‘City Builder’ Platinum Edition Kickstarter Update #27: ‘Monastery’ Writeup Unlocked!

Michael O. Varhola

On day twenty-eight of our Kickstarter campaign for a "Platinum Edition" of Skirmisher Publishing’s City Builder: A Guide to Designing Communities we were pleased to unlock another Stretch Goal, allowing us to further expand the things we are providing for backers! 

* When we hit $25,000 we unlocked Iratxe Monastery, a specific example of a Monastery on the Pilgrimage Route that is the subject of the “In the Footsteps of Hercules” system-free RPG gazetteer we are creating as a bonus publication for backers. Storytellers will be able to use this place either in conjunction with the overall sourcebook or by itself, and within their own worlds or as part of the historical fantasy country we have set it in. 

This entry will include a detailed description of the monastery and the area around it, information about the non-player characters associated with it, a custom full-color illustration by fantasy artist Amanda Kahl, a custom map/floorplan by artist William T. Thrasher, and two or three adventure hooks. Located along the Footsteps of Hercules pilgrimage trail in the highlands of Arcadia, this religious community is dedicated to the precepts of the god Dionysius and supports itself — and fortifies travelers — with wine it produces from the vineyards surrounding it. 

* When we reach $26,000 we will unlock the Seaport of Nafplion, a specific example of a Port (one of the general sorts of places that appears in City Builder). Located at the head of the Argolic Gulf a short distance from the ancient city of Tiryns, this port is the point of arrival for many pilgrims from other lands coming to walk the Footsteps of Hercules pilgrimage trail. Storytellers will also be able to drop it into any scenario for which they happen to need a seaport town! 

Thanks to everyone who has come on board with this project and helped bring it to the point it is at! Backers of this campaign will now be receiving two complete publications — both a core book with descriptions of 85 general sorts of places and a companion sourcebook with a growing number of specific places — as a result of the Stretch Goals we have unlocked. We very much hope you are enjoying our updates to this project and pleased with the exciting things we are doing with it.