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Seeds of Decay - 5e campaign setting, bestiary, & adventure

Created by Darryl T. Jones

A crack has formed in the darkness, leaking decay into the forest, twisting its creatures into terrible monstrosities.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Manufacturing Preview
19 days ago – Thu, Apr 04, 2024 at 02:39:11 PM

Hey there Dobber Family!

Manufacturing is humming along and I wanted to share some progress!

The short video below showcases some sample of items from the our manufacturer. You'll see the deluxe cover, an updated standard cover, and the set of 30 lenticular, animated spell cards. There are a couple of changes being applied to the final version of the spell cards, such as the trim size and the text showing through from the back. Other than those small things, I'm loving the look of these items. 

At the end of the video you can see a huge stack of character sheets and one of the large maps coming right off the printing press!

I couldn't be more excited! This project is all coming together so well!

Below are more photos from our manufacturer.

That's a big stack of pages!
Reference cards! I'm very excited to begin using these in my own games!
Animated spell cards - I'm so proud of these!

Delivery Timeline - No Changes! Still on Schedule

Manufacturing is underway and the timeline is largely out of my hands, but it's moving along smoothly! I will do my best to keep you updated if there are changes. 

Shipping charges will be published very soon, so you'll get another update in April with that. You'll be able to pay via Backerkit. The timeline is as follows:

  • March: manufacturing completes
  • April - May: freight window
  • June - July: fulfillment window

I must tell you about Floral Dragons!

My friends at Hit Point Press have put together a beautiful and unique 5e dragon supplement. Even if you don't play 5e, the Field Guide to Floral Dragons is a beautiful art and lore book!

Welcome to The Field Guide to Floral Dragons, your guide to dragons imbued with the essence of flowers. 

With their abundant blooms and specialized physiology, floral dragons can be beautiful. However, any wise forager or florist knows that some plants can be as deadly as they are gorgeous…

Open Your Field Guide to Find:

  • 200+ pages packed with stunning illustrations
  • 26 floral dragons, pests, pollinators & fungi, plus magic items & poisons
  • Rich lore of the floral dragons’ origins, their biology and habitats, and details of their relationships with people and other floral dragons
  • Fascinating field notes from floral dragon researchers, holding a tale of curiosity, despair, revenge, and hope
  • Stat blocks, traits & more to bring Floral Dragons to life in your roleplaying games

I'm a backer, check it out to see if it's right for you!

Have questions? Reach out!

Leave a comment, e-mail us at [email protected] or join the Discord!

Sincerely, Darryl

Unboxing Seeds of Decay, Digital Map Pack, and the Neverling!
2 months ago – Fri, Feb 16, 2024 at 09:44:39 AM

Full Unboxing Video for Seeds of Decay

I finally received samples of Seeds of Decay at the Splattered Ink headquarters and I'm so excited! I couldn't be happier! I can't wait for it to get sent to you all. 

Check out the unboxing video above where all the splendor that is Seeds of Decay is on full display. Notice how massive the book is! The book will have everything you need in abundance to run your Dobberton adventure.

Holding the book in my hands, going through each page, checking for errors, and reflecting on the journey to get here has been an amazing experience for me. 440 pages is a lot! I am thrilled with the quality of printing and materials used. I will be at GAMA in Louisville and Gary Con in Lake Geneva this March. I'd be happy for you to browse through one of the samples yourself. :)

Updated Delivery Timeline

Manufacturing is underway and the timeline is largely out of my hands. I will do my best to keep you updated if there are changes. Additionally, the shipping charges should be finalized in the next few weeks. I'll post an update as soon as I have them and you'll be able to pay via Backerkit. The expected timeline is as follows.

  • March: manufacturing completes
  • April - May: freight window
  • June - July: fulfillment window

I can't thank you enough for your ongoing support throughout this project. I've learned a lot and those lessons will help me run this business.

The Neverling is Coming!

We are happy to announce that The Neverling is coming to Kickstarter later this month. The Neverling is a zinequest adventure for 5e in the Seeds of Decay world. 

This one-shot (likely two-shot) was written for Seeds of Decay, but I found it didn't fit the overall narrative for that book. However, the clockwork tower and the Neverling, a nightmarish awakened tree, were too good to scrap. It was then I realized I liked the idea of releasing a few small pdf adventures for Seeds of Decay as lead-ins to the next big book. That is a long way off, but the Neverling is ready to go!

The Neverling book will be approximately 32 pages long, to be delivered as a PDF via DriveThruRPG. A printed version will be available in the traditional, saddle-stitched (stapled) zine-style, shipped via media mail. 

Here is a breakdown of the content:

  • 8 hand-drawn illustrations of NPCs, monsters, and items
  • 4 hand-drawn maps
  • 4 locations with keyed descriptions; Pine Loft, Timberborn, the Clockwork Tower, and the Catacombs
  • 3 new NPCs
  • 7 new monsters; Clockwork & Decay
  • 6 new contraptions for the Tinkerer class
  • 3 new magic items

Go follow the Neverling HERE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/splatteredink/the-neverling?ref=2rt8h6

What is Zine Quest? 

