The new site is the official home of the forthcoming Parsantium city sourcebook and I'll be posting updates on my progress with the book there. I'll keep crossposting stuff here on LJ too, though, and this blog, which I have grown very fond of, will still have write ups of the games I'm running and playing in, as well as general posts about RPGs and other things.
My second design diary is up on the Kobold Quarterly front page, in which I write about monster groups and the Mages of Allain, arcane spellcasters mutated by the Wasted West. I had a lot of fun inflicting these guys on the Juma Gang and the Luminous Heroes of the Ironcrags, and I am sure other DMs will too.
At the weekend I finished proofreading the rough galleys after Brian had done his edits. All my changes are safely with the editor, Chris Bodan, and the typesetter, Anne Trent, after some angst over getting my versions uploaded to Dropbox (!), and on Sunday night, Brian and I recorded an interview for the Going Last podcast which goes out on Thursday this week. Hopefully Ian and Justin will be able to edit out the ums and erms....
It's all looking good and we've got five days to go so there is still time left to back the project!
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Wow! The Midgard Bestiary for 4th Edition has smashed through its second stretch goal and is now just $99 away from the third $6,500 stretch goal!
Brian has been on the Haste podcast to talk about the book, and he also has a new design diary up on the KQ front page. I've got another one to come shortly too and am also going to be recording a podcast this weekend. This will be a bit weird as Brian is on it too and we have never actually spoken, despite collaborating closely on the book.
We've finished our extra monsters for the Bonus Bestiaries and it's just as well as we need to review the page proofs for the final book in the next few days. I am very excited about seeing the fully laid out book, complete with art! After that, there's some more stuff to do on Defenders of Midgard as that 3rd stretch goal looks very very likely now. All good stuff!
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All backers will now get extra monsters in their Bestiary, and those at the Isonade level and above will also get an extra mini-adventure written by Teos Abadia (aka @alphastream). If we reach the 2nd goal at $5,500, all backers get an excellent adventure called The Iron Secret featuring monsters from the book written by Brian Liberge, as well as large scale maps to print out. Brian's design diary about the Goblins of the Wasted West is here.
Today we announced a 3rd stretch goal at $6,500 – if this is reached, all backers at the Fellforged level and above will get Defenders of Midgard, a 20-ish page pdf I've been working on with Brian Liberge, Paul Baalham and John Pope that contains lots of exciting player options for 4e in the Midgard setting! And everyone gets a pdf of KQ #16 too!
Thanks to everyone who has backed the project so far. If you haven't, there are still 18 days to go...
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Very pleased that the Midgard 4e Bestiary Kickstarter has gone over $3,500, enough to fund the project after just over a week. Hopefully we'll reach the $4,500 stretch goal and be able to give everyone some extra monsters!
I've also written a design diary for KQ about my two favourite monsters which you can find here.
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I worked on this book every weekend from the end of July through to the beginning of December last year and loved every minute of it.
To pick the monsters, I went through five year's worth of Open Design's adventures and sourcebooks looking for the most interesting, iconic and flavoursome monsters to pull together a balanced line-up of creature types and levels that represented the best of the Midgard setting.
After Wolfgang Baur had approved the outline and the list, Brian Liberge came on board, we decided who was going to do what, and began working our way through the monsters, converting them to 4e from 3.5 D&D, Pathfinder and the AGE system. Often, we looked at the original monster and decided it would be would be fun to come up with several variants of the creature. For example, there are three nasty gnomes of Niemhiem, rather than just the one that appeared in the AGE Bestiary.
We also wrote some brand new monsters, and got additional contributions via the KQ Forums from patrons including Tracy “Sarah Darkmagic” Hurley. The Pathfinder Bestiary was being written at the same time and we worked closely with Adam Daigle, adding in several cool creatures from that book to bring the final total to 150 monsters.
Long time fans of Midgard will be pleased to see monsters like the owl harpy from Six Arabian Nights and the blood hag from Blood of the Gorgon included, and there are 30 brand new creatures which don’t appear anywhere else, including Mammon himself (a level 33 solo!)
Once we had all our monsters, we enlisted the help of 15 groups of 4e players and playtested them to make sure they all worked properly at the table and were fun to fight. Final tweaks were made the manuscript went off to the editor.
We’re very proud of the book and I’m very excited it’s now out there for people to back as a Kickstarter project. The monsters give you a fantastic set of creatures with interesting, varied powers and great background lore to put straight into your 4th Edition D&D game.
It would be great to get as many backers as possible to bring the book into print!
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