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A weird fantasy third party setting written for both Lamentations of the Flame Princess and The Black Hack, as well as most OSR RPGs.
A weird fantasy third party setting written for both Lamentations of the Flame Princess and The Black Hack, as well as most OSR RPGs.
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In the beginning, there were twelve gods: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hermes, and Dionysus. Each of the gods was one hundred times a man in every way, in wisdom, intellect, and strength. But their bloodlust, rage, and pride were also one hundred times that of a man, and the gods began to recognize faults in every other, perceiving themselves to be the only perfect god. And each, to cleanse the universe of such faults, waged war against the other gods. After this deific combat, only Apollo was left standing, and, confronted with one hundred times the melancholy of a regular mortal, he plunged a dagger through his own heart, killing the last of the gods. Yet their godly corpses still floated through the ether and, from the maggots infesting them, the twelve peoples were born, with different aptitudes and tenets based on the corpse they once fed upon. In this way were the peoples and their homes created.

The transition isn't always painless...
The transition isn't always painless...

 

About On the Shoulders of Giants

On the Shoulders of Giants is a setting source book for James Raggi's Lamentations of the Flame Princess and for David Black's The Black Hack. It contains four new classes: the Conspirator, the Corpse Worker, the Prize Fighter, and the Witchdoctor, for both systems. The Conspirator is a leader, the person behind the throne, they devise insane plans that somehow succeed. The Corpse Worker is a hardy miner, extracting the humors and metals from the divine Bodies. The Prize Fighter is a gladiator or a mercenary, just fighting to get paid at the end of the day. The Witchdoctor is a healer or surgeon, using the divine humors in mystical ways through experiments. All four of the classes are provided for both the Black Hack and Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Besides the classes, monsters from the Twelve Bodies, random tables to aid the Referee, equipment for the players, and other materials are contained in this booklet.

Why a Crowdfunding Campaign?

This campaign is solely meant to commission more amazing art from Scrap Princess, whose work can be seen in Deep Carbon Observatory, Veins of the Earth, and Fire on the Velvet Horizon, among others. If this campaign does not succeed, the book will still be published in both print and PDF, albeit with less amazing art.

Stretch Goals

Although I am trying to keep this campaign to a minimum of clutter, I do have a couple of stretch goals planned to make this book even better.

$200 - Professional Layout; At this stretch goal, I will be able to hire Glynn Seal to work on providing On the Shoulders of Giants with professional layout! Glynn has been professionally involved in the production of technical drawings for 29 years, and now works full time as a professional freelance artist providing cartography, artwork, design elements and layout at MonkeyBlood Design (www.monkeyblooddesign.co.uk). UPDATE: This stretch goal has been met!

Disclaimer

I am not associated in any way with James Raggi, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, or David Black.

Risks and challenges

There is always the potential that something unexpected will take up either mine or Scrap Princess' time and the release date may be delayed. However, all of the book is already written, and a fair amount of art is already created, so this shouldn't be a major problem.

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