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Kung Fu fantasy and epic Wuxia adventure come to life in Tianxia! Created for Fate Core!
Kung Fu fantasy and epic Wuxia adventure come to life in Tianxia! Created for Fate Core!
Kung Fu fantasy and epic Wuxia adventure come to life in Tianxia! Created for Fate Core!
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When the Kickstarter ends, you can keep up to date with our progress on the Vigilance Press website here: http://www.vigilancepress.com/tianxia/

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Click here for our Tianxia website!

I'll be creating a special page for Tianxia that'll have links to previews and thank-you pages (for our backers list) over the next few weeks, so tune in to that web address for the latest!

Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade for Fate Core System

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This link will take you to the Backers-only update with the links for playtesters. This is where you'll find the playtest PDF and feedback links.

Thank you! Xièxiè!

We're still in the home stretch, but before the Kickstarter ends, I wanted to thank everyone for helping make this project such a huge success! We've got so many great things in store for our backers, and for the world of gaming, and it's all thanks to you who've shown us so much support!

What is Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade?

Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade opens the door to a new world of adventure for players of the Fate Core System Role-Playing Game. Players take on the role of wuxia, wandering Kung Fu fighters in a fantastical setting that celebrates the epic dramas of Chinese film and literature. The heroes will be armed with the mystic powers of Chi, and able to call upon a new, unique set of Kung Fu stunts created by Jack Norris for this setting. Tianxia is where the heroes of wuxia come to life!

Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade is the first in a line of role-playing game books that will work with the Fate Core System rules (available now from Evil Hat Productions). The first book will offer a unique set of Kung Fu rules that will help players and game masters recreate the kinds of high-flying action and adventure you've seen in movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, and more! Additionally, you'll find a completely new setting that takes inspiration from the wuxia and kung fu movie genres, mixing it with some modern sensibilities to create a fun, engaging setting that welcomes all sorts of characters.

The print version will be full color and hardcover! We're going with the larger 8.5 by 11 inch format to really show off the color art inside. The book runs roughly 200 pages at this point, but we will be adding more content based on feedback during the course of the Kickstarter Campaign. This means you can participate by playtesting during the campaign! We want this book to reflect what you guys want to see from a kick-ass supplement for the Fate Core System!

Vigilance Press has produced over 80 products over the years, so we know how to put together RPG supplements. We have an amazing author and stellar artist working on this project, and we're inches away from completing the digital part of the process. We have every confidence this will be an amazing product, with your help!

So why do we need your money? Because this project is bigger than anything we've attempted in the past, and because we plan to get this book into stores, something we've never done before. We want Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade to be a glorious, full-color debut for Vigilance Press alongside your favorite books at your Friendly Local Game Store. But there's more to it than just printing a bunch of copies of the Tianxia core book. 

We want to make more books!

We need your help to finance the design and production of several books in the Tianxia line. We have amazing supplemental books planned out, as well as some other exciting stretch goals, and we need your help to make them happen. As you can see from the list of stretch goals and rewards listed below, we have big, big things in mind for theTianxia line. In order to build on this first book, we need your help. We want to hire more writers, more artists, and print more books. With your help, we can do it!

-James Dawsey

The Story of Tianxia

Hey, folks—Jack Norris here. I wanted to talk a bit about how Tianxia came to be.

Tianxia is a game that’s been a long time coming. Originally developed—but unpublished—in 2000 under the name Four Kingdoms, it began as a wuxia/kung fu action-inspired game using a system that bore some resemblance to Robin Laws’ Feng Shui. The system was designed and playtested, but limits on time and funding meant it never came out. It was a shame, because I’ve loved wuxia and kung fu media for decades, but it wasn’t the right time.

Fast-forward to late 2012 or, as I like to call it, the right time. James Dawsey and I were discussing a project using the excellent new Fate Core System rules. Something small, contained, and fun. I looked at the very cool setting and ideas already being offered, and something struck me as missing. Yep—there was great stuff for pulp and mecha and TV-style speculative fiction drama, but there was no wuxia or kung fu action, especially in the most common wuxia setting: a mythic “China that never quite was” drawing heavily from Chinese lore, philosophy, and history. Then I remembered Four Kingdoms and realized a lot of the system ideas and concepts I liked would work well in Fate Core System. So I talked to James and he said, “Let’s do it.”

