Invisible Sun – Return to the Actuality

Created by Monte Cook Games

Invisible Sun is an amazing and visionary new tabletop roleplaying game from Monte Cook that introduces new modes of RPG play, a unique and original setting, and an unprecedented physical production weighing in at over 30lb (14kg). "A very different approach to storytelling...Invisible Sun stands out as a revolutionary advancement among roleplaying games" —LA Review of Books Released in the summer of 2018 to Kickstarter backers, and through retail game stores, and on the Monte Cook Games website, it sold out immediately. And so we held a successful Kickstarter campaign to reprint this groundbreaking, but very hard-to-find, piece of RPG history. Reserve your copy today! Once it returns to Shadow, it's, well...gone.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

The Improved (and Physical) Prop Set Is Unlocked—On to More Stretch Goals!
6 months ago – Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 11:07:39 PM

Greetings, honored vislae—

It’s truly amazing to be writing this update, just a few hours after posting the update announcing our last stretch goal. But you have done an incredible job spreading the word about this campaign, and introducing new vislae to the Black Cube. As a result, we’ve hit another stretch goal!

We will be significantly increasing the number of props in the digital prop set (our first unlocked stretch goal). It will now, in total, more than double the number of props you receive in your Black Cube. It’ll be filled with creative, immersive, fun, and often secret-filled items you can bring into your Invisible Sun narrative to show or give your players. The digital prop set is included with every backer level—and so is this upgrade!

In addition to the increased scope of this reward, we’re also going to conjure it into physical being. That’s right: handbills, tickets, business cards, brochures, signs, posters, newspaper clippings, old letters—all sorts of cool tidbits, that you can hold in your hand. The physical prop set is now available as an add-on.

A selection of the props in the Black Cube. We're going to make even more!
A selection of the props in the Black Cube. We're going to make even more!

Digital Rules Reference

A number of backers have come to this campaign to look for supplements, the Vislae Kit, or add-ons, having bought the Black Cube at their local retail store. Because they didn’t get their Black Cube through this campaign, or via the original Kickstarter, they missed out on some of the useful extras. In particular, many of these backers have asked about the Digital Rules Reference.

Does that describe you? If so, good news: We’re adding the Digital Rules Reference to the Look Beyond the Grey and Expand into the Actuality reward levels. So if you back this campaign at those levels, you will now receive the handy Digital Rules Reference.

Let’s Make Sun Medallions

Here’s our next stretch goal: Every Black Cube comes with a sun medallion!

We made these beautiful medallions for the original Invisible Sun Kickstarter. Produced by our friends at Campaign Coins, these high-quality metal medallions are cast in a bronze finish. Each is roughly 1.4” (35mm) in diameter, and nicely thick and solid in feel. There are eight designs, each representing one of the eight suns along the Path of Suns (but not including the Invisible Sun, which sits outside the Path). Each medallion comes with a chain. They are really, really nice.

You can already purchase a complete set of these medallions as an add-on. But if we hit this stretch goal, you will also get a random medallion for free with your Black Cube. Every Black Cube delivered by this campaign, as a reward or an add-on, will come with a medallion representing one of the suns. Which sun will you get?

We’ll make this happen if we hit $276,011.

Given today’s fantastic pace, it seems entirely possible we can hit this goal—and maybe even one or more goals beyond it. But only if we rally the many, many vislae still trapped in this realm of deception, unaware of the Actuality and the Black Cube. Help them discover this campaign, so we can make the medallions, and maybe even more stretch goals, a reality!

The Enchiridion Has Been Unearthed!
6 months ago – Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 03:37:40 PM

Greetings, wise vislae—

Wow, what an exciting week we’ve had. Thanks to you, we have conjured the Enchiridion of the Path, making this new title a reality.

We’ve had many new backers since we first started talking about this “book” (welcome, new backers!), so here’s a recap straight from Monte himself:

The eight (no, nine) suns comprise the Actuality, and the realms they illuminate stretch into infinity and yet can be contained within a single soul. Exploring these realms offers both overwhelming dangers and nigh-unimaginable rewards.

Written from the perspective of experienced and powerful vislae who have walked the Path of Suns, this deluxe product contains player-facing material meant to be the results of character research and investigation, as well as GM-facing material that offers new locations, NPCs, challenges, and stories.

