Frequently Asked Questions
YES! We will be creating, testing, and supporting Hero Lab files, and they will be available as an add-on for backers. Backers can pledge $9 instead of the $15 retail price, netting a substantial 40% discount.Last updated:
Can you explain the stretch goals? Which ones are PDFs, which ones go in the main book or the adventure collection, and which ones are added to the rewards right now? Details, please!
Sure! Some stretch goals add to the rewards pile for backers who pledge at any tier (the main book goals), and some add extras like PDFs (the PDF stretch goals), and some add to the exclusives or unlock add-ons that not every backer is interested in.
All backers get the core book additions. Backers for the exclusives get the extra adventures. All backers with a blue gem in the "Stretch PDF" column of the Pledge table (leftmost column) get the separate PDFs--of course, the "just the basics" reward tiers, print-only tiers, and retailer tiers do not get the extra PDF stretch goals.
Here's what's been funded so far--over 30 items added. We'll try to keep this list up-to-date!
In the Core Book:
1) A big city guide section on Per-Bastet, the City of Cats, which is a crossroads city of the region, plus a map of the area.
2) The City of Gnoll Raiders, a hidden stronghold full of scoundrels and slavers.
3) A big expansion for the Southlands pantheon, with details on more than 15 gods.
4) Additional maps and art for the book.
5) The Bastet priesthood, with new domains, NPCs, and spells, by Amanda Hamon Kunz.
6) The Lost City of the Serpent Crown.
7) Lotus Magic and details about the Well of Urd.
8) New player societies by Steve Kenson, Ari Marmell, and C.A. Suleiman.
9) Ramag, the Monolith Kingdom, by Brian Suskind.
10) The Floating Village, by Paizo developer Adam Daigle.
11) The Great Hive of Arbeyach,a city of the tosculi insectfolk, by Wolfgang Baur.
12) A second round of additional art and maps for the core book, including 5 regional maps.
13) New art commissioned from Fred Fields.
14) Ishadia, the celestial kingdom of the aasimar.
15) The City of Crimson Pillars, a place of ancient horrors, by Wolfgang Baur.
16) Necrology of the Mummy, by Richard Pett
17) Introduction by Jeff Grubb, auhor of Al-Qadim
18) Tes-Luria, seat of the Carnidine Kingdom
19) Blue Turbans, martial options for desert fighters, paladins, and rangers
20) Roshgazi, Labyrinth city of the Minotaurs
21) The Living Jungle: secrets of an enchanted jungle that wants to eat your skull
22) Poster map bound into the hardcover!
23) Expeditions and Caravans section added
As standalone PDFs: Backers receive these extras outside the main book:
1) the Emerald Order cult (12 page PDF),
2) the Advanced Races: Gnolls (17 pages)
3) Advanced Races: Aasimar (20 page PDF)
4) the Hand of Nakresh cult (16 pages)
5) the Jinnborn player option by Paizo designer Stephen Radney-MacFarland
6) Servants of the White Ape
7) the Doomspeakers, an order of antipaladins
8) poster map of the region
9) Magic mirrors, a book of magical treasures
10) Advanced Races: Werelion
11) Selket, Queen of Scorpions
12) Advanced Races: Tosculi
In the Arabian Nights: Three additional adventures are now added to the book:
1) "Tomb of the Elephant God", by Mike Shel.
2) "Tomb-Palace of Nakresh the Many-Handed", by Amber Scott.
3) "Against the Serpent King" by Mike Welham
Plus a series of add-ons and forum goals. More items will be added as new backers pledge to the project.Last updated:
Yes, the Southlands core book will be printed in hardcover. The poster map will be included with the hardcover (and in PDF too of course!).
The Arabian Nights collection and the Southlands Bestiary are softcover volumes.Last updated:
Well, the answer is a bit tricky. We did that with Deep Magic, and it was a mixed bag from our perspective. Canadian shipping was a little cheaper than, say, shipping to Europe, but it was much more expensive than the US book rate, and just as expensive in terms of the extra work required for additional customs and paperwork.
This time, we’re going with a European shipping partner, and we expect shipping to Canada to actually cost slightly more than shipping to Europe. (In case you’re wondering, yes, we talked with Canada Post about bulk shipment within Canada. It only helps if we have a very large number of Canadian backers, and we just can’t guarantee that.)
For this Kickstarter, Canadians will get the same shipping break as other international backers. We won’t charge Canadians the actual shipping and handling costs, which will end up being slightly higher than listed.Last updated:
I’d like to back the project and submit a monster for publication. What are the general monster submission guidelines?
The short story: monster submissions must be about 500 words, formatted properly in a Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) file, and submissions are due Oct. 30.
The longer story: We really want Southlands monsters that evoke pulp adventure themes, meaning that we’d like backstories that are painted in black-and-white rather than in shades of gray. Basically, think Ray Harryhausen (“Clash of the Titans,” anyone?), or the “Mummy” movies. We want these monsters to live in worlds that they can truly terrorize, with powers that are dark, sinister, and, of course, exciting.
But! Just because we want these monsters to represent action and adventure doesn’t mean we don’t want them to be impossible for burgeoning heroes to kill. In fact, for this project, we prefer monsters that are CR 1 to 12. Submitting a higher CR monster won’t automatically disqualify you, but, as we like to say, the hardest monsters to design—and thus the ones that will most impress us—are at the lower end of the power scale.
For purposes of this project, Mythic monsters are acceptable submissions.
We have lots more tips, tricks, and information about the monster submissions. As the campaign continues, we’ll make sure to get that information to those who want it most.Last updated:
I live in the EU. Will I get my books posted from a European location (are the parcels shipped en masse to the EU)? Or are they getting shipped out individually from the USA? In other words, do I need to factor in import tax as an EU resident?
Kobold Press used to ship out separate mailings from the US, but that was hugely expensive (around $40 in shipping costs per person). Now we'll be going with an EU partner sending out the books, though we still have two bidders (UK and Germany). Either way, I think you'll avoid import tax in the EU, as I'll pay that indirectly instead. You also won't be the postage from the US, which was about $40.
There's an exception: the coins are likely to ship directly from the US, and it's also possible that the letterpress booklet will ship from the US (depending on the final print run).Last updated:
We’re so glad you asked! We think we’ve assembled a great team of designers for all the sundry Southlands items.
For the core “Southlands” setting book, our designers are Wolfgang Baur, Ben McFarland, Brian Suskind, and Amanda Hamon Kunz, together with Adam Daigle, Richard Pett, and others.
For “Ten Arabian Nights,” the designers are Wolfgang Baur, David “Zeb” Cook, Clay Fleischer, Jim Groves, Jeff Grubb, Joshua Stevens, Amber Scott, Mike Shel, and Mike Welham.
For material about the lost cities and the City of Per-Bastet, designers are Wolfgang Baur, Adam Daigle, Ted Reed, and Adam Roy.
And Wolfgang Baur, our illustrious Kobold-in-Chief, will design “Through the Red Portal.”Last updated:
It's a brainstorming and design forum for the project designers, editors, cartographer, freelancers, and a limited number of backers. Red Portal Wizards and up are eligible to participate. We may open the brainstorm to other backers as supporter goals (meaning we increase the overall number of backers).Last updated:
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