Companions of the Firmament Kickstarter Enters Final Five with a New Stretch Goal

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

As the Companions of the Firmament Kickstarter ends its final five days, Geek Industrial Complex has unleashed a final challenge:

Here is a final stretch goal to add some drama as we come in for a landing. If we get to $3500 then a final creature sheet will be commissioned that will focus on vehicles, magic items and constructs that focus on flying.

Geek Industrial’s had an impressive fundraising campaign, particularly considering Companions of the Firmament will expand an existing role-playing game, rather than being a standalone product. All in all, it’s been a great showing for Vermont game designer Neil Carr. Here’s to many more successful crowdfunding efforts for Geek Industrial Complex and other Vermont-based creators.

Companions of the Firmament Passes Goal of 100 Flying Monster Sheets

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

With 11 days left to go in the crowdfunding campaign, Geek Industrial Complex’s Kickstarter for the role-playing supplement Companions of the Firmament has passed the second of its stretch goals for providing prefigured sheets for the flying monsters of the Pathfinder role-playing game.

There are a lot of flying mosnters already published for Pathfinder, well over four hundred. These monster sheets will allow GMs using Companions of the Firmament‘s expansion to flying movement to more easily include existing creatures in sessions without a lot of prepwork.

Congratulations to Geek Industrial Complex for their continued success! These stretch goals add value to the project for all backers, so reaching each one makes the book better for everyone.

Companions of the Firmament Unveils New Stretch Goals

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Geek Industrial Complex has opened up a new line of stretch goals for Companions of the Firmament, coincident with the previously reported creature sheets: flying monster sheets. In the Kickstarter update, Neil explains, “This vector of stretch goals is designed to get as many flying monsters set up with their own tailored sheet that is ready to be used with the Companions of the Firmament rules.” These monster sheets will act as a sort of flowchart or infographic for GMs, helping them to know at a glance what a flying creature is capable of doing within the expanded rules provided by Companions of the Firmament.

The update goes on to lay out how many monsters will gain monster sheets based on the total money raised for the project. There are literally hundreds of flying creatures in Pathfinder, so it’s no small task to create info sheets for all them to work easily with Companions of the Firmament.

Further, like the previous set of creature sheet stretch goals, this line becomes available to all backers of Geek Industrial Complex’s project. It’s value added for everyone!

Companions of the Firmament Reaches $2000 Stretch Goal

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

As of this afternoon, Companions of the Firmament reached its $2000 stretch goal:

As we ascend we are joining up with twenty new creatures high in the heavens in the form of a new creature sheet with artwork done by Justin McElroy. This new sheet will expand upon the existing creature sheet, illustrating even more mounts that you’ll be able to print out, cut up and have ready for your gaming table.

The creature sheets allow players and GMs to easily create tokens to represent their mounts and monsters on the battle mat. A flat token, mounted to card or a piece of light wood, as found in craft stores, allows role-players to show when a mount is being ridden or not by its owner, rather than trying to balance one self-contained miniature on another.

This stretch goal adds value for all backers of Companions of the Firmament. The extra creature sheet will be available to everyone. Now on to $2500 and dragons!

Geek Industrial Complex on Carnagecast

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Neil Carr of Geek Industrial Complex appears on Carnagecast this week to talk about his current project on Kickstarter, Companions of the Firmament, as well as his experiences so far with crowdfunding.

Geek Industrial Complex is a new role-playing game publisher based in Barre. Companions of the Firmament is their first product. Carnagecast is a podcast produced by the Carnage gaming convention, based in the Upper Valley of Vermont.

Give the episode a listen!

Companions of the Firmament Creature Sheet Stretch Goals

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Since achieving their funding goal after only 60 hours of the backing drive for Companions of the Firmament, Geek Industrial Complex has announced a series of stretch goal to bring extra value to the project:

If we reach $2000, and every $500 after that, an additional Creature Sheet will be created and given to all backers in the form of a PDF.

  • Sheet #1 – Mounts (already available to all backers)
  • Sheet #2 – Additional Mounts @$2000
  • Sheet #3 – Large Size Dragons, ALL of them (Chromatic, Metallic, Imperial and Primal) @$2500

Additional creature sheets will emerge if we keep climbing!

