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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:

A Personal Update - PDF Alpha 2 Release
5 months ago – Tue, Oct 03, 2023 at 10:15:12 AM

Heyo Adventurers!

Alpha 2 PDF 

I hope you have had a chance to look at the alpha 2 release that just went out. If you've not seen it, check spam and/or give Backerkit a day or so to finish distribution. 

Just a warning, things get wild in the final chapter. Meet Laerdraa, bride of Orlun, the king that never was.

Laerdraa!

A few notes about the pdf you've just received - 

In the last update I talked about the three parts of the book; part 1 was done, in part 2, there are 14 chapters, 6 were done, 6 were with editing, and 2 I had to finish. Funny thing is, I never clarified what was up with part 3. Part 3 is the GM appendix, which includes the bestiary, magic items, and a few other things. Hopefully, you've had a chance to take a look. I'm very pleased with this content. There are some monsters in there that will challenge any party, in or out of the Alwaysgreen Forest!

Also, you may notice the reference column is mostly empty. I'll go through the adventure one last time after layout is done to add all the reference pages. As far as book design goes, this is one of the features I'm most pleased about. I want to make this book as easy to use as possible. The adventure is dense and the themes at times require consideration. I don't want finding the right page when you need it to impede that.

Find Errors? Report them to me!

For those of you who are interested, I've set up a simple form to report errors. If you're looking through pdf and find typos or other problem areas, please report them here: https://forms.gle/vWbc6RphtRsjnUak6

A Personal Message 

I've met a number of you at conventions, but there are so many of you I haven't met. I thought it wouldn't hurt for you to meet me now, at least via video. 

I know you're going to have many years of memorable nights playing in the Dobber universe and I'm so glad I get to share it with you.

'Till next time, Keep your Dobbers up!

Sincerely, 

Darryl T. Jones

Progress Breakdown
5 months ago – Tue, Sep 19, 2023 at 06:44:07 PM

The book is broken into three parts, which you probably know. The first part is completely done – art, writing, layout, and editing. This was sent to you as a pdf. The second part is comprised of 14 chapters - 6 chapters are completely done – art, writing, layout, and editing. Two chapters are undergoing revisions. The other 6 chapters are being finished up to send to editing with the revised 2 chapters.

The wooden dice are completely done and with the primary manufacturer. The wooden dice are paid in full. The acrylic dice are done and should be sent to the primary manufacturer soon. We are waiting on the final invoice to pay the remaining balance.

The wooden boxes have been ordered. A down payment has been made on the boxes.

The book, character sheets, deluxe book, maps, cards, and animated spell cards will be produced along with the book at the primary manufacturer, Eastar. A down payment has been made on all these items.

An agreement has been finalized with my fulfillment company. Final shipping costs will be communicated to you when I have final weights.

Thank you for your continued patience, as we move into the final stages of the completion of this project. 

- Darryl T. Jones

PDF Alpha - part 1 coming
7 months ago – Mon, Aug 14, 2023 at 07:46:42 AM

Hello Adventurers,

Happy August! Progress continues every day! If your backer tier includes the PDF for Seeds of Decay (most do) you should expect the first part of the Alpha PDF from Backerkit in your inbox soon, if not already. 

The design is finished, but there continue to be elements to tweak and edit in the adventure and appendix. I'll be sending those to you shortly. I'm striving for it to be in August. Though I continue to be surprised by how long doing this right takes. And, I'm committed to doing this right. I want you to have the best product I can make.

In the mean time, please enjoy some more page samples: 

Find Errors? Report them to me!

For those of you who are interested, I've set up a simple form to report errors. If you're looking through pdf and find typos or other problem areas, please report them here: https://forms.gle/vWbc6RphtRsjnUak6

Thank you!

GenCon was Amazing!

I had a great time at GenCon this year, played some awesome sessions of Seeds of Decay, enjoy meeting some amazing gamers! Here are a few photos:

Printed maps from the final chapters of Seeds of Decay!
You might recognize Luke, from the DM lair and Hos, the Dungeon Scribe in this photo! Make sure you check out Luke's Kickstarter linked below!
Luke and I - extra awkward

Project I love!

I met Luke at Garycon this year and I'm glad I did. He and his team are amazing. I was asked to help with the marketing and graphic design for their latest project, The Secret Art of Game Mastery. It's been a privilege.  

