The Shadowlands Campaign Setting Guidebook for Pathfinder

A project in New York, NY by BlackStar Studios

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A whole new campaign world for the Pathfinder RPG inspired by The Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, & Planescape settings!
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Funded: $44,183 of $5,500
Dates: Mar 21st -> May 3rd (44 days)
Project By: BlackStar Studios
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Latest News

We DID it!

May 3rd - via:
We really and truly can’t thank all of you enough! You did it! We are just astounded by the incredible success and desire to see this campaign setting come together! At the beginning of this project we could not have even imagine the level of... (Read More)

Jonathan Roberts & The Atlas of the Shadowlands

May 3rd - via:
I can't tell you how astounded and amazed we are at today! The entire team is absolutely speechless.  We are so exceptionally humbled by the support and generosity of all of you! This morning, thanks to your incredible desire to see this project... (Read More)

A statement from Dragonlance co-creator Tracy Hickman

May 3rd - via:
Dear Friends, When I emailed Tracy Hickman yesterday to let him know that we had passed the Stretch Goal to bring him on he was pretty enthusiastic and said that he would send along a statement to send out to everyone.  We're incredibly excited to... (Read More)

Going Mental(ist)

May 2nd - via:
What is mentalism? In its most basic sense, mentalism is merely the exercise of psionic abilities. From a systems perspective, it’s really no more or less powerful than arcane or divine magic. What gives mentalism its unique place in the world of... (Read More)

FATE Core version Achieved + Colin McComb !!!!

May 1st - via:
What an incredible morning! Thanks to the incredible generosity of Jeremy Kear and all of our Backers in the last 12 hours we have now passed THREE Stretch Goals! We've achieved the Fate Core RPG version, industry great Colin McComb will now join... (Read More)

New website, soon to have Paypal

April 30th - via:
So we have 3 days left in the campaign and so far we're doing great!  A number of fans have reached out to us to ask if we will be offering paypal and we're working as quickly as possible to make that a reality.  We've  just launched our website... (Read More)

Stretch Goals Achieved!

April 28th - via:
Wow! Yesterday and today have been great days for the Kickstarter!  You guys managed to blow through the 275 Backer Stretch Goal and are well on the way to the $23,000 Stretch Goal and the 300 Backer Stretch Goal. For the 275 Stretch Goal we just... (Read More)

Gaming great Colin McComb to join us!

April 24th - via:
We're super excited to offer up a new Stretch Goal that we feel certain we'll achieve, hopefully on our way to the FATE and Atlas goals!   We're teaming up with gaming great Colin McComb who will join the Kickstarter to help us design the region... (Read More)

Thinking differently about RPG morality

April 23rd - via:
Sometimes, you just need a villain.   Not an antagonist – not an enemy whose schemes the party strives to foil – but instead the bad guy who fights for your side. The Shadowlands Campaign Setting contains quite a lot of room for the telling of... (Read More)

Far Future into Mythic Past

April 19th - via:
I’d like to open this update with the (oft-cited) counterpoint to Arthur C. Clarke’s third law: Any magical phenomenon, sufficiently explained and understood, becomes a matter of scientific learning. The problem, of course, as a writer of the... (Read More)

For our FATE fans!

April 18th - via:
Over the past few weeks the interest from the FATE community in the Shadowlands Campaign Guide has been, well, overwhelming. It’s honestly, been a huge surprise to us at BlackStar Studios. We’re all relatively new to FATE and we didn’t realize... (Read More)

A tale of the Brotherhood

April 16th - via:
In honor of an awesome day yesterday (we blew through TWO Stretch Goals in ONE day!), we thought we would share with everyone a little in-game fluff to get your appetites hungry for more Shadowlands!... (Read More)

To all of our Boston friends

April 15th - via:
We just wanted to say that all of our thoughts are with everyone who lives in Boston and all of you who may have friends and family in the Boston area. Please know that our thoughts are with each of you in the aftermath of today's terrible tragedy.... (Read More)

Design Philosophy of a Shadowlands designer

April 13th - via:
Yesterday we sent out a little teaser about one of our favorite regions of Sæmyyr, the island region of Gnyr Shalorn.  BlackStar Studios writer John Maki has been writing up some material which centers around this region and so we thought we would... (Read More)

Happy Weekend & some new inside looks!

April 12th - via:
A very Happy Weekend to all!It's been a great week for the Kickstarter and we thought that we would, based on community response, give you guys a little more inside look at some of the material we are drumming up for the book!  So we are presenting... (Read More)

What you all want to see!

