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Get published alongside Ed Greenwood, Monte Cook, Wolfgang Baur and a whole slew of industry professionals!

Greetings one and all!

Welcome to the kickstarter for the Bestiary of the Curiously Odd!

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Digital Versions start at just $15.00--->

Get published alongside the likes of:

  • Wolfgang Baur
  • Monte Cook
  • Adam Daigle
  • Ed Greenwood
  • Jeff Grubb
  • Rob Heinsoo
  • Ben McFarland
  • Stan!
  • Christina Stiles
  • Jonathan Tweet
  • Greg A. Vaughan
  • Sam Witt
Created by: Greg A. Vaughan
Created by: Greg A. Vaughan

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What you get!

Bare Bones: This is the book only. Comes with one stat book. It is at the $50 level.

All current packages at $75 or higher of the full book contain:

  • The 200+ page book with over 90 creatures in it.
  • Original Art
  • Limited Edition Print signed and numbered.
  • One Stat book for the system of your choice.
  • Digital PDF of the Full Bestiary w/ Stat Book.

FUNDED! We made it. Thanks to all of you that got us here!

EXTRA ADDONS!

  • $10 Extra stat books
  • $25 Additional Creature Submission 
  • $25 Creature Deck
  • $35 Extra Soft Cover (200pg/90 creature)
  • $50 GM Screen
  • $100 Extra Hardback (200pg/90 creature)
  • $300 Miniature created from your creature.( see update #18)

MINI CARDS! This will be a card deck of all our monsters! They will come with card stands so you will be able to insert the cards into the stands and use them as miniatures at your gaming sessions. You will need to increase your pledge $25 to receive this bonus to cover the increased shipping. It comes with all 100 monsters and stands.

CUSTOM GM SCREEN!: These are the "TWGS" from hammerdog games. They will come in two versions: Landscape and Portrait. The slots will be 8.5X11. The four exterior panels will be filled with limited edition prints signed and numbered. The interion slots will be left black and you can insert your own charts and tables from your favorite game. You will need to increase your pledge by $50 receive this bonus.

EXTRA STAT BOOKS: You may add additional stat books. You can make any combination of systems that you would like. One of each, multiples of the same system or any combination you would like. Each book is an additional $10. Just modify your pledge. At the end of the kickstarter you will be sent a survey that you will be able to itemize your pledges and let us know exactly what you books and systems you want.

Bonus Goal #1: New System: OSRIC! For those of you craving a taste of the old school, have the option to get the stat book for this system!

Bonus Goal #2 ($2000): SWAG BAG! This is our goodie bag. First and formost it is a dice bag of course and we will pack it with dice, stickers, bookmarks and anything else we can think of.

 Bonus Goal #3: Traveller RPG http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/rpgs/traveller.html

Bonus Goal #4 ($3500): NEW SYSTEM! SWORDS & WIZARDRY! 

Light your torches, don your helmets, and ready your spells … the Swords & Wizardry Rules are a “clone” of the original Gary Gygax 1974 fantasy roleplaying game that started it all. With a thriving internet community and tons of support products, Swords & Wizardry is bringing back a lost style of fantasy roleplaying. Forget huge rule books - just play. If you can imagine it, you can do it in Swords & Wizardry. The rules are simple and quick to learn, and they are infinitely flexible.

Bonus Goal #5: NEW SYSTEM: The 13th AGE system by Jonathan Tweet and Rob Heinsoo

Bonus Goal #6: NEW SYSTEM: Savage Worlds!

Bonus Goal #7: I will commission a brand new monster from Ed Greenwod to appear in the book. It will also come with a limited edition print of that creature.

Bonus Goal #8: BLOOD RATS! miniatures from: REAPER MINIATURES!

Dark Heaven Bones – Rats (77016)
Dark Heaven Bones – Rats (77016)

 These are polymer miniatures that can be painted red to match the blood rats that appear in the bestiary or paint them grey/brown and use them as regular dire rats. There are a total of six rats.

Everyone that pledges more than $75 will receive these at no additional charge if we make it to $5,500.  

Bonus Goal #9: SCAB KOBOLDS miniatures from: REAPER MINIATURES!

Dark Heaven Bones – Kobolds (77010)
Dark Heaven Bones – Kobolds (77010)

These are polymer miniatures that can be painted to match the Scab Kobolds that appear in the bestiary or paint them normal and use them as regular kobolds. There are a total of six kobolds.

Everyone that pledges more than $75 will receive these at no additional charge if we make it to $6,000.  

What the Heck is it?

First and foremost this book is going to be made by the fans who love role-playing games. You will be able to submit your ideas for creatures and monsters and I will in turn render them into full color things of beauty and put them in a nifty book. You can even write the flavor text that describes the creature and are credited in the book as its creator. 

