Shadows of Esteren - A Medieval Horror RPG: Travels

A project in Knoxville, TN by Jim Searcy

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A medieval role-playing game somewhere between Ravenloft, Game of Thrones and Call of Cthulhu.
Backers: 951
Average Pledge Per Backer: $144

Funded: $137,024 of $15,000
Dates: Jul 10th -> Aug 11th (33 days)
Project By: Jim Searcy
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How Kickstarter Enables Indie Publishers - Shadows of Esteren Interview

March 27th - via:
How multiple Kickstarters made it so Horror RPG Shadows of Esteren could not only exist, but thrive. (Read More)

$130K Stretch Goal Reached + New option + Our Last Goal: Artbook!

August 11th - via:
A new stretch goal is reached! You are the best! Whatever the tier level you have backed for, you will receive the full album "Of Love and Fury" Digital Edition in MP3 format. You should receive this reward in october with all your others rewards.... (Read More)

Rewards Pick Up at GenCon and FanExpo + FAQ

August 9th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Esteren Pledge Manager

August 9th - via:
Hi everyone, We have worked on a pledge manager: you can check the contents of all the reward tiers. Besides you can find information about "Standard options" (delivery this october with your rewards) and "Special options" (second delivery later in... (Read More)

The Last Hours: Last Stretch Goal!

August 8th - via:
We are entering the final straight. We will attempt the impossible! Why not? This is the spirit of Kickstarter.In fact, the mere existence of the Shadows of Esteren in english is already a miracle. This is true because without you, none of this would... (Read More)

$110K Option Unlocked: Adeliane

August 8th - via:
We are so excited to introduce this new option ! We worked for several months on this first figure. The character design was made by Gawain and the clothes design by Iris. I am the author of Adeliane, she is a kind of daughter for me, so seing her in... (Read More)

WIP: Maps of tri-Kazel and Cave Tiles

August 6th - via:
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$105K Bonus Goal: Ghost Stories Printed Edition Available!

August 6th - via:
A new option is unlocked!It allows you to purchase a printed copy of Ghost Stories.Please remember that all the backers will be sent a PDF of the Ghost Stories collection as soon as it is completed, which will be sometime in 2014. We cannot give you... (Read More)

And the Kickstarter Special Edition Box is...

August 5th - via:
Hello everybody! How are you ? I was far from Internet this weekend, I hope you enjoyed your weekend too! Here is the box chosen by you: here are the results: Picture 1: 3 votes Picture 2: 6 votes Picture 3: 4 votes Picture 4: 18 votes Picture 5: 8... (Read More)

Some avatars to spread the shadows!

August 3rd - via:
Hi ! A short update to share with you some pictures for your Kickstarter profile or you forum or any other profile : To download an avatar, right click on an image and save as. On Kickstarter, you can change you avatar this way : Me / Edit Settings /... (Read More)

After that... the next steps!

August 2nd - via:
As we just Passed the $100K stretch goal, it is time to think about the next steps for this campaign. There is 9 days to go and it is hard to say how far we will go! Here is the next stretch goal: This new album is the soundtrack of the great... (Read More)

$100k Stretch Goal Reached!

August 1st - via:
We did it!$100K!That's simply huge. It's amazing how much you got into this Kickstarter. Few RPGs have managed to reach such a level of subscription... all the more so when the RPG is a newcomer like Esteren!This threshold unlocks the Ghost Stories,... (Read More)

Download: Book 0, Character sheet, MP3...

August 1st - via:
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Correction of the last update: Maps of Tri-Kazel issue

July 31st - via:
Hello again ! Sorry to spam your email folder… but I made a mistake in the last update. The "Maps of Tri-Kazel" PDF will be sent to all backers. This is a stretch goal unlocked earlier. Several backers asked us to add an option for that but all... (Read More)

$95K Bonus Goal: Upgraded Options and New Options

July 31st - via:
A short update today as we reached the $95K bonus goal! First, we improve the proposed options. From now on, these three options will also come with their PDF: Game Leader Kit, Character sheets, Travels Journal.We also add new options, mainly... (Read More)

$110K Combined Stretch Goal Reached! Vote for the next book of the series the team will work on!

