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Unlimited spellpower! From lost mythic spells to blood magic to ley lines, Deep Magic expands your arcane and divine horizons!

Thank you to all our backers! The credit for funding this magical volume is all yours; you have made great things possible.

This project started as a tiny scroll of thing, and it has grown to a rich, wild, esoteric, and even celestial sphere of otherworldly arcana. Seriously, it's about 1200% better than our initial goal.

Backer suggestions made Deep Magic better, and the book's art, design, and imagination are going to be the strongest showing ever from Kobold Press. We ship in 2014 with a volume everyone can be proud of.

If you arrived here after the Kickstarter, you might be disappointed. You might have some regrets about not jumping in. You might just not have heard about it.

And you know what? The fundraising might be over, but you can still guarantee yourself a copy.

Go grab a good deal on a Deep Magic hardcover directly from Kobold Press or from Paizo Publishing. When you reserve your copy, we'll include the Deep Magic PDF as a thank-you for that extra push on this project!

Follow the Book's Progress

The funding is done, but the work is ongoing to complete all those stretch goals and compile a final, beautiful volume for Pathfinder RPG. Follow us as @koboldpress on Twitter, Kobold Press on Facebook, or at the KoboldPress.com blog.

H.P. Lovecraft invented the NecronomiconDungeons & Dragons had its Unearthed Arcana, and the Pathfinder RPG raised the bar with Ultimate Magic. No matter how you slice it, magic is at the heart of fantasy. Nothing says magic like a massive tome of spells. 

That's exactly what we're compiling here. A tome of every awesome incantation, spell, cantrip, and glamer derived from seven years of Kobold Press publishing—more than 500 new and compiled spells by the best in the business, including Paizo staffers and A-list freelancers. And we're adding a lot more to that list: variant magical systems, real scrolls for amazing props, and yes, even more new spells.

This project is not just for wizards and sorcerers. Deep Magic is going to expand the horizons of what's possible for wizards, sorcerers, clerics, and oracles with something new for every casting class, from adept to anti-paladin, and from bard to summoner!

New Magical Traditions for the Pathfinder RPG 

With these new spells and options, your characters (or your villains) can become masters of clockwork magic, dragon magic, or shadow magic. Seek out hidden colleges and academies of lost lore. Learn new runes, glyphs, and incantations to crack open the walls of reality,or just bend them a bit.

Deep Magic contains all magic from start to finish!

We asked D&D Next designer Bruce Cordell why magic is so important to fantasy RPGs. He told us this: "I love new spell design because every single spell is a chance to break the rules of reality in a small but important way.

Deep Magic is the ultimate sourcebook for new and variant magic in any fantasy setting, offering over 200 full-color pages (exact page count will depend on the level of pledges!). Those pages feature: 

  • At least 12 new schools and styles of magic, including blood magic, clockwork magic, diabolism, dragon magic, geomancy, grudge magic, ink magic, labyrinth magic, ley line magic, star & shadow magic, saint's magic, and more
  • 12 magic colleges and academies, each home to a magical style or tradition
  • More than 500 new spells, including new ones for every spellcasting class in the Pathfinder RPG
  • New spellcasting archetypes and new mythic spells
  • And much more!

While Deep Magic starts by compiling almost every spell published by Kobold Press in the last few years (we might have missed one!), it also updates and expands these spells, to include mythic versions, to clarify language, and to update some of the earliest ones from D&D 3.5 to the Pathfinder RPG format. 

Deep Magic also includes all-new work such as spells designed by the finalists from the Lost Magic contest, a new system of incantations, and at least 15 new archetypes. It also includes new spells by well-known designers and a few spells written by backers—fully reviewed, developed, and refined by Kobold Press, of course. (And yes, we reserve the right to throw any bad ones out!)

Here's a sneak peek at the table of contents as it stands now. It has grown quite a bit from the start of the project, and is now a 2-page table instead of fitting on 1 page!

Richard Baker, designer for 3rd Edition D&D and developer on Paizo's Emerald Spire for Pathfinder RPG, notes: 

"Anyone who's ever played a wizard can tell you how important it is to choose the right spell. Big offensive spells are great, but I always felt that the real artistry in playing a wizard resided in choosing spells with multiple uses: offense, defense, and utility. 

