About this project
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STRETCH GOALS REACHED:
- Terra Myrth Map PDF in Color!
- The Guide to Ambient Soundtracks PDF
- The Final Frontier soundtrack
- The Dark Future soundtrack
- Epic Battles
- The Dead of Night
- The Sci-Fi Collection now has 6 more tracks and they are Kickstarter exclusives! That means, they are just for you guys! So, Cyberpunk has 14 instead of 12, The Final Frontier has 10 instead of 8 and The Dark Future has 10 instead of 8.
- UP NEXT!: Cthulhu Rises!
Forged by the Dwarves of Lothgoren Deep, mended by the Darken Fae from the tears of the fallen at the Temple of the Undying, and lauded by the Bards of Blackwood Bay, we bring you Ambient Environments: Soundtracks for RPG Settings!
“Your party enters the castle ruins of Ashen Hall. The stench from a thousand years of mold wafts in accompanied by the thin reek of something long dead. This place has not heard the heartbeat of a living human for quite some time. Just then, you hear something scuttle across the stone floor, just out of the range of your torchlight…”
You’re a GM that loves to take control of their environment in order to provide an immersive experience for your players. Or a war gamer who likes to set the mood by enriching your environment with the sounds that one might hear on the battlefield. Or maybe you’re a game store owner hosting a local GM night and you need to provide a backdrop that will work for any game.
Setting the mood is one of the more difficult tasks of a GM, and yet one of the most important to keep players engaged in your environment and story. These high-quality MP3’s (320 Kbps), each a glorious 10 minutes in length, are meant to help GMs inspire their players. They have been play tested, gamer critiqued, and are ready to be brought into your living room or gaming store.
The basic goal of our Kickstarter is to provide you with 48 tracks. That's over 480 minutes of soundtracks for your games, with many more planned for our stretch goals!
Unlike some products that just provide sound effects on a loop in the background, Ambient Environments is a complete soundtrack for your gaming experience. Just like music in a film enhances the movie's tension and emotion, it can do the same for your game. Sure, the sound effects are there too, but they're only one part of the whole!
Pledge Levels : A Simple Chart
NOTE: Want a different set of soundtracks then what is offered in the pledges? You can create your own reward by using our Add-ons! Read the Add-on section, below, to learn more.
As a token of our gratification for your interest in the project, here’s a free track from the Fantasy Collection: The Temple of Dread. You can also listen to a few other samples, below. Just a taste of what you’ll get from the full product!
The Tunnels Deep
"At the deepest level of the dungeon there's portcullis. Beyond those gates are the depths of hell unimaginable even to the deranged. Id' say enter at your own risk but there is no risk. A painful death surely awaits you!"
"We knew the gang was in their hideout but we didn't expect they would meet us in the alley like that. They must have been tipped off. We were outgunned and ill prepared, but we held our own and took them out one-by-one. The meatbags didn't stand a chance."
"A party of five on horseback pulling a wagon are traveling peacefully to their destination when a small band of raiders attacks them from nowhere!"
The Streets of Seattle 2072
"On the streets of Seattle, things can get dangerous. This theme will set the mood for any futuristic setting."
"In the Capital City, many things can happen. While you wind your way through the busy streets, keep out a sharp eye. For there are many of them watching you."
Cathedral at Dawn
"There are few traveller's who come here. This cathedral was built to withstand the ages and many mysteries lie within."
"Many treasures lie within. But only the bravest, the most clever, and the brightest find their way to them. And only the lucky find their way out."
The Sewers Beneath
"The secret passages are known only to a few. Yes, it is possible to be in the city and yet not be seen."
Enter the Hive
"Enter if you will. But I warn you...there are things in here that no one has seen. Or if they have, they never lived to tell about it."
Forest of the Fae
"One of the most beautiful places in the realms, yet one of the most unwelcoming. The elves protect their forests with a wrath that, though seems very inviting on the surface, can be the last invitation you'll ever accept."
The Sea of Shadows
"Lo! Beneath these blackened waters lies the most ominous creatures. They only appears as shadows to us on the surface. Be wishful that's all you ever see of 'em!"
"You take your own life into your hands every time you jack that thing into your brain stem! By all means, go get you the thrills all you want! But you'll never find me interfaced with that heat. You'll end up drooling from one side of your mouth, oozing out yer ears and babbling nonsense at yer first mistake! Wait a minute! Yer second mistake. Yer first was jackin' in to begin with!"
Meeting the Kickstarter goal will allow me finish the tracks and to build a website to host the finished collections for sale. These tracks are not cheap to create. They require hours of hard work as well as the cost of purchasing good sound equipment and sound libraries, all to ensure I’m providing the best ambiance for you. I’ve created a good number of them from my own purse to get the project started, and will devote myself full time to finishing the tracks and polishing them for perfection once we are fully funded.
