The Wild Hunt is an ancient Celtic myth about a force that rampages through the countryside: killing evil-doers and causing havoc.
But what if there is a certain truth behind it?
Breaking off from the main Irish rebel organisation, a splinter group has discovered a means of summoning the Wild Hunt to do their bidding and aid them in their criminal enterprise.
Except it has not gone to plan. Their binding knowledge is poor and the entities of the Wild Hunt strain against their bonds. The splinter group is holding a hungry tiger by the tail and can only keep the Hunt busy lest it turn on them. They seek out the Investigators and endeavour to strike a devil's bargain; help them end or control the monsters, or see them create a bloodbath the likes the North-East of America has never seen.
Can the rebel group be trusted?
Can the Investigators walk away and live with their decision?
Can the Wild Hunt be controlled? And by whom?
It is time for you to find out!
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The book will also contain the main adventure written by Tyler Omichinski, NPCs, plans, scenario seeds, and options to expand the Investigators' dealings with the Wild Hunt. Layout will be by Stephanie McAlea, but we'd like to add further art by creators we admire and trust to deliver. This is where the Kickstarter funds come in.
Taking its inspirational cues from Celtic myth, classic monsters, and H.P. Lovecraft, the book takes a mature look at the horror of Mythos interpretations by historic cultures and will also summarise the tragedy of terrorism, self-determination, and their links to organised crime. There will also be information on how Celtic cultures in Britain and Ireland re-interpret the mythos to fit their cultural narrative and, as the subjects within can be sensitive for many, this book is for mature gamers only.
The funds for this Kickstarter will go towards commissioning more art and the hiring more writers and creatives of quality if the book is to expand. The funds will also go on printing and distribution.
Unlike their characters who face insanity and death, backers can look forward to lovingly produced PDFs, Softcover and Hardcover books, and increased quality and content depending on stretch goals.
At the moment, the books are 90 pages and will be perfect bound. They will have a colour cover and greyscale internal pages. Due to stretch goals, these are all subject to change.
The entire cost of your books and getting them to you is covered by your pledge.
The top tier reward is slightly different. Those who pledge at this level can look forward to Stygian Fox's owner, Stephanie McAlea, running a scenario at the Continuum gaming convention on the 21st of July at Oadby Campus, in Leicester, UK. It will be an abridged version of The Wild Hunt with pre-generated characters.
As the book won't be ready for distribution at this point, backers at this level will receive their copies in due course but will also receive copies of some of our previous titles and other goodies as a thank you for backing!
A Note of Caution
The onus is on the backer to attend the convention and they must at least have a day ticket already purchased before pledging. Stygian Fox is not responsible for the backer failing to attend due to illness, act of a deity, or rail strikes. No refunds will be forthcoming for a failure to attend.
All convention rules must be adhered to and those not doing so, or flouting 'Wheaton's Law', will be removed from the table (and possibly the convention) immediately and without refund or compensatory gifts from Stygian Fox/Miss McAlea.
These rules are strict to protect both Stygian Fox/Miss McAlea but also other players and conventioneers. I'm sure you understand.
More information on this most excellent of gaming conventions can be found here: https://continuumconvention.co.uk/
With this project, our focus is to produce a beautiful and entertaining book but budget and time constraints may hamper that. With stretch goals and the economy of scale, we hope to furnish the book with better maps, more information and art, and have a premium level of quality in regards to printing and binding. If we're lucky enough to reach the top level we'll pay our writers and artists more for helping us get there. Admittedly, this doesn't benefit our backers but as pay in the RPG industry is seriously low, I'm sure you'll want to help the creatives involved to get a bonus.
Risks and challenges
As with all projects, there is a risk but as the manuscript is mostly complete we think this book has very little risk to it. In the past, we have faced issues with our distribution method. Our distributor had several issues which delayed our books. This time, we'll be utilising a coupon-customer-site delivery system rather than a publisher-site-customer system in order to make sure you get your book. You'll receive a coupon for the full cost of the book and shipping from Stygian Fox which you will then redeem at no extra cost from the distributor.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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