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An Excerpt from The Wellspring—Plus a Production Update
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PROJECT UPDATE
Charles Ryan
CREATOR
15 days ago

Project Update: An Excerpt from The Wellspring—Plus a Production Update

Greetings, vislae—

Over the past few months, our efforts to summon the Black Cube have progressed nicely. It’s a ritual of momentous proportions, taking many months, but its triumphant conclusion is coming into view. We expect to have our first-off-the-line production copy of the Invisible Sun reprint in just a few weeks!

That’s not the only project in the works, of course. The Vislae Kit is on the same schedule, with long-lead components of Book M and The Nightside to follow a few weeks after.

In the meantime, Monte has been hard at work on The Wellspring and has a snippet from that title to share with you. (While the bulk of The Wellspring is written, it’s just now heading into the editing phase. The snippet we are sharing with you is unedited, pre-production text.)

Before we get to that, though, a reminder: If you backed for the supplements, and were part of the Phase 1 fulfillment, and you haven’t yet redeemed your rewards—they’re waiting for you! Just log into the MCG Shop, navigate to My Account, and click on the Coupons tab. From there you can add your coupons to your cart and check out, and we’ll ship your rewards to you!

Now back to Montes’ excerpt—a brief peek into what the Wellspring is in a physical (or metaphysical) sense, and how a vislae might navigate to its heart once they find it.

Understanding the Wellspring

How does magic work? Where does it come from? Ask ten vislae and you’ll get ten very different answers. And so it’s difficult and perhaps fruitless to explain the Wellspring. We can, however, describe it. 

Magic itself is very often described with words that suggest water or at least liquid. Currents. Ebbs and flows. Even sometimes tides. The Wellspring, then, is a different source of magic—a different flow—that in the past has bubbled forth mystic energies, and in the past it has also stopped. There are those that say that sometimes the Wellspring just runs dry. Others contend that something—or someone—caps the Wellspring and keeps it from flowing that energy into the Actuality. (Into the Actuality from where, you might ask, but again—there are many answers to questions like that.)

If one is comfortable with the water metaphor, then it isn’t hard to understand that at the point where the Wellspring flows—the source, if you will—the magic pools. In fact, it creates a sort of oasis around that pool, where the magical power gives existence to a shore around it and even “plants” that grow at the pool’s edge. The Oasis—and that’s what most historians and theorists call it,  “the Oasis”—can’t be located on a map. It can’t be attributed to any one sun. It’s a location all its own, created and sustained by the mystical energies of the Wellspring.

The Oasis around the Wellspring, then, is a sort of (meta)physical place that one could travel to. Doing so would be the most direct way of drawing upon the power there, although only a vislae would do it.

The Oasis appears to be a pool about 800 feet across, with the “land” around it being another 200 feet extended beyond the pool’s edge in all directions. The “terrain” is barren but weirdly twisted into surreal and normally impossible shapes.

The first time the PCs travel to the Wellspring, the oasis seems frozen. One can see only a mass of cold, solidified magical energy—which looks like glistening ice—with a small, bubbling font in the middle of it. The “ice” has frozen in uneven waves, with peaks and valleys. This is because the members of the Third Hand, who discovered that the Wellspring is ripe for opening, haven’t yet performed the rituals needed to push it over the edge.

There’s still power there when it’s frozen, but it is sluggish and harder to access.

If they travel there again, however, the mystic ice has melted and the entire pool is a swirling vortex of liquid magic. The Wellspring is fully open.

Getting Across the Oasis

The “land” around the Wellspring is easily navigable, but the pool itself presents some challenges. In many cases, travelers to the Oasis are going to want to get to the Wellspring itself, often to sever or redirect its connection with a particular place.

But the Oasis itself is a dangerous location and difficult to navigate, both when it is frozen over, and when it is not.. 

Frozen:
The ice is supernaturally slick. Crossing it on foot is literally impossible. However, visitors can use the slippery surface to their advantage in conjunction with the uneven ice slopes, crests, and valleys. A good thrust carries a vislae along on their backside or their stomach, moving incredibly fast, moving toward the wellspring in a spiral motion, following the patterns in the ice. Navigating their toboggan-like ride safely requires three Movement-based actions with a challenge of 5. Any time the character fails one of these actions, they suffer one damage and the challenge of the next action in the series (if any are left) is 2 higher. Worse, a failure also means that the frozen magic has scraped away some of the vislae’s personal power, so that they lose 3 Sorcery.

