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Wooly Rupert Posted - 21 Jan 2013 : 16:51:00
This is a scroll dedicated to Kickstarter projects that may be of interest to Candlekeep scribes.

There are a few rules about the projects discussed herein:

1. Shared Kickstarter projects must be either role-playing game material, or something closely related to role-playing games, like miniatures or MMOs clearly based on a published role-playing game.

2. All Kickstarter projects listed will be checked out by moderators, who will remove anything they do not feel meets rule 1.

3. No Kickstarter projects shared here will violate the copyright or intellectual property of any other group/author/company, nor will any shared Kickstarter projects be of questionable legality. If it's not properly clear as to whether these criteria are being met, it is required that the posting scribe discuss the possibility of posting a potential Kickstarter link with Moderators beforehand.

Edit: Banished a long-lurking typo. Begone!
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keftiu Posted - 01 Jul 2021 : 07:02:21
I think this looks really, really promising for injecting some Dark Sun flavor into 5e, and they just hit a stretch goal to offer some Spelljamer-y content as well: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/webdm/worlds-of-web-dm-weird-wastelands
Brimstone Posted - 01 Jul 2021 : 06:59:36
I backed this Kickstarter today.

It's an OSR project. I first saw it at enworld


Wooly Rupert Posted - 30 Apr 2021 : 01:45:21
I downloaded it, but I was barely awake at the time, and forgot about it until just now.
sleyvas Posted - 30 Apr 2021 : 01:04:51
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Despite not having a single piercing or tattoo, I like the idea of magical tattoos... So this one, also mentioned in that same ENWorld article, caught my eye and is getting some of my gaming dollars.

They've also got a nice sample available for download.

Tome of Mystical Tattoos for 5e

quote:
Hi folks! It's taken a while and a little bit of courage but I've decided to try and release a fully-illustrated compendium of all the magic tattoos I have created over my time DMing for my parties. Magic tattoos are special in that they allow you an extra level of character customization (look that much more badass) while simultaneously granting you unique and interesting abilities (be that much more badass)! Why not give it a shot, right? There will be more than 120+ illustrated, never-before-seen, and functional magic tattoos, with much more to come depending on the stretch goals we reach!

The tattoos will also all be tweaked to be more in line with the ones being introduced to us in recent 5e releases. All the tats you'll find in this book will have some amazing flavor of their own, which will set them apart from the limited selection of existing magic tattoos and the large pool of magic items already out there!

For one, all the magic tattoos you will find in this book are tailored to work in tandem with specific body parts! For example, tattoos like the Soaring Tattoo will grant you majestic inky wings when applied on your back (and only your back)! The Tome of Mystical Tattoos will also show you exactly how each beautiful tattoo would look on the optimal limbs alongside a detailed flat sketch for a clear view of all the designs. Beautiful full-page illustrations are also in the works showcasing the wide variety, utility, and power of the tattoos within this compendium.




Hey Wooly, I just saw that they released this yesterday. I was just curious if you downloaded it yet. I was damned surprised, because its 290 pages long. I honestly didn't expect to get so much bang for my buck. It has some interesting ideas too, like flaming ink (illusory type flames). My mind immediately went raunchy with that, but it would be pretty awesome in regular uses too.
keftiu Posted - 03 Mar 2021 : 07:58:59
Coyote and Crow looks killer, and having Native writers on it is cool as hell.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 03 Mar 2021 : 04:56:45
I stumbled across an announcement of this one a few weeks ago, and now it's live.

I like alt-history and alt-future stuff, and I've long had a casual interest in Native American culture and history (I've actually got a bit of Native blood, myself, though not enough to count for anything -- a couple generations too far back for it to count).

Given that this one coincides with a couple of my interests and sounds interesting, I'm in.

Coyote & Crow the Role Playing Game

quote:
A science fiction and fantasy tabletop RPG set in a near-future where the Americas were never colonized, created by a team of Natives.

Coyote and Crow is a tabletop role playing game set in an alternate future of the Americas where colonization never occurred. Instead, advanced civilizations arose over hundreds of years after a massive climate disaster changed the history of the planet. You'll play as adventurers starting out in the city of Cahokia, a bustling, diverse metropolis along the Mississippi River. It's a world of science and spirituality where the future of technology and legends of the past will collide.

