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Hundreds of monsters for your 5th Edition game! A whole manual of new demons, dragons, undead, and other horrors, plus their lairs.
More than 400 new monsters for your 5th Edition game! A whole manual of new demons, dragons, undead, and other horrors, plus their lairs, printed pawns, and Fantasy Grounds support.
More than 400 new monsters for your 5th Edition game! A whole manual of new demons, dragons, undead, and other horrors, plus their lairs, printed pawns, and Fantasy Grounds support.
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The Tome of Beasts brings 400 new monsters to your 5e game—everything from tiny drakes and peculiar spiders to ancient dragons, arch-devils, and demon lords. The Tome of Beasts covers a huge gamut of challenges, from basic vermin to world-shaking personification of malevolence, and everything in between!

Back the Tome of Beasts today and terrify your know-it-all players with creatures they have never heard of.

This richly-illustrated, highly useful supplement for any 5th Edition game compiles monsters from the entire history of Kobold Press monster design, including longtime favorites such as our clockwork creatures, drakes and dragons, devils and arch-devils, and the various dangerous flavours of the fey. It includes the winners and some of the finalists of the Monarch of the Monsters contest, and it is illustrated by some of the finest artists working in fantasy today.

Here's some sample artwork to show you what we'e brewing. 

And a fearsome denizen of Mammon's hells...

But what about something.... Weirder? We've got that covered too, with beasts like the lich hound (AKA "What the heck are we fighting, and why are its eyes on fire?!").

Many of the monsters included in the Tome of Beasts originally appeared in the Midgard and Southlands Bestiaries. These have been re-envisioned to be suitable for all traditional fantasy worlds

What's a monster without a lair filled with danger and loot? Dens of thieves and alchemists' guildhalls, necromancer's chambers, and deep forests of numinous mystery and bloodstained altars.? Ancient tombs beneath desert sands, and warped underworlds damp and foul? 

Once the core Tome of Beasts is funded, we'll add more monsters and more battle maps via the accompanying Book of Lairs. In it you'll find dungeons, forest lairs, desert lairs, perhaps even eldritch and Mythos lairs. How many lairs can we deliver? That's up to you!

Each entry in the Book of Lairs delivers a short, playable encounter area focused on a few monsters from the Tome of Beasts or from standard monster sources--and each lair comes with a large, playable encounter map for use with a VTT or projector! 

We start with 10 detailed lairs, including an Alchemist's Guildhall, Bloodstone Grove, the Umbral Tower, and the Lost Halls of Everforge--including many by well-known lair designers such as Shawn Merwin, Wolfgang Baur, Mike "SlyFlourish" Shea, Jon Sawatsky (known for the Prepared! series), and Steve Winter.

Each battle map is 24 inches by 36 inches for use in virtual table tops, projectors, or printing out full-color and ready for play--the high resolution means great visuals and a rich depth of detail. The cartographers involved are some of the best we know: Todd Gamble, Jason Engle, Alyssa Faden, Tommi Salama, Jon Pintar, and others. We are confident you will love encounters played on them.

To make the Tome of Beasts as amazing as we envision, we need to reach a big audience, That's why we've tied several of our biggest goals to expanding the number of backers rather than any particular dollar amount. 

Want to see the Kickstarter rewards without scrolling? Here's a simple chart showing what's what.

 We also have three new options for those looking to use the Tome of Beasts or Book of Lairs with the Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop. If you wish to add on Fantasy Grounds to an existing pledge, you don't pay the full price. See the add-on options--they will save you a bundle.

 The next three options add FG to an existing pledge. Click on your pledge on the right column and add to your pledge to receive these rewards.

 We have a few stretch goals planned, and we've already hit a LOT of them. Here's what's already added to the pile, plus what's coming up.

We want to commission more art than we've ever had in a single book before, and we want to print a large enough print run that we can offer it to some important new bookstores and hobby distributors. 

Both of those goals require a large financial outlay, more than a small press can handle without significant risk of a huge loss. Kickstarter makes it possible to gauge the audience interested in this volume--and to deliver a lot of extras to those who help us launch this monstrous volume!

Join us, and unleash monsters upon the world!

Risks and challenges

Kobold Press has published dozens of crowdfunded projects and is a well-known small press publisher in tabletop games. The risks to this project are relatively small: the text is already complete, as is much of the art and a substantial section of laid-out pages. The primary risk is production delays due to unforeseen life events in the production team (illness, family emergenies, etc). The secondary risk is a potential delay in acquiring an extended run of maps for the Book of Lairs, which require much higher-resolution files than most maps.
In both cases, we have alternate suppliers we could turn to, and experts to consult in case of things going awry. The creative challenges are manageable. The production challenges might throw us a curve, but we can handle them.