July 30th - via:
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$90K Bonus Stretch Goal! “Tuaille Collector” Reward Tier Unlocked + “Kickstarter Special Edition Box” Option Unlocked!

July 29th - via:
We have reached $90K of financing, so to mark the occasion, we propose you several things. First, a new reward tier: Tuaille Collector:This new reward tier replaces the now nearly out-of-stock Osta-Baille tier (for the record, Tuaille is the former... (Read More)

Maps of Tri-Kazel: work in progress!

July 28th - via:
Hi, We would like to share with you the new steps of the first city map, Tulg Naomh. Akae is working like crazy on this first major project! Click here to see a more larger image. Click here to see a more larger image. Click here to see a more larger... (Read More)

Shadows of Esteren: Interview with Clovis

July 28th - via:
Here is an interview of Clovis with his cute french accent :p The link : Please share this video around you to help us spread the word about Esteren ! And please consider subscribing to the great Grognard Game Youtube... (Read More)

The next steps of our great journey!

July 28th - via:
Good morning everybody! We are approaching 100K ... we imagined several intermediate steps. These "bonus goals" will be blue cartridges and propose new options and some extra: In addition to the stretch goals reached by this Kickstarter, other ones... (Read More)

Special Option: Cave Tiles + details about the two deliveries

July 26th - via:
Hello everyone!Here is a new special option to help us reach $100K! We have gotten a lot of positive feedback about the Loch Varn Tiles. Want some more? Good, because we had a blast designing and drawing them!With this new special option, you can add... (Read More)

New Options: High Shadow Upgrade and Travel Journal

July 26th - via:
Hello everyone,With this new option, you can add all the advantages of the “High Shadow” pledge to your basic pledge. If you are a Tri-Kazelian, add $50 to get, in addition to your basic rewards, the following 11 items in PDF version: Book 1 –... (Read More)

The $91K Combined Stretch Goal is Reached... and $130K Goal Revealed!

July 25th - via:
We have reached a new combined stretch goal! Awesome!The $91K threshold is an upgrade for the cartography application. In addition to calculating itineraries and showing traveling times and distances between two locations of Tri-Kazel, we intend to... (Read More)

Special Option : Maps of Tri-Kazel

July 24th - via:
We are glad to present you our first special option. This option is a digital Stretch goal previously unlocked that you can now get in a printed version. It will be delivered later in 2014 because we need a lot of time to do it.Basically, by taking... (Read More)

ENnies Awards Voting: We Need YOU!

July 22nd - via:
Dear followers, The vote for ENnies Awards is now open. We need your help to hopefully catch one (or more !!!) award. Esteren is nominated in three category : Best art, interior Best Production Value Product of The Year To vote, please go there on... (Read More)

The $100K stretch goal: YOU decide!

July 21st - via:
Dear friends,Whew! And here is the third update of the day! I do not remember a Kickstarter campaign means working 7 days on 7 days :pAnyway, you deserve it, right ? We will work night and day to go as far as possibile with you in this great... (Read More)

Help Us Spread the Book 0 Prologue!

July 21st - via:
Hello everyone, Now the full Book 0 Prologue and a sample of the Book 1 Universe can be read online and downloaded on Issuu. Here is the link for the Book 0 Prologue : here a sample for Book 1 Universe : (Read More)

Pay Increase for the Team and New Combined Stretch Goal!

July 20th - via:
Thanks to your intense support, the Kickstarter and Ulule campaign have reached a cumulated total of more than $80K!This is a particular combined threshold since it will make it possible for the editor to give a direct bonus of about $7000 to the... (Read More)

Option: Set of 6 Character Sheets

July 20th - via:
Hi! We are working on some major updates. We need some time to finish them. We are so excited to share all of them with you! Kickstarter is a crazy adventure... Tonight; we propose you a new option: set of 6 characters sheet for $15. Please note the... (Read More)

New Stretch Goal Reached: Ghost Stories!

