From the update:
The Shadowlands Campaign Setting Kickstarter is gaining speed, now exceeding its 7th stretch goal!
Shadowlands is a campaign setting in the best old-school tradition of classic fantasy gaming worlds, as realized by acclaimed writers, artists, and designers. It makes use of the versatile Pathfinder open system to offer a broad spectrum of options for players and Game Masters, alike, with a focus on epic deeds, bold exploration, and global intrigue.
The Shadowlands setting offers unique magic and psionics systems, new mechanics for handling languages and diplomacy, new races and racial options, super advanced technologies (fit into a fantasy setting), special rules for morality and beliefs, and so much more!
It is a world of realistic grittiness set on a planet 10 times the size of Earth and is sure to keep you and your players campaigning for years to come!
The Shadowlands is an intentional blend of fantasy and science fiction. It is a post-apocalyptic world so advanced that it appears magical. Part of the realism of the Shadowlands is to re-imagine a world where the possibilities of fantasy are in fact possible, a remembrance of futures past, and to provide a narrative way for players to engage that. Accordingly, it takes inspiration from a number of different sources. The far-future stories of Jack Vance, Gene Wolfe, A Canticle for Leibowitz and the Culture series of Iain M. Banks provide the science fiction foundations of our setting, just as heady films like Inception, Cloud Atlas, and Equilibrium paint images of what it's like to exist in a world where magic and psionics are fundamental and also controlled!
Finally, the classic Dungeons & Dragons settings of old like Planescape, Ravenloft and the original Dark Sun give a sense of the ways that beliefs, ideologies, motivations, and factional affiliation can affect and encourage great roleplaying!
Last year BlackStar Studios was nominated for two ENnie Awards for the debut of our 32-page Shadowlands Conversion Guide and the World of Saemyyr map, designed by acclaimed industry cartographer Jon Roberts.
You can download a FREE copy of the Shadowlands Conversion Guide on the Paizo website, DriveThruRPG or RPGNow and see what all the excitement was all about!
Want to get a taste of Shadowlands game play? Check out our FREE mini-adventure, Carthica's Pride, written by industry veteran Jason Sonia.
The world of the Shadowlands has been in development for over 15 years and our design team includes some of the great designers of the industry including Stephen Michael DiPesa (White Wolf) and Jason Sonia (Rhune: Dawn of Twilight, Zobeck), and others who are coming on for this project. We are excited to announce that legendary world builder Ed Greenwood has agreed to be part of the Shadowlands team.