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Tome of Horrors 2020 for Fifth Edition by Necromancer Games

Hundreds of new and classic Necromancer Games monsters newly illustrated for Fifth Edition! Available in both print and PDF.

Tome of Horrors 2020 for Fifth Edition by Necromancer Games

Hundreds of new and classic Necromancer Games monsters newly illustrated for Fifth Edition! Available in both print and PDF.

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About

The Tome of Horrors 2020 for Fifth Edition

For almost 20 years since Necromancer Games' first unleashed the Tome of Horrors our philosophy has not changed...Everybody needs more monsters! 

Necromancer Games Returns from the Grave!

Frog God Games is growing so fast, we’ve even managed to resurrect our parent.

After brooding for a while in its sarcophagus, Necromancer Games returns, in a new incarnation! Expect the best! Fear the worst!

We have decided to return to our roots. Let us present Tome of Horrors 2020! This beast of a full-color book contains over 250 monsters for use in your 5th Edition game, and is the sequel to our prior Tome of Horrors Fifth Edition with a completely new horde of denizens. 

Necromancer Games has always been known for its monsters, and we have added Instant Encounter stretch goals to help you get these guys into your game immediately after getting your book (or PDF). After all, who wants their players to know the details of what they are fighting?

Tome of Horrors 2020 is bursting with monsters which are representative of both modern RPGs and the classic, oft fatal, systems of yore. Use these dangerous creatures, sinister adversaries, restless dead, and other horrific monstrosities to gleefully challenge your players' expectations.

Necromancer Games has always provided setting-neutral materials for flexible use in any campaign setting. We can’t really call it “indie,” or “DIY,” since a full team of people will be behind each release, but we can promise that Necromancer will be coming out with material with significantly more variety — in both form and substance — than Frog God Games’ main product lines. 

Examples of upcoming products in the Necromancer line include a book focused on alchemy and magic item creation, our line of monster books (Tome of Horrors), extraplanar settings and adventures, guest writers' books (like the old G-series and K series from 3.5E) and other still secret or pending collaborations. Books will still be done in 5th Edition and Swords and Wizardry format at the highest quality.


Each creature in Tome of Horrors 2020, if visible, is depicted with a full-color illustration.

Casey Christofferson and his large team of freelance artists have already completed almost 200 illustrations of new and upgraded classics. The surprise and fear on players' (and characters' faces) is its own reward.  Here is a selection of some of the completed illustrations we expect to use in Tome of Horrors 2020

A sample of Tome 2020 creatures.

Virtual Tokens of Horror

The Virtual Tokens of Horror are small image files designed for virtual tabletops using creatures from Tome of Horrors 2020. They are sized for online use and provided in PNG format. They will be packaged in a compressed file for reward distribution.


A Long History of Horror

The Tome of Horrors series was first launched by Necromancer Games in 2001 for the 3rd edition d20 rules. Since then, The Tome of Horrors line has spawned 5 classic volumes, two shelf-breaking compendiums, and numerous softcover supplements. 

That is ALMOST all of the series...The Tome of Horrors for Fifth Edition (2018) is not pictured.

Our prior volumes have detailed beasts, demons, humanoids, elementals, dragons, devils, fey, extraplanars, undead, and even more for four different rule systems:

  • 3.0/3.5 compatible editions
  • The Pathfinder Role-Playing Game System (including Starfinder Compatible Creatures, many of which work well as extra-planar 5th Edition creatures!)
  •  Swords & Wizardry, Frog God Games' classically influenced fantasy rules.
  • The Tome of Horrors Fifth Edition was successfully crowdfunded in 2017, and has been a top-selling book ever since. Nothing in that book is present in Tome of Horrors 2020!