July 20th - via:
Congratulations everyone, you've done it! You reached a financing of $70K for this campaign, which makes it even more successful than the two previous ones...! The Shadows community is growing thanks to you, and this provides us with increased means... (Read More)

Option: Loch Varn Tiles

July 17th - via:
Hi everyone,How are you ? Sunny and quiet day here in Paris, and the same on our project page. Gosh, after such a huge start on KS and the three Ennies nomination, it feels good to breathe again :p As I said elsewhere, a Kickstarter ride is like... (Read More)

Option: CD Album Of Men and Obscurities

July 16th - via:
Today, we propose you this new option for your pledge: CD Album Of Men and Obscurities. Thanks to the support of the backers for the Kickstarter for Book 0 -Prologue, we have been able to make another run of the CD album; a complete original... (Read More)

55k Stretch Goal: the Monastery of Tuath + 3 Bonus Tracks

July 15th - via:
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Software: Esteren Interactive Map!

July 15th - via:
Greetings! Thanks to the contributions of both the French and English-speaking communities, a new combined stretch goal has been reached with a total financing of nearly $70K. To begin with, we will release two other large maps representing cities of... (Read More)

Sixth Artwork: Myxomycete

July 15th - via:
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ENnies Dream Date

July 14th - via:
We participate to the "Ennies Dream Auction" to support them in their task! We offer this original drawing by Gawain + a copy of Book 0 Limited edition. You can check the auction here:  (Read More)

Additional option: Game Leader Kit + GL Screen

July 14th - via:
And here is a new option available for your pledge: Game Leader Kit & Screen. Contents include a three-section hardback Game Leader screen, Leader game aids in a folder (sanity and NPC management sheets, and magic power charts), and a large map... (Read More)

First Options For Your Pledges!

July 13th - via:
Here are the first options available for this campaign, only reserved for those who have chosen a tiers containing physical rewards. To get these options, simply add the required sum to your pledge: Book 2 – Travels Standard Edition. The standard... (Read More)

Second Stretch Goal Reached and Next Stretch Goals

July 13th - via:
Hi! Hmm okay we're a bit late ... but at the same time, in three days, you almost have done as much as our first Kickstarter!  Thanks to you, we can give a nice gift to the Shadows of Esteren series and to the roleplaying community as a whole: the... (Read More)

About the Idea of ​​a Double Delivery and Physical Stretch Goals

July 13th - via:
Hello everyone,Including stretch goals in Kickstarter campaigns is a way to thank the backers for their involvement while giving them a clear idea of what the extra money will be used for. In our previous two Kickstarter campaigns, we have tried to... (Read More)

First Combined Stretch Goal Unlocked!

July 12th - via:
Dear followers,As you know, one of the specificities of this campaign is that it has a French twin on Ulule. The sums reached are added to unlock new thresholds... and the first one has been reached!The system is very simple; there are two types of... (Read More)

Book 2 Travels: Contents

July 12th - via:
Hi, Here is the contents of Book 2 Travels: Please note that the content of the standard edition (green one) and limited edition (black one) are the same (196 pages, hardcover, full color), except for the design of the cover. Also, the limited... (Read More)

The First Stretch Goal Has Been Reached!

July 12th - via:
In barely 24 hours, the first stretch goal has been reached! Congratulations everyone, and once more, THANK YOU for your tremendous support! For this new campaign, we have many ideas. Since we have chosen to mainly go for digital and software bonus... (Read More)

Only Two Hours!!!!

July 11th - via:
Only two hours and you smashed the initial goal. One day and we are beyond $30.000... This is truly amazing ! In the name of the whole team, I would like to thank you for your trust and HUGE support! For enthusiasts like us, it's really moving. So... (Read More)

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