Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Day late and dollar short

Dude just drove up in a truck and delivered 240 cubic feet of packing peanuts. They are now filling our pantry storage. Oh how we could have used this abundance on Sunday.

We hit 90K

Woohoo! We just crossed over $90,076 on kickstarter! Next week we fly out for the North Texas RPG Con. We are super excited to see our fans & friends!

~Blonde Frog

Monday, May 28, 2012

Tsar Breaks Team Frog

This holiday weekend was literally back breaking as team frog packed and loaded The Slumbering Tsar Saga. Papa Frog, Mama Frog, Grumpy Frog, Naked F.R.O.G., Lil' Frog, and Baby Frog inventoried and packed 500 books over 18 hours. They had to go to 9 local stores just to get enough packing peanuts to finish the packing job and to be sure all the books arrive in mint condition.  They packed a truck, pickup truck, and station wagon up like jigsaw puzzles to take to the post office for MOST of the US orders. Today they are finishing the last of the orders. Pictures coming soon.

~Blonde Frog

Friday, May 25, 2012

Last Day to add on to Slumbering Tsar orders

We are packing up and sending all final orders for The Slumbering Tsar Saga tonight. If you have any last minute orders you want shipped with The Slumbering Tsar Saga you must notify us tonight by 9pm PST. Otherwise future orders will be shipped in separate boxes and billed accordingly.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More updates

As May slowly comes to an end we have been busy working to finalize the last of the levels and to get the bonus modules written and laid out. 

The battle mats went to the printer today and we started work on designing the GM screens to send to the printer hopefully in early June. 

We are finalizing the look of the kickstarter T-shirts but here is a sneak peek at the image:

We hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy a drink for us as we will all be working hard.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Barnes & Nobles Error!!!

There has been a HUGE error on Barnes & Noble for the listing of Rappan Athuk. We are NOT under contract with them currently and these prices are NOT being honored. Even after the kickstarter project is complete these prices are NOT accurate and will not be available. We are working with them now to fix the problem. No books will be offered through other distributors until the kickstarter project ends. Meaning you cannot pre order this product anywhere but through us!

-Blonde Frog

Friday, May 18, 2012

Broke $80K

This is exceeding my wildest hopes! We finally broke that elusive $80k. I asked Blond to reduce to next goal level to the number we needed to beat Vampire from $100k (its slightly less). We also added a new bonus product at the $250 and up level. Details on that soon!

Thank you all for the faioth in us, you keep buying and we'll keep adding stuff!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Next Bonus Close

We are about $1400 away from that elusive $80k bonus goal! Keep spreading the word.

In other news, new books are off the the printer, and may make Dallas (NTRPG) and will make PaizoCon. Hex Crawls 4 and 5, Unusual Suspects (Pathfinder only), Castle Baldemar, and a couple others may make both shows. A big shout out to Chuck and Dawn for the amazing speed in production (I am going to have to let them sleep before Rappan Athuk is in layout next month).

I just approved the Battle Mats for production, and we are well along our way to making all the deadlines for delivery of RA before Gencon! The electronic monster files (Herolab) and maps (d20 Pro) may come a bit later. I still have to update the introduction and Level 0 to get people's names on Tombstones and make sure it all flows cohesively. All the maps are done except the crossection (its just a little, which Rick is working on right now.

I just got a draft of the players guide to review, and I have outlined level 7B. Should have it written in 3 weeks or so. Matt is cranking away on Cyclopean Deeps #1, and we are giving Blond Frog a week off to spend time with her husband who is on leave from overseas (which means my posts will be fraught with typos, and updates will be less clear and less flashy:)).

A special thanks to Blond's husband and all our other military servicemen for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe at home. All of us at FGG support our troops!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

400 Backers!

We hit 400 backers! Thank you to all our fans who have shown such amazing support. We are bursting at the seems to get to 80K and share with you all the amazing rewards we have in store for 100K. Keep spreading the word. Thank you all!

~Blonde Frog

Hot Off the Presses Press Release

Ok game-fans! Due to overwhelming support, Grumpy Frog has made arrangements to get another 20-25 pages of battlemaps, covering 15 or so new locations! These are not tied to any price point or total money raised, EVERYONE GETS THESE IN THE PRODUCT! 

In addition, we have 2 new spells, half a dozen more magic items, another new feat (for Pathfinder), and we are expanding the side view of the dungeon levels to TWO PAGES for ease in reading and finding where the levels connect (Grumpy Frog has a hard time reading the tiny print).

