Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 22, 2017
Now’s your chance.
Two volumes of pulp-style heroic fantasy, available cheap. Ridiculously cheap if you are going for the purely digital versions. And yeah, the editor has said that with the goal passed, he’s really interested more in expanding readership. So… while I’m going for paper copies myself, enjoy the digital!
Many of the stories in #5 involve a shared-world concept called “Eldritch Earth” – the world before recorded history based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. The Old Ones Lovecraft wrote about have all but disappeared, but they’ve left behind their servitor race – the humans – as well as remnants of their own bizarre technology, and the horrors that are rarely seen in the “modern” world of Lovecraft. In my mind, I think Conan (long before the Cataclysm that sank Lemuria and Atlantis) + Cthulhu + Dinosaurs. If you read Misha Burnett’s story, “A Hill of Stars,” that’s the setting.
My own story, “The Queen of Shadows,” is of a self-exiled soldier who returns to the city of Deodanth after receiving a message of distress from his sister. Nobody dares speak of what really happened to her, and his investigations lead him into conflict with the inhuman secret masters of the city.
I know that Cirsova #5 is finishing up editing now, and the stories and cover art and everything for #6 are bought and paid for, so the risks involved that the books won’t ship are pretty minimal. Editor-in-chief P. Alexander really just uses this as pre-order method.
And speaking of crowdfunding, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is finishing up its campaign at about the same time. They had lofty goals of over a million dollars to fund the project for the next game in this series of spiritual descendants of Baldur’s Gate. They’ve blown that away by almost 3x at this time. They’ve got one more stretch goal listed, at $3.25 million.
I totally love the box art, BTW. Do we still call it “box art” when the games don’t really come in boxes anymore? Cover art? Whatever, it’s awesome.
Anyway, if you want to grab it and the bennies early, you’ve got just a couple more days to do it. As always, there’s a risk that this thing will never ship. But considering the team, and history, and the fact that this is a sequel… I personally consider it a very remote risk. YMMV.
So much to play and to read…
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