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Starlight Arcana: A 5e Astral Supplement & Campaign

Created by Constantine "Kelfecil" Christakis

Explore the stars with the monumental 500+ pages tome for DnD 5e. An unmatched amount of content for both Players and Game Masters. Now open for pre-orders! Please note, we are waiting to charge for shipping closer to fulfillment. After shipping fees are added in, you will be notified via email before your payment is charged.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Post-Project Update #2 - Commissions, Artwork and Foundry
17 days ago – Sat, Nov 12, 2022 at 06:10:56 AM

Hey star-loving people!

We promised updates every other week and although I haven't kept that promise fully, it is because of only good things. I have been lost in my "own little world" due to how absorbed I've been with work on Starlight Arcana and the Starlight Chronicles setting and I have to say that I have been having an absolute blast!

There are a few things that I want to update you on though, so let's start!

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Commission Tier Backers have been contacted!

If you have backed the project at a tier that has a custom commission included (token or portrait) then please check your Kickstarter inbox for a message that we have sent you. 

The message will be from me personally (the same account that is being used for making these updates). Please be careful as it is common for scammers to try and get your information with fake messages from fake accounts. This Kickstarter account, kelfecil@gmail.com, and Kelfecil#1336 on Discord are the only accounts we might use to contact you. Kickstarter direct messages and e-mail are the only means of communication needed but we will ask you to use Discord in case we need more information on something (highly unlikely, but just in case).

We will send a follow-up for the commissions to anyone who has not sent us information for their custom commission at the start of December again. A third and final message will be sent at the start of February 2023 to make sure everyone who has a custom commission has a chance to send us specifics for their commission.

If you haven't sent us information two weeks after the third and final message in February 2023 then we will not try to reach out to you again after that and will mark your commission as "missing".

Please make sure you check your Kickstarter messages inbox. You got plenty of time still, but we really want to make sure nobody misses their chance to get their commissions done.

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ETA On Commissioned Artwork

On to the good stuff now, like when are the commissioned artwork pieces going to be delivered to backers?

This is something that we did not mention before so I wanted to make it super clear so that everyone can have a good idea of when they can expect their commission artwork to arrive.

The main plan is to start working on them in January and have them all finished at the latest mid-May 2023. This means that some of you will of course receive the custom commissions as early as January 2023 while others will have to wait until May 2023.

The reason why they will arrive at those dates is because Dusky Cat is first focusing on finalizing everything art-related in the book for all backers and then she will start creating all your fantastic ideas for the custom artworks. You will of course be contacted once they are ready and we will make another update notifying people that some have already gone out (so that you check your inbox again).

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Foundry? Foundry!

The only non-fun thing I've spent time doing the last couple of weeks is working on Foundry VTT content. I really care for my Patrons that are supporting me on Patreon and for that reason, I wanted to make sure that they are receiving high-quality content without any exceptions.

With v10 of FoundryVTT out for a few months already, we set about to update over 80 different Kelfecil's Tales modules, ranging from adventures to side quests and setting supplement content. We have finally figured everything out and with the help of our VTT coordinators Blair and David, we were able to prepare a whopping 80+ Foundry modules that will become available to Patrons next week!

"But Kelf, why should I care about your Patreon and Foundry stuff?"

Very good question. The answer is; because figuring out all of this Foundry stuff has helped us prepare for the porting of Starlight Arcana to FoundryVTT. We will be way more efficient and the content will be of much higher quality standards than what it was initially going to be like. More efficiency means less work for us and faster delivery to you too, so it's a win-win scenario.

I actually wish I would not have to spend so much time researching and trial-and-erroring so much FVTT stuff, but at the end of the day, it was all worth it.

A huge shoutout to my crazy and very kind patron, Artemisthemp who single-handedly tested ALL of the Foundry modules a week before their planned release. Thank you so much Artemis, you are the real MVP here.

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Writing Help - Arthur joins the team!

It is with great pleasure that I am announcing that writer Arthur Seixas De Martino from Brazil has joined the Starlight Arcana team to help bring this astral dream to life. Arthur has been writing for Kelfecil's Tales for a good 4 months now and has been working very closely with me on a lot of setting-specific content among other things.

I mentioned a few times during the campaign that I would be the one making the book and that still remains true. Just like with a lot of the Kelfecil's Tales content (adventures, side quests, setting content, etc.) I am always working tirelessly to expand the team and the scope of the content with it. The processes I have created to work with writers are one-of-a-kind and it is for that reason that I am even able to work on so much content with so many different people, each one with different backgrounds and writing/art styles.

