BOARD THE CARAVAN TO KARVOSTI!

So… Maybe we should start by admitting that we feel a bit embarrassed. Ideally, this pre-purchase campaign would be run in our brand new, awesome international webshop; you know, the one we have been planning to start for a while now. However, because of circumstances which we will be able to reveal later this year, we are not quite ready to launch the new store. Let’s say, it’s been two steps forward, then one very pleasant step back. In any case, all we can do at the moment (blushing of shame), is to ask for your understanding and patience.

 

So let’s repeat what we’ve said in the last few pre-purchase campaigns. You may wonder why we are running the campaign from our site/blog, instead of directly in our current webshop. The answer is simply that the products will ship from UK and our store is set for shipping prices from Sweden, meaning that the shipping cost to anywhere but Sweden will be much lower this way.

 

The books will ship as soon as they reach our warehouse, preliminary during the second part of September 2017

The downside to the current method is that we can only include a select number of countries in the pre-purchase campaign. If you live somewhere not covered by the articles called “Pre-Purchase North America” or “Pre-Purchase WORLD” (see below), you will have to wait until the book reaches the Modiphius store. Sorry for that; as mentioned, we are working to find a better pre-purchase procedure in the future.

 

Down below you will find links to three “hidden products” in our webstore. They include the same products (Karvosti – The Witch Hammer and The Explorer’s Haven) but at varying prices because shipping has been added to (and is included in) the product price. Hence, no cost for shipping will be added to the prices listed below!

 

The pre-purchase campaign also gives access to PDF versions of both products, and it is active from August 1 to August 30 2017.

 

For delivery addressed in the UK:

Karvosti – The Witch Hammer, Pre-Purchase UK
($49, including $6 in shipping)

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For delivery addressed in the US and Canada:

Karvosti – The Witch Hammer, Pre-Purchase North America
($51, including $8 in shipping)

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For delivery addressed in Europe, Australia, New Zeeland and Japan:

Karvosti – The Witch Hammer, Pre-Purchase WORLD
($54, including $13 in shipping)

SPRING IS COMING!

[NOTE: English update below]
 

Efter ett spännande och expansivt 2016 börjar tillvaron bli någorlunda förutsägbar i järnringensmedjan. Fjolårets snabba ökning av antalet symbaroumspelare (både i Sverige och internationellt) gör att vi fortfarande har en del företagsrelaterade utmaningar att hantera, men det är ett kärt besvär nu när vi äntligen har hunnit i kapp på översättningsfronten och därmed kan frigöra tid för det vi gillar allra mest – att skapa, designa, skriva och teckna.
 

Det möte vi tänkte ha i februari har blivit framflyttat till början av mars. Där ska vi diskutera allt vi VILL göra, försöka bena ut vad vi KAN göra och i vilken ORDNING det ska göras. Vi funderar bland annat på ett antal kringprodukter som tärningsset och förmågekort, även på möjligheten att lansera en äventyrssamling i tryck (innehållande två eller flera av Skattletarfeber, Klockan klämtar för Kastor och Glömda gudars klagan, kanske också Vilddjurets märke och Döda drömmars grav). Till detta kommer den redan påbörjade Spelledarens handbok och tredje delen i romansviten. För att nämna några exempel.

 

Absolut klart är förstås att tredje delen i Krönikan om Törnetronen ska färdigställas och lanseras inom en snar framtid. Boken är redan färdig på skissbordet, skrivandet är på god väg och många av bilderna har redan tagit form. Om allt går som det ska kommer den att finnas i butik före midsommar, varefter vi vänder blickarna mot Davokars mörka djup …
 
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Kart- och bildskisser till Yndarosboken

 

En annan märkvärd händelse är att vi inom kort måste göra ett nytryck av grundboken. Några stora förändringar blir det inte tal om denna gång, men vi tar förstås tillfället i akt att föra in de justeringar som nämns i nuvarande errata och att införliva introduktionsäventyret Det förlovade landet (inkl. spelexempel och förgjorda rollpersoner) i boken. Man kan alltså säga att vi uppdaterar Symbaroums svenska grundbok i enlighet med dess engelskspråkiga motsvarighet. Det fåtal exemplar vi har kvar av Symbaroums allra första upplaga kommer att reas ut med start nästa vecka – för de som önskar ett orört samlarexemplar eller som vill ta en titt på spelet och se om det är något för dem. Även de produktpaket som innehåller grundboken kommer att få ett nedsatt pris, så länge grundbokslagret räcker.