 The Pledge Rewards 

  •  Tome of Horrors 2020 plus its PDF file. This full color book is estimated at between 275 and 300 pages (plus stretch goals will make it bigger!). It contains a myriad of new monsters, each illustrated in full color. 
  •  Tome of Horrors 2020 Leather Limited Edition plus its PDF file. The same as the standard edition, but bound in real (not reconstituted) leather.
  •  Tome of Horrors 2020 Softcover. Also the same as the regular edition, but provided as a print on demand softcover to defray those nasty overseas shipping rates.
  •  Tome of Horrors 2020 PDF 

Add-ons

  •  Tome of Horrors 2020 plus its PDF file-$55
  •  Tome of Horrors 2020 Leather Limited Edition plus its PDF file-$185
  •  Tome of Horrors Softcover plus its PDF-$51
  •  Tome of Horrors 2020 PDF-$29
  •  Virtual Tokens of Horrors 2020-$20
  •  Instant Encounters Softcover plus its PDF-$25 (if unlocked)

Stretch Goals

We decided to make most of the stretch goals FREE to everyone at or above the $20 pledge level. This means that the more books that we sell, the more everyone benefits. Please get out there and let people know about the book on social media. We will be adding a few more stretch goals on our Facebook account related to the number of social media shares we get as well. 

Stretch Goals include:

(unlocked) $12,500-Tome Appendix Monsters Listed By Challenge

(unlocked) $15,000-Tome Appendix Monsters listed by Type

(unlocked) $17,500-Tome Appendix Monster Templates

Then life gets really interesting...


Instant Encounters are short (2-4 page) encounters designed for a specific monster from the book. They contain full-color maps and illustrations as appropriate. We have brought in renowned author Ken Spencer of our Northlands Saga line to write these. Many are already written, and we hope that we can have him write many more of these as they become unlocked. 

Each Instant Encounter creates a short adventure related to that monster. Some are monster lairs, some are wilderness encounters, and each one highlights a monster (adding value to everyone's pledge). 

These stretch goals are free to anyone at or above the $20 pledge level!  After the kickstarter, these will be for sale on our site (and are only free as part of this effort). If enough of these are unlocked, we will create a softcover book as an add-on.

(unlocked) $20,000-Instant Encounter #1 PDF Don’t Eat the Purple Shrooms (Blindheim) 

(unlocked)$23,000-5 additional monsters added to the book!

(unlocked) $26,000-Instant Encounter #2 PDF A Break in the Day (Crypt Thing)

(unlocked) $29,000-5 additional monsters added to the book!

(unlocked) $32,000-Instant Encounter #3 PDF  Come back, Johnny! (Salt Drake)

(unlocked) $35,000-5 additional monsters added to the book!

(unlocked) $38,000-Instant Encounter #4 PDF Tolliston’s Cellar (Eye Killer)

(unlocked) $41,000-5 additional monsters added to the book!

(unlocked) $44,000-Instant Encounter #5 PDF The Last Casualties (Fog Warden)

(locked) $47,000-5 additional monsters added to the book!

(locked) $50,000-Instant Encounters Softcover Plus its PDF-$25 as an add-on. This book gets bigger and bigger the more content that gets unlocked. 

(locked) $53,000-Instant Encounter #6 PDF Clearing of the Iron Cobras (Iron Cobra) and inclusion in the softcover encounters book

(locked) $56,000-5 additional monsters added to the book!

(locked)  $59,000-Instant Encounter #7 Oasis of the Kraken (Sand Kraken) PDF and inclusion in the softcover encounters book

(locked)$62,000-Instant Encounter #8 Thus Spake Athrusa (Skeleton Knight) PDF and inclusion in the softcover encounters book

(locked) $65,000-Instant Encounter #9 The Thing in the Barrow (Sword Wight) PDF and inclusion in the softcover encounters book

(locked) $68,000-Instant Encounter #10 Tide Pools of Death (Brine Zombie) PDF and inclusion in the softcover encounters book

(locked) $71,000 and more?  Make us get creative!



