About this project
The forest is a place of mystery and danger, where the wild things are lurking in the shadowed underbrush with hungry eyes, but also where the fair folk flit and fly through sun-dappled glades. From Grimm's fairy tales to Tolkien's lovely Lothlorien, menacing Mirkwood, and forlorn Fangorn, there are few places for adventure more iconic than among the tall trees and verdant vales of the forest!
In that spirit, Legendary Games is pleased to present a new hardback adventure accessory for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and 5E, the Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium! Step under the shadowed boughs of the forest realm to find a wild world of magic, mystery, monsters, and more! From the misty boreal taiga of the cold northern reaches to wondrous glades of enchanting fey beauty, you'll find this book an encyclopedic resource for running your campaign, including:
- Two complete wilderness adventures: the savage barbarian epic Cold Mountain and a deadly fey pursuit in Horns of the Hunted!
- Over 50 new spells and magic items, from bloodspear and call woodland beings to the scout's spyglass, plow of the abundant harvest, and staff of the fey queen!
- Three dozen new character options, including new sorcerer bloodlines, cavalier orders, feats, archetypes, and more, from Feral Companion and Silent Shade of the Umbral Wood to the fey hunter ranger and darkwolf druid!
- Over 30 new fey and forest monsters, from the boreal wight and stromkarl nixie to the mighty chernobog!
- Eight ready-to-play pregenerated characters with detailed histories and personalities, perfect as allies, rivals, or playable PCs!
- Rich and immersive rules for fey-themed haunts and integrating fey into the campaign from personal relationships to world-altering faerie rumors, ripples, and ruptures that turn the natural world of mortals upside down!
The Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium starts by combining the entire River Kings product line from Legendary Games into a single volume, edited and polished and many available in print for the first time, including all of the following products:
Beasts of Legend: Boreal Bestiary
Beasts of Legend: Coldwood Codex
Conquering Heroes: Pregenerated Characters
Horns of the Hunted
Legendary Villains: Dark Druids
Treasury of the Kingdom
These fantastic supplements by all-star authors like Jason Nelson, Matt Goodall, Tim Hitchcock, Neil Spicer, Todd Stewart, Russ Taylor, Alistair J. Rigg, Clinton J. Boomer, Julian Neale, N. Jolly, Tom Phillips, and Linda Zayas-Palmer are classics from Legendary Games and with them alone we could create a hardcover compilation of around 240 pages! All of the above material is complete and ready to go for both Pathfinder and 5th Edition!
You can hear us talk about forests, fairies, and wilderness campaigns with James Introcaso from The Tome Show right here!
All of the above would make a pretty cool book on its own, but we also have some amazing brand-new bonus content we have ready for our stretch goals below, which might well push this book over 300 pages! Almost all writing and art for these bonus goals is already complete, and even if we don't quite hit our stretch goals, these products still will be completed and will be available for purchase separately, but if we hit those goals all of his great bonus content will be included in the compilation and backers will be able to download the individual PDFs after the Kickstarter ends!
Unless specifically stated otherwise, all bonus goals and backer goals apply to everyone at the Forester level and above! What goes in the book stays in the book for everybody!
UNLOCKED! - $6,000 - BONUS BESTIARY: FAERIE FOLK - Five fantastic fey and forest mythic monsters, 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! - $8,000 - FOREST FEATS: A killer collection of brand-new fantastic feats and character options like the explorer and hidden guardian ranger archetypes and unicorn charger prestige class by Jason Nelson, Julian Neale, and Clinton J. Boomer!
UNLOCKED! - $10,000 - BONUS BESTIARY: FIENDISH FEY - Five fantastic fey and forest mythic monsters, each one lavishly illustrated and ready for your campaign!
UNLOCKED! - $12,000 - FOREST FESTIVALS: We will add the long-awaited Royal Tournaments to the Compendium, including rules for all manner of incredible events from traditional archery and jousting to exotic and magical competitions of every description by Jason Nelson!
Plus even more stretch goals to be announced as we go along, like these!
UNLOCKED! - $14,000 - BONUS BESTIARY: MISSHAPEN MONSTERS - Five fantastic fey and forest mythic monsters, each one lavishly illustrated and ready for your campaign!
UNLOCKED! - $16,000 - ROYAL ARCHETYPES - Amazing new archetypes perfect for the court of a border kingdom, like the knight-surgeon cavalier, jester bard, and more, by Jason Nelson and Julian Neale!
UNLOCKED! - $18,000 - BONUS BESTIARY: NATURE GONE WILD - Five fantastic fey and forest mythic monsters, each one lavishly illustrated and ready for your campaign!
UNLOCKED! - $20,000 - MIND OF THE FOREST - Occult options and archetypes for dealing with the true strangeness of the fey, including the fey mesmerist, natural channeler medium, new legendary spirits, and more, by Julian Neale and Clinton J. Boomer!
