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If you don't play Pathfinder, the character art is also offered as its own package called GA: Game Avatars (see below).

10/05/2013: We have a surprise for backers that we plan to share with you soon.

10/04/2013: We have created a Google+ page for our Kickstarter here. Please feel free to ask us any questions that you may have about our project there.

Characters-By-Level (CBL) is a gaming aid that consists of Pathfinder compatible pre-generated NPCs ready to be used in your games that will be released monthly on a subscription basis. We plan to use this Kickstarter project to create at least one year, or 12 months, of CBL that will also be available as standalone products, but the overall cost of a full year subscription will be cheaper than buying each month separately. This Kickstarter gives you the opportunity to support us through 6 and 12 month subscriptions. If you are not sure that CBL is right for your game, we offer a 1 month sampler to try.

What do you get in an monthly issue of CBL? 

Each release includes the following regardless of purchase method:

  • A 90+ page PDF book detailing 4 NPCs for use in your Pathfinder games
  • Separate, high quality artwork files for all characters in the PDF book
  • Hero Lab portfolios for all NPCs

How many NPCs do you get for supporting our Kickstarter?

You will receive the following number of NPCs depending on your pledge level:

  • Sampler - 4
  • Half-Year Subscriber - 24
  • Yearlong Subscriber - 48

If certain stretch goals are reached, then the number of characters you receive overall will increase!

Highly Detailed NPCs

What makes our NPCs special and worth using in your Pathfinder games?

All of our NPCs will include descriptions detailing their class builds, backgrounds, appearances, personalities, and ways to help you to fit them into your games. The details will tend to be more generic due to the fact that our characters are not campaign specific. However, we will provide enough information so that you should be able to use our NPCs in your games with little effort. Unlike other books that provide pre-generated characters, we provide complete stat blocks for level 1-20 for all NPCs. This allows you to use our characters regardless what level your game is! Additionally, every stat block for a NPC beyond 1st level is based off the level immediately previous so that you can see how each NPC evolves.

What rules do we use to create our NPCs?

We will be following the guidelines provided by the Creating NPCs section in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook. Our NPCs will be created using the heroic ability score set and have gear appropriate to their level. We may occasionally use a 15-point ability score build instead of the heroic set, but only in situations where we feel it fits the character. In deciding which races, classes, feats, equipment, spells, etc. to allow in the designs of our NPCs, we plan to use OGL content from the following Pathfinder books: Core Rulebook, Advanced Player’s Guide, Ultimate Magic, Ultimate Combat, Advanced Race Guide, Bestiaries 1-3, and Ultimate Equipment. As you can see there is a lot of material to draw from which will allow us to create a wide variety of NPCs to use in your campaigns.

Do we plan to offer PC versions of our NPCs?

Yes, assuming that we reach our PC Stats Upgrade stretch goal. If that occurs, you will receive both PC and NPC versions of all our characters in the same package. That's like getting two characters for the price of one! Our PCs will be created using a 20-point ability score build and be assigned 2 starting traits. We will also design them using the same Pathfinder OGL content that we use for our NPCs and they will have gear appropriate to their level.

PDF Book

Do we have a sample to show you how our PDF book will look like?

Yes, we do. Here is a 2-page sample of one of the NPCs that will be in our initial release.

Does the emblem on the top right corner of the second sample page serve any special purpose?

The page emblem uses colors to represent the alignment of the character you are viewing – gold for good, brown for neutral, and red for evil. While not critical to the functionally of our PDF, it adds some flavor and color to the page that we hope you find useful.

Do we plan to offer any paper versions of CBL?

At launch, no. We feel that it isn’t economically viable to offer CBL as a hardcover or softcover book. Our page count every month runs over 90 pages, which means one of our books would cost you over $35. That would put a full year subscription at over $400 and we feel that cost is too high for most people interested in purchasing our product. However, if our Kickstarter is successful, we do plan to sell physical versions of CBL through RPGNow.com for people that really want them.

Artwork

We have talented artists to draw colored bust portraits of all our NPCs. Each of these portraits will be drawn of a high quality and we are proud to use them in our project. In addition to all the character art used inside our PDFs, we plan to make the same artwork available as separate image files (jpegs) of various sizes so that they may be used in your games or gaming websites. You will also receive large wallpaper versions of all our NPCs for personal use though we ask that you not post them on the internet.

If certain stretch goals are met, our portraits will be upgraded to waist-up or even full body with animal companions and familiars!

Do we have any samples to show of the character art that we plan to use?

Yes, we do. Let us introduce to you to the artwork of the four NPCs that we plan to release in the initial issue of CBL.

Drawn by Daniel Warren

Human Cavalier
Human Cavalier


Example of his virtual tabletop token

Cavalier Token
Cavalier Token
Dwarven Rogue
Dwarven Rogue
Elven Druid
Elven Druid
Sylph Witch
Sylph Witch

If certain stretch goals are reached that increase the number of characters presented each month, we plan to add the following NPCs to the first issue:

Drawn by Angela Taratuta

Gnome Alchemist
Gnome Alchemist
Elven Cleric
Elven Cleric

How do we deal with the appearance of Pathfinder Elves vs. D&D Elves?

