In space, maybe no one else can hear you scream, but those cries of terror are music to the GM's ears. While there are monster books aplenty for fantasy games, there has never been a truly encyclopedic tome of terrors from beyond the stars... until now!
The Alien Bestiary brings you hundreds of monsters for your space and sci-fi game, whether you play with the brand-new Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder RPG, or the 5th Edition of the world's most famous RPG!
The Alien Bestiary is a full-sized, full-color bestiary features at least incredible aliens of every description, from tiny robot walking eyes to Lovecraftian Great Old Ones, from humanoid races both friendly and foul to inhuman abominations from the darkest nebulas. Of course, fans of the star-spanning Legendary Planet saga will recognize the fiendish foes like the savage klaven footsoldiers, sinister jagladine genetic engineers, warmongering bil’djooli shock troopers, and many, many more!
In addition, as part of our continued partnership with Robert Brookes and the gang at Encounter Table Publishing, fans of the awe-inspiring Aethera Campaign Setting will also find more exciting additions to their spacefaring saga, from the invading taur and aether-touched infused to the organic symbionts, living machine phalanx, and, of course, the magnificently malevolent kytons!
That promise of 200 pages of marvelous monsters is just the starting point. As our Kickstarter goes along, we’ll be adding tons of terrific space-dwelling monsters from across the fantasy/sci-fi legendarium, from insidious intellect devourers and aboleth to parasitic viper vines, brain-eating neh-thalggu, space-warping hounds of Tindalos, murderous gugs, lethal lunarmas, a regiment of robots, and spectacular star-soaring solar dragons! Best of all, when you back this project YOU get to help decide which monsters make the cut! Vote early and often for your favorite featured creatures as we keep adding more and more to this beautiful book!
Alien Codex: This killer collection of stock NPCs, alien races, iconic heroes, and new rules elements for extraterrestrials provides a wide variety of ready-to-use characters and stat blocks to fill key roles throughout your campaign. Plus, you'll find unique bonus content for each race, from gear and magic items to spells, feats, archetypes, and more! For those familiar with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Monster Codex, this book fills a similar role for your sci-fi game.
The Alien Codex is already over 200 pages, including auttaine cyborgs, core humans, klaven soldiers, jagladine scientists, and adventurers from legacy races like dwarves and half-elves. Every time we hit another stretch goal for the Alien Codex we'll add a new section to the mix, from the four-armed tretharri, tiny winged zvarr, dread onaryx, and races of the Aethera Campaign Setting, like the infused, erahthi, and okanta! You can add this book in PDF or print/PDF as a companion book by increasing your base pledge.
Aethera Alien Field Guide: Speaking of the Aethera Campaign Setting, we also are doing an even deeper dive into that setting with an additional supplement delving into the xenobiology of this spectacular setting. Each creature is given anywhere from a section, typically 2-6 pages, detailing ecologies, habitats, social importance, rules for harvesting monster parts, and similar details, in addition to an assortment of typical monster stat blocks for that creature type.
Divided into three sections, the Aethera Field Guide begins as a 100-page PDF accessory devoted to Biologics, including Animals, Humanoids, Plants, and Vermin (Starfinder/Pathfinder) or Beasts, Giants, Goblinoids, Humanoids, and Plants (5E). Further stretch goals will unlock first Arcanics (Constructs, Dragons, Fey, Magical Beasts, and Monstrous Humanoids for Starfinder/Pathfinder, Constructs, Dragons, Fey, and Monstrosities for 5E) and finally Anomalies (Aberrations, Oozes, Outsiders, and Undead for Starfinder/Pathfinder, and Celestials, Elementals, Fiends, Oozes, and Undead for 5E), pushing the book to over 200 pages and beyond! Like the Alien Codex, you can add this book in PDF or print/PDF as a companion book by increasing your base pledge.