"For example, the wall of ice spell gives you an excellent defense by blocking off attackers, but you can also drop it on bad guys for decent damage—and it makes a fine bridge or raft over water. Finding unexpected ways to use your spells is the best part of playing a wizard. Finding unexpected new spells is even better."

Here's the spells and other items already added to the book (listed as the "Spell Cast" items)--the project grew by more than 50 stretch goals so far, each of them improving the final hardcover. See the "Pledge Levels" section after the goal scroll to see exactly what rewards went with each pledge level.

This is the final and complete listing of the reward for each pledge level. It incorporates both the basic listing from launch, plus the results of hitting stretch goals.

$5 SIMPLE SCRIBE

  • Updates and sneak peeks
  • High-res cover image 

$15 DIGITAL ALCHEMIST

  • Deep Magic core book PDF including all in-book stretch goals as shown in Early Bird PDF below
  • High-res cover image
  • Your name listed in the book as a backer

$20 EARLY BIRD PDF-ONLY
  • Deep Magic PDF
  • In-book stretch goals added to Deep Magic PDF: Dimensional magic by Tim Connors, Labyrinth magic by Jason Bulmahn, Shieldmaiden magic by Ed Greenwood, additional color art, Mythic magic by Stephen Radney-McFarland, Tomb magic by Amber Scott, Foolish Summonings by Richard Pett, expanded Star & Shadow magic by Wolfgang Baur and Stephen Radney-McFarland, New Chapter added on Familiars Homunculi and Undead, sonic magic by Jeff Lee, Blood magic by Owen Stephens, New Chapter of Spellcasting Archetypes, Living Spellbooks by Jim Groves, Mountain Druid magic by Jeff Lee, expanded Words of Power by Ben McFarland, Geomancy feats and spells by Wolfgang Baur and Christina Stiles, Necrophagy spells by Wolfgang Baur and Ben McFarland, New Chapter of Mysteries and Bloodlines, Raven magic by Wade Rockett and Wolfgang Baur, Time Magic by Carlos Ovalle, 10 cantrips by Wolfgang Baur, short story by Ed Greenwood, Battle Magic by Mike Welham, Chaos Magic by Matt Stinson, Synergistic Magic by Phillip Larwood, Kobold Magic by Nicholas Milasich, the Ring-Magic of the Reaver Dwarves, Illusions of the Rakshasa by Richard Pett
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a PDF handout
  • High-res cover image
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Your name listed in the book

$25 DIGITAL PDF-ONLY

  • Deep Magic PDF
  • In-book stretch goals as shown in Early Bird PDF: More than 20 new types of magic added
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • 60 arcane symbols in PDF and as a handout
  • High-res cover image
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Your name listed in the book

$25 DIGITAL PATRON or $30 DIGITAL BACKER

  • Deep Magic PDF
  • In-book stretch goals as shown in Early Bird PDF: More than 20 new types of magic added
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout
  • High-res cover image
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells (Digital Backer and up)
  • Your name listed in the book

$35 EARLY BIRD PRINT ONLY

No reward at this tier. As per the message to backers, the description was too confusing and the reward has been relisted as BOOK ONLY.

$35 BOOK ONLY and $40 BOOK ONLY EXPANDED
  • Deep Magic hardcover book
  • In-book stretch goals in Early Bird PDF: More than 20 new types of magic added!
  • Your name listed in the book as a backer

$40 ARCANIST or $45 WIZARD or $50 MAGISTER

  • Deep Magic hardcover book
  • In-book stretch goals listed in Early Bird PDF above: More than 20 new types of magic added!
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in PDF
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells
  • Your name appears in the book

$55 DIGITAL ADVENTURER

  • Deep Magic PDF
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure PDF
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in PDF
  • In-book stretch goals listed in Early Bird PDF above
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout 
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 digital battle maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Submit 1 spell by July 8 for possible publication
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells
  • Your name appears in the book


$60 TWO BOOKS IN PRINT

  • Deep Magic hardcover
  • In-book stretch goals listed above: More than 20 new types of magic added
  • Kobold Guide to Magic softcover
  • Your name listed in the hardcover book

$60 ADVENTURER-WIZARD and $65 ADVENTURER-MAGUS and $70 ADVENTURER-HEIROPHANT and $80 CANADIAN ADVENTURER

  • Deep Magic hardcover book+PDF
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure PDF
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in PDF
  • In-book stretch goals listed above: More than 20 new types of magic added
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Submit 2 spells by July 8 for possible publication
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells
  • Your name appears in the book

