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Bergholt! A fully realized city adventure from Davis Chenault, co-creator of the bone-cleaving RPG that is Castles & Crusades!
Bergholt! A fully realized city adventure from Davis Chenault, co-creator of the bone-cleaving RPG that is Castles & Crusades!
Bergholt! A fully realized city adventure from Davis Chenault, co-creator of the bone-cleaving RPG that is Castles & Crusades!
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Campaign Update #10: Cleaver the Pit is unlocked!!! And a kindly Thank you! Davis has been hammering away on the Adventure Hooks and has begun work on the next chapter in the Inzaen Saga: Beneath the Black Moon! Coming soon....

Davis has penned the first of the Adventure Hooks: The Hand of Betrayal: The day is ugly. A cold drizzle, turgid air and sooty clouds envelop Bergholt. The cobbles are slick, timbers sweat and drip into filthy puddles. The lane ahead is packed with a sullen mob. They part as you move forward, many with angry eyes and deadly stares. Standing before you are four of the Vermasten Guard, gleaming halberds in hand, pushing onlookers back. Another, a Karsant, stands with a small axe in hand. He stares at a young man who weeps openly, tears streaming down the young man's cheeks onto his child’s beard. The young man is restrained by others and his arm extended and placed upon a board.

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Kickstarter Goal: We've funded and are set to ship Bergholt and the stretch rewards. The book has already gone to editing and is on schedule for the promised rapid turn around. Now to grow it!

What is Bergholt: A city adventure with a complete description of the city, its inhabitants, and all their many machinations AND an adventure that plunges you into the sordid world of that far flung city. Bergholt herself is a city that lies upon the southern shores of the Interzae. Her crumbling walls sit astride the far flung realms of the east and west. A backwater controlled by powerful merchants and thieves, where most struggle to cut their way to the top, through violence or guile. It picks up after the Death in the Treklant series (already published and available in the $59+ pledge to your right), though it can be a stand alone if desired.

The Town: Bergholt is a large city located on the southern banks of a vast inland, freshwater sea named the Interzae. The city itself is a vast collection of houses, warehouses, taverns, inns, shops, tenant buildings, and markets in varying stages of repair, disrepair and collapse. It sprawls over a large area that even contains a portion of a man-made lake used as a water reservoir. All of this is encompassed by a massive wall. The city is divided into two distinct parts. There is the upper city, the Unteberg, which lies above the bay on the hills atop the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Erav. The lower city, the Onteberg, is that portion at the base at the cliffs and lies on the rocky shores of the bay. The two are connected by a series of crooked ramped roads and narrow staircases. The bay is circled almost entirely by large white-faced cliffs with only a narrow opening on its northern end allowing passage into and out of the port. The lands about the city are dotted with farmsteads and small thorps whose inhabitants reap and sow the bounty of the earth, raise cattle and sheep and grow wheat, barley and other staples, supplying much of the city’s agricultural resources.

The Adventure: By Shadow of Night begins in the city of Bergholt where the PCs are being offered honorary citizenship (presumably for the rescue operation conducted in Death in the Treklant series). Citizenship brings with it many rewards. It also brings perils of a deadly nature. Watch your step and keep an eye on those behind you, before a narrow dagger slips silently between the ribs.

Inzae: Inzae is a primer for a savage world of dark design. A land forged by the rage of a dragon. A land both harsh and cruel, where life is short and brutal and only the very strong or the very lucky survive.

Sample of Collector's Map: The two from the right are from Gary Gygax's The Hermit, the two from the left are from Steve Chenault Heart of Glass. The large on is Dzeebagd.

About Davis Chenault: Davis cofounded TLG with his brother Stephen and Mac Golden back in 1999. He was instrumental in the companies early evolution and one of 3 major designers that developed and created Castles & Crusades. His active role in the company ended some years ago, but he remained in an advisory position (being Steve's brother and a prominent member of their Thursday night game), but he is at last returning to the fold!

Stretch Rewards!


$4000 The Players Guide to Bergholt: Acheived! This book contains all the information a player would need to know to navigate the streets and culture of the city. It includes a brief description of Bergholt, a list of the important or well-known establishments (businesses, government buildings, etc.) or locations in the city, major streets, customs and other peculiar and interesting information. Though this information is included in the book, the players guides are offered to players sans critical CK information to ease play. $59.00 and above!

$5000 Inzae Primer Expansion and Teaser: Achieved! The humanoids in Inzae are very unique and we are going to bring this to the primer. For the $59.00+ level Davis will expand all the content on orcs (the Jazrim), trolls, goblins and ogres. As an ADDED bonus for backers at the $100.00 level, we will include a 13 page teaser Beneath the Black Moon (this will be notes and roughs), the adventure and setting material Davis began working on the moment Bergholt funded!

$6500 Deadly Environs: Achieved! Davis will unleash his many adventure hooks for Bergholt that help you and the players explore areas of the town of Bergholt and local environs like never before! $59 pledge and over!

$7500 Cleaver the Pit, the Game: Achieved! There are cleaver pits everywhere! Underground fight clubs where participants fight to the death. Bergholt is no exception! Now you can have the complete basic game! Cleaver the Pit is a deadly game of arena fighting. Fast and easy to learn. Comes with 3d10. But be careful! Its deadly. $59+ level!

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With this Kickstarter we are taking a different approach. The project is largely done and ready for layout. We are putting a short two month turn around on this one. We really hope to ship this one within 4-6 weeks of its conclusion. This puts added pressure on the design team, but it's pressure we are more than trained to handle.

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    You receive print and digital versions of the following product: Bergholt, By Shadow of Night. 12 x 18 Bergholt City Map. World of Inzae Primer. World of Inzae World Map. Death in the Treklant Adventure module. Treklant Regional Map 12 x 18. Also, a special collection of photocopies of Davis's hand drawn maps from the early days of TLG ranging from products for authors great and small (see sample to the left). With notes and historical commentary by Davis. All items signed and personalized by Davis for this level only.

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