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A compendium of the vast hordes of monsters and beasts that plague your game with savage mayhem, glorious battle, treasure & death!
A compendium of the vast hordes of monsters and beasts that plague your game with savage mayhem, glorious battle, treasure & death!
A compendium of the vast hordes of monsters and beasts that plague your game with savage mayhem, glorious battle, treasure & death!
355 backers pledged $28,067 to help bring this project to life.

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Note:  The Live feed replay below is for the test video we did.  For some reason it is not the hour long one.  You can view that HERE.

Rundown #14: THANK YOU ALL for your support! Each of you has made this a far better project than we ever hoped and shown once again that Castles & Crusades is the go to RPG! This turned into a fantastic success! Now to get to work! Lots of hard, wonderful work. Thank you again!

BONUS: This past Saturday we did some warehouse/mailroom cleaning and we have a few hundred Classic Monsters left. Everyone who pledges $75 or more, receives one in your package!

Castles & Crusades has enjoyed 14 years of continuous publication. In that time, you’ve seen a mountain of books, adventures and supplements roll across your table. Of them all, two stand out as essential (four if you are a die- hard fan): The Players Handbook and Monsters & Treasure. We recently reprinted the Players Handbook (seventh printing) and now, Monsters & Treasure is up for its fifth printing.

This time we would like to do something a little different, but to do that, we are going to need your help.

In our 14 years together, Castles & Crusades has created a mountain of monsters, and a smaller mountain of treasure: the majority of which lie in published works outside Monsters & Treasure. This makes playing the game a little more challenging, and sometimes, just a little aggravating. CKs (GMs) have to struggle with a veritable mountain of books to track down and find the monster they seek. Some have entered the digital age, using these books on a tablet, or phone or on the TLG Portal and are able to access them a little quicker, but for many the hunt has become time consuming and distracting. Too many RPG books makes for difficult play.

Time to Tighten Up the Game!

Our goal is to tighten things up just a little and make one massive reference book for you to use at your table. To do that, we need to round up all the monsters from the extensive C&C library and bring them into one book. This is what we have in mind: Monsters & Treasure, Classic Monsters, Mystical Companions, published adventures like Shadows of a Halfling Hall (looking at you, Bag-o-Bones!), Amazing Adventures Manual of Monsters, Codex Celtarum, Codex Germania, Codex Nordica, Codex Classicum, Codex Slavorum, Haunted Highlands and all the other manifold publications where monsters creep and crawl, fly and charge from the pages and put them into one monstrous Full Color book.

 But Wait? Aren’t you Missing Some books?

What about the Monsters & Treasure of Aihrde? This book will remain its own publication. Though the monsters in it are designed for everyday use, it is tied to the massive Aihrde world setting (Codex of Aihrde and the Players Guide to Aihrde). These need to remain in a book with ease of access for those who brave to adventure in the Lands of Ursal.

What about Tome of the Unclean? This book will also remain its own stand-alone product. We prefer to keep the filth of hell and unhinged chaos of the Abyss in their own realm, to be pulled out when your table slides into the madness of those insane worlds.

So why do we need your help? Aren’t you going to reprint the Monsters & Treasure anyway?

Yes. There will be a fifth printing, no matter what. However, we don’t want to simply reprint the book. We want to make it better.

This is where you come in. This is going to be a massive task. Right now, Monsters & Treasure is a color book, and needs to remain one. However, all those monsters that we want to include in it are black and white, we need them to be given the full color treatment. This means lots of work for several artists. Monsters that are duplicates or near duplicates will have to be reconciled. This is a lot of work for content editors. Everything will need to be laid out again. This is lots of work for graphics guys! And we want to include more art, some of these pictures need replaced, others need art!

All this added content will increase the Monsters & Treasure, 5th printing to a whopping 350 pages, at least.

Its going to be a herculean task. And to bring it to pass, we are going to need your help!

