S̀uen Ikna: The Known Lands Tabletop Role Playing Game
S̀uen Ikna: The Known Lands Tabletop Role Playing Game
A new fantasy tabletop RPG featuring a fully developed constructed language and a richly detailed setting for all to explore!
A new fantasy tabletop RPG featuring a fully developed constructed language and a richly detailed setting for all to explore! Read more
Hello, my name is Tariq and I’m happy to introduce my Tabletop role-playing game, S̀uen Ikna, The Known Lands, to you all. Role playing games and fantasy settings in general have always been a passion of mine, so naturally I wanted to create one of my own. I began this project in early 2016 when I had just gotten out of college and I’ve pretty much dedicated my life to it the past two years, as it is writing this sort of material is really what I feel I’m suited for.
To begin, I’d like to present the major features of my game that I think are of the most interest to all potential backers. One of the biggest features I’ve created for this project is the constructed language, or conlang, of the world of the Known Lands. It’s called “s̀uiknan”, which simply means “language” and it is used by all the races that inhabit the Known Lands. The Language consists of 45 letter alphabet, with some punctuation marks, all of which are shown below:
The punctuation marks are aligned on a square like grid when writing, so that there are five possible positions: center, upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. Text in s̀uiknan is written/read left to right, just like in English. So far, the language consists of over 5,400 words with approximately 2,900 nouns, 1,300 verbs, 860 adjectives, 225 adverbs, and 225 other words [Pronouns, determiners, etc.].
I have also fully designed the grammar of the language such that it is possible to convey complex concepts and abstract ideas, as I demonstrated in the video. Below is a chart that details the name of each letter in s̀uiknan, the letter itself, as well as how to write the letter; it is important to follow the order of strokes that I have shown below as it keeps all the letters looking consistent and easy to read.
In addition to the written form of s̀uiknan, I have also included an audio file that details how to pronounce each letter. The format is: Letter #, s̀uiknan name for letter, letter sound, English equivalent if available
Moving on from the constructed language, the world-building I have done to create the world of The Known Lands is also something that I’m very proud of. I have provided a rudimentary map below that shows the all 4 continents and nearby islands that make up The Known Lands as well as the 38 Nations that reside within it, labeled in the s̀uiknan writing script. Below the first map, I have included a second map that details the general biomes that exist in the Known Lands.
Inhabiting this world are the four playable races in The Known Lands: the Arikt́, the Hasma, the Maś, and the Okînfêd. These 4 races are further split into 17 distinct ethnic groups, all of which, for the sake of brevity, are detailed in the book outline provided at the end of this description.
At this point, I would like to note that all the Character Art for this project thus far and continuing on to completion will be made by Adelaide, who can be reached @Felidadae on Twitter. They have posted many other art pieces there from fan art to original works, so if you’re curious, there is where you’ll find more examples of their work. However, I would like to ask that any questions regarding the content of the project, backer concerns, etc. be directed towards me using the contact information located at the end of this description.
Primarily inhabiting the Southeastern Continent of Naĵadikna, the Arikt́ Ss̀anan are the largest race in the Known Lands. They bear the features of their Keeper, the Elder Dragon Gen̄azant̀i, who granted them the ability to use Essence Magic through their covenant. They later learned how to wield the Elemental Magics from the Maś Ss̀anan. The Arikt́ shown below is of the Viārik ethnic group.
Primarily inhabiting the Northeastern Continent of Údeĵadikna, the Hasma Ss̀anan are the second largest race in the Known Lands. They bear the features of their Keeper, the Golden Eagle Iselafiani, who granted them the ability to use Light Magic through their covenant. They later learned how to wield the Elemental Magics from the Maś Ss̀anan. The Hasma shown below is of the Iskoha ethnic group.
Primarily inhabiting the Central Continent of Maśkna, the Maś Ss̀anan are the second smallest race in the Known Lands. As there are no keepers on the Central Continent, the Maś bear no features other than those directly inherited from their ancestors. However, due to their interactions with Elementals in the past, they have gained the ability to wield Fire, Water, Earth and Air Magic. The Maś shown below is of the Kuśkna ethnic group.
Primarily inhabiting the Northwestern Continent of Údeśkna, the Okînfêd Ss̀anan are the smallest race in the Known Lands. They bear the features of their Keeper, the Giant Sabertooth Kaśakǹmoan, who granted them the ability to use Shadow Magic through their covenant. They later learned how to wield the Elemental Magics from the Maś Ss̀anan. The Okînfêd shown below is of the Odàkete ethnic group.
As a final note, I’d like to note what each of the symbols represents in what will be the front cover art of the book.
