Sunday, June 24, 2018

Kickstarter - City of Brass: Epic Adventure for 5e and Swords and Wizardry

Words fail me. The City of Brass: Epic Adventure for 5e and Swords and Wizardry Kickstarter has some of the best art I've seen in ANY RPG project. No joke, It really sets a new high bar for Frog God Games, one they'll need to meet or exceed going forward, not an easy feat.

Now, how about the product itself?
Beginning with low-level challenges in the familiar confines of the Lost Lands, the adventure leads characters on a thrilling journey through multiple planes of existence culminating in the exploration of the City of Brass itself. The gleaming towers and floating platforms of the city hold terrors and wonders such as the Great Repository and the Minaret of Screams. Characters may choose to take a turn in the Circus of Pain, raid the floating Pyramid of Set, or join the resistance to the Sultan’s oppressive rule and lead an assault on the palace itself! A phoenix rises fully formed from the ashes of the past. The City of Brass is re-imagined for the new renaissance of fantasy role playing games, brought to you in the epic style of old school fantasy campaigns of yesteryear.
This new release of The City of Brass includes all new color maps by Alyssa Faden and Robert Altbauer. Plus amazing new color art by Colin Chan, Adrian Landeros, Terry Pavlet, Michael Syrigos, C. J. Allan Marsh, and Artem Shukaev. 
The original City of Brass was divided into 3 books and has been revised and reorganized throughout with 150,000 new words of adventures and material.
For a novel that's about 300 pages of new material. For an RPG book, no idea how that converts, but its a lot.

Note, there's no Pathfinder version for this. Paizo effectively killed the PF 1e market when they announced Pathfinder 2.0.

What's the sweet point to back at? Frog God releases are never cheap, but I'm in at 95 bucks. The book in Print plus PDF, a digital map and all stretch goals in digital format. Oh, and Swords & Wizardry of course ;)

I think the Frogs need to put out a series of prints of select art from the new City of Brass. I'm totally serious. I'd buy in in a heartbeat.

FYI, I am a Frog God Associate. I swim in their pond and often work the Frog God Booth at select cons. I'm also a customer and this KS truly excites me. Not enough for a leather cover though. My wallet is a bit light right now...


  1. I'd like to comment on your disclosure.

    I'm not a Frog God Associate. I don't "swim in the pond". I've used their products for years, and don't play S&W. I convert all their AMAZING material to my home game and it's all BRILLIANT stuff to plagiarize for my home game.

    If you took the Frog God and Necromancer Games stuff (lots of shared staff there), they've flavored my campaigns for years and that's prior to me having the fortune to meet a number of them at Game Hole Con this past year. Their personalities and welcome blew me away.

    "I'm just poking around, I don't really play S&W or PF or D&D, I just borrow and steal"

    Response "Hey, that's awesome. What systems do you run? What kind of games do your players like?" Even to the point of directing me to nearby tables for things that would fit in with my games, things that would make the Frogs no money. I'm sure this rings upon an echo chamber here, but while I never forget an enemy (looking at you Artisan Dice), I similarly will take every opportunity to recommend great businesses such as Frog God Games, Studio 6d6, Kenzer, and others I've had nothing but great encounters with.

    New KickStarter? I'm in.

    1. I can't agree with this comment enough.

      I had an email exchange with the Frog Gog peeps back when I ordered Razor Coast (I bought it for the plot and ideas since I don't run any system it came in).

      They were awesome to deal with and I buy things from them just because of their attitude about gaming and welcoming people into the hobby.

      And I want this one bad, by the way.

  2. Would have loved to back a Pathfinder version of this. Such a shame that the edition change came along just in time to kill it.

    1. Agreed, as I use D&D 3.5 and can use Pathfinder products. Hopefully, most 5th edition materials are relatively backward compatible.

  3. Thanks for the plug! We are seriously thinking about an art book. Also thinking about some other fun possible stretch goals to add to the gaming experience. We'll keep you posted! This has been a very exciting project to work on, and the book is going to be stunning both visually and as an adventure.

  4. Good riddance to Pathfinder! A demonic middle-east setting, like darker Al-Qadeem... with art that good? Even I may be in, and I rarely buy pre-packaged campaign worlds.

    1. Man... I art is RARELY something I get too concerned about. I'm fine if it's good line art that fits the theme and feeling well. But hot shit, this art is BEAUTIFUL.

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  5. Interestingly, there's also another City of Brass adventure. This one's for 1e but I wonder if they're close enough in theme to be compatible?


  6. I just need to decide S&W vs 5e version...

  7. As everyone here has said, a Pathfinder edition just isn't viable. I remember when the original Barackus sales got torpedoed, as it was a 3.0 product that released right before 3.5 became a thing.

    I've heard PF sales have been the weakest of the 3 rulesets as well, so it's a bit of a no-brainer. There could be a bit of a schism in the Paizo world, as there have been some out there declaring they'll never move to PF2. Too much risk at this point for a PF version until PF2 is out and they can gauge if it's doing well enough to continue supporting.


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