Today’s kickstarter is: Murderous Monsters Bestiary for Old School Tabletop RPGs by Brent P. Newhall
The kickstarter can be found here
There’s not enough cool monster art.
There also isn’t one standard “monster manual” for old-school monsters. Sure, you can use an old D&D manual, but what if you want to use that monster in Dungeon World?
This Kickstarter will fund awesome monster art and stat blocks for a bestiary of old-school monsters. The 16 core monsters are already created, and statted out for the creator’s primary system, MurderHobos.
The art will be drawn by Eric Quigley and released electronically under a Creative Commons license, so anyone can use it in their own works (including commercial projects). Each file will be released in Photoshop, JPEG, and PNG in full resolution (in the 3,000-pixel width and height range).
Here’s the lizardfolk. I mean, just look at that.
Each monster will be statted out for D&D 1E and D&D 5E. Which monsters, you ask?
- Giant Centipede
- Giant Ant
- Gibbering Mouth
- Living Cyst
- Rust Beetle
- Screaming Spore
How can we do this when these monsters have already been statted out for D&D? Simple: These will be new variations on classic creatures. They’ll still be recognizably giant centipedes and skeletons, but each one will be more vicious and more interesting, with an updated stat block.
Here’s an example of the Gibbering Mouth:
This 10-yard-long stunted worm gets its name from its large, tooth-rimmed maw that is easily large enough to swallow a humanoid. It launches itself at its victims, attempting to swallow them. A gibbering mouth can kill a human-sized victim in less than a minute, and digest it completely in a few hours.
Gibbering mouths also make a high-pitched giggling sound as they scent for their prey.
Gibbering mouths can close their mouths and burrow in soft soil, but usually prowl caverns in search of meat. They do occasionally surface at night and feed off herd animals (and the occasional village).
About every 6 months, a gibbering mouth will lay 2d10 eggs, which are valuable spell components. After 1 month, the eggs hatch into gibbering larvae, which grow into adults after 3 months. The larvae are quite weak and make popular food sources for other underground inhabitants. Some creatures, particularly kobolds, even capture and breed gibbering mouths just to feed on the larvae.
The Core Book
The core book will contain 16 monsters, each statted out for Dungeons & Dragons 1E/Labyrinth Lord/Swords & Wizardry, Dungeons & Dragons 5E, and MurderHobos.
All 16 monsters are already created and statted out for MurderHobos. That PDF will be delivered the day the Kickstarter ends.
Each piece of monster art will cost $150 ($125 for Eric, and $25 for me to stat out the monster in D&D 1E and 5E). For 15 creatures, we need $2,250. Add Kickstarter and credit card fees, and we need $2,475.
Again the entire kickstarter can be found here
If you find this project to be worthwhile please consider contributing to it
The Game Guy