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A unique Tabletop RPG OSR Bestiary by Bloat Games, creators of SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies!  Vigilante City and other oldschool based games!
A unique Tabletop RPG OSR Bestiary by Bloat Games, creators of SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies! Vigilante City and other oldschool based games!
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A unique Tabletop RPG OSR Bestiary by Bloat Games, creators of SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies!  Vigilante City and other oldschool based games!

Dark Places & Demogorgons: The Cryptid Manual, Tabletop RPG

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Do you believe in creatures like Bigfoot, The Mothman, The Jersey Devil, The Pope Lick Monster, Chupacabra, Gremlins & Lake Monsters? Well you should! These things are real. They are out there, just beyond the shadows, stalking the unsuspecting. Awaiting the perfect time to strike! Don’t believe me? Then maybe you should check out the Dark Places & Demogorgons Cryptid Manual. It’s based on a stolen, partially redacted and notated Federal file and case book that is splattered all throughout with real blood stains.

Still not enough? Please kid, I implore you to keep reading below. The knowledge contained in this creepy file, may just save your life!

 "This book is the heart of the 'SURVIVE THIS!!' series in that it shows a bizarre, unlike anything-else monster set for modern times. Goat man fo' life."  - Brandish Gilhelm aka Runehammer
"This book is the heart of the 'SURVIVE THIS!!' series in that it shows a bizarre, unlike anything-else monster set for modern times. Goat man fo' life." - Brandish Gilhelm aka Runehammer

Dark Places & Demogorgons:  The Cryptid Manual has been fully written, edited, play-tested, layout complete and all art in is completed and in place.  The Digital files are uploaded and ready to go and the Physical Proofs (as seen below) have been ordered, received and approved.  We intend to deliver all digital files to the backers the day after the funds have been deposited into our account, which is usually about 2 weeks after the Kickstarter ends and the At-Cost POD codes not long after that.

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DP&D Actual Play With Jodie Brandt as GM on Victory Condition Gaming YouTube Channel Jan 23rd, 2019 -9-11pm EST

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On January 15th, 2019 Bloat Games will launch their 5th RPG Kickstarter for SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons:  The Cryptid Manual.  This will be the 3rd Kickstarter from the SURVIVE THIS!! line, created by Bloat Games founder, Eric Bloat, in 2015 and the 2nd in the Dark Places & Demogorgons series (Created by Eric Bloat and Josh Palmer).  All of Bloat Games previous Kickstarters have funded, including their most recent Kickstarter, SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City, which funded at nearly $13,000.  

Our backers can now enjoy WORLD-WIDE SHIPPING because Bloat Games will be using Drivethrurpg for both digital and physical fulfillment.  

The Cryptid Manual is Bloat Games first exclusively Bestiary/Monster Manual type of product.  However, instead of using the same monsters that find their ways into most Bestiaries, for the Cryptid Manual, Bloat Games focused on highlighting the creatures of Cryptozoology from all around the world.  If you’ve ever wanted to run your players against a Big Foot, a Lake Monster, The Mothman or Jersey Devil, then this supplement will be a must have.  While the Cryptid Manual was created for Dark Places & Demogorgon it can easily be used with any OSR game, with very little conversion needed by the DM.  

“Survive This!! Cryptid Manual is a unique rpg bestiary. It’s overflowing with creatures, new and old, for your games of Dark Places & Demogorgons, or any OSR game that you may enjoy. Designed to emulate a governmental file on all things top secret, this volume of monsters, nefarious and strange.” – Jodie Brandt
“Survive This!! Cryptid Manual is a unique rpg bestiary. It’s overflowing with creatures, new and old, for your games of Dark Places & Demogorgons, or any OSR game that you may enjoy. Designed to emulate a governmental file on all things top secret, this volume of monsters, nefarious and strange.” – Jodie Brandt

The physical book will be approximately 90 pages, full color, digest size (6x9) and available in hard cover and softcover.

Actual physical proof copies.
Actual physical proof copies.
"I think that hardcore cryptid fans will be pleased by the book as much as the fans of Dark Places & Demogorgons.” – Josh Palmer
"I think that hardcore cryptid fans will be pleased by the book as much as the fans of Dark Places & Demogorgons.” – Josh Palmer
  •  Brandish Gilhelm - Layout, Design, Artwork & Editing
  •  Eric Bloat – Concept, Project Coordinator
  •  Jodie Brandt – Writing, Editing
  •  Josh Palmer – Writing, Editing

“We really wanted to streamline the process and get our books into the hands of GMs and the players that much sooner.  Plus, Drivethrurpg has really made it so convenient for small publishers like myself and we’ve seen so many of our piers in the industry have great success with the Drivethrurpg fulfillment method on Kickstarter that for us, it was a no brainer.”  - Eric Bloat

Estimated Printing and Shipping through Drivethrurpg.com

  • The Cryptid Manual:  Hardcover - $16.01 Estimated Printing Cost*
  • The Cryptid Manual:  Softcover - $9.58 Estimated Printing Cost*
  • Dark Places & Demogorgons Core Rules Hardcover - $10.27 Estimated Printing Cost*
  • Dark Places & Demogorgons Core Rules Softcover - $4.66 Estimated Printing Cost*
  • Player Options & GMs Guide - $3.37 Estimated Printing Cost*
  • Jeffersontown Setting Guide - $3.67 Estimated Printing Cost*

*with At-Cost POD code

Estimated worldwide shipping  

Risks and challenges

The Creative Team behind SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons has collectively created and released more than 20 RPG products! Bloat Games, has launched and fulfilled 4 previous Kickstarters: SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons, The Complete Vigilante Hack, SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies! 2nd Edition and SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City, which have all been delivered early or are in the process of being fulfilled ahead of schedule.

From Eric:
There are of course risks, and while I believe that I have been thorough in my research of the Do's and Don’ts while running a Kickstarter. This is my 5th Kickstarter, so I still plan for surprises and hiccups along the way. This is why the promise date is in March 2019. I feel very confident that I can deliver the rewards well before then but I recognize the need for a contingency in case problems arise. I will stay transparent in my campaign and will update the backers frequently to what is happening and the current status of things. The Cryptid Manual itself, has been written, edited, layed out with all art, and physical proofs ordered and approved.

Some potential problem areas that I will be monitoring closely are: Printing & Shipping and Stretch Goal fulfillment.

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    The physical level! You get the PDF of The Cryptid Manual and an at-cost code for a softcover and/or a hardcover print on demand book!

    PLUS

    The physical level! You get the PDF of SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorogons Core Rules and an at-cost code for a softcover and/or a hardcover print on demand book!

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    The physical level! You get the PDF of SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorogons GM Guide & Player Options and an at-cost code for a softcover print on demand book!

    PLUS

    The physical level! You get the PDF of SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorogons Jeffersontown Setting Guide and an at-cost code for a softcover print on demand book!

    Shipping and the cost of the books will be covered by the backer at time of check out through Drivethrurpg.com.

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    • Dark Places & Demogorgons PDF
    • GM Guide & Player Options PDF
    • Jeffersontown Setting Guide PDF
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