About this project
A Complete Tabletop Role-Playing Campaign Setting
The Kúrt Hills Fantasy Atlas is a campaign setting for any Tékumel-based tabletop role-playing campaign. Find out all about this fantastic RPG setting at our previous Béthorm: Plane of Tékumel tabletop RPG Kickstarter project page!
This project consists of two parts:
This is a detailed close-up map of the Kúrt Hills region of the Empire of Tsolyánu, previously only available at a large scale of 133 kilometers (82.6 miles) per hex on the maps supplied with the original Empire of the Petal Throne (TSR, 1975), Swords & Glory (Gamescience, 1983-84) and Gardásiyal (TOME, 1994) tabletop RPGs. The new detailed view enables us to show individual villages and towns, local roads and landmarks, castles and ruins, caves, streams and other features of interest to an adventuring party. The new map also features a smaller 9.5 kilometer (5.9 mile) hex grid, which is much better suited for tracking a party's daily progress across the wilderness. The full map is 40" wide by 30" tall, and comes in black & white (unless the Color Map stretch goal gets unlocked!)
The book contains informative, evocative descriptions of the features depicted on the map. A vast wealth of adventure hooks! For example, of Ngetlón Castle (85.5 kilometers [9 small hexes] southeast of the city of Katalál) we have this to say:
"This is the residence of the local fiefholder, Maluél hiViridáme of the Golden Sunburst clan. Born in 2320 A.S., she is tall and sturdily built with light brown eyes. She follows Chegárra, and holds frequent parties for her many friends from the city of Katalál. She is rumored to favor rogue Kurtáni efforts to curtail the expansion of Change-oriented legions in this region."
That edited excerpt was taken from our previously published Katalál Area Map & Gazetteer, which is essentially a preview of a small portion of the southwest corner of the Kúrt Hills region.
The book will contain the map as well, but broken up into individual large 100 Tsán (82.6 mile) hexes with accompanying descriptions. The book is approximately 200 pages in length, with black & white cover art by Jeff Dee and 6 interior illustrations by Jeff and Talz (though the cover will be in color if the Color Cover stretch goal gets unlocked!) Available in either softcover or hardcover!
The two items together form a complete suite of campaign setting resources; the map on the tabletop for the players and the book in the hands of the GM!
- To Be Announced
The following bonuses will be unlocked when the project funding reaches these levels:
- $3000: The book's cover art by Jeff Dee is in color, rather than black & white!
- $3500: The full map is in color!
- $3700 and up: Each additional $200 adds another black & white illustration by Jeff Dee or Talzhemir to the book! We're setting a maximum of 20 additional illustrations, to keep the book's page count under control.
- $8000: Every backer receives the Kurt Hills Coloring Book PDF: a collection of all 26 illustrations from the Kurt Hills Atlas book in large full-page format, suitable for coloring and/or display. We'll also make a print edition of the coloring book available for purchase.
BONUS! Limited Edition Glyph: Every copy of the Kurt Hills Atlas book purchased through this Kickstarter - PDF, softcover or hardcover - will contain a special glyph and the words "Special Edition" on the title page. The glyph will be specially created for this purchase by co-author/co-artist Jeff Dee, inspired by the glyphs depicted in Prof. Barker's Book of Ebon Bindings (example here).
Tékumel and its related products and materials are copyright 1975 and 2014 by Prof. M.A.R. Barker. Tékumel is a registered trademark.
Villains and Vigilantes is a trademark of Scott Bizar. Used with permission.
Risks and challenges
I've been involved with 4 successful role-playing game book Kickstarters and over a dozen art Kickstarters. While projects of those kinds do entail certain risks and challenges, I'm well acquainted with them and foresee no problems in those areas.
What's unique about this project is that we're licensing the Tékumel setting from the Tékumel Foundation. I've relied on them to provide visual reference before, but we'll be even more dependent on them to complete a full campaign sourcebook. If the Foundation is slow to respond, it could delay the map or the book.
Once the book is completed, publication requires approval by the Tékumel Foundation. There could be delays on their part over which we have no control.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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