The dark spiral behind the overall image represents the Void, from which all existence spawned forth from. The star in the middle of the illustration represents Ídeĥm, the Creator of the Pantheon and all things that reside within the universe. The 11 symbols encircling the star represent the other 11 gods of the pantheon:
Gen̄arak, the Origin
Iseleb, the Sun Kas̀az, the Moon
Ekanmēr, the Eternal Flame
Śs̀ela, the Boundless River
Yūrgasa, the Abiding Mountain
Vit̀ênō, the Spirited Wind
Is̀temīa, the Fertile Earth
Karegmāl, the Festering Blight
Akmarà, the Valiant
Tàs̀urana, the Enlightened
Finally, the four outer symbols represent the 4 genders common to all societies in The Known Lands.
The symbol in the upper left corner represents the Maĵed or "No-Gender" people, who do not identify with neither "masculine" nor "feminine" traits.
The symbol in the upper right corner represents the Teleĵam or "Two-Gender" people, who identify with both "masculine" and "feminine" traits.
The symbol in the bottom left corner represents the Delen or "Male" gender people, who strongly identify with only "masculine" traits
The symbol in the bottom right corner represents the Ĵalam or "Female" gender people, who strongly identify with only "feminine" traits.
It should be noted that these gender identities as well as the societal framework that supports them are detailed extensively in the outline provided further on in this description.
While I have detailed a good amount of information here, the vast majority of information regarding this project lies in my book outline, which I provided a link to below:
MAKE SURE TO LOOK AT THIS DOCUMENT FOR FULL GAME INFORMATION:
Now that I’ve shown you all what I’ve done to prepare for this Kickstarter, I ask you to provide me with the remaining funding I need to deliver an excellent Tabletop RPG product.
The book I hope to produce, The Known Lands Core Rulebook, will need $10,000 to reach the funding goal. This $10,000 of funding will be used for the following:
Approximately $3,500 will be spent on the rest of the planned 28 Character art pieces mentioned in the video as well as turning my rough, rudimentary world map into a proper one, which will be done with a separate artist I will contract after funding has been secured.
Approximately $2,000 will be spent hiring a professional copy editor to look over the entire book to ensure all the writing is of the highest quality and will be able to spot errors/inconsistencies that I myself might miss.
Approximately $2,000 will be spent hiring a professional typesetter/layout designer in order to help me organize the text of the book in a way that is pleasing to the eye as well as having the quality expected of traditionally published works.
Approximately $2,000 will be spent on fulfillment of Backer Rewards, including production, distribution, etc.
The reminder of the funding will go towards kickstarter fees.
Please keep in mind that these are the general figures that I have calculated based on research into how much these things will cost; the exact expenditure in each category may differ and will be determined by how much funding this project receives over the minimum goal, how many backers back this project, etc. but that’s the general outline of where your money will be going. I hope this description has encouraged you to back the project and help to make this dream of mine of mine a reality. Even if you decide it’s not a project you’re interested in, I thank you for at least taking the time out of your day to give it a look. I look forward to interacting with any and all backers here on Kickstarter as well as on Twitter @TheKnownLands
Risks and challenges
Potential Risk: The Book isn't completed, despite being fully funded
My Response: There is no need to worry about the book being completed, as I have already spent almost 2 years developing the material that I have made available for this kickstarter, which should show my dedication to the project as I believe that said material is quite extensive. I have also invested my own money into the project through the commissioning of art and the necessary programs I need to realize certain concepts, such as the promotional video shown above. I promise I will do my utmost to deliver the final project as well as all rewards to the best of my ability.
Potential Risk: Shipping costs using up a large portion of the money from pledges
My Response: I have included the shipping costs of all items into their respective reward tiers, and to be as transparent as possible, I have given warnings on each reward tier that indicate how much additional shipping charge will be added to your pledge. I realize that international shipping can be very expensive, but I wish to make my product available to as many people as possible, so I feel it is a reasonable decision.
Potential Risk: The book itself will be delayed beyond the estimated release date of December 2020
My Response: I set the date to December 2020 specifically because I realize this project will take a quite a long time to finish for two main reasons. One being that the artist(s) who will be working on the art for this project need time to produce all the illustrations for the project and the other being that as I am the only one doing the writing for the book, it will take a significant amount of time to finish it, including any possible hiccups that come up in my own life, such as sick days, etc. For the above reasons, I think I've decided to go with a safe estimate of about 2 and 1/2 years to complete the project. I realize that is quite a long time, but I ask you to please be patient with me, I simply want to create the best final product possible and that requires that I don't try to rush the project to meet a sooner deadline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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