And we did. I started writing a nice little micro-setting using Fate Core System. However, there was a problem—this wasn’t a small idea. Neither the genres involved or the inspirational media really lent itself to something “small.” Wuxia in particular works in large bold strokes. The more I worked, the more work there was to do. Soon I realized this wasn’t just a small setting; it was the project I wanted to do over a decade ago, resurrected and reinvigorated. It was Tianxia (“All Under Heaven”), a game bringing wuxia and kung fu action together under a “heaven” that includes rules, setting, and concepts.

I went back to James and we talked about it; instead of putting out a smaller, cut-down project, we decided to go big. We’d do a whole book—with plans for additional material we couldn’t realistically fit into a core book—and use Kickstarter to fund and market the book, gauging interest to see where the project might go. With the “keep it small” restraints off, I finished the draft of the game, letting it grow to the size it needed to be. My wonderful editor, Nathan Kahler, helped keep it from spinning and bloating out of control, and the whole project is being given a wonderful visual presentation by illustrator Denise Jones and layout expert extraordinaire Daniel Solis.

That’s where we are as the Kickstarter begins. The draft is written, we’re implementing playtest feedback, and filling in gaps. Art and layout are being finalized, and the whole thing is coming together better than I’d hoped. Now we just need the resources to get it out there to you—the readers, players, and GMs.

-Jack Norris

The Tianxia Kickstarter

So what is our plan?

We've got the manuscript for the first book mostly ready. We plan to tweak it based on feedback from backers and playtesters, but the art and text is mostly finished. The layout's mostly there, too, we just need to fill in the white space and make sure we didn't screw stuff up. Once the first book is ready, we plan to print a bunch of copies and send 'em out to backers and to our distributors.

We need the money to print a large run, though, and we don't want to compromise. We want to make these books hardcover, full color, and just flat-out gorgeous. With your help, that'll happen. After that? Well, we have more books we want to create. There are several books listed in the Stretch Goals section, including an anthology of fiction as well as more setting supplements for Tianxia. We want to create tools that'll help you run games that are easy and fun, and centered around the characters you and your fellow players create.

Tianxia Information Resources:

For those who can't listen to a podcast, here's a fun and revealing text interview with James Dawsey and Jack Norris, via Kickstarter Conversations.

Jack Norris stopped by the Shark Bone gaming podcast to talk some more about Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade on October 20, 2013.

Here's a podcast where the author talks with me about the project in detail.

Here's a quick look at a page from within the book. This is one of our sample characters, Smiling Ox!

Smiling Ox!
Smiling Ox!

The Rewards

INITIATE: You get an early look at the PDF! It’s a work in progress, but we hope you’ll be excited by what you see and pitch in to help us fill in the white spaces and playtest the rules. If you spot glitches or typos, we want to know about those as well. There will be a Google Form for everyone to report their findings, and we’ll have a special place for Playtesters in our Scroll of Names! The Scroll of Names will list everyone who backs at this level or higher, and will call out special categories like Playtesters and 108 Stars of Destiny. We’ll post the Scroll of Names on our website, and in Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade.

Ongoing Playtest

At the Wandering Knight reward level and higher you will be invited to join our post-Kickstarter campaign ongoing playtest of the bonus content PDFs, like the already-unlocked Lifepath Generator and the Twelve Golden Butchers adventure! We will send you an invite after the Kickstarter ends to invite you to join us in the ongoing development of Tianxia!

WANDERING KNIGHT: You will not only be able to join the playtest crew, but you’ll get the finished PDF of Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade when it is released. But it doesn’t stop there, you also get every PDF and digital product (including eBooks) we produce as part of this Kickstarter Campaign! What does this mean? Check out the Stretch Goals below to see what we’ve unlocked. All those PDFs will be yours at this level or higher! Your name also appears on the Scroll of Names.

This tier and all higher tiers now includes an invitation to see early playtest copies of the bonus PDFs in addition to the free final copies when they are ready for publication. We want to include you in the process of continuing to make Tianxia better! Currently this includes the Lifepath Generator and the Twelve Golden Butchers adventure.


