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Create adventures with a system of gritty realism, clandestine conflict, political intrigue, vicious reprisal and supernatural horror.
Create adventures with a system of gritty realism, clandestine conflict, political intrigue, vicious reprisal and supernatural horror.
Create adventures with a system of gritty realism, clandestine conflict, political intrigue, vicious reprisal and supernatural horror.
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November 1 - Updates, new editor, new layout composition + more artwork!

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Hey gang,

First things first: thanks to your feedback, we've reworked several of the Traits and addressed many of the concerns you had about rule clarity. This also includes a massive revamping of Chapter 12: Bestiary. We're working hard to get everything wrapped up soon, so we can begin shipping hardbacks in December. 

For those who backed at the ZWEIHÄNDER! Tier, we have the swords on their way to the office, and will show you pics of them soon. By the way, if you didn't have a chance to back at the ZWEIHÄNDER! Tier and live in the US, we have an option now available for you over at CrowdOx.

In other news, we brought on Matthew Pook (affectionally known as Pookie) as our editor & proofreader. He is a professional editor, working for Sixtystone Press and has edited titles for Chronicle Games, Autarch LLC, Cubicle Seven Entertainment, Miskatonic River Press, Modiphius Entertainment and Triple Ace Games. Currently, Pookie also edits the Age of Cthulhu line for Goodman Games and OSR titles for Lamentations of the Flame Princess. He also is a well-known reviewer, having published each week for a decade in Steve Jackson Games’ Pyramid e-zine. We are so incredibly proud to have an industry veteran on-board to professionally edit ZWEIHÄNDER. Even with this latest addition to our team, we are still estimating to have all edits complete before the end of November.

As of October 28th, the Early Access PDF went out to the public for free. If you have a friend who didn't back on Kickstarter or didn't do a late pledge, they can now download it for free over on CrowdOx. We will bring it live on RPGNow.com later this week.

Ok, now onto art stuff! Embracing the order/chaos idea from the book, Dejan has completely reworked our interior borders. For proof of concept, our 'Mother of Dragons' Milena has created a new mock-up of Chapter 2: How To Play. By clicking the image below, you can preview the entire chapter:

New Layout
New Layout

 

Additionally, check out some of Dejan's new artwork for the book!

Commoner Archetype
Commoner Archetype

 

Race: Gnomes
Race: Gnomes

 

Race: Ogres
Race: Ogres

 

Ranger Archetype
Ranger Archetype

 

If you haven't already, join the discussion over at Strike To Stun. Both our lead playtester Adam Rose and I can often be found on the forums daily answering rules questions about ZWEIHÄNDER . Until next time!

-d.fx

 

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      ThimGrim on November 5, 2016

      Well, the design is not bad but too "hard?/obvious?/etc." for my liking. Previous was more subtle (but I like overall white background instead of grayish).

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      Michael Lueneburg on November 4, 2016

      I wouldn't mind seeing another Kickstarter campaign featuring miniatures of some of the character archetypes we've seen!

    3. Daniel Fox Creator on November 1, 2016

      @Raphael We'll pass the feedback along to our Mother of Dragons. She watches the comments as well, but doesn't usually respond.

    4. Raphael
      Superbacker
      on November 1, 2016

      +1 for print-friendly. (I think there are ways to make PDFs so that visual fluff shows on the screen but doesn't print; something with layers.)

      Nice layout!

      Two nitpicks: 1) More space between the columns (maybe margins, too) is needed. 2) Separating space between items in itemized lists would be helpful.

    5. Daniel Fox Creator on November 1, 2016

      @Mitch A. Williams I'll have to ask Milena, but it shouldn't be an issue.

    6. Mitch A. Williams
      Superbacker
      on November 1, 2016

      Looking good. Will there be a print friendly version of the PDF (or the ability to turn off some layers)?