$75 RETAILER ONLY

  • Three copies of the Deep Magic hardcover book
  • With three PDF codes for customers
  • Three Kickstarter-exclusive adventures in print

$80 ADVENTURER-BARD, $90 BARD-SUMMONER and $105 CANADIAN BARD

  • Deep Magic hardcover book+PDF
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure both print and PDF
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in print and PDF
  • In-book stretch goals listed above: More than 20 new types of magic added
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • Complete Advanced Feats PDF
  • Might of the Magus PDF
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Submit 2 spells by July 8 for possible publication
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells
  • Your name appears in the book

$100 ARTISTIC SORCERER and $125 ARTISTIC ORACLE
  • Deep Magic hardcover book plus PDF
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in print and PDF
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure print + PDF
  • In-book stretch goals listed above, more than 20 new types of magic added
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, and Paladin 
  • Complete Advanced Feats PDF
  • Might of the Magus PDF
  • Your name and wizard’s mark appears in the book.
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout
  • Submit 2 spells by July 8 for possible publication
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • High-resolution cover art print
  • Unique page from the printer's proofs
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells

$120 ARCANE MARK

  • Deep Magic hardcover and PDF
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in print and PDF
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure print + PDF 
  • In-book stretch goals listed above, more than 20 new types of magic added 
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes 
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, and Paladin 
  •  Complete Advanced Feats PDF 
  • Might of the Magus PDF 
  • Your name and wizard’s mark appears in the book 
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout 
  • Submit 2 spells by July 15 for possible publication 
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive 
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower 
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells

$125 RUNEBOUND EDITION and $135 RUNEBOUND VRIL EDITION

  • Deep Magic foil-stamped, leatherette, limited-edition hardcover book+PDF, exclusive to this Kickstarter
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure both print and PDF 
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in print and PDF 
  • In-book stretch goals listed above: More than 20 new types of magic added! 
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes 
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • Complete Advanced Feats PDF
  • Might of the Magus PDF
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout 
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive 
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower 
  • Submit 2 spells by July 8 for possible publication 
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells
  • Your name appears in the book

$150 WORKSHOP WIZARD

  • Deep Magic hardcover book + PDF
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in print + PDF
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure print + PDF
  • In-book stretch goals listed above
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • Complete Advanced Feats PDF
  • Might of the Magus PDF
  • Your name appears in the book
  • Attend Wizard’s Workshop at PaizoCon or online: 1-hour boot camp on spell design
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Submit 2 spells by July 8 for possible publication
  • Unique page from the printer's proofs
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells

$175 RUNEBOUND ARTIST

  • Deep Magic foil-stamped, leatherette, limited-edition hardcover book+PDF, exclusive to this Kickstarter
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure both print and PDF
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in print and PDF
  • In-book stretch goals listed above: More than 20 new types of magic added!
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • Complete Advanced Feats PDF
  • Might of the Magus PDF
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Submit 2 spells by July 8 for possible publication
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells
  • Your name appears in the book, as does your wizard's mark
  • Unique page from the printer's proofs

$200 ARTISTIC WORKSHOP

  • Deep Magic hardcover book plus PDF, either regular or Runebound leatherette version
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in print and PDF
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure print plus PDF
  • In-book stretch goals listed above
  • Hero Lab files for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • Might of the Magus PDF
  • Complete Advanced Feats PDF
  • Your name and wizard mark appears in the book
  • Attend Wizard's Workshop at PaizoCon or online: 1-hour boot camp on your spell design(s)
  • 60 arcane symbols in the book and as a handout
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Submit 3 spells by July 8 for possible publication
  • Unique page from the printer's proofs
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells

$250 MASTER OF THE TOME

  • Deep Magic hardcover book plus PDF, either regular or Runebound leatherette version
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in print and PDF
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure print plus PDF
  • In-book stretch goals listed above, more than 20 new types of magic
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin
  • Might of the Magus PDF
  • Complete Advanced Feats PDF 
  • Your name appears in the book
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout
  • Submit up to 5 spells by July 8 for possible publication
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Attend Wizard’s Workshop at PaizoCon or online: 1-hour boot camp on spell design
  • Unique page from the printer's proofs showing one of your spells
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells

