Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Razor Coast Update and Bonus Goals

We heard your cries...

So we have spent the last two days crunching the numbers. We moved around the bonus goals as much as possible. The cry went up from his people, and The Frog God heard, commanding us to add more pages, more value, and more content to the main book. We hear the call of mighty Tsathogga. We obey.

First in celebration of hitting the halfway point on the Razor Coast Kickstarter, Frog God Games is pleased to announce that we will be adding an adventure to the book written by one of the giants of the industry (as a bonus to all of you who buy the main book or back the project here on Kickstarter).

You asked for more content, and we are listening!

Frank Mentzer, long a part of the game industry has offered to help us with Razor Coast. This is particularly inspiring to all of us here in Frog Land, as it merges the old and the new into one great package. Frank is near and dear to us old folks as he was one of the originals that created the game, and thus spawned our Swords & Wizardry line. For all the Pathfinder fans out there, Frank is one of the named developers working with Paizo and Goblinworks as part of their superstar lineup for the Emerald Spire MMO . Frank has been one of the writers to connect the two worlds of OSR work and Pathfinder, and we are glad to have him writing for us!

Frank Mentzer is an Old School gamer best known for writing five D&D rule sets (Basic, Expert, Companion, Masters, and Immortals) and other D&D products with his friend and co-author Gary Gygax. Frank was at TSR from 1980 to 1986 and is one of the best-selling authors in the history of the industry, with tens of millions of copies of his works published during that era. His other creations include the legendary Temple of Elemental Evil (with Gygax) and the game version of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He won the title of #1 Dungeon Master (1980) and an Origins Award for GameMaster Secrets II (1993). Frank has been a game auctioneeer at the world's largest game auction (at GenCon, the world's largest game convention, of course) for almost 30 years. He responds to Q&A message boards on multiple sites. Frank spent the last two decades in other business but, now that he's 'retired' (over 60), recently started this new publishing company, "Eldritch Enterprises", with Tim Kask and Jim Ward (both 'founding fathers' of the game industry in the 1970s) and Chris Clark (of Inner City Games). 

Second, we are converting all 8 of the original Razor Coast Indulgence expansions to Pathfinder and Swords and Wizardry. Like the pieces of eight of old, these eight pieces are RPG expansion gold!

Indulgences: Revisited, retreaded, and rebalanced

Craig Shackleton brings historical swashbuckling to your table expanding on the Art of the Duel
Wolfgang Baur lays out the fun overlooked by underwater adventuring everywhere
Nick Logue explores the powerful unarmed combat arts of the Tulita islanders
Rich Pett, Brendan Victorson, Nick Logue and Greg A. Vaughan add over 50 pages of adventure that plug right into your Razor Coast campaign at 1st, 6th and 7th levels.

We're adding this material to the Razor Coast Mega-Campaign volume to help take it to an estimated 350 pages for Pathfinder and 280 for Swords & Wizardry.

But that's not all!

When we hit our first bonus goal (NOW AT $80,000) we will create and publish FOUR new adventures exclusively for Razor Coast, for levels high and low, written by some of your favorite authors. The PDF of these adventures will be added to all the pledge levels at or above $150 and softcover print books will be added to all the pledge levels at or above $250.

This new book, The Heart of the Razor, will include four adventures:
1. From the twisted mind of Richard Pett, comes Angry Waters an adventure for 10th level characters
2. Owen KC Stephens of Super Genius Games will give you Jungle Fever, an adventure for 11th-12th level
3. Gary McBride, author of Way of the Wicked, brings you supernatural horror on the Razor in Curse of The Black Spot, for 5th Level, and
4. Tom Knauss, formerly of Bastion Press, breathes Sinful Whispers our way in his adventure for 5th level characters

And we have even more coming!

Hoist the staysails, catch the weather gauge, you have the helm sir! All cannon, the enemy is in sight. FIRE AS SHE BEARS! Isn't it time every player at the table had a hand, every round, in sinking the enemy ship? Building on the winning entries of a contest to create new rules, authors Lou Agresta and John Ling wrote a book to turn those ship toys into your own Master and Commander-style sea battles. If we fund and reach this next stretch goals we'll bring you a complete subsystem of ship-to-ship combat in the book, Fire As She Bears for both Pathfinder and Swords and Wizardry.

What gets more use than your stitched, textbook quality copy of the Razor Coast Mega-Campaign? The Player's Guide everyone is flipping through! Help us hit our goals and we'll bring you the Player's Guide in hard cover and in the lasting quality for which Frog God Games books are known. In hardcover it'll survive pizza, soda and your players!

Speaking of hard covers, Heart of the Razor as a top quality, stitched binding, hard cover is another must have bonus goal! 

Friends not at the table. That stinks. But d20 pro and Hero Labs can help, so help us reach our stretch goals and we'll make the Razor Coast Mega-Campaign available for both.

There's more to share, but you're going to have to wait until we fund to hear it.

Keep Spreading the Word!


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