This is a complex project because we're making several different things at the same time (and because due to fan demand we added a number of options after we had already begun), so we just wanted to recap the basic breakdown in how to get what you want!
For 5E or Starfinder:
1. Alien Bestiary (space monsters)
2. Alien Codex (alien races, an "NPC bestiary" of standard characters, and iconic heroes)
3. Aethera Field Guide (variant monsters, in-depth ecologies, monster lore, setting material)
4. Add-on pledge of Legendary Planet starter kit (first 100-page adventure + player's guide)
1. Alien Bestiary Companion (a smaller book of space monsters, since many space monsters already exist in official Pathfinder bestiaries)
2. Alien Codex (as above)
3. Aethera Field Guide (as above)
4. Add-on pledge of Legendary Planet starter kit (as above)
5. Aethera Campaign Setting (580-page sci-fi campaign book; about 140 pages of Pathfinder mechanics and 440 pages of system-neutral campaign setting)
There are also other add-ons for additional books, bonus swag items, our awesome plastic pawns, and so on. We also have special SPONSORSHIPS you can add to your pledge to personalize what you contribute to the book, and some deluxe high-level pledges for people who want something extra special as a Galactic Emperor, Prince(ss) of the Universe, or part of the Alien Annihilation!
For your standard pledges, your best options are as follows:
If you only want the Alien Bestiary: Space Cadet ($25) for PDF, Space Ranger ($50) for print+PDF [the "Companion" pledges with the same names are if you want the smaller Pathfinder book instead]
If you want two books: Alien Assault ($40 PDF, $90 print+pdf)
If you want three books: Alien Invasion ($60 PDF, $130 print+pdf)
If you want four books: Alien Onslaught ($80 PDF, $170 print/pdf)
You also can increase any one of these pledges to get books for more than one system. See the Rewards on the side of the page for the price for a two-system or three-system Alien Assault, Invasion, or Onslaught pledge.
If you order multiple books, there aren't separate pledges for every combination. You can just tell us which books you want and for which system (5E, Pathfinder, or Starfinder) in our backer survey at the end. You can combine them in any way you like.
Print pledges include PDFs, and print and PDF include all backer goals for the book in question, such as More Monsters for the Alien Bestiary and Added Aliens for the Alien Codex.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us, and we implore each of you to make one final post or push on your social media to let folks know about this terrific project. We are so thankful for all of your support and know we are looking forward to a fantastic finish!
The following is a quick visual summary of the contents of some of our pledge levels. Details can be found at the bottom of this page.
PATHFINDER NOTE: If you want all of your books for Pathfinder at Alien Assault, Invasion, or Onslaught pledges, you will also get Mythic Monsters: Aliens (in PDF or print+PDF, as appropriate for your pledge) as a FREE bonus book when getting the Alien Bestiary Companion in place of the Alien Bestiary!
With the Alien Bestiary project, you can choose any of the following:
Space Graffiti: Add $50 to name a person, place, or thing in the Alien Codex or Aethera Field Guide.
Hologram Designer: Add $100 to sponsor an illustration of a monster or you'd like to see illustrated in the Alien Bestiary or a character you'd like to see illustrated in the Alien Codex or Aethera Field Guide! You'll get to see work-in-progress with the artist and give your feedback on the final illustration. In addition, you'll be listed in the credits as a Hologram Designer and you'll receive a high-res PDF (and high-quality print along with a print order) of your sponsored illustration!
Xenobiologist: Add $150 to select an existing monster from any published source; your monster automatically gets added to the Alien Bestiary and converted for Starfinder and 5th Edition rules. We can't duplicate creatures from non-OGL sources, like 2nd Edition space-fantasy games involving a Jammer of Spells, but we'll work with you to create something awesome and evocative of the original! Your pledge includes a beautiful illustration to accompany whatever you create, and you'll be listed in that compendium's credits as a Xenobiologist and you'll receive a high-res PDF (and high-quality print along with a print order) of your sponsored creature!
