Frequently Asked Questions
DO1's KS was created with a 100-page-or-so project in mind. That ballooned to over 1,000 pages in development! Although I can't say for certain how big DO2 is going to be, it's definitely 500-1000 pages in length all-told.
Also, I learned a great deal with DO1 about artwork commissions, layout, printing costs, and so on, and the new pledge levels reflect my desire to create a quality product for all backers.Last updated:
What's the tone, theme, setting, like in this adventure? I can't tell from the description and pics.
Without venturing too deeply into spoiler territory,:
At the end of Dark Obelisk: Berinncorte, the titular village lies in shambles, taken over and nearly consumed by forces of evil and chaos. Those few who survived the Obelisk Eruption are scattered and leaderless, with no hope of fighting back against the monsters that now walk the streets.
In the wake of this tragedy, the PCs are tasked with gaining the aid of the nation of Druids who live to the north. The Druid Enclave has woes of their own, however: they have lost contact with the mining city of Mondaria.
Upon arriving, the party finds a nearly-vacant city, torn apart by some unseen violence. Things look bleak and mysterious, and the PCs venture down into the dark murk of the mines to uncover the secret...Last updated:
There are four books planned in the Dark Obelisk Adventure Path.
Dark Obelisk 1: Berinncorte is available now on rpgnow.com.
Dark Obelisk 2: The Mondarian Elective is the project represented in this Kickstarter.
Dark Obelisk 3 and 4 will each have their own KS initiative.
DO1 was 1,000 pages, just on its own. I can't promise an exact pagecount for DO2, but 500-1000 pages seems likely. This project is already, I believe, the largest Adventure Path in existence--possibly 4,000 pages all told, when everything is said and done--though I'm the first to admit that quantity is not always quality!
To answer the question, then: This Kickstarter is primarily in support of Dark Obelisk 2, the second book in a four-part series. Many pledge levels, however, also involve rewards including the first book.Last updated:
Both DO1 and DO2 have been designed to support a wide range of challenge levels. With a thoughtful DM/GM and nearly zero additional effort, parties of Level 1 or Level 20 can be supported. Quadded Statblocks and Reward Stars are at the core of enabling this goal; check out the free introductions to these concepts using the links in the Campaign section of the KS.
That said, each adventure has a "default" difficulty level. DO1 was designed for adventurers of 1st level, or thereabouts. DO2 is being designed for adventurers from 4th-6th level.Last updated:
There's no one easy answer, here. It really depends on your gaming group: how thorough and micro-quest-y the players are, how ruthless the GM is, and more than anything else, the pace that the gaming group prefers.
It's possible to complete the entirety of Dark Obelisk 1: Berinncorte in a single gaming session. Alternately, it could consume 5 or more such sessions. PCs starting it at Level 1 might just barely scrape together enough XP to advance to Level 2... or they might be 5th level, or beyond.
Keep in mind: DO1 is a "grim sandbox", where the PCs can explore to their heart's content. As a general guide, it's worth noting that there are 76 quests, nearly all of which are completely optional; completing any 5-10 of these represents a level advancement, no matter what the current level of a PC is.
DO2 will have a bit more of a central plot, and story, to follow, but supports a great deal of side-questing and optional plots.Last updated:
The entire AP should take PFRPG characters through level 20, though it's possible to skimp on sidequests and take a stremlined, minimalist approach and maybe end up 15 or so.
If DO2 is as large as DO1, I may include sections in DO3 and DO4 on addressing Mythic-caliber encounters and characters as well!Last updated:
This project has a lot of different components: What are the estimated fulfillment dates for each one?
Dark Obelisk 1's KS listed March or April as the fulfillment, and it wasn't until August that folks received the full product PDF. I'm very nearly a one-man shop, here, with two day jobs and a full family, so estimates are just that: estimates. My best guess, as it were, and I have a habit of layering more, and more, and more content onto the project until it "feels done". While this results in TONS of bang for your pledged buck, it tends to come at the expense of time!
So feel free to completely ignore the "December 2016" delivery indicated in the pledges. KS won't let me edit the pledge-level descriptions once folks have backed them at all, so here are my more accurate, best guesses.
I'll try and keep this updated as Stretch Goals are met.
Dark Obelisk 1 Pathfinder PDF: Immediately upon collection of funds
Dark Obelisk 1 5E PDF: Immediately upon collection of funds (assuming conversion is complete by then, which it should be!)
Dark Obelisk 1 Pathfinder Hardcovers: Immediately upon collection of funds
Dark Obelisk 1 5E Hardcovers: Immediately upon collection of funds (assuming 5E conversion is complete by then, which it should be!)
Dark Obelisk 1 Players' Guide PDF: November 2016
Dark Obelisk 1 Players' Guide Softcover: November 2016
Dark Obelisk 2 Pathfinder PDF: February 2017.
Dark Obelisk 2 Pathfinder Hardcover: February 2017.
Dark Obelisk 2 5E PDF: March 2017.
Dark Obelisk 2 5E Hardcover: March 2017.
Berinncorte Basecamp Module PDF: March 2017.
Berinncorte Basecamp Module Softcover: March 2017.
FlexTale Encounter Generator PDF: April 2017.
FlexTale Encounter Generator Softcover: April 2017.
Bridge Module to DO3 PDF: April 2017.
Bridge Module to DO3 Softcover: April 2017.
Western Realm Gazetteer PDF: May 2017.
Western Realm Gazetteer Hardcover: May 2017.
Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm PDF: March 2017.
Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm Hardcover: March 2017.Last updated:
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