 

Slutligen vill vi tacka för all värme och energi som ni spelare bidrar med. Det är er förtjänst att ugnarna här i smedjan fortfarande blossar med en hetta som gör självaste Prios avundsjuk!
 
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After an exciting and expansive 2016, life in the Järnringen smithy is starting to become more predictable. There are still many challenges to face while growing into our new shoes, but many have already been successfully dealt with so we can put more and more time and energy into what we love most: creating, designing, writing and drawing.

 
Lots of new English products will launch during the months to come. Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden will reach stores in about a week; then the GM’s Screen, the Advanced Player’s Guide, Adventure Pack 2 and The Art of Symbaroum will follow. Right now the Core Rulebook is being reprinted (updated according to the Errata) since the first printrun sold out about seven months after reaching retailers around the world.
 
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Next up is a Kickstarter for the post-production and print of Karvosti – The Witch Hammer, part two in the Chronicle of the Throne of Thorns. The translation is well underway, a new trailer is being made and the Davokar Theme Song is being orchestrated. Our aim is to launch the Kickstarter campaign during the second part of March, including a couple of exclusive items and the chance for new (and old) players to include the Core Rulebook (second printing), Thistle Hold – WotW and other Symbaroum items in their pledges.

 
Finally, we are eternally grateful for the warmth and energy you Symbaroum gamers continuously send our way. The fact that the furnaces here in our smithy still burn with a heat that makes Prios himself jealous is all because of you!
 
Happy gaming,
Team Järnringen

CATCHING UP! (+pre-purchase)

Three days till Christmas, ten days till the last day of 2016 – a year that for Team Järnringen has meant a breathless and absolutely wonderful race, trying to catch up in the translation into English. Now, we are very close to the goal of being able to release the international versions within six months of the Swedish launch; when the Advanced Player’s Guide reaches you, all books printed in our native tongue will be available to English speaking gamers everywhere, save one: Karvosti – Häxhammaren (The Witch Hammer), that launched in October.

 

The Karvosti book is already in translation and if all goes according to plan we will launch a Kickstarter campaign for the post-production and printing in March 2017. Also, we hope that we will get more time to plan for the future, now that the race is (almost) over. There are lots of items on our three priority lists (to-do, must-do and must-do-now), and it will surely feel great to be able to work on reducing the number of entries. :-)

 
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So to the most important matter at hand – the pre-purchase campaign that will run a couple of days into the year to come. For (hopefully) the last time we will run this campaign from our site, and not in our store. Why, you ask? The answer is simply that the products will ship from UK and our store is set for shipping prices from Sweden. Again, why? Well, because the shipping cost to anywhere but Sweden will be much lower this way. We promise to find a better solution for our international sales during the first half of 2017, when we hopefully will have a little more time between productions and also a greater number of English language products to sell.

 
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The only downside to the current method is that we can only include a select number of countries in the pre-purchase campaign. If you live somewhere not covered by the articles called “Pre-Purchase North America” or “Pre-Purchase WORLD” (see below), you will have to wait until the book reaches the Modiphius store. Sorry for that; as mentioned, we will work to find a better pre-purchase procedure in the future.

 

Down below you will find links to three “hidden products” in our webstore. The will take you to pages where you can purchase a bundle including The Art of Symbaroum and the Advanced Player’s Guide, but at varying prices because shipping has been added to (and is included in) the product price. Hence, no cost for shipping will be added to the prices listed below!

