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[Tricky Owlbear] Behind the Monsters: Omnibus (limited print edition!)


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Greetings, folks!

Once upon a time we had a v3.5 pdf series called Behind the Monsters which featured backstories, character advantage rules, and related magical bric-a-brac for 10 monsters. The series didn't perform as we thought it should have so it was cancelled. However, we've always wanted to give the fans some print love AND update the series to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. With that in mind, we now proudly present the Behind the Monsters: Omnibus!

Updated to Pathfinder, given brand-new art by artist Marc Radle (Kobold Press), and presented in a small zine-like format, the Omnibus is the perfect addition for those gamers who want to know more about a monster than just its hit points and AC. The print run is limited to 100 copies only but each is numbered and signed by series editor Bret Boyd and artist Marc Radle.

Here are a few pics featuring the front cover, back cover, and front page. And yes, that is Jim Holloway's 2e owlbear art decorating the cover!

Behind the Monsters: Omnibus retails for $15.95 plus shipping. If you live in the US, add $5.00. If you're in Canada, add $10.00. Anywhere overseas, please add $15.00 for shipping. To order, just add your appropriate shipping cost to the retail price and PayPal that total to us here: bret.boyd@trickyowlbear.com

We like to keep it simple! We'll ship out your order generally on the next business day. The Omnibus will be on sale in a pdf format within the next week or two so if you miss out on a print copy you'll still have a chance to own this fine collection. Thanks for supporting the Owlbear!

Bret Boyd
Tricky Owlbear Publishing, Inc.


There are still plenty of copies left of this limited print run. But don't wait too long!

Sovereign Court

I like the glimpse of art, but I would have been more convinced by a small excerpt of one entry, to see what kind of content to expect; and maybe the index of which monsters you treat?


Ascalaphus wrote:
I like the glimpse of art, but I would have been more convinced by a small excerpt of one entry, to see what kind of content to expect; and maybe the index of which monsters you treat?

I can do better than that, Ascalaphus! The v3.5 Owlbear chapter is already free for perusal HERE! The other monsters can be found through that link. We've basically given them new art and Pathfinder-ized these pdfs. Not sure why I didn't think of linking to the list when I posted the PR! *facepalm*

To make it easy the monsters covered are as follows:
Owlbear
Xorn
Barghest
Bulette
Skeleton
Terror Turkey (a new Thanksgiving-inspired creation)
Gargoyle
Roper
Vegepygmy
Dark Folk (creepers/stalkers)

Sovereign Court

Oh, right, I've actually read that Owlbear article before. Pretty good work :)

Hmm. I like your choice of monsters, many of them did look a bit neglected description-wise (*cough*darkfolk*cough*) in the bestiary.


Agreed. I've always had a soft spot for the dark folk and hopefully gave a pretty legitimate backstory for them. Thanks for the Owlbear praise! That one was just plain fun to write.


Just going to give this a little Monday morning bump...ah, there we go. :)

Sovereign Court

Is it true that the omnibus isn't in the Paizo store catalogue yet?


Ascalaphus wrote:
Is it true that the omnibus isn't in the Paizo store catalogue yet?

It is true. The print book is only available as stated above, through me directly. The pdf form will available at Paizo, et al, in a couple weeks.

Liberty's Edge

Just chiming in to say this really is a nice little book with kind of a cool, old-school vibe.

I REALLY enjoyed doing the illustrations for this one (although, I must admit, I did a double-take when I first read the art brief for the terror turkey! :)


Marc Radle wrote:

Just chiming in to say this really is a nice little book with kind of a cool, old-school vibe.

I REALLY enjoyed doing the illustrations for this one (although, I must admit, I did a double-take when I first read the art brief for the terror turkey! :)

Thanks, Marc!

Yeah, the terror turkey is the only monster that isn't "classic" in the series. The author of that one, Chuck Cuthbert (who sadly passed away a few years ago), had a unique monster from his early days of gaming that he wanted to write for BtM. I was skeptical at first but the end result turned out pretty well and buyers seem to dig it.

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