Leave the streets of Satyrine behind and travel the Path. As within, so without.

I put the word “book” in quotes above, because we’re looking at some innovative ways to present the Enchiridion and its cool, flavorful content. In its final form, it might not be an entirely conventional RPG supplement. (The image above is just a mockup; the actual product may look somewhat different.) Regardless, if your rewards include “additional books, if unlocked as stretch goals,” you’ll get Enchiridion of the Path automatically, in print and PDF. We’re also making it available as an add-on.

This is really exciting. Thanks so much for making it a reality!

So, What’s Next?

The first stretch goal we unlocked was a digital prop set. Part of what makes Invisible Sun so remarkable (in addition to the truly unique setting and the magical rules system) is the game’s tactile nature. When you receive your Black Cube, you will find that it contains, among the many hundreds of components, a large, thick envelope stuffed with props and handouts—little bits of the Actuality to share at your game table. Subscribers to the Directed Campaign also receive, in addition to adventure content, dozens of props—some physical, mailed directly to them (or their players), and others in digital form to be shown or printed at home. Menus, business cards, signs, handbills, posters, train and theatre tickets, letterhead, brochures, postcards . . . the list goes on. Few things draw players into a game world, and make their eyes light up at the game table, like well-crafted props.

If we reach $246,410, we will summon the prop set into physical being. And we’ll expand it. Now the prop set will more than double the props available in the Black Cube. Every Black Cube will come with this improved prop set in digital form, and it will also be available in physical form as an affordable add-on.

At the rate we’re going, it seems likely we’ll hit that stretch goal before this campaign closes—and possibly even today. Where might we go from there? The final days of a Kickstarter campaign are often very exciting, and this one seems like it's no exception. There’s plenty of time to unlock additional stretch goals before it’s over—if we all help find additional vislae still lost in shadow, and help them find their way into the Actuality!

The Art Book Is Funded—On to Enchiridion!
7 months ago – Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 12:22:10 AM

Greetings, wise vislae—

We’ve had a great weekend, and thanks to your help spreading the word to new backers (welcome, new backers!) we’ve unlocked The Art of Invisible Sun 2. The Black Cube contains an art book filled with beautiful images from throughout the game. It’s a great source of inspiration for your narrative, a handy “show ’em” reference when you reveal new places, people, and creatures of the Actuality to your players, and a beautiful showpiece. This second art book will be a companion to that original book, and draw upon beautiful, surreal images from Book M, Secrets of Silent Streets, Teratology, The Threshold, and other supplements.

If your rewards include “additional books, if unlocked as stretch goals,” you’ll get The Art of Invisible Sun 2 in print and PDF. We are also making it available as an add-on, so if you aren’t getting it as part of your reward level, you can increase your pledge by $27 to get it in print and PDF.

Speaking of Additional Books

As we mentioned in an earlier update, we’re looking forward to unlocking a new supplement—and that’s our next stretch goal. Enchiridion of the Path is a tour through the eight suns of the Actuality. Each realm is presented through the eyes of experienced and powerful vislae who have walked the Path of Suns themselves, visiting each sun, parlaying with their wardens, facing their many dangers, and reaping their priceless rewards. It will be chock full of player-facing information and incredible imagery, but also contain loads of secret knowledge for the GM.

This is just a mockup! The final form of the Enchiridion of the Path may be different.
This is just a mockup! The final form of the Enchiridion of the Path may be different.

If your backer level includes “additional books, if unlocked as stretch goals,” Enchiridion of the Path will be added to your rewards. That said, its final form may not be a strictly conventional RPG supplement book. We’re looking at some innovative new formats for this title to make the most of the information it will present and the cool way it’s presented.

We’ll unlock Enchiridion of the Path if we reach $216,107.

It’s been an exciting few days, and it’s only going to get better as we head into the final week of this campaign!

A New Reward: Prop-Crafting Kit
7 months ago – Fri, Nov 09, 2018 at 11:22:56 PM

Greetings, honored vislae—

Unlocking our first stretch goal, the digital prop set, got us to thinking. We have a lot of resources for putting together our own props: digital elements from the books and other components of the Black Cube, which we've used for promotions, convention displays, unique rewards, and one-off items. Perhaps some of those things would be useful to you, an Invisible Sun player or GM?

