Clarification: Who Gets What
As we approach what I hope will be the finish line for DO2, a few backers have inquired as to what exactly they're entitled to.
As with other aspects of... Read more
Production Update: November 20th
A Note on Updates in General
If the feedback I've received is any indication, there's roughly the following breakdown of backers here:
- The vast majority of you really like the... Read more
Production Update: November 17th
I've generated the layout files for the Standard-Color Atlas, and have submitted it for review by the printer.
FYI the Premium Atlas was accepted and is ready for... Read more
Quick Poll: Hardcopy Atlas Standard-Color Option
The vast majority of backers for DO2 aren't slated to receive a hardcopy of the Atlas.
Would you be interested in a standard-color version of the Atlas?
Premium Color is... Read more
Production Update: Premium Atlas Fulfillment
Everyone gets a PDF copy of the Atlas.
Check your email for a note from RPGnow; you should have a link from them regarding a complimentary copy.
Two... Read more
Production Update November 14th: Premium Atlas Finished!
Only took a day... I work quickly when I have focus.
- All 450 maps have been laid out.
- The RPGnow entry is a shell for now, but I'll blurb it... Read more
Production Update: November 13th: Maps Completed
Major update, today!
Timeline / What's Next
Tomorrow morning I begin layout of the maps. By end of the week, I project I'll be finished all of the map layout,... Read more
Production Update: November 6th
Big update, today. Finishing all mapping by end of this week is looking quite unlikely... but I'm hugely pleased with progress and the final results will be outstanding.
I'm still... Read more
Anniversary Update: October 30th
Can you believe it's been a year since this project was funded? Horrifying, I realize. Very, very horrifying.
But good lord, it's blossomed, and grown. I can only... Read more
Production Update: October 27th
Maps Completed: 336
Total Maps Projected: 424
Mines Level 5 completed.
I will likely miss the target of finishing all maps by the end of... Read more
Production Update: October 24th (Feedback Requested RE: Book Content)
Completed Maps: 301
Total Projected Maps: 423
300 maps completed. That's something.
It'll be tight to finish all the mapping by the end of... Read more
Production Update: October 20th: Ruined Undercity Maps Complete
Completed Maps: 280
Total Projected Maps: 406
Well, our projected total is now officially into the 400s. That's a little terrifying to type out, actually.
The... Read more
Production Update: October 17th
Maps Completed: 234
Projected Total Map Count: 320
Milestone Completed: Mine Level 3 finished. Preview shown below.
Map Preview: Mine Level 3
A crazy amount of detail. For... Read more
Production Update: October 13th
- Finished Mine Level 2.
- Completed 200th map.
- Maps Completed: 222
- Total Maps Projected: 294
Let's be honest: The scope will absolutely expand to beyond 300 pretty... Read more
Production Update: October 9th
Completed Maps: 184
Projected Total Maps: 266
Total Size of Map Files Thus Far: 1.2 GB (ahahahaha good luck with that RPGnow download server)
Total Progress Expressed as a Percentage: ... Read more
Production Update: October 6th
Completed Maps: 166
Projected Total Maps: 256
I've now finished enough of the mapping to get a sense of things. My goal will be to finish... Read more
Map Previews: Rails
Current Planned Total: 228
Completed Maps: 142
It now looks as though I'll end up with closer to 250-300 maps all told. (That count includes player-redacted versions, but... Read more
Production Update: October 2nd
Happy October! Here's where we are with Dark Obelisk 2.
124 maps have been completed. Specifically, we've hit a milestone that all of the "above-ground" maps are finished,... Read more
Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm Kickstarter Launched
You unlocked it with your DO2 pledge, and it's happening--check out the new Kickstarter to make it even more awesome here.
You'll automatically get some of the stuff... Read more
Berinncorte Basecamp Update: Proofs Are Here!
Check out the detailed update over on the BB KS page, but here's a "Spines With Wine" shot:
Production Update: September 26th (200 Maps!)
Work continues to churn away on mapping. 91 maps finalized and completed.
But, more noteworthy and celebratory is that the total maps planned has ticked over past 200:... Read more
Berinncorte Basecamp & Production Update: September 23rd
PDF fulfillment completed. Files passed validation with printer after two mistrials; proof hardcopies ordered and expedited. Once I review and approve the proofs, I'll start hardcopy fulfillment and... Read more
Production Update: September 18th
Layout has officially begun!
