Promised Sands for Sixcess Core

A project in St. Peters, MO by Harsh Realities

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A dark, desert fantasy setting with a strong Post-Apocalypse vibe. Culture wars vying for power -- who shall claim the Promised Sands?
Backers: 102
Average Pledge Per Backer: $52

Funded: $5,305 of $4,000
Dates: Aug 12th -> Sep 21st (40 days)
Project By: Harsh Realities
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Latest News

Less than $200 to the next goal

September 20th - via:
We've had a skyrocketing day, that's for sure, and we're within $200 of the next stretch goal -- and only 10 Backers from another goal. We just want to say welcome and thank you for all the new Backers -- and we encourage you to enlist your friends,... (Read More)

$4500! Stretch Goal Unlocked!

September 20th - via:
Thank you to Jeff Scifert, who--having already increased his backing level once before--increased his backing level to nail our first official stretch goal!  THANK YOU, JEFF!  :) We are so close to another set of goals:  1) The official $5000... (Read More)


September 20th - via:
Scott Harshbarger -- our Art Director and amazing artist -- has offered something that you need to be aware of... "At 28 hours left, we are $92 from our first stretch goal, which will unlock the new characters and fiction by Todd Liukart. If we can... (Read More)

11th Hour Update - NEW BACKER LEVEL!

September 20th - via:
How could we have missed this?  One of our Backers started a thread on an online forum and sent us the link.  In that thread, it was mentioned that we didn't have a Backer level that provided the electronic versions of Sixcess Core and Promised... (Read More)

Nearly there...

September 20th - via:
Last night the team collaborated on the initial design ideas for the book layout. I've been working on the layout for Sixcess adventure (The Invasion of the Fourth Reich) and experimenting with some techniques. We discussed which of those we thought... (Read More)

Coming Down the Home Stretch

September 18th - via:
We're slipping into the last few days of the Kickstarter.  We're nearing a published stretch goal and we're only 19 Backers away from a "secret" goal that gives benefit to all Backers who receive the product. We're finalizing talks with freelancers... (Read More)

Email Back Up -- Missed Three Days

September 17th - via:
My email appears to be back up and running, but I missed three days of email. If you emailed me in the last three days, please resend: ben at harshrealities dot org Also, you might be interested to see Eddy Webb's current blog... Look in the right... (Read More)

Email Issues

September 17th - via:
I just noticed that I haven't received any email since Saturday at 3:18pm. Email has been sent, but it's not going through. If you need to reach me, please message through the Harsh Realities Facebook page until I get this email situation resolved.... (Read More)

Cartography Update!

September 16th - via:
This just in!  Breaking news!  Alyssa Faden has agreed to do the map for Promised Sands! The beauty of the book just increased exponentially! :)  (Read More)

Revised Numbers...

September 16th - via:
Today I had a very emotional email in my inbox from a Backer who is facing some "life moments" (we've all had them) and needed to cancel his pledge.  I just want to say that I completely understand "life moments".  I have seven children.  I have a... (Read More)

We Are Funded! (And an announcement...)

September 14th - via:
As you may have noticed, we reached our initial funding goal of $4000 -- which means that we are funding Promised Sands for certain.  It's a done deal.  In fact, today while I was driving back from an out of town trip, I called the business people... (Read More)


September 14th - via:
We have a Backer winner who can add some content to the book!  The next step is the fulfillment of the project! And then on to some awesome stretch goals! :)  (Read More)

Q&A update

September 14th - via:
We were informed that our Q&A generated only 7 fewer views *in one night* than the Margaret Weis / Firefly Q&A generated *in six months*. We're humbled by that interest! (Read More)


September 13th - via:
Ben Rogers, one of our game developers, was "interviewed" (more like a question and answer) tonight and you can read what he had to say here:  (Read More)

Cover Art

September 13th - via:
I updated the Kickstarter page to show the cover art possibilities, which I wanted to point out to you. I also have a sketch of the cover Promised Sands Hardback Limited Edition. (Not the "Gen Con Participant" cover.) First, look at the sketch of the... (Read More)

In case you're interested...

