About this project
See below for special info about an Ultra Deluxe cover option!
Judge us not by our seemings for we are never what we appear.
Come hither, changelings and join the dream-dance,
lest the winter come and the Dreaming pass into memory.
Recall your heritage! Let the games begin!
Twenty years ago, White Wolf published Changeling: the Dreaming, the fifth of their promised five game-lines that together comprised the World of Darkness. Seen by some as a lighter, more fantasy-based setting in the modern-day, and by others as the darkest game White Wolf had yet created, players had to face the question of what happens once creativity and magic fades from their world.
This 20th Anniversary Edition of Changeling: the Dreaming returns to that deceptively bright yet terrifying world and both compiles and completes the concepts of the previous two editions. Led by veteran White Wolf and Onyx Path developer "Blackhat" Matt McFarland, our writing team consists of longtime Changeling creators like Ian Lemke, Jackie Cassada, Nicky Rea, and Peter Woodworth, as well as familiar names such as Holden Shearer, John Snead, Maggie Carrol, Matthew Dawkins, and Krister Michl. One and all are dedicated to making Changeling: the Dreaming Twentieth Anniversary Edition the most playable edition yet - while not losing the wonder, awe, and majesty that Changeling is known for.
- A revised and up to date look at the World of Darkness through the eyes of the Kithain - what has happened to the Dreaming in the last 20 years, and what is the state of Glamour and dreams?
- Rules for all of the kiths including in 2nd ed, plus fan favorites from other books: selkies, piskies, clurichaun, and both Arcadian and Concordian sidhe.
- Rules for the Gallain: The inanimae, the hsien, the Nunnehi, and others!
- An overhauled and reimagined system for fae magic, including new Arts and the powerful but dangerous practice of Unleashing!
- New full-color beautiful artwork as well as classic Changeling illustrations including remastered full page pieces of the kiths by Tony Diterlizzi.
Currently the book is still being written and developed, so we aren't at the stage where we can put up the finished text, but we will be providing links to sections in progress in Updates throughout the course of this Kickstarter.
This Deluxe Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter is designed to enable us to create a deluxe hardcover edition that stands proudly on its own as an amazing volume, or together on a shelf with matching volumes of the Vampire: the Masquerade, Werewolf: the Apocalypse, Mage: the Ascension, and Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Editions.
This Deluxe Changeling 20th is planned as a black leatherette hardcover with an inset disk on the spine featuring the C20 round symbol, with 300+ full color, gold-edged, interior pages, and a gold silk ribbon bookmark. Embossed into the front cover will be the iconic luna moth Changeling symbol.
Changeling 20th is finishing up the first draft stage of the writing process under the experienced eye of "Blackhat" Matt McFarland and we are running this Kickstarter for the Deluxe Edition now, at this stage, to insure that our backers have the chance to have a say in the kind of package we'll deliver. From comments, Rewards, and Stretch Goals, we will be working with backers to include their thoughts, names, and likenesses.
SPECIAL ULTRA-DELUXE COVER OPTION!
So here now, at the last couple of days of this Changeling Kickstarter, we have a chance to scorn the banality of running out of time. We have a chance to create something wondrous!
We have received tests from our printer showing that we can do an Ultra-Deluxe C20 with a cover that replicates the classic Changeling cover but in a transparent stained glass effect.
Here's how we are going to do this, please read carefully and to the end:
Unlike previous Onyx Path Kickstarters with the Ultra-Deluxe option, we are not going to create a Reward Tier featuring the C20 Ultra-Deluxe and we're not going to have you add on to your pledges during this Kickstarter.
If you have already made a pledge, DO NOT change your pledge by these amounts!!!!!!
This is a different procedure than previous Ultra-Deluxes, so we do not want you doing what you might have done before, or changing your pledge like an Add-on product like the dice.
If you are pledging for the first time right now, choose one of our Reward Tiers on the right of the KS page, and then follow the above messaging procedure if you are interested in the Ultra-Deluxe C20.
We will be tallying the number of books from your messages and posting the current amount multiple times though the remaining days of this Kickstarter. If we reach 200 copies by the end of the KS, we will then be able to create the Ultra-Deluxe C20.
We are doing this in this way so that if we fail to reach the 200 copy minimum for printing, no one has any money to keep track of or to deal with.
If we do reach or go over the 200 copy minimum by the end of this KS, then we will let everyone know, and you will be asked to PayPal us the appropriate amount for your copies of the Ultra-Deluxe.
It is our intention to ship the Ultra Deluxe version of C20 with the standard Deluxe Edition packages whenever possible, but we have no set dates comparing manufacture times.
IMPORTANT FINAL NOTE! We will also be tallying the estimated amounts from your messages as well as the number of books. That extra amount of "Chimeric Pledges" will count towards reaching Stretch Goals and will also be announced multiple times during the next several days. If we reach and are paid for the 200 books printing minimum then we will deliver all the Stretch Goals the Chimeric Pledges attained as well!
