About this project
This is the tale of a forgotten age before the seas were bent, when the world was flat and floated atop a sea of chaos. This is the tale of a decadent empire raised up on the bones of the fallen Golden Age, whose splendor it faintly echoed but could not match. This is a tale of primal frontiers, of the restless dead, of jeweled cities ruled openly by spirits in defiance of Heaven’s law. This is a tale of glorious heroes blessed by the gods, and of their passions and the wars they waged in the final era of legends.
This is your tale. This is Exalted. What legends will they tell of your deeds?
For a basic Introduction to Exalted please check out this link:
For an overview of the EX3 Mechanics please check out this link:
Exalted is a popular role-playing game that debuted in 2001 from White Wolf Publishing. This unique take on fantasy gaming generated dozens of supplements, an Exalted the Comic Series from Udon, and thousands of fans. In 2012, Shards of the Exalted Dream was published in conjunction with Onyx Path Publishing. This was the last Exalted title published for the game in its current form.
Drawing inspiration from legendary writers like Robert E. Howard, Lord Dunsany, Tanith Lee, and Michael Moorcock, White Wolf fused pulp fantasy with operatic drama found in Greek and Chinese epics (Illiad, Odyssey, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms), then sprinkled in high-octane cinematic action illustrated in dynamic modern manga and anime. The result was a sprawling, decadent world of venal gods, beautiful-but-terrifying horror, and epic heroes that captured the imagination of players around the globe.
Now, White Wolf and Onyx Path want to revive and refresh the entire game line with the help of a few familiar faces. Exalted 3rd Edition is the first book scheduled for this acclaimed fantasy game. The new edition will return to its original roots and will also expand the setting for a new generation of players. This revamped take on a fan favorite will be accompanied by a fresh game system, built from the ground up to best represent Exalted.
A robust line of supplements have already been planned for the months and years that follow, detailing flash-points of conflict within Creation and offering various playable Exalted champions who’re fighting for control of the oncoming Age.
Exalted 3rd Edition depicts both a revitalized and expanded Creation, and the triumphant return of the Solar Exalted—but whether their rebirth will herald the salvation or destruction of the world, none can say. The system redesign takes the best parts of the previous editions and streamlines the mechanics for maximum playability.
• New! Story – Read new fiction by original Exalted developer and author Geoff Grabowski.
• New! Artwork – See the Realm in a new light with stunning artwork by both new and classic Exalted artists working under the direction of Maria Cabardo. Here’s a brand new sample that’ll debut in Exalted 3rd Edition.
• New! Expanded Locales – Expand your campaigns with a detailed overview of the sprawling and decadent Second Age of Man. In addition to classic locales such as Chiaroscuro and Nexus, find many new locations not detailed in previous editions, from the treacherous intrigues of Port Calin to the proud warriors of the frigid plains and forests of Medo, held in check only by the iron hand of the Realm.
• New! Maps – Find a re-imagined map of Creation. The Exalted 3rd Edition map retains the elemental character of classic Creation, but is significantly larger and features new frontiers to discover and fight for.
• New! Intrigue and Mystery – Discover a revitalized Realm, still standing at the brink of civil war, but more dangerous than ever before; and the Lunar dominions which harry its borders, seeking redress for ancient crimes while pursuing modern ambitions.
• New! Exalted Types—Encounter never-before-seen Exalts: The Getimian Exalted, drawn from stillborn destinies to serve as agents in one man’s war against Heaven. The Liminal Exalted who stand at the border between life and death, humanity and monstrosity. And finally, the “black market” champions of forbidden gods, made with divine power stolen from the hand of the Unconquered Sun.
• New! Expanded Character Creation – Create and play Solar Exalted characters and compelling mortal heroes with more information and fleshed out details.
• New! Merit System – Customize characters more easily and precisely than ever before with a new system of Merits.
• New! Magical Equipment – Be more prepared for battle with a new and more compelling treatment of magical weapons and armor, including Evocations—Charms and other miracles that may be gained by establishing rapport with mystical artifacts.
