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Mystic companions, a hero's weapon, totems, muses, familiars, spirits, mounts & more. These are a character's brothers-in-arms.
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The book also allows familiars to be improved and customized with special abilities that aid both the animal and the PC. New archetypes and backgrounds for each class allow for the selection of a familiar as a character advancement option. A whole new set of abilities--Advantages--can be used in conjunction with or as a replacement for Feats and are taken at the same points in a character's development. All brought to your 5th Edition game by the author of Amazing Adventures, Jason Vey.

5th Edition & Castles & Crusades Familiars & Companions

  • 1. Restores Familiars to a place of prominence as important allies and extensions of characters. 
  • 2. Advanced and more powerful familiars - even young dragons - are possible. 
  • 3. Familiars grow in experience and power along with your character. 
  • 4. The return of the druid's animal companion and the Paladin's mount, but with a mystical bond and special abilities that make them even better! 
  • 5. Personify important aspects of a character in the form of mystically empowered allies: the Rogue's own shadow, the Bard's muse, the Fighter's legacy blade. 
  • 6. New archetypes, paths, colleges, circles, domains, traditions, oaths, origins, pacts and schools - in most cases, these are how your character gains a familiar or other companion. 
  • 7. Bestiary with a wealth of new monsters and animals for your campaign. 
  • 8. New Feats and Advantages - a new form of special ability that works in a similar manner to feats but represents more supernatural abilities. 
  • 9. A grimoire of new spells to enhance your magic using characters. 
  • 10. A wealth of new magic items to expand your treasures.

UPDATE 10 GUILDS & ORDERS UNLOCKED: The Guilds and Orders Supplement is now unlocked and in the bag! Thanks to all! Up next is the GM's Monster Familiar Book. This will make access to all these familiars that much easier! Print copy to $59.00 and above! 

UPDATE 9 DRAGON RIDERS UNLOCKED: You've unlocked the Dragon Riders Expansion! Now this book just added a whole new level of content! Up next Guilds and Orders! A 48 page exploration of Special Guilds and Orders, their organization, hierarchy, level advancement, awards and any special advantages they may bring the PC or NPC

UPDATE 8 DRAGON RIDERS & GUILDS & ORDERS: At 14K we'll expand to the Dragon Riders. This will include a whole chapter dedicated to capturing, raising, subduing, training and using dragons in your campaign, both for the game master and the player! At 15K, Guilds and Orders is unlocked. This 48 page book includes Special Guilds and Orders, their organization, hierarchy, level advancement, awards and any special advantages they may bring the PC or NPC. Printed copy for $59.00 pledge level and above!

UPDATE 7 FUNDED & DRAGON RIDERS!: We have officially funded! Trollzah and thank you all. We are a short distance from the dragons as familiars and dragon rider expansion!

UPDATE 6 DRAGON RIDER'S EXPANSION: We've added a new stretch reward!  At 14K, we'll include all the rules for gaining a dragon as a familiar. From the mechanics to the equipment. For $20.00+ pledge levels.

UPDATE 5 CASTLES & CRUSADES JOINS THE FRAY: We've had enough ask for it, that we've added a Castles & Crusades version of the book! We've talked it over with the printer, and if both books are sent as a package they can bring it in close to the mark (a little over the 13K) but close enough that we feel comfortable offering a full color version of the C&C Familiars and Animal Companions! Pledge now!

UPDATE 4 SPOTLIGHT ROGUE:  The Rogue is one of the more interesting and fascinating classes when it comes to obtaining a familiar. Through a series of arcane rituals that tap into the power of darkness itself, the rogue gives life to her own shadow, which gains a degree of sentience and forms a mystical bond with the rogue. This shadow familiar acts as a close companion and comrade in arms, and its power increases alongside the rogue until eventually, the rogue can attack her foes through her shadow attacking their shadow. With this new Archetype, the Rogue truly is one with the shadows.

UPDATE 3 FAT DRAGON GAMES: Here's an image of what you can print with the Fat Dragon Game 3D miniature files. FDG is at the forefront of what is new in this industry. Get a taste right here. You print them...as many as you want...