We will accept the PayPal payments from Jan 12th (the day we determine if we have reached the 200 book minimum) until Jan 20th.
You are very much a part of this often chaotic and crazy process of creation with the Ultra-Deluxe C20! We've brought it this far as fast and as creatively as we could, and now you have the chance to be the heroes who can truly make it happen!
It's pretty easy. Contribute any amount you want, bearing in mind the levels of contribution and their commensurate rewards over there on the right. If we hit our $50K goal, you'll get the reward that goes with your level of contribution. PDFs and Print on Demand versions will be made available first in the form of a coupon from our online sales partner, DriveThruRPG.
Also, because this C20 Kickstarter stretches through the holiday season, and we know a lot of backers like to pledge for Rewards as gifts, we've created a special Changeling 20th Gift Card PDF so that you can download and print it out for the lucky person you are gifting!
Hi Res version to print out:
Screen Resolution version:
If you are pledging for an electronic C20 Reward we will send the links to you, and you can send them to your special person. If you are pledging for a physical C20 Reward, like the Deluxe book, we will send that book to whichever address you include as the shipping address when you fill out the Backer Survey.
Deluxe Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition will take multiple months from the closing date to print and ship. PDF Rewards and Add-ons will not take as long as the Deluxe, but will come after the Surveys are returned at least two months after this KS closes. We will contact contributors in the upper tiers with details on their rewards.
You can Add-on the PDFs listed below to any Reward Tier pledge that already includes a Changeling 20th PDF by clicking on your Reward Tier to the right, and then when you get to the pledge page that confirms your pledge amount, manually changing the amount of your pledge from the base Reward amount to that Reward amount plus the amount of each Add-on that you want as listed below :
+ $10 for the three classic Immortal Eyes supplements and Immortal Eyes fiction trilogy PDFs.
+ $20 for the classic three Book of Houses supplements (Noblesse Oblige, Pour L'amour Et Liberte, Book of Lost Houses) PDFs.
+ $30 for an additional Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition PDF.
+ $45 for the classic seven Kithbook and Nobles:The Shining Host supplement PDFs.
+ $160 for the entire classic Changeling: the Dreaming line PDFs. Every CtD PDF available through DriveThruRPG!
Important: the above classic PDFs were created using the best methods possible depending on available files stretching 20 years back. Therefore, the image quality of PDFs of the older books in particular may not be as good as PDFs for newer books.
You can also add on individual physical copies of the Deluxe Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition book to any pledge that already is shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
+ $105 for a Deluxe Changeling 20th (US/Canada)
+ $135 for a Deluxe Changeling 20th (non-US/Canada)
You can add on the Changeling 20th Storyteller's Screen to any reward tier that offers a physical book:
+ $15 for the Changeling 20th Storyteller's Screen, a sturdy three-panel screen featuring the beautiful collage of Changeling 20th art on the outer side, and on the inside there's a selection of charts and other info to make the Storyteller's job a little bit easier.
For the very first time with any of our Kickstarters, we are able to offer official deluxe dice!
You can add on the Deluxe Changeling 20th Dice Set to any reward tier that offers a physical book:
+ $23 for the Deluxe Changeling 20th Dice Set, ten 10-sided dice designed to echo the classic Changeling stained glass motif featuring the Changeling moth created in cooperation with Q-Workshop.
You must type in the correct amount calculated by adding the base Reward amount and the Add-ons you want. It does not happen automatically.
With this Kickstarter we are adding another way you can contribute to the project and have fun with Achievements. Below you'll find various kinds that require backers to perform certain acts, such as to take selfies and link to the pics, or to like our Onyx Path Facebook page.
Achievements do not impact the stretch goals nor do they effect the success or delivery of this Kickstarter; they are offered as a bonus way to have fun participating and are entirely optional.
The selfies will not be shared by us outside of the context of the Deluxe C20 Kickstarter (any you post as part of these Achievements are considered usable for promotional purposes by Onyx Path).
We'll be counting the Achievements once a day, every day of this Kickstarter campaign. We will only be counting the links for selfies here on the Deluxe C20 KS general comments area (not on any Updates comments as those get too scattered to keep track of).
When a certain number of Achievements are met, you'll unlock one of the three extra rewards here at the top:
We will keep track of the four following Achievements here, at our Onyx Path Facebook page, and our Onyx Path Twitter account:
For these following Achievements we will need you to post links to pics in the general comments section of this Kickstarter. These are cumulative totals so don't think you have to get all the pics yourself:
You might note the use of the white rose and dark rose on the above Achievements. These are counted as Seelie and Unseelie points respectively, and will come into play as noted below. The three Achievements below are not predetermined as Seelie or Unseelie and you will have to tell us with your post which side, if any, you want to be counted for. Whichever court has the most once the Achievement is hit will get credit for it.
Below are the two Achievement tracks for Seelie and Unseelie that will also be counted towards the main Achievement Reward totals, so any Achievements attained really count twice towards earning those Rewards!
