Here at Flaming Crab Games, we know spontaneity spawns fun and inspired projects. And we live by an old hydra saying, "A plethora of heads are better than one." Also, any hydra (with an Int higher than 2 and tongues cast on it) would tell you that new heads are just as dandy as old ones.
To cut straight to the chase, we're launching this Kickstarter to fund our monthly Letters from the Flaming Crab series for the year 2016. Each Letter we hire a different crew of 3-5 writers to create a 10-12 page supplement. And each Letter's topic is as different as the last: flying mounts, magical food, haunts, and festivals!
Before this Kickstarter, we launched the following Letters in 2015:
Winged Cavalry featured the Wind Warden, an alternate class for the cavalier that rides flying mounts; orders for the wind warden; and rules for aerial mounted combat.
Culinary Magic had rules for making magical food, a dozen magic recipes, mundane and magical cooking equipment, relevant traits and feats, and two culinary archetypes.
Haunted Places had 4 new haunts, three new archetypes, and a medium spirit.
Wheel of the Year featured 9 pagan and Wiccan holidays. It detailed how the holidays are celebrated, which type of deities are tied to it, how magic schools are altered during these holidays, and specific rituals that only may be cast on that holiday.
Iconic Princesses features 4 women from classic fairy tales ready to be introduced into your campaign as NPCs or even as PCs. Each "princess" is detailed in the established iconic format (1st, 7th, and 12th level) along with a unique magic item, feat, or spell.
Here There Be (tiny) Dragons presents six new Tiny sized dragons to be used as friend, foe, or improved familiar! It also features new archetypes and a new class of scaling wondrous item, dragonstones, that can only be used by a dragon and non-dragon in cooperation!
The following are add-ons for the Letters from the Flaming Crab. Increase your pledge by the cost of the desired add-on without changing your selected reward. A couple weeks after the Kickstarter ends, you'll be sent a survey in which you specify which add-ons you wanted.
And as always, we're open to add-on suggestions.
2016 Letters from the Flaming Crab PDF: $3 per PDF
For every $3 added to your pledge, you get an additional 2016 Letter.
2015 Letters from the Flaming Crab PDF: $2 per PDF
For every $2 added to your pledge, you get an additional 2015 Letter.
Echelon Explorations: Polyhedral Pantheons (by Echelon Game Design): Free! ($30+ pledges)
Anyone who pledges at least $30 to this Kickstarter gets a free copy of Polyhedral Pantheons. (Thanks Keith/ Echelon Game Design!)
Astonishing Races: Grippli, Call to Arms: Ropes, and Call to Arms: Mantles of Power (by Fat Goblin Games): Free! ($35+ pledges)
Anyone who pledges at least $35 to this Kickstarter gets a free copy of each PDF! (Thanks Rick/ Fat Goblin Games!)
101 Swamp Spells, In the Company of Fey, and The Secrets of the Divine: Pantheon, Love, Sky, & Wright (by Rite Publishing): Free! ($35+ pledges) Anyone who pledges at least $35 to this Kickstarter gets a free copy of each PDF! (Thanks Steve/ Rite Publishing!)
(So with a pledge of $35, you're getting over $120 worth of PDFs!)
(X)$2,750: Replace the clip art in every Letter with stock art.
(X)$3,000: Replace half the stock art in every Letter with commissioned line art.
( )$3,500: Replace all the stock art in every Letter with commissioned line art.
( )$4,000: Replace all line art with color illustration.
( )$5,000: Color illustrations become much higher resolution. Also unlock print options as rewards/add-ons.
Shipmates of the Flaming Crab
In the Grand Multiverse, there are have been a few ships that have sailed under the ship name The Flaming Crab. Listed below are the crew of The USS Flaming Crab of Earth Prime (circa 21st century).
Captain: Alex Abel
First Mate/Navigator: J Gray
Chief Engineer/Illustrator: Allen Morris
- Winged Cavalry: Jeff Gomez, Thiago Rose Shinken, Anthony Torretti
- Culinary Magic: David S McCrae, Angel "ARMR" Miranda
- Haunted Places: June Bordas, Mike McKeown, Michael Riter
- Wheel of the Year: JJ Jordan, Nate Love, Lucus Palosaari
2016 Letters Schedule
January: Iconic Princesses (June Bordas, Troy Daniels, Lindsey Shanks, and Steven Lloyd Wilson)
February: Tiny Dragons (Jennifer Povey, Margherita Tramontano, and C.J. Withers)
March: Women of History (June Bordas, Jennifer Povey, Lindsey Shanks, and Margherita Tramontano)
April: Coins & Credit (Matthew Carroll, Lucus Palosaari, and Jeff Swank)
May: Hygiene by Captain Lukas Buergi (crew not yet assembled)
June: County Faire (crew not yet assembled)
July: Heraldic Symbols by Captain Adam Matherly (crew not yet assembled)
August: Strange Weather (crew not yet assembled)
September: Dinosaur Companions by Captain Lindsey Shanks (crew not yet assembled)
October: Household Magic (crew not yet assembled)
November: The World Tree by Captain Joshua Root (crew not yet assembled)
December: Ioun Stones (crew not yet assembled)
And two bonus Letters sponsored by Devon MacInnis!
Risks and challenges
We are still completing our recently backed campaign: the Flaming Crab Games Archetype Compendium. However, with different writers working on the Letters, these projects won't interfere with each other.
We're commissioning 30-40 writers over the course of 2016. It's likely that at least a couple of these writers will be unable to complete their assignments for whatever reason. We have had this occur with two of our Letters from 2015. In one Letter, the other authors were able to fill in. In the second Letter, we hired someone else to take the writer's place. The worst case scenario is that a given book gets delayed a couple days.
As a side note, we're letting you all help create topics for us to cover. We may have to replace a highly ranked topic if it's inappropriate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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