UPDATE: NEW STRETCH GOALS!
By popular demand we are including some stretch goals for the final 72 hours!
$7,000 - We will create a full set of digital tokens suitable for your virtual tabletop use of ALL the monsters from this book. This will be FREE for all backers of any level! We'll provide files that should work for Roll20.com and Fantasy Grounds. This goal has been reached!!
$10,000 - We will do a Kickstarter exclusive backer voted module using monsters from this project. The module will run at least 24 pages and will be EXCLUSIVE. It won't be released for sale anywhere else. This module (PDF version) will also be FREE for all backers of any level. We will have a print version which will be a $10 add on to any level that already includes a physical item.
Update: New Add-on! - $25
As you may have seen in our last backer update, we've launched a new add-on: The Bespoke Bestiary Monster Deck! To add this awesome deck, just increase your base pledge by $25, no need to add anything for shipping! You can check out the mock up below:
The final design is subject to change based on your feedback and our design process, but we're extremely excited to be able to launch this during the kickstarter! The deck will include every monster and variant monster in the book. Currently, we estimate that is between 50 and 80 cards, but that number will only go up as we get more sponsored monsters! Each card will have full art one one side and monster details on the other, including (but not limited to) tactics, quick reference stats, page number references, and monster type/alignment.
This deck will be created through DriveThruCards, an industry leader in custom card decks (the same people who run DriveThruRPG.com), so you can be confident of the deck's quality!
Current Monster Count:
Updated! You can check out the new monster and page count numbers below, updated regularly!
When it comes to your table top game, there is always room for another monster, but so often you find yourself throwing the same tried and true creatures at your players. Orcs, Goblins, Dragons; the classics are classics for a reason but sometimes you really want something fresh and new. That's just what the Bespoke Bestiary aims to provide.
Think back to your earliest experiences with the game, before you knew what resistances that ooze had or what spell to NOT EVER cast at that golem. Remember those breathless sessions, not knowing if your party would determine the right tactics and techniques to bring down the terrifying new beast your game master threw at you?
We want to bring that back! We present to you, the Bespoke Bestiary, a monster tome done up in true Mithrilpunk style. Inside you will find dozens of new creatures complete with all the background you need to run them and the mechanics needed to scare your players with fresh terrors unlike any they have seen before.
Please help us spread the word! You can check out our website, Facebook, and Twitter below!
TL;DR: At least 24 new monsters (probably a TON more than that), a new take on existing classic monsters, and awesome new player options, all with the MithrilPunk look and feel!
All art will be in full color, though we've intentionally kept all art in greyscale at this stage in order to allow our backers to have influence even on the art direction!
At the base level, our goal for this bestiary is to start with at least 100 pages and go from there. Based on stretch goals and sponsored monsters, that count will only go up! We are going to start with 24 custom monsters with new art, 6 of our favorite Skyfall monsters updated and improved, and then we’ll go into some classic monsters and put a great new spin on them! Every single new monster, including sponsored monsters, will be at least two pages each (with “Legendary” monster spreads covering four full pages).
Each monster will have either a 2-page or 4-page spread. That means every standard monster entry will increase the length of the book by 2 pages for every backer, while legendary monster entries will increase the page length by 4 pages! Note that when we say legendary, it doesn’t mean the monster has to have legendary actions or anything, just that it’s got enough content to take up four pages (through multiple variants, multiple player options, bigger monster stat blocks, lairs, etc). Then, we’ll also have a more free form section where we will take classic monsters (orcs, kobolds, ogres, etc.) and give them a fresh coat of paint in the coolest ways we can come up with! You’ll have an opportunity to influence many of the core and classic monsters, though some will be finished prior to the kickstarter to give you all an idea of what we’ll be making, like the Sidereal Stalker below!
Every single new monster entry will include a player option as well, themed around that monster. You’ll find new spells, magic items, feats, and more. You could even see a new playable race entry or a new subclass, if it fits the theme of the monster! Again, all our backers will have a say in tons of these new player options. with the player options increasing in complexity based on what makes the most sense for the monster. You won’t see a random item or spell slapped onto the page. Instead, you’ll find spells that use parts of the monster as components, feats based around how the monster lives or fights, and items tied to the monster’s history or physiology.
At its core, your ideas, votes, and pledges will define this book as much as possible! Our goal with this bestiary is to create a tome full of your favorite monsters, pulled directly from your imagination and the imaginations of the backers who pledged with you, and we see three main ways to do that: getting your ideas, letting the community vote on those ideas, and having special add-on levels to sponsor a monster to ensure that your creation makes it to the pages of the bestiary. We will engage with our backers through regular feedback and communication, as well as surveys allowing you to help flesh out everything that goes into the book, and backers who purchase the sponsored monster options described in the Addons section will have a more direct impact on the book!
