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By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization

A project in Durham, NC by Autarch

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The ancient customs & grim grudges of the dwarves are revealed in this sourcebook for old-school fantasy campaigns. Launches June 21!
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Dates: Jun 21st -> Jul 21st (30 days)
Project By: Autarch
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Latest News

Can We Reach $48,756?

July 20th - via:
Generous patrons of dwarrology, my translator has asked me to convey an important message to you. He says: Dudes! We are only a few thousand dollars away from reaching Autarch's all-time record of $48,756 from a Kickstarter. Those are numbers that,... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Dwarven Rhetor

July 20th - via:
Lawyers! Lawyers are the same in every civilization it seems. You must pay for their time by the minute. The Guild of Brewers was happy to speak at length with me, providing me complimentary brews even as I imbibed their lore. The Guild of Excavators... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Dwarven Sporecaster

July 19th - via:
Generous supporters of dwarrology, please attend me carefully. I have discovered something horrific hidden with dwarven history - crimes against the spirit and the flesh, horrors that should never have been permitted to occur. The reign of Mad King... (Read More)

Cartography Unveiled

July 13th - via:
Generous patrons of dwarrology, I am delighted to announce that the renowned cartographer Old School Jelly will be doing the cartography for my upcoming treatise BY THIS AXE: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization. Now, Old School Jelly is something... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Dwarven Excavator

July 11th - via:
Dearest patrons and colleagues in dwarrology, I am humbled -- perhaps this is too strong a statement. I am gratified -- well, let us just say that you have done the right thing by further supporting my studies. Because of your splendorous... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Saddle of the Bearmaster

July 6th - via:
Generous patrons of dwarrology, A close investigation of dwarf-trained bears had been scheduled as part of my initial study, but following the tragic loss of one of my research assistants (Cadmus, I think his name was), I decided that part of the... (Read More)

By This Axe (ACKS); Give a Dwarf an Ale…

By this Axe boasts of being an ‘encyclopedia of Dwarvenkind’ and is reminiscent of a 2e era sourcebook, combining thick tracts of lore with ample plates full of crunch, including new classes, proficiencies, magic items and impossibly elaborate overlapping economical subsystems that will likely delight or horrify depending on whether or not you are the work’s chosen audience. (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: The Ring of Seven Grudges AND a Fellow Dwarrologist Discovered

June 27th - via:
Munificent supporters of dwarrology,  Due to your contributions to my studies, I have been able to enlist several research assistants that have been able to comb through certain texts that I had set aside as unimportant.  One such assistant (whose... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: The Hammer of Korten Khador

June 23rd - via:
The Hammer of Korten Khador! Do you know of this relic, this wondrous tool? Created by the hand of its namesake, Korten Khador, greatest of all smiths, founder of the faith of the craftpriests, the Hammer long resided in the reliquary at his tomb... (Read More)

A pleasure to see my work on dwarrology come to the attention of so many esteemed patrons!

June 21st - via:
Generous friends,  I offer greetings. My Cyclopedia's translator has just informed me of splendid news. Today we exceeded our publishing syndicate's expectations for remuneration from the cyclopedia!  While I personally remain above petty... (Read More)

Kickstarter: By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization

June 21st - via:
Autarch has a new Kickstarter for ACKS and other OSR games: By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization — a 200 page compendium of information on dwarves. Backer levels start at $49 for a PDF and hardcover of the book with an estimated delivery of May 2023. (Read More)

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