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Summerland is a game about desolation and redemption in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by a vast supernatural forest. The game was first published nearly ten years ago, and has since been translated in to French, Catalan and Spanish.


Summary

In Summerland, players take on the roles of Drifters, characters who travel beneath the Sea of Leaves, the vast supernatural forest that has devastated the works of humanity. They are driven to constantly move on due to a past trauma that while protecting them from the Call, the siren-song of the forest, prohibits them from being accepted in to what's left of society. Instead they must confront their past, resolve their trauma and at last join the remainder of humanity. Like my last game Exilium, also funded via Kickstarter and delivered earlier than anticipated, this new version of Summerland uses mechanics specifically to model the process redemption, giving the game a clear 'end-game' linked to actual play.

The original version of the game came out around ten years ago, quickly followed by a revised and expanded edition. I'm now raising funds for a new full colour second edition of Sumerland, with new mechanics based on the Open D6 rules set as used in Exilium, so still rules light, but modified to fit the themes and goals of Summerland.

The Game

Summerland has been out for some time in it's original form with different mechanics to this new version. Check out some reviews at the links below (and bear in mind what's changed in this new edition, listed in the next section)...

DrivethruRPG customers:

'What captivated me about this setting was the mysteries and the connection to nature. It reminded me very much of the books of Robert Holdstock, where a huge forest places an important role as well. There is something strange here that I hope to one day explore! The cover art is amazing!

Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]'

'The premise is both intriguing and deceptively simple: a primeval forest has overtaken the world overnight, destroying civilization in one fell swoop. Why and how? That's up to the narrator to decide--or to leave as a mystery. It's an evocative, open-ended setting with unlimited possibilities and designed with an eye to letting the players and narrator create a very personal, collaborative story. Personally, it's just the thing I was looking for. I can't wait to play it.

Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]'

Since it's release, Summerland has been translated into French, Catalan and Spanish.

For a Q&A on the new edition which talks about the game, check the link below:

What's Changed?

The core of the game is identical, the setting material and 'Fallen leaves' the sandbox campaign, are all as before. There are two main changes...

  • Full colour layout, featuring art from the talented Tithi Luadthong. The original game was black and white with treated photos. This version will be packed full of wonderful and evocative art like below in both one page and double page spreads. The game will also feature the beautiful original cover by Paul Bourne of Cubicle 7, modified for the new edition.

  • New Open D6 engine. The original game had a short, very narrative rule set, which these days has proven to be insufficiently robust in play. So it's been replaced by the Open D6 rules based on MiniSix from Anti-Paladin games that I used with my other game Exilium. The rules for resolving traumas and stress are the same however, as they riff off of die results from actions.

Open D6

The Open D6 game system is extremely versatile, and can be implemented in various degrees of detail for games that are light to heavy in style. Summerland is definitely rules light, but that doesn't mean you couldn't bolt on things you like from the free to download Open D6 rule books. It's a great, simple versatile system, so that's why I use it in my games.


 
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Greg S August 28, 2018 2:54 pm UTC
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Hi all,

No idea what's going on with the pricing - I've asked DTRPG for a comment.

Sorry about this.

Greg
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Aemon A August 28, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
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Greg, Thanks for checking in. I went ahead and purchased the PDF for a cart price of $10.54, but if that is above the intended DotD price, I'd appreciate a refund whenever the pricing issues get sorted out. Thanks again!
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Greg S August 29, 2018 8:30 am UTC
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Let me know who you are and I'll see what I can do!
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Aemon A September 01, 2018 5:15 am UTC
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Sorry Greg - updated my profile to include a name. How can I contact you off the forum?
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Roy H September 05, 2018 3:14 am UTC
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Hi Greg, the fellow below mentions the hardcover being $27.10? Is that what you are talking to them about correcting? That seems more in line with the kickstarter price. I'd like a copy but the $50 is a bit hefty, just started a campaign today, super excited for it.
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Aemon A August 28, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
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OK, now the price for watermarked PDF + hardcover color book shows as $10.54, but in the cart it's $27.10. The PDF alone shows as $5.27, but, as the previous poster noted, the actual price in the cart (for quantity = one of that item) is $10.54. Suggestions please?
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John H August 28, 2018 11:59 am UTC
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Hi, the watermarked PDF shows as $7.14AUD on the site to purchase but when I add it to the cart the price doubles to $14.28AUD and yes I did check that is for a single copy. Can you assist please?

Thanks :)
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Aemon A August 28, 2018 5:49 am UTC
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Am I missing something on the DotD offer? Screen shows MSRP $13.18, struck through, and "Deal Price $22.63 (60% off)".
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Charles D May 23, 2018 4:48 pm UTC
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Really, really impressed by this RPG. Well done.

I have a review coming to EN World soon. Also I started a discussion here: https://rpgpub.com/threads/summerland-second-edition.1382/
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Greg S June 05, 2018 11:43 am UTC
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Hi Charles, awesome! Thanks for the review!
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Jarad C May 17, 2018 8:47 am UTC
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Any reviews out there? Really intrigued.
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Greg S May 18, 2018 11:16 am UTC
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Hi Jared, if you search the internet you'll find reviews of the first edition (called the 'expanded and revised edition'). These give you a flavour of the game.

The new edition features the open D6 system and lots of lovely new art. Hopefully a review won't be long in appearing!
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Greg S June 11, 2018 8:30 am UTC
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There are now some reviews on this site and on the web, so please take a look.
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Tim L April 30, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
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Any chance you could update the pdf down the line to include the nice cover? :)
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Greg S May 01, 2018 11:17 am UTC
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Good idea! Might have to wait for kickstarter fulfillment to calm down a bit first!
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Greg S May 03, 2018 9:59 am UTC
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Done now! The PDF has the cover and back cover. Print versions always had the covers (as you'd expect!)
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Tim L May 03, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
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Cheers! Thanks for the swift update!
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