So, in addition to the bonuses given out for raising the pledges, we're adding content for free!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Added Pledge Level & update to Bonus Goal 80K

Button, Button, who wants the Button?
We've moved up the button to the $80,000 bonus goal so that all backers of $40 and more will receive the below Orcus Button. We have exciting updates to the 100K bonus goal but we will be revealing these when we hit 80K.

New Pledge Level $325 - Get both miniatures!

Both unpainted Reaper Miniature, Both versions of the PDF, Exclusive Bonus module "Level 7B Caves and Caverns of the Ancient Gods", the exclusive Frog God Games battle mat, along with a Froggy T-shirt, plus your signed & numbered hardcover copy, plus the option to add your name at the back of the book as a Death Knight of Orcus & Tsathogga.

A Shout Out

We want to thank Kobold Quarterly for giving our Rappan Athuk's Kickstarter a shout out in their quarterly edition. Check out their Kickstarter: The Midgard Tales. A hardcover that collects 13 fantasy adventures with an original spin. Visit the 7 Cities, Trollheim, and the realms beyond!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Good thing I have been working out

glad I have been hitting the Crossfit gym--these books are hard to carry. 7 pallets was 1000 books--4 per case was all that would fit. I guess 6 was over 40 pounds:)

On Rappan Athuk--we are almost at $80k--I bet we will be over by the middle of next week at the latest. So-advice requested. what would I need to add to the $10k reward to get a bite? I want bragging rights on a $10k buyer on Kickstarter. Tell me what it would take.

Slumbering Tsar breaks truck!

Slumbering Tsar books are so heavy that they literally broke the truck!
Packing up more than 7 1/2 pallets of books for delivery today... and this is what happens!

Moving Truck, 0 - Slumbering Tsar, 1

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Closing in on the 80k bonus level!

$71k and climbing, welcome aboard all new pledgers (is that a word?)! Blond Frog and I kibitzed all day over bonus material--we will likely be adding some additional very soon. Thank you all again for the fantastic support and for making this project happen!

Bill Finishes Writing His Lines To Lisa

We made Bill write these lines in his bathrobe! Here's the video proof of Bill writing his lines to Lisa as promised! When the project ends we will be sending out the PDF of the explanation and the 4 pages of lines to every backer.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

News Teaser

A bit-o-news will be announced Friday June 8 in Dallas at the NTRPG Con. Hope to see you all there. I think all Frog and Necromancer fans will be quite pleased.

You want more?!

As requested by fans the upper tier pledges will now yield more books. Your whole gaming group can pledge together as one and reap the rewards. Note the $2,000 pledge cannot be updated on the Kickstarter page but we will now be giving you EIGHT books!

Pledge Level $5,000 has TEN books and the Big Daddy of all bids now has SIXTEEN books at $10,000.

More Collector Editions for Backers

For pledges of $250 or more we will be releasing a limited Rappan Athuk edition of the bonus modules Cyclopean Deeps. These limited collector editions will be in the same color scheme as Rappan Athuk (a red cover for the Swords & Wizardry version or black cover for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game). At pledge level $500 you will receive 2 copies, 4 copies at the $650/$1000/$1200 level, 5 copies at the $2000/$3000 level, 8 copies at the $5000 level and 10 copies at the $10,000 level. These collector edition covers will only be available through Kickstarter. A standard format version of the modules will be released after the Kickstarter, which will have the same content but will not have the collector cover.
Lots of new bonus additions--I even spoke with an artist today to see if we could get a drawing of Orcus doing mean things to a vampire if we beat the record (about $96k) set by Vampire 6th Edition!

Blond Frog has added several new additions to the rewards--we wanted to perk the collectors without making any more material unavailable to the pure players. Keep the faith!, We are slowly inching towards the $80k goal and more free stuff for all!

Monday, May 7, 2012

$100,000 Bonus Goal Updated!

If we reach this bonus goal all of our backers who pledge $40 or more will receive a "I Went Down The Well" Rappan Athuk Button featuring Orcus. $40 & $70 backers will receive the PDF version of the Players Guide to Rappan Athuk. Backers of $100 or more will receive both versions of the PDF (Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Swords & Wizardry rules), a softcover copy of the Players Guide, plus the "Rappan Athuk Battle Maps". For backers who pledge $250 or more will receive a 2nd Bonus Module: "Cyclopean Deeps #1: Down to Ques Querax", and a 3rd Bonus Module: "Cyclopean Deeps #2: Cult of the Khryll", plus a D20Pro Digital Mapset and Hero Lab Data files. All backers at the $650 or more pledge will receive a custom hand drawn image on the inside cover of the Rappan Athuk book by Artist Chris McFann, signed and dated.

We are rockin'!