Join the Space Program: Add $200 to submit a Starfinder or 5th Edition character for one of the races in the Alien Codex (or any of the standard Starfinder RPG races)! Your character will be included as one of the standard NPCs for your chosen race, and your character will be beautifully illustrated. You'll be listed in the credits as a Astronaut Adventurer and you'll receive a high-res PDF (and high-quality print along with a print order) of your sponsored illustration!
It Came from Outer Space! Add $300 to help design a new monster for inclusion in the Alien Bestiary! Your name will be listed in the final compilation as a Space Spawner and you'll receive a high-res PDF (and high-quality print along with a print order) of the monster you create!
NOTE: All design decisions are subject to final approval by the Legendary Games team. Email us first before adding it to your pledge for approval. Design and illustration input is time-sensitive so be ready to blast off when you make one of these bonus pledges, and if you have any questions let us know right away! Email your sponsorship requests no later than October 31st to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written entries received afterwards will not be included in the printed books.
Bonus goals and backer goals apply to everyone from Space Cadets on up who gets whichever book that goal goes with!
UNLOCKED! - $12,000 Pawn Pack #1: We will create our first batch of clear plastic pawns with our friends at ArcKnight productions, with around 60 durable minis with interchangeable bases perfect for showing off your astro-adventurers and extraterrestrial enemies!
UNLOCKED! - $14,000 More Monsters: Cosmic Constructs: We add five killer constructs to the Alien Bestiary, each one lavishly illustrated and ready for your campaign! Best of all, YOU get to help pick which monsters get added to the book!
UNLOCKED! - $16,000 Planetary Heroes: With all these monsters, you're sure to need heroes, so we will create Starfinder and 5E versions of richly detailed and narratively connected iconic heroes from across the stars to use as playable characters, henchmen, hirelings, allies, or rivals! Available separately and included as part of the Alien Codex!
UNLOCKED! - $18,000 More Monsters: Alien Animals: We add five awesome animals to the Alien Bestiary, each one lavishly illustrated and ready for your campaign! Best of all, YOU get to help pick which monsters get added to the book!
UNLOCKED! - $20,000 Alien Codex: We unlock a brand-new 120-page PDF companion volume full of stock NPCs across multiple levels, plus bonus rules elements for each race, starting with auttaine cyborgs, starfaring humans, jagladine xenoscientists, and klaven warsoldiers, and other "legacy races" like dwarves and half-elves that have taken to the stars.
UNLOCKED! - $22,000 More Monsters: Planetary Plants: We add five new varieties of vicious vegetation to the Alien Bestiary, each one lavishly illustrated and ready for your campaign! Best of all, YOU get to help pick which monsters get added to the book!
UNLOCKED! - $24,000 Alien Pawn Pack #2: We will create our second batch of clear plastic pawns with our friends at ArcKnight productions, with around 60 more durable clear plastic minis, focusing on spacefaring heroes and villains from the Alien Codex but also with an awesome array of killer creatures from outer space!
UNLOCKED! - $26,000 More Monsters: Universe Undead: We add five new eerie unliving enemies to the Alien Bestiary, each one lavishly illustrated and ready for your campaign! Best of all, YOU get to help pick which monsters get added to the book!
UNLOCKED! - $28,000 Aetheric Heroes: With an ever-increasing wave of monsters, you need even more heroes, so we will create Starfinder and 5E versions of 10 richly detailed and narratively connected iconic heroes drawn from the five core races of the Aethera Campaign Setting and usable in any spacefaring campaign as playable characters, henchmen, hirelings, allies, or rivals! Available separately and included as part of the Alien Codex!
UNLOCKED! - $30,000 Aethera Field Guide: We unlock a second brand-new 100-page PDF companion volume! This killer compendium of alien monsters and beasts, variant creatures, xenobiology, and lore begins with the Biologics section, with even more awesome creatures to come!
