Frequently Asked Questions
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.Last updated:
Why isn't the Reward list the same as the Pledge Level list? There's a lot more on the Pledge Levels!
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 So eventually they become out of date, as we add more things from stretch goals.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.Last updated:
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!Last updated:
How are you managing intellectual property rights for spells submitted by backers? That is, what rights of publication and exclusivity (if any) are you claiming, and what rights (if any) does the spell’s author retain?
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.Last updated:
Can you list what wizard schools are included? And do those schools each correspond to a different magic academy?
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.Last updated:
No, this tier was poorly written, and pledges for the "Early Bird Print Only" will not work. Please choose either the $35 BOOK ONLY if you prefer print or the the $30 DIGITAL BACKER reward for the PDF and all the stretch goal materials.Last updated:
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