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Shadows of Esteren

As much as we try and stay on top of things, sometimes we miss a Kickstarter we really wanted to back. Or maybe you just didn't have the funds at the time. It happens to us all. Thankfully, there's the Late Pledge period where those that weren't part of the campaign can still help out and get those great prices and exclusives. There just such a thing going on for the Shadows of Esteren RPG right now.

At once, it feels both like, "wow. Already Wednesday?" and "wow. How is it only Wednesday?"
Is it that way for anyone else or just me?
I feel like I've gotten a lot done, but have a lot more waiting ahead of me.
Ah well. We'll make it. Break on through to the other side. To help with that, here's a bunch of bite-sized gaming stories.

Today on the platter we have: Scotia Grendel New Releases - October 2016, Rebel Minis Launches Rise of the Animechs Kickstarter, Shatterlands Kickstarter Reaches Funding Goal, Xtraidos Skirmish Game Relaunching Soon On Indiegogo, Ether Wars Kickstarter Relaunch November 22nd + Giveaway starting this Tuesday, New Releases Available From Victoria Miniatures, Idea Jab Card Game Coming To Kickstarter "Pretty Soonish", Khurasan releases 15mm Seydlitz Tank, Geek Chic Releases The Vanguard Table, Chronicles Miniatures Game Looking For Beta Testers, Brother Vinni Releases Tricycle Robot, Final Hours For Shadows of Esteren On Kickstarter, Final Days for Ninja Arena On Kickstarter, Table Air Combat: U-2 Kukuruznik Now Available, Castles & Crusades latest Kickstarter in its final week, Twisted Brothers Studio join MAGE Company, and New Breacher Bikes Available From Kromlech.

Time has been playing weird tricks this week, I feel. The first several days flew by. Thursday took an eternity. Now, today's doing a little bit of both. I feel like it should be later than it is, so it feels like it's been a long time since this morning... but I've also gotten a ton of stuff done. So I dunno. I do know that I'm possibly going to be playing some Guild Ball this evening and then some D&D tomorrow. So that's cool. Better pack myself full of energy with some bite-sized gaming stories.

Today on the platter we have: New Imperial Knight Heads From Forge World, Knight Models Previews Suicide Squad Dice, Kromlech New Release: Legionary Shotgun, Angels and Demons join Flatminis 2D miniatures range, Shadows of Esteren Announces Partnership with Syrinscape, Talisman is Free to Play This Weekend Only, Comrades in Battle Reaches Funding Goal, 15mm Naval Crews Range is Back From Capitan Games, and Final Days for Tavern Masters Kickstarter.

As an occasional GM, I can certainly appreciate pre-made adventures for games. You don't always have time to fully realize a deep narrative with twists, turns, and plenty for everyone, then add on encounters, treasure, come up with NPCs and everything else that goes into such things. Well, for Shadows of Esteren players, quite a big module is coming via Kickstarter. It's Dearg.
Well, it's not just Gale Force 9 that's looking for volunteers for the upcoming conventions. Shadows of Esteren is still pretty new, just getting into the hands of those that backed their Kickstarter, but they'll be headed to some pretty big shows and would like a hand.
It's always a pain when a Kickstarter shows up that you're really excited about but you don't have the cash at the time to take advantage of it. Thankfully, many companies are now putting their Backerkits up after the campaign has run and offers many of the same deals that were available during the Kickstarter to a wider audience with some extra time to join in on the project. Shadows of Esteren is one such project that's now available online.
Sometimes a Kickstarter comes and goes before you know it. Or perhaps you knew about it, but you just didn't have the money at the time when the campaign was coming to an end. Or you were gonna pledge, but forgot. It happens. But that doesn't mean you have to miss out entirely, or even wait until the product ships to retail outlets. Such is the case with the Shadows of Esteren Kickstarter. The Backerkit is now live and if you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can jump in now.
Shadow 2 Publishing has gotten a Kickstarter underway for new expansions for Shadows of Esteren, their medieval horror RPG system. They've already made more than 3x their goal and still have 30 days left on the clock. So to say they're doing well is a bit of an understatement.

They've got 3 primary goals for the campaign: Publishing Occultism, bringing you the "Rise" album (the 3rd album for the game), and to continue to refine the company.

Polyhedron Collider talked with the guys from Shadows of Esteren and figured you'd like to see how the conversation went.


From the post:

I spoke to Valentin of Agate editions about the wonderfully dark Shadows of Esteren RPG.
Shadows of Esteren has added a new reward tier to their Kickstarter campaign where you can get the complete set of 4 Shadows of Esteren miniatures.


From the update:

Today, we unlock a new reward tier for the Shadows of Esteren Kickstarter: TUATH MONK. Get all 4 Esteren miniatures released: Daernic, Joris, Adeliane and Urvan. The minis are limited edition, resin, 35mm. Sculpted by Roberto Chaudon & Valentin Zak.