Arthur is writing based on my narrative design prompts and has so far done an absolutely fantastic job on all of the content that is being prepared for Starlight Arcana. All that you read on the campaign page and on the updates that came with it are all going to be in the book but with the help of Arthur, they are going to be even more expanded. Arthur is basically giving me the benefit of being able to populate the book with even more content that players and GMs will find useful.

I really wanted to make this announcement in this update because I am honestly beyond honored to have fantastic co-writers and collaborators like Arthur and I am very excited to have him contribute to what was already a TTRPG book that is influenced by people from all over the world.

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Book Progress? There's lots!

You are probably wondering "how far along is the book at this point?" Well, the answer to that is "quite far".

While I cannot pinpoint a percentage, I can tell you that we've done most of the heavy work and we are actually ahead of schedule which is something that I say with great pride because I always strive to organize things as best as possible to meet all deadlines and expectations.

The extra time we have for production will all be put into making the book look as amazing as possible. This will all be Ori's doing (our cartographer and graphic designer on the project) and we honestly wanted to be able to give her as much time as possible for this as possible. It is the only step in the entire process that I feared would take extra time but since we are doing so well schedule-wise, I am starting to feel more and more comfortable with the dates and roadmaps we've presented to you so far through updates.

Right now, we are working on finalizing some maps for Act 2 and then putting some final touches on Subclasses before sending them out for some testing. All content is flowing at all times with editing happening on some parts while other parts are being produced. It is a highly efficient process that I am very proud to be managing and seeing it all come together so well.

Once again, all this would be impossible without, first, the help of my fantastic collaborators and, second, your support on this project.

Believe it when I say that still not a day goes by where I do not wake up thinking about how much you've supported us on this project and I take all of this very seriously, working day after day on making something that you will all cherish, use and remember for a long time.

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Sneak Peeks!

Here are a couple more finished artworks by some of our amazing artists. This time, some NPC portraits!

A curious little one that is looking for something... will you help them find it? (by shadeweaver_arts)

This mystical ghost-like will need your help... (by Anel.png)

A stranger, wandering the ruins of a once long-lost civilization. Who are they? (by StylusIsMyStyle)

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Kickstarter Friends!

Our good friends over at NordGames are running yet ANOTHER awesome guide. You know how critical I am of content that is just named "Potato's Guide to Potating" as there are thousands of those out there (and only a couple of them are even offering something remotely new to the TTRPG space in my honest opinion) but NordGames has for a long time made the end-all-be-all guides for 5E DnD.

Their book about traps is still my favorite and go-to book for anything trap related in TTRPGs (even in non-5E games) and I absolutely love what they have done with the decks that allow you to randomize your traps too.

Following their usual awesome guide logic, they are now running: The Ultimate Guide to Foraging, Harvesting & Natural Discovery!

They already have 2k plus backers and have raised over $150k in funding and I am so glad to be seeing a guide of such fantastic quality be doing so well.

While Foraging and Harvesting are two things that I know for a fact I would most likely not use in my own games as a GM or even a player, the Natural Discovery part of the book got me hooked and I am very curious to see all the content it will offer. It basically allows you to have some awesome experiences that enrich your character's story. Think of it like side quests, but much cooler with a NordGames feel to them.

Seriously, do yourself a favor and check it out because their 5E guides are just phenomenally useful.

You can find their Kickstarter campaign at this link!

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That is all for today!

I hope the cold winter is not hitting you as hard as it is hitting us here in Poland and until the next update...

May Starlight guide your way my friends!

~Kelf

Post-Project Update #1 - Commissions, Progress Update and more
about 1 month ago – Mon, Oct 17, 2022 at 01:31:20 AM

Hey everyone!

It's been two weeks now since the end of the Starlight Arcana campaign here on Kickstarter and apart from the couple of days that we spent relaxing, the rest of the time we worked tirelessly to get things ready for the next step of the project.

Here is a quick overview of what is next:

  • Custom Commission backers are contacted
  • Pledge Manager is prepared for opening in January/February 2023.
  • PDF is prepared to be distributed in March/April to backers.
  • We gather feedback from both playtesters and backers up until the end of April 2023 and fix various parts of the PDF and the final book.
  • Print the book in May and begin fulfillment with a final delivery date being July 2023 (not any later than that hopefully).

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Custom Commissions

If you have pledged for a tier that grants you a commission of any sort (tarot art style or tokens) then you will receive a message on Kickstarter sometime this coming week (17th to 23rd of October).

The message will include the following:

  • How the process will look like exactly (each step with details on when and how you can give feedback for your commission)
  • Instructions on what kind of information you need to provide us with and in what format
  • An acknowledgments and agreements section detailing what you should expect from it such as the fact that Dusky Cat retains rights to the final artworks for commercial purposes and whatnot.