There is a noticeable difference in the ears and eyes of Pathfinder elves versus D&D elves. With this in mind, all of our artwork of elven characters will be drawn using both styles of elves so you can use the version most suited for your game.

Hero Lab Portfolios

We plan to include Hero Lab portfolios of all of our NPCs as a bonus to individuals that use that program for their Pathfinder games.

For those who don’t play Pathfinder, but wish to use our character art in their RPG games, do not fear!  We plan to offer all CBL’s character art files (see Artwork section above) as its own separate gaming aid called Game Avatars (GA). GA will be released monthly and can be obtained through subscriptions or as standalone products just like CBL. GA also provides you the choice to support us through 6 and 12 month subscriptions as well as a 1 month sampler.

We plan to send you emails containing links to download our CBL and GA files from a cloud-based service. Assuming our Kickstarter is successful, we plan to offer subscriptions as well as sell individual monthly releases at our future website, RapidHamsterWorkshop.com. We may also offer them through other web stores. Physical versions of CBL will be sold at RPGNow.com.

We plan to release CBL and GA in February of next year and continue each month thereafter for the next 11 months. However, we want you to be aware that there may be a delay with our initial release if certain stretch goals are reached and our artists need more time to draw the artwork necessary for our project. Also, if there is enough support to continue running CBL and GA past the initial 12 months, we will without a doubt. We love making new and exciting characters for your RPG games!

For those who want to pledge above and beyond to support our project, we will reward you with a character exclusive to this Kickstarter as a special “thank you”. That character is a human priestess of the goddess of the sun, redemption, honesty, and healing named Talindra Bari. She is a fire-based cleric with access to the fire and glory domains. She is also known to have a short temper when it comes to insulting her faith or looks.

For those who pledge at the GA Supporter level, you will receive her artwork files along with an alternate hairstyle version that can be seen in our video at the top of the page.

For those who pledge at the CBL Supporter level, you will receive her artwork files with 2 different hairstyle versions along with her PC and NPC builds for levels 1, 7, & 12. Hero Lab portfolios included too!

Talindra Bari
Talindra Bari

If we receive funding beyond our initial goal, we offer several exciting stretch goals that can make CBL bigger and better! The higher the funding, the more rewards we can include!

At $16,000 - Art Upgrade I

All character bust portraits will be upgraded to waist-up.

At $21,000 - Art Upgrade II

All character portraits will be upgraded to full body. Now our characters can show off their spiffy footwear!

At $25,000 - PC Stats Upgrade

PC stats blocks will be added to all characters for levels 1-20 and be based on 20-point ability score builds along with the appropriate PC-level gear.

At $30,000 - Additional Character Upgrade I - Gnome Alchemist Added

The number of characters released each month will increase from 4 to 5. Yearly subscribers will get 60 characters over 12 months instead of 48! Additionally, the gnome alchemist will be added to the initial release.

At $34,000 - Animal Companion Art Upgrade I

Artwork for up to 2 animal companions, mounts, eidolons, or familiars will be added every month to CBL.

At $36,000 - Animal Companion Art Upgrade II

Artwork for up to 3 animal companions, mounts, eidolons, or familiars will be added every month to CBL.

At $40,000 - Additional Character Upgrade II - Elven Cleric Added

The number of characters released each month will increase from 5 to 6. Yearly subscribers will get 72 characters over 12 months instead of 60! Additionally, the elven cleric will be added to the initial release.

$40,000+

If we receive pledges over $40,000, we will look into expanding CBL to cover other fantasy RPG systems like 13th Age, Savage Worlds, or D&D Next (when released). We may also include exclusive bonus art depending on the amount received as a "thank you" for supporting our project.

Furthermore, if there is enough demand from our backers, we will look into having our characters be created as plastic or metal minis that are produced by Reaper Miniatures!

All stretch goals are automatically applied to every pledge level if applicable.

$4 GA Sampler

  • First month of Game Avatars (character artwork only)  

$6 CBL Sampler

  • First month of Characters-By-Level
  • Character art files
  • Hero Lab portfolios

$21 GA Half-Year Subscriber

  • Includes 6 months of Game Avatars (character artwork only)

$32 == EARLY BIRD == GA Yearlong Subscriber

  • Includes 12 months of Game Avatars (character artwork only)

$33 CBL Half-Year Subscriber

  • Includes 6 months of Characters-By-Level
  • Character art files
  • Hero Lab portfolios

$36 GA Yearlong Subscriber

  • Includes 12 months of Game Avatars (character artwork only)

$55 ==EARLY BIRD == CBL Yearlong Subscriber

  • Includes 12 months of Characters-By-Level Character art files Hero Lab portfolios

$60 CBL Yearlong Subscriber

  • Includes 12 months of Characters-By-Level
  • Character art files
  • Hero Lab portfolios

