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The Dark North – Volume 1 is a premium coffee table art book with new stories from Scandinavia's best illustrators and concept artists.
The Dark North – Volume 1 is a premium coffee table art book with new stories from Scandinavia's best illustrators and concept artists.
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This is not your average art book.

Five masters of the trade, five compelling myths, all told in over 100 new original paintings on over 200 pages, with specially written accompanying texts in English.

The Dark North – Volume 1 is the first in a planned series of art story books bringing out the immense talent behind the scenes of the extremely successful gaming industry in Scandinavia.

Five of Scandinavia's best illustrators and concept artists have been given free reign; creating new artwork and new myths – or shedding new light on old ones – drawing inspiration from a common ground – "The Dark North".

We will release the book in the first quarter of 2016, and here you have the chance to get hold of the unique Kickstarter Edition or the very limited Dark Edition, none of which will be available in retail.

Unlike the forthcoming paperback retail version, these two Kickstarter hardcover editions will have specially designed dust covers and exclusive cover art, and possibly much more.

The Dark North - Volume 1 in Dark Edition and Kickstarter Edition (covers not final).
The Dark North - Volume 1 in Dark Edition and Kickstarter Edition (covers not final).
Spreads from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”
Spreads from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”
Illustration from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”. Artist: Henrik Pettersson.
Illustration from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”. Artist: Henrik Pettersson.
Illustration from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”. Artist : Joakim Ericsson.
Illustration from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”. Artist : Joakim Ericsson.
Illustration from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”. Artist: Lukas Thelin.
Illustration from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”. Artist: Lukas Thelin.
Joakim Ericsson, Henrik Pettersson, Peter Bergting, Magnus ”Mojo” Olsson and Lukas Thelin.
Joakim Ericsson, Henrik Pettersson, Peter Bergting, Magnus ”Mojo” Olsson and Lukas Thelin.

With Scandinavia being home to some of the world's most successful gaming studios and traditional roleplaying game studios, we have some of the world's best talent working right around the corner. These artists create the worlds you play in every day, sometimes hundreds of hours, and the time has come to give them their chance to shine. And what better way than giving them the opportunity to create something of their own and putting it in the best quality book money can buy?

Peter Bergting – Internationally acclaimed and awarded artist, illustrator and writer Peter Bergting will bring to The Dark North his most personal work yet; a haunting journey through the mist covered mountains of a post apocalyptic Sweden, truly giving meaning to the words Dark North. So those familiar with Peter's previous work, be prepared for something different. And those of you not - prepare to be amazed.

Hello from Peter (video).

Visit Peter Bergting.

Read The Dark North interview.

Henrik Pettersson – Also known as Carnalizer, working as a concept artist at Minecraft developer Mojang, Henrik has lead the concept development for the online card game Scrolls. For the Dark North, Henrik breathes life into a new mythology featuring the Witches of the North. Born in the aftermath of the war between the Norse gods, the Aesir, and the gods that came before, the Vanir, we can assure you that you’ve never seen witches like these before. Ever. His new art promises to be as magical as it is jaw-dropping.

Hello from Henrik (video).

Visit Carnalizer.

Read The Dark North interview.

Joakim Ericsson – Currently at acclaimed game studio Starbreeze, classically trained painter-turned-concept artist who is the the only one of the five featured artists to explore The Dark North in the far future. With an immaculate sense of detail and perspective, as well as true mastery of color, Joakim will take us on an epic journey not only forward in time, but to the war-torn Dark North itself.

Hello from Joakim (video).

Visit Joakim Ericsson.

Read The Dark North interview.

Lukas Thelin – A name so closely knit to the Swedish world of role-playing games and board games that you can't separate the two. Lukas is the in-house artist – and masterclass cover artist – at games publisher Åskfågeln and his critically acclaimed work can be found in the recently released Western RPG and the Swedish edition of Lone Wolf RPG. Lukas’s art is always striking as it is fueled with drama. As expected, no less so in his imagery for The Dark North, which will take us back to his roots in the far North, and into the darkness of the mind that comes from living in the endless night.

Hello from Lukas (video).

Visit Lukas Thelin.

