Ptolus: Monte Cook's City by the Spire

A project in Seattle, WA by Monte Cook Games

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Monte Cook's legendary campaign setting, updated for Fifth Edition and the Cypher System.
Backers: 5621
Average Pledge Per Backer: $139

Funded: $782,923 of $80,000
Dates: Feb 17th -> Mar 20th (33 days)
Project By: Monte Cook Games
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Latest News

We Are So Close to Unlocking The Night of Dissolution! (ALSO: Some Critical Info.)

March 20th - via:
This campaign ends in about an hour, and we’re closing in on unlocking The Night of Dissolution. Will we make it? In at least one past campaign, we’ve unlocked stretch goals in the final minutes—so we’ve seen it happen. This one is a real... (Read More)

The Votes Are In: It’s the Spire!

March 20th - via:
Greetings, delver— In record numbers you have voted. At first it was close—many backers wanted to set out into the city. But the Spire eventually pulled strongly into the lead.  At $780,000, we’ll unlock the conversion of another existing... (Read More)

The Runeblood Blessing and City of Adventure Are Unlocked! Let’s Do Another One!

March 20th - via:
Greetings, delver— Your trip up the Spire, despite its many dangers, has paid off! We are going to make The Runeblood Blessing in PDF, and Ptolus: City of Adventure in print! Every backer at the RESIDENT level and above (that’s more than 90% of... (Read More)

Your Early Products Will Be Extra Early

March 20th - via:
Greetings, delver— Looking for some reading materials for the weeks to come? Is sooner better than later? Good news: we are going to send your early rewards extra early. The original plan for the collection of 3e titles, including the original... (Read More)

You Have Voted: It’s the Spire!

March 20th - via:
Greetings, delver— The poll is closed and the votes have been tallied. We’re going to brave the Spire once again! If we make it to $720,000, we’ll unlock not one, but TWO goals!  First, we’ll unlock The Runeblood Blessing. Following the... (Read More)

We Are Making Dice! What Should Our Next Stretch Goal Be?

March 19th - via:
Greetings, delver— We sallied into the dungeon, and came back with treasure!  We have unlocked the Ptolus dice. Our friends, the premier dice-makers at Q-Workshop, will make custom-designed Ptolus dice—perfect for your game table. Since 5e and... (Read More)

The Votes Are In: We’re Headed into the Dungeon!

March 18th - via:
Greetings, delver— The vote tally was really close, but overall you chose to head down into the dungeons again. Have a look at these:  This is a mockup of a set of custom Ptolus dice. If this delve into the dungeons is successful, our friends at... (Read More)

The Banewarrens: Unlocked! Where Next?

March 18th - via:
Greetings, delver— You took us up the Spire, and have come back not only alive, but successful! The Banewarrens will now be converted to 5e and the Cypher System!  This mega-adventure (or perhaps mini-campaign) pits the PCs against other Ptolus... (Read More)

Check Out This New Art!

March 17th - via:
Greetings, delver— Our very first stretch goal, back in the early days of this campaign, unlocked eight pages’ worth of new art for the 5e and Cypher System versions of Ptolus: Monte Cook's City by the Spire. Our Art Director, the fabulous Bear... (Read More)

We Have Tallied the Votes: It’s Back Up the Spire!

March 16th - via:
Greetings, delver— Voting on our next stretch goal is closed, and your decision was decisive: It’s back up the Spire we go! Since we first announced our intention to create the new versions of Ptolus, we’ve been asked, over and over, about... (Read More)

The NPC Deck Is Unlocked! Where Shall We Go Now?

March 15th - via:
Greetings, delver— Our trip into the dungeons has borne fruit! You have unlocked the Ptolus NPC Deck!  The handy Ptolus NPC Deck will detail scores of personalities from around the city. Each system-neutral card will give you quick access to a... (Read More)

Monte, Bruce, Sean, and Special Guest Chris Perkins Share Ptolus Memories Tonight—and You’re Invited!

March 12th - via:
Greetings, delver— Want to hear some rollicking tales of the original Ptolus campaign, from the famous game designers who were there? Would you like to be part of the conversation? Tonight Monte is joined by Bruce R. Cordell, Sean K. Reynolds, and... (Read More)

You’ve Voted: We’re Headed into the Dungeons!

