Darwin's Journey

Holdfast: A Gamebook of Dwarven Vengeance

A project in San Diego, CA by Black Chicken Studios

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A choose your path Gamebook of Dwarven honor, gold, glory and war in the Deeps!
Backers: 611
Average Pledge Per Backer: $50

Funded: $30,245 of $20,000
Dates: Apr 30th -> May 30th (30 days)
Project By: Black Chicken Studios
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Minutes left in the Campaign and Stretch Goal #5 Unlocked

May 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Stretch Goal #5: Factions Unlocked!Clan-folk; Shields locked, we push forward and sweep all our foes before us! Thanks to the generosity of our Patrons, we have claimed three new Factions for the gamebook: ·The Pit-Champions’ Guild. Gladiators.... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #4 Unlocked!

May 29th - via: kickstarter.com
Epic Dungeons!Our foes are sprawled before us in the dust, and our army has claimed 3 Epic Dungeons! Congratulations, we've unlocked: ·The Terror at Steelblack Mine. Not far from Crossroads Hold is an ancient mine, mentioned in some of the earliest... (Read More)

The Final Day & Encounters

May 29th - via: kickstarter.com
Victory in the Deeps!The fighting has wearied even the stoutest Dwarf, and still it rages across the cavern floor, into the tunnels and the secret ways of the depths. Our foe has been persistent, cunning and deadly...but our triumph is here. From... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #3 Achieved, the final 48 Hours, and Taverns of Thaneshold!

May 28th - via: kickstarter.com
The Battle is Joined!The final 48 hours is upon us. 28 days ago, we opened the gates and blew the horns, and now, at long last, the battle has come. In our ranks are the finest companions, axe-lords and shield-maids to inspire a song- our victory is... (Read More)

Holdfast: A Gamebook of Dwarven Vengeance

May 27th - via: trollishdelver.com
The neo gamebook resurgence continues with Holdfast, a new book that's being funded by Kickstarter (not unlike everything else ever these days). Currently it has three days left to go and has already beaten its goal by almost $4,000, which isn't surprising because Holdfast looks friggin' sweet. (Read More)

Stretch Goal #2 Achieved and the next set of Goals!

May 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Goal #2 Achieved!Clan-folk, you all have again surprised us and stolen a march in the night to claim Stretch Goal #2! Well done- reinforcements are always welcome! As a result, all copies of the gamebook will include a new story arc, The Final Duty... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #1 Achieved & Goal Discussion

May 24th - via: kickstarter.com
The First Stretch Goal!What an amazing day. Funding and the first Goal achieved, with hours of each other. When the Dwarves charge...they charge! This means that two new Adventures will appear in the gamebook: • The Secret of Crossroads Hold. The... (Read More)


May 24th - via: kickstarter.com
A Gamebook, at your ServiceBy the Crowns of the Seven, we are FUNDED! Clan-folk, we have locked our shields, and now face the great enemy with confidence, skill and bravery. This is the hour of our victory; this is the hour when our foes fall! None... (Read More)

A Letter to the Hallgrinder Caravan

May 24th - via: kickstarter.com
So close...Beard-pullingly close! Please help us get over the top by talking about us on Facebook. Every little conversation helps get the news out to new backers, and that's key for us...and for Stretch Goals! Now, the Team has a letter for today's... (Read More)

Jonathan Green, Author: Gamebook Friday: Holdfast

Holdfast is an adventure gamebook for Print, Android, Mac and PC, following in the tradition of the old '80s and '90s greats: Lone Wolf, Fighting Fantasy, Tolkien Quest and Fabled Lands. Taking up your ancestral weapons, you'll choose your path to reclaim your homeland through orc-legions, hidden grudges, and nameless horrors from the Deeps. You will delve, expand your fortress and confront a mighty army, if you have the mettle it takes to hold the realms of old. (Read More)

Kickstarter Icons & the Trogs

May 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
Kickstarter Icons!Clan-folk; We've had Kickstarter Icons available over on our forums for a while, but we wanted to make sure that we shared them here, too: promoting our campaign with a Kickstarter Icon can really help people learn about us. Please... (Read More)

Stretch Goals & the Servants of the Dwarves

May 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Stretch Goals!It was unanimous: you all want more content, and so more content you shall have. The Orc Campaign standalone book was frequently mentioned, but that would be a very high level Goal- so we'll need a lot more in the army for that. Without... (Read More)

The Tale of the Dread Pirate No-Beard

May 21st - via: kickstarter.com
The First of the Treasure-SeekersThe Treasure-Seeker William Ashley was kind enough to share with us the tale of his Dwarf, which you will find in the appendices. If we can arrange it, you may even have a brush with this ancient history... The Legend... (Read More)

New Add-Ons, Stretch Goal Discussion and 75%!