Should a character fail all three actions, they not only suffer the effects described, but they careen across the ice entirely out of control. They end up out of the Oasis entirely, and lose their next action. If they want to get to the Wellspring, they will have to try all over again.

This activity is not overly dangerous on its own, but in some circumstances (see each individual story in this book) enemies may attack the PCs while all of this is going on.

Unfrozen:
There’s no ice to slide upon, but this circumstance is perhaps even more difficult because the water in the Oasis churns around the Wellspring like a violent whirlpool. Swimming is impossible, but characters could attempt to use the churning motion to their advantage and ride the current (or even body surf) to the middle. Similar to dealing with the frozen Oasis, letting the whirlpool-like current carry a character requires three Movement-based actions with a challenge of 5. Any time the character fails one of these actions, they suffer 2 damage (from nearly drowning) and the challenge of the next action in the series (if any are left) is 2 higher. 

Should a character fail all three actions, they not only suffer the effects described, but they begin to truly drown in the magic of the pool. They must attempt a Physicality-based action to keep from drowning, and the challenge is 3, with the challenge increasing each action by 1. The character must keep attempting these actions until a friend manages to help them out of the churning pool. A character alone in this situation is likely doomed.

At the Center of the Wellspring

Paradoxically, should one reach the Wellspring itself, they can stand as if on solid ground. Vislae who do so can cast spells or utilize other magical praxis at no Sorcery cost. Incantations and ephemera objects operate normally, but objects of power never ever deplete in that spot.

Vislae standing at the center can also make minor alterations to the flow of the Wellspring’s power as it flows into the Actuality. This requires specific knowledge of where the magic is specifically going (through an established link—as detailed in the various stories in this book). Preventing or redirecting this specific flow requires a few minutes of time and a Sorcery-based action with a challenge of 8. Multiple vislae can work together on this action, each devoting points of Sorcery to add to the venture.

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And that’s what Monte has to share with us today. We’ll have another production update in about a month, as, if everything remains on plan, production comes to an end and the Black Cube begins its journey to our warehouses. 

Thank you so much for your support!
—The Monte Cook Games team
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I don't know if I've missed something, but are there any news about The Wellspring pdf and the shipment of the physical book? Thank you!

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Just wondering if we can expect any further update on pledges and when the physical copies are anticipated to ship? Seems it has been 2 months since the last update and whilst I trust MCG and their crowdfunding track record, I'm beginning to get a little anxious.

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If anybody is looking for a game while they are waiting for their goodies, there is an open table game starting up on Reddit. The organiser says that the game will focus on character arcs and player driven plot, based on the rotating cast. https://www.reddit.com/r/invisiblesunrpg/comments/1bnu8bc/satyrine_reveries_and_revelations/?rdt=46955

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PROJECT UPDATE
Charles Ryan
CREATOR
4 months ago

Project Update: Fulfillment of Existing Items Is Underway!

Greetings, vislae—

Exciting news! Fulfillment of the following existing products is now underway:

  • Invisible Sun in PDF
  • The six existing supplements in PDF
  • Prop Set 2 in PDF
  • The six existing supplements in print (Phase 1)
  • Iconic Figure Set (Phase 1)

As we mentioned in our last update, and during the campaign, there are limited supplies of the existing items. Reprints are now underway, but that’s going to take some time. For now, as Phase 1, we’ll fulfill what we have, starting with the first backers. So:

  • If you were an early backer (in the first day or two of the campaign), we will fulfill some or all of these existing items to you now, in Phase 1.
  • If you backed after the first day or so, these items will fulfill when they are reprinted—probably around the time we fulfill the Black Cube or shortly thereafter.

Because existing quantities of these items vary, even early backers may receive some rewards as part of Phase 1, and others later.

If these items are among your rewards, you can redeem them now on the MCG Shop.

Speaking of Reprinting…

Work on the Black Cube is now well underway. Our vendor has been reviewing files, running proofs, and setting up for production over the past several weeks. The Lunar New Year occurs this month, and most manufacturing in China closes for some time to celebrate, so things will slow down in February. (We planned for this, so it doesn’t impact our schedule.) The pace will pick up again in a couple of weeks. The Black Cube is an enormously complex product—one of the most physically complex games ever produced—so there’s still a lot of work ahead. But we expect to see it move quickly through production following the Lunar New Year!

Thank you so much for your support!
—The Monte Cook Games team

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It's been a while since we've heard anything about the project-- could we get an update on what's going on at MCG?

