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Blackmarsh

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In the days when man knew only the working of stone and fought for their existence against the orc and the goblin, the sky turned to ash and down fell the fiery mountain onto the land. The world tore open and the grey waters rushed in. Those who survived the impact were lost as boiling clouds rushed out in all directions leaving a wasteland in its wake.

The Mountain That Fell left a gift; magic. Near and far, those of learning and strong of heart discovered new powers to shape the world. In the desolation around the Smoking Bay the adventurous found viz, magic in physical form. And there was more, scattered amid the landscape were strange artifacts and stranger creatures that survived The Mountain That Fell. For a time men, dwarves, orc, goblins, and other races braved the dangers and fought each other in the wastelands. Then the elves came into Blackmarsh expelled the feuding races, drove the monsters out, and healed the land.

In the present day, many come to Blackmarsh to harvest viz, kill monsters, or seek the strange artifacts left by The Mountain That Fell. The only force that stands against the wilderness is the Blackmarsh Rangers. Anyone who is willing to defend the land and its people are welcomed into their ranks. Powerful kingdoms outside of Blackmarsh are beginning cast a covetous eyes toward the land's riches. Will the adventurers of your campaign become wealthy and powerful? Or will their bones join the many that have sunk into the swamps?

Blackmarsh is a complete, ready to run setting for your campaign. It can be run as its own setting or an expansion of your existing world. Contained in Blackmarsh are 17 geographical entries, 78 described locales, and one detailed town; Castle Blackmarsh. Each entry provide one or more adventure hooks to use in your campaigns.

Rob's Note: If you can afford it the hardcover print option comes with two blank pages in the front and three blank pages in the back that you can use for handwritten notes. The inside covers are also blank. The printing process for hardcovers wraps a heavy paper protector between the covers and the first and last pages of the book

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Michael M. T March 29, 2024 7:15 pm UTC
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Unless I missed it in the book somewhere, which places do the heraldry on the front cover correspond to?
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Brian S December 23, 2023 7:29 pm UTC
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If I buy the hardcover or softcover, is the contents the same as the product that was offered in the recent Kickstarter?
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Robert C December 26, 2023 6:45 pm UTC
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The kickstarter has three products.
- How to Make a Fantasy Sandbox
- The Isle of Pyade
- The Digest Edition of Blackmarsh.

This is the same as the digest edition of Blackmarsh offered in the Kickstarter. Same content as the previous letter sized version but with a new layout and new art.
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Robert C November 22, 2023 3:57 am UTC
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The print version of Blackmarsh is now available again both in softcover and hardcover feature cover art by Richard Luschek. Many of you will know him from his work on various Harn products available from Columbia Games. The books are using the new digest size layout.

The full map of Blackmarsh is still inside the book and the book fold has been taken into account for its presentation.
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Robert C November 22, 2023 2:26 pm UTC
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If you can afford it the hardcover print option comes with two blank pages in the front and three blank pages in the back that you can use for handwritten notes. The inside covers are also blank. The printing process for hardcovers wraps a heavy paper protector between the covers and the first and last pages of the book
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Robert C October 12, 2023 1:27 pm UTC
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The print version of Blackmarsh will come back up in a few weeks. I am updating the layout and the art. The content remains the same.

The new layout will be digest-sized and will have a softcover and a hardcover option. In addition, it will contain a bunch of new art from The Forge that will depict the landscape and locales of Blackmarsh.
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Nathan B November 14, 2023 6:29 pm UTC
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Excellent!
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Tommy K June 16, 2023 8:43 pm UTC
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For anyone looking for a flexible sandbox environment, you can't do much better than Blackmarsh. Highly recommended, both in PDF and print.

One question to the author - is there a chance of having a blank version of the combined map? The location names in the Southland seems to be taken mostly from my groups home region, and it kind of kills the immersion. :-)
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Michael B September 12, 2022 8:13 pm UTC
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ver 11 is the newest, correct?
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Robert C September 12, 2022 8:26 pm UTC
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Yes and feel free to ask any other questions you may have about Blackmarsh.
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philippe T June 24, 2022 3:09 pm UTC
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French version is now available : https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/400698/Perilleuses-contrees-Fangenoire
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Robert C June 24, 2022 5:30 pm UTC
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Excellent! And appreciate the time put into making this.

So folks know the text and maps of Blackmarsh are 100% open content and free to share or commercially publish for whatever projects you have in mind.
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Curtis L November 17, 2021 9:23 pm UTC
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I'm not sure if I've just missed something, but the map has a number of hexes marked with an "X" followed by a superscript "L" or "R". What is that supposed to represent? (It's probably something obvious, but my brain just isn't latching onto it.)
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Robert C November 17, 2021 10:41 pm UTC
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No problem, X with an r means ruins, and X with an l means lairs. Hope that helps.
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Curtis L November 18, 2021 12:24 am UTC
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Absolutely! Now I'm laughing at myself though, because all I could think of was (L)eft and (R)ight.
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Guillermo C May 15, 2019 8:10 pm UTC
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Does the printed version includes the Map?

Is the map included as part of the book, or is it included as a poster?
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Robert C June 03, 2019 7:49 pm UTC
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The printed book includes the map. It is draw to fit a letter sized page.
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kristiaan L July 05, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
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How long can i expect for my softcover? It says it shipped June 20. Also, is it possible to get a tracking number?
Loving the pdf!
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Robert C July 09, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
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I would contact OBS if it goes beyond the week of the 9th. Try using this link
https://support.rpgnow.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
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kristiaan L July 10, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
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It just showed up! Thanks for replying.
Great quality! I sure hope you expand on this setting.
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Greg B November 13, 2022 5:17 pm UTC
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I second that! It would be awesome to expand on the setting!
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Robert C November 14, 2022 3:18 am UTC
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It is in the works as Into the Majestic Fantasy Realms. It will be four 12" by 18" maps plus the guidebook.
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kristiaan L December 04, 2022 7:45 pm UTC
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That is fantastic! eta?
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This title was added to our catalog on April 15, 2011.