We are only $33k away from the all time RPG product Kickstarter Record!!!

I am going to have to think up some other stuff for you guys for a $120k level. Spread the word and let people know about this. We could never have done this without the amazing show of loyalty to our fans. I will soon be announcing a couple of new projects that I am pretty sure will make all of you happy. We are also considering adding a few end-buy items at a discounted rate for those of you who participated in this kickstart. We can't do that until the end...but we are all ears as to what all you guys are interested in. We are raising eyebrows all over the net..proof perfect that there still is a tabletop RPG market out there.

We are beating the horses hard to get everything done this summer. I am hoping to have several new releases in Dallas (on the plane with me) and at PaizoCon. Matt is hard at work on the Cyclopean Deeps, and we ordered the cover art this morning.

Thanks again for all the support!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

We did it!!!

We broke $60k! Now you guys are going to force me to add a $100k goal--we are working on that now. I understand the record of $96k+ for Vampire is the single RPG item record, and I really want to beat that. Tell your friends and your players to jump on the bandwagon and get a piece of RPG history! Thank you again for all the support, I am overwhelmed by this response.

Edit on goal #3

Wow, since I posted 30 seconds ago, we moved to within $1,100!

Almost at Second Bonus!

We are within $2,100 of the second bonus guys all. Thanks you for the fantastic support. I have asked Blond Frog to to start working on a $100k bonus goal (it can be a pretty big one). If we crack $100k, rumor has it we will surpass the record for an RPG product (not new game or whole system of course) that was set by a Vampire product! Research gathered from Geek Industrial Complex.

So..if we do break the record, I will pass some of that back to you guys. I am working on some great perk ideas for both the heavy hitters and everyone else. Keep the ideas coming! I have 3 more rooms to write on the main book is all (Level 5B), and then I will embark on the bonus level. Matt is hard at work on his first (of 3) Cyclopean Deeps modules.

In other news, Greg has delivered the new book "Unusual Suspects" for Pathfinder only.

Unusual Suspects is a compilation of 60 unique and original Non-Player Characters ready to go for your game. Each NPC entry includes a complete stat block, full history, detailed tactics, and guidelines on how to use the character in your game. With these NPCs you can drop them directly into your game for a quick random encounter, or you can use their background information and the guidance provided with each one to build them into to your campaign as ongoing adversaries or allies, or maybe both.

Included among the NPCs found in this book are beggars and bandits, street guides and wilderness guardians, a crooked watchman, a dauntless sherpa, a crazed poisoner, a bastard heir, a mutant assassin, an exiled prince, and even one of Hell’s auditors, plus much, much more. The NPCs run the gamut of Challenger Rating 1–20, with three NPCs of each CR level, so they can be used in your game regardless of where your Player Characters are in their careers. Unusual Suspects is designed for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, but the NPC backgrounds and guidelines for use can be used with any fantasy roleplaying game system.

Chuck is currently finalizing layout both Pathfinder and Swords and Wizardry versions of Saturday Night Specials 2--Castle Baldemar, by Scott Casper, One Night Stands 4-Saecaroth, Hex Crawl Chronicles 4-The Shattered Empire, Hex Crawl Chronicles 5--The Pirate Coast, and one other soon to be announced module by a very famous writer (news on that soon)!

Our goal is to release all of these modules by PaizoCon, and release Rappan Athuk by Gencon.

New $70 Pledge Level!

We've updated the $70 pledge level to give you the fans what you want. We are listening!

For $70 you now get both finished PDF Versions of Rappan Athuk in all it's glory (Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Swords & Wizardry) plus the option to add your name at the back of the book as a Acolyte of Orcus & Tsathogga.

~Blonde Frog

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Thanks to everyone, we are almost at $60k!!! I am working on some additional perks--a players guide and maybe some other things. I know we can get to $80k, and I believe we may cross the $60k bonus goal this night. The bigger the goal achieved, the more likely we can get into stores and the more cool bonus items I can make for everyone. I am currently finalizing the LAST level text of the main book. I wrote my 100 lines for lisa this morning, and sent the story off to Rachel for posting (along with a pdf of my bad handwriting of 100 lines of "Lisa was right, I should have printed more books". Keep the faith and keep spreading the word.

EnWorld Reviews The Slumbering Tsar Saga

Steel_Wind reviews The Slumbering Tsar Saga on EnWorld: "Gamers being gamers, it's not as if many of us have not talked about doing something like this, or marveled about how cool it would be to be able to buy something as large and detailed as The Slumbering Tsar Saga. But to make the transition from wishing and speculation to actually doing it? To date, the only person crazy enough to do that is Greg Vaughan. " Read the entire review here: EnWorld.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Rappan Athuk News!!!