I've spit out the first 20 maps, as in, the first 20 completely finished, ready-to-print, publication-ready map files and associated layouts.
Here's the... Read more
Production Update: September 15th: BB's Done!
Berinncorte Basecamp Complete;
Fulfillment Starting Monday 18-Sep
BB's done! PDF fulfillment is commencing today for DO2 backers, in both Pathfinder and 5E formats.
As a thank-you for your patience and... Read more
Production Update: August 22nd
First, a quick epilogue about the issue I had mentioned in my last update: The misprinting appears to be a one-off issue. So bad news for that one poor backer,... Read more
Question: DO1 DP&B Okay?
I received a notification from one backer who received a copy of the Dark Obelisk 1 Dramatis Personae & Bestiary.
The cover was fine, but the contents of... Read more
Art Preview: Bleakmoth Mask; Production Update: August 10th
Nearly all my energies at this point are going toward getting Berinncorte Basecamp across the finish line. Since nearly all of you will be getting at least the... Read more
IGS State of the Nation: July 2017
TL;DR: Executive Summary
- I am committed to deliver everything I've promised, regardless of whether or not a given product gets its own "enhancement KS" or if such a KS gets... Read more
Map Preview: Garrison Secret Tunnel Complex
Progress on maps. Figured I'd share the latest with you, which also demonstrates my new approach to gridding--hopefully a mix of usable and visually pleasing with the blur and transparency... Read more
Latest Kickstarter: Druid Enclave
Surprise, surprise: One IGS Kickstarter project ends, and another is born. This one's the Druid Enclave. It's gonna be super fun.
Check it out here.
Wait; Don't I Already Get... Read more
Overland Map Preview: Western Aquilae
Part of the joy of Dark Obelisk 2 is the scope: while DO1 was limited to a single medium-sized city, DO2 involves travel to an enormous city and undermountain mining... Read more
DO1 Pathfinder Hardcopy Fulfillment Ordered
Apologies for the delay; I've been struggling to try and automate this process, but for now, I'll have to be content to simply plug each order in manually.
Hardcopies of... Read more
Production Update: June 29th & Map Preview
Major mapping progress, with two milestones:
- >100 maps completed thus far.
- >50% complete with map creation.
In addition to the raw metrics here, keep in mind that as many locations... Read more
Production Update: June 28th
I'd taken last week off as my final piece of paternity leave, so less progress unfortunately. But progress still!
Mapping: Nearly finished the surface; a few more maps remain. Up... Read more
DO1 Hardcopy Fulfillment Coming on July 1st
Hi all. My plan all along had been to finish work on Berinncorte Basecamp and then trigger hardcopy fulfillment for everyone who had Dark Obelisk 1 products that included BB.... Read more
Quick Informal Survey
How many of you run your gaming session using battlemaps? By which I mean, either VTT/online, or printed-out maps of a scale suitable for placing miniatures?
The main reason I... Read more
Production Update & Map Preview: Mess Hall Basement
Huge progress. Since yesterday:
- 20 more maps completed.
- 8 more maps identified (i.e., the total # of maps has grown this much). New maps "identified" in this manner... Read more
Production Update: June 14th
Here's the latest... highlights:
- Huge progress on mapping this week. 10 maps finished, if you can believe it. Once I get in the zone, I churn them out quickly.
- I've... Read more
Art Preview: Dreadslime Golem
Quick preview of this critter, found deep in the mines, corrupted to formidable putrescence by the power of the Obelisks...
New Kickstarter: Character Compendium for DO2
I'll make this brief: IGS has a new Kickstarter that's live. Check it out here.
Why Do You Care?
The DO2 Character Compendium is a brand-new product. It's not part of... Read more
Production Update: June 9th
Sorry, meant to post this as part of the map preview. Apologies for spamming your inbox!
Focus now is entirely on finishing the maps. That will make fleshing out the... Read more
Production Update: June 7th
All Overview Maps Completed
All nine levels of the Mondaria Mines, plus the titular city, are now complete. "Complete" meaning the overview and general structure and major secrets etc. are... Read more
Major Production Update & Map Preview: Mondaria City & Mine Gates, Inn & Stable
- Churning away at maps now.
