Thursday, September 12, 2019

Journey's End (for now), the Wilderlands of the Fantastic Reaches has been released!

I am pleased to announce the release of Wilderlands of the Fantastic Reaches. This is the fourth of four products covering the eighteen maps that encompasses the Judges Guild Wilderlands setting. This product covers four of the maps as detailed below. The four sets combined will cover a region equal in size to Western Europe providing years and decades of adventuring for you and your group.

Unlike many setting products, the Wilderlands sketches out the overview and history in light detail. Then presents a comprehensive list of local detail in a compact format that is customizable. This eliminates much of the tedious work involved in creating a setting and allows the referee to focus on the campaign and the grand adventures the players face as their characters.

This is presented as two products both in PDF and Print on Demand.

The first product is a 44 page guidebook containing a brief overview of and commentary on Maps Fifteen to Map Eighteen of the Wilderlands along with lists covering details on Villages, Castles, Lairs, Ruins, and Islands.

Due to the extensive use of monsters from the supplements to the original edition, this release details 7 monsters and provides full statistics suitable for use with Swords and Wizardry and similar RPGs.

The Guidebook for the Wilderlands of the Fantastic Reaches also includes charts, tables, and rules concerning the Triumphant Grand Tactical mapping system used by the Wilderlands, how to build strongholds, and establishing baronies. In addition information has been added on the demographics of the Wilderlands along with new rules governing pastoral and nomadic cultures. Because Tula, the City of Wizards, plays a prominent role in this region, rules for potion and magic item creations has been included. Finally as the Isle of the Blest straddles the corners of four maps, a combined map and list has been added as a bonus chapter. This includes the background originally written by Scott Fulton in Pegasus #3.

Included with the Guidebook are letter sized blank map of the Wilderlands that can be used to take notes during a campaign. A PDF with the map legend. A letter size black and white guide to the placement of each of the 18 maps within the Wilderlands.

Finally a giant sized preliminary version of the master map that I used to crop the individual maps from. With the right printer this can be printed as a full scale map 5 feet wide and 8 feet long. With the PDF you can selectively copy out regions as complete maps that overlap the borders of the 18 maps. After the release of the final set of maps this file will be updated as a layered PDF allowing for custom maps of the Wilderlands to be copied or created.



The second product is a set of four maps:  Isles of the Dawn Map Fifteen, Southern Reaches Map Sixteen, Silver Skein Isles Map Seventeen, and Ghinor Highlands Map Eighteen. When ordered via print on the demand they are printed in two overlapping halves each on a 12" by 18" poster. In addition each map is presented as a 22" by 17" PDF file.

The maps have been redrawn from the original in a color style. Instead of the distinct symbols of the original maps, terrain has been drawn as a transparent fill and vegetation represented by colored areas. This allows both terrain and vegetation to overlap. Representing more accurately the complexity and diversity of the Wilderland's geography.

This release is the final book in a series of four covering the Wilderlands of High Fantasy.

A preview PDF

The Wilderlands of the Fantastic Reaches Guidebook

The Wilderlands of the Fantastic Reaches Map


Bundles

I now offer bundles of all four sets of guidebooks and maps at 25% off buying separately. There are four bundles two sets of print or PDF for the guidebooks, and two sets of print or PDF for the maps. DrivethruRPG doesn't allow maps and books to be mixed in the same bundle (or order).

Wilderlands Guidebook Bundle (PDF)
Wilderlands Guidebook Bundle (Print)
Wilderlands Map Bundle (PDF) 
Wilderlands Map Bundle (Print)

21 comments:

ShandyAndy said...

Great stuff Rob. Ordered the print versions of booklet and maps so look forward to them arriving and completing my set. Hoping to run a Wilderlands campaign next year and intending to use your maps and booklets! Really appreciate you re-creating the Wilderlands publications. It's a quality piece of work.

Rob said...

This was the setting of my youth. Can't wait to get my hands on this completed update. A hearty HUZZAH to you GOOD SIR!

