AS A THANK YOU TO OUR BACKERS ALL OF THE BOOKS AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER WILL BE HARD COVER. THOSE PURCHASED AFTERWARDS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE IN PERFECT BOUND (SOFT COVER) FORMAT SO IF YOU WANT HARD COVER THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THEM.
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Welcome to Cairn, a town inhabited by very small creatures in a remote corner of a very large world. The gods they call Primals who once favored men now favor rodents like mice, hedgehogs and squirrels. These creatures have risen up and have established a society and a history of their own. Their heroes struggle to steer their people clear of the evils that led to man’s downfall. They are living legends and YOU will tell their tales!
Character creation is fast and simple. There are options to randomize any decision that might slow you down. The key mechanics are also simple. The goal is to get you up and running as fast as possible.
At one point we posted a link to a very early, unedited test layout of the intro chapter. Someone pointed out that because the rough presentation may have accidentally sent the message that our final product would have those kinds of errors we have pulled it down. Mike and Jeff have worked in the industry for decades and we can assure you that the final version will be very clean.
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To add an add on simply overpay for your chosen Reward level. When we send out the survey when the Kickstarter is over just let us know what you wanted.
SHIPPING - Most of these items ship free with any Backer level that includes one or more game books. Foreign customers simply pay for the extra weight and add $1 handling for each item. No need to add anything for shipping now - we will bill you when the time comes.
DICE & MINIS (we have to charge for both US and foreign customers for these items) when your order is ready and we know how much it will weigh we will ship however you like and bill you according to your instructions. If you order items that are coming out at different times you can either wait for us to send them all at once or ask us to send them as they become ready.
$3 Custom d12 (all Tests, Saves and Attacks are made with this die - any d12 will do but this one will have a custom face instead of the "1" to remind you that rolls of 1 are subject to Harmony bonuses and penalties)
$15 Set of 6 Custom d12's (one for everyone!)
$20 T shirt - Full color with the logo and the cover image
$24 Extra Book (Hardcover - you must have at least one coming from your Backer level to order extras)
$24 Pre-Order the Cairn Companion as a Hardcover book (exclusive to this Kickstarter - when it hits the market it will be as a soft cover)
$30 Personalized Storybook - For the kids - Give us the child's name, favorite animal and color - we will use art assets from the game to create a holiday storybook just for them! 5 x 7" soft cover book with full color throughout - 24 pages. Will ship with the Game Books.
$5 (each) Miniatures - all of the 20 playable PC Species will be represented (Beaver, Groundhog, Hedgehog, Mole, Mouse, Squirrel, Armadillo, Feathertail Glider, Frog, Pika, Weasel, Rat, Meerkat, Opposum, Hare, Otter, Platypus, Lorus, Marmoset, Bat and one more to be announced)
$15 Miniature - Hound Rider
$20 Miniature - Dire Beastie (very large)
$100 - Miniatures - Set of 20 of the playable species + Hound RIder
When they become available the Character Sheets, Tokens, Holiday Adventure, Module, Kid's Stuff and Cairn Companion will be posted to a Dropbox for you to download for free!
ACHIEVED! $3,000 Character Sheet Blanks: Jeff will create characters sheets featuring blank sketches for the six PC races designed to make it easy for you to customize a drawing for your hero.
ACHIEVED! $4,000 Custom Tokens: Digital assets of the Cairn races to use with electronic gaming tools like Roll20.
ACHIEVED! $5,000 + Hero Miniatures: D3 Adventures will produce a line of minis that will then be available as add-ons. The first will be released in May and then two a month thereafter (or faster if we can arrange it). Standard size minis will be available through the Kickstarter for $5 each (which will be lower than the expected $6.95 retail price).
ACHIEVED! $6,000 Custom Die: We will have a d12 made with a yin/yang in place of the 1 which will help you remember how important it is if your character is in a state of Clarity or Discord. They will be made available as add-ons but might not ship until January or February.
ACHIEVED! $7,500 Everyone will receive a special holiday related adventure as a PDF in plenty of time to platy it while your decorations are still up!
ACHIEVED! $8,000 We will add the Hare as a playable PC species!
ACHIEVED! $9,000 Hardcover books will be made available. You wanted them - we will make it happen!
ACHIEVED! $10,000 At this level, you will all get a PDF of a full length adventure by Ross Isaacs. Our first module!
ACHIEVED! $11,000 The miniature at this level will be a hound with rider! I'm looking into getting multiple riders in the package. Cost will be higher than for the standard size minis.
ACHIEVED! $11,000 A print and play PDF "Kid's Pack" with extras for GMing the game for the younger set.
ACHIEVED! $12,000 Ok, the personal one. If we do this well in such a short time, I will create or commission a Cairn costume and wear it not only to a panel at my own con (Dwarf Con) but as a hall costume at Gen Con for at least an afternoon.
ACHIEVED! $13,000 We will add the Bat as a playable PC species!
ACHIEVED! $14,000 The Cairn Companion will come out in February. It will include all of the Backer sponsored adventures (and the new species they include), 4 new species (chosen by Jeff and Mike to round out the selection), rules for creating your own species, special Professions for each of the species in the game, new magic spells and magic items, maps for the other villages and hamlets on the region map, adventure seeds and tips for the Gamemaster. You will all get a free PDF but can pre order a physical book as an add on for $24 (with free shipping in the US).
ACHIEVED! $18,000 Jeff and Mike will do a Cairn comic! We are discussing format but it will likely be a weekly strip we eventually gather into a collection.
Risks and challenges
We have the game in hand being edited even as we speak. The art is mostly blocked out and is being inked. The cover is done, layout has been designed and we are all set to put the thing together as soon as it looks like we have the backing we need.
That said, we are a fledgling game company with two other projects that have material that we still need to get to our backers. Our biggest challenge will be juggling these tasks so that everyone gets what they have coming in a timely fashion. That is the biggest difference between a one shot project and a company - keeping tabs on multiple products at different stages of development. Worst case, we risk delays but we are doing everything we can to reasonably assess our staff and what they can do in the time we have.
This is a side project for only two men - Mike Nystul and Jeff Laubenstein. The rest of the company is still hard at work finishing up what we still have on our plate. Fortunately, Jeff and Mike have worked in the game industry for decades. Jeff has served as an art director and Mike a line developer many times. Still, the quick turnaround on this project and making sure it gets to you all in time for the holiday giving season has been a real challenge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes! When we have the product in hand and when we know where you are you an choose how you want it send - we will figure out how much it will cost and charge ya by PayPal. Add $2 handling for a single book or $12 for a signed book because we have to send it around before it gets to you. That way we don't have to guess.
Depends on how it is run. It is a simple enough system and there are themes that are good for the younger set but it can also be played darker and mature. Personally, I like the idea of a hard bitten Mousey hero staggering away from a battle with a sword dripping blood - but that's me : )
Get the Mole level and add $12 for the holiday extras (like the plush)
Mouseguard (which is AWESOME) is a very serious tale about some very serious mousies in a very plausible real world analog. They are scouts and warriors and hunters in a wonderful early medieval setting. Cairn has a wider palette. We have more races, more magic and are a bit more playful with the genre. There would be no room in Mouseguard for a Squirrel Wizard / Acrobat or a Hedgehog Minstrel / Marksman but you can find them in Cairn : )
Cairn has it's own easy to learn, easy to play system that is integral to the game experience.
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