You could have a wax seal, an embosser, or a stamp made—we'll provide files optimized for these uses, as well as instructions and permission.
You could have a wax seal, an embosser, or a stamp made—we'll provide files optimized for these uses, as well as instructions and permission.

You could create official letters, secret messages, or hidden clues. Encode text in the mystic Invisible Sun glyphs. Maybe even add a wax seal, an embossed symbol, or similar element to props you create, to give them a really immersive, authentic feel.

This kit will include a bunch of digital elements that make that possible, such as:

  • The IS Script font: The symbol script you see, among many other places, on the back of each book in the Black Cube.
  • Files for the symbols of each sun, with or without the sunray border shown on the Path of Suns and sun medallions, in a variety of useful file formats.
  • Ditto the order symbols.
  • Files for the order letterheads (samples of which are included among the props in the Black Cube).
  • Instructions (and permission) to use these files to make things like embossers, wax seals, stamps, and so on.
  • We’ll think of other things to add, I’m sure.
The IS Script font is a custom font we made for including secret information throughout the Black Cube and its books.
The IS Script font is a custom font we made for including secret information throughout the Black Cube and its books.

This isn’t a stretch goal. It’s simply something we thought would benefit you, the backer, and improve the Invisible Sun experience. So we’re just going to do it!

The elements of this kit mostly exist already, so we’ll deliver it pretty quickly. We do have to draft instructions (for example, the IS Script font doesn’t play well with ligatures—which probably means nothing to most users—so you’ll need some direction on how to set up your document to get the expected results) along with permissions and similar documentation, so it won’t be right away. But expect it well ahead of delivery of the Black Cube.

If you like this idea, here’s what you can do to thank us: Take a moment, right now, to share this promotion we're launching today. It encourages people to help spread the word—and two lucky people will win Vislae Kits for taking part. (You're also invited to take part as well, but sharing the raffle itself is the most important thing you can do to help the Kickstarter.) Reaching new gamers is how this campaign grows—and how we’ll reach the art book stretch goal we’re closing in on right now, and hit even more stretch goals before the campaign ends!

Shall We Talk about Books?
7 months ago – Fri, Nov 09, 2018 at 08:44:57 AM

Greetings, wise vislae—

Art from Book M by Martin de Diego
Art from Book M by Martin de Diego

As this campaign continues to move forward at an impressive pace—even in the slowest period of a Kickstarter campaign—we are closing in on our next stretch goal. We’re at the halfway mark, and things have been picking up steam for the past several days!

We thought you’d like a look at a few of the pieces from Book M and Secrets of Silent Streets that are the sort of thing you’ll see in the art book. That title will also draw from Teratology and other future titles such as The Threshold.

Art from Secrets of Silent Streets by Joe Slucher
Art from Secrets of Silent Streets by Joe Slucher

Speaking of new titles. . . .

We mentioned in our last update that we’re looking forward to funding a new title for Invisible Sun—in fact, that’s exactly what we have in mind for our next stretch goal. Here’s a quick look at what Monte has in mind Enchiridion of the Path:

The eight (no, nine) suns comprise the Actuality, and the realms they illuminate stretch into infinity and yet can be contained within a single soul. Exploring these realms offers both overwhelming dangers and nigh-unimaginable rewards.

Written from the perspective of experienced and powerful vislae who have walked the Path of Suns, this deluxe product contains player-facing material meant to be the results of character research and investigation, as well as GM-facing material that offers new locations, NPCs, challenges, and stories.

Leave the streets of Satyrine behind and travel the Path. As within, so without.

We’ve described this as a book (and all backer levels that include “additional books, if unlocked as stretch goals” will get it), but we’re looking at some innovative new formats for this title that might stretch your idea of what a game book can be.

We’re looking forward to unlocking the art book and officially unveiling Enchiridion of the Path as a stretch goal. Here are some things we can all do to help reach these stretch goals as quickly as possible—and maybe unlock a few more beyond them!

Art from Book M by Aldo Katayanagi
Art from Book M by Aldo Katayanagi