Scott Anderson said...

They look so beautiful. Great job.

dkabq said...

Ordered. Now with all four in-hand I can take them to Michael's to get them matted and framed as one big map.

Jeff V. said...

Wonderful work, Rob! Ive ordered the print, and the PDF's look GREAT!

Gromosh du Dragon said...

Great work ! I bought both PDF and print version and will use all this material in my campaign. I started it past may ; the party is in the vicinity of Viridistan so they have time to discover this Fantastic world... Thanks for all.

James Mishler said...

Awesome! Ordering right away!

I know it has been a long slog for you, but... any chance of stitching the four booklets into one complete hardback? Doesn't even have to be reformatted, really; just stick them together in order and set it up for a hardcover (and maybe softcover)...

It would be nice to have the individuals for use at the table, and the big book for perusing at leisure...

Robert Conley said...

@James, I think something can be done in that department. :-)

Anders Honoré said...

Went and bought this plus the booklet bundle in print just now. Can't wait to have a complete set to put into a nice binder.

Ben said...

Would this be a good introduction to the Wildlands setting?

Frank said...

Ben, yes. These 4 products pretty much consist of an updated and reformatted color version of the original.

Jeff V. said...

Ben, these products pretty much ARE the setting (and by "these products" I mean all four of the map groups together and their guide books). When it was originally published, the Wilderlands came out in exactly this format (though the original included mostly blank mapsheets that the players could use to actually map the world as they discovered it, as well). There wasn't any big splat book or anything like that in the originals at all. Just the maps, and the hex-by-hex listing of the major things present. So, honestly, if you buy the bundle, you have the entire setting as it was originally published, plus a little extra since Rob has taken the time to add in stats for some of the no-longer listed in modern monster manuals creatures and put in some of the rules that were published in Pegasus or other places that will make it easier to play in the Wilderlands. Hope that helps!

Ben said...

Excellent! I've been dying to just jump in. There are so many products. I just wasn't sure where to start. I really enjoyed Mr Conley's Points of Light and wanted more. Thank you both.

Robert Conley said...

@Ben, To help things I added three catagories to represent the three broad catagories of products I work on.

Majestic Wilderlands. my own take on the Wilderlands. In a nutshell it uses the geography and place names but just about everything else is its own thing.

Majestic Fantasy Realms - Blackmarsh on my site, Points of Light I & II on Goodman website.

Judges Guild, the CSIO map, the wilderlands maps, and the guidebook. Trying to adhere to the original material as close as possible but with a modern layout and my own cartography style on the original maps.

Mad Doctor Mark said...

Hi! These maps look great, and I just ordered the print bundle. The description says that PDF copies of the guidebooks are included, yet drivethrurpg makes no provision for downloading them. How to I access them?

Robert Conley said...

@Mad Doctor did you pick print + PDF as PDFs are a free add-on? If not unfortunately you have to explicitly pick the option. I have complained about this to DriveThruRPG.

However I would be happy to issue you a free discount code for the PDFs. I just need your order #. That allows me to see your customer ID and issue you a code to the email you have on file with DriveThruRPG.

Ben said...

Thank you sir! That makes things even clearer. I've heard such great things about your Wilderlands. I've resisted long enough :)

Unknown said...

Thank you for your quick reply. If you shoot me a message at mark.rabuck@germantownacademy.org I will send you the relevant information.

Jeff V. said...

Rob, I'm still hoping that one day you will do a "Majestic Wilderlands" like version in TFT/HOW/B&BM stats/monsters and spells. It would be a dream come true for me (and a few others out there).

Rob said...

@Robert Conley... looks like I messed up on the purchase as well and do not have the pdf option. Orders 20246895 and 20246899.

Robert Conley said...

@Rob let me know if you got the discount. I haven't used the tool often but if I enter your customer ID I believe it should sent the discount automatically. I sent two codes one for the guidebooks and another for the maps.