2019: Week 2
TL/DR: I discuss the adventures, art assets, and the general move forward.
2019: Week 2
I had breakfast with the owner of The Shadowlandsthis morning and... Read more
Going into 2018 like....
Happy New Year Shadowlands fans!
With most of race and iconic character art done, we're moving on to iconic and reimagined monsters. Dio Mahesa has already turned over two pieces,... Read more
I really can't wait to share what we have planned for 2018!
Jaye & Nat20 Studios!
It's a Shadowlands Saturday!
TL/DR: I have coffee and a lot to share! I talk art, development, our release schedule, and what some of the developers and designers are currently working
Almost... Read more
Late, late, and late...
Hey Shadowlands Backers!
So, I planned on updating on Saturday (since it was the 15th and all), but the weekend got away from me, lost in a whirlwind of layout... Read more
The July 1st Update!
Hey Shadowlands Backers!
So, for this update, instead of giving you an update on art turn overs or word counts, I’m going to give you something you can throw into... Read more
The Mid-May update....
TL/DR: The art is rolling in, design meetings are happening, and we're finally nailing down iconics!
As many of you have already figured out, we're trying to keep... Read more
The mid-April Update
TL/DR: I talk art, classes, and book covers.
I'm going to try and keep this update short and sweet. So, what's up with The Shadowlands Campaign Guide... Read more
Whoa..... is it already the end of March?
Good morning Shadowlands fans!
I planned to post this earlier this week, but between managing two other projects (including Bloodlines & Black Magic and Design Camp: The Celestial Host),... Read more
Production meeting kick-off
Had a very productive 4-hour meeting with the core team (Jaye Sonia, Ben McFarland, Brian Suskind, and Stephen DiPesa) to review the bulk of the current material (that we currently... Read more
I plan on adding frequent updates to keep everyone posted on our progress which will include summaries form our production meetings. The next production meeting is scheduled for... Read more
Happy Holidays – A New Year and New Beginnings
It’s with pleasure that I would like to make two very big announcements that many of you have been speculating on and waiting to hear.
First, thanks to the incredible... Read more
I know many of you are very eager for an update. This the current status of the project and BlackStar Studios.
1. Last year because of a technical glitch... Read more
Our mysterious elves!
So our writer and designer Ben Cacchione is a man of many talents. In addition to writing our novellae, he happens to also be our mechanics guru, because he happens... Read more
Dwarves! Dwarves! Dwarves!
Designer Ben Cacchione gives us an awesome update this month!
Hello all, and glad to reach out to you all again after some time! After some life events (I... Read more
Progress! And a tease! ;-)
Hey awesome Backers!
So, first - my thanks to you guys for sending us awesome emails over the past couple of months with encouragement! I can't tell you how nice... Read more
Art Director Ambrose Hoilman on illustrating the Shadowlands
From Ambrose H. Hoilman, Art Director for the Shadowlands Campaign Setting Guide.
I was introduced to Chris and Ben through a mutual gaming friend 3 years ago. We... Read more
A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words
Well, if that's true, we're about to give you 300,000 words worth of awesome Shadowlands inspiration!
Over the last two months one of the aspects of the Campaign Setting Guide... Read more
Introducing our Youtube Video Series! Learn to play the Shadowlands!
For a long time we have been wanting to put together a series of videos designed to give you our Backers, GMs, and players, an overview and introduction to the... Read more
October Update - Part I - Stephen Michael DiPesa
So we know it's been a little while since our last update, for which we apologize and we understand, but hopefully this is the first in a series... Read more
August Update - Our Foundations
As we've been slowly working through the design of the Shadowlands Campaign Setting Guide and writing up what I hope will be the stage and scenes of years of adventuring... Read more
Plugging another great looking Kickstarter
We're super excited to announce that Jaye Sonia of Storm Bunny Studios and one of the Shadowlands designers has launched his own Kickstarter! It includes awesome people like Stephen Michael... Read more
By now, thanks to our awesome Project Manager Matt, you should have all received download codes for The Gates of Tarina and the Tarina Guidebook. If you... Read more
(I thought that since we just gave you that tantalizing image of the Ashkanu cleric, you might want to see the draft write-up that goes with humans of that region).... Read more
Codes & Delays
I know you guys are all getting anxious for the download codes, and we want to let you know that they are coming and on their way, so... Read more
May the 4th - The Brotherhood of Magus
It’s hard to believe it’s already May, and a year since the Shadowlands Campaign Setting Guide Kickstarter was funded! For me, it’s been a long, cold journey (especially since it... Read more
EXPLORERS and Survey Updates
We've been busy this weekend double and triple checking that everyone has been sent their surveys. Please everyone, check your inboxes and also your Kickstarter messages from us... Read more
Paizo takes on a new campaign....
