About this project
Welcome to Midgard’s shadow roads, traveler! The way is winding and dangerous, but the rewards are great for the adventuresome and bold.
The rewards for the Midgard Kickstarter include 3 primary books, plus a slew of thrilling adventures and crunchy expansions! The core rewards include these volumes:
Midgard Campaign Setting for 5th Edition and Pathfinder RPG: A 300+ page volume describing the Midgard regions, from the Northlands to the Western Wastes, and from the Southlands to the Crossroads. With detailed locations, cities, rulers, heraldry, plots, and adventure hooks galore, plus full details of the various pantheons, masked gods, and dark gods, there’s enough here to fuel years of adventuring!
In this updated edition, you’ll get the expanded Blood Kingdom of Morgau and updates to Zobeck, the Cantons, the Western Wastes, and other regions, plus all-new chapters on the Shadow Realm and Blood Kingdom as standalone chapters. It's a rich and standalone edition of the setting.
This book is available in both a regular cover and in a special limited edition with leatherette cover, bookmark, and stamped gold foil, plus a handbound leather edition.
Midgard Heroes Handbook for 5th Edition: Full details for Midgard races, variants, archetypes, and backgrounds—everything you need to play trollkin, ravenfolk, kobolds, and others! You’ll also get more than a dozen new cleric domains, new weapons and equipment, and Deep Magic spells and traditions such as Clockwork Magic and Ley Line Magic, plus new options for every class in the PHB. Stretch goals will add even more Deep Magic to the book. A complete 5th Edition Midgard handbook!
Midgard Player’s Guide for Pathfinder RPG: Collects all of Midgard’s racial lore, class options, feats, and equipment under one set of covers—plus new material for ley line magic, and more. We hope to expand it with shadow magic and other stretch goals. Developed by Paizo staff developer Amanda Hamon Kunz.
Eldritch Lairs for 5th Edition and Pathfinder RPG: A series of one-shot adventures written by James Haeck, Mike Shea, and other designers, like the Prepared! collection of one-shots. A print volume is included with the premium tiers (and available as an add-on for Basic pledge tiers).
For those who want the best level of detail, here are the pledge tiers in detail, showing what's what!
The Midgard Campaign Setting is a world of dark roads and deep magic, firmly rooted in European myths and legends. While some regions of Midgard have been played since the 80s, Zobeck and the Crossroads were first published in 2006, and the world was originally published in 2012.
Midgard supports the 5th Edition of the world’s first RPG, as well as the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and others. Its players enjoy both wide-ranging rules support and a rich variety of adventures. Now we’re ready to update the setting by a decade, and to reveal a few of the secrets hinted at in the first edition of Midgard—while introducing new secrets and mysteries, of course! Baba Yaga knows much, and shares enough lore and schemes to fuel the next 5 years of campaigning.
For more specifics, check out the detailed Midgard overview on the Kobold Press site!
As always, we hope to raise more than the core funding goal to allow the development and publication of larger books with additional chapters, both for DMs and for players. Here are all our funded goals for expanded rewards.
Backer goals depend on the number of people pledging to the project, rather than the number of dollars. They reflect the strength of interest in the setting.
We hope to fund an ongoing set of releases for the Midgard Campaign Setting, and possibly open the setting to publication by others in an Open World model. Any supporter who pledges even $1 to the project counts toward reaching the backer goals.
Questions? Check the FAQ at the bottom.
Risks and challenges
The design for the two player-centric books is complete, and both those volumes are rather far along in editing and development; the risks are primarily that our layout and proofing crew might suffer health or personal issues that delay production of the final work.
The campaign setting itself is well along in design, though we expect hope to solicit feedback from high-level backers on some events and design choices there before finalizing them. While this form of playtest and collaboration is welcome and traditional for Kobold Press (meaning, we've done it often and know how long it takes!), it does mean that pledges for the core book may be delayed if cartography, feedback, or layout for the central pillar of the project are delayed.
In addition, we are always at the mercy of printers, shipping companies, customs, the US Post Office, and other partners for fulfilling pledges. Fortunately, this is our 10th Kickstarter and close to our 30th crowd-funded project, so we have a good handle on what's possible, and what sort of time to allow for normal setbacks and the friction of producing creative work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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