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Expedition from the Mysterious Peaks

Created by Alligator Alley Entertainment

Mystic fantasy meets heroic sci-fi in an epic adventure saga for 5E.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

September Project Update
15 days ago – Tue, Sep 20, 2022 at 09:47:22 PM

Hello, all!

I wanted to make sure I had an accurate accounting of where we are before I posted a new update. As I mentioned on the prior update, we're working through some delays, which unfortunately set us back a few months.

Writing

This is unfortunately one of our longest delays. We do have an amazing team of writers, but real-life events and scheduling changes has made it difficult to get some of the drafts finished and tested. Fortunately, we are much further ahead than we were on the last update. Here's a rundown of what we have done and what we're still working on:

Completed

  • GM's Tools/Intro
  • Prologue and Chap 1
  • Chapters 2 though 4
  • Chapters 8, 9 & 10

Delayed (In Process)

  • Chapters 5, 6, 7
  • Chapter 11
  • NPC/Threat Appendices (requires completion of the other chapters)

Art

We're on a very good schedule with illustrations. Because we are still waiting on some of the finalized adventure info, there are still a few art commissions and maps that are on hold.

The final layout template is completed and ready to go for edited chapters. It will be also be included with an updated version of "The Final Command" intro section.

And just because—here's a sneak peek of the map of Celes!

Celes and the Umbral Vein — ©2022 Alligator Alley Entertainment, LLC
Celes and the Umbral Vein — ©2022 Alligator Alley Entertainment, LLC

Playtesting

We're excited to see so many sign-ups for the playtest! We're attempting to spread the love as much as possible, so if you haven't been contacted yet, it doesn't necessarily mean you missed out. There are still a few sections left to go. :)


Again, thank you all for your patience and support.

Until next time!

Latest Project Status
2 months ago – Fri, Jul 22, 2022 at 03:41:43 PM

Hello all! Here's the latest update on where we are with project development.

As noted in our prior update, we've been working to catch up on delays due to a few of our authors and illustrators who became unavailable through unforeseen circumstances.

Writing and Editing

Several drafts were delayed for a while, but it looks like we're finally back on track with the design workload being redistributed. Again, as mentioned in the previous update, our timeline has been moved up a few months, with the product expected to be completed in the Fall of this year. The website has also been updated with the latest project stats and new estimated release times.

The good news is we now have a majority of the drafts completed and in review before being sent into editing, with just a few chapters still outstanding.

Illustrations and Cartography

We found some extremely talented illustrators to take over work on the remaining open commissions. We also still have a few more maps to develop and anticipate getting them in by the time we start putting the text into layout.

As promised for each update, here's a preview map of the Realm of Kammria, by Marco Bernadini.

Upcoming Events

We had a fantastic time at Origins Game Fair in June. Our next convention will be at Gen Con 2022 on August 4th-7th. When we're not running events, myself and the rest of the Alligator Alley Entertainment team can be found in the Exhibit Hall in booth 2029. Please come by and say hello!

Also check out our Gen Con events, including our preview runs of Chapters 1 and 2 of Expedition from the Mysterious Peaks!

Hope to see some of you there!

Updates, Art, and a new partner project!
4 months ago – Fri, Jun 17, 2022 at 12:59:23 PM

Greetings, all!

Just a quick update on where we are and what's on the horizon.

Writing and Playtests

The first sets of received drafts are going through review. We're still waiting on a few sections to be completed. Last week at Origins, we played through Greg's Arkenvale scenario and had a blast.

Submissions for the beta playtest are now closed. Playtesters selected to participate will be contacted directly with further information.

Art Commissions

Two of our primary artists have been kept busy with extended obligations until at least the end of the month. This includes the art requests for our Exemplar level backers. To prevent even further delay, we've been tracking down some other talented artists who are able to pick up some of the open commissions.

As promised, I'll be highlighting select pieces from each of our artists and cartographers.

Aeothian Pursuit - by Tan Ho Sim

More Dark Fantasy, you say?

The gang at Alligator Alley Entertainment has partnered with Atthis Arts, Norse Foundry, and award-winning game designer, Aaron Rosenberg, to develop the world of Grayshade. This grimdark urban setting is based on The Dark Assassin Trilogy conceived from the mind of Gregory A. Wilson.

Gregory runs the official Esper Genesis Twitch stream and is the creative mind behind our latest successful release—Tales and Tomes from the Forbidden Library.

If you like dark fantasy, intrigue, and urban espionage, feel free to dive in and check out the Grayshade campaign!

Progress and Upcoming Events
5 months ago – Fri, May 20, 2022 at 11:06:37 AM

Greetings, everyone!

We've made a focused effort this past month to schedule draft and art releases while we look toward our production schedule for the Summer. Some section drafts are nearing completion with a few delayed and others complete and currently under review before being sent out for editing.

Illustrations and Maps

We've brought on some amazing illustrators to craft the visual imagery for our strange new world. With each update, I'll be (sparingly) posting some works-in-progress for everyone get a feel for what's in store. Below are a couple of WIP illustrations from Jenny Eickbush!

"Bridges of Kammria" and "Boarding the Station" — ©2022 Alligator Alley Entertainment, LLC

Thalis Overland

This gorgeous overview of Thalis and the Veiled Realms was created by the marvelous Marco Bernardini. Click on the map image for a higher-resolution preview!

Realms of Thalis — ©2022 Alligator Alley Entertainment, LLC

Playtest Sign-ups and Convention Events

Signups for becoming a beta playtester are still open. Visit the EG Facebook Page or the #announcements channel in the Official Discord Server for details. The sign-up link is also available in the most recent newsletter for mailing list subscribers.

The AAE team will also be at the Origins Game Fair in June, and at Gen Con in July. We'll be hosting some special events at Gen Con, including a live test run of the Planetfall and Crisis on Kammria chapters from the Expedition campaign!


As always, please reach out to us by commenting below with any questions.

Until next time!

Project Status and Timeline
6 months ago – Mon, Apr 18, 2022 at 06:12:16 PM

Greetings all!

Thanks everyone for your patience, as I know we haven't updated in a while. We've had a lot of moving parts with unexpected turns, so I wanted to get a good grasp of where we were before posting.

Due to changes in availability, life events, and in one case, a family tragedy, we hit a few scheduling delays all at once. Thankfully, most of these delays are temporary, but it took us a bit longer than expected to get everything back on track.

That being said, we've had to push many of the draft deadlines forward by a couple of months. This also pushes back some of the artwork/cartography. Because of this, our planned release is going to be delayed likely until the mid-Summer instead of late Spring, as we originally planned.

We're still going to do our best to keep as close as possible to our original release date. If we can get it done sooner, we will, but as many of our gamers already know, we strive for delivering quality over a rushed product.

Section Previews

Even with production delays, we still want to provide content that can be used while backers await the finished product. Once new sections go into playtesting, we'd like to send out preview copies of the text upon finished, edited text.

Special Backer Rewards

The Last Command: First day backers should have already received the intro adventure, The Final Command. An updated version will be uploaded into BackerKit by tomorrow. Please keep an eye out for it in your emails.

Exemplar Submissions: Backers who pledged at the Exemplar level should have received an email requesting additional information regarding their survey submissions. If you haven't received an email, please let us know right away.

Playtesting

Within the next week, an invite form will become available to sign-up for open playtesting. Existing backers and members of our EG community are welcome to participate, pending an agreement of non-disclosure and Code of Conduct.

The sign-up link will be available to prior playtesters and users on our mailing list, as well as anyone that has joined our official Facebook group, or Discord server.



As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Until next time!