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We’re bringing the best adversaries from the history of the Creature Collection to 5th Edition! We're going to make a full colour, one creature per page, hardcover bestiary for the world’s favourite roleplaying game. 



It’s going to be expertly converted, beautifully illustrated, wonderfully laid out, and full to the brim with useful content.

If we’re extra successful we’ll also include random encounter tables, drop-in encounters with battle maps, and lots of additional digital content. 

Way back at the beginning of the d20 times, when 3rd Edition was the big noise, gamers had two core manuals with which to play. The Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide were available, but there was a pause before we got the official Monster Manual. Into that gap burst The Creature Collection - the very first bestiary of Third Edition monsters! 

Now we’re bringing the Creature Collection to 5th Edition!

Our aims and campaign are simple: To see how large a 5th Edition bestiary we can create with your help! 

At the heart of our campaign is The Scarred Lands Creature Collection for 5th Edition. We want to run a very focused, easy-to-understand campaign, and it’s all about the book.

The Creature Collection begins at 160 pages, and will feature roughly 140 monsters. Most occupy a full page, some occupy two, occasionally they’re longer. None are split up across pages - they always occupy at least one full page. We think this is vital feature for ease of usage: We want to give you a good-sized illustration for every adversary, along with a good depth of info and tips on using the creature. We also want the book to be a joy to read and use at the table.

If the campaign is successful, the book will grow, with additional monsters added as stretch goals are met. You will still pay the same price you pledged at, so it’s worth getting in early and bringing in as many friends as you can! Together we can get MORE MONSTERS!

With this campaign our job is to make a single volume, so we're maxing it out at 256 pages. That way we don't break the bank shipping it to you, nor get delayed in delivery. But fear not, there are plenty of additional rewards we'll unlock should we grow beyond that point!

Every creature in the Collection is illustrated in full colour and, of course, is fully statted and described, as you would expect.

The book will be ordered alphabetically so that if you know what you’re looking for you’ll be able to quickly find it with maximum simplicity. When we reached out to DMs the thing we heard most was the need to be able to look things up easily. We all agree that we’re frustrated by having monsters grouped by type, so we’re using an A-Z navigation option for those times you know the name of the creature you’re looking up.

In addition to this, we’ve designed in a bunch of additional navigation aids to make this book super-useful:

Every monster has a tab at the side of the page that shows its CR, and they’re colour-coded into groups. That allows you to very quickly gauge what kind of challenge each monster presents to your party.

There’s also a series of tabs lower down the page edge that show in which habitat the creature can be found. 

These tabs each sit in a fixed, exclusive position on the page edge, so when you flick through, you can easily spot what you're looking for. 

The book will be fully indexed by monster name, and also by CR.

The Creature Collection is also available in PDF format

The PDF will be fully bookmarked and hyperlinked. It will be delivered via DriveThruRPG so you’ll have it in your library.

 Accompanying many of the reward tiers is The Digital Pack.

This is a set of digital accessories that complement the Creature Collection. Much of the content will be unlocked via stretch goals, so the more pledges we get, the better the Digital Pack becomes, at no extra cost! 

It will contain digital poster-sized files of any unlocked battle maps from Encounter Pack stretch goals, along with additional battle maps suited to VTT formats and a VTT-friendly version of the Creature Collection if we do well.

We’ll include digital files of art of the creatures to show your players, and we may unlock further accessories like VTT tokens and digital “paper” miniatures. The Digital Pack will be delivered via DriveThruRPG so you’ll have it in your library.

For the true Scarred Lands fan, the limited edition hardcover is a wonderful collector's item. Strictly limited to 100 copies, this tome comes in a leather-effect cover (vegan, not dead animal), embossed with the skull of a Spider Goblin. We'll be giving you more details on this exclusive volume during the campaign.  

The original Creature Collection was the genesis of the Scarred Lands setting. Scarn and the Divine War grew out of the Creature Collections to become its own vibrant, unique setting.

“A world known to its inhabitants as Scarn, the Scarred Lands is a place of dynamic heroism, supreme villainy, and incalculable magic. Torn and twisted by battles between the titans and their children, the young gods —fought largely by monstrous titanspawn pitted against humans, elves, dwarves, and other “divine races” — Scarn is a world still wounded deeply by the Divine War that took place less than two centuries ago.

The Scarred Lands has been a favored fantasy setting since the release of the Creature Collection in 2000. Over the next several years, over 40 titles were published for the Scarred Lands, making it one of the most fully supported fantasy RPG settings ever and the premiere product line of the former Sword & Sorcery Studios”

The great news is that while the Creature Collection is a must-have for 5th edition Scarred Lands players, it works just as well for all 5th Edition games! 