Companions of the Firmament is a rules supplement for the Pathfinder role-playing game, bringing flying characters and mounts and expanded rules for aerial combat to the fantasy system. Geek Industrial Complex, owned by Neil Carr, is based in Barre, Vermont.

Companions of the Firmament – Kickstarter: Funded!

Good news, everybody! The Companions of Firmament Kickstarter that we talked about the other day reached its funding goal of $1000 within two days! Currently, it’s up to $1,006, with 33 days to go in the campaign. Neil writes that stretch goals are forthcoming in the next couple days. Let’s see how much more we can push to the campaign. Pledge here!

Geek Industrial Complex Kickstarts Companions of the Firmament

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Neil Carr of Geek Industrial Complex launched his company’s first Kickstarter this weekend. Geek Industrial Complex is raising funds to publish Companions of the Firmament, a supplement on flying characters and mounts for the Pathfinder role-playing game. Neil explains:

One thing that I’ve found curious over the years with tabletop roleplaying games is that while flying does come up, people don’t jump for it as much as I’d think. For many years I’ve thought to myself:

“If we are all playing a game of pretend, and we all have dreamed about flying, then why not just spend more time pretending we are flying?”

Companions of the Firmament wants to fix that by helping support one of the most successful roleplaying games on the market right now.

Geek Industrial Complex is based in Barre, Vermont. They caught the role-playing hobby’s attention a few months back with a study comparing the success and failure of gaming-related Kickstarters with regards to the various aspects of presentation, rewards and so forth. Companions of the Firmament is GIC’s first role-playing product. Visit the Kickstarter page to learn more about Neil’s plans for Companions of the Firmament and the rewards available to backers.

Kickstarter is a service that facilitates crowdfunding, where a creator offers various rewards related to their project in exchange for backers pledging money. If the project’s goal is reached by the established deadline, the money is collected and the creator puts it to work. It’s proven a great boon for small projects getting off the ground or established creators taking risks that traditional funding methods wouldn’t support.

Tabletop Gaming Around Vermont

Andrew does a fine job rounding up the day’s geekiness every morning. Now and again, tabletop gaming deserves a chance to shine on its own.


The Gamers Grotto supplies games and a space to play them. Their online calendar shows miniatures, Magic: The Gathering and role-playing games happening on a weekly basis.

Also, Der Chelonian Mobile chronicles the mishaps of a Spelljammer role-playing game based out of a local Bennington pub.


The center of the public tabletop scene in Burlington is Quarterstaff Games, Vermont’s oldest friendly local game store. Open seven days a week, Quarterstaff hosts in-store gaming every one of those days. Survey their Google calendar for the full spread.

Online, in addition to Quarterstaff’s own forums, Pathfinder fans will do well to check out the Northern Vermont Pathfinder Society group, as well.

Derby Line

Border Board Games hosts a monthly Saturday game night at the Derby Line village hall. Further, they’re also currently hosting two — two — role-playing campaigns: Dungeons & Dragons and Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying.


Infrequent, yet assuredly periodic is Carnage, a weekend game convention held at the Lake Morey Resort in the Upper Valley.


Hosted in a private home, but open to comers via is Waterbury Board Games. Euro board games are their preferred choice: Settlers of Catan, Power Grid and that sort.

Vermont in General

Gamers in Vermont have a couple general resources, as well. Northern New England Gamers is a Yahoo! mailing list that includes a healthy number of members residing in Vermont. Green Mountain Gamers is a social network as well as the entity behind quarterly game days all over the state.

Outside Vermont

Albany, New York

Zombie Planet hosts weekly in-store gaming, as well as the biannual Albany Gamedays.

Schenectady, New York

The Schenectady Wargamers Association‘s monthly gameathons host role-playing and all board games, not just the wargame variety. The SWA also puts on the Columbus Day weekend game convention Council of Five Nations.

West Lebanon, New Hampshire

Serving the upper Connecticut River valley is Triple Play, a game and comic shop in West Lebanon. They have events most nights of the week, with regular board games on Wednesday nights and the first Sunday going to “Ameritrash.”