• New! Combat System – Fight with a new cinematic combat engine, primed to deliver dynamic, exciting, and easily resolved battles between heroes, gods, and armies.
• New! Charms – Explore a vibrant new Charm set encompassing both classic Solar powers from previous editions and all-new powers to shift the course of Creation.
...and much, much more!
Backers will receive previews of these new elements during the course of the Kickstarter. Be sure to watch the updates for more information!
The designers have suggested the following books will be useful for players and Storytellers of Exalted 3rd Edition.
This Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition Kickstarter is designed to enable us to create a deluxe hardcover edition planned as a white/cream leatherette hardcover with 400+ full color, gold-edged, interior pages, and a gold silk ribbon bookmark. On the front cover will be embossed the Realm script for "Exalted 3".
As with our other KSs, such as for the Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary line, the Deluxe Werewolf 20th Anniversary Edition or Mummy: The Curse, we are posting this in order to give our backers the chance to have a say in the kind of package we'll deliver and to further foster the community of Exalted fans around the world.
With these goals in mind, we're not only looking for support from our community for the Deluxe EX3, we're offering backers a chance to determine whether we should make an even wilder cover treatment. We're looking to create an Ultra Deluxe EX3 Orichalcum Edition that has an inset slab of golden metal for the cover embossed with First Age sigils! Each of these Ultra Editions will be signed and numbered as they are truly collectible classics. But as the goal to the right points out, we must have 200 backers that pledge to that tier or we can't create them as the manufacturer won't go to press at fewer than 200. It's up to you, our Exalted community, to determine if we should push to create the Ultra Deluxe EX3 Orichalcum Edition as well as the Deluxe.
We have a great community and want to hear from more of you, so please comment away!
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 $60K goal, you'll get the reward that goes with your level of contribution. PDFs will be made available first in the form of a coupon from our online sales partner, DriveThruRPG. The Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition will take several months from the closing date to print and ship. We will contact contributors in the upper tiers with details on their rewards.
You can Add-on the classic PDF collections or the EX3 PDF to any pledge that includes a 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 :
+ $15 for the six classic Exalted novel PDFs.
+ $20 for the four classic Exalted supplement PDFs.
+ $30 for the five classic Exalted Caste Book PDFs.
+ $20 for the EX3 PDF.
You can Add-on the Custom Charms Compilation PDF (50+ pages with developers notes, as per the Reward Tiers to the right) to any pledge that includes a PDF already. You will receive a link to the Custom Charms Compilation PDF after the Reward Tier backers receive theirs, but before the product goes on sale to the general public. (This Add-on is not in any way connected to the Charm Cards Stretch Goal):
+ $5 for the Custom Charms Compilation PDF
You can Add-on individual copies of the Deluxe EX3 to any pledge that already is shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
+ $100 for each Deluxe EX3 (US)
+ $120 for each Deluxe EX3 (non-US)
You can Add-on the Chibi-style EX3 Bookmarks, illustrated by Melissa Uran, to any reward tier that offers a physical book. This set of five sturdy yet elegant bookmarks features full-color art depicting the five new signature characters in Mel's iconic Chibi-style. (This Add-on is for if you want more copies of the set besides the free set of 5 Chibi-style EX3 Bookmarks you would get as part of $435,000 Stretch Goal):
+ $5 for each Chibi-style EX3 Bookmark set (5 bookmarks per set)
You can Add-on the EX3 Storyteller's Screen to any reward tier that offers a physical book:
+ $15 for the EX3 Storyteller's Screen, a sturdy three-panel screen featuring the beautiful 5 Directions 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.
You can Add-on the EX3 Cloth Map of Creation to any reward tier that offers a physical book:
+ $55 for each EX3 Cloth Map of Creation: a 2' x 3' heavy canvas material printed with the amazing fully-painted, full-color new map.
