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Explore monster variants like you've never seen before! Includes statbooks for 5e, Pathfinder and more
Explore monster variants like you've never seen before! Includes statbooks for 5e, Pathfinder and more
Explore monster variants like you've never seen before! Includes statbooks for 5e, Pathfinder and more
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Explore Biodiversity Like Never Before

 

  • +$30 PRINT Atlas Animalia
  • +$10 Signed Bookplate
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  • +$5 PDF statbook for supported system 
  • +$8 POD PRINT system statbook
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  • +$5 PDF Atlas Beast Tarot Deck
  • +$20 PRINT Atlas Beast Tarot Deck (includes PDF)
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  • +$12 PDF Baby Bestiary Volume 1
  • +$15 PDF Baby Bestiary Volume 2
  • +$20 PDF Baby Bestiary Bundle (vol1 + vol2) 
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  • +$30 PRINT & PDF Baby Bestiary Volume 1
  • +$35 PRINT & PDF Baby Bestiary Volume 2
  • +$60 PRINT & PDF Baby Bestiary Bundle (vol1 & vol2)
Okapi Unicorn
Okapi Unicorn

Have you ever wanted to use a particular creature in your campaign but couldn't because it would not make sense in the party's current environment?   

Well, look no further, for we have panda owlbears and a variety of other unique creatures for your next campaign!!

 

panda owlbear
panda owlbear

 

 

Book Mockup
Book Mockup

Atlas Animalia is currently slated to being an 85-page hardcover book, featuring 22 unique beasts, and exploring 3 variants of each (4 if you count our version of the base creature). Each entry will dive deep into the creature, covering biology, hunting, and mating (perhaps even some rearing tips for the daring beastmaster). Best to think of it like an extended lore monster manual entry. For each of the variants, the book will cover the creature's unique environmental adaptations in addition to local uses for the creature (being legendary myths or traditions that could tie into adventure hooks).

Much like the Baby Bestiary, the corebook is systemless, does not contain stats, and is not tied to any particular ruleset or setting. If you want stats for your respective system, we are creating companion PDFs, which are separate from the core book (see below).

Interior Mockup Spread of the Bulette
Interior Mockup Spread of the Bulette

 

Interior Mockup Spread of the Owlbear
Interior Mockup Spread of the Owlbear

We can't thank our early backers enough for voting on the last 5 beasts that are to be included in the book.
 The current beast list includes:

 + the Cockatrice & Dragon turtle

Rust Mantis
Rust Mantis

 

 

 We will be creating 4 separate PDF companions, D&D 5e, Pathfinder, OSR and Cypher System. These companions will contain the stats necessary to drag and drop into your games (or to reference for those rangers and druids out there). These PDF companions are integrated into the backer reward tiers. Starting at the $20 backer level, you will receive one system of your choice. At the $25 level and above, you will receive two PDF companions (you can pick both of one system if you want to give the download code to a friend).

Statbook mockup
Statbook mockup

 


Artic Phasecat
Artic Phasecat

 

  • +$30 PRINT Atlas Animalia
  • +$10 Signed Bookplate
    .
  • +$5   PDF statbook for supported system
  • +$8  POD PRINT system statbook
    .
  • +$5 PDF Atlas Beast Tarot Deck
  • +$20 PRINT Atlas Beast Tarot Deck (includes PDF)
    .
  • +$12 PDF Baby Bestiary Volume 1
  • +$15 PDF Baby Bestiary Volume 2
  • +$20 PDF Baby Bestiary Bundle (vol1 + vol2) 
    .
  • +$30 PRINT & PDF Baby Bestiary Volume 1 
  • +$35 PRINT & PDF Baby Bestiary Volume 2 
  • +$60 PRINT & PDF Baby Bestiary Bundle (vol1 & vol2)

 

 

 

All shipping costs will be collected after the Kickstarter campaign via BackerKit, our pledge manager. This allows us to avoid blanket prices and gives us more time to work with our shipping partners to get you the best possible price. 

