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Monsters of Aquilae: 200+ Brand-New Creatures for 5E/P1E/P2E

HUNDREDS of new monsters for Pathfinder, 5E, OSRIC, and Pathfinder Second Edition, usable in any campaign setting and any PC level.

Monsters of Aquilae: 200+ Brand-New Creatures for 5E/P1E/P2E

HUNDREDS of new monsters for Pathfinder, 5E, OSRIC, and Pathfinder Second Edition, usable in any campaign setting and any PC level.

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About

Executive Summary

  • 225 brand-new monsters.  900 complete statblocks.  For Pathfinder Second Edition, Pathfinder First Edition, and/or 5E.
  • An estimated 800 pages of instantly-usable monsters for any campaign setting or game session.
  • Not sure about what info each monster will have?  Download the free sample of a brand-new monster, the Bloodguise Diredamsel.
  •  FlexAI: A dizzying array of AI-driven monster encounter behavior rules, options, and hundreds of tables, at an unprecedented level of diversity and detail.
  • Not sure about the P2E approach?  Download the free sample of P2E monsters to get a feel for this approach.  (Or grab the P1E, or 5E, samples from prior Kickstarters.  They're all free.)
  • Missed the various Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm projects?  Curious what monsters are in the books?  Check out the complete listing for Monsters of Aquilae and Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm here (Microsoft Excel file shared via Dropbox).

What Is Monsters of Aquilae?

It's a massive bestiary that includes 225 monsters for use in any campaign setting or story.  

Each monster is designed to be memorable, interesting, and challenging in a way that PCs may not anticipate.

Each monster is presented with four complete statblocks, allowing it to be used in a wide variety of PC level and presenting novice or veteran characters alike with challenge.

Custom monster artwork samples (art credit Jack Kaiser)

More Than Stats

Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm is a massively crunch-centric resource, offering very little in the way of fluff for established monsters.  This was by design, since descriptions and even illustrations are already available for these beasties.

Monsters of Aquilae, by comparison, will feature additional "fluff" content for each beast.  Specifically, each will include:

  1.  FlexAI, environment, etc. as normal for ABRE creatures
  2.  Description: One sentence to two paragraphs of physical description.
  3.  Lore: At least one sentence of standard lore about the creature--what is well-known or commonly thought about the beast.  In addition, most creatures will also feature at least one sentence of Expanded Lore: more detailed descriptions or rumors that require a skill check or similar test for the PCs to discover.
  4. Standard Terrain, Rarity, FlexAI Role, Organization, and Treasure notes, as found in Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm.
  5.  Detailed Environment Description: A slightly expanded description of the standard "slots" the monster fits into, that helps the GM "place" the creature in the context of an adventuring environment or map.  For example, if a creature is found in "Warm Mountains", that's all well and good, but it might be more interesting to know that the creature is to be found largely near magma rivers, as it relies upon such for sustenance.
  6.  Encounter Behavior: Although FlexAI provides a great deal of flexibility and dynamicness in dictating combat behavior, each MOA monster will have an expanded description of combat (and, if applicable, non-combat) behavior.
  7.  Story Hooks: 2+ quest or plot snippets that can be used to easily and immediately introduce the monster into your game environment.
  8.  Actions & Special Qualities: Each monster in the book will have at least one feature, attack, ability, or description that is designed to be memorable, interesting, and brand-new, even to seasoned players.
Custom monster artwork samples (art credit Karen Martin)

Add-Ons

You can increase your pledge amount now, or wait for BackerKit survey following the campaign, if you are interested in any of these Add-Ons.

  •  Design a Monster: $150.  You get two things with this add-on: first, I'll add an additional monster to the book, so everyone reaps the reward of more content.  Second, I'll work with you to design the beastie, and commission custom artwork for it that you can review and provide input about.  Your creative design can be as minimal as a one-sentence description, up to and including a description of each and every nuance of the critter.  It's entirely up to you; it's your monster!
  •  Digital Resource File: $10.  An Excel file that contains all the vital stats of each and every monster in the MOA book.  Extraordinarily useful for sorting, filtering, etc.
Custom monster artwork samples (art credit Hal Glick)

What is Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm?

Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm (ABRE) is the largest, most comprehensive, most flexible, and most ambitious fantasy roleplaying bestiary ever conceived.  6,400 complete statblocks, comprising 1,600 monsters, each given the Quadded Statblock treatment, enabling them to be used in any campaign setting, with PCs of any level.

Add to this a thoroughly innovative and massively expandable AI system to guide monster behavior, and you have what just might be the most impressive and valuable creature resource ever to hit Pathfinder, 5E... and, now, Pathfinder Second Edition.

What is This Project?

Two massively-successful Kickstarters have enabled this unprecedented wealth of gaming resource.

This Kickstarter project has been initiated at backer request, to expand the already-planned Monsters of Aquilae book to contain even more custom commissioned artwork depicting these memorable beasties.

What Are Quadded Statblocks?

I've always been bummed that adventure content is only appropriate for a certain narrow range of PC levels.  Monsters lose their usefulness once the PCs get too powerful; similarly, those gaming groups who only get together sporadically are unlikely to ever face a Vampire, let alone a Tarrasque!

Quadded Statblocks is my attempt to make all adventure content scalable across a wide range of PC levels and difficulties.  The basic premise is straightforward: for each piece of game content, provide not one, but four, mechanics, corresponding to Low, Moderate, Advanced, and Elite levels of challenge.  When you play a session, use the one of those four statblocks that most corresponds to the abilities of the gaming group.  Ridiculously easy to use, and requires zero prep time on the part of the GM.

Suddenly, Zombies and Rust Monsters are interesting again to high-level parties!

Check out the free PDF describing the concept, and download a free example of a custom monster, the Skelettin, that uses this approach.

Praise for Quadded Statblocks

Unsolicited comments from ABRE backers and customers for this approach:

  • "I can't tell you how sensible your system is."
  • "I turned to Frog God for help & that has been working, then I saw your work. Your Tomes are inspiring, thanks."
  • "Your work is great & has solved many scaling issues I've been faced with.  DM 40+ years."
Custom monster artwork samples (art credit Hal Glick)

Existing ABRE Backers: Who Gets What

Hundreds of people are already owed, or have already purchased, Monsters of Aquilae in other rules system formats.  

The simple version here is that anyone entitled to MOA already, doesn't need to do a single thing.  You'll still get MOA, and you'll still get it ASAP, as quickly as I can lay it out.  

If this KS campaign is successful, then the resulting product will be even better and more awesome.  It's that simple.  :)

Custom monster artwork samples (art credit Hal Glick)

Onward!

Risks and challenges

The good news is that I've done the vast majority of the work already. All of the 900 statblocks has been generated and is ready to lay out, and most of the "fluff" is similarly ready to go. It's just a matter of finishing ABRE, and then commencing layout for MOA. The free sample I've provided is a good example of what will result when applied to all 224 other beasties.

As existing backers of my work will already be aware, time is the risk here. IGS is almost entirely a one-man shop, and that one man has three young children and a full-time day job. I devote literally every spare minute of downtime to IGS, and to making our products the absolute best, most impressive, and most valuable/usable books I can conceive of, but that devotion to quality amidst other demands takes time.

I will deliver. And I hope you agree that it will be more than worth the wait and pledge dollar. But my estimates as to when are just that: estimates. If you're comfortable with getting what I try to make world-class indie RPG books for a significant discount, and don't mind waiting a bit, then please consider pledging, supporting, and helping to make the results even more awesome!

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