Read The Dark North interview.

Magnus "Mojo" Olsson – Known to many as the artist behind the iconic, action-filled cover for the Swedish cult RPG Neotech, Magnus “Mojo” Olsson takes The Dark North by the horns and goes straight for the core – the Nordic mythology. Mojo is the first and only among our artists to – among other techniques – physically paint on canvas as opposed to digital painting.

Hello from Mojo.

Visit Mojo.

Read The Dark North interview.

Illustration from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”. Artist: Peter Bergting.
Illustration from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”. Artist: Peter Bergting.

You can't get enough of The Dark North and you want more than the book? Look no further, as we have designed some nice add-ons for you to bring home as well. We are using Backerkit for this campaign, so feel free to upgrade your pledge later.

Prints from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”
Prints from ”The Dark North - Volume 1”

Print Set, $25 – Exclusive set of five high quality small prints (approx. 20x27cm), with art by each featured artist in The Dark North - Volume 1. Please note that the printed artwork might change, due to the fact that we haven't received all artwork from the artists yet, and want to give you the most striking prints possible.

Postcard Set, $10– Exclusive set of five postcards, with art by each featured artist in The Dark North - Volume 1. Please note that the printed artwork might change, due to the fact that we haven't received all artwork from the artists yet, and want to give you the most striking images possible.

The Dark North Poster (cover art), $15 – Folded large poster (approx. 70x100cm), with the cover art for The Dark North - Volume 1. Please note that the artwork might change, due to the fact that we haven't received all artwork from the artists yet, and thus have not finalized the cover.

Game Master's Screen, $10 – UNLOCKS ON STRETCH GOAL 4. Generic game master's screen with artwork from The Dark North to be used with the roleplaying game of your choosing.

The funds raised in this Kickstarter will be used roughly as follows:

  • 50% printing costs
  • 25% remuneration for the contributing artists
  • 10% payment for external services, such as web hosting, Backerkit, legal fees, software and music licensing etc.
  • 8% Kickstarter and payment fees
  • 7% travel and other costs

In addition to wisely investing the funds raised, the project team is of course contributing hundreds of hours of creating, designing, writing, layouting, negotiating, promoting and loving the project.   

1. Luxury Dust Cover – $23,000
Both the Kickstarter Edition and the Dark Edition will be given massive love in the shape of a dust cover with several cool, new features, like relief printing and metallic color.

2. Ribbon – $26,000
Both the Kickstarter Edition and the Dark Edition will be fitted with a neat chapter ribbon.

3. Foreword & Release Party Ticket – $29,000
The book will include a foreword by a person you adore and know very well from the fields of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. It may be a writer, film director or an actor. Also, every backer will receive an invitation to the release party event (or events, depending on the total funding).

4. Game Setting – $32,000
Released as a PDF, every backer will receive a roleplaying game setting, based on one of the five myths in The Dark North - Volume 1. The setting will be generic, so that you can apply it to which ever roleplaying game system you prefer.

5. Game Master’s Screen – $35,000
A Game Master’s Screen will be available as an add-on. The screen will be generic, so that you can apply it to which ever roleplaying game system you prefer.

6. Store and community launch – $40,000
We launch a store and community at darknorthart.com. Here you can buy art, prints, books, posters and much more.

7. Hardcase with every book – $45,000
All books will be delivered with a beautiful hardcase. 

8. Secret 6th artist revealed and added – $50,000
If we reach this stretch goal we add another artist and make the book even better.

If you have pledged for a book reward, you will have to add shipping to your pledge later. 

We will do everything in our power to keep shipping costs as low as possible for everyone. We will not make any money from your added shipping, you will only pay the actual shipping cost. 

Shipping is expensive, even more so than one might think, especially shipping a heavy art book. However, we will ship domestically in the US and Sweden, which will keep the costs to a minimum. Below you will find a chart with our current shipping costs. You will never have to pay more than stated below*.

We will keep you posted on any updates regarding shipping. UPDATED NOV 28.