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Greetings and salutations; It has been a month since the Christmas update when you were talking about black cubes being gifts and what to do about it. I don't know about anyone else but where it wasn't a gift, I wasn't so much worried at the time. Now its a month later and we haven't heard of an update. I am sure I am not the only one that is curious about what happened.

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I could be wrong about this, but I believe I selected that mine was a gift. I've filled out the pledge manager and address survey and kept my eyes peeled on my email, but I've seen nothing. Maybe it was naive of me, but I thought for sure that I would have this product in time for my girlfriend's birthday and that looks increasingly unlikely. He seems like I'm going to have to make other plans and it'll just be a happy surprise whenever this actually arrives.

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I see — and suffer from — the terrible performance of MCG's fulfilment partner Kixto in a number of other MCG crowdfunding projects. Several backers have reported about fulfilment orders not being processed for months on end — or at best, partially fulfilled — and communication on reported issues being patchy or non-existent. I myself can testify to both. What are the plans here in the Invisible Sun project? Will you still be using Kixto? If so, what will you do to ensure that logistics and communication actually work as they should?

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When does the pledge manager close?

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PROJECT UPDATE
Charles Ryan
CREATOR
5 months ago

Project Update: Gifts, Charges, and Initial Fulfillment

Greetings, vislae—

We have lots of news for you today.

Is your Black Cube a gift?

If you purchased the Black Cube as a gift and chose the gift-giving card add-on, we started sending those out today. Unfortunately, due perhaps to the befuddling powers of the Grey, some of you haven't provided the necessary information to send your card. If you chose this add-on, and have not already provided the shipping address via the form we emailed you yesterday, here’s what we need from you to ship your card before the holidays:


Our other rewards will follow our standard fulfillment process, but because there are a small number to fulfill, and you may need this reward ASAP, we’re using this expedited system for the gift-giving card. The cards are shipping today! 

Pledge manager cards have been charged…

If you filled out the pledge manager and purchased any add-ons or upgrades, your card was charged this week.

If you haven’t filled out the pledge manager, now is the time! Especially because…

Fulfillment is starting!

We are beginning the process of fulfilling existing rewards. These include:

  • PDFs of existing titles, including the Black Cube and supplements
  • Phase 1 of the six existing supplements in print
  • Phase 1 of additional existing physical items, such as The Guiding Hand and the Testament of Suns

As we noted during the campaign, there are limited supplies of the existing supplements and other items. These items are being reprinted to meet the campaign’s demand, but that’s going to take some time. For now, as Phase 1, we’ll fulfill what we have, starting with the first backers. So:

  • If you were an early backer (in the first day or two of the campaign), we will fulfill some or all of these existing items to you now, in Phase 1.
  • If you backed after the first day or so, these items will fulfill when they are reprinted—probably around the time we fulfill the Black Cube.

Because existing quantities of these items vary, even early backers may receive some rewards as part of Phase 1, and others later.

As always, you don’t have to fulfill your rewards right away. If you’d like to save on shipping and don’t need these items right away, you can hold off on fulfillment until a later date. We guarantee your rewards will be available for at least a year.

We’ll have some news on The Wellspring and The Darkest Art, as well as an update on the complex process of reprinting the Black Cube, in the new year. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the holidays and are looking forward to 2024!

Thank you so much for your support!
—The Monte Cook Games team

(Oh, and speaking of the holidays…)


It’s a holiday tradition at MCG: we give you $10, and you can use it to get something at the MCG Shop—or donate it to charity! 100% of the donation goes to the chosen charity, and over the years we’ve given thousands to some really worthy causes. So take $10 off a gift for a loved one (or yourself!) or tell us which charity you’d like us to give it to. It’s the MCG Holiday Gift!
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Hello! I noticed the pledge manager closed yesterday. When are we getting the PDFs then? :) Thanks!

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Hi there, I hope this is the correct place to ask this question. I notice the retailer tier is $377 and includes 3 black cubes and the Wellspring. It seems to me that if I were to purchase those three things individually it would cost around $200. So I must be misunderstanding something about the contents of the retailer tier. Can someone please let me know the details? I've looked everywhere and I can't sort it out. Thank you.

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Hello! I would like to ask if there will be any kind of digital usage support of this campaign. I mean, I know there are PDFs but as you know there's an extremely increase in numbers of digital gaming and it would be nice to have a Foundry module, or at least a ready-to-upload version deck images etc. Tabletop Simulator version would be another alternative. All I could see is a not-enough character sheet version in Roll20 and to be honest, I don't like to use Roll20 while I have Foundry at hand.

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