Anyone who pledges at any amount will have their name recorded on the “Wall of Adventurers” at the site where the finished tracks will be hosted. We're very excited that other gamers will be helping us make this project happen. We really feel like this is a project by gamers, for gamers, and everyone's a part of the team.
How do the Add-ons Work?
First of all, you must pledge at least $5 in order to be eligible for add-ons. After that, add-ons can be used to customize your order to include specific tracks or to access the stretch goals. The stretch goals unlock new add-ons like additional tracks that can be added to your pledge. These are additional items that wouldn't have normally been offered but that have been made available especially for you to thank you for your support.
2 tracks will be created toward building "The Final Frontier" soundtrack on the Sci-Fi collection.
2 more tracks will be created toward building "The Final Frontier" soundtrack on the Sci-Fi collection.
Get a printable ancient-style map, in high resolution. The map is of the fictional world of Terra Myrth, and contains specific locations for each of the fantasy soundtracks. You can use the map for your own campaign settings. Also receive the PDF, "The Guide to Ambient Environments," a companion to the collections that can be used by GMs to aid in the running of any campaign. In its pages you'll find more than just a basic description of the environments. These settings come complete with a full history of the location, ideas for adventures set within that location, and a list of NPCs, types of monsters, and rare treasures that would be found within.
Soundtrack complete! In space, no one can hear you scream or blow stuff up—unless you add sound effects and a cool, ambient soundtrack like this one. Experience 8 new tracks in all, including the Abandoned Alien Ship, Out in Space, and various kinds of locations, from the Frozen Asteroid to the Desert Planet.
2 tracks added toward building "The Dark Future" soundtrack, the third and final soundtrack in the Sci-Fi collection.
3 more tracks added toward building "The Dark Future" soundtrack, the third and final soundtrack in the Sci-Fi collection.
The world enters the age of COLOR! We will color the PDF map of the Realms of Terra Myrth and we'll create a PDF color map of the capital city of Tyra's Lei in the land of Valloreia.
Soundtrack complete! If a building falls in the apocalypse and there’s no one there to hear, does it make a sound? In this case, yes. The apocalypse never sounded so good. Experience 8 new soundtracks, including the Ruined Subway System, the Radioactive Wastelands, the Lonely Highway, The Day the Bombs Fell, and more.
Let's start creating a new soundtrack! We're adding 2 new tracks for a completely new soundtrack called "Epic Battles." See details below.
That's 2 more new tracks for "Epic Battles." See details below.
Soundtrack Complete! No game is complete without epic fights, and now no fight will have to go without music. Experience 8 new soundtracks covering battles from across time and genres, including the Medieval Seige, The Crusades, the Wild West Showdown, and Riots and Anarchy.
Time for yet another soundtrack! Let's add 2 tracks for a new soundtrack called "The Dead of Night" that features the sounds of horror. See more details below!
That's 3 more new tracks for "The Dead of Night." See details below.
Soundtrack complete! There are things that lurk in the shadows, waiting until nightfall to come out and prey on the unsuspecting. Whether driven by the power of the moon or thirsting for the taste of blood, now they are accompanied by eight new soundtracks in their mayhem. Gain music for such settings as the City of Vampires, the Haunted Castle, the Hunting Ground of the Werewolves, and Zombie Territory.
All soundtracks from the Sci-Fi collection gain 2 more tracks each. That’s another 6 to throw into the mix! These tracks will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers and will not be for sale anywhere else.
All soundtracks from the Fantasy Collection gains 2 more tracks each! That’s 8 MORE tracks, total, to use in your settings. These tracks will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers and will not be for sale anywhere else.
Every track in the Fantasy Collection will come with a second, “active” version of the track that will have different sound effects added to simulate encounters and battle in the environment!. For instance, this version of the Temple of Dread would have chanting, the summoning of demons, and the sound of magic blasts. This will be a completely new version that you can loop in a playlist with the original track or turn on when your players get into a fight in that environment. This will double your fantasy tracks!
We'll plan another soundtrack called "Cthulhu Rises" that will be created specifically for Cthulhu themed dark horror starting with the first 2 tracks here! The tracks will be announced as they come available and will take into consideration your requests in the comments.
More stretch goals to come as we progress! More soundtracks. More Ambient Environments!