This sounds like almost every other bestiary out there with the exception of their "YOUR" creations. But here is where things take a turn for the different. 

For the most part we have all started more campaigns than we have finished. We probably have played more 1st level characters than we have played 20th level characters. As a (GM/DM/ruler of all) starting a brand new game is one of the most rewarding experiences there is. 

So why do I have to flip through pages of dragons and demi-gods to find the goblins for my first game session? This bestiary will only contain creatures that are level 1-3. If all goes well we will do a 4-6 and so on, but that is for a later day.

There will be no (crunch/stat blocks/ things to hide from players) You will be able to hand them the book and let them look to their hearts content. This is where this idea gets awesome.

A second book, paperback and smaller, will have all the crunch the GM needs with an index corresponding to the page inside the bestiary and likewise for the  stat book.

These "Stat Books" will be cheap and replaceable for several reasons: We are going to produce them for multiple games. If you play pathfinder and then D&D releases a new edition, no problem...order the stat book to the game and edition that you want. Think it would be fun to run an old school first edition D&D game?....Just order that stat book!

Economical: These books will be available to players of all manner of means. There will be "comic book" style books that you can stick in your back pocket, spill Mountain Dew on, use as coasters, and write in. There will be limited edition, signed, original art drawn on the inside cover, hardback versions as well. 

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Submitting your idea

This is for your novice player all the way up to your experienced game designers. 

If you play a game with your family and you want to add "Pixie Mice" that your daughter came up with and its just a one sentence description we will take care of the flavor text and creating the stats and crunch for it.

If you have been playing 20 years and have binder full of creatures you want in feel free to buy multiple spots and submit them all. If you have stat blocks already prepared we will do our best to make them conform to the games that we release them for and adhere to the spirit of your intent.

Please bear in mind that this is my interpretation of your creature and up to my discretion as to it's final look and design. At the end of the day I have to be able to sell a book to the public and can't have a book filled with gore and nudity. Please keep your submissions PG in nature. Evil is fine, vulgar is not.

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How many books will this end up being? 

It is just one big 200+ page book now with over 90 creatures!

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step by step process
step by step process

What game systems will you release stat books for?

We will be releasing it for: 

  • O.S.R.I.C.
  • Pathfinder
  • Traveller RPG

If your not interested in submitting but would like to buy the book there are book only packages at the $75 and $125 dollar levels.

Pledge for the digital scrying pool at the $10 level and stay in the loop for when the books become available.

FAQ

  • Yes.

    But it will not be numbered/signed or have the kickstarter logo on the cover. Only backers of this kickstarter will receive the limited edition versions of this book.

    It will also only be sold as a complete set and be quite a bit more expensive.

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  • It is now just one big one and there are three softcover packages and three hardcover packages.

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  • You will be sent a link to a forum after the kickstarter ends. You will need to register and open a thread with your name and creature as the title. There we will have our back and forth as we create your creature.

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  • The paperback versions is smaller like a comic book.

    The softcover is the full 8.5 X 11.

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  • You just up your pledge by $25 for each card deck or new monster you would like to add. $50 for the GM Screen.

    You will be sent a survey at the end that you will itemize your pledge to make sure you get the items you pledged for.

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    Updates and Stuff: Remember all submission should be for creatures CR: 3 or lower. Shipping is included in the price for all U.S. residents. Please add ($8 vol #1) ($16 vol #1&2) for the regular book and ($14 vol#1) ($28 vol #1&2) for the hardback outside of the united states per shipment. All pledge rewards that are submissions include (1) Paperback bestiary (1) Stat book (1) one piece of original art (1) full color print of the cover creature.

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    DIGITAL SCRYING POOL: You will be able to follow along on the process of this book being made from the start to the finish. You will have access to the forums and be able to ask question, vote on polls and be listed in the book as a backer. In the event we are at a convention together you may make eye contact with me but only once. Winking is optional.

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    DIGITAL VERSION: This will get you a PDF of the entire 200 page/ 90+ creatures book. The PDF will contain the stat book as well. The only ADDONS that may be added to this pledge are the submit a creature for $25. You will receive no physical copies of anything. You may add as many submissions as you would like though, $25 for each submission.

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    The Book & Stuff: This gets you (1) Paperback bestiary (1) Stat book (1) one piece of original art (1) full color print of the cover creature.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: (1) ONE SUBMISSION: You can submit one creature/monster. As always the more info the better. Once we have enough submissions to warrant a complete book I will open a reward for book itself and you can upgrade your pledge.

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    The Books & Stuff VOL 1 & 2: This gets you (1 of each) Softcover bestiarys: Vol #1 & #2 (1) Stat book (1) one piece of original art (1) full color print of the cover creature.

