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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:

August Update - Addons & Late Pledges End in 1 Week
over 1 year ago – Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 07:28:24 PM

Hello Adventurers!

This is a quick update to remind you that the deadline for late pledges and add-ons is fast approaching. 

Your credit cards will be charged on August 30th. 

We'll be locking orders at that time so that we have a final count on items for manufacturing. So exciting! Don't miss your chance to add on all the goodies and accessories you want to make your game epic. 

Missing Surveys

We still have a few missing surveys, 123 to be exact. If you've not filled out your survey, you will not be able to change your order after August 30th.  

Shipping will be charged when we near fulfillment. 

Just another reminder that you will not be charged shipping at this time. This delay has become a necessary step for most small businesses using crowdfunding to create new products. I appreciate your understanding.  

Just before the rain.

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Sincerely,

Darryl T. Jones aka Splattered Ink

July Update - Introducing Kat
over 1 year ago – Mon, Jul 25, 2022 at 05:51:28 PM

Greetings Adventurers!

Summer continues to roll along at an incredible pace. I hope you're buckled in. It can be a bumpy ride at times. There's so much to do and so many projects going, it's hard to keep track of it all. Good thing I have a system.

The Tinkerers are Coming

The tinkerer class is going to be one of the most unique classes for 5e that I've ever seen. I'm so excited I've decided to share the class introduction. This should give you a good feel for the class and mood.

If you're interested in playtesting, join my discord and let me know! the Splattered Ink Discord!

Meet Kat Kruger

Kat has been gracious enough to join as a guest writer, providing a special groundhog themed quest that fits perfectly into the overall adventure arc. I'm very excited to be working with Kat. I can already see she's a better fit for Seeds of Decay than who had previously been filling this role. 

You can find all of her work at steampunkunicornstudio.com and follow her on Twitter @KatKruger.

Olivewood Dice!

Aren't they pretty!

These are actual photos of the olivewood dice we're producing. I will have these and the resin with me at GenCon! I'm super excited to finally get them in hand.

3 tickets left for Saudade at Gamehole Con!

Click here --> Gamehole Con 2022 Splattered Ink Events

Saudade is a time traveling, multiversal campaign I'll be working on next year. Join me at Gamehole Con to be one of the first to get to play test this mind bending adventure.

Saudade: a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for something or someone that one cares for and/or loves.

Backerkit Preorders and Surveys Close Next Month

Backerkit preorders will stay open until the end of August.

Sorry for the confusion. In the last update, I said I'd be closing backerkit in July. Until the last survey I'd been saying August. The correct date is August 30th, 2022. 

There will be multiple updates in August to help make sure everyone has ample notice.

Missing Surveys

Were down to 132 missing surveys. If you're seeing this update and have not completed your survey, please get one it. Thank you! Next update will probably be last call for surveys.

The guide posted in this update will help you with your survey if you are unsure how to complete it. Also, Hit Point Press put together this amazing guide for how things work Post-Kickstarter.

You should have your survey by now, but if not:

1) Confirm what email address you used to pledge on Kickstarter

2) Double check your junk/spam folder.

3) Use this link to resend the survey to your email address!

If after completing all of these steps you're still unable to locate your survey, reach out to support at [email protected] or join the Discord!

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Sincerely,

Darryl T. Jones aka Splattered Ink

June Update
over 1 year ago – Tue, Jun 21, 2022 at 10:56:47 AM

Happy June. 

I hope you're staying cool. It's been screamin' hot here in the Midwest. 

This month's update is pretty straight forward. I'm still writing and drawing. I'm a few weeks behind schedule, but still within margins.

New art showing a woodland path both during rain and early morning.
Alchemy Progress
Dice are finalized. I just love the dark swirls in them.

3 tickets left for Seeds of Decay at GenCon!

Click here --> https://www.gencon.com/event_finder?host=Splattered+Ink+Games&c=indy2022

And...

Seeds of Decay and Saudede (my next 5e project, yes you should be excited) will be at GameHole Con. I'll share details as soon as they are published. Gamehole Con's events go on sale in July.

Reminders: Shipping will be charged when we are nearer to fulfillment.

Backerkit preorders will stay open until the end of July.

As I work to build a strong company where I can make amazing games and 5e content for all of you, it's exceeding important that I get this step right. There continues to be fluctuation in shipping prices and interruptions in the global supply chain. But do not fear, many in the industry believe that most of the supply chain issues will improve later this year.