$65 GA Supporter

  • Includes 12 months of Game Avatars (character artwork only)
  • Talindra Bari artwork that is exclusive to this Kickstarter

$90 CBL Supporter

  • Includes 12 months of Characters-By-Level
  • Character art files
  • Hero Lab portfolios
  • Talindra Bari CBL stats & artwork that is exclusive to this Kickstarter

$450 Character Creator Supporter

  • Includes 12 months of Characters-By-Level
  • Character art files
  • Hero Lab portfolios
  • Talindra Bari CBL stats & artwork that is exclusive to this Kickstarter
  • Name, design, and have one of the CBL artists draw your Pathfinder fantasy character which will be included in one of CBL's monthly releases (The copyright to the name, design, and artwork of your character will be held by Rabid Hamster Workshop, LLC. We reserve the right to reject inappropriate, vulgar, or unsuitable suggestions.)
  • Receive an 8x10 signed print of your character's illustration when the artwork is completed

$650 Character Creator Supporter with Animal Companion

  • Includes 12 months of Characters-By-Level
  • Character art files
  • Hero Lab portfolios
  • Talindra Bari CBL stats & artwork that is exclusive to this Kickstarter
  • Name, design, and have one of the CBL artists draw your Pathfinder fantasy character along with his animal companion or familiar which will be included in one of CBL's monthly releases (The copyright to the name, design, and artwork of your character will be held by Rabid Hamster Workshop, LLC. We reserve the right to reject inappropriate, vulgar, or unsuitable suggestions.)
  • Receive an 8x10 signed print of your character's illustration when the artwork is completed

To get any of our add-ons, simply increase your pledge by the indicated amount without increasing your pledge level. Once you have updated your pledge, please send us a message providing your add-on item names and your email address.

The following add-ons are available:

Gift Subscriptions

  • GA Half-Year Subscription +$21
  • CBL Half-Year Subscription +$33
  • GA Yearlong Subscription +$36
  • CBL Yearlong Subscription +$60

Please make sure you include the email addresses of the people who will be receiving your gift subscriptions in your add-on message to us!

Black Barney - hamster - is the true mastermind behind Rabid Hamster Workshop.

Dan Brink - game designer - is the owner of Rabid Hamster Workshop. He has been involved in tabletop RPGs for over 20 years since his initial introduction into gaming by playing 1st edition D&D. He has been a GM as well as a player for numerous RPG game systems over the years and has plenty of experience of creating characters. He has also created a free fillable PDF character sheet for Pathfinder, which can be found here or here and plans to upgrade it in the near future as a "thank you" to the gaming community.

Josh Burns - layout - is a relatively new freelance artist in the industry. His work has been awarded 2 Daily Deviations on Deviant Art and has been featured on Kotaku among other sites. He is becoming known for his relatively life-like portrait work of classic characters including WEP's Voltron Defender of the Universe. Included in his background is extensive proof work in the secured card industry.

Scott Kliemann – editor – has been involved in tabletop RPGs for well over 20 years, usually behind the game master’s screen, and has decided to lend his skills to this project. He strongly believes that any GM benefits from having as many options as possible while simultaneously saving as much time as possible and this project does both.

Angela Taratuta - artist - is a freelance illustrator and concept artist. Some of the work she has done over the years includes portraits for trading cards, book illustrations, character designs and illustrations for mobile games.

Daniel Warren - artist - is an illustrator and concept artist with experience working on a number of games, start-up projects, and books. His experience with character design for Pathfinder has led him to this project to help shape the look and feel of the avatars going forward.

If certain stretch goals are reached, the following artist will be part of the CBL team:

Damien Mammoliti - artist - is a professional illustrator that graduated from the Academy of Art University and has been seen in many publications. He has worked closely over the last few years with Pathfinder's Paizo Publishing, as well as Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, Arcane Wonders, and game producer CD Projekt Red. He works as a Lead Concept Artist on games and media, and has been seen in publications such as Imagine FX, Digital Painting Techniques, and Expose.

Thank you for checking out our project. We believe that Characters-By-Level (CBL) is a great project for you to support if you play Pathfinder or other fantasy RPG games. By providing a monthly PDF of pre-generated characters with high quality art files and Hero Lab portfolios, we feel that CBL packs great value and we hope that you find the wide variety of interesting characters we plan to release to be useful for your campaigns. 

We are taking part in the Kicking It Forward program: http://kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges

This is the debut project for Rabid Hamster Workshop LLC, but all the designers and artists working on Characters-By-Level have years of experience in their respected fields. While we have agreements in place with everyone that is mentioned in this Kickstarter, scheduling conflicts can arise. We are confident that if any of our contributors has to withdraw from this project, we will be able to find suitable replacements to keep delays at a minimum. We anticipate in being able to provide a high quality product in a timely manner.

Delays due to Stretch Goals:
Some stretch goals offered in this Kickstarter may require more time from our artists to complete the artwork than originally planned. If this happens, the initial release date of Characters-By-Level may be delayed by a month or two.

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