I'm glad Pathfinder exists. This is not a comparative judgement, and I'm not one of those gamers who picks a genre or a rules system and talks down everything that isn't it. I like D&D 5E, too. But I started writing for RPGs during the D&D 3E open-license boom. I wrote a lot of material for 3.0 and 3.5, got to know the system like a buddy you've been gaming with for years and years, and I have always had a soft spot for it. So I'm happy that Pathfinder picked up the torch and has carried it with such grace and confidence.
I started writing a series of 10,000-word location modules for D&D 5E called Places by the Way (take a look at one of my previous Kickstarters to learn more about it) and Ramen Sandwich Press published the first one, The Village of Darkharrow, about a year ago. Since then, I have wondered if we were missing out by focusing exclusively on D&D and neglecting the Pathfinder market. This campaign will put it to the test. We're on the Pathfinder Compatibility Registry, if you want to scroll down and check out our profile.
I'd like to start a parallel series called Found by the Way, that will be fully compatible with Pathfinder under the terms of their OGL. Encounters, NPCs, special items — everything will be optimized for Pathfinder instead of D&D 5E. The bestiary portion of the Pathfinder SRD is so large by now that it offers a truly boggling assortment of critters and such to work with, so I'm looking forward to using that richness to tinker with the Places by the Way formula in entertaining and challenging (for author, GM and player alike) ways.
This campaign will support production and publication of four modules: Path to Darkharrow (a farming village unaware that a drow mage is planning to wipe it off the map), Path to Old Gnome's Argosy (a shipwreck that contains more than the party bargained for), Path to Oyster Cove (a fishing village with an evil storm cult in its midst) and Path to Sylvanhome (a wood elf village coping with encroaching humans). If the campaign reaches its goal, you'll receive a Kickstarter-only, Limited Edition version of one or more modules, each containing an Easter Egg of content that available only to Kickstarter backers — a little inside joke just between you and me, because backing this campaign makes you that special. In practice, this has taken the form of an extra location, or a twist on an existing location. Going forward, I'll develop and Ramen Sandwich Press will publish Found by the Way #5 in parallel with Places by the Way #5, and so on, going forward.
If this campaign doesn't hit our funding goal, then we'll conclude that the market probably won't support the work involved, and we'll scale back our plans and stick to D&D 5E. Again: This is an experiment for Ramen Sandwich Press, and only you can say whether or not it succeeds.
What About Pathfinder 2nd Edition?
I've added an update with some thoughts on the subject. Short version: If this campaign succeeds, it's because a critical mass of the Pathfinder community represented and backed it. In return, Ramen Sandwich will commit to sticking with Pathfinder over the long term, come what may. Here's our plan:
If this campaign meets its goal, we'll keep publishing Found by the Way modules. When the playtest version of Pathfinder 2E comes out in August, I'll give it a good look, write up conversion notes for every Found by the Way module published up to that point and email you a PDF. From that point until the final form of 2E makes its formal debut (probably sometime next year), each new module that we publish will contain conversion notes so that you can use it with the playtest rules instead of 1E, if you wish.
Also, when 2E makes its formal debut next year, I will write up a new set of conversion notes (if necessary) and email that to you as well, so that you can retrofit all of the 1E modules without having to convert them yourself. After that point, new Found by the Way modules will be optimized for 2E.
Again: If Pathfinder fans support us, we'll repay it as best we can. We won't half-ass it, we won't take your support for granted.
Our rewards focus on a special, “Limited Edition” of each module. It contains an Easter Egg of additional content that is not part of the version sold to the wider public, and we will not offer it outside of Kickstarter campaigns.
$8: A PDF copy of one Found by the Way module, your choice. Your reward survey will have a multiple-choice option, so you don't have to decide until after the campaign ends which one you want.
$15: PDF copies of two Found by the Way modules, your choice5
$20: PDF copies of all four Found by the Way modules: Path to Darkharrow, Path to Old Gnome's Argosy, Path to Oyster Cove and Path to Sylvanhome.
$60: As our print option for this campaign, we're going compile all four modules into a single volume and I'll autograph it for you!
$75: An autographed copy of the print compendium, plus PDFs of all four modules.
$60: Pledge early and pledge often! As an early bird special, the first 20 backers to choose the top reward will get the PDFs for free!
Risks and challenges
We've run four successful Kickstarter campaigns in the last year or so for similar products, and we have delivered on every one. We wouldn't have launched this campaign if Ramen Sandwich Press didn't know what it was doing by now. We may run a little behind schedule, but we'll deliver.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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