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The Awakened II brings together seventeen amazing authors to tell their stories of triumph, failure, fear, and acceptance.
The Awakened II brings together seventeen amazing authors to tell their stories of triumph, failure, fear, and acceptance.
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 Join us as we aim to self-publish our 380+ page, 5" x 7.5" anthology.


Great News!

We have begun the process to get our rights for ‘The Awakened I’ back from Dark Quest Books. This means we’ll be able to re-edit the manuscript and republish it beginning in November 2016. Check out our new Advanced Scout and Advanced Awakened tiers if you’re interested in getting both books. For those with a higher tier, you can add ‘The Awakened I’ as an addon for $5 (eBook) or $15 (soft cover and eBook).

Ad-purchasers, your purchase of a 1/4 page (Brief Interlude) or 1 page (Interlude) ad will go into both books automatically for the price listed to the side (sorry, we can’t change the description).

Are you a fan of Pathfinder or 5th Edition D&D? Check out our final, $50 addon below to include your character as an NPC in the Awakened RPG, coming 2017. (Also, potentially 13th Age)

On the world of Grimaton, turning nineteen is more than just a rite of passage into adulthood. When the two moons cross, it can also change your life forever. As awakened, the men and women of Grimaton are possessed of magic in the form of a special bond with an animal or a knack for manipulating the underlying energies of the land. They throw rainbow fire, swim beside alligators, or shape the blood of their enemies into weapons.

Join us for a second time as book, RPG, and game publisher Samurai Sheepdog works independently to bring together seventeen amazing authors. In our latest anthology you'll find tales of triumph, failure, fear, and acceptance set once again in the fantasy world of Grimaton. Enjoy new stories with the heroes and villains from Book I. Meet entirely new characters as interesting and dynamic as the rest. Return to the fictional realm of the awakened and watch as its remarkable history continues to grow. When the moons cross, anything can happen.

Every backer will automatically receive The Awakened: The Pursuit mini-comic, created by Hal Greenberg with CAE productions, story by Dustin Holifer, penciled by Dee Fish and inked by Martin Dunn. The comic is finished and you will have access to it immediately after pledging, so check the backer update for the link. This is our small way of thanking you for giving us a chance.

  • Erik Scott de Bie - Author Interview

  • Clinton Boomer

  • Richard Lee Byers

  • Torah Cottrill

  • Darrin Drader

  • Kevin Glusing

  • Hal Greenberg and Ken Shannon

  • Ed Greenwood - Author Interview

  • Doug Herring

  • Jaleigh Johnson

  • Ty Johnston

  • Rosemary Jones

  • Kevin Kulp

  • Darren W. Pearce

  • Rick Redman

  • Rai Smith

 

Due to issues beyond our control, we are no longer affiliated with the publisher of the first book, Dark Quest Books!

This has led us to the decision of self-publishing Book II and we hope you will support us in this endeavor. The funds are to pay for the print run and compensate the talented authors and artists that brought this world to life. The book is 100% complete and just needs a boost to get it out the door and into your hands.


Praise for 'The Awakened':

If you hunt around, you can still find something fresh in the worlds of magic - something different - and the stories in The Awakened can prove it.

-Matt Forbeck (Marvel Publishing; Deadlands, Guild Wars, and Eberron novelist)

The Awakened anthology is a fantastic romp brought to you by writers both new and those you already know. The magic underlying the world of the Awakened is unlike anything you've seen before, and the stories in this volume only whet the appetite for more.

-Bruce R. Cordell (author of Sword of the Gods, the Strange RPG & novels, and Plague of Spells)

Becoming awakened is the culmination of all of your moments of consciousness focused into a life purpose. It's time to sit back and dream as new and veteran authors weave a tapestry of awakening through your consciousness.

-Jim Butler (Former Brand Manager of D&D Worlds at Wizards of the Coast)

 

Please like us on Facebook during the Kickstarter campaign. We will have a couple of giveaways that we are doing for fans who like the Awakened. More info on these to come via updates. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE AWAKENED'S FACEBOOK PAGE.

$4750 - The book is published! In addition, an extra story in PDF form by The Awakened authors Kevin Glusing and Hal Greenberg entitled "Waltere: An Unexpected Hero" will be released. (delivery approximately 2 months from funding)

$5500 – An extra story in PDF form by author/artist/inker Martin Dunn of CAE, IDW, Darkhorse and Hashtag comics will be released. (delivery approximately 6 months from funding)

$6500 – An extra story in PDF form by author Dustin Holifer of CAE and Hashtag comics will be released. (delivery approximately 6 months from funding)

$7500 – This guarantees that The Awakened: Book III will be available in 2017 featuring award winning former TSR artist Jeff Easley’s interpretation of the characters, as well as a small pay increase to the authors of The Awakened: Book II.

