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More than 20 new and expanded PFPRG heroes: tieflings, gearforged, lizardfolk, aasimar, kobolds, and many more, in rich detail!
More than 20 new and expanded PFPRG heroes: tieflings, gearforged, lizardfolk, aasimar, kobolds, and many more, in rich detail!
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Sometimes, unlikely heroes emerge from strange and forbidden places: dragons’ dens, murky swamps, magical forges and the realms of Shadow.

A bull-headed corsair smashes through a line of skeletal warriors, her war axe sending skulls flying! Her kobold companion darts nimbly in and out of the fray wreaking havoc, as arrows ping off the gearforged paladin’s brass hide and the darakhul fighter creeps up behind the evil necromancer, licking his chops in anticipation of the feast to come…

Bring monstrous heroes and astounding new twists to your Pathfinder RPG campaign! 

Crisp New Layout – Ready to Print!
Crisp New Layout – Ready to Print!

The Advanced Races series has run for 3 years, bringing 15 new, playable races to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Fans have enthusiastically embraced most of them, while a few races needed a bit of a tuneup--and now we're working with RPG Superstar Steven T. Helt, developer Alistair Rigg, and superstar reviewer Endzeitgeist to sharpen and improve all of these new races. Full development, review, revisions, minor tweaks: every race is getting some love.

We're making a good series even stronger—and 2 full chapters are already laid out and ready to print! 

The Advanced Races Compendium gives you everything you need to play a monstrous, planar, undead, or underworld adventurer in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Its pages are packed with PC racial feats, traits, spells, bloodlines, gear, magic items, archetypes and more for:

  • Aasimar
  • Centaur
  • Darakhul
  • Derro
  • Dragonkin
  • Gnoll
  • Gearforged  
  • Lamia
  • Lizardfolk  
  • Kobold  
  • Ravenfolk  
  • Shadow Fey  
  • Tiefling  
  • Tosculi (waspfolk)
  • Werelion

And we have unlocked quite a few more with backer support!

  • Drow
  • Dhampir
  • Jinnborn
  • Sahuagin
  • Trollkin
  • and extras for the Dragonkin, Minotaurs, Lizardfolk, Kitsune, Suli and two more races to be chosen by backers!
  • PLUS an NPC Codex as a separate PDF, showing off NPCs from all 21 major races in the book!

If we reach our stretch goals, we have more races waiting for a chance to strut their stuff. Join us today, and let's make Pathfinder heroes better, stronger, and wilder! 

The book will ship in 2015.

We're funded, and all the first block of stretch goals have been officially revealed--and unlocked! So far we've added more chapters to the book--including the drow, jinnborn, dhampir, and trollkin--plus unlocked the Hero Lab add-on.

A second block of stretch goals is now live--let's see how far we get before it closes up!

The rewards are straightforward and a great deal — and they support making this the best book it can be. Find the pledge you like, and avail yourself of a print or PDF copy of the book, a foil-stamped leatherette edition, a promotional poster and art prints. 

At the higher levels you could have a game run for you and your friends by a Kobold Press developer, or ensure that your favorite race gets extra attention in the book.

RETAILERS: We have a tier for you, too, with rewards including 3 copies of the book, a gorgeous promotional poster, and publicizing your store across the Kobold Press social channels.

We're pleased to offer a few add-ons that will appeal to some-but-not-all backers. These include extra books, art prints, and other items, including some exclusives available only from Kobold Press, or only as a Kickstarter backer.  

How Do Add-Ons Work?

Add-ons are a Kickstarter tradition based on a quirk in the system: When you pledge for a reward in Kickstarter, you can always pledge over the minimum amount for that reward. Pledges over the minimum can be used to add something onto your reward, and that's what these are.   

Some add-ons will be delivered separately from the Compendium. These may require separate shipping costs.  

Your Choices

Advanced Races Compendium, Second Copy $35: Add a second copy of the core book shipped in the US for just $35 (you save by combining shipping). 

Advanced Races Hero Lab Data Files $23: Add the massive set of Hero Lab files for all the archetypes, variants, feats, spells, and more from the Compendium to your pledge at 40% off the retail price. The biggest Hero Lab package we've ever created!

Art Print of Cover $35: The long, wraparound cover art printed with archival inks and acid-free paper. Includes shipping in the US. International shipping costs TBD.