GIL LUNA: "As a GM and gamer since the ‘80s, I have played and run many games from many genres, including Dungeons & Dragons, Palladium Games’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rifts, Gamma World, GURPS, Champions, DC Heroes, and Shadowrun—just to name a few. As a musician, singer, and collector of soundtracks, I started compiling tracks of the best music for use during my games. I would make CD’s of my favorite (and players’ favorite) tracks and soon I discovered that the best songs for use with RPGs were those that involved the players into the game without overpowering it. Players loved having ambient music in the background as it helped them get into the setting, their characters, and the story.
I also discovered that the music provided inspiration during or before the game. Sometimes I would play it in order to come up with ideas for a story or location. I highly recommend this approach to any GM. In film, they say that music provides 60% of the experience. I think the same can be said of the RPG experience. Games that use music and sound effects to set the mood can really enhance the experience for the player. The problem is in finding the right music, and that’s where I got the idea for this project."
JONATHAN STARK: "I am also a gamer and GM. I mostly run games online at Role Play Online. In the online format, music is even more incredible when you can find it, since you are working with words and descriptions and not with direct, live conversation between players. And nothing is as powerful as music for giving players a better sense of the scene you are trying to create. If images are worth a thousand words, then music describes things we don’t even have words for.
When Gil showed me his idea and let me listen to some of the tracks, the gamer inside of me instantly became excited and we talked about ways in which I could help. I’ll be helping to manage the Kickstarter page, and will be around to answer any of your questions about the project. I’ll be hanging around Gil while he continues his work and will give you all the inside scoop on how the tracks are coming along and what cool effects he’s adding in to each one. I’ll also be helping out with the PDF guide, drawing on my years of history as a gamer and GM to detail some great environments for our Kickstarter backers."
Moon Tribe Studios: ...was created in 2005 by director, writer, actor and filmmaker Gil Luna, just prior to the making of his first short film project, The Bobbsey Twins Go to Hell. The idea was to create a creative company which could bring people together through common interest and talent. In other words, to create a "tribe" that has banded together to bring creative visions to life. In 2008, Jonathan Stark joined the team as a writer, editor, and project manager. Together they produced a post-apocalyptic feature called Population: 2, which gained national release but, more importantly, forged a lasting friendship between the two of them.
CREDITS: Graphic design and layout, sound design, video motion graphics/design/editing and ambient compositions by Gil Luna. Assistant KS management, copy editing by Jonathan Stark. Special thanks to iidanmrak for allowing us to use his artwork and to Derek Hiemforth, author of "Champions Complete", and Jared Harper for their great feedback and remarks.
"Pen & Paper games should be immersive, just like cinema. This is some primo stuff, ideally suited for adding a bit of an edge to the moment. It's subtle enough to be overlooked, but manages to creep back in as the tension rises. I've been waiting 20 years for this. I can't wait for an opportunity to use it." ~J. Harper
Risks and challenges
With any project, the risk of completion is equivalent to the number of “moving parts” involved in bringing the product to life. With this project, the number of variables is very low. I’m creating all of the music myself, and Jonathan is helping to create the Companion Guides and manage the Kickstarter. We have worked together in the past, and have a lot of experience in delivering high-quality projects to a deadline, and in managing money. Our latest success was a feature length sci-fi drama film entitled Population: 2. The film has made it to Amazon and Blockbuster and has won many awards. It was a project of huge proportions. This project is small by comparison, therefore we are confident we can deliver an incredibly high quality product in a reasonable time frame.
We are also adamant about communication. Backers will be updated frequently during the Kickstarter campaign and updates will continue even after the Kickstarter has ended. We will be available to answer questions throughout the project, and we'll also be available to support people in downloading their tracks after release.
Beyond this, we’ll want to hear from you and how the music has been used in your games! We’ll be eager to hear your stories, we'll listen to your advice and we'll be willing to make changes if needed. Thank you for your interest in the project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes! You may choose FLAC or MP3 versions of our tracks. We'll send out a survey at the end of the KS to verify. BUT you may only have one version per pledge level. If you want MP3 and FLAC versions, then just add $5 to your pledge level for the conversions.
Yes! I create the music from scratch. The music I have created is being made available with the success of this Kickstarter. There are certain tracks, as noted, that will only be made available to the pledgers of this Kickstarter. Those will not be for sale later. The sound effects within the tracks are from several sources which were purchased for the purpose of Ambient Environments all rights reserved. Some were made by me for necessary additions.
No. These tracks are made for personal use only. However, I can release a license for these tracks if you'd like to use them in your commercial projects. But there is a charge for the license as per the normal rates for music like these. I will also be willing to work with you as well if you need them for commercial purposes. Just contact me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes but only if you don't play more than 2 minutes of the track and if there's dialogue over that 2 minutes. I will also need to issue a license for you to do so, so please contact me ahead of time and we'll work it out. It's free for this kind of thing. Especially if it's for promotional purposes. We can use all the help we can get!
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