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Triple Launch:
Shadow Fey, Azlant, and Azathoth

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ShadowFey_CoverMockup_V6To date, Open Design has been about competition between competing proposals, pitting projects and editions against one another. In an effort to accommodate everyone, we even completely redesigned Halls of the Mountain King in two editions.

While that project was huge, we’re not pursuing that approach again. We’re learning from the experience and doing something better.

Open Design is proposing three adventures for your consideration. All three proposals will go ahead if there is enough patron interest to commission them, and all will be available in public editions. These are the three projects from the patrons of Halls: one for 4th Edition D&D, one for the Pathfinder RPG, and one for an experimental Pathfinder/Cthulhu hybrid….

Court of the Shadow Fey

The shadow fey have long been considered a threat to more civilized creatures: cruel, capricious, and utterly without remorse, they go where they please and do what they will with little regard for the consequences. Now the shadow fey ambassador has claimed the city as a fiefdom of the Shadow Court, and he listens to no one who claims otherwise. “Speak with the Queen if you must complain,” offers the ambassador.

Visit the shadow fey court in a Paragon adventure like no other! Stealth, bribe, and duel your way to triumph over the court’s schemes, slay its heroes, and outwit its queen and courtiers. A shadow planar 4th Edition adventure by Wolfgang Baur.
      • Project details and discussion.
      • Sign up as a patron.

From the Shore to the Sea

ShoretoSea_CoverMockupFor centuries, the citizens of the small coastal village of Haversham lived in private isolation, survivors of an ancient cataclysm who wished only to live secluded lives far from the shadow of their ancestors’ fallen empire. The community indeed had much to hide, for deep within the veins of these simple fishermen flows a dark and terrible taint – the Legacy of Old Azlant.

What secrets do they keep in the coastal village of Haversham? What lies under the waves of the western shore?

A Pathfinder RPG adventure about a lost civilization and its dark remnants, perhaps set in Golarion, perhaps using more a general fantasy setting. If it is set in Golarion, it’s possible that this patronage will *not* include a PDF of the final text. The adventure may be published by Paizo instead of by Open Design.
      • Project details and discussion.
      • Sign up as a patron.

Red Eye of Azathoth

RedEye_CoverMockupV4All men fear the Harbinger Star. Kings die and nations crumble when the red comet takes the sky, and madness trails in its fiery wake. But those versed in that rarest of occult lore know the Harbinger Star by its true name: The Red Eye of Azathoth.

Linked scenarios around a returning comet and horrors it brings, this adventure series is set in historical times from the Viking and Samurai era right up to Roanoke and the Wild West.

A Pathfinder and/or Call of Cthulhu adventure by Joshua Stevens, with anthology-style pitches.
      • Project details and discussion.
      • Sign up as a patron.

Public Projects

Unlike previous Open Design projects, these straightforward design projects will be crafted with three to five months of design, playtest, and edit — and then a release to the public. These are not limited editions, though patrons can watch and contribute to the design process, and will be acknowledged in the credits pages.

What is Open Design? It’s your game. Review the Open Design FAQ.

    20 Comments

  1. Azathoth…mmmm juicy stuff:)

    Richard Pett

    August 19, 2009

  2. Yeah, that one is a fantastic pitch. I really hope it gets the support to go BIG!

    Kobold Quarterly

    August 19, 2009

  3. These are some truly awesome offerings!

    Daigle

    August 19, 2009

  4. Yeah, I used to hear the complaints about exclusivity.

    Now I expect to enter a glorious new era of complaints about the lack of exclusivity. 🙂

    Wolfgang

    August 20, 2009

  5. Well as someone who has loved the open design stuff let me be the first to say I liked it better the original way. 🙂 but I know a guy has to earn a living. One other thing, why can’t the 3.5 people get some fey stuff? Hell I’d even take pathfinder fey.

    EL

    August 20, 2009

  6. Totally agree.

    Dark Fey is something I’d love to tackle sometime, they deserve to come out of the shadows

    Richard Pett

    August 20, 2009

  7. Richard if you’re not careful I’ll make you responsible for some 3.5 fey in a hurry!

    And once they get into your house, it’s almost impossible to get rid of the little buggers.

    Wolfgang

    August 20, 2009

  8. I”m aware that everything evolves, but the current version of OD has lost a great of its original uniqueness. I became interested in OD because I liked Wolfgang’s previous works, but save in the 4E arena (which doesn’t interest me) he’s been behind the scenes for the past few projects. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the works from the other contributing authors, but it wasn’t Wolfgang’s handiwork. I think the loss of exclusivity will also make it less likely that people will pay a premium to be patrons, especially if they were only lukewarm on a project. I enjoyed seeing the development of BotG, Zobeck and Halls, but I’m not interested enough in the current pitches to watch them develop-I’ll get it when its done. Of the current crop my favorite, Appetites for Bones, didn’t make the cut. Fey is sadly 4E, Red Eye is really intriguing but I can’t rationalize ever running it, leaving Shore. Unless I’m really passionate about one of the pitches it seems that picking it up later is a better route. I could be wrong, perhaps the heat outside (summer has finally arrived on the East Coast) has affected my judgment.

    Krell1

    August 20, 2009

  9. Wow, these sound fun!

    Give me cultists and Harbinger Stars all day long!

    IA IA IA!!

    Jaye

    August 20, 2009

  10. Wolfgang,

    consider my house yours to infest with whatever types of vileness you wish old boy:)

    Gosh, and an Aussie batting collapse! Huzzah!

    Rich

    Richard Pett

    August 21, 2009

  11. I’m in for all three.

    Jason Dawson

    August 21, 2009

  12. Krell1, thank you for stating that disappointment publically. I have to admit that it’s not possible to please everyone all the time, but I hope that you’ll be pleased with some of the upcoming materials for Zobeck elsewhere.

    Or, as you say, change your mind after they ship, and pick them up then.

    Wolfgang

    August 21, 2009

  13. Another one about non-exclusivity… but I’m all for it.

    When you say there will be no pdf but it will be published by either of the companies, would there be some discount for patrons to acquire the published copy?

    Jose Montero

    August 21, 2009

  14. It’s not clear yet what the final arrangement will be for publication of From the Shore to the Sea. As soon as I know, I will announce it here!

    Wolfgang

    August 21, 2009

  15. The Red Eye of Azahoth all the way! I would have signed up straight away for it.

    No contest.

    Pookie

    August 22, 2009

  16. Seriously, Dark Fey 3.5, I’ll sign up right now.

    EL

    August 22, 2009

  17. Signed in for ‘From the Shore to the Sea’.

    Tauster

    August 23, 2009

  18. I’m just curious if it was intentional that you did not suggest a project that is 3.5?

    EL

    August 26, 2009

  19. Yes, four or five 3.5 projects were suggested, but the patrons preferred Pathfinder. Since the two systems are largely compatible, I’m fine with that.

    It’s entirely possible that this is a reflection of the recent Pathfinder launch, and that the next round of projects will see the senior patrons approve a 3.5 project.

    It’s not a matter of policy, just a matter of senior patron preferences.

    Kobold Quarterly

    August 27, 2009

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