Every year Kickstarter launches Zine Quest, an initiative to promote more TTRPG projects and smaller publications on their platform. What are Zines? "RPG zines emerged in the early 1970s, and were hugely influential in the early days of role-playing game fandom and publishing." - Kickstarter call for Zine Quest 2024

Keep Adventuring,

Darryl T. Jones (aka Splattered Ink)

Final Book PDF, STLs, Manufacturing, & Call for Volunteers
3 months ago – Mon, Feb 05, 2024 at 02:33:39 PM

The Final Book PDF and STLs were sent Via Backerkit

Good news! The final version of the Seeds of Decay book PDF was sent out along with the four monster STLs to all of the backers who should receive them.

I hope you all love them as much as I do! This project has been a labor of love and it seems, this close to the finish line, every step makes me tear up! Speaking of tears, look at this:

If you have multiple links to the PDF in BackerKit, they are the same file. I hoped to make sure no one was missed and may have overlapped some of the distribution segments. Same for the STLs. I was pleased to hear that some of you were excited to get your hands on them!

PDF Feedback Winner

First, let me share my sincere gratitude to everyone who took the time to read and scrutinize Seeds of Decay. You’ve made a significant difference in the quality of the book! Thank you! I have notified our winner by email!

Manufacturing and the Chinese New Year

First, the good news: As you can tell by the above video, preproduction samples are on the way from manufacturing and I’m thrilled by how things are looking.

However, as manufacturing has run its course, we have come into the Chinese New Year. Like most Board Game Companies, we use manufacturers in China; and, most industries in China observe the Chinese New Year holiday, taking much of the month of February off. Due to that, we are going to have to wait until the holiday is over before the product can be sent to our fulfillment partners. That being said, everything is very close. Honestly, I'm giddy. Everything should be on boats just a few weeks after the CNY holiday finishes.

We Need Volunteers to GM Seeds of Decay at Origins and Gen Con

We are looking for adventurers just like YOU to run Seeds of Decay 5e at Origins and GenCon this year!  Sessions will last around 2 hours. 

What's in it for you

  • Exclusive Splattered Ink swag
  • Our immense gratitude
  • A Convention Badge giving you access to the full convention (if you run a minimum of 6 games)! 

Please fill out this >> google form << if you are interested.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email, [email protected].

Happy Chinese New Year,
Darryl T. Jones (aka Splattered Ink)
 

Merry Christmas! Final Draft Released.
4 months ago – Wed, Dec 27, 2023 at 07:48:23 PM

Merry Christmas and a Happy Blue River Days!

Following a powerful strum, a sable deeret announces, “I am Theobald!” He holds his arms out wide, bowing to the crowd, their focus now on him. “Feast!” He proclaims. “Feast and allow me to take you back, back to a time when the forest was young and full of mystery. Back, I dare say, to a time of heroes...” he pauses for dramatic effect, “...and monsters!”

Full PDF Distributed - Last Chance to Catch Typos

By now you should have received your PDF copy of the final proofing draft of Seeds of Decay. It seems not everyone got the alpha 3 version. I believe I've corrected that for this file, but if you don't have it in your Backerkit account, and believe you should, let me know.

This version has all of the content! It's the whole basket of horcberries! I couldn't be more pleased. The few remaining maps, illustrations, and reference notes will be added next week - then it's off to the manufacturer. 

Soon after that, they will get back to me with the final weights and I'll let you know shipping costs, so double-check those mailing addresses. Also, please note, at this stage in the process, I am not able to offer refunds. Thank you for your understanding.

Find Errors? There's still time to be entered in our drawing! 

I want to share a huge thank you to everyone who found typos. I'm still looking for more. We're about to hit print and I don't want to miss anything. I really appreciate your help! 

Everyone who submits an error to the link below will be entered into a random drawing for a free copy of Seeds of Decay, standard hardcover. If you pledged for any tier that includes the standard hardcover or deluxe, I'll refund $50 (the amount for the standard hardcover book) and you'll still receive your full pledge. If you pledged for a tier that does not include the standard hardcover, I'll add it to your pledge for free. You just pay shipping! Make sure you include the version info.

Please report any errors you find here: https://forms.gle/vWbc6RphtRsjnUak6

Have questions? Reach out!

Leave a comment, e-mail us at [email protected] or join the Discord!

'Till next time, Keep your Dobbers up!

Sincerely,

Darryl T. Jones 

Alpha 3 - 400+ Pages - Call for Keen Eyes!
5 months ago – Fri, Dec 08, 2023 at 06:29:25 AM

Hello my fellow dobbers!

I hope you've received your copy of alpha 3! I'm so thrilled to have shared it with you! This should be the last roughdraft. I plan to send you the beta release in a few weeks, cleaning up the misalignments, adding the remaining art, and last appendix pages.

Look at this table of contents!

And more gorgeous art!

I am very pleased with this book!

Find Errors? Report them to me and you'll be entered in a drawing!

If you're a fan of syntax, grammar, and punctuation, you could win! Everyone who submits an error to the link below, will be entered into a random drawing for a free copy of Seeds of Decay, standard hardcover. If you pledged for any tier that includes the standard hardcover or deluxe, I'll refund $50 (the amount for the standard hardcover book) and you'll still receive your full pledge. If you pledged for a tier that does not include the standard hardcover, I'll add it to your pledge for free. You just pay shipping! 

Please report any errors you find here: https://forms.gle/vWbc6RphtRsjnUak6

Have questions? Reach out!

Leave a comment, e-mail us at [email protected] or join the Discord!

'Till next time, Keep your Dobbers up!

Sincerely,

Darryl T. Jones