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Nordlond Bestiary and Enemies Book

A project in Lakeville, MN by Douglas H. Cole

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A bestiary and enemies book for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG (Powered by GURPS).
Backers: 685
Average Pledge Per Backer: $76

Funded: $52,223 of $34,000
Dates: Nov 18th -> Dec 7th (20 days)
Project By: Douglas H. Cole
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One Hour Left!

December 7th - via:
Under $2500 to to until the 208 page stretch goal. My "Refresh" key is hating life right now.  (Read More)

HOLY MOTHER OF MEGAZON!! We just hit 192 pages

December 7th - via:
If this keeps up, someone's going to have to bring over some paddles and shout CLEAR! So that added more animals, and partial- and almost-humans, like lycanthropes, lothinmenn, and other creepies. 208 Pages has Dinosaurs Nordlondr Dinosaurs.  (the... (Read More)

A Surge! A Palpable Surge! (With apologies to Hamlet)

December 7th - via:
Surge on! Surge on! Holy. Crap. I mean, really. Between Kickstarter glitching and lagging by $1300-$1800 (ow, muh ulcers!) and now being less than $1500 from the NEXT stretch goal at $50,000 for 192 pages... Things are getting very interesting, and... (Read More)

Missing over $1,300 and several new pledges...I declare 176 pages achieved!

December 7th - via:
I'm declaring victory here. Kickstarter is missing over $1,300 from our tally, and at least five new pledges. I'll fight with them later. For now, consider the 176-page goal acheived. Next stop, 192 pages  (Read More)

Kickstarter Wonkiness - We May Have Passed 176 pages

December 7th - via:
A backer just upped their pledge by a whopping $500 to push us into 176 pages. Kickstarter didn't increase the total by more than $300. Maybe less. I've got a note in to Kickstarter, but in all probability we have actually surpassed the 176-page... (Read More)

Added Last-Minute Pledge Level: Nordlond To Go!

December 7th - via:
I've gotten a few pings in the last hour about "well, I already have the box set, but I don't have any physical Nordlond books, and I want to help the campaign." Well, so be it. Nordlond To Go! ($325) This includes Print AND PDF of everything I make.... (Read More)

Bestiary Surpasses Nordvorn as best-ever DFRPG (for me)

December 6th - via:
The Nordlond Fantasy Bestiary and Enemies book is now 160 pages, with 25 hours to go.  It has surpassed The Citadel at Nordvorn in backer count, making the Bestiary the highest backer count of any Dungeon Fantasy RPG project I've run thus far. The... (Read More)

Layout Tweak

December 6th - via:
I've been getting some feedback about certain aspects of the layout. These are actually things I was going to get around to changing anyway, both because there was room for improvement no matter what (mostly the tiny font sizes in the secondary stat... (Read More)

160 Pages Unlocked!

December 6th - via:
The book is now as big as the 3e/4e transition book GURPS Dragons. Or Low-Tech for that matter. Next stop: 176 pages! The horror! (The very excellent GURPS Horror for Fourth Edition is 176 pages)  (Read More)

Tokens and Foundry VTT (both/and, not either/or)

December 6th - via:
This came up in the Comments, and I wanted to be crystal clear. Foundry VTT support is an ADDITION to the token pack, not a REPLACEMENT for it. There will likely be four versions of the tokens as "simple" PNG images. "Full body" with both facing... (Read More)

Last Day and a Half

December 6th - via:
Where are we? Well, the short answer is we got Undead at 144 pages, and we're about $600 or so from the next stretch goal at 160 pages. That gives us a bunch of Dire Animals. After that? 176 pages: Demons and Slimes 192 pages: Animals and... (Read More)

And the 48-hour bell sounds!

December 5th - via:
The automatic Kickstarter "this campaign has 48 hours to go" email has gone out, and I can see some responses already. There's no telling what will happen, but bear this in mind: This has already raised more funds than any Kickstarter I have ever... (Read More)

144-Page Stretch Goal UNLOCKED!