UNLOCKED! - $32,000 Added Aliens: We add three new alien races to the Alien Codex, with stock NPCs and bonus material for the infused, phalanx, and erahthi races from the Aethera Campaign Setting!
UNLOCKED! - $34,000 More Monsters: Asteroid Aberrations: We add five new weird and utterly strange creatures to the Alien Bestiary, each one lavishly illustrated and ready for your campaign! Best of all, YOU get to help pick which monsters get added to the book!
UNLOCKED! - $36,000 Alien Pawn Pack #3: We will create our third batch of clear plastic pawns with our friends at ArcKnight productions, with around 60 more durable clear plastic minis, focusing not only on the new variant monsters from the Aethera Field Guide but also on extra-large pawns for colossal creatures from the Alien Bestiary!
UNLOCKED! - $38,000 Added Aliens: We add three new alien races to the Alien Codex, with stock NPCs and bonus material for the chlorvian, tretharri, and zvarr races from the Legendary Planet saga!
UNLOCKED! - $40,000 More Monsters: Moon Menaces: We add five bizarre behemoths and mutated magical beasts/monstrosities to the Alien Bestiary, each one lavishly illustrated and ready for your campaign! Best of all, YOU get to help pick which monsters get added to the book!
UNLOCKED! - $42,000 Added Aliens: We add three new alien races to the Alien Codex, with stock NPCs and bonus material for the okanta, taur, and zahajin races from the Aethera Campaign Setting!
$44,000 Aethera Arcanics: A massive expansion to the Aethera Field Guide, bringing in-depth exploration of Constructs, Dragons, Fey, Magical Beasts, and Monstrous Humanoids (Starfinder/Pathfinder) or Constructs, Dragons, Fey, and Monstrosities (5E) in space!
$46,000 Added Aliens: We add three new alien races to the Alien Codex, with stock NPCs and bonus material for the bil'djooli, hetzuud, and krang races from Legendary Planet!
$48,000 More Monsters: Big Bang Blobs: We add five amorphous aliens and otherworldly oozes to the Alien Bestiary, each one lavishly illustrated and ready for your campaign! Best of all, YOU get to help pick which monsters get added to the book!
And of course there are many more bonus goals coming your way once you cross the event horizon of funding!
In addition to goals based on the total funds we receive, we also have some special goals planned for hitting total numbers of backers, so even if you can only make a small pledge you can help reach some fun extras for everyone. We'll reveal these as we go along, starting with:
UNLOCKED! - 200 backers: We will create a PDF Art Folio featuring standalone illustrations for every monster in the Alien Bestiary!
UNLOCKED! - 300 backers: All backers at every level get high-resolution files of the stunning cover artwork for the Alien Bestiary!
UNLOCKED! - 350 backers: We add a brand-new iconic character to our Planetary Heroes, a bold and daring warrior android!
UNLOCKED! - 400 backers - We will create digital pawns for Virtual Tabletops for every monster in the Alien Bestiary!
UNLOCKED! - 450 backers: We add a brand-new iconic character to our Planetary Heroes, a smooth and sneaky operator from the ysoki ratfolk!
UNLOCKED! - 500 backers: We will start converting the new Starfinder character classes for Pathfinder and 5E, starting with the spectacular solarion!
UNLOCKED! - 550 backers: We add a brand-new iconic character to the Alien Codex, taking the gentle giant in a whole new direction with the vesk envoy/bard!
600 backers: We will continue converting the new Starfinder character classes for Pathfinder and 5E, adding the marvelous mechanic!
And many more goals to come!
In addition to your base pledge, you can add any or all of the following special items to your collection!
Alien Cover Art Buttons, Lapel Pin, Dice Set, Microfiber Pouch (for dice), t-shirt, and Light-Up Fidget Spinner.
