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Sailing the Starlit Sea will be the definitive sourcebook on fantasy space travel designed for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
Sailing the Starlit Sea will be the definitive sourcebook on fantasy space travel designed for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
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Funding Update- If funding levels reach $6,000, backers of Sailor level and higher will receive a free full-color poster map depicting the Seren System.

The Ultimate Adventure Awaits!

Captain Helios stepped onto the deck and surveyed the forces arrayed before his ship, the Emerald Gryphon. Suspended in the void of glittering stars were three juggernauts flying the colors of Nimbus. The crew were running to man the ballista while his trusted first mate, Achenar, strapped on his spring-loaded bracers packed with various wands.

The wizard nodded, though his face was grim. “It looks like the mercane took exception to the plunder of their supply ships. I hope you have a plan!”

I’m just making this up as I go along.” Helios winked and smiled at Achenar. The captain turned and pointed at the tightly packed mass of asteroids in the distance. “Make for the Shattered Wanderer! We will play a little game of cat and mouse.”

Achenar winced. “The mouse rarely comes out of that game in one piece.”

It’s a good thing I intend to be the cat.”

As the Emerald Gryphon turned to enter the grinding field of rock, the juggernauts moved to follow. The chase was on.

Sailing the Starlit Sea will be the definitive sourcebook on fantasy space travel. Designed for the Pathfinder Roleplaying GameSailing the Starlit Sea will provide guidelines for magical star travel set within an easily adapted setting. Explore alien worlds laden with ruins from forgotten civilizations.  Bargain in exotic marketplaces at the edge of the solar system.  Take on the role of pirate and plunder your way to infamy. Risk your sanity to uncover cosmic knowledge from aeons past. Now is the time to test your mettle. A universe of adventure awaits!

Sailing the Starlit Sea will consist of two major elements. First of these are the rules for starships, ship-to-ship combat, and everything else you will need to run a fantasy space campaign. These mechanics will be flexible enough to add to any setting and will include options for players and GMs alike. To complement these rules, Sailing the Starlit Sea will also feature a detailed setting. The Seren System will be a collection of planets, moons, planetoids, and other celestial bodies with a robust history and a medley of compelling cultures, both alien and familiar. This backdrop will also be apart of a larger framework, broad enough to include your favorite campaign setting and allow for quick and easy interstellar travel.

In addition, Sailing the Starlit Sea will be adaptable to a variety of preferences through the use of Campaign Overlays. These will provide advice on how to alter the standard assumptions found in the book to your tastes. Campaign Overlays will address everything from methods of interstellar travel to adjusting the physical laws of the universe. So if Pythagorean inspired spheres are your preference or the concept of a breathable aether appeals to you, Sailing the Starlit Sea will provide a way to accommodate those choices while still preserving the rules and setting presented in the book.

You now have the opportunity to help shape the design of this landmark sourcebook. Playtest the rules, provide feedback on the StSS universe, and help create key elements of the setting.  Make your mark on this new project and bring the stars to Pathfinder Roleplaying Game fans everywhere.

Who will be working on the design of Sailing the Starlit Sea?

Developers on the project will include Mike Welham (Open Design, Paizo Publishing, Rite Publishing, Clockwork Gnome Publishing), Allen Taliesin (Owner of Clockwork Gnome Publishing, Along the Faerie Path), and Craig Johnston (RPG Superstar Top 32 2009). Other designers will be joining the project as well. These will be announced soon.

What will the format for Sailing the Starlit Sea be?

The print version of Sailing the Starlit Sea will be a full-color hardcover book with a minimum of 96 pages. The PDF edition will include two versions of the book; a color copy suitable for screen viewing and a bare-bones, art-free copy. Each download will also contain files for use with Lone Wolf Development's fantastic Hero Lab software. A print and PDF package will be also be available.

Are there any previews for the project?

There are currently four previews available to give you a glimpse at what Sailing the Starlit Sea will contain.

Throughout the Kickstarter campaign new previews will be posted to grant an even more in-depth look at the rules and setting of Sailing the Starlit Sea. Major art previews are also planned

Will additional benefits become available?

Additional benefits are being considered and new reward levels may appear over time.

When will Sailing the Starlit Sea be released?

The original release date for Sailing the Starlit Sea was February 2012. Naturally, this date has changed and the expected release date is now August 2012. While we understand this is disappointing for those looking forward to a February release, we also hope those who are excited about the release help support the project by becoming a backer. No matter what your backing level, you will be able to playtest certain rules and view previews not open to the general public.

Are future supplements planned?

Depending on demand, Clockwork Gnome Publishing is interested in producing all sorts of support material. In addition, much of Sailing the Starlit Sea will be open content, meaning other publishers can use the material to produce their own supplements. We are even looking into providing a compatibility license and logo.