$10,000 – An audio book of The Awakened: Book II will be made available on Audible.

$17,500 - The Awakened: Comic Book #1! Hal Greenberg and the team at CAE comics will create a full comic book to continue the adventures of Ahote.

 

Special Note: Hardcover copies  of 'The Awakened II' will be exclusive to Kickstarter, conventions, and special events until the print run is out. When they are gone, there will be no more available.

$5 - You will receive a copy of the eBook (in pdf, mobi, and epub), instant access to the mini-comic, and your name in the back of the book.

$10 - You will receive a copy of both ‘The Awakened’ and ‘The Awakened II’ eBooks (in pdf, mobi, and epub), instant access to the mini-comic, and your name in the back of book II. Book I available in November 2016.

$20 - You will receive a soft cover print copy of the book in addition to everything in the $5 level. Estimated delivery: Sep 2016 Ships to: United States $5; Everywhere Else $10. Book I available in November 2016.

$35 - You will receive a soft cover print copy of both ‘The Awakened’ and ‘The Awakened II’ in addition to everything in the $10 level. Estimated delivery: Sep 2016 Ships to: United States $5; Everywhere Else $10.

$35 Limited (50) - You will receive an autographed soft cover print copy of the book, signed by Hal Greenberg, Ken Shannon, Ruth Ducko, and Richard Lee Byers! In addition, you will receive everything included in the $5 level. Estimated delivery: Nov 2016 Ships to: United States $5, Everywhere Else $10.

$40 Limited (6) - You will receive a 1/4 page ad space in the eBook to advertise whatever you choose (upon approval from Samurai Sheepdog) with links where available. Estimated delivery: Sep 2016.

$50 - You will receive a Hardcover print copy of the book in addition to everything in the $5 level. Estimated delivery: Sep 2016 Ships to: United States $5, Everywhere Else $10.

$65 - Buy 4 get one free! You will receive five soft cover print copies of the book in addition to everything in the $5 level. Estimated delivery: Sep 2016 Ships to: United States $10, Everywhere Else $20.

$65 - You will receive an autographed Hardcover print copy of the book, signed by Hal Greenberg, Ken Shannon, Ruth Ducko, and Richard Lee Byers! In addition, you will receive everything included in the $5 level. Estimated delivery: Sep 2016 Ships to: United States $5, Everywhere Else $10.

$125 Limited (2) - You will receive a full page ad space in the eBook to advertise whatever you choose (upon approval from Samurai Sheepdog) with links where available. Estimated delivery: Sep 2016.

$250 Limited (1) - This one is for the art lovers and collectors! You will receive the page 1 original art of the mini-comic signed by Dee Fish, Martin Dunn, Dustin Holifer and Hal Greenberg, an autographed Hardcover print copy of the book signed by Hal Greenberg, Ken Shannon, Ruth Ducko, and Richard Lee Byers, and an extremely rare Book I bookplate signed by all the authors of that book! In addition, you will receive a copy of the eBook, instant access to the mini-comic and your name in the back of the book in bold. Estimated delivery: Sep 2016 Ships to: United States $0, Everywhere Else $15.

$250 Limited (1) - This one is for the art lovers and collectors! You will receive the page 3 original art of the mini-comic signed by Dee Fish, Martin Dunn, Dustin Holifer and Hal Greenberg, an autographed Hardcover print copy of the book signed by Hal Greenberg, Ken Shannon, Ruth Ducko, and Richard Lee Byers, and an extremely rare Book I bookplate signed by all the authors of that book! In addition, you will receive a copy of the eBook, instant access to the mini-comic and your name in the back of the book in bold. Estimated delivery: Sep 2016 Ships to: United States $0, Everywhere Else $15.

$250 Limited (1) - This one is for the art lovers and collectors! You will receive the page 4 original art of the mini-comic signed by Dee Fish, Martin Dunn, Dustin Holifer and Hal Greenberg, an autographed Hardcover print copy of the book signed by Hal Greenberg, Ken Shannon, Ruth Ducko, and Richard Lee Byers, and an extremely rare Book I bookplate signed by all the authors of that book! In addition, you will receive a copy of the eBook, instant access to the mini-comic and your name in the back of the book in bold. Estimated delivery: Sep 2016 Ships to: United States $0, Everywhere Else $15.

$250 Limited (1) - This one is for the art lovers and collectors! You will receive the page 5 original art of the mini-comic signed by Dee Fish, Martin Dunn, Dustin Holifer and Hal Greenberg, an autographed Hardcover print copy of the book signed by Hal Greenberg, Ken Shannon, Ruth Ducko, and Richard Lee Byers, and an extremely rare Book I bookplate signed by all the authors of that book! In addition, you will receive a copy of the eBook, instant access to the mini-comic and your name in the back of the book in bold. Estimated delivery: Sep 2016 Ships to: United States $0, Everywhere Else $15.