Special Note to the Temple of Orcus Pledge

This premium pledge requires some explanation. All shipping costs are included with this pledge level. The Temple of Orcus Pledge gets you an invite to join the Froggies at North Texas RPG Con 2020 in June. At this event, we will pay for your:

  • Convention Badge
  • Hotel Room
  • Meals and Beverages
  • Entry to the Midnight Auction

All you pay is your transportation to and from the convention! Shipping is also FREE, anywhere in the world! This is where you get to hang out with us behind the scenes, eat dinners with us, play in our games during the day, and generally stay up late without your parents telling you that it's bedtime. Ask any of our fans that have bought this pledge before, it’s truly a wonderful experience! This reward also includes automatic entry into a game run by Frog God at North Texas RPG Con!

Reward Fulfillment

Shipping

Important News to Non-US Customers postage rates for the non-POD version of this book may be extremely high due to the politics regarding the US Postal system. Please keep this in mind. Estimates are that current high rates may increase 150-300%. This is of course moot if they sort out their issues.

Important note on Tariffs. Yep—we just got smacked for 15% on all books. We talked internally, and decided we would only raise prices by 10%, and would absorb the other 5% (e.g. $55 instead of $50). If these get resolved or erased, we will lower prices once again.

Physical Reward Shipping

When the BackerKit site for this project is ready, you will receive an email. This is a separate communication than the Kickstarter survey. In that email you will receive the link to the site where you will be asked to verify your shipping information, your pledge rewards, and checkout through their system. Your Kickstarter pledge amount does not include shipping. It is during BackerKit checkout that your shipping cost is calculated and charged.

Shipping Damage or other Related Issues

No matter what we do, the post office seems to have a desire to drop, kick, throw, or even drive over some packages with trucks (yes, it has happened). In the unlikely event that you are one of the lucky folks that have this happen to you, we will of course send you a new book. All you need to do is send photos of the damage in an email to Mike at mike@froggodgames.com. He will set you up with a new book. Please do not send multiple emails to multiple sources as it confuses the process and may cause delay. That being said, we have a 100% delivery promise on our books. You are the reason we are able to make cool products, and your satisfaction matters to us.

Refunds: If for some reason you need a refund post-Kickstarter, we are happy to oblige, less a 13% charge that we pay to Kickstarter, Backerkit, and Paypal.

Overseas Shipping

This hardcover book likely will cost around $50 to $80 to ship to non-US customers using current rates. If the USPS issues with the worldwide postal union are not resolved, these prices could be much higher. We just do not know yet. We continue to see cost increases and damage increases on overseas shipping. We cannot do anything about this. Likewise, some countries charge VAT tax or other fees to our customers on receipt. We cannot fraudulently lie about the value of materials we mail out. We actually have considered not even selling books overseas due to the complaints about postage. That being said, we have a number of long-term customers that we want to be able to get our stuff. But this postage stuff is not for the faint of heart. Due to the handling of our products when we mail them tens of thousands of miles, we have noted a significant increase in damage as well. One package sent overseas can cost $50, $70, or even $100 to reship. We discussed this internally, after spending several thousand dollars in excess postage over the past year. While we take great care in packing, we still have about 2% of our shipments get damaged en-route. What we decided was that we would start double boxing overseas shipments, and also that we needed to charge insurance costs on the postal service. We will continue to honor our policy of 100% resend on damaged books — and after much deliberation, we will be adding a $15 USD insurance and handling charge on all overseas shipments. We hate to do this — but conditions have simply become untenable for us to continue to lose large amounts of money shipping books overseas. We are happy to ship you anything regardless of where you live, but we have to stay in business at the same time.

Risks and challenges

Necromancer Games is financially backed and owned by Frog God Games. Frog God staff will get this done. Frog God Games has been in business since 2010, and has fulfilled numerous (23!) Kickstarter programs in the past. As with any crowdfunding program, the time-lapse between payment and delivery of a final product is subject to various risks, including the failure of a supplier, damage in shipment, disruptions within a company, invasions by carnivorous space rabbits and changes in the prices of materials and shipping. Experience gained over a number of projects makes us confident that we have contingency plans for the ordinary, foreseeable issues that might arise.

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