 

PRE-PURCHASE CAMPAIGN HAS ENDED!

PRE-PURCHASE THE GM’s SCREEN

In less than a month, the new GM Screen (also bundled with a printed version of Adventure Pack I) will reach our UK warehouse. During the upcoming two weeks you will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the screen directly from our webshop. Now, the main reason for you to do this would of course be to support Team Järnringen, but you will also get it long before it reaches retailers, with two exceptions…

 

With a bit of luck we may have the product for sale at Dragonmeet, December 3. Note that this is NOT a certain; it depends on the printing process, delivery speed and Prios being in a good mood. Dragonmeet aside, the screen will be available in the Modiphius webstore a couple of weeks after we have shipped the pre-orders, hopefully in time for the last stretch of Christmas shopping.

 
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Like with a couple of earlier pre-purchase campaigns we will run this one from our site, and not in our store. Why, you ask? The answer is simply that the products will ship from UK and our store is set for shipping prices from Sweden. Again, why? Well, because the shipping cost to anywhere but Sweden will be much lower this way. We promise to find a better solution for our international sales during the first half of 2017, when we hopefully will have a little more time between productions and also a greater number of English language products to sell.

 

The only downside to the current method is that we can only include a select number of countries in the pre-purchase campaign. If you live somewhere not covered by the articles called “Pre-Purchase North America” or “Pre-Purchase WORLD” (see below), you will have to wait until the book reaches the Modiphius store. Sorry for that; as mentioned, we will work to find a better pre-purchase procedure in the future.

 

Down below you will find links to three “hidden products” in our webstore. They include the same product (Symbaroum – Game Master Screen) but at varying prices because shipping has been added to (and is included in) the product price. Hence, no cost for shipping will be added to the prices listed below!

 

The pre-purchase campaign also gives access to PDF versions of both the screen and the booklet, and it is active from November 14 to November 28 2016.

 

For delivery addressed in the UK:

Symbaroum – Game Master’s Screen, Pre-Purchase UK
($35.99, including $6 in shipping)

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For delivery addressed in the US and Canada:

Symbaroum – Game Master’s Screen, Pre-Purchase North America
($37.99, including $8 in shipping)

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For delivery addressed in Europe, Australia, New Zeeland and Japan:

Symbaroum – Game Master’s Screen, Pre-Purchase WORLD
($38.99, including $9 in shipping)

SYMBAROUM FRODAS I HÖSTMÖRKRET

Hösten är här men i stället för att gå i ide kommer Symbaroum att storma vidare som en vårrusig ungtjur. Karvosti – Häxhammaren har just släppts och om ingenting oförutsett inträffar kommer vi inom kort att öppna för förköp av den nya spelledarskärmen (inkl. det 24-sidiga Äventyrspaket 1). Och som om inte det vore nog dyker Symbaroum – Art Book upp i handeln kort efter nyår, visserligen med engelska texter men med bilder som talar alla möjliga språk.
 

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En annan intressant informationspunkt, såhär lite drygt två år efter spelets lansering, är att det börjar bli dags för nytryck av grundboken. Vi ser ingen anledning att göra en ”second edition” i detta läge, men vi kommer naturligtvis att korrigera texten utifrån erratan och kanske även lägga till Det förlovade landet, i syfte att synka den svenska utgåvan med de internationella varianterna. Och apropå det …

 

I skrivande stund har Symbaroum släppts på engleska, franska, tyska och italienska – spanska och brasilianska står på tur under första halvan av nästa år. Mottagandet har varit … varmt. Eller kanske snarare hett? ;-) Alldeles oavsett har vi nu kommit dithän att vi snart är ikapp med översättningar, så att vi framgent kommer att kunna lansera de engelska översättningarna cirka 6 månader efter de svenska boksläppen. Dessutom innebär detta förstås att vi kan lägga ännu mer fokus på nyproduktioner, av böcker och kringprodukter. Jo, det blir förstås lite funderingar och diskussioner kring Symbaroums tilltänkta syskon också …

 

Kort sagt: vi ser fram emot ett härligt mörk, kallt och regnigt halvår med gott om tid för att både spela och skriva/teckna. Tillvaron må vara cyklisk till sin natur, men ibland känns det som om allting bara går upp, upp, upp.

