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ShadowSun is a dark, apocalyptic, desert setting designed for use with ShadowDark. It presents a bleak world scorched by an angry sun and defiled by powerful Mage-Kings. A land where metal, food, and water are scarce resources. Player ancestries are Elves, Dwarves, Hawkfolk, Humans, Lizardfolk, and Mantisfolk. Class choices are Explorers, Mentalists (psionics), Shamans, Sorcerers, and Warriors. Extensive equipment choices and spell/power options. Also contains 124 ShadowDark monsters and extensive internal hyperlinks.

A 12"x18" map is available for print.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/470580/ShadowSun--Map

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MARSHALL H May 19, 2024 5:58 pm UTC
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Do you have a high resolution version of the world map available?
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Gregory C May 20, 2024 6:30 pm UTC
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The one I added to the last update is 11x17 @ 300dpi : 5100x3300 pixels

Higher resolution than that?

Might be able to double the size and cut dpi to 150 with a minor quality loss.
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MARSHALL H May 21, 2024 5:46 pm UTC
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Maybe I don't have the most recent update. Is there an individual file available that has both pages of the map as a single image?
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MARSHALL H May 21, 2024 5:46 pm UTC
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Maybe I don't have the most recent update. Is there an individual file available that has both pages of the map as a single image?
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MARSHALL H May 21, 2024 8:31 pm UTC
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After checking the new map you added I think that looks pretty good. thank you.
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Jeffrey Q February 22, 2024 12:38 am UTC
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On page 129, the "Distract" psionic power has a range of "Self" but it states that it works on a single target. I'm guessing that this should be at least Close range, if not Far?
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Gregory C February 24, 2024 6:37 pm UTC
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Yeah, that should be "Far". Will fix in next update. Sorry about that.
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Martin M February 18, 2024 9:45 pm UTC
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Hi Greg, going through the book I found that the description of the tier 2 spell "condensation" seems to be missing on p. 113/114.
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Gregory C February 19, 2024 2:08 am UTC
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Wow, no idea how that slipped through. I will get it fixed.
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Fabio Q February 14, 2024 2:29 pm UTC
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Hi Greg, checking in on another discussion as I don't think drivethru sent you the notifications on my other replies.y order number was 39786387, and my drivethru email is mascarenhas@gmail.com.
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Gregory C February 14, 2024 9:27 pm UTC
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Sent you a link via email. Must not have worked through DriveThru's system.
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Fabio Q February 14, 2024 10:46 pm UTC
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Ordered, thanks!
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Fabio Q February 11, 2024 5:17 pm UTC
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Would it be possible for the previous buyers of the PDF to get a discount on the print version now that it is available?
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Gregory C February 11, 2024 6:05 pm UTC
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Send me an email with your order # for the PDF.
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Fabio Q February 11, 2024 7:07 pm UTC
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Couldn't find a way of sending an email through Drivethru. Order number was 39786387.
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Fabio Q February 11, 2024 7:07 pm UTC
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My email is mascarenhas@gmail.com, if it helps.
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Jason N February 02, 2024 2:33 am UTC
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Is there a chance of adding a print option for this book. I really like to have a physical copy to pass around the table.
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Gregory C February 02, 2024 3:19 am UTC
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I am waiting on a proof actually. It will be available very soon.
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Jason N February 03, 2024 9:45 pm UTC
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Awesome
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Gregory C February 10, 2024 9:54 pm UTC
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Proof approved
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Carsten G November 07, 2023 9:43 am UTC
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I've also noticed, that the HP Average for most monsters is wrong. It should be rounddown(LVL x 4.5) + CON bonus.
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Gregory C November 07, 2023 2:12 pm UTC
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4.5 is a d8 assumption for HD. I pulled it back to 3.5 (d6).
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Carsten G November 07, 2023 4:36 pm UTC
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I suggest adding an introductory section to the monster part to point out some of your design decisions to avoid confusion for game masters and players coming from a more traditional campaign background. Especially at higher levels the monsters seem to have way too many hitpoints, compared to classic monster in the Shadowdark rule book. This could make it quite hard for inexperienced game masters to balance encounters based on monster level as suggested on page 193 of the Shadowdark ruleset.
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Carsten G November 06, 2023 4:06 pm UTC
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I've noticed that none of the monsters have attack bonuses listed. Is this intentional? What bonus should be used? Stat bonus or level?
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Gregory C November 07, 2023 2:11 pm UTC
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Attack bonus is either STR or DEX, depending on the type of attack. I left the choice in the hands of the DM rather than pre-decide it.
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Jeremy H June 30, 2023 3:02 am UTC
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Heyo, I'm happy to see you're using some of my stock art. But per my license you're supposed to provide me with a PDF copy.