- Massive progress and huge focus on DO2.
- You probably want to scan through the rest of this update.
Okay. It's been a... Read more
Art Preview: What the...?
Work in progress... but I was so psyched at the result so far that I simply had to share it with you all.
Spoiler alert: It's a dragon. But... well,... Read more
Map Preview: Tent & Building Interiors
So, first off, a long-overdue thank you.
To all of you. For your patience. It's hilarious that at one point, I actually said the word "December" in association... Read more
New Artifacts & Artifice Pledge Levels for DO2 AA Backers
A few of you awesome DO2 backers messaged me asking if there was anything to care about with the Artifacts & Artifice Kickstarter.
Short answer: Yes, there is.
Longer answer,... Read more
Map Preview: Watchspire
Watchspires dot the main roads of Western Aquilae; the PCs may encounter one in their journeys, either outside of Berinncorte in the context of Dark Obelisk 1, or venturing farther... Read more
Map Preview: Basement Cave
I've gotten a TON of work done with maps lately, including having figured out the right combination of filters and effect settings that gives a much better "cave/dungeon" look and... Read more
Art Preview & Production Update: May 15th
Art Preview: Mine Gate
A lot of back and forth on this one, but I'm happy with the final product, which conveys the sense of looming and foreboding and haunt... Read more
Art Preview: Crazed Harbinger
She's craaaaaaaaazzy. (Obviously, more to her than that.)
I continue to be super impressed at, and thrilled with, the portrait work of Karen Martin. She's such a huge talent and... Read more
Production Update: May 10th
Gotten a ton of crunch done on the NPCs recently; nearing completion on all of that.
I'm thrilled to report that a lot of commissioned artwork has been... Read more
New Kickstarter: Artifacts & Artifice
Check it out here. Grab a free, 19-page sneak preview of what it's all about here. Whether you plan on backing or not, or don't care, that freebie of... Read more
Final 48 Hours for Berinncorte Basecamp & Stretch Goals!
Final stretch, folks: Thanks again to all who have already helped make this project an enormous success. We're pushing 700 pages of content already, and that's not even counting unlocked... Read more
Sneak Preview: Coming May 8th
Reviews for All Published DO1 Books
Check out the full suite of 6 reviews here.
Good. Great, even. Lots of feedback to learn from to improve future products!
TL;DR: After extensive research, and... Read more
Updated DO1 Players' Guide Available
It took an Endzeitgeist review for me to realize that the DO1 Players' Guide does not contain bookmarks as it should.
That's been amended, and those of you who... Read more
Artwork Preview: Berinncorte City Aftermath
As work continues on the content--nearly finished crunch-ing out the new NPCs, and the mapping continues--artwork commissions are progressing nicely.
I'm thrilled to see an advance preview of a major scene... Read more
Production Update: April 20th
Just a quick update this time: Mapping has begun in earnest. As in full-color, fully-detailed, official mapping, not just the pencil-by-hand stuff that I've been doing thus far.
Probably... Read more
Production Update: April 12th
- Work continues on DO2.
- Lots of work on artwork commission scheduling.
- The book is going to be quite large. So large in fact that I will certainly end... Read more
Production Update: April 10th
Artists... Plural and Full-Color!
Thanks to some hunting and generous information-sharing from fellow indie RPG publishers and KS project owners, I've connected with four artists, all of whom have... Read more
A Bit Quiet Because Yay
This week (and likely next) I will be a bit quiet with updates. Why? My wife and I welcomed our third child, a baby boy, on Monday!
So I'm a... Read more
Production Update: March 17th
DO2 is going to be pretty enormous. And awesome.
- Informal Cartography Renderings: Completed. (This sounds way more formal and impressive than "pencil sketches in my notebook".)
Here's some... Read more
BackerKit Preorders Closing Thursday Evening, March 16th
Nearly everybody has submitted their survey, and I believe there's an issue with only one credit card, so this shouldn't really affect anyone in a major way.
But just in... Read more
Stretch Goals for Berinncorte Basecamp Campaign
Not trying to spam, but the BB campaign has reached full funding, so Stretch Goals are listed.
