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The Citadel at Norðvorn

A project in Minneapolis, MN by Douglas H. Cole

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Return to Norðlond in a detailed mini-setting for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG.
Backers: 600
Average Pledge Per Backer: $43

Funded: $26,021 of $13,000
Dates: Feb 19th -> Mar 24th (34 days)
Project By: Douglas H. Cole
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Latest News

Offset Print run: PILLAGED, by Oðinn!

March 24th - via:
Son of a gun. We did it! So offset print it is. And with all of the Viking Raider pledges, I think I might need another batch of Hall of Judgment as well! I'm going to publish the update below to a bunch of RPG sites. If folks want to come by (or... (Read More)

Last 14 hours! Offset print run only $1,412 away

March 24th - via:
This campaign has exceeded my expectations, and is encroaching on exceeding my hopes. I never really thought we'd be this close! But Hall of Judgment brought in over $2,000 in the final day . . . so who knows! How can we get there?  There are still... (Read More)

New Final Stretch Goal: Hall of Judgment 2nd Edition ($35,000)

March 23rd - via:
As we enter the final two days of the campaign, it has become clear that the "best we can do" figure is significantly in excess of the prior goal for the campaign at $30,000. After thinking about it for a bit, I know what to do. At 35,000, I will get... (Read More)

Here we go. 48 hours . . .

March 23rd - via:
Funding Progress: Smells like Offset 10pm tomorrow. That's when it ends. This campaign has already exceeded my expectations, and now it's starting to look like it may exceed my hopes. I thought it unlikely that we'd hit the $25,000 stretch goal for... (Read More)

And the first member of the Shield-Guard steps up

March 22nd - via:
Woo hoo! I love making shields, and the first person pledged at the shield-guard level in this campaign! Once the main book is done, and the weather turns a bit (plus, my family is moving so I need to set up the new workshop!), I'll be building a... (Read More)

$20,000 Stretch Goal PILLAGED!! (Also: check your pledges and add-ons)

March 22nd - via:
We just pillaged the $20,000 stretch goal for 128 pages. This makes me happy. Not the least reason for which is the unfinished draft lays out at 115 pages on a 112-page budget. So . . . I don't  have to cut anything. Thank you all for making this my... (Read More)

Thursday is GURPSDay! March 15 to March 21, 2019

March 21st - via:
This week brings to a close the week of extreme marketing for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG Kickstarters. Both Citadel at Nordvorn and the Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2 and Boxed Set Reprint campaigns end this weekend, with  DFM2 closing tomorrow (Friday),... (Read More)

Matt Finch and Douglas Talk "Top 5 DM Tips"

March 21st - via:
As always, Matt's a great host. He's running a series asking folks for their Top 5 DM Tips, and invited me to participate. I hit my list, and we talked a lot about RPGing in general, including D&D, OSR, lots of GURPS and the Dungeon Fantasy RPG,... (Read More)

$18,000! Another goal falls.

March 20th - via:
And now on to $20,000 and 128 pages for Norðvörn! I must be happy. I'm using all the ALT codes. And I'm also exhausted - yesterday was quite a ride - so I'mma just gonna steal their banner: Phil noted that later today, 665 folks will get a note... (Read More)

Fantastic Dungeon Grappling: PILLAGED!!

March 19th - via:
The Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2 Kickstarter has surpassed its $45,000 stretch goal, doing so with a total of 860 backers to date: This means it's time for me to put the final touches on Fantastic Dungeon Grappling, because it's goin' in the box!  (Read More)

Viking Shields

March 19th - via:
So, if you know me, or have heard me speak on various podcasts, you'll know that one of the reasons I got into the whole Viking thing was that I grew fascinated by the physical archaeology of the period. I started to write Dragon Heresy for 5e -... (Read More)

How do I get Fantastic Dungeon Grappling?

March 18th - via:
This has come up a few times. Cross-Kickstarter promotions - where two publishers are actively promoting and incentivizing  each other's products at the same time - are somewhere between "rare" and "unheard of" from what I've seen (love to see other... (Read More)

$16,000 Stretch Goal: Plundered!