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    BARE BONES: This comes with the Soft Cover book and the stat book only. No swag bag, no limited edition prints, no original art. Just one Bestiary and one stat book. All future bonus goal and rewards will not be included in this reward. If you want all the extra stuff it is at the $75 level.

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    (1) ONE SUBMISSION: You can submit one creature/monster. As always the more info the better. (1) Paperback bestiary Vol #1 (1) Stat book (1) one piece of original art (1) full color print of the cover creature.

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    SOFTCOVER PACKAGE: THE COMPLETE BOOK: This is the complete 200+ page soft cover version with over 90 monsters/creatures in it. It comes with a limited edition print of the cover creature. This also included an original art piece of one of the creatures from the book. One stat book for the system of your choice.

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    (1) ONE SUBMISSION: You can submit one creature/monster. As always the more info the better. (1 of each) Softcover bestiary Vol #1 & #2 (1) Stat book (1) one piece of original art (1) full color print of the cover creature.

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    (2) TWO SUBMISSIONS: You can submit two creatures/monsters. As always the more info the better. (1) Hardback bestiary Vol #1 (1) Paperback bestiary Vol #1 (1) Stat book (1) one piece of original art (1) full color print of the cover creature.

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    SUBMISSION SOFTCOVER PACKAGE: THREE SUBMISSIONS: You have the option of submitting up to three (3) entries of your own into the book. You are not required to use all the spots if you do not wish to. You will receive the original layout sketches of your creatures that are in the book. THE COMPLETE BOOK: This is the complete 200+ page soft cover version with over 90 monsters/creatures in it. It comes with a limited edition print of the cover creatureOne stat book for the system of your choice.

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    HARDBACK PACKAGE: THE COMPLETE BOOK: This is the complete 200+ page hardback version with over 90 monsters/creatures in it. It comes with a limited edition print of the cover creature. It also comes with a piece over original art of one of the creatures in the book. One stat book for the system of your choice.

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    (2) TWO SUBMISSIONS: You can submit two creatures/monsters. As always the more info the better. (1 of each) Hardback bestiary Vol #1 & #2 (1 of each) Paperback bestiary Vol #1 & #2 (1) Stat book (1) one piece of original art (1) full color print of the cover creature.

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    HARDBACK SUBMISSION PACKAGE: THREE SUBMISSIONS: You have the option of submitting up to three (3) entries of your own into the book. You are not required to use all the spots if you do not wish to. You will receive the original layout sketches of your creatures that are in the book. THE COMPLETE BOOK: This is the complete 200+ page hardback version with over 90 monsters/creatures in it. It comes with a limited edition print of the cover creature. One stat book for the system of your choice.

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    DELUXE SOFTCOVER PACKAGE: This comes with the Creature Deck. All of the creatures appear in this deck of cards that also comes with there own stands so they may be used as miniatures. GM SCREEN: This is the TWGS from Hammerdog games and is simply the best screen there is on the market. It will have four limited edition prints inserted in the cover slots. FIVE SUBMISSIONS: You have the option of submitting up to five (5) entries of your own into the book. You are not required to use all the spots if you do not wish to. You will receive the original layout sketches of your creatures that are in the book. THE COMPLETE BOOK: This is the complete 200+ page soft cover version with over 90 monsters/creatures in it. It comes with a limited edition print of the cover creature. One stat book for the system of your choice.

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    DELUXE HARDBACK PACKAGE: This comes with the Creature Deck. All of the creatures appear in this deck of cards that also comes with there own stands so they may be used as miniatures. GM SCREEN: This is the TWGS from Hammerdog games and is simply the best screen there is on the market. It will have four limited edition prints inserted in the cover slots. FIVE SUBMISSIONS: You have the option of submitting up to five (5) entries of your own into the book. You are not required to use all the spots if you do not wish to. You will receive the original layout sketches of your creatures that are in the book. THE COMPLETE BOOK: This is the complete 200+ page hardback version with over 90 monsters/creatures in it. It comes with a limited edition print of the cover creature. One stat book for the system of your choice.

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    Miniature Deluxe Package: You will receive a miniature of your creature. We will create a "turn around" of your creature and have your creature sculpted. We will then have your miniature manufactured and included in your package. Your creature must be humanoid sized or larger. They will be produced at the 28mm scale so you may use it as a miniature. If your creature is smaller than a normal human we can still create the miniature for you it just will not be to scale. This package included the Deluxe Hardback Package.

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    YOUR OWN VOLUME: (30) Submissions. A creature of your own design and choosing will be on the cover of this book. (2) hard back copies of the full book(1) Stat book (1) one piece of original art (1) full color print of the cover creature.

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