If you're interested in reaping the benefits, but you're already entitled to receive... Read more
Production Update: March 13th
Now that the Dark Obelisk 1: Extended Pregenerated Characters for Pathfinder is done and the print version nearing publication, I'm splitting my time between Berinncorte Basecamp and Dark Obelisk 2... Read more
Berinncorte Basecamp: Before & After
Check out this opportunity to expand upon and enhance the Berinncorte Basecamp product.
It worked for the Extended Pregenerated Characters for Pathfinder, which... Read more
Production Update: March 1st
Extended Pregenerated Characters for Pathfinder
EPC crunch blocks all generated--over 400 of them. Layout is in progress.
NPC statblock generation in progress. Based on player and backer feedback,... Read more
5E Pregen Characters Published, PDFs Fulfilled
Just a quick note this time: the 5E pregenerated characters booklet is complete, PDF is published, and if you're entitled to a copy, you should have an email from RPGnow... Read more
...will be a hardcover tome. No extra charge.
Production has started. As with DO1, I've simply gotten too many fun ideas to constrain them in the 100 pages or so... Read more
Good news, but I apologize if your inbox has been spammed this morning by RPGnow!
Just a quick note that I've created printer-friendly versions of all non-freebie published IGS products.... Read more
Players' Guide Softcovers Published
Just a quick note: the proof copies of the Players' Guide have arrived, and they look pretty great. My gaming group gets copies of these for our next session; pretty psyched!... Read more
Players' Guide PDF Published
Just a quick note that the Players' Guide has been published. If you're entitled to a copy of the PDF, you should receive a link from RPGnow this morning linking... Read more
Extended Pregenerated Characters Book
Check out this opportunity to expand upon and enhance the Pregenerated Characters product.
If successful, if you are entitled to receive the Pregenerated Characters PDF or... Read more
Weekly Update: 19-Jan-2017
One of my New Year's resolutions is to have a bit more discipline around KS updates so as not to overwhelm anyone with comms. So going forward, I'll try to... Read more
Fulfillment Has Begun! DO1 PDFs Sent
(Sorry for the multiple-updates-in-one-day thing; I had submitted the "mapping has begun" update mid-last-week, but for some reason it stayed in Drafts and didn't publish until this morning!)
I'm thrilled... Read more
DO2: Mapping Has Started
So, so excited about this. In parallel to getting the 5E conversion of DO1 across the finish line (and into appropriate backers' hands), I've begun mapping things out for DO2.... Read more
BackerKits Locked Down, Production Update 03-Jan
As promised, BackerKit surveys have been locked down and credit cards charged.
A handful of backers who had added things on had their charges declined; please check your... Read more
BK Finalization Tonight
Happy new year! Just a quick note that BackerKit will be locked down later tonight, so if you have any last minute changes, nows the time.
Reminder: BackerKit Survey Deadline 31-Dec-2016
Hi all. Happy holidays, whatever you celebrate. Just a quick friendly reminder that the BK survey will wrap up on Dec 31st, so if you want to lock in a... Read more
New BackerKit Option: Dual Rules System PDF Upgrade
Just so we're all on the same page: right now the plan is to produce every single product in both a Pathfinder and a Fifth Edition (5E) rules system format.... Read more
I'll be emailing out some more details on a backer-by-backer basis, but here's a helpful breakdown of the types of products in the KS and what you can expect to... Read more
DO1 PFRPG AB is the Deal of the Day
Check it out, share with your friends, that sort of thing.
BackerKit, End of Year, Holidays, and Production Update
- BackerKit is annoying, but we'll clarify things soon and you'll have plenty of time to change/update things before I lock it down.
- 5E conversion on DO1 progresses; on track... Read more
Two Final Stretch Goals
Okay, I lied when I said no more Stretch Goals.
The thing is, people keep supporting this crazy endeavor. Sales keep happening. Feedback keeps pouring in. Endzeitgeist got his... Read more
Season's Greetings from IGS
From the whole family, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who had contributed to helping make this a warm and happy holiday season. Best wishes to you and yours!
Dark Obelisk 1 Pathfinder PDF Fulfillment, Part 2
My apologies for the oversight, but those of you who added on Dark Obelisk 1: The Complete Adventure have not yet been sent your PDFs. I just did so.