$500 COLLEGIUM MEMBER

  • Deep Magic hardcover book plus PDF, either regular or Runebound leatherette version
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in print and PDF
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure print plus PDF
  • All in-book stretch goals listed above
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin 
  • Might of the Magus PDF
  • Complete Advanced Feats PDF
  • Your name and wizard's mark appear in the book.
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout
  • Submit up to 5 spells by July 8 for possible publication
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Attend Wizard’s Workshop at PaizoCon or online: 1-hour boot camp on spell design
  • Submit one character for illustration and publication
  • Artist sketch for your comments
  • Your character’s page from the printer's proofs 
  • Custom spellbook, 32 spells with wizard’s mark
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells

$750 SPELLBOOK MAXIMUS

  • Deep Magic hardcover book plus PDF, either regular or Runebound leatherette version
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in print and PDF
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure print plus PDF
  • All in-book stretch goals listed above
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin 
  • Might of the Magus PDF
  • Complete Advanced Feats PDF
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout
  • Submit 2 spells by July 8 for possible publication
  • 4 spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Your name appears hidden in the book with wizard’s mark
  • Custom spellbook: 32 spells with wizard’s mark
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells
  • Special leatherbound, handtooled edition with gold leaf and bound ribbon

$1,500 SPELL & SEAL MASTER 

  • Deep Magic hardcover book plus PDF
  • Deep Magic Runebound leatherette edition
  • Special leather-bound, hand-tooled edition with gold leaf and ribbon, featuring your wizard's mark on the cover
  • Kobold Guide to Magic book in print and PDF
  • Kickstarter-exclusive adventure print plus PDF
  • In-book stretch goals listed above
  • Hero Lab file for all Deep Magic spells and archetypes
  • 5 Divine Magic PDFs: Cleric, Druid, Inquisitor, Oracle, Paladin 
  • Might of the Magus PDF
  • Complete Advanced Feats PDF
  • 60 arcane symbols, in the book and as a handout
  • Submit 2 spells by July 8 for possible publication
  • 4 additional spell scroll handout PDFs, one of them Kickstarter-exclusive
  • 3 maps: an arcane college, a World Tree druid grove, and a dimensionally warped wizard's tower
  • Your name appears hidden in the book with wizard’s mark
  • Custom spellbook: 64 spells with wizard’s mark
  • Your rune or wizard's mark created as a seal for use on scrolls and other such papers as you approve
  • iPad, iPhone, and Android reference app for all Deep Magic spells
  • An illuminated, hand-lettered spell scroll with gold leaf, red lettering, illumination and diagrams, and your wizard-mark wax seal

FURTHER QUOTES AND COMMENTS

Ed Greenwood notes: "I love magic.  You can never have too much of it. Big books of it hum and glow and mutter sinister eldritch sagacity in tenebrous corners, keeping me warm on cold and foetid nights.

   "Magic is the spark of life, the smiter of evils that come slithering to my door, the fire in my hand against death and tax collectors, and the provider of handy peanut butter sandwiches when it’s just too long and perilous a quest down to the kitchen.

    "I REALLY love magic."

Adam Daigle, Paizo staffer and developer of the Midgard Bestiary says: "You know what's awesome? Magic. You know what's awesomer? More magic. What spell caster doesn't want to stumble upon or learn about a huge tome of magic? What self-respecting spell caster doesn't want to find new and creative ways to shape reality to your whims? What's better is that this is coming from Kobold Press, so you know it's good."

Project add-ons help you grab additional rewards from Kobold Press, catch up on the Midgard Campaign Setting, or brush up your design chops---and of course they help the project reach stretch goals.

To Add Items from the PDF Add-ons List

Click on the green "Manage my pledge" button. Change your pledge amount to reflect the items added. 

Once you have updated your pledge, please send a message providing your add-on item name and your email address.

Your rewards will be delivered in August for items that have been released, and on publication for items from this project. Thank you for your support!

CORE BOOK ADDITIONAL COPIES

  • Deep Magic PDF $20
  • Deep Magic second copy hardcover US $40
  • Deep Magic second copy Canada $50
  • Deep Magic second copy overseas $60

KOBOLD GUIDES

MIDGARD

MONSTERS & MORE


Thank you for pledging support through these add-ons!! 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Kobold Press has shipped 30 crowdfunded titles since 2006, including about four small and large releases per year, and it has won Gold and Silver ENnie Awards for this work. The creative team is experienced and we keep leveling up!

