7 Days to go AND we can do it!
They say that it's always darkest just before the dawn - and that is certainly the case with a Kickstarter. We've passed the mid-point of our campaign and today, with seven days to go, we are seeing the first rays of light upon the horizon. In the past few days two exceptional backers (Beau Barnett and John Maki - we can't thank you enough!) have brought us to the 70% mark. I'm convinced that we can make it, but we need your help to do it.
The story of the Shadowlands started nearly twenty years ago with a dream. My father, in whose memory the "Gates of Tarina" is dedicated, had introduced me to Tolkien and my brother had taught me to play D&D. I began to dream of a different world, a world I would call Sæmyyr. As I grew older and learned more, I incorporated those ideas, the things I learned, into the world. The Shadowlands is built with the belief that things like culture, linguistics, trade, economics, ideology, and yes, even (especially!) physics, matter in a fantasy world. Real life had encouraged me to imagine a fantasy gaming world as rigorously realistic as ours, replete with dark, gritty, manipulative people and cultures in which characters could interface with ancient technologies through byzantine layers of intrigue and maybe even achieve the power of the Old Gods themselves. My friends and players ate it up and asked for more.
Then you all came along. You dreamed with me. People I don't know who see and understand the same dream I do, people who want to see the dream of this world come true too, and who see themselves as playing in a world as strange and familiar as our own. Through your help this Kickstarter is just a beginning, hopefully a long beginning of many adventures, many stories, many more books.
So I hope that keeps you dreaming, I hope it makes you imagine this new world, and inspires you to tell everyone you know, to give a dollar (or more!) to help us realize this dream. We're so close, and I know we can do it, with YOUR help!
And just to whet your appetite, we're in the last stages of having the adventure done, a little more editing to be done, but we put the gorgeous cover I showed you in the last update into layout and it looks incredible. If this doesn't get your mind on the road to adventuring, nothing will!
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Shadowlands Explorer: Patrons at this level will receive a high-resolution copy of the Sæmyyr World Map, designed by acclaimed RPG cartographer Jonathan Roberts of Fantastic Maps.Estimated delivery:
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Shadowlands Adventurer: Receive the Sæmyyr World Map, as above, PLUS a PDF copy of the adventure "The Gates of Tarina".Estimated delivery:
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Tarina Adventurer: Receive all of the above PLUS a separate map pack of 5 high-resolution maps designed for use in the adventure and for the city of Tarina.Estimated delivery:
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Shadowlands Gamer: Print editions of BOTH books: "The Gates of Tarina" adventure module AND the "Tarina Guidebook", everything you need to get introduced to the Shadowlands Campaign Setting!Estimated delivery:
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Tarina Explorer: Receive all of the above PLUS a PDF copy of the "Tarina Guidebook", the source book for the upcoming "Curse of the Raiton King" campaign saga and regional guide to the area surrounding the city of Tarina.Estimated delivery:
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Tarina Patrona/Patronus: Receive all of the above PLUS acknowledgement in the 'Special Thanks' section of BOTH books with either your real name or chosen character name!Estimated delivery:
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BlackStar Donor: Receive all of the above PLUS a limited edition BlackStar Studios T-shirt (still in design) marking you as a DONOR! Please provide size, etc. when donating.Estimated delivery:
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Tarina Retailer: 5 copies of EACH book (10 books total) at a special rate for small retailers. Must share EIN or equivalent Tax ID when making a donation.Estimated delivery:
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Sæmyyr Cartographer: Receive all of the above PLUS a full-color, poster-size printed Sæmyyr world map digitally SIGNED by cartographer Jonathan Roberts of Fantastic Maps.Estimated delivery:
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Tar Sequin Rare Book Collector: Receive all of the above PLUS full-color print editions of both books ("The Gates of Tarina" adventure module and the "Tarina Guidebook"), SIGNED & NUMBERED by the two lead game designers - Chris Merwin & Ben Cacchione.Estimated delivery:
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Shadowlands Shop: Our special rate for larger gaming stores who want a great special! TEN (10) copies of EACH book (20 books total) PLUS 3 copies of the Tarina Map Folio PLUS 1 World Map poster. Must share EIN or equivalent Tax ID when making a donation.Estimated delivery:
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Shadowlands Super-Store: 15 copies of EACH book (30 copies total), 5 copies of the Tarina Map Folio, and 1 World Map poster for the largest gaming stores! Must share EIN or equivalent Tax ID when making a donation at this level.Estimated delivery:
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Tarina Art Collector: Receive all of the above PLUS a full color print poster SIGNED & PERSONALIZED by Ambrose H. Hoilman of the “Gates of Tarina” cover art!Estimated delivery:
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Black Jewel of Raetia Art Aficionado: Receive all of the above PLUS a limited edition digitally SIGNED and NUMBERED digital print on real canvas of artist Ben Wootten’s painting “Approach to Tarina”.Estimated delivery:
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Paragon of Tarina: Receive all of the above PLUS you will be able to name and help develop one major NPC in the “Tarina Guidebook” and the forthcoming “Curse of the Raiton King” Campaign Saga.Estimated delivery:
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Shadowlands Playtester: Receive all of the above PLUS one of the game designers will travel to your city (within the continental United States or Canada) and run a specially designed single session adventure for you and your group. You will also be listed separately as a "Very Special Thanks".Estimated delivery:
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Local AI: Receive all of the above PLUS you will be allowed to name and give input on a local god/artificial intelligence which will feature in the will be featured in all future listings of Tar Sequin deities (including the forthcoming player's primer) along with an entry in the Sæmyyr Incunabulum -the online encyclopedia of all things Shadowlands.Estimated delivery:
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