To that end we are calling for a muster of Knights, Gamers, Enthusiasts, Grognards, Trolls and all the great hosts from all across the community to join us, pledge and help us make your game even better!

What Rewards Your Pledge Reaps!

Pledge $19 and Receive

  • Monsters & Treasure, 5th Printing, 350 pages (est.), Full Color. Digital

Pledge $45 and Receive

  • Monsters & Treasure, 5th Printing, 350 pages (est.), Full Color. Print and Digital

Pledge $75 and Receive

  • Monsters & Treasure, 5th Printing, 350 pages (est.), Full Color. Print and Digital
  • Official Castles & Crusades Binder with all the monsters included!

Pledge $125 and Receive

  • Monsters & Treasure, 5th Printing, 350 pages (est.), Full Color. Print and Digital
  • Players Handbook, 7th Printing, 196 pages, Full Color. Print and Digital
  • Castle Keepers Guide, 2nd Printing, 356 pages, Full Color. Print and Digital
  • A Lion in the Ropes, Low Level Adventure

Pledge $200 and Receive

  • Monsters & Treasure, 5th Printing, 350 pages (est.), Full Color. Print and Digital Dual Color
  • Leather Special Collector’s Edition with your name blazed on the front. Signed and numbered.
  • Official Castles & Crusades Binder with Monsters included. Two monsters per sheet.
  • Original M&T Poster! Signed by the Troll Lords!

 

A Note on the Binder

Remember AD&D 2nd Edition? Remember your binder full of monsters? Those were the good old days. Well, not entirely, as you’re still in the good old days! Brought to you by Castles & Crusades, the first RPG that worked to capture the essence of play that Mr. Gygax and crew managed to do back in the 1980s! Well, we are following in his footsteps again with the C&C Monsters & Treasure Compendium/Binder. This 3” binder will reflect the same quality that all TLG products do, and be manufactured of stout board, with 2” slant d mounts that will hold up to 480 sheets of paper! Its going to be a keeper!

 

A Note on the Special Collector's Books

These are highly crafted books, with dual embossed foil stamps, raised hubs on the spine, page marker, "onion" type page insert, with your names stamped on the front cover. Some of you may have picked up the Players Handbook in the PH7 Kickstarter, for a little less than we are asking here, but as you know from that Kickstarter we ended up upgrading from a different style of book.

You can see more about what this book will look like here in this video. You can purchase them here (there are only a few left).

 

We know diving in and supporting the 5th printing of any book…even one that is going to be double its normal size…is a tough decision and a heavy commitment. So, we want to make this worth your while. If you pledge now, and help us spread the word, as soon as we exceed out target goal, we’ll include the following items!

$10,000: Monsters & Treasure: Achieved! We are going to roll out the new, expanded Monsters & Treasure.

$14,000: Appendix A Encounter by Terrain: Achieved! We will include an appendix of Encounter Charts by terrain. This will make encounters far easier. Available to all levels.

$18,000: Appendix A Encounter Chart Expanded: Achieved! We will detail the encounter chart, staggering it by level/HD. Available to all levels.

$20,000: Secret Chamber: Achieved! Steve Chenault will continue the adventures of Eurich Gunshoff in a second series of short stories. Join Eurich and Ave as they wander north into the Shelves of the Mist. This is a direct follow up to A Houseless God & Other Tales, just published and available here as an add on or, through our Store. A digital copy for $45.00 backer level, print and digital for $75+ backer levels.

 $500: Encounter Challenge: 17 Encounters Achieved! For every $500 we raise from this point going forward (starting at $20,000), we will take one monster from the Monsters & Treasure and design and write an encounter for it. We'll compile these into a PDF and release a digital version to everyone at the $19 level and above. If there are enough of them, we'll print it and ship it with your book for those who pledge $45 and above! Each encounter will be 1-2 pages long, include lead-up to, events surrounding, the monster and its peculiar habits, treasure and experience point value.