UNLOCKED! - $22,000 - BONUS BESTIARY: FOREIGN FORESTS - Five fantastic fey and forest mythic monsters from far beyond the "traditional fantasy" realms of Northern Europe, each one lavishly illustrated and ready for your campaign!
UNLOCKED! - $24,000 - FAERIE BARGAINS - The third and final installment of fey-focused accessories, the perfect expansion of Faerie Passions and Faerie Mysteries, dealing with the peculiar legalism and ritual binding oaths between mortals and fey, by the dazzling David N. Ross!
UNLOCKED! - $26,000 - BONUS BESTIARY: FIVE TO SIX - For each of our five monster polls, we'll add the top six vote-getters instead of just the top five!
UNLOCKED! - $28,000 - MORE MYTHIC MANIA REVEALED - Coming Winter 2017/18, the Mythic Player's Guide and Mythic Creature Compendium!
UNLOCKED! - $30,000 - MYTHIC FOREST UNLOCKED - If we hit $30,000, we will include every new feat, spell, and monster from the Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium in the Mythic Player's Guide and Mythic Creature Compendium!
UNLOCKED! - $32,000 - WHO'S NEXT? - If we hit $32,000, we will reveal the next Campaign Compendium coming your way! Not only that, but YOU will get to help decide which one comes after that!
UNLOCKED! - $34,000 - MEGA-MINIS! - If we hit $34,000, we will create a second set of plastic minis, this time with a custom die allowing us to create minis for the biggest, baddest massive monsters of the forest that just wouldn't fit on a standard minis pack! This second set will be available separately or as a discounted combo pack with the base minis pack!
UNLOCKED! - $36,000 - IN LIVING COLOR! - Our original pregenerated characters in Conquering Heroes were rendered in beautiful black and white by Hugo Solis. If we hit this funding goal, we will create color portraits for all of them, which will also be included in our Characters and Creatures pawn collection!
UNLOCKED! - $38,000 - POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE - We will create a spectacular set of postcards for every print backer, featuring amazing artwork from the Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium and more!
UNLOCKED - $40,000 - LEVEL UP! - As a PDF exclusive for our backers, we will create leveled-up versions of our Conquering Heroes ready to take on the world!
Every one of these bonus goals includes not only terrific written content but also new artwork to accompany it by both longstanding Legendary favorites and brand-new amazing artists!
In addition to this, you can also sponsor special bonus bits of your own to put your stamp on the forest campaigns of 5E fans and Pathfinder players all over the world!
In many of our past Kickstarters, we've offered you the chance to get in on the creative side, and this time is no different!
Festival Fame: Add $50 to name a contestant, performer, visiting noble, or other character in the Royal Tournaments, picking their event and giving them up to a 50-word description (class, race, gender, personality, favorite weapons or tactics)!
Coat of Arms: Add $50 to design a pennant, flag, shield, or heraldic crest - combine it with your Festival Fame to really make an impression!
Royal Portrait: Add $100 to sponsor an illustration of a NPC, monster, location, or scene you'd love to see in this book to really embody the forest kingdom, which might be your own character to go with their Coat of Arms and Festival Fame! Your name will be listed in the credits as a Royal Patron and you will receive a high-quality print of your sponsored illustration!
For Queen, King, and Country: Add $150 to name and create your own forest kingdom, whether a mysterious and whimsical realm of the fey, a grizzled barony on the edge of the wild, or a hard-driving mercantile nation with trailblazers and lumberjacks that can't wait to cut that forest down (maximum 400 words). This includes a Coat of Arms to represent your nation, but you could also add a Royal Portrait of your fair ruler, your mightiest castle or monument, or your most beautiful natural wonder!
Crossover Creator: Add $200 to work with the Legendary Games design team to create a monster, magic item, NPC, feat, archetype, or similar rules element (maximum 500 words) for a future Campaign Compendium (choose Demon Crusade, Egyptian, Far East, Metal Gods (techno-fantasy), or Pirate; also may choose Gothic Horror for 5E). Your pledge includes a beautiful illustration to accompany whatever you create, and you'll be listed in that compendium's credits as a Crossover Creator and you will receive a high-quality print of your sponsored illustration!
Because of the time sensitivity in getting this book laid out in timely fashion, we ask that you inform us of your choice as soon as possible! Email your sponsorship requests when you make your pledge via Kickstarter messenger so we can get art going right away as needed. If your sponsorship involves you writing something you have sponsored, we need it emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 30th.
Written entries received after April 30th will not be included in the printed books (does not apply to Crossover Creator).
NOTE: All design decisions are subject to final approval by the Legendary Games team. Please feel free to 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!
Throughout the course of this campaign, we have unlocked a number of special add-ons for people to combine with their existing pledge!
HeroLab for Pathfinder AND 5E!
Add $15 to your pledge to add HeroLab files (specify your preference for 5E or Pathfinder, or pledge twice for both!) once they are completed. Estimated availability Autumn 2017.