For Deep Magic, much of the spell design, development, and editing work is already done; we worked hard this past winter and spring. Right now, the majority of the book is ready to be laid out. Likewise, we already have cover and interior art commissioned because of our confidence in this book.

The main challenges are in gathering, developing, and editing the additional spell and character text from backers, and in doing the same for any and all new design from stretch goals. Backers who pledge at those levels must deliver text promptly and it will be developed and edited fairly quickly. Theoretically, though, one backer could hold up the project. In practice, if a backer fails to deliver a character or spell for inclusion in a timely way, we'll move ahead on deadline rather than hold up the entire project.

Oh, and if our Kobold Press HQ is threatened by a rampaging bulette? We're counting on an armored horde of shieldmaidens to save us. Possibly with some saintly paladins and a pair-bonded couple of Nurian geomancers if it is an advanced bulette...

FAQ

  • Yes, the project is in that crufty late-stage where the Canadians have their special shipping tiers, and some early-bird rewards are long gone, and it can be confusing. Here's the stripped down, simple version.

    The best tiers depend on what sort of text you want (digital or print) and how many of the extras are important to you. You can find a complete listing of every reward tier's contents under the scroll in the Pledge Levels section. The listings below are NOT COMPLETE but just list the highlights, or a Top 8 if you like.

    1) DIGITAL ALCHEMIST ($15) for just the PDF of Deep Magic
    2) DIGITAL PDF-ONLY ($30) for the PDFs without the Hero Lab or the iOS/Android spellbook.
    3) DIGITAL ADVENTURER ($55) includes both PDFs and software, and it includes special additions such as the Kobold Guide and adventure.
    4) BOOK ONLY for just the hardcover core book ($40, plus free shipping in the US).
    5) MAGISTER ($50, free shipping) for the book, the spellbook app for iOS, the Hero Labs files, and a slew of PDF extras. No adventure in this one.
    6) ADVENTURER ($60 to $70), like Magister, but also includes the adventure and Kobold Guide to Magic releases in PDF form. Oh, and you can submit spells for consideration and possible publication at this level.
    7) BARD-SUMMONER ($90) adds the printed Kobold Guide to Magic essay collection and the adventure Wolfgang Baur is writing (also in print), plus two collections of feats, Might of the Magus and Complete Advanced Feats. Sort of the "give me everything level."
    8) RUNEBOUND EDITION ($135) is the luxury cover with foil stamping. It also includes everything in the Bard rewards. Very close to sold out.

    Those are the major options; there's a few others like Digital without the Adventure, or the super-custom RUNEBOUND ARTIST level that gets your wizard mark into the book and page proofs from the printer. Hope that summary helps--we're always happy to answer questions as well.

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  • Correct, the Rewards are short descriptions of what we KNOW will be part of that tier at the time, but they cannot be edited once a project backer chooses that reward. So eventually they become out of date, as we add more things from stretch goals.

    There's also a (necessarily abbreviated and incomplete) list on the goal scroll, which is just a shorthand to show what we've added (35 goals and counting!). If the scroll contradicts the Pledge Levels, there's probably an error in the scroll.

    Your most accurate, up-to-the-minute listing of rewards is in the Pledge Levels section. Any questions, please send us a message.

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  • The design review for spells submitted to the project is meant to protect the book from unbalanced, unworkable, rules-breaking, and inappropriate material. If the editor and developers don't think a spell can be fixed, it gets bounced out. That might include spell proposals such as Harry Potter's plasma sphere or Summon 1965 Corvette, it might include spells that grant core class abilities, or it might include spells that are simply 2,000 words long and unplayable. You get the idea.
    Most spells, though, will go through a fairly standard cycle of playtest, development, feedback, and editing to make each one as great as the others in the book. We're looking for good material and polishing it up; the review process is not meant to be a huge hurdle, but it does exist for a reason. Submit your best shot!

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  • For spell submissions to Deep Magic, Kobold Press is requesting publication rights as Open content for non-Midgard spells. If accepted, these will be developed, edited, and published in the Deep Magic hardcover, and the spell will be declared Open content under the OGL.