March 10th - via:
Greetings, delver— Yesterday we knocked out another stretch goal, bringing The Doctrine of Ghul to life. Or unlife. One of those two. Then we opened our new poll, and you voted on the next stretch goal. The poll closed this evening, and you chose... (Read More)

Adventure Unlocked! What’s Our Next Destination?

March 9th - via:
Greetings, delver— We have once again ventured up the Spire, and we have returned successfully. The Doctrine of Ghul, a new adventure by Bruce Cordell, is unlocked! Ghul claimed to be the offspring of Eslathagos Malkith—the creator of Jabel... (Read More)

The Doctrine of Ghul

March 6th - via:
Greetings, delver— Check this out: That’s The Doctrine of Ghul, the adventure we are juuuuust about to unlock. At the time we announced it, Bruce hadn’t settled on a name, and we didn’t have a mockup of the cover. But now we have both, so we... (Read More)

Have YOUR Character Illustrated in Ptolus. Plus: Want More Handouts?

March 5th - via:
Greetings, delver— What an exciting campaign this has been. We’re in the depths of what we here at MCG call “the doldrums”—the middle part of every Kickstarter campaign, when things slow way down for a few weeks. But so far, these are the... (Read More)

The Votes Are In: It’s Back Up the Spire!

February 29th - via:
Greetings, delver— Yesterday we unlocked the Ptolus Character Portfolio. Then, as we do each time, we opened voting for the next stretch goal. Voting has come to an end, and you decided to take us up the Spire again! Visits to the Spire are fraught... (Read More)

Character Portfolio Unlocked! Where Shall We Go Now?

February 28th - via:
Greetings, delver— Our excursion into the city of Ptolus is complete. We have upgraded the character sheet that is included in Ptolus, and created the new Ptolus Character Portfolio! This 24-page, full-color booklet will give you everything you... (Read More)

Vinyl Maps!

February 25th - via:
Greetings, delver— Back when the original Ptolus was first launched, one accessory that was briefly available was a vinyl map of the city. It was released in two sizes: Large (roughly 32” x 48”—the size of a very large poster) and HUGE... (Read More)

You Have Voted: We Head into the Streets!

February 24th - via:
Greetings, delver— Over the weekend we hit another stretch goal, unlocking Grip of the Ebon Hand. We also rolled out some exciting news about who gets that product, and other stretch goals. If you missed it, check out the last update. In the... (Read More)

Grip of the Ebon Hand Unlocked! And Exciting Backer Level News!

February 22nd - via:
Greetings, delver— We have returned from our first foray up the Spire. It’s dangerous territory, but we came back alive and with our bounty: Grip of the Ebon Hand! Grip of the Ebon Hand is an adventure by Monte that pits the PCs against a chaos... (Read More)

We Are Headed Up the Spire. And the Next Stretch Goal Is. . .

February 19th - via:
Greetings, delver— Voting for the next stretch goal has closed—thanks for helping us decide where to go next! Following two excursions out into the city, and one down into the dungeon darkness, you have opted to head up the Spire! This bastion of... (Read More)

The GM Screen Is Unlocked! Time for Another Stretch Goal!

February 19th - via:
Greetings, delver— Our first foray into the dungeons beneath Ptolus has been successful. You’ve unlocked the GM screen!  (This is just a mockup. Final art may be different.) We are now going to produce a high-quality GM screen filled with useful... (Read More)

Stretch Goal 2 Is Unlocked! What’s Next?

February 17th - via:
Greetings, delver— You have roamed the streets of Ptolus and returned with another stretch goal! Again we upgrade Ptolus: Monte Cook’s City by the Spire, this time adding new handouts, props, and game aids to the materials included in the packet... (Read More)

Our First Stretch Goal Is Already Unlocked!

February 17th - via:
Greetings, delvers, and thank you so much for your enthusiastic support of Ptolus! We have already unlocked the first stretch goal, which means, just hours into the campaign, we’re already making upgrades to Ptolus—even though it started out as a... (Read More)

And Just Like That, Ptolus Is Funded!

February 17th - via:
Greetings, friend, and welcome to Ptolus! If you have come, as so many have, drawn by the mysteries and riches of the newly discovered dungeons beneath the city, welcome! We hope you navigate these underrealms safely, return to the surface groaning... (Read More)

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