This has led me to make the decision to wait until we when pledges will be shipped before we charge shipping. This will ensure the most accurate weights and estimates possible. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Missing Surveys

166 of you have not filled out your survey! Thank you to everyone who has. It's great to see the enthusiasm for the product I'm making.

The guide posted in this update will help you with your survey if you are unsure how to complete it. Also, Hit Point Press put together this amazing guide for how things work Post-Kickstarter. 

You should have your survey by now, but if not:

1) Confirm what email address you used to pledge on Kickstarter

2) Double check your junk/spam folder.

3) Use this link to resend the survey to your email address! 

If after completing all of these steps you're still unable to locate your survey, reach out to support at [email protected] or join the Discord!

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Sincerely,

Darryl T. Jones aka Splattered Ink

May Update + See you at Gen Con
almost 2 years ago – Tue, May 17, 2022 at 07:10:24 PM

Hello Adventurers!

I hope you all have had a great spring and are ready for a whirlwind (because they always are) summer.  

A lot of progress has been made on Seeds of Decay. Drafts are in the works for almost everything, including Classes & Subclasses, Backgrounds, Spells, Monsters and of course one crazy, epic Adventure! All of that and I've got art coming out my ears! 

On the manufacturing front, most of those details are coming together as well. In fact, I just got a few photos of decay dice prototypes.

Dice prototype photos from manufacturer

These are really going to look stunning in person. I love how the black decay smoke is twisting through the purple of each die. Now I eagerly await samples for the Olivewood Dice!

 Play a session of Seeds of Decay with me at GenCon!

That's right, you can join me at the table to roll some math rocks and kill some rot monsters! Tickets are going fast, so jump on them quick. 

Click here --> https://www.gencon.com/event_finder?host=Splattered+Ink+Games&c=indy2022

I can't wait to meet you! 

Just a reminder: Shipping will be charged when preorders close.

As I work to build a strong company where I can make amazing games and 5e content for all of you, it's exceeding important that I get this step right. There continues to be fluctuation in shipping prices and interruptions in the global supply chain. But do not fear, many in the industry believe that most of the supply chain issues will improve later this year.

This has led me to make the decision to wait until we close preorders to charge shipping. This will ensure the most accurate weights and estimates possible. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Missing Surveys

A lot of you have completed your surveys! Yay! Some of you haven't, but not to worry, there's still time. 

If you're not sure how to do it, review the guide posted in this update. Also, Hit Point Press put together this amazing guide for how things work Post-Kickstarter. Please review that if you encounter any problems while filling out your survey!

You should have your survey by now, but if not:

1) Confirm what email address you used to pledge on Kickstarter

2) Double check your junk/spam folder. 

3) Use this link to resend the survey to your email address! <-- its fixed this time. :)

If after completing all of these steps you're still unable to locate your survey, reach out to support at [email protected] or join the Discord!

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Thanks again for all of your amazing support!

Sincerely,

Darryl T. Jones aka Splattered Ink

Surveys are on the way + The Acorn Inn
almost 2 years ago – Thu, Apr 07, 2022 at 08:31:55 PM

Greetings adventurers of the Alwaysgreen Forest! 

Good news--the smoke tests have gone off without a hitch! This means I can now release surveys to everyone!

Not all surveys are sent from BackerKit as soon as I hit "send". Depending on the number of backers, they may be staggered. Therefore, it may take a little more time for surveys to reach everyone, so I recommend waiting a couple of days to ensure BackerKit has had ample time to send them all. If you don’t receive your survey immediately, that’s completely normal! Thank you for your patience!

When you receive your survey, we ask that you complete them as soon as possible so we can make our orders with the production facility. The longer this step takes the longer we have to wait for the product! We’re looking to get 80% of the surveys filled before production starts so we can ensure we have enough for everyone. 

Shipping will be charged when preorders close.

As I work to build a strong company where I can make amazing games and 5e content for all of you, it's exceeding important that I get this step right. There continues to be fluctuation in shipping prices and interruptions in the global supply chain.  I've already experienced this as my dice manufacturer had to stop production for a period of time. But do not fear, they are back to work and everything is going smoothly. In fact, many in the industry believe that much of the supply chain issues will be improved later this year.