KUNG FU SCROLL: For those of you who wish to hold Tianxia in your hands, this reward grants you a physical copy of the book. You get all the rewards from previous levels, plus the full-color, Hardcover book Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade as soon as we can ship them out. The book is estimated at 200 pages. This price includes shipping in the United States. Shipping outside of the States will unfortunately cost more.

KUNG FU SCROLL for UK BACKERS ONLY: This reward tier is ONLY intended for United Kingdom-based backers, and includes a print copy of Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade and all Digital rewards. If you are not having your book shipped to the United Kingdom, do not select this reward tier.

KUNG FU SCROLL for EUROPEAN BACKERS ONLY: This reward tier is ONLY intended for European-based backers, and includes a print copy of Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade and all Digital rewards. If you are not having your book shipped to Europe (Russia, Norway, etc.), do not select this reward tier.

US BACKERS ONLY: For this and all higher reward tiers, you may add additional print copies of the book for $40.00 apiece. So, if you want to have the Kung Fu Scroll reward tier, but you want two books sent to your address, increase your pledge to at least $85.00, $45 for the initial book, and $40.00 for the additional book. Shipping is included in this cost.

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: 

For UK and European backers, you may add more books at a price of $40.00 per additional book, to a maximum of 4 books. This is true for all reward tiers which include a printed book.

For international customers outside of the US, UK, and Europe: Each book after the first adds $65.00, to a maximum of 4 books. This includes the cost of the book and shipping, and is true for all reward tiers which include a printed book.


EMPEROR'S SEAL: As KUNG FU SCROLL, but the book will be signed and personalized by the author! Jack Norris will personally sign your book (or a book plate, depending on shipping circumstances), and will personalize it to you (or to someone else, if you want to gift it to someone else).

US RETAILER REWARD TIER: We will need proof of your retailer status (such as your Tax ID number, letterhead, and so forth) for this reward. This level offers 4 copies of the hardcover Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade and free shipping in the US. As a merchant of Tianxia, you will also be given promotional materials to help advertise Tianxia! (We are still collecting data on what works best- your feedback will help greatly)

108 STARS OF DESTINY: As EMPEROR'S SEAL, but your book is enhanced with a unique personalized Aspect by the author of the book. Jack Norris will hand-write an Aspect for you and sign your book (or a book plate). You also receive all PDFs produced for the Tianxia line of products, even if they are part of a future Kickstarter, as well as all eBook format files produced (for the fiction anthology). Jack has agreed to create 108 unique Aspects that will never be used by any other character in the official Tianxia setting material. These 108 aspects are destined for players only! We’ve decided to spread these out over a few different rewards, which is why this reward level is limited to fewer than 108 backers. Your name will be in the 108 Stars of Destiny section of the Scroll of Names.

HONORED STARS OF DESTINY: As the 108 STARS OF DESTINY, plus Jack Norris will also help you design a character that will be showcased on our website! This character will have a home on a special page dedicated to this Tianxia Kickstarter, where you can show off your creation to your fellow players.

With your permission, the Honored Stars of Destiny character will become part of the Tianxia storyline as well, and we may use them in an upcoming product! This character will become property of Vigilance Press, but we will always credit you whenever we use the character in a book!

ILLUMINATED STARS OF DESTINY: As the 108 STARS OF DESTINY, but you will also get to help us create a new character in the Tianxia setting! Jack Norris will work with you to create a unique character who will become part of the Tianxia setting, and will be published in a special Tianxia Addendum PDF reward that will be available to all who participate in the PDF level of the Kickstarter.  

Characters submitted in this way will become property of Vigilance Press, but we will always credit you by name whenever that character appears!

Further, Denise Jones will illustrate your character! Jack Norris will write up the character with you, and when you're happy he'll pass that along to Denise to illustrate for the final PDF. We'll send you a high-resolution image of the character to use on your character sheets, wallpapers, whatever you like. Just as long as you don't sell the art for a profit, you can show it off to everyone and say "Look at what I did!"    

  We'll also retain the rights to publish the art (and mention you by name!) in future books.