So it looks like Paizo is taking our idea and running with it (the use of A.I.s as spell granting deities) - will be really interested what you guys think!... Read more
Showing off our commitment to detail....
Dear Awesome Backers,
So a couple of things. A couple of you have nicely emailed us and very nicely asked us how things are going and when you might get... Read more
I wanted to talk a little bit about our general world-building and design strategy at BlackStar Studios today, and to do that, let’s talk about DRAGONS.
As you all know,... Read more
Games of State
Why a courtier class?
It’s a fair question. After all, we’re working from a game system built largely around the premise of venturing outside of civilized areas, killing monsters, and... Read more
A New and Hopeful Year ahead!
It’s a new year for all of us and it wouldn’t be a BlackStar Studios update if it didn’t come late! We’re developing quite the reputation for both exceptional high... Read more
Lurkers in the Dark (Happy Halloween!!!!)
Just in time for Halloween, our very own Shadowlands Project Lead & Senior Game Designer, Stephen Michael DiPesa brings us a terrifying designers diary for a new class of creature... Read more
There be languages here!
Well, hi, everybody! I am called Ben Cacchione by those among the Lords of Shadowlands Development (and most others I know). For those who haven’t been introduced, my biggest foci... Read more
Jaye's Design Diary #1 [Archetypes vs Prestige Classes]
Jaye's Design Diary
Hey Shadowland Backers!
I know none of you have heard from me yet, so I've decided to fix that. I'm Jaye Sonia, one of the Shadowland's principle... Read more
Thinking & Playtesting
After running a recent Shadowlands game this weekend, I decided to put up a few thoughts on teleportation and storytelling. How would _you_ describe teleportation?
I penned up a... Read more
Something this way comes....
“So,” you may be wondering, “just what the hell have you guys been up to since the Kickstarter ended?”
A peek into a Shadowlands campaign ...
Hopefully by now you have all received the surveys we've sent out asking for the first in a series of questionnaires which we will be sharing with you... Read more
Surveys & Designer's Diary
So our awesome project lead, Stephen Michael DiPesa (who recently celebrated a birthday!), has just put up the first in a series of Designer Diary articles up on... Read more
A little something for the weekend!
So, it's nearly the weekend and we are putting the finishing touches on all of the various surveys for the different backer levels. We've got a lot of great first... Read more
We DID it!
We really and truly can’t thank all of you enough! You did it! We are just astounded by the incredible success and desire to see this campaign setting come together!... Read more
Jonathan Roberts & The Atlas of the Shadowlands
I can't tell you how astounded and amazed we are at today! The entire team is absolutely speechless. We are so exceptionally humbled by the support and generosity of all... Read more
A statement from Dragonlance co-creator Tracy Hickman
When I emailed Tracy Hickman yesterday to let him know that we had passed the Stretch Goal to bring him on he was pretty enthusiastic and said that... Read more
What is mentalism?
In its most basic sense, mentalism is merely the exercise of psionic abilities. From a systems perspective, it’s really no more or less powerful than arcane or... Read more
FATE Core version Achieved + Colin McComb !!!!
What an incredible morning! Thanks to the incredible generosity of Jeremy Kear and all of our Backers in the last 12 hours we have now passed THREE Stretch Goals! We've... Read more
New website, soon to have Paypal
So we have 3 days left in the campaign and so far we're doing great! A number of fans have reached out to us to ask if we will be... Read more
Stretch Goals Achieved!
Wow! Yesterday and today have been great days for the Kickstarter! You guys managed to blow through the 275 Backer Stretch Goal and are well on the way to the ... Read more
Gaming great Colin McComb to join us!
We're super excited to offer up a new Stretch Goal that we feel certain we'll achieve, hopefully on our way to the FATE and Atlas goals!
We're teaming up... Read more
Thinking differently about RPG morality
Sometimes, you just need a villain.
Not an antagonist – not an enemy whose schemes the party strives to foil – but instead the bad guy who fights for... Read more
Far Future into Mythic Past
I’d like to open this update with the (oft-cited) counterpoint to Arthur C. Clarke’s third law: Any magical phenomenon, sufficiently explained and understood, becomes a matter of scientific learning.
