Released yesterday on both the Paizo Store and DrivethruRPG/RPGNow by Rite Publishing:
Haiku of Horror: Autumn Moon Bath House
- the latest Kaidan release
Scented waters stir,
unbound strands aching in search
for a lover’s touch.
The Haiku of Horror
series depicts iconic mapped locations for use in Kaidan or other Asian based settings with labeled maps with complete descriptions and full-scale maps ready to print and use, plus image files for use with virtual tabletops. The location includes a complete, detailed, complex encounter featuring new monsters, haunts, and all necessary mechanics to run it. The mapped site is designed for ‘plug-in-play’ use ready to insert into any existing module or Asian campaign.
Autumn Moon Bath House
serves as the oriental version of the typical fantasy tavern where adventures begin and end. However, rumors persist of a spectral woman with long black hair, who is seeking vengeance against the living and redemption for her soul.
Author and Cartographer Michael K. Tumey
Cover Artist: Mark Hyzer
This is the first publication with me as author/designer, although I've been the primary developer of Kaidan all along.
I call it Haiku of Horror, for 3 reasons:
1. Haiku is a Japanese word and concept recognized by most westerners.
2. A haiku elucidating the mystery of the site is included.
3. Because a haiku is a very concise poetry format, this is intended to be a very precise product: as a mapped location with a single encounter and included mechanics. It's just a slice of Kaidan, so using Haiku in the title, seemed fitting.
I see this product as serving those Game Masters who purchase a module then tear it apart to pull encounters, monsters, maps out for their own custom games. This product is just those parts, now easily insertable into any module, campaign or home game.
Also just looking at the maps themselves, while the rest of the product is designed for use in Pathfinder, the maps could be used in any system and would fit well in: L5R, Bushido, Sengoku, Kara-Tur, Rokushima Taiyoo, any feudal Japan based game.