May 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Shield-brethren;Funding is within our grasp, and it is due to you: most noble Patrons. Our caps are doffed, our bows are low, and we are indeed at your service, and your family's! Before the battle is won, however, we'll need a few more for the... (Read More)

75%: The Horn sounds in the Caverns. The Battle is nearly upon us!

May 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Brothers and Sisters of the Clan; The ranks are nearly formed, and the axes glitter in the cavern-light. The din of the foe echoes in the Deeps, but the Dwarves are undeterred. Our strength is nearly complete: what enemy now can resist us? With... (Read More)

Dungeons of the Deep, Part 2

May 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Friends and AlliesAs we cross 60%, we salute our shield-brethren at Maelorum and Carbon Grey, two projects whose glorious stories of dungeon-crawling and innocence in war surely will echo into the Ages. Those of you interested in these two projects... (Read More)

New Cross Promotion with Carbon Grey & Updated Rewards

May 16th - via: kickstarter.com
A Different Time, a Different Tale... ...but no less glorious.   Some of you may be familiar with the extremely creative and talented artist Hoang Nguyen, and Carbon Grey, the dieselpunk masterpiece 10 years in the making. Those of you who are not... (Read More)

Dungeons of the Deeps

May 16th - via: kickstarter.com
New Press and Kicking it ForwardClan-folk; First of all, we've joined Kicking it Forward, which is a great way to help our fellow smiths achieve their dreams. In case you're not aware, Kicking it Forward is a pledge, created by Brian Fargo of inXile... (Read More)

Crossroads Hold

May 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Maelorum, 50% and Add-Ons!First, a quick reminder about our allies, the lords of Maelorum. The reprint has successfully funded, and they are on their way to their first stretch goal: a choice of the cover art. If you are seeking out a new dungeon to... (Read More)

Holdfast: A Gamebook of Dwarven Vengeance

May 15th - via: igameresponsibly.com
When I hear the phrase “Gamebook” or CYOA (choose your own adventure) it incites a strong nostalgic feeling within me. I recall long summer days engorging myself with the likes of Daredevil Park and Time Machine 5 until I ran out of options to choose. The gamebook genre is what first introduced me to the RPG. The navigation of an adventure on my own terms is what draws me to fantastic action RPG’s like Fallout, Mass Effect and Skyrim. (Read More)

50%: the strength of the Dwarves may not be opposed!

May 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Brothers and Sisters of the Clan; With great solemnity and pleasure, we are proud to announce that the treasury is 50% full, with 15 days remaining! The Dwarven Kingdoms thunder with the applause of the folk: we could not have done this without you,... (Read More)

Add-Ons have arrived!

May 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Add-Ons from the Treasuries!The good Dwarves at Niels' Bank have opened the vaults and prepared a selection of exquisite add-ons, culled from the Deeps. You will need to over-pledge in order to gain these Add-Ons- simply click on Manage my Pledge,... (Read More)

Updates to Rewards & Cross Promotion with Maelorum

May 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Update to RewardsJust a quick reminder to those who did not see the previous Update- we're now offering the App soundtrack at the $10 Tier and above. So if you'd like to have the epic sounds of Christopher Hodel's score in your dwarf-make audio... (Read More)

PGM Kick Picks 5/13/12

May 13th - via: perpetualgeekmachine.net
Hello there and welcome to another edition of Kick Picks! Every Monday we will feature some of the Kickstarter Projects that have gotten our attention recently. In addition to that we’ll also be occasionally showcasing some reviews of delivered Kickstarter products as well as some interviews from people that are both running and have run Kickstarter campaigns. (Read More)

