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Farthest Star MediaBy Farthest Star Media
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Farthest Star MediaBy Farthest Star Media
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$1,417
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
40
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 19 2018

About

The Cryptobestiary is a peculiar and mystifying creature supplement crafted for the 5th edition of the world’s greatest role-playing game. With many creatures to discover and enjoy, this project aims to implement both well known and more obscure creatures of cryptic origins, while preserving their mystery with necessary twists and reinterpretations.

Our primary goal is to capture the spirit of American monsters without limiting the creativity needed to present your players with interesting encounters with fun, tension building mechanics and story elements to make them suitable for a variety of fantasy settings. Each creature has been deconstructed and rebuilt to preserve the tone and mystery of their legends for a contemporary audience, who might otherwise already know what lurks behind the door the heroes shouldn’t open.

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This edition of the Cryptobestiary is aimed to be a 125+ page full-color, hardcover print run featuring fantastical and horrifying accounts of the creatures inside. This creature feature will contain 30 monsters to begin with, each with original art and mechanics, with high res digital format available by default along with our printer friendly edition!

Presented through the writing voice of 4 fantasy cryptid hunters of questionable reliability, this book will feature a plethora of creatures that your funding and support will help expand (up to 50 creatures in all).

Monster Samples

One new monster revealed each week, with stats and a portion of its expanded traits and lore, the following banners will have both regular and printer-friendly PDF versions!

Stretch Goals

$20k - 10 more Cryptids in the main book!

$25k - 10 more Cryptids in the main book, again!

$30k - Makeup Trailer and Sequel Hook zines, filled with alternative illustrations, paper minis, and more!

$35k - Free Flight of the Mothman adventure for levels 1-3

$40k - Player-friendly Cryptobestiary PDF’s, scrubbed of stats, mini-dungeons from the next goal, etc.

$45k - 5 Unique Mini-Dungeons added to the book

$55k - Mr. & Mrs. Magos’ Curio of the Weird Item Compendium and Dungeon

$85k - Unnatural History, a full 1-10 adventure featuring monsters from the Cryptobestiary, with Flight of the Mothman as the introductory section!

Additional Shipping: The shipping cost listed for all rewards is a flat rate for the United States Postal Service within the US. International backers will be asked for further shipping later through surveys. Shipping will not be available outside of the USPS Index of Countries and Localities.

About the Team

Terrance Consaul, Writing & Editing, Owner. A studious scholar of tabletop RPG design and theory, Terrance is the source of all monster stats and abilities, as well as the short-and-sweet writing style necessary for an information-dense RPG supplement.

Tori Hastings, Graphic & Design, Business. Experienced with game studio work and small business organization, Tori provides both concept work for art development, and the budgeting skills necessary to keep the company lean and mean.

Darian Jay, Graphic & Design, Folklorist.  A mostly self-taught artist and historian, Darian has provided most of the lore necessary to flesh out monsters. He also keeps the studio organized and on-track, as well as managing the work of other artists from outside the studio.

Ren Yeomans, Art & Design, Illustrator. A self-taught artist with graphic design experience, Ren did most of the illustrations on this page, and this project is the culmination of years doing assorted commission work.

Risks and challenges

This is our teams first foray into the industry, but not our first time using the skills necessary to succeed in it. We are artists and creators who can keep up with the pace we've set for ourselves, and are dedicated to not only providing the best book possible, but also keeping our supporters updated and aware of our progress.

Our goal is to use this campaign as the jumping-off point for life long careers in independent media. We will settle for nothing less than the long-term sustainability and success of our studio, and that means consistency and responsibility.

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    Cryptic Patron

    Our personal thanks for your patronage, sent digitally to you.

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    Online Cryptid Fanatic

    Receive the book in PDF format with a digital thank-you.

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    • The Cryptobestiary (PDF)
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    Certified Cryptozoologist

    Receive the book in both PDF and printed hardcover format.

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    "I Believe" Package

    For more serious cryptid fans, this package is for those who truly BELIEVE. Receive a poster and some sticker flair, and get your name in the company Special Thanks page!

    Includes:
    • Digital Thank You
    • The Cryptobestiary (PDF)
    • The Cryptobestiary (Printer Friendly PDF)
    • The Cryptobestiary (Hardcover)
    • Cryptid "Red String" Poster
    • Cryptid Sticker Sheet
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    "Insider Info" Package

    Marv’s collection of sighting photos from over the years, comprised of a manila folder with several glossy prints and an exclusive journal-styled lore piece. Also stickers and special thanks!

    Includes:
    • Digital Thank You
    • The Cryptobestiary (PDF)
    • The Cryptobestiary (Printer Friendly PDF)
    • The Cryptobestiary (Hardcover)
    • Casefile: Manila folder, 6 mini prints, journal entry
    • Cryptid Sticker Sheet
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    "Way in Over Your Head" Package

    All previous rewards in a larger collected bundle.

    Includes:
    • Digital Thank You
    • The Cryptobestiary (PDF)
    • The Cryptobestiary (Printer Friendly PDF)
    • The Cryptobestiary (Hardcover)
    • Casefile: Manila folder, 6 mini prints, journal entry
    • Cryptid "Red String" Poster
    • Cryptid Sticker Sheet
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    "Web of Evidence" Package

    All previous rewards, with a signed hardcover copy, a mysterious prop coin, and a unique, high quality esoteric bookmark, which will serve a mysterious purpose in the future.

    Includes:
    • Digital Thank You
    • The Cryptobestiary (PDF)
    • The Cryptobestiary (Printer Friendly PDF)
    • The Cryptobestiary (Hardcover, Signed)
    • Casefile: Manila folder, 6 mini prints, journal entry
    • Cryptid "Red String" Poster
    • Cryptid Sticker Sheet
    • Conspiratorial Bookmark
    • Mystery Coin
    • Credited Special Thanks
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    "Unnatural Historian" Package

    Everything from the Web of Evidence package, and a custom commissioned art piece.

    Includes:
    • Digital Thank You
    • The Cryptobestiary (PDF)
    • The Cryptobestiary (Printer Friendly PDF)
    • The Cryptobestiary (Hardcover, Signed)
    • Casefile: Manila folder, 6 mini prints, journal entry
    • Cryptid "Red String" Poster
    • Cryptid Sticker Sheet
    • Conspiratorial Bookmark
    • Mystery Coin
    • Credited Special Thanks
    • Commissioned Art Piece
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Funding period

- (31 days)