PILLAR OF DESTINY: As the 108 STARS OF DESTINY reward, plus you and up to three of your friends will be invited into a special online game (using either Skype or Google Hangout) where you will get to play a session of Tianxia with author Jack Norris. Afterwards, Jack will help the backer create a character that will be illustrated and used in one of our future Tianxia products. The character becomes property of Vigilance Press, but every time the character appears, you’ll get credit for your contribution!


CYCLE OF VIGILANCE: As the 108 STARS OF DESTINY reward, plus you will receive free downloads of any and all PDF gaming supplements produced by Vigilance Press from the year 2012 to 2024. A full Chinese Zodiac (12 years) of PDF products!

The Stretch Goals

We've unlocked all of the below special additional content for Tianxia! Each of these will be released in PDF form to backers at the $15 "Wandering Knight" level or higher! They will also be available for sale to the general public through outlets like rpgnow.com and drivethrurpg.com 

$13,000-UNLOCKED- Lifepath Character Generator

The Lifepath Character Generator offers random Aspects to help you create the backstory for your character! Roll some dice to help you randomly find your way through multiple stages of their background elements, or set the dice aside and simply pick and choose your way through the tables. The character generator won’t make characters more or less powerful, it’s simply designed to help jump-start your campaign with cool character concepts! This project will be roughly 5,000 words long, and will be released as a free PDF for everyone who participates at the $15.00 "Wandering Knight" reward tier or higher. UNLOCKED

$16,000-UNLOCKED-Adventure:The Twelve Golden Butchers

This Adventure by Jack Norris pits your players against a group of truly terrible kung fu villains, and is a great starting point for your adventures in the land of Tianxia. This adventure will be fully illustrated, with statblocks and character standees for key characters in the story! This project will be roughly 8,000 words long, and will be released as a free PDF for everyone who participates at the $15.00 "Wandering Knight" reward tier or higher. UNLOCKED!

$21,000-UNLOCKED-The Accelerated Addendum

This supplement (length to be determined) will be added as an appendix to the Lifepath Generator (unlocked above). It will discuss how to use the Fate Accelerated Edition "Approaches" rules in place of the Fate Core System skills rules to run an Accelerated Tianxia campaign! UNLOCKED!

$23,000-UNLOCKED-The Tianxia Arcana for the Deck of Fate

This deck of cards will be usable with Evil Hat Productions's Deck of Fate product, already available in PDF and Print on Demand. We have arranged to use the official Deck of Fate backing so our cards will shuffle right into the Deck! There will be 15 cards in the Tianxia Arcana, 6 for the Accelerated Arcana from Fate Accelerated Edition, and 9 Tianxia-specific "Virtue" themed cards. Check out our update for more information!

This supplement will be available as a Print and Play PDF as well as a Print on Demand deck of cards from Drivethrustuff.com. The PDF will be free to everyone who backs at the Wandering Knight reward tier or higher. UNLOCKED

$23,000-UNLOCKED-Supplement PDF Tianxia: War, Iron & Stone

A 10,000 to 15,000 word supplement describing yet more of the world of Tianxia! This supplement details the northern provinces of the glorious Empire of Shénzhōu, including new places, characters, threats, and ideas to use in your adventures. You can also expect new Lost Techniques and a new sample PC to showcase how this region produces heroes with their own flavor and character.

In addition, Mike Olson (Strange FATE, FATE Core, and…just a whole bunch of awesome FATE stuff) has signed on to help design mass combat rules for this book. These rules will focus on wuxia/Kung Fu style battles, where skilled characters can turn the tide of a battle with their martial prowess. I hope you find that as exciting as I do—I can’t wait to see what Mike comes up with. This product will be released as PDF and as a Print on Demand book. The PDF will be free for anyone who backs this Kickstarter campaign at the $15.00 "Wandering Knight" or higher reward tier.- UNLOCKED

$27,000-UNLOCKED-Supplement PDF Tianxia: Strife, Fire & Smoke

A 10,000 to 15,000 word supplement describing yet more of the world of Tianxia! Here we leave the north and head to the southern regions of the empire: a place rife with rebels and brigands, including the infamous Red Banner Brotherhood. It’s also where we’ll be seeing our first Kung Fu Style outside the main book, as the secrets of the Leopard Sub Style will be revealed! Want to be a master of the stealthy and lethal Ghost Leopard or devastating Iron Leopard? This is the book for you! Expect even more places, characters, threats, and, of course, more Lost Techniques and a new sample PC.