We want your help to decide which creatures to include. We’ve already gathered choices from the Scarred Lands Corebook Kickstarter, from members of the Scarred Lands team, from our writers and artists, and now we want you to help select the next bunch of adversaries. We’ll be running backer-only polls throughout the campaign where you’ll get to choose which monsters are included in this Creature Collection.

Creatures will be grouped into teams, and they'll battle, the winner being decided by your votes. Don't worry if your favourite Scarred Lands beast gets knocked out! Each creature gets more than one chance of being included in our tournament system! (and it's intended as a bit of fun. We won't wreck the collection so it includes 100 versions of Creature McCreatureface)

 Throughout the campaign we’ll be sharing previews of our monsters! You can get two free chunks here and here, and then throughout the campaign further weekly previews will be backer-only. So if you’d like to get a bunch of monsters for 5e over the next 4 weeks, jump on board!

 We've moved the stretch goal graphic to the top of the campaign to make it nice and easy to find!

Our stretch goals add pages to the Collection, handy stuff to the Digital Pack, and Encounter Packs.

Here's an example of an Encounter Pack: The Temple of the Stars. With some details redacted in case you end up playing it! 

We’ll also expand the Digital Pack that’s available with selected reward tiers with things like VTT tokens, battle maps and more!

To Add-On additional copies of the Scarred Lands Creature Collection for 5e including a PDF and an additional copy of the Digital Pack, add the following:

  • For the US: $60 per copy (includes shipping)
  • For The UK/EU: $60 per copy  (includes shipping)
  • For Brazil: $70 per copy  (includes shipping)
  • For everywhere else: $65 per copy  (includes shipping)

As part of our campaign, we’re also offering you the chance to grab previous Scarred Lands titles at a great price!

We begin with three adds ons: the 5e Scarred Lands Player's Guide in print, and 2 PDF bundles.

To get The 5e Scarred Lands Player's Guide in print,  including shipping, simply up your pledge by $30.

To get the The 3e Bundle, simply up your pledge by $15.

                              To get The 5e Bundle, simply up your pledge by $15.


                              Here’s the details of each Add-On:

The Scarred Lands Player's Guide for 5e is a 312 page full colour guide to this fabulous setting. We're offering the offset-printed setting guide (as opposed to the Print-On-Demand version) for this add-on.

A Land Where Legends Walk

Drawing enthusiastically on Greek mythology, the revised and re-imagined Scarred Lands nonetheless retains its place as a modern fantasy RPG setting. This is a world shaped by gods and monsters, and only the greatest of heroes can expect to be counted among them. The most populous continent of Scarn, Ghelspad, plays host to vast unexplored regions, hides unsolved riddles from ancient cultures, and taunts adventures with the promise of undiscovered riches hidden among the ruins of older civilizations.

Yet the myths of the Scarred Lands are relatively recent events. The effects of the Titanswar still ripple through the world, and the heroes and villains of many of these stories are part of living memory, if not still living.



 The 3rd Edition Bundle $15 ($39 value)

Three 3e “Classic” Creature Collections: 

  • Creature Collection Revised 3e (normally $13)
  • Creature Collection II: Dark Menagerie 3e (normally $13)
  • Creature Collection III: Savage Bestiary 3e (normally $13)

• Creature Collection Revised 3e

From the horrible wrack dragon to the tiny bottle imp, creatures frightening and wondrous are found throughout the lands of fantasy. Discover your favorites anew in the complete revision of the original d20 bestseller, Creature Collection!

Creature Collection Revised presents all the original monsters and races in stunning new detail. Over 200 creatures in this book are ready to be introduced to your campaign, each having been painstakingly updated to mesh perfectly with 3rd Edition rules.

• Creature Collection II: Dark Menagerie 3e

The Twisted Legacy of Dead Gods

Horrifying aberrations, undead and other creatures to corrupt or kill the most able heroes. Creature Collection II: Dark Menagerie™ presents a host of new creatures for use in your fantasy campaign. Come and revisit the Carnival of Shadows and a whole menagerie of twisted servitor races the Titans fashioned for their war with the gods.

• Creature Collection III: Savage Bestiary 3e

Perils of the Savage Wilds

This third volume of the Creature Collection series presents a horde of new monsters to challenge player characters and haunt the wild lands of any campaign setting. From deadly swarms to mighty avatars, Creature Collection III: Savage Bestiary is packed with over 150 creatures of every challenge level, each compatible with the v.3.5 rules. It also includes a special appendix with new powers of the Titans — additional abilities to make your monsters even more dangerous!

