDF
• MAGE: THE AWAKENING 2ND ED. DIGITAL CORE BOOK PDF
• PROMETHEAN: THE CREATED 2ND ED. DIGITAL CORE BOOK PDF
Add $10 to your pledge total to get PDF copies (via drivethrurpg.com) of each title included in the Changeling: The Lost 1st Edition bundle. Can be added to any reward tier. You will select your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
The Arcadian Memories digital bundle currently includes:
- Changeling: The Lost 1st Edition Core Rulebook
- Changeling: The Lost 1st Edition Character Sheets
- Changeling: The Lost 1st Edition Ready-Made Player Characters
- Autumn Nightmares for Changeling: The Lost 1st Edition
- Winter Masques for Changeling: The Lost 1st Edition
- Rites of Spring for Changeling: The Lost 1st Edition
- Lords of Summer for Changeling: The Lost 1st Edition
- Equinox Road for Changeling: The Lost 1st Edition
As we increase the overall funding and support for the project, we’re able to add additional resources to the project, expand the rewards listed, and add in new offers and opportunities. Each Stretch Goal will have a target that, once reached, will unlock a new reward. We will continue to build on this list when we achieve these targets during the campaign. Whenever we achieve a stretch goal, the image will move from gray to the colors of the seasonal court:
$50,000 - First goal - WE'RE FUNDED! The project moves from a dream to a reality.
$60,000 - CHANGELING: THE LOST COMPANION – “ENTITLEMENTS” -- Rules, suggestions, and further discussion related to Entitlements will be added to the Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition Companion. All backers receiving a PDF copy of the core rules (Pledge Level $25+) as part of their rewards will get the Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition Companion as a PDF release.
$65,000 - CHANGELING: THE LOST NOVELLA – AUTUMN -- All backers receiving a PDF version of the Core Rules (Pledge level $25+) will get a short story set in the Changeling world themed around autumn as a PDF/ePub release.
$73,000 - BOOK OF KITHS: CROWN – A section based on the Crown Regalia will be added to the book of Kiths ("Kith and Kin"), a supplement detailing, expanding, and examining the rules and options around kiths in Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition. All backers receiving a hardcover, physical copy of the core rules (Pledge Level $50+) as part of their rewards will get KITH AND KIN as a PDF release.
$88,000 - CHANGELING: THE LOST COMPANION – “FREEHOLDS” -- Rules, suggestions, and further discussion related to Freeholds will be added to the Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition Companion. All backers receiving a PDF copy of the core rules (Pledge Level $25+) as part of their rewards will get the Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition Companion as a PDF release.
$90,000 - “CHANGELING: THE LOST 1ST Ed. EQUINOX ROAD” will be added to the ARCADIAN MEMORIES Digital PDF Bundle.
$98,000 - BOOK OF KITHS: JEWELS – A section based on the Jewels Regalia will be added to the book of Kiths ("Kith and Kin"), a supplement detailing, expanding, and examining the rules and options around kiths in Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition. All backers receiving a hardcover, physical copy of the core rules (Pledge Level $50+) as part of their rewards will get the KITH AND KIN as a PDF release.
$103,000 - ART BUDGET INCREASE - Investing additional funds into the art budget will allow for the inclusion of more art in the core book.
$107,000 - CHANGELING: THE LOST NOVELLA – WINTER -- All backers receiving a PDF version of the Core Rules (Pledge level $25+) will get a short story set in the Changeling world themed around winter as a PDF/ePub release.
$108,000 - “CHANGELING: THE LOST 1ST Ed. FEAR-MAKER’S PROMISE COMPENDIUM” will be added to the ARCADIAN MEMORIES Digital PDF Bundle
This is Onyx Path Publishing's 27th Kickstarter, and the company has learned enough (sometimes painfully) to make some tweaks to goals, reward tiers, and prizes. This knowledge has been applied to the FAQ linked here: http://theonyxpath.com/about/faq/kickstarter/
Risks and challenges
Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped seventeen Kickstarter projects and several more are headed to completion as you read this. All those projects have taught us how the various pieces of the process works, sometimes painfully, and we have increased our ability to judge the various stages of delivery better with each KS. The text for Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition is finished, and we are only looking at adding additional art to the book itself.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition.
Solution: Kickstarter shipping costs have continued to rise this last year, but we are aware of that and were able to find ways to work with shippers to bring down those costs - unfortunately, only to some extent as we have also needed to up the shipping charges- both methods allowing us to be sure that shipping doesn't eat up the pledge money supposed to go to printing.
Risk: The books will take a long time to produce and anger the backers.
Solution: We've learned many, many lessons with our previous Kickstarters and we're becoming much better at estimating the various pitfalls that will delay a KS project. We were able to deliver the PDFs for our last several KS projects several months before the estimate, and our last ship-out, for Pugmire, started a month earlier than estimated.
That being said, backers need to be aware that they are enabling a process, and not a pre-order opportunity, and things do sometimes run slower than we want or anticipate with that process. We've found that an open flow of communication between us and the backer community is vital so once the project funds we will deliver Updates on progress once a month (or more, as needed) via Kickstarter as well as in our regular, weekly, Monday Meeting Notes blog at www.theonyxpath.com
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