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"Honestly, we wouldn't have been able to tell the stories we wanted to tell in Pathfinder without the Advanced Bestiary."
F. Wesley Schneider
Editor-in-Chief, Paizo Publishing
You Can’t Eat Accolades!
The Advanced Bestiary got great reviews as soon as it was released. This was in the later days of the d20 era, when it was harder to impress people and much harder to have a hit book. The critics loved it and sales were solid. Mission accomplished, right? Well, no, as it turned out. The Advanced Bestiary and two other titles (The Black Company and Egyptian Adventures: Hamunaptra) had the misfortune of coming out when our fulfillment company (Osseum Entertainment) was dying and stealing money from our sales to stay afloat. Those three big, expensive-to-print products all sold pretty well—and we saw not a dime of that money. We were, of course, still on the hook for all the associated bills: writing, editing, printing, art, etc. What should have been a triumph thus turned into a disaster. I remember figuring out at one point that for every dollar we paid the designer, Green Ronin lost three dollars. The “Osseum Debacle,” as we came to call it, nearly killed Green Ronin Publishing. We managed to survive though and slowly paid down all of our associated debts.
The fact that the Advanced Bestiary became a cornerstone book for Pathfinder development has thus always been bitter sweet. We were certainly flattered that Paizo used the Advanced Bestiary in so many of its own books and we were glad players and GMs got so much use out of it. You can’t eat accolades though, so for years I had hoped we could bring this book back and actually turn a profit on it.
Earlier this year we did a highly successful Pathfinder Kickstarter for our Freeport city setting. Last month I hired Owen K.C. Stephens to be our Pathfinder developer for Freeport and more. I believe now that the Stars are Right for the return of the Advanced Bestiary! Let’s make it happen, Pathfinder fans!
The Stretch Goals
As I mentioned, we want this book to be full color and featuring all new art. We’ve baked that into the stretch goals and we are revealing them all so you can see what we ultimately hope to achieve with this campaign. We are also keeping expansion of the book fairly limited by design because we want to have the finished product out to backers next July. The more we might add, the longer this would take, so we are capping the new material at 32 pages. Note, however, that there were originally five web enhancements to the Advanced Bestiary and we’ll be including all of those in the new book.
d20Pro is a Virtual Table Top (VTT) program that allows pen-and-paper gaming groups to play online and now you can buy d20Pro files for the Advanced Bestiary for only $10. Simply add $10 to your pledge and you'll get the files when they are released. They will be available to the public later for $15, so this is a great deal for d20Pro Users.
Fantasy Grounds Add-on
You also have the option of Fantasy Grounds support for the Advanced Bestiary! Fantasy Grounds is an application acting as a virtual online gaming table. If you'd like Fantasy Grounds files with your Advanced Bestiary, just add $10 to your pledge!
EARLY BIRD BEAST: The first 300 people to pledge get print and PDF copies of the finished Advanced Bestiary, plus the Hero Lab files, for only $45!
FREEPORT E-BEAST: You get a PDF of the new Freeport: The City of Adventure book for Pathfinder (from our previous Kickstarter) in addition to a PDF of the Advanced Bestiary and its Hero Lab files.
BEAST: You get a print and PDF copy of the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG.
RETAIL BEAST: This is a special tier for retail stores only. You get 2 copies of the Advanced Bestiary mailed to your US-based store. You must be a confirmed brick and mortar retailer to qualify for this tier (and yes, we will check!). Add $30 for international stores.
HEROIC BEAST: You get a print and PDF copy of the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG, plus Hero Lab files for the whole book.
FREEPORT BEAST: You get a print and PDF copy of the new Freeport: The City of Adventure book for Pathfinder (from our previous Kickstarter) in addition to a print and PDF copy of the Advanced Bestiary and its Hero Lab files.
BEAST MASTER: You get to work with developer Owen Stephens to create a new sample creature for one of the book's templates. Owen will work with you to create an awesome creature/template combo and to name the resulting monster! You will be credited in the final book, of course. Choices are subject to our approval. You also get a print and PDF copy of the Advanced Bestiary and its Hero Lab files. Limit: 20 backers.
Risks and challenges
We have already finished the book for our first Kickstarter, the Mutants & Masterminds 10 Year Anniversary Edition. Our second Kickstarter, Freeport: The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPG, is well under way and should release of May of this year. The real risk for the Advanced Bestiary is that Freeport will take longer than finish than we anticipate and push this book back. The two projects share a developer (Owen Stephens) but have completely separate design teams. We thus believe that risk should be minimal.
Green Ronin has been in business since 2000 and in that time we've published over 150 books. If there's one thing we know how to do, it's make RPG books! You can thus back the Advanced Bestiary with confidence. If it funds, this book will be published.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
A: We will send out PDFs of Advanced Bestiary for Pathfinder out as soon as the book is ready. The target date is May. The print edition will then come out in July.
The PDF of the original d20 book will be sent to backers within a month of the Kickstarter’s closing.
Yes. For each extra copy of the Advanced Bestiary that you want, simply add $50 to your pledge.
Q: Will the book be available in stores and on the Green Ronin webstore after the Kickstarter is fulfilled?
A: Yes. We will be printing more books than we need for the Kickstarter so we can put this into general distribution. Kickstarter backers will get it first though.
A: Yes, just increase your pledge by $25 for each extra book you want.
A: That is “Unstoppable” by Cthulhupunk masters Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. The band’s lead singer, Toren Atkinson, is also an illustrator and his art has graced the pages of dozens of Green Ronin books, including the Advanced Bestiary. To learn more about the Thickets, go to http://www.thickets.net.
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