March 18th - via:
Your Jarl Douglas and Hajarl Phil, as well as Hajarl Steve are pleased with your recent raids, and grant you bling. The first stretch goal for Citadel at Nordvorn has been plundered. We passed $16,000 which gets us to a minimum of 112 pages, plus the... (Read More)

Reminder: International Shipping not so bad

March 18th - via:
For those "not the USA" folks, which of course includes Really Northern Minnesota, or, er, Canada. (Yah, sure, you betcha, eh!). The way the project is headed, I'll be printing maybe 300-500 total books. That's excellent for a small, third-party... (Read More)

The Blind Mapmaker Reviews Citadel

March 17th - via:
The Blind Mapmaker was a big backer - he got his own character - on Hall of Judgment. He also does great reviews. His review of HoJ was complete, criticized where warranted and praised what he liked. So I offered him the opportunity to get a preview... (Read More)

Fantastic Dungeon Grappling . . . is now a DFM2 Stretch goal!

March 17th - via:
This is Grappling Grappling has always gotten short shift in games. Gaming Ballistic wrestled with this problem repeatedly over the years, first with GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling for GURPS (available at Warehouse 23), and then for 5e,... (Read More)

Cover Pre-Final Image!

March 16th - via:
Excellent progress We're doing very nicely. A bit more each day, and just shy of $1500 to the first stretch goal. 405 actual backers, which exceeds where we were on Hall of Judgment four days before the campaign closed . . . and we have twice as much... (Read More)

$14,000 and a Cover Update

March 14th - via:
Last couple of days were rough for me, so I haven't  gotten  as much done as I wanted. Not a huge setback, but it means I've got to buckle down this weekend, hard. Editing progresses. I get periodic emails from Emily, and I can tell she's both... (Read More)

Draugr Adventure Seed and Viking Weddings

March 13th - via:
 So, today’s Adventure seed features Draugr. Lots of them. Obviously, these would fit into Norðlond, because draugr. But did you know that (at least according to the Viking Answer Lady), it was expected for the groom to retrieve an ancestral... (Read More)


March 12th - via:
Y'all did it! So Citadel will be a reality. Now we see how many stretch goals I can rack up. I'll start art direction on the manuscript tonight. And replace my F5 key. Seriously.  (Read More)

Mockup! $317 to go; $24,000 actual plus latent!

March 12th - via:
Mockup time! Only $317 to go! If you're one of the 315 backers following but not yet pledged, I just want to note that *today* would be a mighty fine day to jump on board. ... (Read More)

Ballistic's Report for 2018

March 11th - via:
In case y'all don't follow my blog. Last night I published my 2018 year in review, which I naturally call my Ballistic's Report. It's modeled after the very useful Stakeholder's Reports published by Steve Jackson Games. In any case: while you can't... (Read More)

Layout Update

March 10th - via:
I'm working through the document looking at art spaces and flow. I've settled on a reasonable style for some things, like text boxes and I've got some art placeholders there. You'll recognize some of these as pulls from Dean Spencer's art catalog.... (Read More)

Meet the Editor: Emily Blain

March 7th - via:
"I can edit myself" is probably one of the biggest myths in writing. Fortunately, it's not something I have deluded myself into thinking. I know I need an editor, and I'd like to introduce you to mine: Emily Blain. She came recommended to me through... (Read More)

Hey! #6 Overall on Kicktraq!

March 6th - via:
I saw that one backer had come over from Kicktraq, so I stopped by to see where Norðvorn was "buried" in the deluge of projects. HOLY CRAP! We're #6 Overall. Not "in Games." Not "Tabletop Games."  Overall. And we've moved up 128 spots recently,... (Read More)

Crushing it. Such wild hope, but there it is . . .

March 5th - via:
It's been an amazing three days. Just incredible. Right now, we've got 312 actual backers, and another 261 (!!) "latent" backers who are following but not yet pledged. That gives at least 573 folks who are interested, which could translate into as... (Read More)

Two Great Days: Time to share!

