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.
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