You can Add-on individual copies of the Ultra Deluxe EX3 Orichalcum Edition to any pledge that already is shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
+ $350 for each Ultra Deluxe EX3 Orichalcum Edition
You can also upgrade your Deluxe EX3 to an Ultra Deluxe EX3 Orichalcum Edition by manually adding this amount to your original pledge:
+ $265 for each upgrade from Deluxe EX3 to UDEOE (US)
+ $285 for each Deluxe EX3 to UDEOE (non-US)
If we have contributions beyond our target number, we've planned several stretch goal rewards for contributors:
At $70,000 of contributions, you unlock a reward tier and Add-on that features an EX3 Storyteller's Screen- 3 panels of heavy stock with amazing Exalted 3rd Edition art on one side and all the charts you need to run the game on the other. Use it at your table, or hang it on your wall (hopefully, art-side out, but that's your call).
At $90,000 of contributions, every backer who pledged for a Reward including an EX3 PDF will receive an Exalted 3rd Edition Fiction Anthology PDF that explores the characters and events in Exalted.
At $120,000 of contributions, we will extend our art budget to deliver 33% more full-color delicious Exalted artwork in Exalted 3rd Edition itself.
At $150,000 of contributions, you will be able to enable us to do one of the greatest things ever: Onyx Path will give every member of the creative team a +15% bonus to what they were going to be paid for their wondrous contributions to EX3. In the tabletop RPG business, most creators are doing what they do for the love of it all, and this is such a big boost.
At $200,000 of contributions, you unlock a Reward Tier and Add-On that features a Cloth Map of Creation: a 2' x 3' heavy canvas material printed with the amazing fully-painted, full-color new map.
At $225,000 of contributions, you will receive a preview PDF of the long-awaited, much-dreaded Infernal Exalted. Once they were mighty Solar heroes, but now they serve the Yozis and call upon the powers of Hell. This PDF preview will give you a glimpse of some of the big changes coming to the Green Sun Princes in EX3, including a look at the new shintai system and the developer's production notes for a future Infernal Charm tree. [PDF to be available before the end of the EX3 Kickstarter.]
At $250,000 of contributions, any backer who pledged at Scholar of Lore level or better will receive a free EX3 Charm Cards PDF containing 250+ EX3 Charms.
At $275,000 of contributions, every backer will receive a specially composed EX3 Music Suite by James Semple, who created the EX3 theme in our video: stirring arrangements that evoke the adventure and majesty of Exalted. Not just great to listen to, but also excellent for use as background music for your game to set just that right tone.
At $300,000 of contributions, you will receive a preview PDF of death’s magnificent avengers, the Abyssal Exalted. This PDF preview features a glimpse of some of the big changes coming to the Abyssals in EX3, including an overview of the new design methodology for their mechanics, as well as production notes on a never-before-seen Abyssal Charm tree. EX3 promises to be a revolutionary edition for the deathknights. This Preview will also discuss the logic behind the new direction for death’s Lawgivers. [PDF to be available before the end of the EX3 Kickstarter.]
At $315,000 of contributions, we will add two more silk book marks to the Deluxe Exalted 3rd Editions (both Deluxe and Orichalcum Deluxe) because you, the backers, asked for it.
At $335,000 of contributions, every backer who pledged at Scholar of Lore level or higher will receive a free EX3 Quickstart PDF: containing quickstart EX3 rules, characters and a starting adventure (tentatively entitled The Return To The Revenge Of The Tomb OF Five Corners) with all you need to begin playing.
At $360,000 of contributions, every backer at Scholar of Lore or higher will receive a free PDF of Exploring the Age of Sorrows: Essays on the World of Exalted, a 250+ page, 6" x 9" retrospective collection of essays and art, as described here: First published in 2001 the Exalted Role-Playing Game has had over 80 supplements, 10 novels, a comic series from UDON and entertained thousands of fans across the globe. Exploring the Age of Sorrows gathers essays from the games contributors, developers and luminaries in the worlds of fiction and comics to explore Exalted's characters, setting, history and impact on the world of RPGs. More details to follow as contributors and editors are announced.
At $380,016, we will conjure forth from the Loom of Fate a recording of the developers discussing their future plans for Exalted 3rd Edition. This spoiler-laden look ahead will reveal a number of product concepts currently in development, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at potential future books which have yet to be formally announced as part of the Onyx Path publication schedule. [Recording to be available to all backers before the end of the EX3 Kickstarter.]
