The Wee Beasties books feature adorable and endearing versions of classic fantasy RPG (role-playing game) creatures. The whimsical rhymes and vibrant illustrations are a delight for the young reader. Meanwhile, the more seasoned gamer will be treated to familiar fantasy RPG beasts as well as gaming and gaming-culture related Easter Eggs. Created to be short yet engaging for parent and child as well as early readers, the Wee Beasties books allow adult gamers to introduce the children in their lives to the hobby of fantasy gaming in a fun and relatable way.
The first book in this series, Wee Beasties: Bedtime, written by Andi Smith, and illustrated by Marina Neira, was made possible by a previous Kickstarter campaign. The feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive and we have been told that it has become a favorite to many fledgling gamers and and their families.
We need your help to fund the second book in the series, Wee Beasties: Pretend Time. It is written by Andi Smith and will be illustrated by the wildly talented, Heather R Hitchman. Each illustrated page will once again have a hidden d20 die to find as well as more fun Easter Eggs for readers young and old to enjoy.
Easter Eggs make Wee Beasties fun for the gamer in all of us!
Each illustrated page of a Wee Beasties book will feature a twenty-sided die for your young (or adult!) geekling to find. There will also be visual Easter Eggs that are usually gaming or gaming-culture related. They may reference a viral meme, pop culture, game components, terms, or phrases and are often tongue-in-cheek.
Olive the Wee Ogre is standing on a gaming mat as she dutifully practices her monk moves.The chainmail bikini is our nod to the ridiculous notion of using this as protective armor. Distracting? Probably. Protective? No.
And here is one of our new characters, Belle the Wee Minotaur! Belle is a bard who will always give you more cow bell! The "tomato based salsa" is based on the viral meme that made the rounds a few years ago, "D&D Stats Explained with Tomatoes".
The current roster of Wee Beasties includes a cyclops, dragon, ettin, goblin, harpy, kelpie, kobold, manticore, medusa, ogre, owlbear, troll, and yeti.
Not pictured on this roster is Fierce the Kyxi (winged kitten, flitter kitten, pixie kitten) who appears on Blue the Wee Dragon's page. Wynnie the Snowy Wee Owlbear and Oberon the grey Wee Owlbear were developed during our Wee Beasties plush Kickstarter but they have not yet made an appearance in a book.
Andi Smith is a proud gamer geek, uterine cancer survivor, and adoptive parent. Her passion for gaming and fantasy combined with her love for her children, Javan and Ania, inspired her to create Whimsy Works with her husband, Jeremy. She is obsessed with Star Wars, The Office (US), Sherlock (BBC), fables, fairy tales, all things Dragon Age, the ID channel, gaming, horror movies, Owlbears, and Coca-Cola Slurpees.
Heather R. Hitchman is an independent fantasy / fairytale artist & world builder currently based out of Kissimmee, Florida. Her work combines art, story, and nostalgia to bring her illustrations to life. Most of her artwork comes with stories included, so working on the Wee Beastie project was the perfect fit for her. When she's not helping her clients bring their own worlds to life, she tirelessly works on her own "Terratoff" fantasy world building project. Heather also enjoys hot tea, cuddling her cats Holly and Leila, and playing new fantasy video and board games with her husband (and fellow artist), Tad Lambert.
The majority of the cost for Wee Beasties: Pretend Time is for the gorgeous artwork by Heather R Hitchman. We believe in properly and proportionately compensating artists for their time and talent and as our illustrator, Heather will be spending a great deal of both on this project.
Other costs include associated Kickstarter fees, supplies, production, and shipping.
To keep costs low and to allow us to add a couple of new creatures to the Wee Beasties family, we did not include all of the original characters from Wee Beasties: Bedtime in this new book.
The Wee Cyclops, Wee Kelpie, as well as brand new Wee Beasties can be added to the book via STRETCH GOALS.
Initial funding will include two new characters, the Wee Minotaur and the Wee Treant.
Subsequent stretch goals will unlock the two remaining Wee Beasties characters, the Wee Cyclops and Wee Kelpie. We can also unlock another new character, the Wee Bugbear.
(Please note: It is quite possible to unlock any of those characters via specific reward tiers.)
If we are able to reach $10k funding we will be able to offer a hardcover option for Wee Beasties: Pretend Time that will be printed by Taylor Publishing. These books will include sturdier binding and thick, laminated pages of 100-pound bond paper that is generally more durable against the normal wear and tear of children.
Additional rewards and stretch goals may be added as we progress through the Kickstarter campaign.
To add an item simply add the total dollar amount of the item or items to your current pledge. Shortly after the end of the Kickstarter campaign we will send a survey where you will be able to specify which items you have selected to add to your backer rewards.
We are located in the United States. International shipping costs are generally two or three times the rate of shipping within the US.
--International Backers, please contact us for shipping rates to your country BEFORE pledging.
--International Backers will be invoiced via Paypal for shipping AFTER the surveys are sent to all backers.
--International Backers are responsible for any and all customs/tax/import fees. We will not re-classify items to avoid these fees as it is illegal to do so.
Risks and challenges
We've published several books as Whimsy Works and Dreamscarred Press. We are confident in our ability to fulfill this project in the time projected.
The book has been written and the time needed will be primarily to allow our illustrator to work her magic.
If certain campaign tiers are backed or stretch goals met then it will be necessary to write more pages to accommodate them. Then we will need to create the storyboard and forward them to our illustrator to add the pages.
Potential delays may include our amazing illustrator having a personal situation that prevents her from maintaining her creative schedule. We will of course keep you in the loop about any such issues in the unlikely event that they occur.
In addition, there is always a possibility of delays during production and shipping.
As with all of our Kickstarter projects we will strive to update at least once a month to give you an idea of progress that has been made. Communication is very important to us and we will do our best to relay crucial information with you as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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