December 4th - via:
We did it! The first stretch goal fell before the 48-hour warning, which is tomorrow. This is excellent news, and we just added 16 more pages full of undead to the book. I love using the undead as bad guys, and this stretch goal unlocks some very... (Read More)

How to Add the VTT Pack to your pledge

December 3rd - via:
This came up on Reddit, but it's worth repeating. If your pledge doesn't already include the VTT Pack, you can "add it" by adding $15 to your pledge so long as your pledge level includes at least the PDF of the Bestiary. I've tried to anticipate... (Read More)

Your VTT Pack Just Got a LOT Cooler

December 3rd - via:
I was hoping to be able to announce this, and thanks to some great support by Steve, Phil, and Alain at SJGames, plus Nick and Nose doing simply fantastic work, now I can. What, then, is this about? Gaming Ballistic is thrilled to note that the "VTT... (Read More)

Doug Chats Bestiary with Shadow of the GM

December 2nd - via:
I chatted for a bit less than an hour yesterday with Barry Dewey-Robertson, who runs the Shadow of the GM podcast.  He's a Patron of mine, and also running a Nordlond Actual Play campaign. In the podcast, he asks a lot of the key questions. Why a... (Read More)


December 2nd - via:
OK...what a big day was yesterday. Over $3,000 raised in a single day, making it the second-largest day of the campaign. Even bigger than the second day, which is traditionally carried over from launch day. So now it's about stretch goals. There are... (Read More)

New Reward Level! Starter Pack, QR PDF, VTT Pack at $70

December 1st - via:
A backer wanted these things together, and so I added it. For $15 extra you get the VTT Token Pack ($15) and the QR PDF ($10), plus the usual contents of the PDF Starter. This is an all-digital package.  (Read More)

Note on VTT Pack: All non-retail for $100 and higher get it

December 1st - via:
An astute would-be backer noted that the pledges at $100 and up didn't include the VTT token pack. That's because those pledge levels were added later in the game, and I didn't retroactively change the other ones. So: All non-retail pledges starting... (Read More)

Horse Sense

November 30th - via:
While horses and other equines aren't terribly important (and often an active hindrance) in a dungeon (or In the Labyrinth, to borrow a phrase), they're both common and important to most daily life.  They're used for traction, riding, and as a... (Read More)

Totally Not an Invisible Stalker. No, it's an UNSEEN MURDERER.

November 29th - via:
Todays' monster of the day is the óséðmorðingr, the unseen murderer, which is totally not an Invisible Stalker.  Really. This air elemental is sent, always, to kill. Not for recon, polite conversation, or to deliver an invitation to tea. Unless... (Read More)

Monster of the Day: Collected

November 29th - via:
I'm collecting all the Monster of the Day examples (which are still WIP, but they've got all the stuff they need to show off what I'm trying to accomplish here) in a Reddit thread. It is a great place to direct those who want to see what the project... (Read More)

Monster of the Day: Rock Lizard (Rökk Eðla)

November 28th - via:
Today's example is big. It's armored. And it's usually pretty irked. While still not armored enough to shrug off an optimized 250-point Weapon Master knight or a barbarian sporting some of the heavier polearms, its DR 10 laughs at up to 1d+4 unless... (Read More)

Mid-Campaign Report

November 28th - via:
Pointless Prognostication So, we are exactly halfway in the campaign right now, and frankly, I'm in the "I have no idea where this is going to end up" camp right now. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though as a creator, it's unnerving as heck. We... (Read More)

Monster(s) of the Day: Fjallatroll and Bænadýrið

November 27th - via:
Monster of the YesterDay Yesterday I was in Galveston, TX for most of the day. We frolicked on the "beach" for a while, which the kids loved, and my youngest collected shells which of course she's now bringing home on the airplane. We also took a... (Read More)

The Horrible Spider-Man!

