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This book details playing lycanthropes in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Who doesn’t love lycanthropes? Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes provides rules for playing were-creatures in a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game campaign—no reason a character should be benched just because she contracts lycanthropy, after all!—as well as new were types, traits, feats, and magic! The book focuses on useful information for lycanthropes for all Pathfinder campaigns, and provides specific information on lycanthropes in SpirosBlaak, a setting with a long history of Kav (lycanthrope) wars; Midgard (property of Kobold Press); Vathak (property of Fat Goblin Games), NeoExodus (property of Louis Porter, Jr. Games), and Questhaven (property of Rite Publishing).

Christina Stiles, a long-time industry veteran and award-winning writer and editor, will lead the project. Recently, she’s been a lead designer on several projects for Kobold Press, including Journeys to the West, Midgard Tales, and (replacement designer) Dark Deeds in Freeport. Newcomer Dawson Kriska (Journeys to the West) will be joining her as co-author. 

We are also proud to announce that luminary game designer Wolfgang Baur of Kobold Press will be writing the book’s foreword and providing a special Midgard take on lycanthropes. Additionally, we are extremely happy to report that Dave Gross, author-king of the weres, will be writing a new short story for the book. You won’t want to miss out on Dave’s superb fiction! Artists will include Rick Hershey, Marc RadlePeter Bradley, and Matthew Stinson—and Jennell Jaquays, if we hit our stretch goals. Finally, Spike Y Jones, editor extraordinaire, will be rounding out the team.

Additional designers include: Sean K Reynolds of Paizo!; Mike Welham, Paizo RPG Superstar; Steven Trustrum, president of Misfit Studios (publishers of SpirosBlaak) and Gold-ENNIE-winning co-author of DC ADVENTURES Heroes & Villains, Vol. 1 (Green Ronin Publishing); Ben McFarland, Gold ENNIE winner for best adventure for Streets of Zobeck (Kobold Press); Louis Porter, Jr. of Louis Porter Jr. Games; Steve Russell of Rite Publishing; Owen K.C. Stephens of Super Genius Games; Jason Stoffa and Rick Hershey of Fat Goblin Games; and POSSIBLY YOU!

Reaching our goal of $6,000 makes the 96-page PDF of lycan goodness a reality, and brings us the Dave Gross short story and the weremantis mini (art below) by Eastern Front Studios (mini available for $75+-level backers)! The pdf product will be published through Misfit Studios.

ALL BACKERS OF $5 OR MORE RECEIVE THE DAVE GROSS SHORT STORY THAT IS PART OF THE $10+ PACKAGE.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes provides rules for playing were-creatures, whether afflicted, natural born, or wereblooded (lycanmarked). Players use a base lycanthrope racial template and add on abilities through a series of feats and flaws. This system ensures game balance for concerned GMs and fairness to other non-lycanthrope characters, but allows lycan-loving players to have the were-creature character of their heart's desire.

The book will include many new were breeds and new crunchy content, and it will collect available Open Gaming Content (OGC) from other sources to make this guide your go-to book for all things lycanthrope!

Thanks to Christina's experience with several Open Design projects from Kobold Press, she'll be running this kickstarter book in a similar vein, providing possible writing opportunities for those at pitching pledge levels.

The book's tentative Table of Contents:

Foreword--Wolfgang Baur
C1: Lycanthropes and Lycanthropy (Christina Stiles)
C2: Playing Lycanthropes (Dawson Kriska)
C3: New Lycanthropes (a dozen or more; authors, OGC, and wereshark patrons)
C4: Wereblooded and Related Races (Ben McFarland, authors, OGC, and pitch-level patrons)
C5: Lycanthrope Traits & Feats (authors, OGC, and pitch-level patrons)
C6: Lycanthrope Archetypes and Prestige Classes (authors, pitch-level patrons, OGC)
C7: Lycanthrope Magic and Magic Items (Wereapprentice)
C8: Lycanthropes in Your Campaign (Wereapprentice)
C9: Lycanthropes in Published Campaigns
     ...in SpirosBlaak (Steven Trustrum)
     ...in Midgard (Wolfgang Baur)
     ...in Vathak (Jason Stoffa)
C10: Dave Gross Short Story

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STRETCH GOALS! 

Here are the project’s additional goals. The project’s deadline is for the PDF copy of the main book; some of the stretch goals may take longer to achieve:
• $7000 – More Art! Jennell Jaquays creates line art for the book! UNLOCKED
• $8000—MINIS & Print!—we send out softcover print copies to all donors of $50 or higher (with a skinwalker bookmark). Eastern Front Studios creates 4 more minis, to include the wereraven and werebadger.  UNLOCKED
• $9000PDF 32-page adventure included: 2012 RPG Supestar Mike Welham and Dawson Kriska write a lycanthrope adventure to be included in the bundle (tentatively as a separate pdf).
• $11,000 ADDITIONAL MINIS! Eastern Front Studios will design EIGHT more lycanthrope minis, bringing the total to 13!!!
• $16,000 We write the 48-page pdf Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Dhampir. To be co-authored by Paizo RPG Superstar Mike Welham.
• $19,000 –We SAVAGE!
We convert the completed main book and all supplements to Savage Worlds to support our Savage fans!
• $21,000 –We CRUSADE! We convert the completed main book and all supplements to Castles & Crusades to support Crusaders everywhere!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The primary obstacle to Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes—after funding, of course—is getting it to the finish line. A lot of people (writers, developers, editors, artists, layout persons, and printers) are involved in the completion of a project like this, and for most involved, game production is a part-time endeavor. Therefore, the day job and life matters come first, so potential bumps could include team members getting hit up with everyday problems that, unfortunately, delay the project. Still, our less-than-ambitious delivery date should provide us the necessary time to overcome any unexpected hiccups. Also, note that Christina has experience with bringing books to completion, and she has access to a mentor in Kobold Press’ Wolfgang Baur, who has a great deal of experience in producing books. The authors will communicate with the patrons about any issues along the way.

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    Wereapprentice: As Wereshark, and you may pitch to write a section of the book set aside for wereapprentices--within a deadline and meeting the designers' approval. Successful pitching provides you a front-cover credit below the main authors'--"With Freelancer's Name." Additonally, you gain Christina Stiles as a mentor for your gaming freelancing endeavors for a year. She will help you hone your craft and offer editing suggestions on your manuscripts (up to 10K per month). Plus, you receive signed hardcover copies of Rogue Mage RPG Player's Handbook, Journeys to the West, and a softcover SpirosBlaak for Pathfinder (when available). Additionally, you may pitch a future project to her. Free shipping in the US ONLY; INTL backers add $30.

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