It's the last bullet point in my license:
"You must provide a PDF copy of any title using my images. My DriveThruRPG email is jchart01@yahoo (you can also ask general questions here)."

I've not really attempted to enforce this until now and I'm noticing lots of folks are not sending me PDFs. LoL. Is this too onerous a request or are people just too busy to send the links? No animous is intended here, I'm genuinely curious. I need the sales more than I need the PDFs, but I just like to see how my customers are using my stuff. It gives me a feeling for what sort of work is selling and what the appeal is in various genres.
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Gregory C October 30, 2023 1:30 pm UTC
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Sorry for slow reply, I was sick for a few months. Adding comp copy now. I didn't recall that being part of the license, Jeremy.
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Jeremy H November 14, 2023 3:57 am UTC
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Ah. I hope you're feeling better. I've been too busy and just now got around to downloading the copy you sent. It looks pretty cool! Thanks for using my art!
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Jonathan S June 20, 2023 6:52 pm UTC
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Mr. Christopher, can you look into your crystal ball and let me know: is there a POD in our future?
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Gregory C October 30, 2023 1:28 pm UTC
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Sorry, I was sick for a few months. I have added POD today.
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Benjamin K May 16, 2023 8:29 pm UTC
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I have a question for the publisher:

Hello,
I've been looking for something like this for a while to run and it looks amazing! My question is, you used the ShadowDark RPG 3rd-party license to create this, but what is your policy on allowing others to use your work? Would it be appropriate for others to write and publish their own materials for this setting you've created?
Thanks
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Gregory C May 21, 2023 11:13 pm UTC
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I did use the ShadowDark 3PP license and I am happy to give permission to make derivative works, as long as there is no copy-paste of my own content.
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Leonardo B May 02, 2023 5:23 am UTC
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Liking the read very much so far. However, on page 45: why is Brigandine equal to Studded Leather while costing twice as much? Am I missing something here?
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Gregory C May 03, 2023 1:32 am UTC
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Typo. Fixed, will be included in next file update.
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Collin B April 25, 2023 4:55 am UTC
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I hope we get a physical version soon.
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David J April 16, 2023 7:32 pm UTC
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It's a valiant attempt to bring back DS while deftly avoiding a WotC lawsuit, lol.

A few criticisms: it really needs an editing pass or two, specifically things a spell check can't nab. The spells/psi powers are oddly balanced (tier 1 spell that does 2d8 of damage, tier 2 spell that does 1d6 damage, etc). Some of the explanations for things seem weak--lizardfolk somehow breathe "air bubbles attached to sand" when they could have bio-filtration in their respiratory system that simply doesn't allow silt into their lungs (not unlike whales' baleen filter in concept). Sad to see there weren't more Barsoomian/swords & planet influences, which the original DS had (ShadowSun is more traditional fantasy). Wish the Shadowdark (the core game's underworld, the literal Shadowdark) was embraced more fully. There is no "all creatures possess psionic powers" concept here, to my regret, which I liked about DS. Wearing leather gloves gives a +1 to CHR checks with Nobility--??? Minor...See more
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Bruce C April 11, 2023 2:04 am UTC
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Only thing that would be nice to have is the map as separate file and a scale on the map. Any thoughts on this?

Looking forward to running a game in ShadowSun.
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Gregory C April 11, 2023 3:29 pm UTC
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PM me on Discord and I will give it to you. Greg Christopher#7649
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Garth S April 09, 2023 11:38 pm UTC
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Just finished reading. An excellent and comprehensive reimagining of the Dark Sun setting. It carries most of the themes of the original (S&S, stone age tech, exploitation of people and the environment, psionics) but with all the slickness of the Shadowdark engine. I especially appreciate the complete reworking of the spell lists to fit the setting.

Theres are few things I'll be house ruling and I'll probably bring the fluff closer to 2e Dark Sun, but I'm looking forward to running some games with this system variant.
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