Price: add $50
Aethera Campaign Setting - This incredible campaign setting is ideal for space-faring campaigns with an edge of mystery and intrigue, with a bounded system still haunted by the shadows of the Century War and virtually cut off from the universe around it. Originally created for Pathfinder, only about 140 pages of this titanic tome are devoted to mechanics; the rest of its nearly 600 pages are devoted to delicious setting material usable with any system! Available as soon as the Kickstarter ends!
PDF only: add $25
Print/PDF: add $50 (shipping included with print pledges)
Legendary Planet Starter Set - This spectacular saga of star-spanning adventure sends your heroes hurtling from planet to planet, starting with a desperate breakout from an alien prison that lands them a corrupt crossroads world of criminal coteries. From there, they must hunt down the sinister scientists who kidnapped them while tracking down the ancient lostech to reactivate the stargate network that can take them home, or perhaps bring ruin to the galaxy if the agents of the Hegemony gain control of them! This starter set includes the Legendary Planet Player's Guide and the first 100+ page mega-adventure, To Worlds Unknown, and is available for Starfinder, 5E, and Pathfinder at a special discount:
PDF only: add $15
Print/PDF: add $25 (shipping included with print pledges)
If you'd like to play this saga with a "fish out of water" angle of introducing fantasy heroes to terrifying mysteries from beyond the stars before catapulting them out into the cosmos, add The Assimilation Strain prequel adventure (5E/Pathfinder only)
PDF only: add $6
Print/PDF: add $12 (shipping included with print pledges)
All Legendary Planet adds on are available as soon as the Kickstarter ends!
Planetary Heroes - An awesome assortment of ready-to-use characters with detailed backstories, personalities, character histories, and advancement notes for multiple levels, along with full-color portraits and paper minis! Alien auttaine, chlorvian, tretharri, zvarr, and legacy races too, ready to drop in as allies, enemies, rivals, friends, or even playable characters! Available for Starfinder, Pathfinder, and 5th Edition!
PDF only: add $5
Print/PDF: add $10 (shipping included with print pledges)
Add $30 to your pledge to add Alien Pawn Set #1, with over 60 stand-up Characters and Creatures pawns using the artwork from the Alien Bestiary book as an add-on pledge (domestic shipping included; international shipping included with existing print orders; if you are only getting the PDF, add $30)! Each pawn is durable clear plastic and the set comes with a set of 8 reusable bases and over 60 pawns, including small, medium, and large creatures!
As the project continues, we'll be adding additional Alien Pawn Sets, with a discount on orders for multiple set, and for all sets ordered as part of your pledge you pay no additional shipping!
Explorer Pack DetailsAlien Cover Art Buttons - Buttons have a long history as artifacts and various types of buttons have been invented alongside the advancement of technology. As objects, buttons are mostly used in apparel wear and fashion design, and function as a system for joining, fastening, closure and decoration, but this one, is just for fun! We may update the art with new art from this project.
Lapel Pin - We will create a custom image (not pirate) for this project. Features a military-style pin back to hold your message in place. Machine polishing provides an antique tone, adding a touch of class and elegance to these lapel pins. Size: 1-1/16" diameter.
Dice - A full set of dice (D4, D6, D8, 2D10, D12, D20) with a custom D6
Microfiber Pouch (for dice) - This 100% polyester pouch is made with high-density microfiber material. Features cinch closure for a secure hold. Size: 7" x 3-1/2"
T-shirt - Image and saying subject to change with new artwork. A cotton t-shirt available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL
Light-Up Fidget Spinner - This light-up fidget toy hosts three steel weighted outer circles for a spinning effect featuring three light colors (blue, red, and green) and multiple light functions by just pressing each outer circle. Light functions include fast blinking, slow blinking and color bulbs can light up individually one by one. Lights run on nonreplaceable button cell batteries. Size: 3" x 3" x 1/2"
Star Commander Pack Details
4-in-1 Omni Stylus Metal Pen with Laser Pointer and Flashlight - Bundled into one pocket-friendly tool you will find an LED flashlight, Class III laser pointer, stylus tip and ballpoint pen. Operate the flashlight and laser pointer with two buttons on the side of the barrel. The dual-tone design features a chrome shaft and black removable cap. The sleek brass pen is constructed with shiny chrome accents.
