65k for the Esteren Kickstarter!
WE DID IT!
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The second Shadows of Esteren campaign is over... What an adventure, my friends!
Kickstarter is really an amazing tool; once more, we got to go through a wonderfully thrilling experience with you.
And what a success too! Thanks to you, we have been able to go beyond the results of the first Kickstarter, which is quite an achievement!
This journey with Yldiane was a blast, with several exciting challenges to take up! We hope that you had as much fun as we have!
The Esteren Team
“Gratisrollenspieltag” in Germany
Thanks to our current Kickstarter campaign, we hope to be able to support and take part upcoming Gratisrollenspieltag in Germany!
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The idea is simple: if we reach 50k of financing, we will be able to participate in “Gratisrollenspieltag”, organized in Germany by Moritz “Glgnfz” Mehlem. You can read the announcement here.
What is Gratisrollenspieltag? The principle is the following: an editor gives prizes (role-playing books, goodies, etc.) to the staff of Gratisrollenspieltag, who will then distribute them among the 150 shops and institutions taking part in this great gaming day, which will take place in Germany on February 2nd 2013. The goal is to promote the game and let it be experienced freely by both enthusiasts and neophytes in new games. You can check the official website here: http://gratisrollenspieltag.de/
Kickstarter will allow us to gather the necessary financing to participate in this event. In this regard, Kickstarter is truly an excellent system since in addition to financing a project and offering nice rewards to the backers, it allows us to use the funds gathered to back up this kind of initiative. This way, role-players from the entire world will make it possible to support the existence of role-playing games in Germany, while allowing Shadows of Esteren to be more widely known. Such a cooperation would be something wonderful to behold! This sharing is in the spirit of the “Kicking It Forward” program. This program has planned that part of the money gathered will be redistributed to help other projects come to life.
This state of mind is also in the continuity of the project of Shadows of Esteren, which was originally led by the Forgesonges associative collective, very active in France for the promotion of role-playing games, particularly through the “Démiurges en Herbes” (“Budding Demiurges”) contest, and the support of young role-playing game authors.
Thank you all for your support!
The Shadows Team
Back From Essen SPIEL 2012
The Essen SPIEL 2010 was a great time, thank you all for the welcome!
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You can check the photo album here.
Malmsturm - das Fate Fantasy-Rollenspiel
And a special thanks to Ingo, who helped us a lot on the booth. DANKE Ingo !!!
Let's meet at the next Essen SPIEL!
New Kickstarter Campaign for Shadows of Esteren
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We are very pleased to announce the start of our second Kickstarter campaign for Shadows of Esteren!
The link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1176616619/shadows-of-esteren-a-medieval-horror-rpg-prologue
This Kickstarter was designed for people who do not know about this RPG as well as for the backers of the first Kickstarter. You will have the possibility of acquiring the last remaining items created for the first campaign (Book 1 Universe Limited Edition, artworks, leader screen), but also of participating in the funding of a hardcover Limited Edition for Book 0 Prologue.
Thanks so much tou our first backers...! In less than two days, we already over $20.000. Your support is amazing, thank you!
And here is the new video:
Meet us at Essen SPIEL 2012!
After the U.S. GenCon in Indianapolis, here is another great date for our “Esteren Tour”. We will be out in force at the upcoming Essen SPIEL 2012. The Spiel is probably one of the biggest shows dedicated to the game world, if not THE greatest! You can find more information here.
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During four days, come meet us at Hall 6, booth 6-313
These are the people who will be present on site:
- Valentine Agate RPG game publisher
- Nelyhann, author, illustrator and editorial coordinator of the SoE series
- Gawain, illustrator
- Chris, illustrator
We will propose signing sessions but also previews for the upcoming Kickstarter!
We will also have with us a few copies of limited editions if Book 1 Universe and different items that were proposed for the first Kickstarter last summer.We will also have copies of books in French of the Shadows of Esteren series.
See you soon!
The end of the first Kickstarter ... and again soon!
We hope to complete the package for the Kickstarter backers this week. Over 500 parcels... wow it was hard! We have done our best and we hope that you will be happy when you get yours...
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By the way, we hope to send the scenario and the Book 0 Prologue in PDF version before the end of the month. Again we will do our best and we thank you for your patience!
We are so pleased to announce that we are preparing a new Kickstarter for the Book 0 Prologue printed version. For those who missed the first KS, this is also an opportunity to get the latest copies of the limited edition of Book 1 Universe and the latest copies of special items such as artwoarks or character sheets... Stay tuned!
Back from Gen Con US 2012!
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It has now been ten days since we got back from Gen Con US 2012, the time for us to take a modicum of rest and take stock on everything we have experienced. We attended the event in partnership with Studio 2 Publishing, and we truly had a blast during the four days of this mythic event. We will make sure to come back next year!
