Fungi of the Far Realms is a tabletop role-playing game supplement/illustrated encyclopaedia chock to the gills with fictional mushrooms. Each entry is ready to run with your favourite fantasy game or simply to be read and enjoyed in a good wingback chair by the fire.
Written by Alex Clements and illustrated by Shuyi Zhang, each of its many entries represent the idiosyncratic field notes of celebrated fictional mycologist E.Q. Wintergarden, making the book an in-game artefact you can hand your players.
From the book's own introduction:
"Published 80 years ago, it remains the most sought after tome on the subject of identification and as a general glossary of fungi, lichen and slime moulds in the infinite realms we call home. Not only is it essential for the identification of over 200 different species, but it remains the golden standard of the small but verdant genre of mushroom writing. Each entry reads like a poem in its perfection of form and lyrical charm, whilst never sacrificing the scientific rigour for which E.Q. Wintergarden was known.
This illuminated facsimile edition comes with the original illustrations by Shuyi Zhang who was a close companion on Wintergarden’s expeditions, and thus saw many of these fungi alive in the wild. Their attention to detail allows unprecedented accuracy, far surpassing that of lesser artists who take their references from samples or, disturbingly often, from the illustrations of better persons than themselves."
But what is Fungi of the Far Realms?
It is a uniquely vast, focused and luscious book of inspiring mushrooms, each one a possible cause for adventure or entertaining improvised side note.
It is a physical artefact you can give to both your players and their characters.
It is system neutral, containing guidelines on how to use mushrooms in your favourite game.
It is a work of art and fiction mingled harmoniously to echo field guides of the past century.
It is a beautiful fully illustrated offset printed book made to the highest standards of modern bookbinding that will look at home alongside the nicest books on your shelf.
Smyth-sewn binding, ensuring it will lay flat and stand up to years of use.
216 traditionally painted watercolour illustrations on high quality paper.
System neutral but specific instructions are provided on the strange effects a mushroom might have.
Written by Alex R. Clements.
Illustrated by Shuyi Zhang.
Published by The Melsonian Arts Council.
Estimated release September 2019.
The art is done, the writing is done, all that is left is layout, editing and printing. We need £5,000 to have this book finished to our usual high standards.
We've learnt time and again to keep it simple. So we are: we're funding a book, we'll make a book. Simple! That being said, we do have some incentives:
The Gambler - If we get funded in 24 hours we'll indulge our love of custom dice and have a mushroom themed laser cut D6 included with every physical pledge for free.
The Saint - At £12,000 we will double the print run to 2000 copies. You noble backers will be getting the very best price on the book no matter what, but printing 2000 copies will greatly reduce the cost for post-Kickstarter purchasers.
The Latinist - At £18,000 we will have a full complement of authentic scientific names created for the mushrooms.
The Ribbon - At £24,000 we'll finally put a ribbon in a book. It will be a fine ribbon.
Like our previous projects, we will work out postage later through our own store. The process looks a bit like this: we finally get the physical books in our hands, then we say "hey, you lot, take this KS code and go to our store" where you'll pay nothing but postage for the book. Easy and accurate.
As for costs, below are all estimates made from a pretty solid guess of how heavy the book will be. All are subject to change and the whims of Royal Mail.
Import duties, taxes, etc. are not included. There shouldn't be any since books are protected in most countries, but please check if you are at all unsure.
Risks and challenges
We have kept this project very simple. Every step is something we have done before and are confident in delivering. There is always the risk of those involved being incapacitated, in which case we'd either delay the project or get additional outside help, both of which are quite reasonably achieved and not too bothersome.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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