    In this way, the Author and Kobold Press retain no rights after first publication, beyond the rights all gamers have to OGL content. The author, Kobold Press, and anyone else can republish the spell text under the license terms.
    For Midgard-specific content, Kobold Press acquires all rights through a waiver. We do not anticipate a lot of Midgard-themed spell submissions, but it is an option.

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  • The new schools are Clockwork and Illumination (also called Star & Shadow magic), and they build on material first created for the Kobold Press home campaign in 2006. These are full-on schools, with extensive spell lists, specialists, and their own quirks and flavor. We're adding more to that, thanks to the stretch goals and work from Paizo staffer Stephen Radney-McFarland and Kobold Press publisher Wolfgang Baur.

    The new subschools include all the small-but-flavorful groups of spells, such as blood magic, diabolism, dimensional magic, dragon magic, elemental magic, gambling magic, glyph magic, ink magic, labyrinth magic, ley line magic, rune magic, saint's magic, shieldmaiden battle magic, underworld magic, and others we have not announced yet. Check the stretch goals for upcoming additions and subschools.

    The various academies don't correspond directly to particular traditions, though there are some links. There's no "University of Fire Magic" or "College of Necromancy", though both of those spell types get a lot of coverage in the book.

    Of course, stretch goals will only expand these lists.

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    SUPPORTER: All supporters get a high-res copy of the Deep Magic cover art, access to project updates and sneak peeks, and our sincere thanks for bringing a little more magic into the world!

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    DIGITAL ALCHEMIST: You get the core book in PDF form, and your name listed in the book as a backer.

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    EARLY BIRD PDF-ONLY: You get the PDF edition of Deep Magic, and all additional PDFs from stretch goals such as illuminated scrolls, extra maps, and so on. Your name is listed in the book as a backer.

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    KOBOLD GUIDE TO MAGIC: You get the Kobold Guide in printed, Kindle, and PDF form. A new collection of essays on magic and fantasy by game designers and fantasy novelists!

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    ARCANIST: Your name appears in the book as a backer, and you get the complete printed tome of Deep Magic! You also get all backer updates, and the PDF version of all stretch goals. US shipping is included, overseas shipping is $25 extra (sorry).

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    MAGISTER: Your name appears in the book as a backer, and you get the complete printed tome of Deep Magic! You also get all backer updates, the Hero Lab files, and the PDF version of all stretch goals. US shipping is included, overseas shipping is $25 extra (sorry).

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    DIGITAL ADVENTURER: All the options available in digital form, including the core book and all stretch goal PDFs, the exclusive Kickstarter-only adventure, the Kobold Book of Magic second book, the Hero Lab files, and Deep Magic for iOS or Android.

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    ADVENTURER-WIZARD: You get the Deep Magic PDF, the stretch goal items, the printed book, and your name appears in the book. You also get a Kickstarter-exclusive adventure called the Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor, designed by Wolfgang Baur and not available anywhere else. Overseas shipping is $25 extra (sorry).

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    TWO BOOKS IN PRINT: This simplified option combines the Deep Magic hardcover and the Kobold Guide to Magic softcover. Skip the PDFs, Hero Lab, and apps, and get the two core books with free shipping in the US. Your name appears in the backer list. Overseas shipping $25 extra (sorry).

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    ADVENTURER-MAGUS: You get the Deep Magic PDF, the stretch goal items, the printed book, the Hero Lab files, and your name appears in the book. You also get a Kickstarter-exclusive adventure called the Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor, designed by Wolfgang Baur and not available anywhere else. Overseas shipping is $25 extra (sorry).

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    CANADIAN WIZARD: Your name appears in the book as a backer, and you get the complete printed tome of Deep Magic! You also get all backer updates, the PDF version of all stretch goals, and the Hero Lab files. This tier is offered with *shipping included to Canada or Mexico*.

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    ADVENTURER-HEIROPHANT: You get the Deep Magic PDF, the printed book, the Hero Lab files, the stretch goal items, scrolls, maps, and your name appears in the book. You also get a Kickstarter-exclusive adventure called the Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor, designed by Wolfgang Baur and not available anywhere else. Overseas shipping is $25 extra (sorry).

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    CANADIAN MAGISTER: Your name appears in the book as a backer, and you get the complete printed tome of Deep Magic! You also get all backer updates, the PDF version of all stretch goals, the Hero Lab files, and the iOS or Android digital spellbook. This tier is offered with *shipping included to Canada or Mexico*.