As we commission art from our artists, we’re going to give our backers an opportunity to submit high level concepts for those monsters. Once we have a handful of ideas, we’ll create polls and allow all of our backers to vote on the concepts they like best! The more input we get, the more we will let the voting drive the process. That way, if a monster’s art really sparks an interest, our backers will have the most say in that monster. In the same way, if the art doesn’t get that spark from the backers, we can and will guide the monster’s design and flavor to make sure that every monster in the book meets our standards.I want to make my own monster!
Great! We will give you that option, by allowing you to “sponsor” a monster. You can check out the Add-ons section for more info, but at the base level, your add-on will go toward commissioning a custom art piece for your monster in full color, and then adding that monster to every single print copy of The Bespoke Bestiary. That way, every monster that you sponsor will make the book bigger and better for every other backer, and every monster sponsored by other backers will make the book bigger and better for you! When you sponsor a monster, we will work directly with you to create every aspect of the monster, including the flavor, the monster design, the art direction, and the player option that will go with your monstrosity. You can be as involved or not as you want, we’ll always pick up the slack to make sure every sponsored monster is as awesome as possible!
That’s okay too! We’ve got a ton of experience making interesting monsters and compelling player options. No matter how much input you want to give, we’re ready to step up and make sure the writing is great, the monster is well-designed, the player option is balanced, and anything else we need to do. Of course we’ll always work with the artists, handle the layout, and take care of any of the “business” parts of the process. If you’ve got a cool idea, we will help you bring it to life, and we’ll do all the work needed to make sure it’s something really awesome when we’re done!
"Don't listen to these guys! They wouldn't know the difference between a carsnuffler and a kilgorean ragebeast if the 'snuffler sat on their heads! I don't know how these two idiots got top billing on this kick-whatever, but forget their monster book. It'll be full of prissy little monsters that wouldn't scare a burp from a baby goblin. And player options? Who cares? My monster book is 1000 times better than theirs. Some TRULY terrifying wonders, with INCREDIBLE LIFELIKE depictions, and instead of player options, I'll give you my BEST AWARD-WINNING* recipes using ingredients directly from that monster! Oh you want to vote on stuff? Uh, sure, you guys can send me recipes and I'll think about putting those in there I guess..."
Well, when you're making a monster book, you end up with a TON of extra art from various sources. Sometimes the monster you thought would look awesome ended up being a little too silly. Sometimes the art's style just didn't fit with the rest of the book. Regardless of the reason, we decided to put all that extra art to use! Sleg is a "popular" goblin wizard-chef in our Skyfall setting, known for his extravagant cooking spells (most of which end up finding better use in pitched combat than in the kitchen; Sleg is subtle like a sledgehammer). Since we have this great NPC, and a bunch of extra art, we thought "Why not make a bestiary that's also a cook book?"
In addition to the Bespoke Bestiary, you can also pick up Sleg's Scrumptious Safari Spectacular in PDF or print! This 6"x9" black and white softcover will contain at least 24 monsters in two-page spreads, and every single monster will include recipes submitted by our friends, family, and backers! Of course, Sleg's recipes will call for rare ingredients from the monsters on his pages, but we'll make sure you know what to substitute if you can't find ground carsnuffler. Check out the example spread below for an idea of just what we have in mind:
There are three ways you can use your add-on purchase to make the Bespoke Bestiary better than ever: sponsoring a standard monster, a legendary monster, or just pledging over your normal tier cost to pitch in as a partial sponsorship!
Sponsoring a monster will let you get your idea into print! We'll work with you to create the coolest version of your monster we can, complete with mechanics, flavor, player options, and custom art! The bulk of your sponsorship will go toward commissioning new art for your monster, and the additional print costs associated with increasing the length of the book by two pages for every single backer. Select this add-on to truly put your mark on the Bespoke Bestiary and grow the book for all backers!
Much like the standard monster, you can also sponsor a legendary monster. We'll work with you to create the monster and everything associated with it in the same way, but this version will cover a full FOUR pages! Your sponsorship will cover the art commission and print costs again, except this time we'll be commissioning either one much larger art piece, or getting two pieces for your monster. If you've ever wanted to see your campaign's BBEG in print, this is the add-on for you! You can check out a sample legendary spread below!