We have prepared a process that will allow all of the people that have a commission to have plenty of chances to give feedback and comments so that the final artwork is in the direction they wanted it to be. It can be quite difficult to make exactly what someone wants so Dusky Cat wanted to make sure that it is not a one-sided process.

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Pledge Manager

The pledge manager is almost ready and we are considering opening it early so that people can add whatever they want to it even before they have to pay for shipping in February.

This is a new feature that BackerKit has introduced where backers can explore the pledge manager and lock-in rewards even before they have to pay for shipping a few months later. We are not quite sure how useful this will be for us and our campaign but we will keep you updated on that either way.

For now, you should expect the Pledge Manager to open up for final lock-ins and for paying shipping and taxes around February 2023.

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A small extra note here:

We are receiving a lot of requests about adding people to the pledge manager after the campaign manually and I keep having to politely say no. Please understand that unless you are a retailer, we will not be doing that because we want our backers to feel special for supporting us while the KS campaign was live.

If you are interested in ordering the book or any of the other things, then our Pre-Order store is already open and you can access most of the things there. Pre-Order customers will receive their rewards at the same time as Backers anyway so there is very little difference.

The only difference is that backers have access to the highest tier and a small difference in prices. As I've said before; we really want our backers to get the best treatment but not lock everyone else out in case they missed the campaign for whatever reason.

If you are a retailer, please contact us directly for more information on how to make a bigger order.

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Sneak Peek

Here are a couple more finished artworks by the fantastic Anel, made specifically for the New Subclasses section of Starlight Arcana:

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Frequency of Updates

I will try my best to keep the post-campaign updates as frequent as possible with at least 1 update every 1 or 2 weeks. Even if we do not have much to tell you about the Pledge Manager or other parts of the preparation of the book, I will still be here to give you some artwork WIP sneak peeks, answer all your questions, and maybe even share some more top-secret book content. Who knows, maybe even share some of the songwriting process!

After spending a week in Spiel '22 (in Essen, Germany) for business purposes, we have a lot of fantastic news to share with you, but you will have to wait a few months before you can learn about them. I know this is a huge tease, but I need to hold myself back for once and not spoil everything in advance!

Thank you all so much for being here with us and please don't hesitate to leave any questions or comments you might have under this post or even in our Discord server!

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Till the next update...

May Starlight guide your way my friends!

~Kelf

WE DID IT! 195k+ raised for Starlight Arcana!
about 2 months ago – Mon, Oct 03, 2022 at 04:58:46 AM

WE DID IT! We managed to do so much more than we ever expected!

For this SUPER SPECIAL occasion, I was able to get Alya to say a few words...

Hello there!

My dear friends... WE MADE IT!

Starlight Arcana is not only funded but with your help, we reached almost two hundred thousand euro for making the book!

Kelfecil asked me to tell you a personal thank you and say what wonderful human beings all of you are for your amazings support and lovely feedback!

We will continue to keep you updated with everything that is to come from now on with at least one update every one or two weeks.

Development process updates, sneak peeks for the content being prepared and so much more!

Once again, thank you my dear friends. We really DID reach the stars, together.

Thank you. Thank you so much.

~Alya

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Thank you so much once again and I am honestly sorry but I cannot stop saying thank you after all of this. It is surreal how a small creator like myself was able to find an audience and be able to reach all of you to show you all of the hard work that I have been putting together along with my close collaborators.

You can expect from here onwards:

  • Updates on the Pledge Manager stage that is to come later
  • Updates on the development process and sneak peeks every one or two weeks
  • Other important news that may be relevant to Starlight Arcana!

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May Starlight guide your way now and forever more my friends...

~Kelf

165k+ Reached! + Pledge Manager Info!
about 2 months ago – Sun, Oct 02, 2022 at 09:33:43 AM

Hey star catchers!

We reached 165k+ and we only have 2 days left before the end of the campaign! There is so much to talk about, so let's go through everything one by one.

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Live Q&A video!

The Live Q&A event on Twitch was super fun and I would like to say thank you once again to everyone that was able to make it and for all of your fantastic questions. I absolutely love hanging out sometimes with people that love TTRPGs as much as I do and just talking about things and the Live Q&A was exactly that.

If you missed the stream, then you can watch the past broadcast here:

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160k Stretch Goal - Minor Arcana UNLOCKED!

We heard you loud and clear from the very first day of the campaign, you wanted to have Minor Arcana in the tarot deck and so we decided to add them after all!

With this stretch goal unlocked, x56 Minor Arcana cards will be added to every Tarot deck without any extra cost for backers! That means that if you have the Tarot Deck as part of your pledge tier rewards or if you have added as an add-on, it has no been upgraded to contain the Minor Arcana cards as well.

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Shipping Estimates - Cheaper?!