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    RETAILER ONLY - You get 3 copies of the book to sell at your store—before they go into general distribution! Each copy comes with a PDF code, so that each buyer gets both print plus PDF from their purchase. You also get 3 copies of the Kickstarter-exclusive adventure: Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor, which is not available anywhere else. Shipping is included and sent to confirmed retail addresses (US only, sorry).

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    ADVENTURER-BARD: You get the Deep Magic PDF, the stretch goal items, the printed book, the Hero Lab files, the Divine Favor series, and your name appears in the book. You also get the print and PDF versions of the Kickstarter-exclusive adventure called the Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor, designed by Wolfgang Baur and not available anywhere else, including battle maps. Overseas shipping is $25 extra (sorry).

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    CANADIAN ADVENTURER: You get the Deep Magic PDF, the stretch goal items, the printed book, the Hero Lab files, and your name appears in the book. You also get a Kickstarter-exclusive adventure called the Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor, designed by Wolfgang Baur and not available anywhere else. This tier is offered with *shipping included to Canada or Mexico.*

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    BARD-SUMMONER: You get the Deep Magic hardcover and PDF, the Kobold Guide to Magic print and PDF, the stretch goal items, the Hero Lab files, the iOS or Android app, the Divine Favor series, Complete Advanced Feats PDF, Might of the Magus PDF, and your name appears in the book. You also get the print and PDF versions of the Kickstarter-exclusive adventure called the Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor, designed by Wolfgang Baur and not available anywhere else, including battle maps. Overseas shipping is $25 extra (sorry).

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    ARTISTIC SORCERER: You get the print book and the PDF, all materials from stretch goals, and the Kickstarter-exclusive adventure in print and PDF. Your name appears in the book, as does your wizard's mark. Each backer at this level gets a high-resolution print of the cover art and one unique page from the ozalid wet proofs (printer's proofs are usually destroyed—your pledge helps them survive!).

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    CANADIAN BARD: You get the Deep Magic PDF, the printed book, the Kobold Guide to Magic print and PDF, the Hero Lab files, the stretch goal items, scrolls, maps, and your name appears in the book. You also get a Kickstarter-exclusive adventure called the Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor, designed by Wolfgang Baur and not available anywhere else. SHIPPING to Canada or Mexico INCLUDED.

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    ARCANE MARK: You get the Deep Magic PDF and printed book, the stretch goal items, the Hero Lab files, the Kobold Guide to Magic in print and PDF, the Divine Favor series, Complete Advanced Feats PDF, the Might of the Magus PDF, the iOS or Android digital spellbook app, and your name appears in the book. Your wizard mark, seal, or symbol will be drawn by a professional artist and printed in the book. You also get the print and PDF versions of the Kickstarter-exclusive adventure called the Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor, designed by Wolfgang Baur and not available anywhere else, including battle maps. Overseas shipping is $25 extra (sorry).

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    RUNEBOUND EDITION: You get a leather-bound DEEP MAGIC hardcover featuring thick leatherette hard-covers with the front cover and spine stamped with luxurious gold foil. This book is only available through this project. You also get a PDF of Deep Magic, a print and PDF copy of the Kobold Guide to Magic, a print and PDF copy of the Kickstarter-exclusive adventure, plus all stretch goal PDFs, the Hero Lab files, and the digital spellbook for iOS or Android.

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    ARTISTIC ORACLE: You get the print book and the PDF, all materials from stretch goals, and the Kickstarter-exclusive adventure in print and PDF. Your name appears in the book, as does your wizard's mark. Each backer at this level gets a high-resolution print of the cover art and one unique page from the ozalid wet proofs (printer's proofs are usually destroyed—your pledge helps them survive!).

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    RUNEBOUND VRIL EDITION: You get a leather-bound DEEP MAGIC hardcover featuring thick leatherette hard-covers with the front cover and spine stamped with luxurious gold foil. This book is only available through this project. You also get a PDF of Deep Magic, a print and PDF copy of the Kobold Guide to Magic, a print and PDF copy of the Kickstarter-exclusive adventure, plus all stretch goal PDFs, the Hero Lab files, and the digital spellbook for iOS or Android.

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    WORKSHOP WIZARD: Your name appears in the book, and you get both the printed and PDF copies of the book and printed copies of the Kickstarter-exclusive adventure. All stretch goals. You may submit one arcane or divine spell to be included in the book (subject to approval). You also get your choice of a single page from the printer's proofs.