At $400,000 of contributions, we will add +50% more words to the Sorcery section of EX3 itself, giving our team a chance to add more details they were holding back on including more spells and demons. AND we will unlock a new Reward Tier that will allow a backer who pledges that Reward to have their favorite 1st or 2nd Circle Demon from Games of Divinity or Roll of Glorious Divinity 2 or Compass of Celestial Directions Vol.5- Malfeas added into the expanded Sorcery section.
At $435,000 of contributions, every backer who has pledged a Reward containing a printed book will receive five different printed physical Bookmarks depicting each of the five new signature characters lavishly illustrated "Chibi-style" by Mel Uran.
At $450,000 of contributions, we will fly John and Holden to GenCon this year. This is an unexpected opportunity for them to meet with attendees face to face, and will allow them to spread the word about Exalted at the biggest gaming convention of the year. In addition, if we pass this goal we will open a few Reward Tiers that will offer backers a chance to have an Exalted meal with the EX3 team at GenCon.
At $485,000 of contributions, every backer at Scholar of Lore or higher will receive a free Exalted 3rd Edition Novel PDF, written by Matt Forbeck. Matt is renowned for his exciting works of fiction that bring his own evocative style to game worlds while still being very true to what makes those worlds cool. He has also signed on to write a lead-in story to the EX3 Novel to be included in the EX3 Fiction Anthology. http://www.forbeck.com/
At $500,000 of contributions, we will add six more Martial Arts Styles to Exalted 3rd Edition, and we will also add a Reward Tier that will give two backers a chance to pick two Celestial MA Styles each as part of those six additions to the book.
At $525,000 of contributions, every backer at Scholar of Lore or higher will receive a free Exalted Comic PDF. This 20+ page, full-color comic, will be written by Jim Zubkavich, writer and creator of Skullkickers and long-time Exalted freelancer: http://www.jimzub.com/ and illustrated by Hans "Hanzo" Steinbach, heavymetalhanzo.deviantart.com (its his darker work we're interested in). We will also unlock two new Reward Tiers that will allow backers' Exalted characters to appear as crowd scene extras or as minor characters in the comic.
At $540,000 of contributions, every backer of Scholar of Lore or higher will receive a free Exalted 3rd Novel by Jess Hartley. Jess is a long time Exalted writer who wrote Exalted of Northern Twilight, and now says that she's interested in signature character Novia's adventures. In addition, we will open up a Reward Tier to allow backers to submit their character's names and description for inclusion in the text of the novel.
At $555,000 of contributions, we will Gold Foil Stamp the spine text on both the Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition and the Ultra-Deluxe Orichalcum EX3 Edition, adding just that further bit of extra deluxe-osity.
At $575,000 of contributions, our EX3 Dev Team will collaborate to create the Official EX3 Anathema Character Management Toolkit. This free software has evolved and grown with the development of Exalted, but now it is our aim to collaborate with the Anathema team for an EX3 version that releases with EX3 itself.
At $600,000 of contributions, we will upgrade the next two Exalted books after EX3 to completely full color, including all the art. The books are Arms of the Chosen and The Realm.
At $615,000 of contributions, as an experiment, we're going all Sidereal on you and prognosticating that there are three possible Stretch Goals that might occur. We'll only know after the $600K Goal is met. They are: 1) We'll hire full page art from famous comic artists to go into the EX3 Comic by Zub, 2) A set of Ready Made Characters PDF, 3) an additional +5% pay bump for the creative team. Update: we went with the +5% Pay Bump for this Goal.
At $630,000 of contributions, every backer of Scholar of Lore or higher will receive a free EX3 Ready Made Characters PDF featuring a selection of pre-made characters designed to let you start playing immediately.
At $655,000 of contributions, every backer will receive the second part of the EX3 Music Suite: themes for each of the ten types of Exalted (Solars, Lunars, Sidereals, Dragon Bloodeds, Abyssals, Exigents, Getiminans, Liminals, Infernals, Alchemicals), to set the tone as you play those types, or just to listen to.
