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Shadows of Esteren: Occultism – New Stretch Goals Announced

Shadows of Esteren

The Shadows of Esteren Kickstarter for their new book, Occultism, has been yet another success so far. The company has raised nearly $100,000 when they’ve only asked for $20,000, and now they’re working on hitting stretch goals. Speaking of those, the Kickstarter has just rolled out some brand new stretch goals that fans will surely find interesting.

Straight from the new stretch goal announcement, here is what backers can look forward to:

When the $130,000 fundraising goal is met, it will unlock an artful blank book, for holding game notes and stories about player characters.

When the $160,000 fundraising goal is met, backers will receive a hardcover, embossed Prayer Book, based on “The Temple”, a main faction in the game. The Prayer Book is a highly anticipated, unreached Stretch Goal from a previous Kickstarter campaign.

Spanning 120-pages, Shadows of Esteren: Occultism is the new “thema” from the Shadows of Esteren series. Where the previous book, The Monastery of Tuath, centered on the order of the monks of the Temple, Occultism details professions related to esotericism and mysticism. It includes many game aids and additional rules, as well as a long scenario, “A Tidy Room”.

What’s also warming about the campaign – and the company behind it – is that they’ve dedicated this entire project to their fellow countrymen – those slain in the recent attacks at Charlie Hebdo. Shadows of Esteren is a gothic medieval horror RPG that’s become one of my all-time favorites to run. The game has been widely successful and the company behind its publishing plans to continue making it one of the best on the market. For more information on the game, stretch goals, and the Kickstarter, head on over to the campaign!


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