Frog God Games' wants to unleash the next iteration of its iconic Tome of Horrors series for 5th Edition (Swords & Wizardry & Pathfinder fans see More Details Section below). Hordes of sinister adversaries, restless dead, and other horrific monstrosities to gleefully challenge your players' expectations. Bursting with hundreds of creatures, new additions as well as converted classics, in a library-bound and stitched full color volume, the next Tome of Horrors will be a must have for your 5th edition campaign.
Everybody needs more monsters.
The Tome of Horrors for Fifth Edition will include a selection of creatures from earlier volumes as a kick off for an entire series of fifth edition books.
The Evolution of Horrors
The Tome of Horrors series was first launched by Necromancer Games in 2001 for the 3rd edition d20 rules. Since then, The Tome of Horrors line has spawned 4 classic volumes, two shelf breaking compendiums, and numerous softcover supplements.
They have detailed beasts, demons, humanoids, elementals, dragons, devils, fey, extraplanar, undead, and even more for three different rule systems-
- 3.0/3.5 compatible editions
- The Pathfinder Role-Playing Game System (including Starfinder Compatible Creatures, many of which work well as extra-planar new 5th Edition creatures!)
- Swords & Wizardry, Frog God Games' classically influenced fantasy rules.
We want to bring these monstrosities to 5th Edition with full color illustrations by top artists who have reimagined the entire catalog of creatures. Our eventual plan is to create a series of books encompassing the 2011 list of monsters, the TOH 4 list of monsters, and hundreds of others that we have included in books along the way, and will continue to add over time (both unique to these volumes and used in our other products). This release is the first step along that path.
The Tome of Horrors series of books have always been some of Frog God Games/Necromancer Games top-selling books. In fact, our single largest sales day ever had us selling out of 2500 of these books in 3 hours!
To bring the Tome books to Fifth Edition they will need conversion and formatting upgrades in addition to other necessary changes to existing content. That process has been going on for awhile.
What will the new Tome of Horrors contain?
The original three volumes of The Tome of Horrors were combined and expanded into The Tome of Horrors Complete, released in 2011, which was bursting with monsters (over 700 pages of them). Yet it soon proved not to be complete enough for us (or for you). The siren call of more creatures was answered with the Tome of Horrors 4, adding another 280+ unusual and deadly monsters for your campaigns. These combined would be a titanic cyclopedia of creatures.
What about the creatures from the Necromancer archives?
Yes, those are awesome.
The creatures from your newest releases like the Blight or Bard's Gate, how about those?
Those are dark and disturbing, we couldn't leave those out.
So this is a Tome of Horrors Complete for 5th edition with new material added?
Alas, no. It would one be a hell of a book, the kind we would want to make. It would come with one hell of a price tag, a price much higher than even The Slumbering Tsar Saga or The Blight. Even if everyone could afford it, it would break shelves, wallets, and backs. Most importantly, it is not possible. Physically the printer cannot produce a book that size without prohibitively costly custom work with which we have no production experience.
Then what are you funding?
The first in a series of incredible books, a full color, high-quality core reference for Frog God Games’ 5e future releases, Tome of Horrors.
A huge majority of project pledge reward levels consists of 2 principle products. The eponymous book itself and/or a set of the Tokens of Horrors set. The actual combination and the formats of each is determined by your pledge level selection.
Tome of Horrors Hardcover: The printed version of Tome of Horrors. These are available as either the standard retail release or as a special high quality leather bound collector's edition. Every copy of any Frog God title comes with the matching PDF, Kickstarter rewards are no exception.
A Note from the CEO— All Frog God Games hardcovers are stitched into 16 page packets, the packets are sewn together, and then all the packets are sewn to a cloth backing, creating a book block that is glued to its cover. This is what we mean when we say "library binding."
So, what does this mean to you?
Well first, you will note that our books cost a little more than others. That being said, after a myriad of book-binding issues both recently and dating back to 2nd Edition, there is nothing we hate to see more than someone investing in an expensive game book and having it fall apart on them after only a short period of regular use. We feel strongly that book production quality is king. After all, you guys spend a lot of money on your books!
