Thursday, March 12, 2015

Into the Pit

The Pathfinder adventure we commissioned for our Kickstarter campaign, Into the Pit, is now available for purchase on the Paizo website. We went all out with professional designer Amber Scott to create this fantastic adventure, inspired by my own campaign, and themed around the store.
Here's how it's listed, and I'll admit, it has me excited:

Into the Pit (PFRPG) PDF

Black Diamond Games

Between the city of Tara and the valuable black salt mine known as the Pit stretches a barren expanse of dusty badlands. Decades ago, prisoners were sent to the Pit to labor in its lightless depths. Now it stands abandoned of living workers, inhabited only by the spirits of the dead and a vicious salt drake. Reclaiming the mine would bring great wealth to Tara and industry to its people. All the city needs is a group of heroes brave enough to venture into the Pit…

"Into The Pit" is a Pathfinder compatible adventure designed for four 7th-level PCs. By the end of the adventure, PCs should be midway between 7th and 8th level.

The adventure centers around the exploration of a multi-level underground black salt mine called the Pit, but the adventure offers more than a straightforward dungeon crawl. The PCs’ initial patron is the Black Knight, king of Tara. Over the course of the adventure, though, the PCs may receive an offer from Na’Kriss, the salt drake who lairs within the mine, to serve his needs instead.

Author and project manager: Amber E. Scott
Cover art and border design: Caitlin Bauer
Cartography and graphic design: Robert Brookes
Layout and design: Marie Small

44 page adventure, including full color maps for both GMs and players (unmarked).
This professionally developed adventure was part of the Black Diamond Games expansion Kickstarter.

It was extravagant when you consider only a couple dozen people received it through the Kickstarter. The adventure cost about $200 per person when you take the cost of production divided by those who chose that backer level. If you balked at the $25 Kickstarter pledge, please consider supporting us at this more competitive price point. We do get money, just like every other PDF centric RPG business. 

If we can break even on this adventure, we'll probably do another one. And just like that, I've become a game publisher with poor business practices. 

Future Blog Post: I'm investigating "key man" insurance and how to ensure your business continues after you're dead, while still taking care of your family. For most, it's a quick liquidation fire sale, but what if you've got something worth preserving? It's an option for those with strong management and strong business process.


  1. That looks great! Out of interest, how is it themed around the store?

    (On an aside, not sure how American insurance works, but in Australia "management liability" is a great little insurance package - it usually covers the keyman insurance, PR crisis costs, and employee-discrimination/harassment)

  2. The patron of the adventure is the "black knight," a paladin dedicated to serving the needs of his people, vowing not to remove his black armor until his people are freed from tyranny. It's a Johnny Cash thing and it ties in with our logo.

    The salt mine in the adventure produces a black salt known as "black diamonds." That's a real thing.

    I'm meeting with an insurance agent today, but "key man" sounds like a basic life insurance policy with a slight business twist. Nothing too fancy. We'll see. I need to talk to an attorney as well.

  3. I don't know how your license may work, but will it be possible to get your adventure through drivethrurpg or will it only be available through Either way, congrats on getting it published! You're still way ahead of most adventure writers and/or producers. :)

  4. We'll eventually sell it through Drive Through, but I wanted to give Paizo some exclusivity for a while. We're at 8 copies solid since we started.