The Midgard Tales hardcover collects 13 fantasy adventures with an original spin. Visit the 7 Cities, Trollheim, and the realms beyond! Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 21, 2012.
About this project
Great adventures are the foundation of any tabletop RPG. The Dragonlance series, the Vault of the Drow, Tomb of Horrors, Sunless Citadel, Rise of the Runelords--and even Open Design's own Courts of the Shadow Fey have all defined adventure for a generation of gamers.
The Midgard Tales project aims to do to the same, with 13 adventures that reach out to remake classic themes, such as a demon-haunted mountain, a tribe of orcs and their hideous goddess, and the release of a chained god. These are adventures to be remembered, adventures to shake the foundations of complacency and "just another dungeon."
Midgard Tales aims to encourage the best of new and existing adventure design talent to give you adventures from levels 1 to 15 that your players never forget.
The project will be led by designer Christina Stiles, assisted by Wolfgang Baur and Ben McFarland.
While we’d be delighted to meet the original goal, it’s possible the Tales project might go beyond it. So here’s what the project will add if we go over.
If We Reach $10,000 -- GOAL ACHIEVED!!
Some maps for all adventures will be created as full-scale battlemaps with 1 inch squares, essentially tripling the resolution so that they are perfectly sized for use with minis. Included for all Hero-level backers and up in PDF, and in print for all Diabolist-level backers.
You’ll never need to draw a map when running this adventure, just print them out and plunk them down!
If We Reach $12,500 -- GOAL ACHIEVED!!
The project adds a 32-page collection of the Legends of Midgard, expanding the roster of villains to include the Master of Demon Mountain, the Oracle of Kammae, the vilest Shadow Fey nobles, and others that backers choose. Included for all Hero-level backers and up in PDF, and in print for all Diabolist-level backers.
If We Reach $15,000 -- GOAL ACHIEVED!!
The project adds 32 pages to the core book, expanding the space available for adventures. Every backer gets 192 pages instead of 160! Actually 224 pages if you count the Legends of Midgard book as well!
If We Reach $17,500 -- GOAL ACHIEVED!!
Everything is better with art! At this tier, the project includes expanded art, including 16 pages of player handout art of the “You see this” style for each adventure. Simplifies running the adventures, and makes them more memorable for you and your players.
If We Reach $20,000 -- GOAL ACHIEVED!!
Wolfgang Baur writes a 16-page standalone adventure for the collection, “The Raven’s Call.” This is included as a PDF for all Hero-level backers, and in print for all Diabolist-level backers and up.
If We Reach $25,000
If we reach this stretch goal, Christina Stiles special capstone adventure, Freeing Nethus, will be taken out of the hardback collection and published on its own--at double the current size, meaning it will become 64 pages. This also makes additional room for the other adventures in the Tales book itself. All backers Bard-level and up backers will get a copy in PDF (and Diabolist-level backers will get a copy in print).
Yes, Pett has worked with Open Design often, on major books like Streets of Zobeck and Tales of the Old Margreve, and delightful oddities such as Your Whispering Homunculus--and about 7 or 10 adventure paths for Paizo Publishing. So perhaps it is no surprise that he's also contributing a pitch to Midgard Tales. He will, however, still need to bring his A-game--his proposal will only be part of the book if the backers approve it!
Yep, Nick Logue has worked with Open Design before, and he will be pitching an adventure to the anthology. Backers will see the pitch/proposal, and (if the pitch goes ahead) backers get the manuscript to playtest. One of the great Pathfinder adventure writers is making his return to RPGs with this project.
Yes! Because Midgard Tales hit a stretch goal, we're putting the Kobold Overlord to work! Wolfgang will be designing a standalone adventure with the title The Raven's Call, which will be a reward for all Hero-level backers and up.
So many extras have been unlocked, what rewards do I get as an Adventurer, Traveller, or Hero-level backer? Clarification, please!.
Sure! The rewards at those levels include quite a lot.
Adventurer ($25): Project updates, reports, credited in the book, the 192-page Midgard Tales PDF, and early access to playtest materials.
Traveller ($25, limited number available): Updates, reports, credited in the book, 192-page Midgard Tales PDF, access to playtest materials, 32-page Legends of Midgard PDF, and a copy of Kobold Quarterly #21.
Hero ($35): Project updates, reports, credited in the book, 192-page Midgard Tales PDF, access to playtest materials, 32-page Legends of Midgard PDF, Kobold Quarterly #21, access to the private boards and voting rights to choose which adventures are designed, the adventure battle maps, and the 16-page art handout book.
If the project reaches the next goal, Hero-level backers also get the PDF of The Raven's Call.
