See Rob Schwalb at Diversão Offline! in Rio, Brazil, and play his RPG, Shadow of the Demon Lord, with him!
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See Rob Schwalb, Distinguished Guest, and play his RPG Shadow of the Demon Lord at Spa Con!
Don’t miss out on his Role Playing Games Panel with Stephen Radney MacFarland in Room 202 on Saturday, September 23 at 5pm.
The first ever Spa-Con was a tremendous success with nearly 4,000 con-goers in attendance including appearances by: Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek); Michael Hogan & Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica); Author, Jennifer Holm; Ross Watson (game designer); The DeLorean from Back to the Future; The Mutt Cutts van; a TARDIS, and a sold out Expo Hall full of vendors.
If you have not yet explored the madness and horror that is Shadow of the Demon Lord, there is no better time than no to jump in. You can get four key titles for under $14 (!), but more importantly, you can help save our little planet from the Demon Lord’s shadow. Ten percent of your payment (after payment fees) goes to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Yep! You can fight demons and help protect all kinds of cool critters. So, if you’ve been on the fence or know someone who would love this game, check out what you get at the Bundle of Holding!
At 9:00 CST on March 1st (tomorrow), I’m pushing the launch button on the next Kickstarter campaign from Schwalb Entertainment! This time around, we’re raising funds for the Shadow of the Demon Lord Freeport Companion, a 128-page, full color sourcebook that brings Freeport, the City of Adventure, to the world of the Demon Lord. As with Shadow, the book is written and ready to go into production, so I’m asking for help to raise funds to pay for editing, layout, and all the glorious new art that will go into this book. If you enjoyed the flood of great content that came out for Demon Lord over the last 18 months or so and want more, I hope you will join me in this new endeavor. The campaign ends on March 18th, so back if you can, and tell everyone you know.
Next week, the Kickstarter campaign for the Shadow of the Demon Lord Freeport Companion goes live, so to help you get a sense of the awesome stuff that will appear in this book, have a look at the new Celebrant expert path!
The god of pirates, known throughout Freeport as One-Eyed Pete, is an unconventional deity by any standard and most theologians consider the god to be nothing more than a symbol for all the debauchery and cruelty one can find among those who live by plunder and robbery. The embodiment of greed, violence, and excess, pirates and sailors alike invoke the god’s name before a night of drinking, spit curses at him before going into battle—believing him too drunk to know which mortal roused his anger, and pour generous amounts of liquor into the sea to keep the mad god from swimming up from the depths to take his share of the spoils.
The god of pirates chief devotees are the Celebrants. They come from the ranks of retired ship captains, usually those who were retired against their will and looking for a way to keep their purses full of coin and beds full of lovers. Charged with keeping One-Eyed Pete at the bottom of the sea where he belongs, they wander the cities drunkenly, barking dire warnings of trouble to come, while sticking out hands to passers-by to collect coins that will pay for the mad god’s distraction. Celebrants are an unruly, sordid lot, every bit as much trouble as the god they serve.
Although the celebrant expert path speaks to the unusual cult of the pirate god, you can also use celebrants to model worshipers of other faiths. In particular, the path works well for followers or Revel, who is an unruly and, sometimes, dangerous god. If you serve a different god, replace the traditions mentioned under magic with those associated with your deity.
Attributes Increase two by 1
Characteristics Health +3, Power +1
Languages and Professions Add drunkard to your list of professions
Magic You discover the Air, Storm, or Water tradition or you learn a spell from one of these traditions.
Holy Spirits If you spend at least one hour drinking rum or some other kind of spirit, you can become intoxicated for as long as you continue drinking spirits and for 1d3 hours thereafter. While intoxicated, you are impaired and take half damage from all sources. If you become impaired again, you fall unconscious and remain that way until you sober up.
Characteristics Health +3
Magic You learn one spell
Drunken Luck Whenever you roll a bane gained from being impaired and the number rolled is a 6, you treat the bane as if it was a boon.