April 12th - via:
Morning, there, friends of BlackStar Studios! Some questions for you: What kinds of previews would you like to see for our Kickstarter? Races? Nations? Something else? Also, what sorts of additional stretch goals would you like to see for the... (Read More)

Not much to say, right now...

April 11th - via:
...other than taking a moment to remark on how awesome our backers are! We’re pushing steadily toward 200 backers and our $16.5k milestone, thanks to all of you! (Also, I believe Chris may have something in store for everyone, tomorrow...) -Steve  (Read More)

Ben's novella and some background on Saemyyr's languages.

April 6th - via:
Thanks to all of you and your amazing support we have blown through not one but TWO Stretch Goals yesterday! So it's time to reveal to you our first mystery Stretch Goal (later this week we'll be announcing more!).  This was something based off of... (Read More)

Fourteen thousand dollars!

April 5th - via:
Hello, all! Chris is AFK for the evening and won’t be back until sometime tomorrow. I just wanted to chime in and say thank you to everyone who has pledged and helped us to cross the $14,000 mark. We’ll have the goals updated – and the first... (Read More)

Look what Friday brings!

April 5th - via:
So we hope that you are all looking forward to a VERY Happy Friday and a weekend full of gaming!  As a special treat we thought we would let you all be the first to know that our "Secrets of the Tainted Adventure Arc" is now up for sale on both... (Read More)

Designer's Diary – Here Be Monsters

April 1st - via:
(Note: this is not an April Fools’ joke. I just want to get that out of the way, right up front.) Today, I want to chat a bit about “old school adventuring” as it applies to the Shadowlands Campaign Setting. To me, three regions of Sæmyyr best... (Read More)

Happy Easter! Here's a look at Saemyyr's "Earth Mother"!

March 31st - via:
In recognition of Easter, we thought we would leave you with a delicious treat of one of our major worldwide deities.  Stephen Michael DiPesa has written up an incredible list of deities for Saemyyr (several dozen all in all!), from regional deities... (Read More)

An awesome Pathfinder miniature Kickstarter

March 31st - via:
One of the things I've dreamed about for years is a line of Shadowlands minis.  There are so many cool factions, peoples, and monsters in the world that I could design a whole army of Shadowlands themed miniatures.  Unfortunately, I don't know the... (Read More)

New Stretch Goal & Reward Tiers!

March 30th - via:
UPDATE for 3/30:In honor of International Table Top Game Day we have added another Stretch Goal at $11,000 exclusively for our backers at the COLLECTOR ($50) and up level! Wallpapers and our first full-length adventure module, "The Gates of Tarina"!... (Read More)

Designer's Diary – Magic & AIs

March 29th - via:
We thought we would take the time to tell you guys a little bit more about the setting “off the cuff”and give you a greater sense of the scope, background, and setting of the Shadowlands. One of the questions that’s been consistently asked is... (Read More)

Second stretch goal reached!

March 29th - via:
Thanks to your support, we've met our second stretch goal and we're on our way toward unlocking the third! All of us here at BlackStar are tremendously grateful and we're looking forward to giving you the best product we possibly can. Please help us... (Read More)

AICN Tabletop! D&D Next! International Tabletop Day! And More!

March 28th - via:
Wil Wheaton announced Wednesday that select participating stores will have freebies to give away such as exclusive add-on content for several games including Magic: The Gathering, Munchkin, Tsuro, Gloom, Dixit, and more. Even if you can’t make it to your local gaming store, you can spruce up your home Tabletop Day game with these printable cut-outs. If you don’t have a FLGS in your area running an event, check out the locator for private events or you can registering your own event. Or just screw all the official stuff, invite some friends over, and play games! You have no excuses, not even money since Board Game Geek has a list of games that completely free to print out and play, while Drive Thru Games and RPGNow both have bundles of free PDF quick starts and adventures specifically for Tabletop Day. So no excuses! Play games! (Read More)

Legendary Forgotten Realms creator joins the Shadowlands!

March 26th - via:
We are extremely excited to announce that legendary Ed Greenwood, the creator of The Forgotten Realms will join our Shadowlands kickstarter project! We told you that we wanted to bring back that old school Forgotten Realms campaign setting feel and... (Read More)

YES! First Stretch Goal reached!

March 25th - via:
Wow! You guys did it! We've reached our first Stretch Goal! Let's keep 'em coming and reach for those other great goals! Also, I've gotten some emails about asking for other reward tiers and more stretch goals. We are thinking of offering something... (Read More)

Potentially HUGE news soon!

March 25th - via:
So we arrived back in New York from an incredible and awesome 3 days at PAX and started sifting through the hundreds of emails we've received in the last few days.  We found one very special message that we think is going to have you all jumping... (Read More)

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