Studio 2 Publishing launched a new Shadows of Esteren Kickstarter campaign. They've got 48 days to go and are 2.5x funded already. Stretch goals ahoy!


From the campaign:

The new Shadows of Esteren KS is Live! SoE is medieval role-playing game somewhere between Ravenloft, Game of Thrones and Call of Cthulhu. Winner of three ENnie Awards in 2013.

The veterans will be pleased to see the new supplement “The Monastery of Tuath,” featuring a Limited Edition with a nice amount of additional content that will be financed by this campaign. And for those who are new to Shadows of Esteren, we have designed packages that will get you started on your adventure!

The $20K initial goal was reached in less than a day and a first stretch goal is unlocked!

Shadows of Esteren has made it to their $100k goal in their RPG campaign with still 8 days to go to make it to more

From the announcement:

We did it!


That's simply huge. It's amazing how much you got into this Kickstarter. Few RPGs have managed to reach such a level of subscription... all the more so when the RPG is a newcomer like Esteren!

Shadows of Esteren has their Prologue book available over on their Kickstarter campaign for free to download as a pdf.

From the update:

Thanks to our backers, we can give a nice gift to the Shadows of Esteren series and to the roleplaying community as a whole: the PDF of Book 0 – Prologue will now be freely downloable for everyone and forever

Shadows of Esteren has made more than 3x their funding already over on Kickstarter. Looks like stretch goals ahoy for another 28 days.

From the campaign:

In the name of the whole team, I would like to thank you for your trust and HUGE support! For enthusiasts like us, it's really moving. So thank you for this, we will do our best to be worthy of your trust!

Studio 2 Publishing started up their Kickstarter in order to fund Shadows of Esteren, their Medieval Horror RPG.

From the campaign:

A medieval role-playing game somewhere between Ravenloft, Game of Thrones and Call of Cthulhu.

Shadows of Esteren can now be found on DriveThruRPG in a special book bundle deal.

From the announcement:

We are pleased to annouce that Esteren is now on DriveThruRPG. To celebrate this launch, we propose a special bundle including the Book 1 Universe and Book 0 Prologue for only $19,99. It is only until December 31th.

Shadows of Esteren is coming to the end of their already-successful run on Kickstarter. If you want in, now's your last chance.

From the campaign:

We hit 50k and now Book 2 Travels is unlocked!

The English version of Book 2 Travels will be an extended version of the French one: it will be a hardcover book, and the number of its pages will be increased from 80 to about 140. The Travels book contains Leader material: descriptions of important places of the peninsula, a series of scenarios, a gallery of non-player characters, and also a small bestiary. You can learn more about the contents of this book here.

We are also going to print a special poster illustrated with one of the sketches realized for the cover of the “Kickstarter Special Edition” of Book 0. Moreover, on the other face, we will print a map of Tri-Kazel (the same as the one printed for the map of the first Kickstarter).

Shadows of Esteren has updated their Kickstarter campaign, giving you, the backers, a say in how the stretch goals for the campaign play out.

From the update:

We have been sent a lot of messages, and some of our backers mentioned new ideas for future stretch goals. Many things, and plenty of interesting possibilities! Since we want to provide the best, we have devised an alternative journey for Yldiane with new stretch goals : A pronunciation guide, a Game Leader Kit or some cardboard tiles, etc.

We propose to our backers to choose between the first route and this new route. However, please note that this is not a meaningless choice, because it will alter many of the steps to come!

Shadows of Esteren has launched their second Kickstarter for their RPG world.

From the campaign:

We are glad to present you this new Kickstarter campaign for Shadows of Esteren's Book 0 Prologue! We have prepared so many nice things for you! On the occasion of this new campaign, we propose you to follow the journey of our muse, Varigal Yldiane... This is a very exciting adventure since we do not know how far we will go, and this is with you that we are going to shape the final aspect of this edition of Book 0 in English!

Shadows of Esteren is up to their last week on Kickstarter. They've already beat their goal 11 times over. How much higher can they make it? Hopefully a lot.

From them to you:

The Kickstarter Campaign for Shadows of Esteren is now reaching its last days. Thanks to the amazing support of more than 400 Backers, we have been able to add many bonuses and options to this campaign.

For this last week, we have introduced the last Stretch Goals: sets of full-color 4-section Character Sheets, as well as the distribution of a new book on PDF format, the translation of which is currently getting done by the team. Also, you can discover the new pledge “Hilderin Knight” with a hardback game leader screen and the original soundtrack for Esteren. All the the rewards will be delivered next month.

Shadows of Esteren is a fantasy/horror/gothic RP setting that's got a kickstarter going in order to bring the game to an English-reading market.

From the update:

Today, a Kickstarter will be launched in order to introduce exclusive content for the English release of Shadows of Esteren. For this very special occasion, we wish to offer role-players the best edition possible! This Kickstarter will be accessible to all role-players throughout the world, and will last until the end of July.


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