November 25th - via:
Today's monster of the day is the Edderkop. That is, I recently learned, Danish for "spider." This is also for backer Vic L, who was tearing his metaphorical hair out looking for this little bugger (see what I did there?) earlier. You can see this... (Read More)

Shadowplays: A Nordlond Campaign Podcast

November 24th - via:
One of my frequent backers is also a podcaster, and is recording Actual Plays in the Nordlond Setting. You might want to check it out. Shadowplays: A Nordlond Actual-Play Podcast (Read More)

Monster of the Day: Gremlin

November 24th - via:
This is a creature that appeared without art in Forest's End. These guys are like Norðalfs, but with the murderosity tuner turned up to 11. The gremlin shows the use of the Ylva silhouette, and the new attack table format that will be a fixture of... (Read More)

Nerdarchy and Monster of the Day

November 23rd - via:
I was on Nerdarchy! David and I spent maybe half the time talking monsters and the Bestiary, and then a lot of time talking about shields and swords and other things.  Monster of the Day I'm going to try and post one of these per day. They're very,... (Read More)

The Calm Before Turkey Day

November 23rd - via:
Morning! So, it's the beginning of Campaign Day 6. We stand between $27-28K, about 80% of the way to the goal. So it's going to be one of "those" campaigns, where it's decided in the back half. That's OK...Nordvorn was the same way, and it was my... (Read More)

So...what's REALLY in the book?

November 21st - via:
I can't guarantee that every single monster in here will fit in the 128 pages of the initial book. But if you're curious as to what you'll be on. Acolyte. A novice cleric or other low-level initiate in holy or scholarly orders. Álfar... (Read More)

Converting the Nordlond Bestiary for TFT (New Stretch Goal!)

November 20th - via:
Steve and I got very excited this morning chatting about the first day of the Nordlond Bestiary for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG. He's been nudging me about considering a TFT version of this project - and other Nordlond material - periodically. When we... (Read More)

TFT Conversion as a Stretch Goal? Why...yes.

November 19th - via:
The Nordlond Bestiary and Enemies Book (For TFT) Note this is site. So, if we hit all the stretch goals, there will be another one out there. I've some math to do in order to figure out where to set that goal, but ... Steve and I... (Read More)

Ballistic's Report for Week Ending Nov 19

November 19th - via:
Ballistic’s Report for Week Ending Nov 19 This week was launch week for the Bestiary, and true to my word, we went live yesterday. As I type this, the Nordlond Bestiary and Enemies Book sits at just over $20,000 raised, with $14,000 more to go. So... (Read More)

50% in Eight Hours. I approve.

November 18th - via:
I was staring at the screen hitting F5 for a while, and it finally happened: We broke 50% of the way to funding. That's not a bad first eight hours, and as Curly once said, "Day ain't over yet." I'm going to go have a glass of something good, have... (Read More)

SJGames Live covers the Bestiary - With new Previews

November 18th - via:
SJGames Live Interview with Douglas I just got off the air with Hunter and SJGames, chatting about the bestiary. One of the things I showed was an "art-board" of WIP and finished images from some of my art team. This includes work by Matt Thomas... (Read More)

One more new reward: Physical Book plus new PDFs (for international folks!)

November 18th - via:
The physical Bestiary is aimed at shipping worldwide, but the Quick-reference card decks would be prohibitively expensive at this juncture (not to mention a logistical nightmare). of my backers noted that Bestiary (Print/PDF) and PDFs of... (Read More)

All-digital reward added!

November 18th - via:
It was pointed out to me that some of the settings on the VTT pack and QR PDF were a bit wonky. I added an all-digital pack with the book PDF, the Quick-Reference print-and-play PDF, and the tokenized VTT pack for $50 so you don't have to bother with... (Read More)

And we're LIVE!

November 18th - via:
Here we go! The biggest project I'm launching this year, and maybe my biggest project ever.  I'm a tetch nervous, but I think we've got this. We shall see. I wanted to welcome those who joined from the "Follow the Campaign" pre-launch page! I was... (Read More)

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