At $670,000 of contributions, we will arrange to add a selection of awesome Full-page Art to the EX3 Comic. These "mini-posters" will be created by some of the most talented artists in comics as selected by Jim Zub and Maria Cabardo.
At $690,000 of contributions, the EX3 Comic will be doubled in size as either a larger book or a two-part set of two books. This will allow Zub a lot more room to tell the story he's been working on, and will let us see more of the wonders of Creation,
We have further surprise stretch goals in mind if we go past this...
John Mørke: John is a writer and student of mythology who added his voice to Exalted in the sunset of Second Edition, including Glories of the Most High, The Broken-Winged Crane, The Compass of Celestial Directions, Vol. VI - Autochthonia, and the Ink Monkeys blog. John also acted as developer for Masters of Jade and the final book of Second Edition, Shards of the Exalted Dream, and is very proud to have his writing featured in the upcoming Werewolf supplement Book of the Wyrm.
Holden Shearer: Holden has previously done extensive work on the later products of Exalted Second Edition, including Manual of Exalted Power: The Alchemicals, Glories of the Most High, The Broken-Winged Crane, and the Ink Monkeys blog. He has also done extensive writing for Werewolf 20th Anniversary Edition. He is currently pursuing a degree in Digital Media when not working on RPGs, which is never. He is America’s last, best hope against a boredom-induced apocalypse.
Geoff Grabowski: Geoff was Exalted’s developer through its first edition. His interests include disordered-region politics and economics, leveraged finance, appropriate technology and sustainable agriculture. He’s currently a writer and mixed media artist studying for his CPA.
Maria Cabardo: Maria has worked as creative director for Wizards of the Coast, art director for DC Comics, and editor in chief Storm Lion Transmedia in Singapore. She has also freelanced for clients such as Marvel, Nike, The World Bank, Bungie, and Blizzard to name a few and has self-published art books and designs websites.
She founded MaCab Films in 2009 and produced and directed the documentary Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones, which chronicles the unique life and career of the famed comics illustrator and fine artist. It is scheduled to be released in 2013
Rich Thomas: Rich is the former Creative Director for White Wolf Publishing and is now the owner and driving force behind Onyx Path Publishing. Rich was one of the original creators of Exalted, being instrumental in defining the setting and visuals, as well as creating Exalted's symbology and alphabets. We’re very happy he’s a great artist, too, because without him, the books just wouldn’t be the same.
Ian Watson: You may have interacted with Ian on Facebook or Twitter before. As Onyx Path’s community manager, you’ll be chatting with Ian regularly. He’s also the mastermind behind setting up game developer chats on Twitter and Reddit. Be sure to watch for upcoming announcements. Bonus! This year you’ll be able to meet Ian in person at GenCon: Indianapolis, too!
Special Thanks to James Semple for the awe-inspiring Exalted Theme in our video. http://www.jamessemple.com/
Risks and challenges
Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped two Deluxe books funded by KS backers, and two more are at press. All those books have taught us how the various pieces of the process works, and the creators of EX3 have over a century of combined experience in the writing, art direction, developing and layout of beautiful tabletop RPG books. The writing is already more than half-way finished and we are contracting the remaining art at the same time as this KS.
Risk: The Ultra Deluxe version doesn't get enough backers to make it possible to print.
Solution: This is a very real risk, as the expense to create such an unusual cover treatment and therefore the commensurate reward tier is high. We've tried to encourage folks to contribute for it by making the reward tier just filled with cool rewards, and we're going to update the entire backer community with samples from our printer to show how truly cool this will look. Should the Ultra Deluxe fail to gain 200 backers at that reward tier, we'll refund as much of your pledge via PayPal as you wish.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the Deluxe EX3 Edition.
Solution: I was forewarned as to the extremely high costs of shipping such a big book outside the US (and shipping ain't cheap inside the US for that matter), and was able to find ways to work with other shippers to bring down those costs - both to keep the consumer costs for shipping to lower than $50 a book, and to allow 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 lessons with our previous Kickstarters and we're becoming much better at estimating the various pitfalls that will delay a KS project. 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 at least once a week via Kickstarter as well as our website at www.theonyxpath.com