March 5th - via:
Two days ago was good. Yesterday was even better! We added over $1,000 yesterday alone. We are now close to 80% funded. We have nearly 230 folks following the campaign who have not yet pledged - that number keeps growing! - and it represents enough... (Read More)

A Big Day

March 4th - via:
We had a fantastic day yesterday, breaking the usual doldrums pattern. Thanks to everyone who took advantage of the new Viking Raider pledge tier and nabbed copies of both Citadel and Hall of Judgment. For today: we breathlessly await the Dungeon... (Read More)

Two thirds of the way!

March 3rd - via:
Status and Trajectory Today we passed $8,667, which marks the 2/3 point in the campaign's funding, and we hit that before the official midpoint of the campaign, which is this Thursday. We are, of course, not funded until we're funded: Kickstarter is... (Read More)

Fantastic Dungeon Grappling Bookmarks

March 1st - via:
I think the miniatures will exceed my ability to produce them in this effort. If Citadel funds and does well, and the next two projects (call 'em Rosgarth and Forest's End, for now) do well, I can promise a Norðlond Bestiary, and figures will be a... (Read More)

Pondering Bookmarks

February 26th - via:
As I told Eric and Jake: No promises. But they asked me to consider bookmarks and miniature/standees like the carboard cutouts that came with the Dungeon Fantasy RPG boxed set.  I'm looking into it. I talked with Glynn Seal and he reassured me that... (Read More)

Week 1: 60% to funding, and Writing Update

February 26th - via:
Status Update The first week of the campaign is past, and we're 60% of the way to the goal. Four weeks to go! Thus far, things are looking steady, and between the folks following the campaign and those pledged already, that would total about $12,600... (Read More)

A Note on International Shipping

February 26th - via:
Just in case. I've worked out a method to guarantee reasonable cost, high-quality printing for those backers who aren't in the USA. I do two print runs. One in the UK, and another in the USA. Both are short-run digital printing on high-quality paper.... (Read More)

Initial Art Direction for the Citadel itself

February 22nd - via:
Disclaimer: I'm a terrible artist This may be a mistake, but I'm willing to show you guys my crappy whiteboard art direction if you promise me not to flee in terror. I've tried to make some references for my artists, as well as things to keep my... (Read More)

RPG Coast to Coast Podcast - tonight 8pm Central

February 22nd - via:
I will be  one of the hosts tonight at the RPG Coast to Cast at 8:00pmCST. Topics for tonight include discussing Longevity of D&D, Art not the Artist, How Best to Promote your Product, and whatever else strikes our fancy. It's going to be held... (Read More)

Two Podcasts

February 22nd - via:
Morning! As we head into what will be a heavy writing weekend for me, I wanted to leave you with two podcasts. Roleplay Rescue (Che Webster) Che and I talk for about an hour, and cover gaming stuff both old and new. Game Night on Geek Gab I return to... (Read More)

Halfway there!!

February 21st - via:
Yeah. That's pretty much it! Certainly thanks in no small part to Phil Reed and his plug for the project on the Dungeon Fantasy RPG Kickstarter site. But we're halfway there on Day 3.  This is excellent.  (Read More)

Day 2 and Cover Template

February 21st - via:
Morning!  We continue to chug along, and the second day of the campaign ended at about $5,600. That allows us to start looking at projections, and play the game of "where will we end up." What? Nah. I'm not going to speculate out loud. That ruins... (Read More)

Find Gaming Ballistic on the Web

February 20th - via:
 Gaming Ballistic is a publisher of roleplaying games, and this update lets you know where you can find Gaming Ballistic on the Web . . . other than right here on Kickstarter! As a company, I support the 5e-derived Dragon Heresy system, D&D5e... (Read More)

Citadel Foreword (by Sean Punch)

February 20th - via:
As with Hall of Judgment, I asked if Steve Jackson Games would like to contribute a Foreword to introduce the book. Within the hour, I had a remarkable piece by Sean, which I inserted into the layout. Here it is in text form. I have the downloadable... (Read More)

BOOM! And we're off to an amazing start

February 19th - via:
So . . . Hall of Judgment funded fast. Less than 12 hours to reach the $3,000 funding goal. Felt pretty good about that. Still do. You guys passed that in just over three hours. So welcome aboard! I'm at my Day Job, but still managing to wear out my... (Read More)

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