You're going to love these books, they really are a treasure trove of information. 

Get 250 pages of game master advice, knowledge, and wisdom to elevate your role-playing game! The Secret Art of Game Mastery has over 100 years of accumulated experience, distilled into an easy-to-use reference guide. You can get better at running any game, in any system, and any genre! Whether you're a NEW GAME MASTER or a VETERAN, the Secret Art of Game Mastery is for you.

Click here to Master Your Game!

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Thank you all!

- Darryl T. Jones (AKA Splattered Ink)

PDF Soon - Finalize Your Shipping Address
8 months ago – Tue, Jul 11, 2023 at 04:46:56 PM

Hello Heroes of the Alwaysgreen Forest!

I hope you're enjoying your summer. It's been a wild one, but mostly good. It's been full of challenges and I don't plan to bore you with those. I've seen some Kickstarter updates that include a laundry list of bad news. I don't intend to do that here. There have been challenges, but there have also been successes! 

Unfortunately, I missed getting the book PDF to you in June. I apologize for that. I'm pushing as hard as I can to get it done in the next few weeks. I'll share it with you when I can. 

But, most of the other products are nearly ready for manufacturing! Check out these amazing animated spell cards! 

Also, I hope you like the redesign of the card frame. I wanted something that had a little more detail, but still a hand-drawn feel. 

More Sample Pages:

 Because I love to show them off.

The Bee-hemoth! Mwah ha hahahaaaa!

In the recent editing pass, I've decided to add a "Running This Chapter" section at the beginning. I found it helps put the GM in the right mindset, spelling out the main theme or actions that need to happen. I hope it helps by giving more clarity and ultimately more freedom to GMs.

GenCon

It's hard to believe that it is less than a month until GenCon. I'll be there running some games from Seeds of Decay. GenCon just approved 2 more of my games, so if you missed tickets from the first batch 12 more are coming. Make sure you follow my socials to hear as soon as those tickets become available. You can also keep your eyes on this page: https://www.gencon.com/event_finder?search=splattered+ink&c=indy2023 to see when they go live.

Double Check Your Shipping Addresses

As soon as the PDF is finished, there will be a few weeks for you all to find typoes, then corrections, manufacturing will begin, and then I can finalize weights for shipping. If you need to change your shipping address, log into Backerkit and do so as soon as possible. Use this link to find your survey if you don't have it handy!

There are still a few of you who haven't completed your survey, If you're not sure how to do it, review the guide posted in this update.

A Project I Love!

Hos, the Dungeon Scribe has become one of my favorite people in the TTRPG industry. I'm honored to call him a friend. Look for us to be collaborating more in the future, but until then, you have to check out his new project!

Unlock stories that will forge lasting moments with Dungeon Scribe’s - Tome of Magical Oddities, a 5e Supplement.

Dazzled your tables with over 500 uniquely illustrated magic items, directly tied to cards and handouts for ease of table play.

Enjoy massive cards crafted specifically for ease of reading and featuring quick reference icons.

Items should be Magical. Click here to get yours!

Have questions? Reach out!

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

Sincerely, Darryl

April Update - Final Rounds of Play Testing - New Page Samples
10 months ago – Sun, Apr 23, 2023 at 06:57:44 PM

Hello Adventurers of the Alwaysgreen Forest,

My excitement continues to mount as completion is in sight! I really am thrilled by how it is all coming together. Every day significant progress is being made. I'm still hoping for a PDF in June. Bear in mind, all my focus is on finishing this book and all its components. It's my number one priority; if I'm not as responsive to comments and the like, that is why.

Awesome Playtest Event

This weekend a convention that is local to me, Saluki Con held a play-test event Seeds of Decay. 48 players ran through The Tomb Keeper! This quest is the second-to-last in the adventure arc and contains some of the most climatic story reveals. 

I'm still going through surveys, but so far the player response is overwhelmingly positive.

Thank you Saluki Con for sharing Seeds of Decay with so many wonderful players!

Sample Pages

I know I'm biased, but this book is going to be beautiful!

Thank you all again for the amazing support! My first book is about to become a reality. I couldn't have done it without you.

Looking forward to June!

Darryl T. Jones (aka Splattered Ink)