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Spectacular Settlements, the latest addition to the Game Master’s Toolbox, is the ultimate guide to creating compelling locations for your adventures and campaigns.

Contained inside are chapters devoted to various settlement types, from the smallest trading posts, to massive capital cities. Within these chapters are all the steps needed to craft a settlement with both depth and originality.

Creation takes just a few easy steps, each of which has multiple options to detail your settlement. These options are presented as tables from which you can select the outcome yourself, or roll for a random result.

Step one covers basic information, such as its age, size, environment and recent history. Step two details aspects of the community, such as resident and visitor populations, disposition, politics and crime. Step three establishes points of interest, including shops and services that can then be populated with proprietors and patrons taken from the 'Interesting NPCs' chapter.

The resulting settlement is both dynamic and detailed. The book has great utility, designed to also be an engine of inspiration for storytellers and world builders, sparking creativity and prompting GMs to delve deep into what their settlement is, how it came to be, and how aspects that might be at odds with one another may just give clues about its most compelling elements.

The book is available in full-color PDF and hardcover formats for 5th Edition. We have multiple pledge levels to best suit your gaming budget, so please check out the project, share it with your friends, and help us hit our goal.

1. Creating Great Settlements. An overview on settlements, when to use them, how to use them, and how to keep things both dynamic and interesting.

2. Trading Posts. One of the most important settlement types, trading posts are often hot spots for information, quests, intrigue, and excitement! 

3. Villages. Often the home of simple folk with simple lives, villages dot the landscape. They can however, be the jumping-off point of many a fun adventure!

4. Towns. The beginnings of urban development, towns can be lawless communities ripe for powerful influence, or the birthplace of the next world superpower.

5. Cities. More people, more problems. Cities are teeming with all manner of folk. Some good, some bad, some just trying to mind their own business. No visit to a city is ever without potential dangers, or potential rewards.

6. Capitals. Seats of concentrated power, home to mighty bastions and the focal point of both politics and war alike.

7. Keeps. Keeps are single large fortified buildings such as towers. The nature of these structures dictates that villages and towns usually spring up around them, due to the protection they offer. They are modest when compared to full castles, but are much more attainable for smaller communities in terms of costs and resources.

8. Castles. A large, imposing group of buildings, castles are fortified against attack with thick walls, battlements, and towers. They typically have a town or even city surrounding them, with homes and shops perhaps directly outside its walls.

9. Strongholds. Like a castle, but larger still, strongholds have greater fortifications. Built to be as impenetrable as possible, these bastions are the pinnacle of what one could expect from a physical structure.

10. Shops & Proprietors. What is a settlement without shops? In this chapter you'll find all the shops you'll ever need, as well the folk who operate them. 

11. Interesting NPCs. Over 100 pages of NPCs who can be dropped right into a shop, service establishment, or encountered on the streets of your settlement.

$16,000 Keeps (UNLOCKED!) - At this stretch goal we add a new settlement type. Keeps are single large fortified buildings such as towers. The nature of these structures dictates that villages and towns usually spring up around them, due to the protection they offer. They are modest when compared to full castles, but are much more attainable for smaller communities in terms of costs and resources.

$22,000 Castles (UNLOCKED!) - At this stretch goal we add a new settlement type. A large, imposing group of buildings, castles are fortified against attack with thick walls, battlements, and towers. They typically have a town or even city surrounding them, with homes and shops perhaps directly outside its walls. Castles often signify the presence of many high-society types and powerful figures, and require a large amount of resources in order to function in terms of people, food and munitions. The cost to maintain one is extremely high, and only the fabulously wealthy can afford to do so on their own.

$28,000 Strongholds (UNLOCKED!) - At this stretch goal we add a new settlement type. Like a castle, but larger still, strongholds have greater fortifications. Built to be as impenetrable as possible, these bastions are the pinnacle of what one could expect from a physical structure. A stronghold that is actively lived in, fully staffed and maintained will prove a nigh-insurmountable obstacle for almost any foe. They are incredibly and prohibitively expensive, and it generally takes an entire region to support one.

$34,000 More Settlements (UNLOCKED!) - Currently Spectacular Settlements contains 6 settlements of each type, pre-generated using the settlement creation tool. At this pledge level we will add 1 more settlement to each section for a total of 7 new pre-generated settlements which you can drop into any adventure at will. This means there will be 56 pre-generated settlements in the final version of the book.

$40,000 Even More Settlements (UNLOCKED!) - At this point (after the $34,000 stretch goal) Spectacular Settlements contains 7 settlements of each type, pre-generated using the settlement creation tool. At this pledge level we will add 1 more settlement to each section for a total of 8 new pre-generated settlements which you can drop into any adventure at will. This means there will be 64 pre-generated settlements in the final version of the book.

$45,000 More NPCs (UNLOCKED!) - There are already over 100 NPCs, but we could always use more! At this stretch goal we will add 20 more NPCs to bring extra variety and intrigue to your settlements.

$50,000 More Artwork (UNLOCKED!) - Who doesn't love artwork? At this stretch goal we will create more artwork for each chapter. This artwork will explore various cultural touchstones and examine the extremes of wealth and poverty. These unique styles are meant to add even more inspiration to this already incredible book!

$60,000 Free Settlement Maps (UNLOCKED!) - This book will contain over 64+ full color top-down settlement maps. At this stretch goal all backers at the $50 pledge level and above get a digital PDF version of all the maps for free! (This Settlement Map Pack will be a $15 add on through Backerkit)

$70,000 Free Interior Maps - A lot of interesting encounters can happen in shops and service establishments. At this stretch goal all backers at the $50 pledge level and above will get a digital PDF version of 20 interior maps for free! (This Interior Map Pack will be a $15 add on through Backerkit)

$80,000 Creative Team Bonuses - The folks at Nord Games work very hard to produce excellent content. At this stretch goal we'll give the creative team a bonus.

Risks and challenges

Delays can be caused by stretch goals, which will require additional content be written or additional artwork be commissioned. We have set our fulfilment dates based on the stretch goals we've stated from launch. If more stretch goals are added we will declare a new fulfilment date if need be. Other delays may include problems with production and fulfilment but, as this is not our first Kickstarter project nor our first book project, we're confident in our reward fulfilment estimation.

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