A Meeting with the Maid

May 10th - via: kickstarter.com
The Lord of Crossroads HoldAfter the first part of the gamebook is complete, the Deeps become a little more open ended, in terms of which adventures you want to embark on. We were inspired by Fabled Lands for this portion of the game, although... (Read More)

Kickstarter Picks: Holdfast

May 10th - via: gamezebo.com
The ‘80s blessed us with big hair, over-synthesized music, and beautiful role-playing gamebooks from publishers like Lone Wolf, Fighting Fantasy, and Fabled Lands. For the sake of our children, these books and their illustrations of orcs, dwarves, and busty elf women must survive in this modern era. Happily, Black Chicken Games has launched a Kickstarter for Holdfast, a gamebook that’s bound for PC, Android, Mac, and print. (Read More)

Rumors over the Third Pint of Old Boar Spit

May 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Music in the Deeps!Today, we are delighted to announce the gamebook's talented composer, Christopher Hodel! You'll be hearing his music in the Application, and the digital soundtrack will appear at the $10 Tier in case you'd like to enjoy the... (Read More)

The Surface

May 8th - via: kickstarter.com
The Dwarves of the SurfaceClan-folk; Dwarves, for the most part, prefer to dwell in the Deeps, but there are a variety of reasons why they might travel the surface and leave their Halls behind. Today's update discusses the sun-struck, the rootless... (Read More)

Hold on tight…here comes Holdfast!

May 8th - via: tinmangames.com.au
We’re no stranger to Kickstarter projects having recently developed and published Trial of the Clone for iOS and Android, so when the Dwarven Lords over at Black Chicken Studios contacted us to work with them on their latest Kickstarter, we grabbed our battleaxes, combed our beards, then sat down and started singing about gold. (*ahem* reference to all you old early 80s text-based adventure game geeks) (Read More)

The Tale of Runbrida

May 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Axes for the CauseClan-folk; The hammers ring in the Deeps, and fiercely we delve ever deeper. We're at 34% and greedily digging steadily, but there are many foes to fight, and we could use allies. Please tell your companions, family and blood-foes... (Read More)

Dwarven Beercraft

May 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Dwarven Beer and the craft of the Deeps.Clan-folk; Some observant Dwarves have messaged to comment on the little beer stein icons on various entries in the page illustrations, wondering what they might be. The answer is, they are part of the Dwarven... (Read More)

The dwarves can't avenge themselves, so they've launched a Kickstarter for a new tactical RPG gamebook

May 3rd - via: pocketgamer.co.uk
Have you ever dreamed about brutal dwarven vengeance? Does the thought of killing orcs, hoarding gold, and yelling in a vague Scottish accent set your fantasy fires burning? If you answered yes to either or both of the above questions, you'll want to check out the Kickstarter for Holdfast: Record of the Dwarven Kingdoms. (Read More)

Of Orcs & Dwarves

May 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Clan-folk; First things first, two chart-smiths have created their own versions of the award chart for easier reference. Callahan's contains all the reward Tiers, including the limited ones (except Known to Taverns, added in this Update):... (Read More)

Ars Magica/Holdfast Podcast Interview

May 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Clan-folk; The good folks at Arcane Connection, an Ars Magica podcast, interviewed the President of Black Chicken Studios, inc., about the Ars Magica Kickstarter and our current Holdfast Kickstarter. Here are some interesting details about both,... (Read More)

The Third Saga of Gon Durul

May 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Clan-folk; The issues with Amazon have passed by like a storm on the mountain; thanks for standing with us! We're off to an early (and great!) start, and thank you for that as well! As always with Kickstarters, it's good to have strong word of mouth,... (Read More)

Issues with Amazon Payments

April 30th - via: kickstarter.com
To the Clan: Looks like Amazon and Kickstarter aren't playing well together and have had to be separated for a moment- all payments are failing, it's site wide, and evidently affecting all Kickstarters. We're sure it will be resolved momentarily, but... (Read More)

New Digital Tier at $35

April 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Courtesy of Khanach, we've added a new Digital Tier at $35, for those of you that would like the OGL/Pathfinder Compatible Sourcebook, but without the shipping. Thanks, and may your beard grow ever longer!  (Read More)

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