‘City Builder’ Platinum Edition Kickstarter Update #23: ‘Temple’ Writeup Unlocked!

Michael O. Varhola

Early on day twenty-six 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 and thereby expand the special companion book we are creating for backers! 

* When we hit $22,000 we unlocked the Temple of Hercules in Tiryns, a specific example of a major temple complex 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 of this campaign. Storytellers will be able to use this place either in conjunction with the overall sourcebook or by itself, and as part of the historical fantasy country we have set it in or within their own worlds. 

Established in the acropolis overlooking the former royal capital that is now overshadowed by nearby Argos, this is now one of the largest and most elaborate worship centers devoted to the demigod and is noted for the 12-part fresco that adorns its inner walls. This entry will include a detailed description of the temple and the complex of which it is a part, 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. 

* When we reach $23,000 we will unlock the sports complex at Olympia, a specific example of a Tournament Ground (one of the general sorts of places that we added to the Platinum Edition of City Builder as a result of unlocking a Stretch Goal). This place located at the far western edge of the pilgrimage route was established by Hercules after completing his 12 Labors and is used both for the Olympiad every four years and as a venue for training, worship, and diplomacy. 

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 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 on this project and pleased with the exciting things we are doing with it.