Bonus Book: Achieved! This past weekend we cleaned out the warehouse and mail room (way overdue) and have found that we have a few hundred Classic Monsters book left. As this book is being absorbed by Monsters & Treasure, we will discontinue it. So everyone who pledges $75 and above receives a free copy of Classic Monsters. It is hardback, black and white and will be on a first come, first serve basis, while supplies last. IF you have already pledges at 75 and above, you are already getting one!

$22,000: Monster List Supplement: Achieved! Remember the DMG Monster List and the Monster list that appears in Classic Monsters? We'll bundle all this up into one nice little softcover book for you and send it your way! Digial copies for pledge level $45. Print and digital copies for pledge levels $75 and above.

$25,000: The Siege Engine Book of Character Classes: Achieved! We are going to compile all the classes from the many books into one 40 page soft cover tome. Digital copies for pledge level $45. Print and digital copies for pledge levels $75 and above.

$28,000: Encounter Book in Print: Achieved! We will bundle all these together in a book! Digital copies of the encounters from above will go to backers $19 and $45.00, however, those who pledge $75 and above receive a printed copy of book!

$30,000: Eurich Gunshoff: Steve Chenault, creator of the world of Aihrde and content writer for much of C&C, will expand on the 20k reward, adding 4 MORE short stories to the anthology. Follow the adventures of Eurich Gunshoff into the Gottland and Beyond. (see 20k reward level for more detail). A digital copy for $45.00 backer level, print and digital for $75+ backer levels.

Early Backers: Through backer 192, who pledge $45 and above receive the flash drive, bottle opener and coin!

You can add extra copies of the books or content by simply increasing the amount of your pledge by the amount listed below!

  • Monsters & Treasure, 5th Printing Print...$45
  • Monsters & Treasure, 5th Printing Digital...$19
  • Monsters & Treasure, 5th Printing Binder...$45
  • M&T 5th Printing Binder Inserts Digital...$30.00
  • Monsters & Treasure, 5th Printing Leather...$140
  • Flash Drive with the CKG, PH, and MT...$50

New to Castles & Crusades?

Many of you are coming from other systems or are entirely new to the game. If you are, the quick down and dirty is this: Castles & Crusades is an easy to learn, fast paced, table top role playing game that allows you to play one of 13 classes and any one of these races; dwarf, human, elf, halfling, half elf or half orc. It's stream-lined attribute check system (the SIEGE Engine) is the driving mechanic that allows your character to try almost anything they want to try with a simple role of a d20! It's fun for all ages, requires almost no set up and playable by anyone, almost anywhere (we wouldn’t recommend playing on a surf board for instance).

If you want to know more follow this link: Castles & Crusades!

You can also join the Society and the Knights of the Crusade by following this link: SOCIETY.

You can also download the quick start rules that we released at ReaperCon last year. Just click the picture!

 *What are the die-hard books? Players Handbook, Monsters & Treasure, Castle Keepers Guide and the Codex of Aihrde!

 

Track our progress through the Monsters!
Track our progress through the Monsters!

 

Risks and challenges

Large books such as this one are hard to print and bind and we have to choose our printers with care.

One of the greatest challenges we face is creating such a large book and maintaining the quality of the printing and binding. In order to do this, we must find a printer with the knowledge and capabilities to execute a book of this size and have it look polished and professional, something we take great pride in. This will cost more than the usual printing so Kickstarter becomes essential in raising enough capital to give this book the quality it demands and deserves.

We are confident that with a successful Kickstarter we can bring this product to the world not only as a great resource, but also as a great looking book.

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    You receive the core M&T book, as well as the 3-Ring Binder and the special collector's edition of the Monsters & Treasure. This dual embossed genuine leather book, hot foil stamping, hubs on spine, comes with your name stamped on the front cover, a page marker, special page insert, are signed and numbered. Plus we'll include a poster of the original Monsters & Treasure cover, signed by the 3 Original Trolls.

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