Yes, this was a glitch in the way the rewards were set up. Backers at the Hero level get the core book (160 pages), the Legends book (32 pages), the battle maps, the 16-page standalone adventure (if we reach that goal), AND the magazine!
Kind of a great deal, actually.
Pledge $10 or more
BARD: Keep up with the Kickstarter updates and reports on the Tales progress. You are credited as a backer in the final book.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
ADVENTURER: As Bard, plus you get the 160+ page PDF of Midgard Tales and early access to the playtest versions of all adventures!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
19 backers Limited (31 left of 50)
TRAVELLER: As Adventurer, plus an early-adopter bonus: both a PDF of Kobold Quarterly #21 and the Legends of Midgard PDF!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $35 or more
HERO: as Adventurer, plus you get access to the private boards and voting rights to choose which adventures are designed. See everything behind the scenes! You also get the PDF of all standalone items if we meet stretch goals, like the extra battle maps, Legends of Midgard book, and the separate adventure by Wolfgang Baur if those stretch goals are met.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
MAGE: $50, as Hero, plus a copy of the softcover book with FREE SHIPPING to the US and Canada. Add $10 if shipping internationally.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
LOREKEEPER: as Hero, plus a print copy of the limited-edition Midgard Tales hardcover book with FREE SHIPPING to the US and Canada. Add $10 if shipping internationally.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
RETAILERS ONLY. 3 copies of the limited-edition hardcover, or 5 copies of the softcover, shipped in the US only. Add $20 for international shipping. No access to project forums.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
DIABOLIST: as Lorekeeper, plus pitch your ideas for all 1st-to-3rd level adventures and legendary NPCs. Also includes a PDF of the upcoming Midgard campaign setting and print copies of any standalone Midgard Tales extra adventures and the Legends book. Free shipping in the US. Add $15 if shipping internationally.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $150 or more
16 backers Limited (4 left of 20)
ARCHMAGE: As Diabolist, plus you can pitch to design all 1st-to-6th level adventures, get an autographed version of the hardcover book (instead of the regular one), and a signed copy of Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design. Also includes a Midgard Tales or Small but Fierce t-shirt (your choice). Add $20 if shipping internationally.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
10 backers Limited (2 left of 12)
LEGEND: As Archmage, plus pitching for all 1st-to-10th level adventures, and you can play one of the adventures via Google+ Hangout with Christina, Ben, or Wolfgang at a mutually-agreed time. In addition to your copy of Midgard Tales, you also get an autographed copy of the Midgard Campaign Setting.
Learn the ropes to lead a future project and make a pitch to lead the Fall/Winter 2012 Open Design project if you wish. US shipping included, or add $25 if shipping internationally.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $350 or more
7 backers All gone!
SULTANA'S CHOSEN: As LEGEND, plus pitch for any adventure levels 1 to 12 and you sponsor or choose an expanded element for Tales, such as a legendary figure, region, or adventure. Consider them sequels or expansions of the parts of Tales you like best.
This writeup can be undertaken with coaching and feedback from the lead designer, or if you prefer, simply ask Christina to write it on a topic of your choice. All Expanded Legends will be released in 2013, after the project concludes, as standalone releases.
Also includes a print copy of the limited-edition Halls of the Mountain King or Wrath of the River King (your choice).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)
VIZIER: As Legend, but you may pitch for any level adventure, and you will have personal coaching and feedback on your pitches from the Lead Designer. You also get two autographed copies of Midgard Tales (rather than one), and an in-person game with Christina Stiles at Gen Con 2012, PaizoCon 2013, or a mutually agreed venue. Add $30 if shipping internationally.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)
ORACLE: Take the mantle as the Clockwork Oracle or the Spider Prophet, and issue some proclamations! As an Oracle, you choose a cultural region and a particular level of play, and work with Christina Stiles, Ben McFarland, or Wolfgang Baur to turn that choice into a tailored adventure. In other words, you give the lead designer some directions, and get the personal adventure you want.
Also includes all Vizier-tier rewards, plus an autographed handbound leather copy of Midgard Tales, plus print copies of Tales of Zobeck, Tales of the Old Margreve, Journeys to the West, the Midgard Campaign Setting book, a 1 year subscription to Kobold Quarterly magazine, and the ultra-collectible Steam & Brass adventure that was the very first Open Design project. Finally, your status as Oracle includes an in-person game with Christina Stiles, Ben McFarland, or Wolfgang Baur at Gen Con or PaizoCon 2012 or 2013.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,500 or more
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
GODLING: As Oracle, but the adventure you propose is exclusive to you and will not be shared with the public (unless you want to see Open Design release it, of course).Estimated delivery:
- (36 days)