This product will be released as PDF and as a Print on Demand book. The PDF will be free for anyone who backs this Kickstarter campaign at the $15.00 "Wandering Knight" or higher reward tier. UNLOCKED!

$30,000-UNLOCKED-Tianxia: Spirits, Beasts & Spells

Game designer and editor Ryan Macklin will author this book, which will include a kung-fu themed magic system tailor-made for Tianxia. The book will run roughly 15 to 20 thousand words, and will include full-color artwork. The magic system will be designed to work with our Kung Fu rules without overshadowing them. The book will open up new vistas within the world of Tianxia, but will be designed as an optional add-on rather than a "Missing Piece" of the setting.

This product will be released as PDF and as a Print on Demand book. The PDF will be free for anyone who backs this Kickstarter campaign at the $15.00 "Wandering Knight" or higher reward tier.-UNLOCKED!

$35,000 OR 1,000 backers-UNLOCKED-Fiction Anthology Tianxia: Year of the Snake

A fantastic collection of short fiction set in the world of Tianxia by some of the most popular authors in gaming fiction! We have currently announced Robin D. Laws, Gareth Skarka, Allen Turner, Michael Underwood, T.S. Luikart. We expect to announce even more authors for the collection once it has been greenlit by hitting the funding goal. Since their stories have not been written yet, this list of authors is not a final one and may be subject to change before the book is released. If scheduling problems or other unfortunate turns of events prevent an author from being able to finish their stories on time, we will find someone as awesome as possible to step in and do a story in their place.

This has unlocked!!

This product will be released as PDF and in popular E-Book formats, as well as Print on Demand. The electronic versions will be free for anyone who backs this Kickstarter campaign at the $15.00 "Wandering Knight" or higher reward tier.-UNLOCKED

Add-On Items

To add additional books to your shipment, you will first need to have selected a reward tier at the Kung Fu Scroll reward level or higher. To add more books to your reward, the amount of money you need to add depends on where you are having the books shipped to.

Please increase your pledges before the end of the Kickstarter Campaign. We are not currently planning to use Backer Kit for pledge management and Add-ons at this time. If we do open up that option, this section will be edited to reflect that.

In the United States: Simply add $40 for each additional book. Additional books will not carry over any special features of the reward tier, such as signatures or Personalized Aspects, but the books will be shipped at the same time (saving on shipping). 

For example, if you are in the United States and are signed up at the Emperor's Seal level, you would add $40 dollars to your pledge in order to add another book. We will ship two books to your address, and one will be signed by the author.

International Backers: 

For UK and European backers, you may add more books at a price of $40.00 per additional book, to a maximum of 4 books. This is true for all reward tiers which include a printed book.

For international customers outside of the US, UK, and Europe: Each book after the first adds $65.00, to a maximum of 4 books. This includes the cost of the book and shipping, and is true for all reward tiers which include a printed book.

The Creators of Tianxia

Jack Norris is an experienced developer and role-playing game author with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has written for White Wolf, Green Ronin, Margaret Weis Productions, Vigilance Press(that's us!) and more. He is currently the Line Developer for the Dragon Age pen-and-paper game, as well as the AGE System rules for Green Ronin. His work has recently been seen in the Marvel Heroic Role Playing Game, the DC Adventures game, and the Smallville RPG, and several top-notch Vigilance Press supplements like Black Chapter and The Oktobermen! You can check out one of our free supplements by Jack Norris at RPGNow here: The Challengers of Beacon City.

Denise Jones is the artist who has created the definitive look for Tianxia. She's worked on Vigilance Press products since 2010, and has been a professional artist for over 12 years. Her prior accomplishments include artwork for the EarthDawn RPG, serving as a staff artist for the RP forum "The Napping Cat's Dream" and running a creator-owned webcomic for eight years. Denise has crafted amazing full-color illustrations for Tianxia, several of which you see scattered through this Kickstarter page. You can find more of her art on her Deviant Art page here!

Marco Morte is the artist who created the map for our setting. A consummate professional whose skills extend beyond mere cartography, he's worked on a few Vigilance Press projects, and I'm always happy to work with him. You can check out more of his amazing maps and original illustrations here!