Cascade Deluxe Drawstring Sportpack, Embroidered - This deluxe drawstring sportpack has a cinch closure, with interior slip pocket to keep small valuables secure and easy to find. Large front zippered pocket adds functionality and provides additional storage. The 1" wide webbing straps provide a comfortable carry and make it more than a typical drawstring bag. Made of durable 900D polyester and faux suede. Size: 19" x 14" x 4-1/2".
Metallic 1 GB Key USB Drive - 1GB USB memory drive. Features 2.0 data transfer speed. Size: 2-1/4" x 1" x 1/8".
Digital Display Portable Power Bank - Charge up your electronic devices with this lithium ion battery with 2200 mAh capacity, one USB port with a 5.0V/1A output, and one micro USB input port. A micro USB power cord is included so you can keep the rechargable lithium battery at full power. Size: 3/4" x 3-1/2" x 3/4".
In addition to our posts through Kickstarter, the Legendary Games website, and other forums and social media, you also can see and hear us talking live about the Alien Bestiary project and more with many of our podcast partners! Please do give them a listen and spread the word!
Podcast with Adventure Party on the Galactic Podcast Network, talking about our Heroes for Harvey charity bundle on DrivethruRPG as well as the Alien Bestiary project. You can listen to the entire podcast here, or you can skip right to the Alien Bestiary portion of the show here.
Jason Nelson and Robert Brookes were live with the MythWits podcast talking Alien Bestiary, Legendary Planet, Aethera, and more! Much hilarity ensued!
Cosmic Crit — Jason Nelson of Legendary Games joins Cosmic Crit to share details about their Kickstarter campaign for an Alien Bestiary, compatible with Starfinder, Pathfinder, and 5th Edition. Listen Here: http://www.cosmiccrit.com/podcast/006-Dancing-Kings.mp3
Tabletop Babble - Jason Nelson sits down with James Introcaso on the Tabletop Babble podcast to talk sci-fi gaming and populating the planets with intelligent races and monstrous mayhem. Listen here: https://dontsplitthepodcastnetwork.com/table-top-babble/2017/9/18/v7uzpo3j38tfj29gtxtsb23lc4qf5z
Know Direction Beyond - Jason Nelson and Robert Brookes pow-wow with Jefferson Jay Thacker and Alex Augunas to talk space monsters and creating alien species for sci-fi vs. creatures for fantasy. - COMING SOON
How do I choose the rule version?
After the Kickstarter ends, we will send out a survey for you to confirm your pledge and choose the rule set you prefer. On this survey you can indicate what additional funds (if any) were allocated, and any other information like t-shirt size.
How do I get the add ons?
Click on manage your pledge, then keep your Pledge Level the same but change the amount to include the additional funds needed for the add on(s) you desire. You will allocate the additional amounts on the survey that goes out after the Kickstarter is over.
Risks and challenges
Legendary Games has run numerous crowdfunded projects before, completing all but one on time or early. Fulfillment of the massive Legendary Planet adventure series is nearing completion, with the penultimate adventure in layout now and a dedicated team focused on bringing the final adventure home.
A ton of artwork is already done and new artwork is already being ordered, and we have a large stable of artists so that any additional artwork funded as part of stretch goals that is not already done can be completed quickly. We have been writing both Starfinder and 5th Edition monster rules for some time, with over 150 5th Edition monsters already done and nearly 100 Starfinder monsters already done, with a team of over 30 talented contributors already rolling on the rest, so there should be no delays in production waiting on contributors.
Delays in printing and shipping are always possible but unlikely, as our experience with previous Kickstarters has allowed us to set up several options for getting your books to you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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