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  • Here's a bit of a section in the "Countries and Cultures" chapter we're working on, where we describe each of the countries from the perspective of one of the scholars from the Academy of Nilám... One of the first countries to be re-worked and expanded upon is Bakári! Again, remember, none of this has been fully edited yet! Check it out and see what you think!: .......... Bakári – Isvarate, southern land of verdant deltas. Ruler: The Isvar Mabrahlan, male Clydesdale stallion. Ruling Class: Mainl…

  • This is great! These are very astute observations! Yes,...the differences you indicate are exactly for the reasons you mentioned... That, of course, as well as the fact that we wanted to avoid any direct correlations between a real-world religion, and the fantasy environment we were trying to create... Touching upon aspects of different faiths are fine for us (especially those that make for great story-telling, ethical dilemmas, and a variety of challenges and details), but trying to reproduce t…

  • Dardunah Desserts?

    Scott Jones - - World of Dárdünah

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    And, of course, one cannot forget Turkish Delight... I believe I've been interested in this dessert since I first read about it in "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe"... I mean, heck,...a dessert so good you'd be willing to betray all your siblings over it? Heh!

  • Ha ha! So true! Thanks! I've changed that foolishness!

  • Here's a section we're working on right now, which we plan to add to the current manuscript soon! The business of agriculture is something that has been largely glossed over in Shard, but is certainly something important to consider when beginning to detail aspects of our game-world's Commerce and Trade... Here's a little taste of our notes for this section so far! Agriculture in Dárdünah Agricultural Trade – Agricultural trade is a complex system of diverse businesses run by Trade Caste merchan…

  • Hello folks! As many of you may already know, now that we've published our latest "Magic and Martial Arts" hardcover, we are now moving on to editing and adding new content to the existing draft of our up-and-coming "World Guide"! IN several other threads and conversations, I've already shared snippets and even entire PDFs of "World Guide" content in its current, "finished-looking", but actually unedited form... These tid-bits get shared from time to time to help answer questions about certain a…

  • Absolutely! Enjoy! And stay tuned as we share stuff we're working on!

  • Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this! I wasn't able to join them on their adventures around convention, so seeing them meeting great folks is a treat! If you have any questions about our game, please reach out to us here and we'll fill you in! And, as the blessing in Shard goes... "May your crystal never shatter..." Scottie

  • At some point I'm hoping to have the time to upload either the outlines for, or simple synopses for, the games that I have run, potentially even presenting them episode by episode as Ednoria has done... If I end up getting that going at some point, I'll share links to that stuff here! Scottie

  • Quote from Hyboran: “I got a picture with them and in turn they gave me a flyer which talks about the game. ” Oh yes! As Mulefoot mentioned above, PLEASE post that photo of you meeting with our friendly lion and fox! I would have been manning the booth at the time, so I missed out on all that fun! Feel free to share that photo right here! Scottie

  • Medical Alchemy

    Scott Jones - - Basic Compendium Discussion

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “Reading the sections on Janah Mutations and thinking about my own character Si'Ni being a High Functioning Autistic/Asperger's Syndrome I kind of just realized are instances of Janah born acting more animalistically a kind of Janah specific Autism, could high functioning ones like Si'Ni be considered 'borderline' cases constantly viewed with suspicion because of their inability to grasp certain social concepts? ” You could certainly play a character that way. I…

  • Medical Alchemy

    Scott Jones - - Basic Compendium Discussion

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    Quote from Zashta: “Wow this is above and beyond what I expected when I asked this question and I cannot thank you enough for your insight and assistance in this matter. This is incredibly helpful and you have gone above and beyond in how descriptive you are in your medicines and poisons. You are doing the Devahs work here and once again thank you so very much for your help! ” Certainly! My pleasure! Hopefully the final versions of all this are even more impressive and useful!

  • Elemental Magic

    Scott Jones - - SHARD Magic

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “Taking a closer look at each individual ritual for the four different elements I loved how each Element has a different personality ascribed to it how the each one has different effects on the environment and how each one likes a different stat characteristic in imagining all these scenarios in my head I couldn't help wondering if Aquatic Jenu Sea Turtles, Frogs, Otters, Seals/Sea Lions/Walruses are more inclined to work with water elementals...You could also a…

  • Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “Is a Grown-Up Version of Sadaak the Binturong musician who appears in the fiction before the New Templates Chapter of Magic and Martial Arts? I ask because I was thinking of placing that particular Binturong in my fanfiction ” Yes! That's him exactly! That's one of Mulefoot's (my business partner's) personal characters he created, which he runs as the child version even now in the campaign I run once a month for him and his friends... They were all part of a la…

  • There most likely wouldn't be any tales about mortals 'beating up" one of the Devah, or anything like that... But certainly, I can imagine the Partakám having some tale or so about some particularly crafty jánah playing a trick on, or making a fool of, one Devah or another in that ancient time when the Devah are said to have walked upon the face of Dárdünah... Of course, you can bet that those tales would most like be cautionary ones... For example, there might me a story about a jánah who was c…

  • Life as Valet

    Scott Jones - - SHARD Combat

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “Does kind of make me wonder what would be the point of Valets even existing if Honor Guards seem to be so much better...Like are Valets for those who can't afford Honor Guards? The Discount Body Guards? ” Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “Did I just ask a stupid question? ” Not at all! It's questions like these that show you are giving thought to how things work in the world... And as Ednoria said above, the reason why one person might use a Valet versus an Ho…

  • Quote from Otakun: “Scott, I wasn't sure where to post on the forums. I met you at Fur con, you said to inquire here about the art book. I am ordering a couple more of the rulebooks, I have a lot of people here who are excited to play. I am so glad I met you all! ” Hey there Otakun, and thanks for joining us here on the Shard forums! It was great to meet you as Further Confusion! It's awesome that you have found folks in your area that are excited to start playing Shard! And thanks SO MUCH for g…

  • Quote from Mruf: “Ave! I saw that shipping to Poland is, per one item, only 2,5 greens, or 5 (flat rate). Is such a small value possible? That will be incredibly lovely :)))) I'll take out all commodities. ” That's fantastic news, Mruf!!! I don't set our publisher's shipping prices, so its GREAT to hear that they have set their rates in a way that's good for you! Enjoy! Scottie

  • Hello and greetings to you all!!! Those were some awesome gaming sessions you all were a part of, and now that you have the books, don't hesitate to ask if you want to know more, or if you find something confusing... And, absolutely I'll let folks know when we have more maps and dice available... Now that the convention is over, we'll be taking stock of everything, and making new product orders ASAP! Thanks again Zlatohrbitek, Tserisa, and SunderedShadow!

  • I got the BOOK!

    Scott Jones - - News and Announcements

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “Once again I must emphasize that I'm glad this time the picture is related to the fiction, in the first book the Fiction in the magic chapter concerns a ram and a turtledove but the picture is that of a mandrill...What's up with that? ” Heh! I'm glad you like the match-up of images to fictional content this time... It was intentional for exactly the reasons you describe... In the Basic Compendium, we knew we wanted some cool chapter-head images, and those had b…