Daniel Solis is our graphic designer and layout mastermind for this project. You may have seen his recent Kickstarter project, Belle of the Ball. He is well-known for his work as a game designer as well as graphic designer, having created games like Do: The Pilgrims of the Flying Temple, Happy Birthday Robot!,  and the card game Koi Pond. His layout skills have been applied to several high profile games, including Marvel Heroic Roleplaying and the upcoming Firefly Role-playing game. You can find his blog here!

Mike Olson is the game designer who'll be creating Tianxia's mass-combat system. His credits include several other Fate-based games such as Fate Core, Fate Accelerated Edition, The Kerberos Club (Fate Edition), Legends of Anglerre, and the upcoming Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game, coming in 2014 from Evil Hat Productions. You can see more of his work with the Fate system on his blog, Spirit of the Blank.

Nathan Kahler is our editor. He's been an invaluable ally in my time here at Vigilance Press, and has worked with me on several Green Ronin projects as playtester as well. He's been editor on such Vigilance Press projects as our Due Vigilance Line: The Oktobermen, Black Chapter, Six-Gun, and more(look for Due Vigilance on Amazon.com). I couldn't possibly have put this book together without his help, and I'd go mad if I tried.

My name is James Dawsey, and I'm the owner and publisher and all-round Big Ideas Guy at Vigilance Press. It's my job to herd all the cats, write the checks, and otherwise make sure this project happens. You can find my website here, at www.vigilancepress.com. We also have a podcast that you can tune in to, if you're interested in hearing us ramble about different cool things we love.

We'll name more creators as they come on board with various stretch goals!

Risks and challenges

Vigilance Press has been in the business of publishing RPG game supplements for over ten years, and we're working with some of the most experienced creators in the business to make this project happen. The core book, Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade is all but finished, with only a few pieces of artwork on the way and a bit of proofreading of the final document to finish. We are looking for your help to finish the first book, and to set aside new money to print and ship the physical books and extend the product line.

Here are some potential problems:

This is our first big attempt to bring a print book to the physical marketplace. While we have the support of many friends in the industry, we may run into unexpected delays as we learn how this distribution method works. We intend to use professional warehousing and shipping options whenever possible, to reduce the possibility of damage to merchandise or delays in fulfilling orders.

The Art: Denise Jones has just turned in the last of the art for Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade. Future books have no art or text produced at this point, but her ability to deliver is second to none. We have planned ahead with her schedule in mind, and will bring in additional amazing artists for the future books to help speed production along.

The Text: Jack Norris has crafted a fantastic manuscript for the first book, and Daniel Solis has already got the layout fairly close to finished. At this point, we're working on final edits and playtester feedback, but that won't take us long once we start getting feedback from the kickstarter backers.

Printing: With the advent of digital publishing, it is easier than ever before to take an idea from digital space and create a physical product around it. With your help, we'll be able to publish the book in physical form. We plan to print our books in the United States, which makes shipping much easier and quicker than trying to import from China. Printers can run into problems, however, such as supply shortages and other unexpected delays. We don't anticipate any problems along these lines, but we'll be sure to let you know if anything comes up. If you receive a defective product, let us know and we will replace it at no cost to you.

Shipping: Because we're printing in the US, Shipping will take less time than if we were printing abroad. We're pretty confident we can turn things around in a very short span for a project this size. Packages don't always find their way through the system, however. If something gets lost, we will send replacements if you don't get yours. Shipping costs can fluctuate with time, but we will absorb the overage. Backer copies will go out before the book goes on sale through other channels.

Finances: Vigilance Press is quite healthy in the money department, for an online digital retailer. This is our first print production, however, and we need help to "Go Big or Go Home." We've completed most of the art and layout, but we are now looking to raise money to pay for printing and distribution, as well as fund the additional books we'll announce in our stretch goals. Additionally, our Author and Editor will receive a percentage of this kickstarter's proceeds as payment for their work on this project. If unexpected costs arise, Vigilance Press is ready to absorb unexpected fees.

If there are risks or challenges we haven't mentioned, please feel free to write in and ask. We want to answer your questions, and do our best to provide flawless customer service whenever possible. Our Kung Fu is strong.