The game is created and led by a team of Native Americans representing more than a dozen tribes and we've built a game that both Natives and non-Natives will thrill to explore and build upon.

Wooly Rupert Posted - 19 Jan 2021 : 05:19:46
Owlbear Plush

It's an owlbear plushie. I got an email on it because I've backed a couple of their other Kickstarters.

This one is not my cup of tea, but I figure some other folks might like it.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 17 Jan 2021 : 19:55:38
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Since I'm not a minis enthusiast, that Reaper Bones KS has thus far failed to grab me. There were add-ons with the last one that I liked and went for, but thus far, there's only a couple of minis I like, and none of them are in the add-ons.



I did wind up backing that one, at the $1 level, so I could get a chance at the add-ons. And there was exactly one add-on I liked... I believe it was called the Disapproving Hand; it's like a Bigby's Hand spell, except it has a single upthrust finger. Guess which finger?
Wooly Rupert Posted - 17 Jan 2021 : 19:37:45
So this Kickstarter wound up doing rather well. Initial ask was CA$3000, they got CA$137,587. I'll wager that the creator is now a happy camper indeed!

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Despite not having a single piercing or tattoo, I like the idea of magical tattoos... So this one, also mentioned in that same ENWorld article, caught my eye and is getting some of my gaming dollars.

They've also got a nice sample available for download.

Tome of Mystical Tattoos for 5e

quote:
Hi folks! It's taken a while and a little bit of courage but I've decided to try and release a fully-illustrated compendium of all the magic tattoos I have created over my time DMing for my parties. Magic tattoos are special in that they allow you an extra level of character customization (look that much more badass) while simultaneously granting you unique and interesting abilities (be that much more badass)! Why not give it a shot, right? There will be more than 120+ illustrated, never-before-seen, and functional magic tattoos, with much more to come depending on the stretch goals we reach!

The tattoos will also all be tweaked to be more in line with the ones being introduced to us in recent 5e releases. All the tats you'll find in this book will have some amazing flavor of their own, which will set them apart from the limited selection of existing magic tattoos and the large pool of magic items already out there!

For one, all the magic tattoos you will find in this book are tailored to work in tandem with specific body parts! For example, tattoos like the Soaring Tattoo will grant you majestic inky wings when applied on your back (and only your back)! The Tome of Mystical Tattoos will also show you exactly how each beautiful tattoo would look on the optimal limbs alongside a detailed flat sketch for a clear view of all the designs. Beautiful full-page illustrations are also in the works showcasing the wide variety, utility, and power of the tattoos within this compendium.


Wooly Rupert Posted - 08 Jan 2021 : 16:33:43
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Despite not having a single piercing or tattoo, I like the idea of magical tattoos... So this one, also mentioned in that same ENWorld article, caught my eye and is getting some of my gaming dollars.

They've also got a nice sample available for download.

Tome of Mystical Tattoos for 5e





Thanks Wooly. I'm like you and don't have a single tattoo myself. At first my thoughts were that "they just released several of these and the concept in Tasha's book", but I saw he's also providing all kinds of pictures to go along with them. Given my interest in red wizards and my interest in playing with painting 3d minis virtually.... I can play with applying tattoos as stickers virtually on someone for fun. They have a version that's in $18 in Canadian dollars which apparently is only like $15 USD... so its not horrible in cost.



I kinda want to get a tattoo that's some Chinese characters, and when someone asks what it says, I tell them it's either a Sun Tzu or Confucius quote... But it would actually say "I can't read Chinese."

Little far to go for a joke, though.

On topic, given how the Red Wizards love their tattoos, I can totally see them going for some of these.
sleyvas Posted - 08 Jan 2021 : 14:35:25
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Despite not having a single piercing or tattoo, I like the idea of magical tattoos... So this one, also mentioned in that same ENWorld article, caught my eye and is getting some of my gaming dollars.

They've also got a nice sample available for download.

