Greetings one and all!
Welcome to the kickstarter for the Bestiary of the Curiously Odd!
SAMPLE INTERIOR PAGE:
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
- Christina Stiles
- Jonathan Tweet
- Greg A. Vaughan
- Sam Witt
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!
- $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!
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!
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.
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.
How many books will this end up being?
It is just one big 200+ page book now with over 90 creatures!
What game systems will you release stat books for?
We will be releasing it for:
- 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.
- (60 days)