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WHAT IS MONSTERS & TREASURE OF AIHRDE?
A bone stomping, flesh grinding, blood splattering monster book, filled with all manner of creatures, from lesser dragons to eldritch goblins, from the whip wielding weevil to the devil lord mogrls. It's a veritable host of death and destruction.
MT of A has over 150 monsters and a small mountain of specialized magic items that originated in the Troll Lord's Aihrde campaigns. Each entry is a complete monster, playable in any setting, but is followed by an "In Aihrde" section for those who wish to know more about it in the World of Aihrde. This book was originally release in 2011 as a softcover book. It was re-released as a hardcover book in 2012. The original print runs at 176 pages.
NOT FAMILIAR WITH CASTLES & CRUSADES? SEE BELOW
NOT FAMILIAR WITH WORLD OF AIHRDE? SEE BELOW
It's plain and simple. If we hit our goal of $2,500.00, we'll re-print this book in softcover form (perfect bound). A small hop and a skip to $5000.00 and we will print it in hardcover; $15,000.00 and we'll do a full color version. Furthermore, if the project grows we'll add more monsters (some new, some from other Aihrde sources), more magic and monster player character classes.
We are down to a few scant copies of this book and we want it to stay in print. We really want to expand it, make sure it stays in hardcover, include monster player classes, more monsters (new and from other sources), magic and if possible, if we can get enough backers to bring it out in full color.
Monsters & Treasure of AIhrde was written by Stephen Chenault of Troll Lord Games. One of the three original partners of TLG, he took over the helm in 2003 and has been General Manager ever since. You may have met him an any number of gaming conventions from Gencon to Garycon!
He is the author of a host of RPG material and books: The Andanuth, Codex of Aihrde, Mortality of Green, Shades of Mist, Giants Rapture, Castle Keeper Guide (with others), Monsters & Treasure (with Robery Doyel), Players Handbook, and a host of other adventures, articles and short stories.
Steve will write any additions to the MTA that the Kickstarter may call for.
$2,500 UNLOCKED: We print the book as is in soft cover format. The book will be 176 pages.
$3,500 UNLOCKED: We will add an additional 20 monsters to the book. Some of these will be new, others taken from other sources from our book line. The book will be 200+ pages.
$5,000 UNLOCKED: We will print the book in black and white, but in hardcover.
$6,000 UNLOCKED: We'll make two playable classes derived from the monsters in the book. These will appear in an appendix in the book. Probably the Ungern and the Koth.
$7,000: SECRET DOOR REVEALED! Monster cards. We'll produce 10 cards with all the relevant stats on them. Digital copies available to $20 and $25 dollar backers. An exclusive signed and numbered deck to $40, $45, $65, $75 backers. Five exclusive and signed decks for Retailer Sponsors.
$7,000: More Monsters! If we reach 7K, we will add 1 monster to the book for every $100 dollars pledged!
$7,500: Monster musings by Steve Chenault. He'll put in a 20 odd page appendix that covers where many of the monsters came from, whether fevered dream, something he saw on the back of cereal box or his anger at the powers that be. Informative and amusing (well, to Steve anyway). The book will be 220+ pages.
$9,000: We will add an additional 10 magic items to the book. Some of these will be new, others taken from other sources from our book line.
$11,000: We will add an additional 10 magic items to the book. Some of these will be new, others taken from other sources from our book line.
$12,000: We'll make two more playable classes derived from the monsters in the book. These will appear in an appendix in the book. The book will be 230+ pages.
$13,000: We will add an additional 20 monsters to the book. Some of these will be new, others taken from other sources from our book line. The book will be 250+ pages.
$15,000: We'll print the book in full color. Please NOTE: If we hit this level it will slow production a little as all this art will have to be colored.
- Monsters & Treasure of Aihrde Extra Copy -- $25
- MTA Leather Copy -- $50
- C&C Players Handbook -- $25
- Codex of Aihrde -- $45
- Aihrde World Maps (comes in tube) -- $10
- Adventure Pack (5 adventures) -- $25
- 20% off in our store: Why wait for the Kickstarter to ship? If you want to save 20% on everything in our store, no need to put in an add on. Anything we have in the store, you can use this coupon code at checkout: MTA20 for an instant 20% off! Good through the end of the Kickstarter only.
- Monster Cards -- Set of 10 (for now) -- $15
- Submit your own Monster! -- $15 (see explanation)*
*You may, or may not, know but in the world of Aihrde there are Eldritch Goblins. These immortal creatures were created in the early days of the world by Ornduhl, the Red God. In their youth they were dwarves, twisted and bound to a path of the Red God's choosing. They became goblins. Though immortal, each was cursed, and their immortality laid bare by one particular action. For instance the thief Arcnur was struck by a blade that pierced his throat, and as he died the Red God found him and gave him new life. But he knew that if any pulled the dagger free it would kill him. But to do so requires a critical hit (natural 20) on a strength check. Read his complete story on THE PORTAL (Free 10 day Trial).
We are offering you a chance to create your own goblin and submit it. All the submissions will be compiled in an Appendix in the back of the book. You will be given writer credit as well. Name them how you will and make up their story as you desire. (All content subject to approval). Here is your chance to leave your mark on Aihrde, C&C and the gaming world at large.
ABOUT CASTLES & CRUSADES
Castles & Crusades is a fantasy role playing game with countless possibilities. Designed for use with multiple players, Castles & Crusades puts you in charge of the adventure path. Included within are all the rules of play, how to get started in your very own role playing game, how to run the game and play in it. It’s an easy to learn, attribute-based rules system that allows players to choose among 13 archetypal character classes and 7 races to create their characters. Spells, equipment, fast-paced combat rules, and all essential information needed to play a game of Castles & Crusades are in the Castles & Crusades Players Handbook. The MT of A enhances the game you are going to love to play.
Want to know more about the game? Check out this page on our website.
ABOUT THE WORLD OF AIHRDE
Aihrde is a complete world and campaign setting for your favorite RPG game. An in-depth history, mythology, descriptions of all the races of the world, from dwarves to giants and elves to orcs, a case by case study of all the relevant kingdoms and peoples and the geographical regions. The world is complete and can be enhanced with a 18 x 24 inch map in the main book, plus maps in tubes, spring rollers and more.
READ MORE HERE. For a review scroll to the bottom of that page.
Shipping costs will be assessed during our survey, which will come from BackerKit soon after the Kickstarter closes. Please Note: We try to keep shipping costs at a minimum. While this is mainly a book oriented Kickstarter, any add-ons or extra books or merchandise (if any is offered) may cause the shipping price to rise, especially if the order is international (out of the US). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about shipping before you pledge.
Risks and challenges
Moving a product line from black & white to color is a huge risk. The costs associated with the improvement are large. The interior pages need redesigned, the art converted from black and white to color, the whole of it needs to be integrated. Paper concerns in the actual printing play a role, as some papers absorb color better than others. The cost of printing the physical books is large as well, usually double what it costs to print in black & white.
To bring all three main C&C books out in color is a large leap for TLG and will take a pretty penny to do so. But with this Kickstarter we hope to fund the expansion and place C&C on the top shelf of retail shops across the country and to Europe, Australia and New Zealand.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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