Power of Spirits Banes imposed by the impaired affliction do not apply on your attack rolls made from casting Air, Storm, or Water attack spells.
Characteristics Health +3
Failing Liver You need only spend one minute drinking rum or some other kind of spirit in order to become intoxicated.
Drunken Fury Whenever you are intoxicated, your attacks with weapons deal 1d6 extra damage.
Orcs, pirates, the Unspeakable One, ancient empires, the Yellow Sign, insidious cults: Freeport has all these and so much more. In a few weeks, I’m launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the Shadow of the Demon Lord Freeport Companion, a 128-page, full color sourcebook that gives you everything you need to bring the City of Adventure to the world of the Demon Lord. As with the Shadow campaign almost two years ago, I already have the book written and ready to move into the editing and art direction phases. While the text is in hand, the production costs for a book this size are more than I have on hand, so I’m asking you for help. To get this book through production, I need $10,000. This amount will cover editing, art, and layout, ensuring the book meets the high standards to which we hold every release.
Backers of the Freeport Companion will have four pledge options: to get the PDF, the PDF and printed book, the PDF and printed book along with all stretch goals, or the PDF of the book and all the stretch goals. Retailers can also back this campaign and will get ten copies of the rulebook.
The first Freeport Companion stretch goal unlocks when we hit $20,000, and stretch goal backers will all get PDFs of the original Freeport Trilogy for use with Shadow of the Demon Lord and updated with all new art. Other stretch goals will include Beyond the World’s Edge, a supplement that explores new lands and civilizations, Tales of the Pirate Isles, a trilogy of nautical themed adventures, and, the Demon Lord’s Companion 2, a book that will add even more options to the game.
This time around, we’ll be shipping printed rewards to international backers directly from the printer, which saves us all loads and loads of money. US backers should receive their copies 1-3 weeks after shipping, while international backers should receive their copies 3-7 weeks after shipping. Easy peasy. Please note that delivery estimates are for PDF of the Shadow of the Demon Lord Freeport Companion; add shipping time to the delivery dates for printed materials. Similarly, any products unlocked in the stretch goals will be delivered when as they are ready.
We’re launching the Kickstarter on March 1st, and it will wrap up on March 18th.
Even if you can’t back the campaign, you can still help by spreading the word, sharing updates, and singing the game’s praises. Anything you can do to get out the word will not only make this project a reality, but also help us continue to produce dark and sinister supplements and games. Thanks in advance for your help and I hope you join us on March 1st.
Want to see why Freeport is so awesome? Grab the Pirate’s Guide to Freeport today!
The “offices” of Schwalb Entertainment will be closed from January 9th until January 18th for a convention. Please note any orders that require shipping placed during this time will not ship until the 19th. You can still order digital downloads from the shop and product through DriveThruRPG and physical books from Studio 2 Publishing. The Demon Lord makes no apology for any inconvenience this might pose, though Rob does. Thanks and keep fighting the Void!
We’re delighted to announce that in addition to the Portuguese edition of Shadow of the Demon Lord being in the works, our friends at Black Book Editions is launching a French translation of the game. You can find the details in French here, but here’s what they have to say in English:
As many might already now, here at Black Book Editions we love fantasy settings. So when D&D, Numenera and Warhammer veteran Robert Schwalb announced that he was developing his own game, we were certainly intrigued! After a very successful Kickstarter campaign, we all got to discover Shadow of the Demon Lord – and we weren’t deceived! A simple to grasp system that offers lots of possibilities and a dark setting that will highlight those heroic moments of your characters (as long as they can resist the corruption of course…), the ones who have the force and will to oppose the Demon Lord! We were hooked and we are now proud to announce our partnership with Schwalb Entertainment to bring this game to France in 2017, starting off with a selection of its best adventures and rules supplements available so far! We will soon be walking in the shadows together!
I’m super excited to be teamed up with these guys and I know they will do an excellent job spreading the shadow across the world!