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SYMBAROUM THRIVES IN THE AUTUMN DARKNESS
 
Autumn is here, but instead of going into hibernation Symbaroum is storming onwards like a young bull just released from the pen. During the months to come, a handful of new products will release in English. First up are Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden and Adventure Pack 2, closely followed by the GM screen (including Adventure Pack 1). And early next year the Art Book and the Player’s Handbook will hit the stands.

 
We are also happy to mention that the offset printed English Core Rulebook is all but sold out, little more than six months after having reached stores in English speaking countries. This means that we will have to make a second printing (not second edition), giving us a chance to correct the texts in line with the errata.

 
In other news, Symbaroum is now available in three more languages – besides Swedish and English, also French, German and Italian (Spanish and Brazilian will follow during the first half of 2017). The game has been greeted with jubilations and from now on our aim is to launch an English edition of each new product no more than six months after the Swedish release. Hopefully this means that our fantastic partners in France, Germany and Italy will be able to launch their versions shortly thereafter.

 
All in all, we can look forward to a dark, cold and rainy autumn and winter, with plenty of time for playing games and writing/painting. Existence may be cyclic in nature, but sometimes if feels like everything is moving up, up, up!
 
Happy gaming,

Team Järnringen

TAG ALONG TO THISTLE HOLD!

Yes, we are just about to send Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden to print. If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, this is your chance to get the 176 page campaign and adventure module together with a pre-purchase bonus – namely a softcover, stand-alone version of The Hunter’s Harbor, exclusively printed for KS backers and pre-purchasers.

 

The Hunter’s Harbor is the first section of TH-WotW and is written to be read by both players and Game Masters, as an introduction to the town in the shadow of Davokar. Securing this bonus means that you easily can circulate the text among your players, without risking that they sneak-peak at the GM secrets!

 

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Just like in the case of The Copper Crown, we will be running this pre-purchase campaign from our site, and not in our store. Why, you ask? The answer is simply that the book will ship from UK and our store is set for shipping prices from Sweden. Again, why? Well, because the shipping cost to anywhere but Sweden will be much lower this way. So thank Modiphius for hooking us up with their warehouse! :-)

 

The only downside to this is that we can only include a select number of countries in the pre-purchase campaign. If you live somewhere not covered by the articles called “Pre-Purchase North America” or “Pre-Purchase WORLD” (see below), you will have to wait until the book reaches the Modiphius store. Sorry for that; we will work to find a better pre-purchase procedure in the future.

 

Down below you will find links to three “hidden products” in our webstore. They include the same book (Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden, plus the bonus) but at varying prices because shipping has been added to (and is included in) the product price. Hence, no cost for shipping will be added to the prices listed below!

 

The pre-purchase campaign also gives access to PDF versions of the two books, and it is active from September 20th to September 30th 2016.

 

For delivery addressed in the UK:

Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden, Pre-Purchase UK
($49, including $8 in shipping)

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For delivery addressed in the US and Canada:

Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden, Pre-Purchase North America
($51, including $10 in shipping)

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For delivery addressed in a Europe, Australia, New Zeeland and Japan:

Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden, Pre-Purchase WORLD
($54, including $13 in shipping)

THE ROAD AHEAD

In 2013 we started off as if following a barely visible path deep inside Davokar, a path that later turned into an animal trail leading trough woods that seemed brighter and brighter as we kept pushing on.