May 4 2012 Rappan Athuk News

We have exceeded $45k, and the frogs are very happy with their fans. In response to this, if we get to the $80k mark, we are adding a Players Guide to Rappan Athuk to make up for our fubar on shipping rates. This book will be a softcover module for your players, describing the wilderness, the town of Zelkor's Ferry, and several short bits of wisdom from grizzled and often mained or legless veteran's in the town. We are also looking at a few other goodies that we may be able to afford, thanks to all of you.

Keep sending feedback of what it is you want us to add to the mix, and thank you again for making this a total success!

Battle Mat Update

The battle mat for the kickstarter project will be a double sided 22" x 17" laminated board for dry erase. One side will have the graveyard and the other side will have our Frog God Games logo and the Ocrus Logo with a plain 1" grid. The board will be scored to fold in quarters so it is the size of a piece of paper.

Whoo Hoo!!! We hit bonus goal number 1!!!!

I have asked Blond Frog to add a few new levels of rewards, and am sweetening the deal on  on some of the existing levels, as well as adding bonus items for hitting the bonus goals (+minor cost since we can't change existing reward levels).

I think we can set an RPG Record!! Thank you all again for the amazing support!

May 4, 2012

I just woke up and wanted to check in. We are almost at bonus goal #1! Updates coming soon on shipping info, added bonus material and a new level or two!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

May 3, update

Wow...I have no idea even what to say. Here I was, at a school board meeting, and I came home and looked.

What I do know is that we need to sweeten the deal a bit at the $500 level, and that the $3k prizes need to include a copy of Reloaded. I am really hoping folks will take me up on the Convention Trip Offer. Heck; I hope someone gets 8 folks together and buys the $10k item. Please add feedback on how I could sweeten that deal.
I love meeting new gamers; and Greg is dying to make me learn how to play Pathfinder (running a SW game for 2 days is right up my alley). What if I did iconic character sheets for the 8 players and put them out where the buyer got to name the PCs? Oh, and if we hit the $80k mark, EVERYONE gets a copy of YOUR Characters as a bonus! Eternal Fame for your named PCs!

I'll update the site tomorrow on the $500 level, and possibly add a 2 books no frills level between $250 and $500 (maybe $375--2 books, 2 modules?). I also need to add a perk to the $100 level if we crack $80k, and it looks like I might have to add a $100k level.

Lots of questions on shipping. Shipping will be billed as a separate item, it can be combined with several other books (please order normally from the site--don't pay postage, and email me that you want combined shipping WHEN I send the shipping bill--not before). The reason I do this is that from a shipping standpoint, I can minimize errors by printing automated labels from paypal with your info on it (just like we are doing for Tsar). I can likely fit 3 RA's in one large box easily--or 2 RA's and a Tsar (hint, hint--we still have about 120 signed, numbered Tsar's left--and yes Tsar is related to RA).

You guys have made the frogs really happy. I am overwhelmed by the support, and reminded again of why we do this. The confidence that you all showed on first Slumbering Tsar and now this effort makes me well up. Tabletop and old school gaming is NOT dead.

I will start my Lisa-letters very soon. Matt and I both have  a few bonus levels to write, and Team Frog has a ton to do before Dallas. Thank you all!

May 3, 2012 update

You guys ROCK!!! Over $8k in 1.5 hours. I am just speechless. Let's see if we can be the largest kickstart for a D&D product! 50+ levels of old school dungeon goodness! The megadungeon of Megadungeons!

Rappan Athuk Kickstarter Release

Blond Frog Soul Stealer here (Just one of Tsathogga's many tadpoles) 

We are thrilled that the Kickstarter release of Rappan Athuk is doing FANTASTIC!!!! In just a few hours we've raise $8K! YOU ARE ALL AWESOME!  Please keep sharing with your friends - we have a long way to go still. Again a thousand thank yous!

May 3 2012 update

wow, our fans are spectacular. We have raised almst $6,500 in the first 45 minutes since we went live!!! Papa and Mama frog and all the froglings love you guys!

May 3rd - Kickstarter Launch

Rappan Athuk's kickstarter went live a few minutes ago. This will be an epic release of an epic product. The new material represents the last 10 years of play in my home campaign, and I think all of you will truly enjoy this book. Wait until you see my treatment of that will-o-the-wisp on level 12B!

This faux-leather bound book will be textbook stitched for durability. I am really proud of this thing, and I want to thank Ron Hawkins of Reaper Miniatures for partnering on the project with me. I'll post more later--frankly I am just in awe of what the response has been so far:)

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