Second, if a Frog God hardcover book ever falls apart (we have tested this with baseball bats and very rough use, by the way), we will replace it at no cost assuming we still have one in stock. Yes, that means if you call me in ten years, and your book binding has failed you (failed us really) through regular use (please no bulldozer roll overs), just email me and if the book is still in stock, we will mail you a new copy for free. Nothing I can do for you if they are all sold out though (but email me anyway and I'll hook you up in some way). It costs us a lot of money to do this, and our margins are somewhat lower than they could be as a result. Frog God Games stands behind our product (and sometimes on top of it when we need a ladder), and believe that the improved quality and durability of our work is well worth it.
Tabletop & Virtual Tokens
Printed tokens are dual-sided and are delivered on punch-out boards which are shrink wrapped at the point of manufacture. These will be printed similar to the tokens that Kobold Press released with the Tome of Beasts (here).
VTT tokens are a set of unaltered individual creature files with transparent backgrounds and a set of round digital tokens with a rear image behind the monster illustrations. Both sets are sized at 170x170 pixels in PNG format. They will be packaged in a compressed file for reward distribution.
$10—SW/PF ONLY Never Published Creatures PDF.
Get a PDF of creatures that have never before been published in any system by Frog God Games. The PDF is available in either Pathfinder or Swords & Wizardry and is available at this pledge level AND is also included with all pledges $40 and higher. The rules system choice will happen in Backerkit. This level has been added by popular request from our loyal backers who use Swords & Wizardry and Pathfinder but NOTE these creatures may be included in future volumes for these systems. These will have a print on demand softcover option if the $10 pledge level gets 75 pledges or the total funding level equals $45,000. If unlocked that option will be available with an minimal additional cost added during Backerkit for all backers who want a printed copy. There is NO Fifth Edition content at this pledge level.
$20—Virtual Tokens of Horrors only
$25—Tome of Horrors PDF only
$40 - Tabletop and Virtual Tokens or Horror only
$45—Tome of Horrors PDF and Virtual Tokens of Horrors.
$50— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors hardcover and PDF.
$65— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors, hardcover and PDF, and the Virtual Tokens of Horrors.
$80— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors, hardcover and pdf, and Tabletop Tokens of Horrors PLUS extra VTT Tokens created for this Kickstarter available only for pledge levels $80 and above.
$95— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors hardcover and PDF, and both the Virtual and Tabletop Tokens of Horrors PLUS extra VTT Tokens created for this Kickstarter available only for pledge levels $80 and above AND a PDF of 5th Edition bonus creatures of same.
$275— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors, hardcover and PDF, and Virtual and Table-top Tokens of Horrors, and limited-edition leather Tome of Horrors PLUS extra VTT Tokens created for this Kickstarter available only for pledge levels $80 and above AND a PDF of 5th Edition bonus creatures of same.
$1600--Temple Gamehole— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors hardcover and PDF, and both the Virtual and Tabletop Tokens of Horrors, and limited-edition leather Tome of Horrors! This also includes a trip with the Frogs to Gamehole Con 2018 in November 2018 (see premium pledge levels). PLUS extra VTT Tokens created for this Kickstarter available only for pledge levels $80 and above AND a PDF of 5th Edition bonus creatures of same.
$1600--Temple Dallas— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors, hardcover and PDF, and Virtual and Table-top Tokens of Horrors, and limited-edition leather Tome of Horrors! This also includes a trip with the Frogs to North Texas RPG Con 2018 in June 2018 (see premium pledge levels). PLUS extra VTT Tokens created for this Kickstarter available only for pledge levels $80 and above AND a PDF of 5th Edition bonus creatures of same.
Since the rewards are either fifth edition only or system neutral, we are only offering a limited number of add-on items. They allow for purchase of extra copies of either the Tome of Horrors or a softcover version of Fifth Edition Foes. Add-on descriptions are below the pricelist.
Please note- After the project funding period is complete, add-on purchases (and pledge level upgrades) are available during the Backerkit checkout. We are more likely to unlock the stretch goals, including some awesome unannounced ones, if backers increase their pledge totals before the project ends.
$12--Cards—A deck of 52 carefully selected monster portraits and stat blocks for use at the game table. The first deck becomes available at the $60,000 stretch goal, and others (more monster decks!) may be unlocked later (see below)*.
$20—Tome of Horrors: VTT Digital Tokens. The Virtual Tabletop (VTT) Tokens include 2 full sets of the creature images. These are expected to have a retail price of $25.
$25—Fifth Edition Foes softcover. These are black and white bestiaries which was among the first creature book published for 5th Edition. Some of the creatures are re imagined and re-illustrated in Tome of Horrors. Purchase of the physical book includes digital files.