 
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The trail connected to a caravan route and soon we stood at the forest edge, looking out over the swaying fields of Ambria. It must have been close to the Marshes, because (aside from the occasional reef and mud bank) for the last seven months it has been smooth sailing, as if navigating the currents of the mighty River Doudram.

 
Älven

Along the way we have picked up more and more passengers. Now, this is of course the whole point of the journey and it gladdens us immensely, but it is not without its challenges. We need an ever growing vehicle to accommodate all who want to tag along; we need to provide everyone with comforts, nourishment and entertainment, and make sure that all are finding the journey enjoyable. Oh, and not much further ahead the Titans are waiting. Make no mistake – we will aspire to take you to those towering peaks, all the way to the top, but there is a lot that needs to happen between here and there, if we are to stand a chance.

 

In less poetic words: Things are moving fast and we have to spend as much time developing our organization as we are producing new products. This is of course as it should be, and we will do our very best to meet the demands of the ever changing situation. Luckily, everything is under control regarding the 15 individual items (Swedish and English) we have planned for the next 6-8 months – most of them related to the Kickstarter campaign that ended about a month ago. The making of new products is and will be our number one focus, so we hope you will forgive us if things like a new home page, a monthly newsletter, a forum of our own, and us appearing at conventions will take a little time to make happen.

 

As of right now we are primarily working on two products. First we are putting the finishing touches on Karvosti – Häxhammaren, the Swedish version of part two in the Chronicle of the Throne of Thorns. Simultaneously, the post-production of Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden and all the unlocked stretch goals of the KS campaign is underway. The only slight worry is that we are depending on freelancers in the layout department, but knowing the skill and capacity of our go-to-guys this should work out just fine.

 
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In a nutshell: the road ahead appears to be paved and aptly maintained, and our encumbered vehicle shows no indications to slow or (Prios forbid!) break down. And if we feel even the slightest tired, all we have to do is visit our communities on Facebook, Google+ or Reddit – your enthusiasm and words of encouragement is enough to keep us going and going and going. :-)

 
Happy gaming,
Team Järnringen

A NEW DAWN

About a week ago, the Kickstarter campaign aimed at funding the postproduction and print of Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden crossed the finish line. And what a finish it was! Thanks to the 518 backers the situation for us at Nya Järnringen AB has changed, dramatically; the outcome means that we can channel even more time and resources into making Symbaroum bigger, better and richer. And this without having to blight our bodies and souls with the corruption of bankers or meddlesome shareholders! :-)

 
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The day after the campaign ended, Järnringen’s core team met up in Stockholm. It turned into a very nice and productive day. Not only did we have time to discuss and make some very important decisions regarding the future of the company; a lot of time was also devoted to sketching the basis for our next major production: part III in The Throne of Thorns (with the working title Yndaros – The Darkest Star). Oh, and at dinner we dared to look even further into the future. Although nothing is decided, it is fair to say that we believe that we know what we’d like Symbaroum’s baby sister to look like. We have even an idea on what to name her … ;-)

 

Now, after a fantastic first half of 2016, we will try to find a bit of rest and relaxation for the next couple of weeks. This does not mean that we will let the furnace die out; only that we will use some of our waking hours to contemplate what has been and plan for what’s to come. Translators, proofreaders, map artists and graphic designers are working at full steam to make sure that the backers of the Kickstarter campaign will get their rewards in time, and at the HQ Editor/Producer Mattias Johnsson and Artist Martin Bergström are occupied polishing both English and Swedish products.

 

So, have a great summer, play lots of games, and prepare to find out why the Warden is so full of wrath. The world of Ambria and Davokar is experiencing its second dawn, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that there will be many more dawns to come!

 

Happy gaming,
Team Järnringen

EN TRÅKIG, EN DÅLIG, EN GODING

[IN ENGLISH BELOW]

 
Ja, det händer onekligen ett och annat i järnringenfabriken. Idag vill vi dela med oss av tre nyheter som inte alla är av det positiva slaget, även om det övergripande läget ALDRIG har sett bättre ut än nu.