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    RUNEBOUND ARTIST EDITION: You get a leather-bound DEEP MAGIC hardcover featuring thick leatherette hard-covers with the front cover and spine stamped with luxurious gold foil. This book is only available through this project. You also get a PDF of Deep Magic, a print and PDF copy of the Kobold Guide to Magic, a print and PDF copy of the Kickstarter-exclusive adventure, plus all stretch goal PDFs, the Hero Lab files, and the digital spellbook for iOS or Android. Your name appears in the book, as does your wizard's mark. Each backer at this level gets a high-resolution print of the cover art and one unique page from the ozalid wet proofs (printer's proofs are usually destroyed—your pledge helps them survive!).

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    ARTISTIC WORKSHOP: This new tier combines the art side and the workshop side! You get the print book and the PDF, all materials from stretch goals, and the printed and PDF Kickstarter-exclusive adventure. Your name appears in the book, as does your wizard's mark. You may submit one arcane or divine spell to be included in the book (subject to approval), and will get feedback via the online or PaizoCon workshop. Each backer at this level gets a high-resolution print of the cover art and one unique page from the ozalid wet proofs (printer's proofs are usually destroyed—your pledge helps them survive!).

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    BLOODLINE SORCERER: Your name and wizard mark go in the book, and you get a hardcover and a PDF versions of Deep Magic and a printed and PDF copy of the Kickstarter-exclusive Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor adventure, plus a print and PDF copy of the Kobold Guide to Magic, Hero Lab files, and the digital spellbook app. You may submit up to two arcane or divine spells for inclusion in the book (subject to design review, see FAQ), and you may submit a sorcerer's bloodline, a spellcasting archetype, a new oracular mystery, or a new patron for witches. You get a page from the printer's proofs showing your favorite bloodline, mystery, archetype, or witch's patron.

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    MASTER OF THE TOME: Your name goes in the book, and you get both a hardcover and a PDF versions of Deep Magic and a printed and PDF copy of the Kickstarter-exclusive Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor adventure. You may submit up to three arcane or divine spells for inclusion in the book (subject to design review, see FAQ). You get a page from the printer's proofs showing at least one of your spells.

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    COLLEGIUM MEMBER: You get the hardcover and PDF copies of the book, the Kickstarter exclusive adventure, and all stretch goal extras in PDF and print. Your name appears in the book. You may submit three spells and a magic-using character concept or full Pathfinder stats for inclusion in the Wizard's Collegium chapter of the book (subject to approval). Your submitted character is fully illustrated, and you receive both a printer's proof of your character's page and the artist's sketch for your comments. In addition, you get a custom spellbook containing up to 32 spells of your choice from the Deep Magic volume or the Pathfinder core rules. This softbound collection is printed in blackletter or a suitably ancient typeface, and it includes the title you give it and any wizard's mark or holy symbol you provide. The resulting spellbook is one of a kind.

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    SPELLBOOK MAXIMUS: Your name appears in the book, hidden in the margins, borders, or headers as does your wizard's mark. You get the hardcover and PDF copies, all stretch goals, and the printed and PDF exclusive adventure. You also get a special, leather-bound edition of Deep Magic. This is a hand-tooled, real leather book printed on high-quality paper with hand-stitched bindery, gold foil stamp, bound-in bookmark, and all the trimmings of a hand-made and hand-bound book.

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    MASTER OF SPELL & SEAL: Your name and wizard's mark appear in the book, hidden in the margins, borders, or headers, and on the back cover of the Runebound version. You get the hardcover and PDF editions, the Runebound edition, the leather-bound edition, all stretch goals in print and PDF, the Kobold Guide to Magic in print and PDF, the Hero Lab files, the digital spellbook app, a single spellcasting character you choose illustrated and included in the book, a 64-spell custom spellbook, and an illuminated scroll of any single spell of your choice (from the Deep Magic book or elsewhere). This scroll is hand-lettered by a professional calligrapher whose work appears in the Smithsonian Museum, with a wizard's mark you approve, a sprinkling of gold leaf, red lettering in the traditional style, marginalia and ornamental figures and diagrams. An original seal of your wizard's mark is used to seal the scroll with wax, and you keep the seal. You get a complete set of printer's proofs, and the hearty thanks of the entire arcane community.

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