Now... Read more
Fulfillment Has Begun! With DO1 Pathfinder PDFs
Dark Obelisk 1: Berinncorte has been sent to appropriate backers.
This includes the Adventure Book, the Dramatis Personae & Bestiary, and the Premium Atlas.
This SHOULD... Read more
Fulfillment Starting Soon!
This weekend, I will be sending out PDF copies of the Pathfinder version of Dark Obelisk 1 to all backers who are entitled to one.
This will be everyone who... Read more
Surveys Sent, Production Update, BackerKit Update, and So On
First off, to my US-based colleagues, happy Thanksgiving.
This year, I'm giving thanks that I'm lucky enough to be able to work on my dream, made possible by over 100... Read more
BackerKit State of the Nation
Wow! Such a huge response to the BackerKit survey. Surveys aren't "due" to be finalized until the end of December, and already, we've amassed several thousand more dollars, and about... Read more
Okay, so it's now becoming a bit obvious that this is my first time using BK, and the seams show. There are some flubs here and there, unfortunately.
Many thanks... Read more
BackerKit Surveys Sent!
Huzzah, it's live!
Also, for anyone who has friends they want in on the action to boost Stretch Goals, here's the link for the Pre-Order site:
Technically speaking, they can't be FAQs, because the BackerKit survey hasn't gone out because it's still in review. But I can anticipate some questions.
Q: I don't have a ton... Read more
I've finished all of the updates to the BackerKit listings and pre-order store, and have submitted it for review. I understand it takes up to 2 business days for that... Read more
New Stretch Goals for BackerKit Surveys
Remember: Everything spent on Add-Ons helps contribute to the Stretch Goals.
It seems reasonable to anticipate we might add a bit more to the pot with Add-Ons and the like.... Read more
- BackerKit coming soon.
- Lots of stuff.
- Go right to the "Keep It Simple" section as soon as you get it unless you want extra copies, specific things,... Read more
With so many products resulting from this campaign, I wanted to validate the intended sequence. Many products are interchangeable from a time perspective--in other words, your gaming group can pursue... Read more
Thank You! And Next Steps
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support and confidence. As I've said in many updates, and will say many more times yet, I can't promise that... Read more
$10,000. Final 9 Hours. Wow.
I don't really have words to thank all of you for your faith and optimism. I'm out of Stretch Goals, and as tempted as I am to add more, I'm... Read more
Final 2 Days! And Clarifications
Well, we've hit the 48 hour mark. Final push to unlock those last few stretch goals!
Next, some clarifications: A backer kindly pointed out a mistake in the descriptions of... Read more
$7,500! $9,500 Stretch Goal Listed!
Sorry for the multiple updates in one day, but I did promise to list new Stretch Goals each time an old one fell... and this last week of the campaign... Read more
$7K Stretch Goal Unlocked! And a New One Rises...
Congrats; you've unlocked the Druid Enclave setting book. Note that sadly, this marks the first Stretch Goal where the PDF is not automatically included for free with existing pledge levels,... Read more
Pledge Contents Reminder: You're Basically Getting A Ton of Stuff
We've had a bunch of new backers in the past week or two, so just to make sure everyone's on the same page here.
Short version is, now is an ... Read more
$6,500 Goal Unlocked! And Another Goal Revealed
Congrats--you've unlocked yet another multi-hundred-page, hardcover adventure tome! The Echoes of Time Forgotten mega-module will be produced, and delivered via PDF for free to all backers who backed at the ... Read more
Clarification: Hardened Completionist Pledge Level
With all of the Stretch Goals flying around, it's difficult to keep track of things!
To clarify, the "Hardened Completionist" pledge level currently includes a hardcopy of each... Read more
Stretch Goal CARNAGE
There's nothing better than checking email first thing in the morning, and realizing that not just one, but TWO more Stretch Goals have fallen during the night. You guys are... Read more
Yet More Stretch Goal Destruction! (And 6k Reveal...)
You guys have helped make this successful beyond my wildest plans... I'm grateful beyond words. So let's get to it, shall we?
UNLOCKED: The Library Vitae module. An ambitious adventure... Read more
Another Stretch Goal Down!