September 12th - via:
#rpgnet welcomes Benjamin Rogers (Promised Sands) 9/13/2013 8:00 p.m. CST!    To join #rpgnet chat: go to" (Read More)

Gen Con Limited Edition Covers

September 10th - via:
Okay, I've got the sample cover art for the Gen Con Participant Limited Editions.  These covers will not be reproduced after this Kickstarter is over.   I'll have the sketch of the artwork for the Promised Sands Limited Edition cover (different... (Read More)

Less than $750 to go...

September 9th - via:
As we close in on the successful funding of this kickstarter (less than $750 to go!), I also want to point out another significant milestone that is approaching: 75 Backers. At 75 Backers, I have an announcement to make about something that impacts... (Read More)

75% Update

September 6th - via:
One of our backers extended his backing level to bring us to a nice, even $3000 and thereby earned the right to include some creative element into the world of Promised Sands! :)  Our next "significant number" is $3666.   ...and after that, $4000... (Read More)

Expansion Material Received

September 5th - via:
We have received some of our first submissions for Promised Sands.  T.S. Liukart submitted new fiction. T.S. is an amazing writer and wrote some supplementary material for Promised Sands back in the day.  We're working to get that material out... (Read More)


September 5th - via:
Last night I met with the Art Director and the other Developer to discuss our plans for artwork, layout, etc. What I can tell you is that some of the artwork from the old Promised Sands will be repurposed -- but we'll be presenting the color versions... (Read More)

Post Labor Day Update

September 3rd - via:
Well, we broke 50 Backers over the long weekend, so I have some news... Every Backer who receives PDF or physical product shall also receive a PDF GM Screen. This is a three panel art screen facing the players and the relevant charts and tables... (Read More)

Springfield, MO October 11 - 13

August 27th - via:
I am just running down the details on a convention in Springfield, MO over the weekend of October 11 - 13.  It looks like we'll be running some events there.  I don't have enough information to give you the details just yet -- however, we'll... (Read More)

Update and News

August 26th - via:
We are only 6 backers away from a special event -- when we have 50 backers, we shall announce something that gives all backers a bonus. We are also only $409 away from the next "significant milepost" before our successful goal: Whichever backer takes... (Read More)

And Yet Another Stretch Goal!

August 20th - via:
Congrats to Bigbywolfe who now has the honor of creating a "fell beast" that will be included in Promised Sands! :) Bigbywolfe increased his backing from $200 to $250 and then extended it by $16 to nab that $1666 number! :) Thanks, Bigbywolfe! :)... (Read More)

$1500 Goal Achieved! New Backer Alert!

August 20th - via:
Thank you, Mizzoudad, for your backing!  You have earned the right to name and describe a location (a business, a temple, an adventuring location, a waypoint in the desert -- whatever you want!)! Congrats and thank you for your bid! :) The next... (Read More)

Special Limited Edition Covers...

August 20th - via:
Just to let you know... You are Backers.  You are special.  You are making this happen.  If you want a special cover and your particular level doesn't have it, we'll work with you to get it.  A special cover usually costs us a little more, but... (Read More)

$1500 Alert...

August 20th - via:
If we get a backer who brings the project to *exactly* $1500, we'll give that backer the right to name and describe a place of business in the world. (You can give us about 250 words worth of material.)  You'll be credited for your submission. :) If... (Read More)

New Backer Level

August 19th - via:
We added a new backer level for our Gen Con participants. It is a hardback, color copy of Promised Sands that has exclusive cover art for that level. It also includes a limited edition of Sixcess Core. It's priced at a very reasonable $100. There are... (Read More)

From Gen Con...

August 17th - via:
We're at Gen Con. I'm currently sitting at a table discussing strategy while seven tables full of Sixcess games rage around me. At one point, a GM (Morgan Albertson) became passionately animated and all the participants at the other tables applauded... (Read More)

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