Estimated Costs in USD:  

  • $5 USA
  • $8 Canada/South America
  • $8 EU 
  • $9 Australia
  • if the estimated price is not listed, feel free to reach out and we'll try to get a starting quote.
Also, our digital fulfillment will use DrivethroughRPG!

 

 

Wielding a BFA in Electronic Imaging from UMass Dartmouth, Sarah has a passion for anatomy, and has studied human anatomy under Scott Eaton and animal anatomy under Terryl Whitlatch. She enjoys drawing from life at a zoo or pet store on a weekly basis. After working in travel, video games, and the medical fields, she made the jump to become an independent artist focusing on scientific illustration, video games, and creature design. She also likes hiking, reptiles, soccer, and her greyhound, Dodger. Her work can be seen at www.sarahdahlinger.com

Founder of Playground Adventures, she is a fan of family togetherness and is dedicated to ensuring that both her family and others have creative outlets they can share together. When she isn’t hard at work furthering the goals of PGA, she can be found working with a variety of other publishing companies as an editor, author, marketing adviser, Kickstarter manager, website/layout designer, and occasional artist/cartographer. Her most recent projects beyond PGA include work for Adventure a Week, Kobold Press, Rogue Genius, Rite, Legendary, and she is the Director of Marketing at Lone Wolf Development. At home, she spends a great deal of time with her family playing games, attending sporting events, and participating in group art projects.

 Liz has a newly minted Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, and she credits tabletop games for getting her through many failed research projects along the way. She loves using narrative, creativity, and puzzle-solving both at the gaming table and in her work as a data scientist. She also loves trapeze, studying Japanese, and playing with her two goofy cats. She has written for Monte Cook Games' website and writes about technical topics on her personal website, lizsander.com. You can find her on Twitter at @sander_liz.

Kate is a weirdo Canadian who writes a emotion-fuelled blog called Bluestocking's Organic Gaming. She's one of a great team who facilitates gaming for Fan Expo Canada, and is one of the main organizers behind Breakout Gaming Convention. You can also find her as a co-host on The Gauntlet Podcast and It's Like DnD, both wicked gaming podcasts and worth listening to in that spare time you don't have. When not rolling dice, she's a massage therapist and doula, and is working on a few games of her own. We're happy to have such an awesome team! We're in the final stretch (8 days) and we're soo eager to make this book as awesome as possible! We cant thank you all enough for your love and support and don't forget to stay awesome

Annamarie earned a BA in English Literature from Grove City College, focusing on fiction and theater. Her passion is exploring the heart of characters in stories through writing and art. She was introduced to D&D as a pre-teen - 15 years and two editions later, the game is still going. Annamarie fills her free time writing, drawing, and playing Bioware games. You can find her on her personal Twitter, @ac_mickey, or her current collaborative project, "Behind Closed Doors," @bcdbook.

Carol began freelance editing in 2011, focusing mainly on RPGs. She co-hosts the podcast "All Games Considered" (www.agcpodcast.info) and is the Gaming Track coordinator for ConGlomeration (www.conglomeration.info). She lives in Southern Indiana in the US. You can see more of her work on caroldarnell.wordpress.com.

Founded three years ago by Andreas Walters, Metal Weave Games started as a small publisher making supplements for Monte Cook's popular Numenera RPG. Later that year, we kickstarted its first project, Non-Player Cards. With it's success they went on to give life to the beloved Baby Bestiary and continue to inspire the hearts and minds of players and GMs alike.

Risks and challenges

It's my job to mitigate any potential risks and challenges.
After running 6 Kickstarter projects and creating more than 15 products, we have learned much in the ways of making and fulfilling a successful project.

Primary risks would include writing delays and fulfillment. From our past projects we have learned that having reliable international partners is key, and so we have partnered with GamesQuest UK to handle our shipping outside of NA.

In addition, we would like to disclose that a separate project under the Metal Weave Games purview, Embers of the Forgotten Kingdom is still under development and was delayed due to changes in the project scope.The development teams of Embers and Atlas are completely separate and should have no effect on the Atlas project.

If there are any delays or unforeseen risks, we'll be sure to let you guys know.

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