So, is Clockwork Gnome Publishing looking to produce other products reminiscent of old favorites?

Most certainly. If Sailing the Starlit Sea reaches its goal and proves popular, we have a particular project in mind. Let's just say we have a fondness for the planes around here.

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    Apprentice Sailor: Access to the development blog, acknowledgement in the credits, and a place in the Sailing the Starlit Sea playtest. Also includes a free digital copy of Campaign Cogs- The Virtuous and the Vile: Morithal, Lord of Unceasing Hunger.

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    Sailor: A PDF copy of the book (full color version and printer-friendly, no-art version), Hero Lab datasets, access to the development blog, a place in the Sailing the Starlit Sea playtest, and acknowledgement in the credits. Also includes free digital copies of the next two Clockwork Gnome Publishing releases, starting with Campaign Cogs- The Virtuous and the Vile: Morithal, Lord of Unceasing Hunger.

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    Lookout: A signed hardcover copy of Sailing the Starlit Sea, a PDF copy of the book (full color version and printer-friendly, no-art version), Hero Lab datasets, access to the development blog, a place in the Sailing the Starlit Sea playtest, and acknowledgement in the credits. Also includes free digital copies of the next three Clockwork Gnome Publishing releases, starting with Campaign Cogs- The Virtuous and the Vile: Morithal, Lord of Unceasing Hunger.

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    Explorer: A signed hardcover copy of Sailing the Starlit Sea, a PDF copy of the book (full color version and printer-friendly, no-art version), Hero Lab datasets, PDF copy of the first StSS adventure, Voyage of the Emerald Gryphon, access to the development blog, first look at the manuscript for the StSS setting and access to the setting feedback forums, and acknowledgement in the credits. Also includes free digital copies of the next four Clockwork Gnome Publishing releases, starting with Campaign Cogs- The Virtuous and the Vile: Morithal, Lord of Unceasing Hunger.

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    Navigator: A signed hardcover copy of Sailing the Starlit Sea, a PDF copy of the book (full color version and printer-friendly, no-art version), Hero Lab datasets, softcover and PDF copy of the first Sailing the Starlit Sea adventure, Voyage of the Emerald Gryphon, access to the development blog, first look at the manuscript for the StSS setting and access to the setting feedback forums, work with the designers to help develop two major characters guaranteed to appear in the StSS setting, and acknowledgement in the credits as a developer. Also includes free digital copies of the next five Clockwork Gnome Publishing releases, starting with Campaign Cogs- The Virtuous and the Vile: Morithal, Lord of Unceasing Hunger.

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    Helmsman:Two hardcover copies of Sailing the Starlit Sea (one signed and one unsigned), a PDF copy of the book (full color version and printer-friendly, no-art version), Hero Lab datasets, softcover and PDF copy of the first Sailing the Starlit Sea adventure, Voyage of the Emerald Gryphon, access to the development blog, first look at the manuscript for the StSS setting and access to the setting feedback forums, work with the designers to help develop a major organization guaranteed to appear as a one-page entry in the StSS setting, and acknowledgement in the credits as a developer. Also includes free digital copies of the next six Clockwork Gnome Publishing releases, starting with Campaign Cogs- The Virtuous and the Vile: Morithal, Lord of Unceasing Hunger.

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    First Mate: Two hardcover copies of Sailing the Starlit Sea (one signed and one unsigned), a PDF copy of the book (full color version and printer-friendly, no-art version), Hero Lab datasets, softcover and PDF copy of the first Sailing the Starlit Sea adventure, Voyage of the Emerald Gryphon, access to the development blog, first look at the manuscript for the StSS setting and access to the setting feedback forums, work with the designers to help develop a moon or planetoid that is guaranteed to appear as a 1-2 page entry in StSS, and acknowledgement in the credits as a developer. Also includes free digital copies of the next seven Clockwork Gnome Publishing releases, starting with Campaign Cogs- The Virtuous and the Vile: Morithal, Lord of Unceasing Hunger.

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    Captain: Two hardcover copies of Sailing the Starlit Sea (one signed and one unsigned), a PDF copy of the book (full color version and printer-friendly, no-art version), Hero Lab datasets, softcover and PDF copy of the first Sailing the Starlit Sea adventure, Voyage of the Emerald Gryphon, access to the development blog, first look at the manuscript for the StSS setting and access to the setting feedback forums, work with the designers to help develop a major adventure site that is guaranteed to appear as a 3-5 page entry in StSS, and acknowledgement in the credits as a developer. Also includes free digital copies of the next eight Clockwork Gnome Publishing releases, starting with Campaign Cogs- The Virtuous and the Vile: Morithal, Lord of Unceasing Hunger.

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