Finally, our thanks go to the French fandom who followed us on Facebook and backed us through this whole adventure! You can check out the complete album of the event here.
See you next year!
Thank you everyone for your great support !
Meet Us at GenCon US, August 16-19!
On the occasion of the release of Shadows of Esteren in the English language, we will be at GenCon US August 16-19, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can meet Nelyhann, author, illustrator, and coordinator of the series; Clovis, Esteren's head translator, and Valentin, the French editor from Agate RPG.
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It is a great moment for us to come to this mythical event, a landmark of role-playing!
You can come and meet us at the Studio 2 Publishing booth, Exhibitor Hall, booth #419. However, that is not all: for all the backers of this Kickstarter campaign, it will be the opportunity to come and directly collect all your rewards, including the limited edition of the book!
Signing and talking session
We will be glad to talk about role-playing with you. Valentin can tell you about how the role-playing game market exists and spreads in France.
Nelyhann will propose a signing session during the four days. However, he draws watercolor illustrations, which take time, and of which he can only do a limited number. Here is what these illustrations look like:
See you soon!
Kickstarter: That's it!
That's it, the Kickstarter campaign for Shadows of Esteren is over, we will now be going back to a regular activity...
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We are very happy but sad at the same time. It was an incredible month, very intense. Kickstarter is a very strong human adventure. This is the opportunity to THANK YOU once more, because thanks to you, we have been able to finance very nice bonuses, and a limited edition that all the authors are eager to hold in their hands!
Let us meet at Gen Con in a few weeks for the first printed copies, and for all the others, from the end of August, our partner Studio 2 Publishing will start sending the PDFs and all the rewards.
The Shadows Team
Kickstarter: Shadows of Esteren
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 you 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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The funds gathered will be used for the publication of the limited edition, and will help us finance all the goodies. Stay tuned!
FAQ - Esteren in 20 Questions
In 20 questions, this FAQ aims to give precise answers to the various questions you may have about Shadows Of Esteren
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- What is Shadows Of Esteren?
- What is the style of your game?
- What are the themes of the game?
- What makes your game horrific?
- What do you mean by “low fantasy”?
- What is the setting of the game?
- What are your main sources of inspiration?
- How are Celtic elements included in the game?
- Who will be the Characters?
- What types of Characters can be played in Shadows Of Esteren?
- Can fantasy races–such as elves, dwarves, or gnomes–be played in Shadows Of Esteren?
- What is the content of the core book, “Book 1 – Universe”?
- What will the Game System be?
- How about Shadows Of Esteren’s “secrets”?
- Is Shadows of Esteren an ongoing series?
- What will the style of the scenarios be?
- How about the “modular scenario system” of Shadows Of Esteren?
- What are the creatures of Esteren’s bestiary? Are there orcs, dragons, or trolls?
- Who are the “Feondas”?
- Will Shadows of Esteren extend to other media than role-playing?
1. What is Shadows Of Esteren?
3. What are the themes of the game?
The main themes of our game are hope and despair. Its other favored themes are survival–both physical and psychic–moral dilemmas, fear, courage, and its match, cowardice. The horrific aspect is present, but in an underlying way, like a threat lurking in the shadow. Although the universe is harsh and deadly, hope for a better future is allowed…
Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the valley of the wind and Princess Mononoke represent two major manga inspirations. For other aspects, Berserk by Kentaro Miura and the Final Fantasy saga are important sources of inspiration for our game. As for literature, Lovecraft and Masterton are the major references, as are Anne Radcliffe, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley's Gothic novels.
Regarding role-playing, Shadows of Esteren would be somewhere between Ravenloft and Call Of Cthulhu.
Although the game strives to display a credible and coherent setting, it does not have a historical purpose. The codes of the Celtic genre have been modified and combined with other inspirations in order to create Shadows Of Esteren's specific atmosphere, with no pretension for historical accuracy.
The system of rules will make advancement possible so that the Player's choice may eventually bring his Character to become a true expert in a field. He will nevertheless remain a normal human being; not an invulnerable superman. This principle applies to Characters embodied by the Players as well as those controlled by the Game Leader.
That stated, the Characters will still have substantial means (Ogham, Magientist inventions, Objects of Power, influence, ties...) which will enable them to truly act on the oncoming events.
No one knows the exact intentions of these creatures, which neither build cities nor exert power over a territory, as the old clan chiefs used to do. The Demorthèn consider them to be the expression of death and destruction, unleashed by chaotic natural spirits. The adepts of the One see in them demons deserving only sword and torch. As for the Magientists, the rational thinkers from the Continent, although the majority sees in them natural predators that must be neutralized by humanity, they are divided between more or less far-fetched theories. Still, the Feondas are there, and have always been.