COUNTRY       Single Book              Double North Reward
USA                       $10                       $20
Sweden                $10                        $10

Canada                 $20                        Not Eligible

UK                          $19                       $29
Germany                $19                       $19
Denmark                $19                       $19
Finland                   $19                       $19
Austria                   $19                       $25
Czech Republic    $19                       $29

France                   $25                       $25
Spain                     $25                       $32
Luxemburg           $25                       $25
Netherlands          $25                       $25
Estonia                  $25                       $25
Latvia                    $25                       $25
Poland                   $25                      $25
Monaco                 $25                      $39
Ireland                   $25                      $39
Belgium                 $25                      $25
Hungary                $25                      $32
Åland                     $25                      $25

Norway                 $29                       $29

Switzerland          $32                       $32
Italy                       $32                       $32
Portugal               $32                       $32

Lituania                $34                       $45

Lichtenstein         $39                      $45
Slovakia               $39                      $45
Slovenia               $39                      $45
Bulgaria               $39                      $52
Monte Carlo        $39                      $52

Serbia                  $39                      $39
Rumania              $39                      $39
Island                  $39                       $39
Greece                $39                       $39
Croatia                $39                       $39

Rest of the World  $39                   Not Eligible

*The Supporter of the North reward contains four books and therefore shipping costs will be higher than stated above. As with the Alliance of the North reward, we will contact you regarding shipping and delivery.

Risks and challenges

We, the team behind The Dark North, now count six successfully funded Kickstarter campaigns amongst ourselves. We've assembled a project team with many complementing skills. What we're trying to say is - it's our job to manage the risks of the project and get the book out the door.

Of course, stupid men drop bombs. Really, really bad things happen to people. If you've read up on this project, you know that we've had more than our fair share of tragedy leading up to this point.

But - you know what? Here we are. More determined than ever to give you guys the best fantasy art book you could possibly wish for!

But just to summarize the specific risks and challenges that we have prepared to meet, if the s**t hits the proverbial fan.

Production delays
There are many contributors to this project. Naturally, some key contributor can suffer a personal trauma or be delayed in delivering their contribution for other reasons. This will naturally cause a delay in the production, although this will never stop the project from full realization.

Printing
We have invested a substantial amount of time in choosing and negotiating with a printing house with an extensive track record of producing fantastic art books. Nevertheless, things can still go wrong in this process. This will be mitigated by a meticulous contract, clearly stating the qualitative requirements of this project. We ship out only when we are content that the end result meets our high-set expectations. Not before.

Costs
Of course, cost could rise. Currency rates fluctuate, pulp prices could explode due to a megalomaniac dictator in "Paperland" doubling the prices. But our project team have set aside funds to cover this. We are dedicated to making The Dark North a long-term project, beyond Volume 1. Therefore, securing the follow-through of this project - no matter the cost - is part of our long-term commitment to the vision of what The Dark North can - and will - become.

Finally, if you have any questions - just get in touch with us and we'll answer as transparently and quickly as we can!

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    DOUBLE NORTH (EUROPE & USA ONLY)
    Two books in Kickstarter Edition. This version of The Dark North - Volume 1 is only available through Kickstarter.

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    HUNTER OF THE NORTH
    The book in Kickstarter Edition, with five high quality signed prints (approx. 20x27cm), one by each featured artist. This version of The Dark North - Volume 1 is only available through Kickstarter.

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    LORD OF WINTER
    The book in very limited and numbered Dark Edition, with a unique dust cover, signed by all featured artists AND with five high quality signed prints (approx 20x27cm), one by each featured artist. This version of The Dark North - Volume 1 is only available through Kickstarter.

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    SUPPORTER OF THE NORTH
    4 copies of The Dark North - Volume 1 Kickstarter Edition to give to staff, customers, friends and contacts around the world to show off all the great talent in the Nordics. You will also get your name or company name in the "Thank you" section of the book.

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    ALLIANCE OF THE NORTH
    10 copies of The Dark North - Volume 1 Kickstarter Edition to give to staff, customers and contacts around the world to show off all the great talent in Nordics. In addition, we will include a bio of your studio in a section about the Scandinavian gaming industry phenomenon, with your company logo and URL. A better looking sales and recruiting tool is hard to find.

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