Achievements are designed as something extra to have fun with, so please do treat them that way. We want to see your selfies and your love of Changeling: the Dreaming! This is your time to shine!
If we have contributions beyond our target number, we've planned many added rewards for contributors. Our range of possible Stretch Goal awards includes additional material in Changeling 20th itself, a possible Ultra Deluxe Edition, a fiction anthology, brand new Changeling: the Dreaming dice, and more.
At $60,000 of contributions, once the Deluxe Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition KS is over, we're going to offer an exclusive KS Changeling 20th shirt on our RedBubble store for sale at the deepest discount they'll let us do it for a limited time after which we'll change the design- and we'll tell you folks about it first so you can order one if you want. We estimate that you'll be getting about a $10 discount.
At $90,000 of contributions, we will create a Changeling 20th Anniversary short story anthology PDF/ePub that will be sent to all backers who pledged for a Reward Tier that includes a Changeling 20th PDF.
At $110,000 of contributions, we will add a @10,000 word section to Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition that describes how to create your own Kith.
At $160,000 of contributions, every backer who pledged for a Reward Tier containing a physical copy of the Deluxe Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition will receive a copy of the "Guide to Freeholds" PDF, a new @20K word supplement to C20.
At $175,000 of contributions, we will add two more silk bookmarks to the Deluxe Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition as the book is already growing with the added Stretch Goal text and one bookmark just won't do the job.
At $200,000 of contributions, we will do our research and add the Kith from the WoD: France book (well, MdT: France) book, and the Kith from Trolls, Dreamers, and the Deep Woods (Trolle, Träumer, tiefe Wälder) to Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition. So, more text and page count and art for more Kiths!
At $215,000 of contributions, we will add the legendary 14th House as a full House write-up to Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition.
At $225,000 of contributions, we will work with Tony Diterlizzi to remaster his beautiful iconic full page art, and also add a new limited 15 backer Reward Tier that includes an 11" x 14" print of Leigh of the Sidhe signed and donated by Tony himself!
At $240,000 in contributions, all backers will receive a custom C20 Soundboard with 12 Tracks to accompany the Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition book from BattleBards. These tracks will enhance and add nuances to the experience of playing a Changeling 20th chronicle. The Soundboard will provide easy access to the audio and the ability to organize and play tracks on-the-fly. Play them individually or layer them and play multiple tracks simultaneously for added effect.
At $260,000 of contributions, every backer who pledged for a Reward Tier containing a PDF copy of the Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition will receive a copy of the C20 Quickstart PDF, designed to get players started and playing with an introduction to Changeling.
At $275,000 of contributions, we will work with renowned dice manufacturers Q Workshop to create a Deluxe C20 ten-sided die, and add Deluxe C20 Dice Sets to our Add-on choices.
At $315,000 of contributions, we will create Kithbook: Boggans, designed to match the previous classic Kithbooks. Every backer who pledged for a Reward Tier containing a physical copy of the Deluxe Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition will receive a copy of the PDF.
At $330,000 of contributions, you will enable Onyx Path to give the freelance creative team a +15% bonus to what they were going to be paid for their contributions to Changeling 20th.
At $350,000 of contributions, we will add an expanded look at the Seelie and Unseelie Courts into C20 itself, including what they meant in the pre-Sundering times when the Kithain shared the responsibility of ruling, and what they have come to mean now. Also, how individual changelings relate to their Seelie and Unseelie Legacies, and how the switch between them happens in play.
At $380,000 of contributions, we will work with original Immortal Eyes Trilogy author Jackie Cassada to create an Immortal Eyes sequel novel. The PDF/ePub version will be sent to all backers who pledged for a Reward Tier that includes a Changeling 20th PDF.
At $400,000 of contributions, we'll expand the section on Chimera in the C20 book, providing more examples of chimerical objects and companions, and more information for troupes on how to incorporate chimerical "reality" into your Changeling games.
This is our eighteenth Kickstarter, and we have learned enough (sometimes painfully) to make some tweaks to our goals, reward tiers, and prizes. One of those things is that we tend to get the same questions asked during each Kickstarter, but have a limit on the amount of text we can put on this KS page, so we're hosting a FAQ here:
Risks and challenges
Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped ten Kickstarter projects and several more are headed to completion as you read this. All those books 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 book is almost finished in the first draft stage, and we are limiting the amount of new text from Stretch Goals and Rewards. "Blackhat" Matt McFarland is one of our most experienced and active developers, and has fulfilled a number of Kickstarters himself.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the Deluxe Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition.
Solution: Kickstarter shipping costs have continued to rise dramatically 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. For the first time, because of Kickstarter adding the option to their tools, we are able to be more specific as to shipping costs based on your country. These costs will be added to your pledge automatically by KS if you are outside the US. As always, local or VAT style taxes will need to be paid by the backer when appropriate and are not included in these costs.
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 most recent Kickstarter started shipping the month before we 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 regular Updates on progress via Kickstarter as well as in our regular, weekly, Monday Meeting Notes blog at www.theonyxpath.comLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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