Role-playing holds a particularly important role in this idea of offering the reader a rich interactive experience: it makes it possible to enter Esteren’s universe and to embody Characters in order to live brand new adventures. Other mediums complete this experience, notably:
- Music. The Of Men and Obscurities album, composed by Delphine Bois, will introduce you to a mysterious atmosphere, sometimes delicate, sometimes dreadful. The album was released on February 2011 and you can find several extracts of it online. The album will also be included in The Monastery of Tuath supplement.
-Video Game. Following the tradition of Point-and-Click games (Monkey Island, Broken Sword, Runaway, etc.), this video game has you follow the adventures of Yldiane the Varigal. The first episode, The Mac Lyr’s Legacy, takes place in Melwan’s vale, adjacent to Loch Varn and Dearg’s, found in the Prologue book.
- Internet. Shadows Of Esteren’s portal (www.esteren.org) will allow you to go on with the exploration of the universe, mainly via the official forum which gathers an active and impassioned community, offering scenarios and player aids.
The First Articles on Esteren!
We are very proud to see the publication of the first articles about Esteren! It sure feels strange (in a good way!) to see Esteren on English websites... and even German, Brazilian and Polish ones!
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- Obskures : http://obskures.de/2012/shadows-of-esteren-erscheint-voraussichtlich-zum-gen-con-2012-in-englischer-sprache/
- Gryfabularne's blog : http://gryfabularne.blogspot.fr/2012/06/cienie-nad-esteren.html
- Roleplayer Chronicles : http://roleplayerschronicle.com/?p=22906
- RPG Parà : http://www.rpgpara.com/rpg-medieval-de-horror-gotico-e-aflicoes-em-ingles/
Thanks to the webmasters, it sure was nice of them!
Shadows of Esteren: Introduction for a Horrific and Gothic RPG
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Welcome to the Shadows of Esteren blog!
We are very happy to open this blog for the English version of Shadows of Esteren. For its inauguration, here is an open letter from the General Coordinator of the Shadows of Esteren series, Nelyhann.
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It is not without emotion that I am writing this letter today! The opening of this blog is a very important and very special moment for the project that we have been working on through thick and thin for several years now. Before I get to the heart of the matter, let me tell you about the origin of our adventure...
The Forgesonges Collective
Shadows of Esteren is essentially–although not exclusively, as you will see–a role-playing game project conceived and imagined by the Forgesonges collective of authors and illustrators, which was created in 2006, and of which I am one of the founders. The purpose of our collective is to gather artists with a passion for fantasy universes and focus their talents around a common project. Shadows of Esteren is Forgesonges's first project, and no less than twenty people are involved in its development. Most of them are professional illustrators and graphic artists, authors who have worked for other series, etc. The associative dimension of this adventure can be seen in the passion and the boundless energy displayed by the whole team to produce books of the highest possible quality; a heartfelt homage to the imaginary universe that inspires us so much.
A Little Bit of History
Initiated in 2006, the first book of the series was released in French four years later, in September 2010. The ensuing success went well beyond the expectations of the team and of our editor, Agate RPG. From the very beginning of the conception of this universe, conventions and play-testing sessions have been the opportunity to meet dedicated, enthusiastic people who have been included in the original team. That is how the project of a Point'n'Click video game inspired by the Broken Sword series saw light, as well as the composition of an original soundtrack, the first opus of which was released in France in February 2012. This multimedia aspect is at the heart of the Shadows of Esteren project, which aims to offer its readers and players an experience as rich as possible.
The Translation Project
It was during one of these play-testing sessions, when the core book had not even been released, that I met the one who was to become the first translator of Shadows of Esteren... Thus was born the crazy project of translating the whole of the core book–which amounts to nearly 300 pages–in Shakespeare's tongue by ourselves. Once more, it became a wonderful adventure. We got the support of more than a dozen proofreaders, most of them native English speakers, from everywhere in the world: the United States, Canada, Portugal, French Polynesia... Such an outburst of dedicated participation is something heartwarming to behold. After nearly two years of work, the core book, called “Book 1 – Universe”, is ready to be introduced to the great community of English-speaking Players. In the meantime, the translation team has increased, and we have also translated and copy edited “Book 0 – Prologue”, the digital version of which you can download for free here.
We Will Meet This Summer...
We are currently going through the last lay-out steps before we send the books to our printer. The release is planned for the upcoming summer, and we even plan to come in person to GenCon in order to show you our work. It will be a great moment, very rich in emotion. We are currently working on the construction of a Kickstarter project with exclusive additions to celebrate the birth of Esteren on the other side of the Atlantic.
Until then, we will give you news through this blog.
Coordinator for the Shadows of Esteren series
You can discover Esteren through the PDF of Book 0 Prologue, freely downloadable here on DriveThruRPG or here on dropbox.
Also, here is a FAQ to get an overview of Shadows of Esteren.
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