$25—Tome of Horrors PDF Only
$40—Table-top Tokens (retail after Kickstarter is $50). These dual-sided printed tokens will be printed on punch-out boards and ready for your table. The total number of tokens will exceed 200 creatures. The final total depends on final project funding level.
$100-$250—Original Art. There will be 10-15 Pieces of original art from the Tome of Horrors available. Each Illustration was created by long-time professional artist Terry Pavlet. They are presented on a 9” x 12” Bristol board. All original pieces are black & white, as the final coloring for the book is done digitally. These, because they are one of a kind, are available during the Backerkit checkout on a first come, first served basis. These original pieces ship as the primary rewards are completed (see add-on exceptions in the shipping section below).
More will be added as we surpass these early hurdles, including options like cards, extra-content, reference guides, and a lot more.
FUNDED at $20,000!
$25,000—3 extra monsters: Demon and devil-themed
$30,000—3 extra monsters: Extra-planar monster-themed
$35,000—4 extra monsters: Undead-themed
$40,000—1 extra monster: demon lord (you will vote on this one on the backerkit!)
$50,000—Digital SRD for quick reference and use by publishers
$60,000—Monster card add-on becomes available
$90,000---20 pieces of full color stock art for use by GM’s
$100,000--Sample monster lairs/adventure hooks added to each monster in the text!
Hey, what about the other systems?
Although this Kickstarter is only for 5th Edition, we have not forgotten you. The 5th Edition version has been one of the two the most requested items for conversion (along with Rappan Athuk). As both Swords & Wizardry and Pathfinder have versions of Tome of Horrors, they will need to be evaluated differently for content and art choices. Much of the work on future creature books is being done along side Tome of Horrors for 5th Edition and helps to bring those potential products closer to realization.
What is included in high-level pledge rewards?
The Temple Dallas & Temple Gamehole pledges invite you to join the Froggies at North Texas RPG Con 2018 in June, or GameHole Con 2018.
At either of these events, we will pay for:
- Your convention badge
- Your hotel room
- Your meals and beverages
All you pay is your transportation to and from the convention!
Shipping charges apply as normal for any additional purchases through BackerKit.
Backerkit, Shipping, and Postage
Backerkit enables us to get you the rewards you want both faster and more reliably than we could otherwise. No reward is eligible for shipment without Backerkit checkout. You will be asked to create a Backerkit account to select your reward. This process verifies both reward selection and your correct shipping address. PLEASE complete the Backerkit process in a timely fashion so we can deliver your pledge reward!
PDF Reward Distribution: We will email the instructions to groups of eligible backers with instructions on how to access PDF pledge rewards. This is a three-step process that is completed using our web store. You will have to create a customer account on the Frog God Games website to get your PDF; it's how we keep track of everything. The Kickstarter PDF files are 'purchased' at zero cost by backers (as they are paid for after the Kickstarter) at the Frog God Games web store using a coupon code. That code we will be sent via email to backers. Our process is what gets you your correct reward, ensures your future access to your reward files, and allows us to track project fulfillment.
Physical Reward Shipping
When the Backerkit site for this project is ready, you will receive an email. This is a separate communication than the Kickstarter survey. In that email you will receive the link to the site where you will be asked to verify your shipping information, your pledge rewards and checkout through their system. Your Kickstarter pledge amount does not include shipping. It is during Backerkit checkout that your shipping cost is calculated and charged.
Backerkit also includes selections of completed project items or existing related products that are not charged during the its checkout process. Instead these rewards grant either:
- A unique single-use coupon code with a link directing you to the Frog God Games Store. This allows us fulfill those portions of your backer reward early. If shipping is required, it will be totaled while completing that step for those items (this is primarily for existing add-ons related to the project in PDF or Printed format).
- Original Art by Terry Pavlet. The price of these includes the shipping cost in the continental United States (international pricing for them will be established after backer selection but will be at least US$30, we will contact backers in this category directly).
Risks and challenges
Frog God Games has been in business since 2010, and has fulfilled numerous (17!) Kickstarter programs in the past, including projects involving printed cards. As with any crowdfunding program, the time-lapse between payment and delivery of a final product is subject to various risks, including the failure of a supplier, damage in shipment, disruptions within a company, and changes in the prices of materials and shipping. Experience gained over a number of projects makes us confident that we have contingency plans for the ordinary, foreseeable issues that might arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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