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Subject:Two more RPG Bundle offers - Shadows of Esteren
Time:09:06 pm
The last of this year's October Horror bundles is the RPG Shadows of Esteren - there are two bundles, one a repeat from last year and the other all new:

Shadows of Esteren Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/2017Esteren1

"Originally published in French and presented here in elegant English translations, Shadows of Esteren is a medieval low-fantasy roleplaying game with a horrific and gothic influence. Drawing inspiration from Celtic myths, this universe has a discreetly fantastic side hidden under a bleak, realistic surface. Its world, the Tri-Kazel Peninsula, is populated with humans who have to cope with tough daily lives while facing supernatural threats lurking in the dark. Focusing on investigation and survival, Shadows of Esteren conjures a subtle, moody atmosphere inspired by Nausicaä, Princess Mononoke, Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, and the Kentaro Miura manga Berserk.

The Shadows of Esteren line is instantly recognizable for the stunning full-color artwork that ornaments nearly every page of each book. Few RPG lines in the history of the field have enjoyed such brilliant presentation. In September 2013 Shadows of Esteren Book 1 - Universe won three ENnie Awards for Best Interior Art (Gold), Best Production Values (Gold), and Product of the Year (Silver).
Since its first, spectacularly successful Kickstarter in summer 2012, publisher Agate Éditions has run six crowdfunding campaigns for Esteren rulebooks, supplements, and music, raising a total of US$500,000 from more than 4,000 backers. Collectively the Esteren RPG series holds the crowdfunding record for a French creation.
Esteren is a multimedia creation. Members of the Esteren creative team, Forgesonges Collective, not only design and illustrate the RPG books; they also compose and perform atmospheric music, such as a live symphonic concert in the Grand Temple in Lyon, France, November 30, 2013. There's even a licensed Esteren pixel-art puzzle game for iOS and Android (Esteren: Clutches of the Sorcerer Lord) and a board game.
This offer, revived from February 2016, is the first of two separate collections featuring Esteren. In addition to the first several years of the RPG product line, this offer includes Of Men and Obscurities, a collection of 19 Esteren .MP3 music tracks intended as an ambient soundtrack for game sessions. The companion offer, Esteren +2, is an all-new collection featuring the long-awaited Book 3, Dearg, and other recent books and soundtracks. Both offers, the last in this year's "October Horrors" sequence, run in parallel and end together Monday, November 13.
We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format) and each music track in .MP3 audio format. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books and music tracks have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders and music players.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two Esteren offers' designated charity, the Environmental Defense Fund.
The total retail value of the titles in this revival is US$105. Customers who pay just US$8.95 get all five titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $40) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Shadows of Esteren Book 0 - Prologue (free): The ideal introduction to Esteren, with a rules summary, template characters, and three linked scenarios, and handouts.
  • Book 1 - Universe (retail price $25): The core rulebook that conjures the gothic horror setting with a system that emphasizes story without sacrificing tactics. Includes handouts, character sheets, map, pronunciation guide, and character creation guide.
  • Hauntings ($5): A fiction collection of five short ghost stories set in the world of Esteren.
  • Of Men and Obscurities (retail $10): Shadows of Esteren is a multimedia project. This collection of .MP3 audio tracks presents ambient music written especially for Esteren.
  • Cartography Kit (free): Six beautifully drawn maps of the Esteren setting, including the Nine Dukedoms, Osta-Baille, Reizh, Gwindre, Taol-Kaer, and the whole Tri-Kazel Peninsula.
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $16.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $47:
  • Shadows of Esteren Book 2 - Travels (retail $25): Explore the Tri-Kazel Peninsula with a hundred noteworthy places, 18 personalities, more creatures, and five short adventures. Includes handouts with maps, character portraits, and more.
  • Monastery of Tuath (retail $10): The clerical Temple faction in the world of Esteren -- monastic life, the Six Vows, and an investigative scenario inspired by The Name of the Rose. Includes handouts with clues, maps, portraits, and stunning artwork.
  • Black Moon Handbook (retail $10): This supplement explores ghosts, hauntings, and exorcisms. Includes notable occult NPCs, new creatures, and four scenarios.
  • Game Leader Kit (retail $2): Handy charts and tables.

Esteren Bundle +2

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Esteren2
"This all-new companion collection features recent Esteren titles. This Esteren Bundle +2 marks the public debut of the long-awaited Esteren Book 3: Dearg campaign book funded by Agate RPG's successful October 2016 Dearg Kickstarter that raised US$173,684 with 1,160 backers in three weeks -- the biggest yet of Agate's six spectacular Kickstarters. Other titles come from the December 2014 Occultism Kickstarter, another great success.
We provide each ebook or music track complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format) or .MP3 or .FLAC audio formats. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books and audio files have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders and music players.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two Esteren offers' designated charity, the Environmental Defense Fund.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$80. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $30) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks and .MP3 audio tracks, including Cartography of Tri-Kazel (retail price $15), with detailed full-color maps and heraldic arms for five major cities; the RISE soundtrack of atmospheric music (retail $10); and Esteren Culinary Journey (retail $5), a three-course menu with actual recipes for a delectable Tri-Kazelian meal.
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $50:
  • Esteren Book 3: Dearg (retail $20): The massive Esteren campaign book, debuting in this offer. (Note: This beta version of Dearg lacks the first eight pages -- the title page, credits, and introduction. We'll post the complete version before this offer ends, and all customers get the updated version automatically.)
  • Occultism (retail $20): A sourcebook of Tri-Kazel's esoteric mysticism and a long investigation of many mysteries, "A Tidy Room."
  • Dearg soundtrack (retail $10): Fifteen .FLAC tracks of symphonic music composed especially for the Esteren campaign.





There don't seem to be any surprise extras for either bundle this time, but given that one of the books is still being edited that isn't surprising!

As I've said before, I'm not currently a huge fan of horror RPGs - this looks good and has a lot of acclaim, but I probably won't be playing it. It looks reasonable value for money, but as always I have to stress that I get this stuff free if I want it; this time I don't, but it probably affects my perception of value. YMMV

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