‘City Builder’ Platinum Edition Kickstarter Update #31: ‘Hermitage’ Writeup Unlocked!

Michael O. Varhola

On the final day of our Kickstarter campaign for a "Platinum Edition" of Skirmisher Publishing’s City Builder: A Guide to Designing Communities we maintained strong momentum and unlocked another Stretch Goal, allowing us to further expand the system-free “In the Footsteps of Hercules” companion book we are developing for backers! 

* When we hit $31,000 we unlocked the Alepotrypa, a subterranean complex believed to an entryway to the underworld that is occupied by a priest of Hades and which is a specific example of a Hermitage (one of the general sorts of places that will appear in the Platinum Edition of City Builder). It is the spot where Hercules descended into the underworld to battle the infernal three-headed hound Cerberus and is a stop on the Footsteps of Hercules pilgrimage route. 

* If we reach $32,000 we will unlock Megalos Ellada, an example of a large Farm (one of the general sorts of places that will appear in the Platinum Edition of City Builder). This sprawling agricultural estate has long been noted for its extensive olive groves and related products like oil and soap, and has recently become known for accommodating pilgrims walking in the Footsteps of Hercules and providing special services for them. 

Storytellers will be able to use both of these places either in conjunction with the overall “In the Footsteps of Hercules” universal sourcebook or by themselves, and as part of the historical fantasy country we have set them in or within their own worlds. Each of these entries will include detailed descriptions, information about non-player characters associated with them, custom full-color illustrations by fantasy artist Amanda Kahl, custom maps/floorplans by artist William T. Thrasher, and two or three adventure hooks. 

Thanks to everyone who has come on board with this project and helped bring it to the awesome 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.