Art Print of Interior Art $30: A high-quality print of one of the races from the Compendium, using archival inks and acid-free paper. Includes shipping in the US. International shipping costs TBD. 

Deep Magic Special Runebound Edition + PDF $130: Leatherette cover with foil stamp. Extremely limited number of copies available (our reserve against missing/late backers from Deep Magic). First come, first served. 

Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor $19: A Kickstarter exclusive adventure for 4th and 5th level, originally from Deep Magic. We have a few extras that we printed to cover returns and damaged copies. First come, first served. 

Goblin Brewery $15: Normally only sold at conventions, we're putting a small number of these into the add-on category for this project. It's a short adventure featuring goblins. First come, first served.

Halls of the Mountain King, Pathfinder Edition PDF $19: An updated version of an adventure that Kobold Press did many years ago for 3rd Edition, now for Pathfinder. 162 pages  

Halls of the Mountain King, Pathfinder Edition B&W print + PDF $25: An updated version of an adventure that Kobold Press did many years ago for 3rd Edition. 160 pages

Halls of the Mountain King, Pathfinder Edition in color + PDF $40: An updated version of an adventure that Kobold Press did many years ago for 3rd Edition, now for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. 160 pages.

Larger than Life: Giants $20: A book of new variants, spells, gear, and NPCs for all the core species of giants, plus the rune-magic Thursir giants.

New Paths Compendium, Exclusive Color Edition, and PDF, $40: New classes, feats, and magic for the Theurge, Shaman, Spell-Less Ranger, White Necromancer, Savant, Battle Scion, and more. This exclusive color edition is available only directly from Kobold Press. For international backers, this is $49 with shipping. 

Kobold Press Patch, $6: Get the newest version of our iron-on, embroidered patch, featuring the Kobold mascot and "Small but Fierce" motto.

Thank you for supporting the Advanced Races Compendium!

Risks and challenges

Kobold Press has published 4 prior hardcover game books, more than 50 softcover books and magazines, and over 150 PDFs. Our team has been working on the Advanced Races Compendium project for months, and we're probably further along than we should be on a project that isn't funded!

But we believe it's a great book and probably overdue, so we sort of started early. The revisions to Ravenfolk, Centaurs, Gearforged, Dragonkin, Gnolls, and Darakhul are all very far along or complete; that is 1/3 of the book ready for press. The greatest dangers to our deadlines are accidents or health issues to our key staff (editors and graphic designer), or unexpected issues at the press. Illness or injury to our key developers, editors, layout guru, or publisher could set things back by months.

If we run into difficulties, we're confident that we can still make this project happen; the danger would be a delay to the schedule. Our history bears this out: we have had 3 projects that were over a year late--and 17 projects that were either on time or shipped within 60 days of the original projection. We're not perfect, but we deliver with surprisingly regularity for a warren full of kobolds!

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    PURE PDF EARLY BIRD: You get all the races, more than 300 pages, in full color. This is a great price for a PDF packed with new art and 15 playable races plus the stretch goal PC races.

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    LIMITED LEATHERETTE EDITION PLUS PDF: You get a bookmarked, foil-stamped, leatherette edition that looks sharper and resists many of the perils of the gaming table (spills and stains begone!), plus a copy of the PDF. Limited to 150 copies.

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    PATRON OF THE ARTS: You get a bookmarked, foil-stamped, leatherette edition that looks sharper and lasts longer, plus a copy of the PDF. You also get the promotional poster, an art print of the cover, and your choice of a print from the interior art on archival paper. What's your favorite race? That's the art you'll get! Limited to 25 copies.

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    APPENDIX PATRON: What's your favorite race? Let us know and sponsor it as a 2-page appendix with new mechanics for expanded play: from roachlings to grippli, from samaran to goblin! You also get a bookmarked, foil-stamped, leatherette edition that looks sharper and lasts longer, plus a copy of the PDF, the promotional poster, and an art print of the cover. Limited to 10 races.

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    HANDBOUND LEATHER EDITION: You get a bookmarked, gold-foil-stamped, genuine leather edition bound by hand and with rich endpapers and extras, plus a copy of the PDF. You also get the promotional poster, an art print of the cover, and your choice of TWO prints from the interior art. What are your favorite races? That's the art you'll get! Limited to 20 copies.

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