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Post Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:52 pm 
 

Hey all…here it comes, and soon. In about two weeks, Frog God Games will begin its new Kickstarter on the next installment of the temple of elemental….I mean the Lost Lands.
Yours truly has made arrangements to take some time off of my day job to….you won't believe it…finish Sword of Air. After 14 years of waiting, this multi-phase adventure and sourcebook of the Necromancer Games (meaning me) home game world will come to light. This adventure and setting have been referenced in every book I have ever written, all the way back to Crucible of Freya.
I have resurrected all my old notebooks and (literally) typewritten manuscripts. Found all my old drawings and maps, playtested several sections of the adventure at the last few conventions, and am ready to finally bang this thing out. This adventure series links strongly to Rappan Athuk, Slumbering Tsar, Stoneheart Valley and many other old Necromancer Games books as well. Those links will be expanded here as well.
The underlying quest is to recover the lost fragments of a mythical artifact known as the Sword of Air, an icon of Law and Good, and perhaps the only thing that can stop the foul minions of Tsathogga from overrunning the earth. This adventure itself is geared for 1st-20th level players (truly a sandbox), with the main storyline being set for levels 5-15 (really 3-12 for Swords and Wizardry). The book will be produced in both Pathfinder and Swords and Wizardry formats.
SIGNIFICANT deluxe editions will be available for you collectors. Two premium editions are planned; one leather embossed, and one, well, you will have to wait and see, but my printer is referring to it as the "nuclear" edition. I am estimating page count at 500 (may vary), and all versions will contain a large fold out map of the region as a stretch goal. Premium editions may have a few extra features related to the map itself. Additional stretch goals will include full color printing, additional material (for all!), and possibly an exclusive, Kickstarter only, module.
Currently, this book consists of several parts.
1.        The Hel's Temple Dungeon—kind of like Tomb of Horrors on crack. This six level trap and puzzle infested dungeon formed the basis of my game through my high school and college years. Clark Peterson's very own Bannor the Paladin spent several real life months in the place, and sadly, finished the objective. This is where the fragments of the fabled Sword of Air can be found…perhaps.
2.        The wilderness area to the west of Rappan Athuk and extending into the goblin filled Cragnook Mountains, providing detail about the Wizards Wall (created like the Great Wall of China to keep the goblins at bay by the great wizards Margon and Alickthron (actual player characters from the early 1980's). Over 70 unique encounter areas are detailed, each one an mini-adventure in itself.
3.        The Ruined City of Tsen. Sister City to Tsar, and destroyed at nearly the same time by what many believe was a falling meteor. This place forms and aboveground dungeon area the size of a city, with over 100 detailed encounter areas. It's a very dark place…even at noon.
4.        The Wizard's Feud—This campaign style adventure pits the players in a long-running series of intrigues and battles between two archmages. Which side will they take? Their actions all play into the overall quest, and could well determine which side wins. Law and Chaos are not always what they seem, and if the wrong decisions are made, the entire ordeal could fail. Remember, one of the wizards WANTS Tsathogga to win.
5.        New Gods and Demons of the world, new spells, and new rules for various aspects of play.

That's it for now. I'll update this prior to the Kickstarter initiating.
Bill



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Post Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:39 pm 
 

Getting to look forward to items like this is one (of the many) reasons I am really starting to love this board.

Can't wait!  :D


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Post Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:46 pm 
 

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:01 pm 
 

Awesome news! Looking forward to it!!  8)


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Post Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:36 pm 
 

Another must have!


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:41 am 
 

I begin saving now!!!

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:59 am 
 

tsathogga wrote in Finally, after 14 years:kind of like Tomb of Horrors on crack


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:40 pm 
 

Very cool news, thanks Bill!


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:10 pm 
 

I'll take two. :)


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:22 pm 
 

I was just thinking this week while reading Razor Coast, 'I wonder when FGG will launch another Kickstarter?'

Glad you could read my mind, Bill. Looking forward to the big reveal  :D

  

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:05 pm 
 

Hello Bill, please keep us updated, so we don't miss any windows of opportunity. I'm not always on the forum, but please consider me interested in the "nuclear" edition  :D

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:59 pm 
 

The nuke will try to be the highest end book ever made--looking at options now. Please advise on thoughts of what that would mean to you..."nicest book ever made"



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Post Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:21 pm 
 

Is there an option for a Dragon Skin?  Wait...troll skin - only fire could damage it.  Also any spine creases would automatically disappear after one day.

Seriously - full color art.

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:23 pm 
 

Color art will be a bonus goal--that about doubles print costs unless we make enough copies. I am thinking a metal cover...else something like Paizo did in real leather and brass



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Post Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:39 pm 
 

... With real teeth for biting, Necronomicon-style :)


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Post Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:15 pm 
 

I should have a cover and some pics of example nuke books soon--think Gutenberg Bible



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Post Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:30 pm 
 

Hey Bill,

I am so in on this one. :)

Really loved the Slumbering Tsar Saga megabook, even though I feel like I'm getting a workout every time I lift it. :)

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Post Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:36 pm 
 

still working on pricing--the nuke books are difficult to get prices on from my binder--should be up soon:)



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Post Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:16 pm 
 

Will back this for sure. When do you anticipate the Kickstarter to launch?

  


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:44 am 
 

tsathogga wrote in Finally, after 14 years:The nuke will try to be the highest end book ever made--looking at options now. Please advise on thoughts of what that would mean to you..."nicest book ever made"


Good luck, it all sounds amazing. If you are looking for high-end RPG examples, one of the highest must be the recent Call of Cthulhu kickstarter for their new main rulebook. It had a pledge level at $2,800+ for a pair of books:

" STUPEFYING SHUB-NIGGURATH, SPAWN ... The Black Goat of the Woods has spawned a pair of books that will last for generations, with the finest binding you can get. The Temple Edition is limited to up to 25 sets of books, or will be printed to order. Here are the CALL OF CTHULHU KEEPER'S RULEBOOK and the INVESTIGATOR'S HANDBOOK printed in England and hand-bound by Temple Book Binders a very-highly regarded shop in Oxford. There is a full description of the books in the Project Story to the left. Temple notes that they require four months to hand-make these books, and they will be shipped separately, from the United Kingdom. Of course, this level includes pdfs of both books and other enhancements and stretch goals, as revealed on the Pledge Level Benefits Grid. (While the shipping for this set of books is included with this level, if you include any add-ons please add base postage of $5/US, $10/Canadian, $20/other, +$1 per physical item in your order exclusive of this book set.)... Estimated delivery: Mar 2014 "

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition by Chaosium Inc. — Kickstarter

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Too much for many collectors. Still, I think they sold about seven or eight, so there is definitely a market for even quite pricey artisan-style RPG collectibles. :)


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