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Six years have passed; high time to update the Midgard Campaign Setting, and add Deep Magic, adventures, and player options galore!
Six years have passed; high time to update the Midgard Campaign Setting, and add Deep Magic, adventures, and player options galore!
1,933 backers pledged $191,428 to help bring this project to life.

Open World of Midgard

Posted by Kobold Press (Creator)
From the earliest days, the Midgard Campaign Setting has been an open world: pre-Kickstarter, patrons brainstormed elements of Zobeck, the Margreve Forest, and the horrors hidden beneath the Ironcrag Mountains. Over the years we've kept that door open, with an open freelance submissions policy and frequent design contests to bring new talent into the field.

Well, now we're taking a big step beyond that. If we get enough backers on this Kickstarter, we'll launch Midgard as an Open World on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow. 

What will it mean for Midgard to become an Open World? Glad you asked! Like the Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft in the DM's Guild program, Midgard will be open for anyone to use and publish locations, adventures, characters, lairs or other playable material (under certain conditions). In this case, it would cover supplements that are compatible with 5th Edition, Pathfinder RPG, and 13th Age RPG.

How close are we to that goal? We need 2,000 backers to form a strong enough nucleus of new designers to attempt it; we're currently at just over 1,000 backers, with a little more than 2 weeks left. That means we definitely need your help to make it happen. It's possible, but it's not a slam-dunk.

What gets us there? Every backer of the project counts toward this goal, regardless of dollars pledged or rewards chosen. That means if all 4 players in your local game pledges $1, we're 4 backers closer to the Midgard Open World. Any and all of those backers get first peek at Backer Updates in this project, which might also inspire them to roll up some homebrew encounters or build out that archetype they're always talking about. It's up to them.
Why Open Midgard? The reality of a small press is that we can never keep up with the demand for new material, and we're always scouting talent. This approach helps with both, by providing additional Midgard adventures and resources, while opening up a way for talented-but-unknown designers to be recognized. Our hope is that participants in an Open Midgard will also become freelancers who keep the setting vibrant and join the Kobold crew on future official releases. That's the plan; all we need is a large enough set of backers to launch it!

Happy gaming!

Wolfgang Baur
Publisher, Kobold Press


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    1. John WS Marvin (Dread Unicorn Games)

      Would writing for Open Midgard prohibit crowd funding, like the DM's Guild does? Can you sell your work outside of OneBookshelf?

    2. Kobold Press 13-time creator on

      @William Mullins: good ideas, thanks. We do have more unlocks to post as the needs arises. However, we are most definitely *not* allowed to extend the campaign; Kickstarter is clear that the crowdfunding window is totally locked, so this one ends on Friday!

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      William Mullins on

      If you want to make it happen should extend it and make even more options for unlocks.

    4. Kobold Press 13-time creator on

      @Paul Baalham: Correct, this project is about releasing 5E and Pathfinder books. The Open World goal is meant to support 13th Age as well, but this Kickstarter is not going to address a third system. Complex enough already!

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      Paul Baalham on

      In the above update it says that this would "cover supplements that are compatible with 5th Edition, Pathfinder RPG, and 13th Age RPG". However on the main campaign the image for the backer goal only says 5E and Pathfinder. Is this just to avoid confusion as the main Kickstarter campaign is only about releasing products for 5E and PF?

    6. Ben McFarland on

      I am filled with equal parts elation and terror.

    7. Machpants on

      OK Thanks, that's a shame it's a good system. Though I game 5E now, but would use AGE at the drop of a hat.

    8. Kobold Press 13-time creator on

      @Sqn Cdr Flashheart: We do not have a license for Fantasy AGE support. We asked Green Ronin for one and got it last time. We asked again in 2016 but do not have a license. So no Fantasy AGE support this time.

    9. Machpants on

      No (Fantasy) AGE support?

    10. Jester David on

      Very cool!
      If Midgard becomes an open world, I pledge to support that initiative by writing an adventure of one form or another...

    11. Kobold Press 13-time creator on

      Thank you all for spreading the word.

      @Matt Cochran: The freelancer guidelines are on the Kobold Press web site at

      @DoomedPaladin: Totally a public post! Share everywhere!

    12. Tim Baker

      This sounds awesome! Thank you for making this an option for 13th Age content, too. I'm spreading the news among the 13th Age community.

    13. Egg Embry

      This is an amazing update! I want to see Migard expand and this is an excellent option for that. :-)

    14. Matt Cochran on

      If I wanted to submit adventures to you guys, where would I find the guidelines and such?

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      Doomedpaladin on

      Is this a public update? I can never really tell and I want to share it everywhere!

    16. Kobold Press 13-time creator on

      Thanks! We think it would be great, and appreciate for your support.

    17. Jeremy Hochhalter

      This would be amazing, Wolfgang! Good luck, I hope we can make it to an Open World Midgard! :D