 

Till att börja med ska meddelas att vår grafiker Johan Nohr inom kort kommer att lämna NJABs inre krets. Egentligen lär ni inte märka av detta så mycket, eftersom han även fortsättningsvis finns med i bilden som frilansare. Men för oss tillhör detta kategorin tråkiga nyheter eftersom Johan har tillfört massor även vid sidan om det rena layout-arbetet.

 

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En dålig nyhet är att Karvosti – Häxhammaren kommer att bli försenad. Anledningen till detta har inte med det ovanstående att göra, och beror inte heller på vår internationella satsning. Sanningen är att vi helt enkelt inte är 100% nöjda. Än! Vi hoppas på er förståelse och ert tålamod i detta sammanhang, och som plåster på såren kommer alla som har bidragit till förköpskampanjen att få en liten extra, digital present när vi väl är redo för lansering. Nytt lanseringsdatum är 30:e september, så i stället för sommarläsning får ni ställa in er på mysläsning i höstrusket. Vi hoppas, hoppas, hoppas att den som väntar på något gott står ut med att vänta lite längre … :-(

 

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Klicka på bilden för att komma till Kickstartern
Click the image to get to the Kickstarter Campaign

 

Som tur är kan vi avsluta med en riktig goding. Vår pågående kickstarterkampanj för översättningen av Tistla Fäste – Väktarens Vrede närmar sig 500% (250.000 SEK) efter mindre än en vecka. Om det fortsätter att gå bra kommer det att betyda en hel del för NJAB och Symbaroum. Exakt vad får vi återkomma till, men under juli månad ska vi att ha ett framåtblickande strategimöte och kort därefter bör vi kunna leverera en tydlig och matig vision för spelets vidare utveckling. Vi är tämligen övertygade om att ni kommer att gilla innehållet i den … ;-)
 
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Yes, much is happening here at the Järnringen factory. We have three news-bits to share with you today, and even though the overall situation NEVER has looked brighter a couple of them are on a not so positive note.

 

First we must tell you that our graphic designer Johan Nohr soon will leave NJAB’s inner circle. Now, you will probably not notice this very clearly, because he will remain in the picture as a freelancer. But for us this counts to the category of sad news, since Johan has contributed much also in areas not directly related to layout and design.

 

In the bad news-category, the Swedish edition of Karvosti – The Witch Hammer will not be finished in time. The reason for this has got nothing to do with what is said above, nor with our international endeavor. In truth, we are not 100% pleased with the product. Yet! For international gamers, there is no reason why this should affect the launch of our English products in any way; the release plan remains unchanged.

 

Luckily we can end this report on a positive note. Our current campaign at Kickstarter for the postproduction and print of Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden is closing in on 500% (250.000 SEK) after less than a week. If this continues, it will mean much for NJAB and Symbaroum. We have to get back to you on the details, but we are having a prospective strategy meeting in July and after that we will be able to deliver a clear vision regarding the future of the game. We are more or less convinced that you will like the content of that vision … ;-)

SYMBAROUM RISING!

Here at the Järnringen HQ we can hardly decide if we are to feel humbled, jubilant or a bit scared. The KS campaign hit home after four hours. Twenty hours in we had reached +200% and unlocked three additional stretch goals. And now, after exactly 24 hours the funding has surpassed 115.000 Swedish Crowns. So, what does one say to that … YEY! :-)

 

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Click the image to get to the Kickstarter campaign

We are so locking forward to discovering where this will take us and you can be sure that we will continue working hard to reach new gamers and make the campaign even more attractive. Hopefully this is the break Queen Korinthia has gone on and on about; which First Father Jeseebegai has prayed for; which High Chieftain Tharaban has dreamt of in his feverish sleep. But whatever happens next:

 

Massive thanks from Team Järnringen to all who has and all who will contribute to our project. In return we can promise you MUCH MORE SYMBAROUM for years to come!

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