UPDATE 2 MORE MINIATURES: Our friends over at Iron Wind and Ral  Partha Miniatures, have joined the fray! They are including a pack of miniatures for all levels at $59.00 and above! The pack will include six familiar miniatures for your gaming table! A big thank you to Iron Wind!

UPDATE 1 FREE POSTER: Everyone who pledges at the $59.00 level or above will receive 1 12 x 18 inch poster with your pledge. See poster Image below!

*Above miniatures available at the $69.00 level and above.

All those who tread the paths of the wild, who crawl through the lost dark, plunder treasures of the ancients, must surely find themselves alone and bereft of friends. It is in those moments, when the cold creeps up your spine, and the hair rises, that you most need a stalwart companion at your side; a wolf to bare fangs, a named sword of cold steel and magic, an owl to see into the darkness, a muse to whisper songs of the ancients, a shadow... these are the companions you truly need.

5th Edition Familiars & Companions is the ultimate resource for all your familiars and companions. In a well balanced approach we bring the classic animal companion back to life. We restore the wizard's familiar to its prominent place. But there is so much more....

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Become a part of this ground-breaking treatment of Familiars and Animal Companions!

POSTER THAT COMES WITH $59+

More Reaper Miniatures join your package at $135.00!

This resource brings fresh material to the table, expanding the role of character companions at the table by fleshing out rituals to gain these companions, creating a host of new advantages to enhance feats and bring the rules. 

  • TLG 19301 5th Edition Familiars & Companions Product Type/Format & Price: 8.5 x 11 Hardcover, 200 pages (estimated); Full Color; $39.99 (estimated) ISBN 978-1-944135-09-6

    $13,000 Book UNLOCKED: The book is printed in full color, hardcover.

    $13,000 Poster UNLOCKED: Everyone who backs the project at $59.00 or more receives a full color 12 x 18 poster of the cover image.

    $14,000 Dragon Rider Expansion UNLOCKED: We'll include all the rules for gaining a dragon as a familiar. From the mechanics to the equipment. For $20.00+ pledge levels. 

    $15,000 Guilds & Orders Supplement UNLOCKED: This 48 page book includes Special Guilds and Orders, their organization, hierarchy, level advancement, awards and any special advantages they may bring the PC or NPC. Printed copy for $59.00 pledge level and above!We'll include a print and digital copy of Guilds & Orders for pledge levels $59.00 and above!

    $17,000 GM's Monster Book: We are going to create a separate book for the game master. This book will include all the familiars from the core book, but allow quick and easy access (you know, for when they have to kill your familiar). GM's Monster book for pledge levels $59.00 and above!

    $20,000 A1 Assault on Blacktooth Ridge: Well add to A0 Knights Rising, with the follow and adventure. Print and digital copies for $59.00 pledge levels and above.

$20,000 A1 Assault on Blacktooth Ridge: Well add to A0 Knights Rising, with the follow and adventure. Print and digital copies for $59.00 pledge levels and above.

$17,000 GM's Monster Book: We are going to create a separate book for the game master. This book will include all the familiars from the core book, but allow quick and easy access (you know, for when they have to kill your familiar). GM's Monster book for pledge levels $59.00 and above!

$15,000 Guilds & Orders Supplement: This 48 page book includes Special Guilds and Orders, their organization, hierarchy, level advancement, awards and any special advantages they may bring the PC or NPC. Printed copy for $59.00 pledge level and above!We'll include a print and digital copy of Guilds & Orders for pledge levels $59.00 and above!

$14,000 Dragon Rider Expansion: We'll include all the rules for gaining a dragon as a familiar. From the mechanics to the equipment. For $20.00+ pledge levels.


Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends.  We use BackerKit for our surveys and for any add ons and also for more accurate shipping costs.  Once the campaign finishes, you will get an invite from us via BackerKit for the survey and to alert you of shipping.  We ship via USPS.  Shipping costs are hard to estimate before the campaign ends due to possible stretch rewards but we do our very best to offer the lowest costs to all backers, both domestic and international.  If you have any concerns or questions regarding shipping or shipping costs, please contact us. 

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