$300 Limited (5) - This one is special! You will receive a custom Funko POP made of your favorite Awakened human! You will also receive an autographed Hardcover print copy of the book signed by Hal Greenberg, Ken Shannon, Ruth Ducko, and Richard Lee Byers, and 2 extremely rare Book I bookplates signed by all the authors of that book! In addition, you will receive a copy of the eBook, instant access to the mini-comic and your name in the back of the book in bold. Estimated delivery: Nov 2016 Ships to: United States $0, Everywhere Else $20.

$350 Limited (10) - Here is another great level for the art lovers! You will receive a custom, one-of-a-kind, color 11x17 image of your favorite Awakened character created and signed by Martin Dunn and the team at CAE Studios! This is the original art piece and each one will be a unique creation. You will also receive an autographed Hardcover print copy of the book signed by Hal Greenberg, Ken Shannon, Ruth Ducko, and Richard Lee Byers, and 2 extremely rare Book I bookplates signed by all the authors of that book! In addition, you will receive a copy of the eBook, instant access to the mini-comic and your name in the back of the book in bold. Estimated delivery: Nov 2016 Ships to: United States $0, Everywhere Else $25.

$550 Limited (5) - Here is an awesome level for the collectors AND the art lovers! You will receive both a custom Funko POP made of your favorite Awakened human and a custom, one-of-a-kind, color 11x17 image of your favorite Awakened character created and signed by Martin Dunn! This is the original art piece and each one will be a unique creation. You will also receive an autographed Hardcover print copy of the book signed by Hal Greenberg, Ken Shannon, Ruth Ducko, and Richard Lee Byers, and 3 extremely rare Book I bookplates signed by all the authors of that book! In addition, you will receive a copy of the eBook, instant access to the mini-comic and your name in the back of the book in bold. Estimated delivery: Nov 2016 Ships to: United States $0, Everywhere Else $0.

$10,000 Limited (1) - This is truly a unique and exciting level! You will receive a “Weekend at Halies” with all the trimmings! We will fly you and a friend into Tampa where you will spend the weekend with Hal Greenberg, talking about topics far and wide, and gaming as much as humanly possible. The weekend will also include a meal with Ken Shannon and Richard Lee Byers, where grand stories and memorable times will be had by all. To add icing to the cake, you will also walk away with 3 custom Funko POPs, a custom, one-of-a-kind, color 11x17 image of your favorite Awakened character created and signed by Martin Dunn, a case of signed Hardcover print copies of the book signed by Hal Greenberg, Ken Shannon, Ruth Ducko, and Richard Lee Byers, and 5 extremely rare Book I bookplates signed by all the authors of that book! In addition, you will receive a copy of the eBook, instant access to the mini-comic and your name in the back of the book in large, bold print. If you can make it to Necronomicon and MegaCon Tampa Bay (October 28-30 2016), we will get you in and you can hang out with us all weekend as well. Estimated delivery: Oct/Nov 2016 Ships to: Only Continental United States.

$5 – ‘The Awakened’ Book I eBook or $15 – soft cover and eBook, available in November 2016 (Cover subject to change)

$6 - Distorted Images #1 (the first print copy of The Awakened : The Pursuit mini comic)

$15 - an additional paperback book

$45 - an additional hard cover book

$50 - a book plate autographed by all authors from Book I (very limited quantities)

 

$50 (limit 10) – Have your character immortalized in the Awakened RPG for Pathfinder, 5th Edition D&D, and possibly for 13th Age. We will work with you to create an NPC of your choosing, with or without being awakened that we will include in the campaign setting once we release it in 2017. You will also get credit as a concept designer in the book.

Click here to visit our site or join us at www.facebook.com/samuraisheepdog
Click here to visit our site or join us at www.facebook.com/samuraisheepdog

 

 The team at Samurai Sheepdog have been creating and publishing books, RPG gaming supplements, and board and card games for almost two decades. Over the years, we have brought together many great authors and artists to create new and fantastic canvases for the imagination.

Our first Awakened Kickstarter, run by Neal Levin of Dark Quest Books, was a great success, but its follow up and completion could have been handled better. As such, we have opted to host this latest project ourselves. More importantly, the book is already 100% complete and ready to publish as soon as the Kickstarter funds are paid.

The Awakened Setting is ™ Hal Greenberg 2012-2016. The Awakened logo is © Hal Greenberg 2012-2016.

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The book is 100% completed and all bonus items will come to you electronically, so there is no risk once this funds. *As stated before, we are no longer affiliated with the previous publisher and the book is ready to go to press once the funds are transferred.*

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    Awakened Collector (Custom Image)

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    Awakened Collector (Weekend at Halies)

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