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FAQ

  • We are planning to have the books printed as hardcover, and packed in a way that will ensure their safe arrival. This means our shipping options are limited. We are currently under-charging for shipments outside of the continental United States to the point where our shipping costs are 15 dollars higher than what we are charging (roughly 60 dollars plus handling). As it is, we are making very little profit on the Kickstarter for international shipments, and we can't lower the costs any more.

    The UK and European fulfillment will be shipped by Chronicle City in the UK, which gives us a distinct advantage in shipping options for those users. Please look for the appropriate reward tiers to make sure you're paying the correct amount. You do not need to add additional shipping from the UK or European reward tiers.

    The rest of the world is, unfortunately, still running at $45 for shipping and handling, but it's the best we can do until the books appear in stores.

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  • US ONLY: Yes. We're now announcing that you can add on a book by simply increasing your pledge by $40.00 in the United States. Because we are shipping the books by Media Mail in the US, we can add additional books for a nominal price.

    UK and European Backers: Additional books are $40.00 per additional book, to a maximum of 4 books to a single address.

    Other INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: Thanks to our new arrangement with Chronicle City, we can offer additional books for $65.00 per additional book, up to a maximum of 4 books. This presumes that the user has paid the $45 shipping for the initial book.

    We apologize for the disparity in prices, but it comes down to the costs of international shipping.

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    KUNG FU SCROLL(Early Bird Special): As WANDERING KNIGHT, plus you get a full-color, physical copy of Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade. The book is estimated at 200 pages. This price includes shipping in the United States.

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    KUNG FU SCROLL: As WANDERING KNIGHT, plus you get a full-color, physical copy of Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade. The book is estimated at 200 pages. This price includes shipping in the United States.

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    KUNG FU SCROLL for UK BACKERS ONLY. As WANDERING KNIGHT, plus you get a full-color, physical copy of Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade. The book is estimated at 200 pages. This price includes shipping to the United Kingdom. DO NOT SELECT UNLESS YOU ARE HAVING YOUR BOOK SHIPPED TO THE UK. See Rewards for Details.

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    EMPEROR'S SEAL: As KUNG FU SCROLL, but your book will bear the author's signature!

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    KUNG FU SCROLL for EUROPEAN BACKERS ONLY: As WANDERING KNIGHT, plus you get a full-color, physical copy of Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade. The book is estimated at 200 pages. This price includes shipping to Europe. DO NOT SELECT IF YOU ARE NOT HAVING YOUR BOOK SHIPPED TO EUROPE. See rewards explanations for details.

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    US RETAILER REWARD TIER: (Must prove Retailer status) You get 4 copies of the Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade hardcover book, including US shipping. Includes promotional materials (detailed elsewhere).

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    108 STARS OF DESTINY: As EMPEROR'S SEAL, but your book is enhanced with a unique personalized Aspect by the author of the book. You also receive all PDFs produced for the Tianxia line of products, even if they are part of a future Kickstarter.

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    HONORED STARS OF DESTINY: As the 108 STARS OF DESTINY, plus we will help you design a character and showcase it on our website.

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    ILLUMINATED STARS OF DESTINY: As the 108 STARS OF DESTINY reward, but you get to help us create a new character for the Tianxia setting! Jack Norris will work with you to create the character, who will then be illustrated by Denise Jones and included in an upcoming PDF supplement. Your name will be listed in the credits whenever the character is used in one of our products. You will also get a hi-resolution version image of the artwork she creates for your own, non-profit use. (Read the Details in the full description in the Kickstarter text to the left, Delivery date is for print copy of the book)

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    PILLAR OF DESTINY: As the 108 STARS OF DESTINY reward, plus you and up to three of your friends will get to play an online (via Skype or Google Hangouts) game with Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade author Jack Norris. Your character will be illustrated by a Vigilance Press artist, and will become an official part of the Tianxia setting.

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    CYCLE OF VIGILANCE: As the 108 STARS OF DESTINY reward, plus you will receive free downloads of any and all PDF gaming supplements produced by Vigilance Press from the year 2012 to 2024. A full Chinese Zodiac (12 years) of PDF products! (Delivery date below is for the print copy of the book)

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