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Design Camp: The Celestial Host


Design Camp is a hands-on look behind the scenes of the RPG design process. Designers, working with backers, create a final manuscript.

What Is The Project This Year?

The title of the 2016 project is The Celestial Host. Remember cracking open the original Deities & Demigods? The awe when you beheld the stat blocks of the gods drawn from religions across the planet? Well, we think it is far past time to revisit Zeus, Ra, Ishtar, King Arthur, and all of the others from real world mythologies. Designed for the Pathfinder RPG system, The Celestial Host will unleash the might and glory of three pantheons pulled from history; we'll give a game-ready (and considerate) look at the followers, temples, sacred tomes, secret cults (or splinter sects) and more!

Patrons will be the ones to decide which three pantheons will be included in The Celestial Host.

I thought some here might be interested in this project.

Kickstarter: Design Camp: The Celestial Host

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Whoah

Whoah

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Backed this by the way.

Backed this by the way.

Would be cool to interview these guys for the zine if the project gets funded. I think we had an interview planned for Issue 2 but we never published it...can't recall if the interview was done but I don't believe so...

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Only three? Well... guess the

Only three? Well... guess the Greek, Norse, and Egyptian pantheons, then. Shame to leave out the rest, though! Maybe they could do more than one such book?

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Especially since if you

Especially since if you tossed in the Celtic they'd be covering the four core pantheons for 5e.

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Seems to me the pantheons are

Seems to me the pantheons are chosen by votes?

I was thinking of pitching the Finnish pantheon or maybe angels and/or demons from occultism?

Celtic would also be cool. I think we've seen Greek, Norse, and Egyptian done so many times.

The Loa from Vodoun/Santeria might also be an interesting choice.

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Ah there's some preview

Ah there's some preview material:

The Flame of Mithras

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/193473/The-Flame-of-Mithras

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Brought to the Empire by legionnaires returning from campaigns against the Parthians and bolstered through interaction with missionaries passing from Parthia to Thracia, the Flame of Mithras teaches a mystery cult faith which primarily venerates Mithras, and, in a lesser respect, both Ahrimanus and Sol Invictus, or the Unconquered Sun.

Released to support The Celestial Host, a new project coming out from Storm Bunny Studios, the Flame of Mithras gives GMs and players alike six free pages of content by ENnie -Award winning writer Ben McFarland.

This free PDF includes detailed information on the cult, its rank structure, a trait to support characters, as well as background story options for player characters.

Whether you're using Pathfinder to play games set in a more historically accurate version of Earth or you just need a new cult for your favorite fantasy setting, this is one to grab!

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Udenki's Kapala

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stormbunny/design-camp-the-celestial-host/posts/1674092

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A yellowing skull the color of fatty wax, this carved head of an adult human male bears a halfdozen spells etched into the bone with an angular script later traced with a coppery green ink. Known as Udenki's Kapala,the arcane formulas carved across and inside the unorthodox spellbook exist on the outer surface, the inner dome, even the edge of the mandible. The deep, iridescent color of the final writing makes the cyphers easy to identify among the interwoven embossed images of dancing, headless skeletons, theurgy insights, and celestial iconography. The crown and mandible both detach with puzzlebox-like intricacy, allowing the owner to read the spells painstakingly scratched into the interior surfaces, or for the Kapala to serve as an improvised container.

Supposedly offered as a gift by a necromancer master who had fallen in love with his apprentice, the Kapala was not even created by Udenki, but the wizard is the most notorious owner and used its spells to rid a Yamakuran princess' meditation garden of the unquiet spirits of three traitorous imperial bodyguards over the course of the Lunar New Year celebration. The spells themselves are written in Hyborean iambic heptameter, requiring occasional blasts from the whistle carved into the lone vertebra fused to the base of the skull. Those who have heard the whistle claim it sounds eerily like the distant screams of the dying.

This grimoire includes...

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Finnish!

I, too, hope they don't go the Greek, Norse, Egyptian route.

Finnish, Etruscan and the Titans of Greek Myth would be a refreshing change.

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If the project doesn't get

If the project doesn't get funded one thing that might worth doing is exploring different kinds of priesthoods in the Quarterly Zine.

It doesn't necessarily have to be about shoehorning, say, the Vodoun Loa into the Great Wheel. We could talk about cosmologies that draw from the Wheel but are tailored to better fit a particular campaign.

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I like that skull spellbook.

I like that skull spellbook. And I like the concept of Design Camp a lot-- Dark Roads & Golden Hells came out of a similar environment, and that's become one of my favourite Planescape books, even if it's not official.

The Loa would be pretty awesome. Hawaiian/Polynesian mythology also has some elements that I think could actually work very well in terms of opening up the Great Wheel to some settings that the original books didn't really explore.

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Funded!

Fully funded.

Project is a go!

(You can get a PDF for $10 pledge!)

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Current list:

From one of the updates:

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Right now, that brings our all-star team up to nine people, including:

Brian Berg of Total Party Kill Games - who will be talking adventure design with patrons.

Clinton Boomer, author of The Hole Behind Midnight and famed Paizo freelancer - who will be talking about NPC design, as well as world building.

Savannah Broadway, Paizo and 3PP freelancer - who will be talking about a host of topics, including her break into the industry.

Adam Daigle, Paizo developer and former/current freelancer - who will be talking MONSTERS!
Jim Groves, another very prolific Paizo freelancer - who will be talking about secret awesome stuff!

Nic Logue (our $4,100 stretch goal), who will also be talking about super secret awesome stuff!

Ben McFarland, who as one of the project leads (Brian and I promised him we'd share some of the responsibilities), will be steadily guiding this project through dense jungles and across broken wastelands, leading us to the very gods themselves.

Brian Suskind, who has one of the other project leads, will be talking about his experiences as a freelancer, as well as what goes into building all the things!

Jaye Sonia - As the third project lead, I'll be helping Ben and Brian lead this troop through the deserts, making sure we get to our final project with our lil' caravan intact!

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Everyone who backs, even at

Everyone who backs, even at $1, gets a 10 page adventure:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stormbunny/design-camp-the-celestial-host/posts/1692935

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And then, today, we pushed up to $4875, making it very close our next goal, at $5000. If we can hit $5000, Jaye, Brian, and I will spin up a convention-length adventure for all the backers, even those at $1. It'll be about 10 pages long and utilize the material we generate in DesignCamp. We'll discuss, but I've got some ideas on how that adventure can be shaped by the patrons. It seems like it'd be a great opportunity to practice some of the pitching skills we'll have been honing through the project.
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Final push:

Final push:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stormbunny/design-camp-the-celestial-host/posts/1695144

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Everyone will get the convention adventure, and The Cleric Reforged, even those at the $1+ level. There's the Cult of Mithras PDF available, too!

Backers at the $10+ level get the adventure and the final manuscript, plus the two PDFs.

Backers at the $60+ level will see all of this plus access to the Basecamp and interaction with the designers for the duration of the project.

Not a bad deal right now-- and I can tell you we've got one more PDF on the way for you, another sample of what we'll be generating you can use right now.

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6 hours

6 hours left.