We understand that you might want to be a part of making the book bigger and better for everyone, but that $125 or more might not be possible for you. We don't want that to stop you, so we are including a partial sponsorship option. To put it simply, every dollar you pledge over your base pledge level plus any shipping costs (but less than $125) will go toward increasing the core monster count and making the book longer, and that will be another monster all of the backers can vote on. For example, if you back at the Copperpunk level, normally $20, but you pledge $50, we'll take your $30 extra dollars and put it in a "pool" for creating extra monsters. Every time we get to $125 in the pool, the Bespoke Bestiary will get another monster and increase by two pages!
Unlike most kickstarters, we don't plan to have monetary stretch goals. For starters, every single sponsored monster is like a miniature stretch goal for every other backer! So, instead of monetary goals, we are going to have community-based goals instead. This is a kickstarter that can only get better with more backers and more awareness, as that should directly correlate to more monsters and a bigger and better final product for everyone. With that in mind, our stretch goals are based on backer count, twitter followers, and retweets of our kickstarter announcement!
Our Twitter announcement for the kickstarter is pinned here: https://twitter.com/MithrilPunk
If that pinned tweet is retweeted 100 times, we'll add a new monster to the book!
We are over 75 backers, so we went ahead and added the new monster and unlocked the next goal, 150 backers!
We've gained over 100 twitter followers, so we added a new monster and unlocked the next goal, 200 followers!
As we reach each of these goals, we'll add a new monster, then the yardstick will move a little further out and the core monster count for backers to vote on will just keep growing, and you'll still get all of the sponsored monsters too!
All of our digital products are fulfilled through the awesome folks over at DriveThruRPG.com! Our physical products will be printed and shipped through IngramSpark.
No worries! If you missed our kickstarter for Legacy's Wake, we've included multiple Pledge levels to help you catch up on all our products! For everything in PDF, check out the Copperpunk Legacy level, and for everything in Print, check out Electrumpunk Legacy. These tiers come with everything released in this kickstarter, as well as everything released from our previous kickstarter. That means you'll get The Bespoke Bestiary and Sleg's Scrumptious Safari Spectacular, as well as Legacy's Wake (our full length adventure path), three stand-alone adventures (Idol Pranks, The Legend of Old Crank, and Against the Mindfire Queen), plus our player options supplement Heroes of Skyfall. If you missed some of our products and want to catch up, this is the best way to do it!
What if I already own some of your other products?
We are in the process of completing an major overhaul of Legacy's Wake, correcting errata, adding new content and descriptions, fixing some issues, and heavily updating the layout! If you already own our products in PDF, you'll get the updated versions when we push them live on DriveThruRPG for free. However, this is a fantastic opportunity to get the updated print versions at a very steep discount!
Risks and challenges
We thought we knew what we were signing up for when we completed our first Kickstarter, Legacy's Wake. We have learned so much since then and want to spend some time talking through some of that with you.
Time - Legacy's Wake ended up growing massively in the making. We planned on 180 pages for the main book, and about 60 pages total across the remaining content. We ended up expanding that to 280+ pages for Legacy's Wake, plus another 160 or so pages of additional content across four additional supplements. While being able to deliver that much content was great, it took a HUGE amount of time to get all of that finished. With The Bespoke Bestiary, we have a much better understanding of how long things take, and how much content we will be producing, but we've added the new wrinkle of letting our backers sponsor and vote on monsters. Depending on how many new monsters are sponsored, we could end up with quite a bit of time working through all of those. However, we will release every single monster to our backers digitally as we finish them! So if the book ends up ballooning into something massive, you'll have constant interaction with us through voting and discussions, as well as regular monster releases right up until the book is done!
Engaging with the Community - Legacy's Wake taught us that some of our very best playtesters and proofreaders are our backers. This project features much more collaboration with the backers as we will be working together to customize the monsters. This is something we are incredibly excited about!
Product Printing and Delivery - We print through Ingramspark, who are one of the biggest sources of indie RPG printing and publishing around. We've already shown that we can create and deliver massive products like Legacy's Wake, and our process has only improved since then. If the project funds, there is little to no risk of our product not reaching our backers. Printing issues and delays can crop up, but we've got 5 products under our belt printed through Lightning Source, so we know how to handle any issues that might arise.
Size - This is one of those problems that will be really nice to have, but it needs to be addressed. What happens if the project explodes and we have 500+ sponsored monsters or some equally crazy number? Obviously, it isn't very realistic to print a full color hardcover book over 1000 pages long. With that in mind, we may be required to make some adjustments. If the book does grow too far beyond our expectations, we will work with our backers to find a solution that works for everyone. Our physical rewards are currently priced based on the cost of printing a single hardcover volume. If we have to split into 2+ we would open up add-ons for additional volumes. Again, this should not happen unless the book explodes in size well beyond our expectations.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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