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Alien Bestiary for 5E, Starfinder, and Pathfinder RPG
Alien Bestiary for 5E, Starfinder, and Pathfinder RPG
A massive tome of nearly 300 out-of-this-world creatures for 5E, Starfinder, and Pathfinder sci-fi and space adventures!
A massive tome of nearly 300 out-of-this-world creatures for 5E, Starfinder, and Pathfinder sci-fi and space adventures! Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
About this project
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 or the 5th Edition of the world's most famous RPG!
In addition, by popular demand we have added the Alien Bestiary Companion for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, which is now available to bring all of our awesome new monsters and your favorites from our More Monsters polls together, with an appendix guiding you to other awesome extraterrestrials already published in official Pathfinder sources.
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!
But wait, that’s STILL not all!
This project will go as high as you send it, and if you push us far and fast enough, you might just get more than you bargained for! A monster book has the potential to just keep growing and growing, and we don't want you to be waiting forever to blast through an entire asteroid field of new options. Instead, we've got a hard cap on the size of the Alien Bestiary, and once we hit that we are going to cut it loose like a booster rocket so we can start getting that first compilation out to you while cut in the second-stage engines to keep making even more awesome books!
The basic pledge for the Alien Bestiary includes all stretch goals to add new monsters. In addition, we are creating two companion books that you also can get along with the Alien Bestiary with an additional pledge. These are not part of the basic pledge level for the Alien Bestiary.
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 base Alien Codex begins as a 120-page PDF of 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, pushing it to over 200 pages and beyond! 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, at $30,000 we will do 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, Oozes, 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.
The following is a quick visual summary of the contents of each pledge level. Details can be found at the bottom of this page.
ALIEN ASSAULT, ALIEN INVASION, and ALIEN ONSLAUGHT Pledges: To keep these pledge levels simplified, we have created a modular pledge system, with a base pledge to get all of the included items for one system (Pathfinder, Starfinder, or 5E), with additional amounts listed if you'd like to get your Alien Bestiary and companion books two systems or even for all three. You can specify your system(s) of choice and which companion books you want when we send out our backer surveys at the end of the Kickstarter. The Alien Bestiary Companion and Aethera Campaign Setting companion books are Pathfinder only.
PATHFINDER NOTE: If you want all of your books for Pathfinder at these levels, 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!
In addition to your base pledges, we always like to offer fans the chance to get involved in a project creatively through sponsoring unique content or artwork and being recognized for your all-around awesomeness.
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 email@example.com. Written entries received afterwards will not be included in the printed books.
Our base funding goal for this project is $10,000, but once we cross that line and kick in the afterburners, there is a whole lot more coming your way! Unless specifically stated otherwise, all bonus goals and backer goals apply to everyone from Space Cadets on up! What goes in the book stays in the book for everybody. As new books are unlocked, we'll have a variety of stretch goals that make each book even more amazing!
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!
$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!
$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!
$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!
$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 taur races from the Aethera Campaign Setting!
$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!
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!
400 backers - We will create digital pawns for Virtual Tabletops for every monster in the Alien Bestiary!
450 backers: We add a brand-new iconic character to our Planetary Heroes, a smooth and sneaky operator from the ysoki ratfolk!
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 - Bridge technology, productivity and minimalism with this multifunction writing instrument to achieve greater feats! 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 combines the durability and large storage of a backpack with the sporty look and cinch sportpack. Main compartment can hold clothing, shoes and other bulky gear, and is secured by cinch closure. Interior slip pocket keeps small valuables secure and easy for you 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 personalized UL Listed power bank. Features an internal lithium ion battery with 2200 mAh capacity that allows you to charge most smartphones anywhere, even without an outlet! The custom metal power bank is designed with one USB port with a 5.0V/1A output and one micro USB input port. The power level lighted display on the front of the power bank helps you keep track of when it’s in need of a recharge. A micro USB power cord is included so you can keep the rechargable lithium battery at full power. When charging your portable device, simply connect the USB charging cable that came with your device to the power bank. 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.
If I sponsor something, when should I send in my ideas?
You should get the information to us as soon as possible. Send via Kickstarter message, and also email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We'll confirm sponsorships when we send out the post-Kickstarter survey, but we want to get sponsored artwork up and moving while the project is underway rather than waiting until the end!
Will there be HeroLab support for this book?
We would love to provide HeroLab support for those fans who use that software. However, because so many elements of that process are not under our control and because how long it takes is so unpredictable, we are hesitant to promise HeroLab support as part of the project. In addition, LoneWolf appears to be shifting its business and billing model for HeroLab specifically for Starfinder to an online subscription system, and it remains to be seen what effect that will have.
We are in communication with LoneWolf and will continue exploring it with an aim toward getting it done, but at this time we cannot guarantee that HeroLab files will be available.
I have questions about the Alien Assault, Alien Invasion, and Alien Onslaught pledges.
Check update #15 to the Kickstarter, where we answer a wide range of questions about those pledges and give examples of how to use these modular pledges.
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