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    DIGITAL MAP PACK

    You get the project's full-scale battle maps in high-resolution.

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    BOOK OF LAIRS PDF + ALL DIGITAL MAPS

    You get the project's battlemaps plus the ready-to-run Book of Lairs containing adventures and lairs using those maps.

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    MONSTER BOOK PDF

    The Tome contains more than 300 new monsters: dragons, demons, devils, undead and much more. It's a beast!

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    LAIRS PRINT + PDF and DIGITAL MAPS

    You get the full-color printed Book of Lairs and the PDF version, plus all the digital maps.

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    FANTASY GROUNDS MONSTER BOOK

    The Tome of Beasts with more than 340 new monsters, plus matching tokens, all for the the Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop.

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    EVERYTHING DIGITAL

    Get all the monsters, all the lairs, and all the battle maps in digital form.

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    EXCLUSIVE FANTASY GROUNDS BUNDLE

    You get the Tome of Beasts and the Book of Lairs in Fantasy Grounds VTT format, with at least 16 high-resolution battle maps and 340 monsters and matching tokens. Expand your Fantasy Grounds options!

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    MONSTER BOOK PRINT + PDF

    You get the full color, hardcover Tome of Beasts shipped to your door, plus the heavily-linked PDF edition for easy reference.

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    MONSTER BOOK PRINT + LAIRS PDF

    You get the full color, hardcover Tome of Beasts shipped to your door, plus the Tome PDF, Book of Lairs PDF, and all digital maps.

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    3-FORMAT MONSTER BOOK with PRINT + PDF + FANTASY GROUNDS

    You get the full color, hardcover Tome of Beasts shipped to your door, 300 printed pawns, plus the heavily-linked PDF edition for easy reference, plus the Fantasy Grounds module for all 400 monsters with digital tokens. Also includes 2 PDF adventures (Raven's Call and Cat & Mouse) and 2 player option PDFs (Midgard Heroes and Southlands Heroes).

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    BOTH BOOKS, ALL MAPS

    You get the Tome of Beasts and the Book of Lairs in print and PDF, plus all the digital battle maps and access to a selection of monsters for review in advance. All the monsters, all the lairs, ready to roar!

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    EU SHIPPING - BOTH BOOKS, ALL MAPS, PAWNS

    You get the Tome of Beasts and the Book of Lairs in print and PDF, 300 printed pawns, plus all the digital battle maps and access to a selection of monsters for review in advance. All the monsters, all the lairs, ready to roar!

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    3 FORMATS with BOTH BOOKS, ALL MAPS PLUS FANTASY GROUNDS

    You get the Tome of Beasts and the Book of Lairs in print and PDF and in Fantasy Grounds format, plus all the digital battle maps and access to a selection of monsters for review in advance. Also includes 300 heavy-duty printed pawns, digital tokens, 2 PDF adventures (Cat & Mouse and Raven's Call) and 2 player option PDFs (Southlands Heroes and Midgard Heroes). All the monsters, all the lairs, all 3 formats, ready to roar!

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    MONSTER SPECIAL EDITION + PDF

    You get the full-color, hardcover volume of the Tome of Beasts with leatherette cover, foil stamp, ribbon bookmarks, and special endpapers, plus the PDF edition for easy reference. You also get the Book of Lairs in print and PDF, all digital maps, and early access to a selection of monsters for review.

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    PLAYTEST ACCESS & MONSTER SEMINAR

    You get the full Special Edition package PLUS access to the playtest versions of all Lairs and Monsters for your review and comment, plus a monster-design seminar with the Kobold Press design and edit team.

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    PARTY WITH THE KOBOLDS

    Everything in Playtest Access & Monster Seminar, and you also get an art folio of the finest monster art from the book, a cover print suitable for framing, and you get to to party with the Kobold crew at the book release party or Gen Con 2017.

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    MONSTER HIDE TOME

    The Tome of Beasts hand-bound in a monstrous, textured leather, such as cobra, stingray, or something we're told is basilisk hide. Also includes playtest access, design review if you decide to submit a monster, and an invitation to the Kobold party.

    The most monstrous version of the book we can deliver!

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    YOUR MONSTER LIVES!

    Give us a monster, a concept, or just a name. We’ll get our best designers, artists, and developers on it and deliver it as part of the Tome. This reward includes everything in Monster Hide Tome, plus a lair and battle map for your creature, the sketches and an art print of the original monster illustration, and a special “Ecology of” writeup for your creature by a Kobold Press designer.

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