The... Read more
For our FATE fans!
Over the past few weeks the interest from the FATE community in the Shadowlands Campaign Guide has been, well, overwhelming. It’s honestly, been a huge surprise to us at BlackStar... Read more
A tale of the Brotherhood
In honor of an awesome day yesterday (we blew through TWO Stretch Goals in ONEday!), we thought we would share with everyone a little in-game fluff to get your... Read more
To all of our Boston friends
We just wanted to say that all of our thoughts are with everyone who lives in Boston and all of you who may have friends and family in the Boston... Read more
Design Philosophy of a Shadowlands designer
Yesterday we sent out a little teaser about one of our favorite regions of Sæmyyr, the island region of Gnyr Shalorn. BlackStar Studioswriter John Maki has been writing... Read more
Happy Weekend & some new inside looks!
A very Happy Weekend to all!
It's been a great week for the Kickstarter and we thought that we would, based on community response, give you guys a little more... Read more
What you all want to see!
Morning, there, friends of BlackStar Studios!
Not much to say, right now...
...other than taking a moment to remark on how awesome our backers are! We’re pushing steadily toward 200 backers and our $16.5k milestone, thanks to all of you!
(Also, I... Read more
Ben's novella and some background on Saemyyr's languages.
Thanks to all of you and your amazing support we have blown through not one but TWO Stretch Goals yesterday! So it's time to reveal to you our first mystery ... Read more
Fourteen thousand dollars!
Chris is AFK for the evening and won’t be back until sometime tomorrow. I just wanted to chime in and say thank you to everyone who has pledged... Read more
Look what Friday brings!
So we hope that you are all looking forward to a VERY Happy Friday and a weekend full of gaming! As a special treat we thought we would let you... Read more
Designer's Diary – Here Be Monsters
(Note: this is not an April Fools’ joke. I just want to get that out of the way, right up front.)
Today, I want to chat a bit about “old... Read more
Happy Easter! Here's a look at Saemyyr's "Earth Mother"!
In recognition of Easter, we thought we would leave you with a delicious treat of one of our major worldwide deities. Stephen Michael DiPesa has written up an incredible list... Read more
An awesome Pathfinder miniature Kickstarter
One of the things I've dreamed about for years is a line of Shadowlandsminis. There are so many cool factions, peoples, and monsters in the world that I could... Read more
New Stretch Goal & Reward Tiers!
In honor of International Table Top Game Day we have added another Stretch Goal at $11,000 exclusively for our backers at the COLLECTOR($50) and up... Read more
Designer's Diary – Magic & AIs
We thought we would take the time to tell you guys a little bit more about the setting “off the cuff”and give you a greater sense of the scope, background,... Read more
Second stretch goal reached!
Thanks to your support, we've met our second stretch goal and we're on our way toward unlocking the third! All of us here at BlackStar are tremendously grateful and we're... Read more
Legendary Forgotten Realms creator joins the Shadowlands!
We are extremely excited to announce that legendary Ed Greenwood, the creator of The Forgotten Realms will join our Shadowlandskickstarter project! We told you that we wanted to... Read more
YES! First Stretch Goal reached!
Wow! You guys did it! We've reached our first Stretch Goal! Let's keep 'em coming and reach for those other great goals!
Also, I've gotten some emails about asking for... Read more
Potentially HUGE news soon!
So we arrived back in New York from an incredible and awesome 3 days at PAX and started sifting through the hundreds of emails we've received in the last few... Read more
PAX East draws to a close. Thank you all!
PAX East has been an enormous (and exhausting) success for us! We can't possibly thank all of the amazing gamers, GM's, and wonderful people that helped us fund this kickstarter!... Read more
Shadowlands Developers Meeting
Now that we've met the base funding for the campaign setting guide (and we're already half way to our first stretch goal!), we took advantage of the rare chance for... Read more
You DID it! We're FULLY funded!
I can't believe it! You all did it! We are now fully funded for the 180 page campaign guide! You are amazing! Now let's rally everyone for the rest of... Read more
PAX East update
Hey everyone! The Shadowlands crew is here on the tabletop gaming floor at PAX East. We're having a great time and letting people know about the Shadowlands and whatan amazing... Read more
60% Funded and PAX hasn't even started!
You guys are all absolutely amazing! We all can't believe that you have managed to get us up to 60%! You are all incredible! The whole Shadowlands crew is incredible... Read more
A GREAT Start and LIVE updates from PAX East!