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In terms of communities, I think that GiantIP and ENworld are it for now. Maybe we'll luck out and Kobold Press will take the lead. HINT HINT!
Somewhat belated reply! That would be awesome, but I don't want a repeat of last time around (where spammers slowly destroyed the Kobold Press forums). I'd be very happy to host 5th Edition forums at KoboldPress.com, but they would need a moderator and/or a strong spam filter before I would consider it.
In addition to GitP and ENworld, there's a decent subReddit with some resources.
I missed this one before it closed. Any way to get am order in?
Kickstarter locks up their systems tight when a project closes, so there's no way to get in directly and submit a monster.
Indirectly, though, you'll be able to jump in when we send out the BackerKit survey and preorder link in late January.
Marc Radle wrote:
Monster submissions will actually not open until sometime after the Kickstarter ends, at which time I'm sure full details will be provided!
Correct, the monster submission guidelines will be posted later this week (by the 10th); entries are due by the 23rd. The goal is very much to design as excellent and complete a creature as possible, with interesting story/lore elements, a great name, and complete and compelling 5E statistics.
Now, a cool concept could win a slot in the book if it is so super-cool that the judges and voters rate it more highly than something with complete stats, but having a complete design obviously gives a monster a bit of an edge.
All that said, way more details will be posted on the Kickstarter.
Btw did you remove shipping costs? I previously pledged 206 (special edition + fantasy grounds + shipping), but now, it seems that shipping is included?
If you moved up to the free shipping tiers, then yes, it is included.
If you are still in the same reward tier but with an add-on, then well, the shipping costs should be the same (they haven't gotten any cheaper for us, though we'd love that!).
I can't either. :)
Seriously, we have SO MUCH GOOD STUFF in this project, it's hard to talk about it without raving a little. The demon lords (and we just added one more!), the lunar devils, the freaking void dragons!!
Even a couple new snakes and vermin for variety at the very basic level. There's everything from mooks to earthshakers, dungeons to deserts, and fey to facehuggers. (Well, sort of---lets call them monsters with no sense of personal space!)
Does it matter when you back the project for the monster submission?
Confirming what Marc said: back any time before the project ends. We'll have at least 1 or 2 more monster design posts from Steve Winter before then as well.
And yeah, it's been piling on the backers at a furious clip. We're so close to the 1,000 backer level!
Will there be examples of low level aberrations and celestials? There seems to be a dearth of them in the MM. And any higher level beasts for non-dinosaur druids?
There aren't a ton of higher-level beasts yet (though I have hopes). There's a rather unusual snake that fits the bill, and I think that's about it.
There are definitely some lower level aberrations included. For celestials... I think there are two, but they're both more mid-level than low-level. Neat idea, though, and I'd love to see one submitted by one of the backers during the open call.
Smashed two of them already! One for more monsters, one for monster tokens. All backers get the benefits, which I always like in a stretch goal.
And yes, higher-CR is tricky. Most campaigns won't need a lot of CR 15 to 24, but CR 10+ is helpful sometimes. I hope to announce some of the demon lords, arch-devils, ancient dragons, and others fairly soon.
Great questions! I do have a good sense of the CR breakdown. There's a range, of course, and the 5E power curve tends to lean on lower-challenge monsters that still work against mid-to-high level characters. So it follows that approach.
So, right now my spreadsheet says CR 1/4 to CR 24 (one of the ancient dragons or a demon lord, depending on which developer/playtester I believe). There are proportionally more monsters at Challenge 10 and up than are in the Monster Manual, because my assumption is that at least some game groups need that extra punch.
Tome of Beasts includes multiple dragons and legendary figures (I'm being vague until we announce them), all with Lair Actions and Legendary Actions. Those are some of my favorites! Not so much my players, necessarily.
For shapeshifting druids.... I'm really not sure, would need to poke around a little more.
I've spent some time trying to make sure that the Tome of Beasts does cover the ground for a lot of groups. Thanks for backing it!
The physical poster map of Midgard is the best bet. It is extremely high-rez.
The various regional maps are included in the Midgard Campaign Setting book (such as the Crossroads and Rothenian Plains). If you are looking for even larger versions of those.... I guess you could blow up the poster map a bit and hex that. Dornig in particular is getting some attention this fall, and we might see a map based on that.
Definitely some work going on for these.
For the Corsair Coast/Freeport mashup, Sequra is perfect.
If you want more nautical adventures and islands, I'd say grab a copy of Zeb Cook's Golden Voyages from Al-Qadim for inspiration and some adventure seeds. And maybe get a copy of Journeys to the West (which is about the other side of the Southlands, really, but you can move islands pretty easily).
And maybe Bosun's Booty as well. Carnivorous ships and salt mice, ahoy!
Eric Hinkle wrote:
And I'm curious to see how the orang-pendek differs from the vanara. Maybe more of a gorilla-type race?
Well, the orang-pendek is a RW cryptid, a sort of Sumatran Sasquatch, so I'm inclined to say you're right, it's got to be some kind of a bigger primate.
Hey Thilo, we have been handling the inevitable missing PDFs over on Kobold site and Kickstarter, but if you prefer the files via Paizo, I can make that happen!
Request has gone in, and you should have Southlands files via Paizo later today.
Scribbling Rambler, I look forward to your comments and review as well!
I can confirm that the first Southlands packages are in the mail. There's quite a few still left to put together, of course, but it's a start!
Bestiary PDF is.... Well, it gorgeous. And the development work by Jason Nelson of Legendary Games really helps these monsters shine, as well.
From what I heard at Gen Con, some of these monsters will appear in the upcoming Legendary Planet adventure path, at least in installments by Legendary Games designer Mike Shel.
I don't want to oversell the African elements, but there's some inspiration drawn from the Zanzibar pirates, from Benin, and to a lesser degree from Great Zimbabwe. The sub-Saharan dieties in the pantheon chapter include fantasy takes on Yemaja, Eshu, Kwansi, and Ogun.
For player options, there's a West African-inspired bard archetype, and I'd say the whole werelion PC race fits that region very well.