This is something that we weren't too sure about sharing too early in the campaign because we didn't want people to be confused. This feels like a good moment to share it though and actually ease your mind a bit in regards to shipping costs.

The estimates that you see on the shipping table on the campaign's page are simply just that; estimates. For example, the shipping costs for Europe could be much higher than how much it shipping will cost for you if you are in Poland or Germany which are some of the more "central" countries. 

The reason why the estimates are higher than what shipping will be for most places is because we needed to make safe estimates and that meant taking into account also some of the more "extreme" cases with countries that are much farther than the rest.

We know that a lot of other creators go as far as to indicate more specific prices for shipping in various smaller areas (such as Europe 1, Europe 2, etc.) but for our project, since it is our very first one, we wanted to be as safe as possible by providing an estimate to begin with and no sudden higher cost surprises later.

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Pledge Manager Stage - Some Early Information

If you have pledged for any tier whatsoever during the Kickstarter campaign, then you will have access to the pledge manager in a few months when we are ready to open it. This could be earlier than January actually and it will remain open for a few of months before we finalize everything and start fulfilling orders.

The main thing that you need to know is that when the Pledge Manager opens, you will be able to finalize your order without being charged for shipping yet.

This is a new feature that BackerKit has introduced for their Pledge Manager and it helps us prepare the fulfillment stage that will come later on when we reinvite you to finalize your payments and pay for shipping.

So to sum it up, this is how it will go:

  • January or a bit earlier, Pledge Manager will open.
  • You will be able to purchase add-ons and finalize your final order.
  • Pledge Manager will stay open for a couple of months.
  • You will NOT be charged for shipping yet.
  • You will be asked to pay for shipping later when fulfillment is ready to start.

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Pre-Order Store

If you missed your chance to back Starlight Arcana during the Kickstarter campaign, then you will still have a chance to pre-order the book on our Pre-Order website right after the campaign ends!

The Pre-Order store will have most of the things that are available in the pledge tiers (with the exception of the GM screen and the Art Prints) at a slightly higher price. This increased price is still cheaper than what the actual cost of each product is but more expensive than the prices available during the live Kickstarter campaign because we want our Kickstarter backers to really get the best deal possible for supporting our project while it is live.

There will be a link posted for the Pre-Order store once the campaign is finished and you will also be able to find it quite easily since we will have links leading to it in various places.

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A New Add-On

During the Pledge Manager stage, you will be able to purchase the Designer's Commentary for only 5 EUR!

I decided to make this after all just because I thought it would be a really special and fun addition. For a very small price, you will have access to a write-up and a few accompanying videos that I will personally create. The commentary will basically be explanations of the inspirations, the though process, and a lot of other things that went into making Starlight Arcana.

I honestly cannot wait to make this and I hope you will enjoy it going through it as much as I will enjoy creating it!

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Final Stretch Goal?

We were thinking about adding just one more Stretch Goal, but we would love to hear your feedback about what that could be. We have a few ideas ourselves, but we thought it'd be best if we ask you first!

We don't know if we will be able to reach it, but it would be a pity not to add something extra at this point.

If we hit 200k we will unlock... LEAVE A COMMENT WITH A SUGGESTION!

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Kickstarter Friends

When I first started as a creator, I honestly knew very few people in the field, and considering how over-saturated the field already was, it was super difficult (and still is) to really get your name out there.

Tom Cartos, one of the veteran creators in the field, was one of the very few people who despite not even knowing me that well, actually posted about me on his Patreon a couple of times over the last year. I am very honored today to finally be able to return that favor and actually tell people about his upcoming Kickstarter project.

Tom Cartos is soon launching his very first Kickstarter, ‘Into the Wilds Battlemap Books’!

Into the Wilds is a collection of 6 fully customisable, biome and region themed battlemap books for your favourite TTRPG. They are ideal for pre-set or random encounters out in the wilderness, so you can be fully prepared no matter which direction your players choose to head in.

The Kickstarter will include a ton of maps with a lot of fantastic little things that make this project one that you should definitely follow and check out once it's live.

You can follow the Kickstarter campaign here!

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That's it for today! I will definitely publish one more update before the end of the campaign and a lot more after the campaign is finished. I still want to reveal some more content and there is a good chance I will be running more streams since the last one was so much fun!

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Till the next update...

May Starlight guide your way my friends!

~Kelf

We are LIVE on Twitch for the Q&A!
2 months ago – Thu, Sep 29, 2022 at 07:40:45 PM

Hey everyone!

We are now live and will be for the next 2 hours, answering all of your questions about Starlight Arcana and anything else you might want to ask. Come join us or just pass by to say hi!

TWITCH LINK

The stream will last about 2 hours and we will also upload it on YouTube for everyone who missed it.

See you there!

~Kelf