Add $30 to your pledge to add a full set of over 60 stand-up Characters and Creatures pawns using the artwork from the 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 plastic. The set comes with a set of 8 reusable bases and over 60 pawns, including small, medium, and large creatures!
We also are offering a second set of Massive Monsters pawns, using a custom die to produce plastic minis for gargantuan monstrosities of the wild forest! This will be a custom-created die, fitting as many massive monsters on it as we can! You can order the Massive Monsters pawns just as you would the Characters and Creatures pawns above, for the same pledge. You can order BOTH pawn sets for $50 (shipping included for domestic orders or international print orders; add $30 if you're outside the US and only getting the PDF).
Kingdom-Building and Mass Combat:
For those of you who really want to build a forest kingdom of your own and conquer the wilderness (or the kingdom next door!), we are offering our award-winning series of kingdom-building and mass combat supplements as add-on products at a special discounted price to bundle with your copy of the Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium!
$5 - Ultimate Factions (Pathfinder only)
$9 each - Ultimate Rulership, Ultimate Battle, Ultimate War (Pathfinder or 5E), Ultimate Commander (Pathfinder only)
$14 - Kingdoms (5E only)
Print and PDF (shipping included):
$10 - Ultimate Factions (Pathfinder only)
$14 each - Ultimate Rulership, Ultimate Battle, Ultimate War (Pathfinder or 5E), Ultimate Commander (Pathfinder only)
$19 - Kingdoms (5E only)
In addition, if you'd like to expand your collection of campaign compendiums, we are also pleased to offer the classic Gothic Campaign Compendium with 256 pages jam-packed with adventures, spells, magic items, character options, monsters, special rules, and more for Pathfinder. We are working on creating a 5E version of the Gothic Campaign Compendium as well (see the FAQ for details), but for now this add-on pledge is for Pathfinder only.
Gothic Campaign Compendium PDF - $20
Gothic Campaign Compendium hardback + PDF - $40 (domestic shipping included; add $30 for international shipping)
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:
ACHIEVED! 200 backers: We will create a PDF Art and Map Folio including all illustrations in this book plus keyed and unkeyed maps for Cold Mountain and Horns of the Hunted!
ACHIEVED! 225 backers: We will add brand-new bonus tournament events by the awesome and talented Mike D. Welham!
ACHIEVED! 250 backers: All backers at every level get a high-resolution file of our stunning cover artwork by Michal Matczak!
ACHIEVED! 275 backers: We will add a trio of terrifying dark faerie feats by Clinton J. Boomer!
ACHIEVED! 300 backers: We will begin creating HeroLab files for the book (for the Pathfinder version). You can preorder them as part of the Kickstarter campaign, with estimated completion in Autumn 2017.
ACHIEVED! 325 backers: We will add bonus forest and river magic items from GM Solspiral!
ACHIEVED! 350 backers: PAWNS! We will create a full set of stand-up character and creature pawns using the artwork from the book as an add-on pledge (with shipping included)! Each pawn is durable plastic and comes with a set of 8 reusable bases, and over 60 pawns, including small, medium, and large creatures!
ACHIEVED! - 375 backers: We will add a set of Lewis Carroll-inspired fairy tale feats by Clinton J. Boomer!
ACHIEVED! - 400 backers: We will create digital pawns for Virtual Tabletops using the art from the Compendium!
ACHIEVED! - 500 backers: We will create HeroLab files for the book for 5th Edition. You can preorder them as part of the Kickstarter campaign, with estimated completion in Autumn 2017.
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. 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.
Will you be creating other Campaign Compendiums?
Yes! We looked into whether it would make sense to do a single massive project of multiple compendiums for different campaigns, but the route we chose to go was to do each one separately. That way each campaign can be focused, accessible, and most importantly ready to set up and turn around very quickly. Once each compendium Kickstarter ends, we’ll finalize any bonus content and get things coming your way! We’re still working on the order of which compendiums we’ll do when, but rest assured that more are on the way!
Will they be for Pathfinder or 5E?
Both! Our plan is to create terrific campaign sourcebooks for both systems, and in the case of the horror-themed Gothic Campaign Compendium to bring you a 5E version of this book to complement the classic Pathfinder volume.
When will you be launching those other Campaign Compendiums?
Once this compendium project is completed, we'll start ramping up for the next one. We are still working out the order in which we will create other compendiums, and during this project we'll give our backers a chance to vote on which ones they'd like to see next.
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 still over halfway complete, with a dedicated team focused on bringing the final installments home.
All writing has been completed for the core material in the Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium, in addition to most of the stretch goals. New artwork has already been 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 completed almost all writing for both Pathfinder and 5th Edition, 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!
The print option we use depends on the response to the project; with a lower number of print backers we'll use a domestic printer and we hope to have print books available by PaizoCon in late May. If the response is very strong, however, we may do a full print run of the books which will take longer, with delivery expected in Summer 2017.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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