 5th Edition Bundle $15 ($28 value)

Two 5th Edition Scarred Lands PDFs:

  • Scarred Lands Player’s Guide PDF (normally $19)
  • Wise & Wicked (normally $9)

• Scarred Lands Player's Guide (OGL 5e)

A Land Where Legends Walk

Drawing enthusiastically on Greek mythology, the revised and re-imagined Scarred Lands nonetheless retains its place as a modern fantasy RPG setting. This is a world shaped by gods and monsters, and only the greatest of heroes can expect to be counted among them. The most populous continent of Scarn, Ghelspad, plays host to vast unexplored regions, hides unsolved riddles from ancient cultures, and taunts adventures with the promise of undiscovered riches hidden among the ruins of older civilizations.

Yet the myths of the Scarred Lands are relatively recent events. The effects of the Titanswar still ripple through the world, and the heroines and villains of many of these stories are part of living memory, if not still living.

• The Wise & the Wicked 2nd Edition (5e OGL)

Heroes, Villains, and Others in Between!

This tome is a revision of the original book by the same title, which was first published for use with 3rd edition rules for the world’s most popular roleplaying game. In this revised edition of The Wise & the Wicked, all the same characters have returned (and we’ve added some new ones, too!), all newly updated to 5th Edition rules, for use with the Scarred Lands Player’s Guide.

The Wise & the Wicked introduces a rogue’s gallery of the Scarred Lands’ movers and shakers, characters who carry out the will of the gods or the fallen titans. These non-player characters can be friends, enemies, or simply convenient resources for the player characters in your game.

Here you’ll find a fascinating compendium of characters from the Scarred Lands, but easily transported into campaigns set elsewhere. In addition, find multiple appendices full of new magic items and artifacts, class archetypes and prestige classes, new feats, new creatures and races, and more.

We already have 60 monsters converted, edited, illustrated and laid out, so work is well progressed. Our systems are all in place, and we have an extremely experienced, talented and motivated team ready to complete the project should we fund.  We have more writers and artists in the wings waiting on the green light to start more conversions should we fund. And if we do really well we'll expand that team further.
 

With this Kickstarter we want to get this important and useful traditionally printed book into stores".  And we’re relying on your help! We're also using this Kickstarter to open up our EU and RoW shipping options.

We've worked hard to secure a European shipping option for this campaign, so that we can ship from both the EU and the US, reducing costs to you, and making it viable for our European friends to get in on the action without incurring high shipping fees and import duty!

This means this campaign is a little different than others from Onyx Path Publishing. Most of the differences occur backstage, but if it goes well then you may well see more EU-friendly shipping in future.

The main difference to you, the backer, is that shipping to the EU and so-called "Rest of World" is much cheaper than it has been historically, and books will be dispatched from both the EU and the US.

The team producing the Scarred Lands Creature Collection and running this campaign is Handiwork Games. We were approached by Rich Thomas of Onyx Path to lend a hand in creating this whole supplement. We are an extremely experienced team of game producers, writers and artists, led by industry veteran Jon Hodgson, who was formerly creative director at Cubicle Seven, and oversaw all creative production there for 3 years.

Founded in 2012, Onyx Path Publishing is a Pennsylvania-based company dedicated to the development of exemplary, immersive worlds. Working with a group of amazingly talented creators, we explore print, electronic and other forms of media distribution to make our products available to our fans.

Onyx Path staff are united in our common background with White Wolf Publishing and we will continue to supplement those famous product settings with new releases, while adding to the industry with brand-new concepts for game play. We are lucky to include ENnie, GAMA and other award-winning creatives as contributors to our upcoming release schedule. Their commitment to quality reflects the goal of Onyx Path and the reason for our existence.

With over 20 years of publishing experience from which to draw, we are industry professionals who love the art of the game and plan to continue making meaningful, innovative contributions in the years to come.

Risks and challenges

Between us, we have run or co-run a wide variety of Kickstarter Campaigns.

The usual risks apply here - if we grow the project beyond the initial scope there may be a short delay on delivery while we make extra material.

If we encounter sudden delays in converting material for reasons unknown, or the international shipping suddenly changes dramatically we may see some delays while we replan.

But we won't stop work because of any of these things.

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    Hardcover Creature Collection Plus

    You'll get the hardcover Scarred Lands Creature Collection PLUS the PDF, PLUS the Digital Pack!
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    You'll get the limited edition hard cover of the Scarred Lands Creature Collection, the PDF version, and the Digital Pack. You'll also get weekly previews of creatures from the collection.

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    A discount for our friends in retail: 5 copies of The Scarred Lands Creature Collection hardcover. We'll ask you to prove your status as a retailer.

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    You'll get the chance to commission your own Scarred Lands Creature that will feature in the Collection! You'll also get a copy of the hardcove​r Creature Collection, the PDF, and the Digital Pack.

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