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The Fading Embers Setting Primer

A project in Cleveland, OH by John Yackel

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An introductory guide to Fading Embers: a Frozen Age, a D&D game setting in 5th edition, to be published under the Open Gaming License.
Backers: 159
Average Pledge Per Backer: $20

Funded: $3,249 of $2,000
Dates: May 1st -> Jun 1st (31 days)
Project By: John Yackel
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Latest News

The Finish Line

June 1st - via:
As I watch the minutes tick down … Thank You so Much for Your Support! I’ve been absolutely blown away over this last month by how many people chose to back this first (very raw) Kickstarter campaign. I will do everything I can to get The Fading... (Read More)

The Final 24

May 31st - via:
Thank you again for all of your support. I'm very pleased we're at 154% of our funding goal right now. I'll do everything in my power to get the Fading Embers Setting Primer out to you as fast as possible. As we're in those last 24 hours, it would be... (Read More)

Oh So Close & Contact Info

May 30th - via:
That $3,000 mark is just inches away! "Thank You" again to our current 140 Backers. And to all the Followers watching from the sideline: "Come Join the Backers!" Although the project began with a delivery date of August 2020, we anticipate The Fading... (Read More)

Last 48 Hours

May 30th - via:
To those Following the Project, Come join us! With all the stretch goals, The Setting Primer is up over 100 pages of material! The more of you who Back Us, the more money we'll have to Pay the Artist's  this summer! Every Pledge Maters!  (Read More)

More Content & Future Plans

May 22nd - via:
So as we pass $2,750, I'm adding both a Race option and Subclass option into the Setting Primer. The race is Yeti!  They're Large sized creatures with cozy fur and pointy horns.  They're also very spiritual, connected to nature, and good for things... (Read More)

Re: the Character Design Option

May 19th - via:
I just wanted to re-post this as an update to be certain everyone who backed this reward see this.  it was an answer to Elliot Starratt's question in the main Comments section. All the information you’ll need to choose from will be inside this... (Read More)

Monsters in Fading Embers

May 18th - via:
Jeff Wilson asked, “Any chance there are new monsters or info about the fate/situation of classic monsters in this snowy post-catastrophe campaign setting? Maybe that's not info for a primer, but figured I'd ask.” First, there are definitely new... (Read More)

Holy Over-funding!

May 16th - via:
Alrighty then! So just two days after announcing some stretch goals, you’ve blown past most of them.  The Setting Primer will now have 11 magic items instead of 5; and another race or subclass.  Both at $2,750, which seems more and more likely.... (Read More)

What A Night!

May 15th - via:
So after starting the day around $1,500 we are now over $2,100 !!! I'm absolutely blown away by how many of you came to support this project! I must confess I'm very confused/curious to know what prompted this sudden and massive influx of backers.... (Read More)

Stretch Goals

May 14th - via:
As we are now 77% funded with more than two weeks to go, it’s a good time to discuss Stretch Goals. For every $50 we get over our initial goal of $2000, I’ll add one more magical item to the Setting Primer. This will cap off at $2250, with 11... (Read More)

The Grand Cities

May 14th - via:
To address Tom McCarthy’s comment: The Grand Cities ... ... were once dwarven cities inside of various mountains. In order to survive the freezing world, an elven king forged an eternal alliance with the dwarven king, and the elves moved in. Nine... (Read More)

Mechanical Hurdles

May 13th - via:
Today’s update is about:  “What hurdles (specific to Fading Embers) will a DM need to plan to overcome when introducing the setting to a party of players?” There are few intentional deviations for normal 5e rules, and they mostly concern... (Read More)


May 12th - via:
To address Decimus Observet’s questions, The major themes of Fading Embers are: - Isolation:  Outside of the single large kingdom, the major city-states are far apart, leaving towns and villages between them very much on their own. When societies... (Read More)

Sneak Peak!

May 9th - via:
First, thank you to all my backers! In just over one week we’ve passed the 70% mark! Secondly, I want to share one of the things that sets Fading Embers apart from other settings: The prominence of sorcerers over wizards. The core lands of the... (Read More)

Day 6 Update

May 6th - via:
As of Day 6 we are 63% funded! I'm in the midst of assembling the Fading Embers Setting Primer, editing as I go, and adding artwork as it's completed. After the Introduction, Chapter One:  Nations, and Chapter Two: Races & Classes it's already... (Read More)

Almost 50% after 2 full days!

May 3rd - via:
All my backers, thank you so very much for your support. When we reach 100% funded, I will drop my $1200 stimulus check into this and use it to commission artists struggling under quarantine life! Please spread the word about this project to friends... (Read More)

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