I spent the last three years writing a complete guide to the Known World for 5th edition. Now it's done.

Parmandur

Legend
Some called it a fool's errand but WOTC said that they were going to make the older settings available for 5th edition when it first got started. So I started just writing ideas down. Then the ideas started getting converted into a rough book that got hammered out into a workable format. Then playtesting got started and suddenly what was 20 pages became 60 pages. A friend I've worked with for years started telling me I needed to add art. I gave her some money and she gave me art. Old guard started asking me to address different aspects of the setting. Explain to newer players why they want to play Mystara. So went with a focus on exploration and world building, something Mystara did probably better than any of the other official settings. Sold a large amount of games to hire new artists, fired some and hired some more. Got messages of encouragement from the designers and artists that helped create Mystara which made me decide to go all in. Made the book 224 pages, full color and all the art was commissioned just for this book. Updated maps were donated by Thorfinn Tait. Marco Dalmonte made his expansive Codex Immortalis available for use (with minor editing). Mischa Cel Frumos did most of the interior art and Rubus added most of the larger pieces like this one below, "Ironwolf into Itheldown". Kept writing and editing for three years. I finally ran out of things to add and my playtesters and proofreaders finally stopped complaining. So now I'm showing it to the world. It's not available for sale until the DM's Guild opens up. They haven't done anything with Mystara, but it's been mentioned repeatedly before in the official books. Eberron didn't have official support until Keith Baker started writing his own sourcebook, and now it's official. So maybe I'm tilting at a windmill, but I figure I've done enough work on it, so I can just wait. I've waited for three years writing this, now I'm just getting the word out that's it's ready.
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The Glen

Adventurer
I could never be a part of an organization that would want me for a member. Joking aside, I've been working at a magazine locally for nearly a decade. I'm better known for my work in research and historical articles than game design. Though the list of things I can't do in a role playing games that's kind of made me somewhat famous in the hobby as well.
 

Parmandur

Legend
I could never be a part of an organization that would want me for a member. Joking aside, I've been working at a magazine locally for nearly a decade. I'm better known for my work in research and historical articles than game design. Though the list of things I can't do in a role playing games that's kind of made me somewhat famous in the hobby as well.
Never know unless you try.
 

The Glen

Adventurer
Let's get this one published and then maybe I can get something long-term then. Could consider this a job interview
 

The Glen

Adventurer
The second it's approved I will shout it from the mountains. I still have some replacement art left that I have to get done first. I'm trying to make this look as professional as possible
 

S'mon

Legend
Love the art, fits Mystara very well!

You should make this free for everyone to download as a fan work. Me wants it. :D
 

The Glen

Adventurer
Good luck being the lore researcher for Mystara. We tried to hammer out some continuity errors on the Piazza and people almost pulled knives. That world loved its retcons as much as Forgotten Realms loves its OP NPCs.
 

The Glen

Adventurer
Love the art, fits Mystara very well!

You should make this free for everyone to download as a fan work. Me wants it. :D
If I had used clipart I could release it. But all the art in the book was custom commissions for the book. Wanted to get races and classes represented that were passed ovee in the original books.
 

The Glen

Adventurer
Printer set another 2 weeks we had some technical issues with the formatting. Have to get the print file absolutely perfect but it's just Minor Adjustments to the layout nothing about the content
 

The Glen

Adventurer
I can't sell anything mystara related until Wizards opens up the guild. I have to replace some art in the book to make it a little bit more uniform and that's going to take a month or two for the final version. I've been going on various podcast and streams talking about the book if I can show there's a market I'm hoping to open it up like they did with eberron
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I can't sell anything mystara related until Wizards opens up the guild. I have to replace some art in the book to make it a little bit more uniform and that's going to take a month or two for the final version. I've been going on various podcast and streams talking about the book if I can show there's a market I'm hoping to open it up like they did with eberron
They tend to open things up when they plan to use them themselves and want the DMsG people to make the supporting materials for them. I can't see them opening up Mystara.
 

The Glen

Adventurer
Still going to try. I don't do anything the nothing's going to happen. Maybe nothing happens if I do. There's been increased chatter because of ghosts of salt marsh and if I can get enough people talking about the setting and the right people talkin about it I might be able to show that it's a setting people want to spend money on. And money is the ultimate decision maker
 
It's definitely worth a shot. The sales power of nostalgia can be huge, but it can also be hugely unpredictable. Please keep us posted on how it goes.
 

The Glen

Adventurer
As soon as I get the book I will put up an unboxing video. Or whatever the equivalent of an unboxing video is for a book. Before I was serious I was using whatever artists I could get, mainly because some of the artists pulled out for health reasons. But now they're healthy again and I really want the art to have a uniform look. That's going to be the final version. As far as getting it out, I'm playing by the rules of Awesome. If you make a product so good that it generates an audience, then the audience will demand to buy it. And it's free money for wizards.
 

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