Thanks to the generous upping of one backer in particular, we've once again downed a Stretch Goal. The Artifacts & Artifice PDF (free to DO2 PDF backers) is now unlocked!... Read more
Another Stretch Goal Fallen... Another Shall Rise
Well, congrats, all--you've unlocked what may be the single largest bestiary ever conceived, at least in terms of sheer quantity of statblocks. :) Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm is now... Read more
Stretch Goal Unlocked... & New Stretch Goals
We did it! Or, rather, one generous and eager backer who upped his pledge did it, but still: team effort, right? The Western Realm Gazzeteer, and the companion Western Realm... Read more
Close to $4,500 Stretch Goal
We're tantalizingly close to the next goal, which remember is an ENTIRE ADDITIONAL BOOK: The Western Realm Gazzeteer. (I promise I'll learn the correct spelling by the time I finish... Read more
Good News Surprise: Hardcopies Will be Shipped ASAP
Sorry to keep changing my mind about this, but as pledges accumulate, as printing costs change and increase, and this project grows bigger and bigger, I want to keep a... Read more
Hardcover Proofs for DO1 & Sample Images
I realize this is about Dark Obelisk 1, but as most backers will receive at least a PDF of DO1 as part of their reward, I figured it might be... Read more
Shipping for Multiple-Product Fulfillment
- The shipping rates listed in each pledge level were created to reflect delivery of Dark Obelisk 2 (and, if applicable, 1) only.
- If you're entitled to more... Read more
Product Fulfillment Timing
I've added the following to the FAQ at the bottom of the project, and made reference to it just above the Stretch Goals listing.
Bottom line: If you need anything... Read more
$4k! New Add-Ons Posted
We made it to $4k! Congrats and thanks to all backers.
Remember, all pledge levels that involve a DO2 PDF will automatically receive PDF versions of all unlocked Stretch... Read more
Good News, Plus New Stretch Goal!
Short Version: You will end up with a TON of content, no matter what your pledge level.
I believe I may have found a way of avoiding the... Read more
Warning: Hardcopy Price Raises Imminent
It's a long story, which I may even describe in detail later, but the short version is that my publisher OBS has changed their maximum page count for color hardcover... Read more
New Pledge Level: Hardened Completionist
Apologies for the multiple updates in a single day, but now that we're skyrocketing past several Stretch Goals, I've added something to hopefully make things simpler: a new "Hardened Completionist"... Read more
New Stretch Goal: Artifacts & Artifice
As promised--though a few days late--as another stretch goal has fallen, I've added a new one:
- $5,000: Artifacts & Artifice: We'll create a series of specific legendary magic items which... Read more
New Stretch Goal Soon!
Wow! Another goal fallen. I'm on vacation today, but rest assured I will be posting a new Stretch Goal by tomorrow.
Thanks to all backers!!!
$3k: New Stretch Goal and Add-On!
We'll round up, and call $2,998 an even $3k and count another stretch goal as having been accomplished. :) So now, every backer who already got a DO2 PDF will... Read more
Endzeitgeist Kickstarter Update
If you've not heard of Endzeitgeist, do yourself a favor and visit his site now. Go ahead; I'll wait.
Finished? As in, have you read through the hundreds, perhaps even... Read more
New Stretch Goals!
We did it... we met the $2,500 stretch goal!
As promised, whenever one stretch goal falls, another shall rise to take its place (hail HYDRA!):
- $4,000: Bridge Module to... Read more
So Close! (To add-ons and many more stretch goals)
We are tantalizingly close to our next stretch goal unlocking... And I have much more in store once we do!
Feel free to share our Facebook post/ad if you're of... Read more
New Stretch Goal: 800-Page Guarantee
Generally speaking, from now on, if an existing Stretch Goal's target is surpassed, I will post an additional Stretch Goal. So we will always be reaching, reaching, reaching upwards... :)
- ... Read more
More Stretch Goals Coming Soon
Wow! Barely four days into the campaign, and the first stretch goal has fallen.
It's a holiday weekend so I might not have time for a day or two, but... Read more
Funded! Time for Stretch Goals...
Wow... funded in a single day. Pretty impressive, folks; I can't thank you all enough! I can't guarantee delivery in a 100% accurate timeframe... but I can pretty much guarantee... Read more