This has led me to make the decision to wait until we close preorders to charge shipping. This will ensure the most accurate weights and estimates possible. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Additional Info

Be sure to review the guide posted in the last update. Additionally, Hit Point Press has put together a fantasticPost-Kickstarter Campaign Guide. Please review that if you encounter any problems while filling out your survey! 

Here are some common reasons why your survey may not have reached you!

1) Confirm what email address you used to pledge on Kickstarter! The survey will be emailed to that address. If you used a private relay Apple ID to pledge on Kickstarter, you'll need to contact the support team to update your email address with BackerKit.

Please be sure to include your Apple ID email or, if failing that, the name associated with your Kickstarter account in your message to support.

2) Double check your junk/spam folder. Sometimes the filters sweep up our precious survey emails 😠

3) Use this link to resend the survey to your email address!

If after completing all of these steps you're still unable to locate your survey and you’ve waited a few days for it to come in, reach out to support at [email protected] or join the Discord!

 The Acorn Inn

I thought it would be fun to share the first few paragraphs from the Acorn Inn. The Inn is located in Oak Den (get it, acorns come from oak trees?) and is the most iconic location in the adventure. Your party will get to know it well. Why not start now?

The Acorn Inn has all the comforts of home. Beatrice cooks all the meals, three hearty plates a day. Pumpkin bread with acorn butter, honey berry tarts, spinach salad with slices of grilled squash and murkmellon mead are always popular. Plus, there never fails to be a warm pot of hazelnut stew hanging over the fire. There seems to be no limit to Breatrice’s imagination, creating scrumptious dishes from produce in every season.

The inn has six rooms upstairs and can sleep nearly twenty, if people are willing to share. There is an adjoining general store that carries goods from the local farmers and crafters. A traveling merchant stocks the shelves with goods from out of the area.

1. Entrance

The large inn wraps more than three-quarters around the base of a magnificent oak. Warm light pours out of large windows on the ground floor. Smaller widows, most of which have the curtains drawn, line the second story, nestled under a sloped red shingle roof. On the West side of the building are three simple stalls for foxes or other riding animals. Further around the inn past the stalls is another entrance that caters to the general store.

Large wooden doors greet you as you step up onto the porch. Each has a large acorn carved into it, framed by an ornate braid. A wooden sign arches over the doors that reads, Acorn Inn.

2. The Dining Room and Bar

Warm light fills this large room, day and night. Lacquered wall panels reflect light from lanterns and windows. Square wooden floor tiles have been worn smooth from generations of footsteps. You can’t help but feel at home in the Acorn Inn.

Round tables, each with enough stools for four fill this main room. A simple stage is elevated only a step from the main floor is in the corner West of the main doors. A young male dobber with blonde hair polishes the bar to a red-oak gleam. Behind him, the tree’s trunk has shelves and cabinets build into it with mugs, dinner ware and bottles. Three large barrels, each with a tap, are nestled in the center. Above them, out of reach for most without a ladder, hangs a beautiful tapestry, displaying one of the most detailed maps of the Alwaysgreen Forest that you’ve seen.

“Hellooooo,” calls a friendly voice as Beatrice enters from a passage to the right of the bar. She’s carrying a tray with a painted clay teapot and two cups. “I’ll be with you in a moment, dearys,” she says to you with a smile and steps into a side room.

Beatrice

In addition to running the Acorn Inn, Beatrice is the honorary mayor of Oak Den. She runs the city meetings, organizes the annual Pumpkin Fest and is everyone’s adopted grandma. As one of the town’s elders and the most public among them, it’s obvious why many come to her for help or advice. However, none mistake her motherly demeanor for weakness. She keeps order in the Inn and anyone who causes trouble is likely to get a skillet to the side of the head!

2a. The Stage

Beatrice likes to provide some entertainment during the busier times, especially during festivals. She hires traveling musicians instead of having a permanent in-house performer. She likes the variety and believes it’s a good way to stay current.

When the party first sees the stage read:

A beautiful red squirrel perches on a stool with a lute across her lap. Her deep brown eyes draw you in as she plays. Her song fills the room with life and energy. Onlookers immediately recognize, “Dance in the Moon” and hum or sing along. After the first chorus the squirrel stands on the stool, dancing around while she plays, causing it to tip from side to side precariously. How she keeps from crashing to the ground is a total mystery.

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Thanks again for all of your amazing support!

Sincerely,

Darryl T. Jones aka Splattered Ink