Tome of Mystical Tattoos for 5e





Thanks Wooly. I'm like you and don't have a single tattoo myself. At first my thoughts were that "they just released several of these and the concept in Tasha's book", but I saw he's also providing all kinds of pictures to go along with them. Given my interest in red wizards and my interest in playing with painting 3d minis virtually.... I can play with applying tattoos as stickers virtually on someone for fun. They have a version that's in $18 in Canadian dollars which apparently is only like $15 USD... so its not horrible in cost.
Ashe Ravenheart Posted - 08 Jan 2021 : 13:04:32
Working for me!
Wooly Rupert Posted - 08 Jan 2021 : 11:55:26
quote:
Originally posted by ElfBane

This link doesn't work either. Maybe if you posted the ENWORLD article instead.



Not sure why the links aren't working for you. I tested both before I posted, and I tested them just now. They work, just like every other link I've posted.
ElfBane Posted - 08 Jan 2021 : 08:08:40
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Despite not having a single piercing or tattoo, I like the idea of magical tattoos... So this one, also mentioned in that same ENWorld article, caught my eye and is getting some of my gaming dollars.

They've also got a nice sample available for download.

Tome of Mystical Tattoos for 5e

quote:
Hi folks! It's taken a while and a little bit of courage but I've decided to try and release a fully-illustrated compendium of all the magic tattoos I have created over my time DMing for my parties. Magic tattoos are special in that they allow you an extra level of character customization (look that much more badass) while simultaneously granting you unique and interesting abilities (be that much more badass)! Why not give it a shot, right? There will be more than 120+ illustrated, never-before-seen, and functional magic tattoos, with much more to come depending on the stretch goals we reach!

The tattoos will also all be tweaked to be more in line with the ones being introduced to us in recent 5e releases. All the tats you'll find in this book will have some amazing flavor of their own, which will set them apart from the limited selection of existing magic tattoos and the large pool of magic items already out there!

For one, all the magic tattoos you will find in this book are tailored to work in tandem with specific body parts! For example, tattoos like the Soaring Tattoo will grant you majestic inky wings when applied on your back (and only your back)! The Tome of Mystical Tattoos will also show you exactly how each beautiful tattoo would look on the optimal limbs alongside a detailed flat sketch for a clear view of all the designs. Beautiful full-page illustrations are also in the works showcasing the wide variety, utility, and power of the tattoos within this compendium.




This link doesn't work either. Maybe if you posted the ENWORLD article instead.
ElfBane Posted - 08 Jan 2021 : 08:06:13
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

So I've never even heard of this place, until it was listed in a recent ENWorld article on Kickstarters. I'm more than a thousand miles away, and I've not been anywhere near Oklahoma since I was still pre-teen.

But I miss going to my own FLGS... It's still open, but I'm in a higher risk category, and I've got a family to support -- so I'm not taking chances with the Covid-19.

This place, like many, has been hit hard by it. And they're selling merch to help stay afloat.

I'm backing them. And I hope to be able to go check the place out, after all this is over and done with.

Commonspace Game Cafe: Level Up!

quote:

Back in March, we stalled our remodeling and reopening operations for a full month, going into quarantine and — at the time — expecting that the worst would soon be over. Now, nine months later, we've been through wave after wave of changes and restrictions, with the future still full of uncertainty. Opening and remaining open during COVID-19 has been difficult — not just financially but ethically.


As a social venue and a cafe, we've persistently struggled with our responsibilities in the face of this epidemic. Without state-wide or city-wide shutdowns, shutting down on our own would be ineffective. Instead, we've restricted our hours and operations enough that we can feel confident that we have as much control over the environment as is possible. But those restrictions have come at a tangible cost.

Throughout the pandemic, we have been taking action. We required masks before mandates. We socially distanced our tables. We sanitized and we worked to make sure that our environment was as safe as was possible. But with COVID-19 rates now soaring, we find that we need to restrict our hours and our operations even further.

Nothing has ever been more important to us than the community. Our shop is a labor of love and friendship; those who come to visit us are our family. And like a big family, we now have a request for you:

Buy our merchandise.






The link doesn't work.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 08 Jan 2021 : 04:36:15
Despite not having a single piercing or tattoo, I like the idea of magical tattoos... So this one, also mentioned in that same ENWorld article, caught my eye and is getting some of my gaming dollars.

They've also got a nice sample available for download.

Tome of Mystical Tattoos for 5e

quote:
Hi folks! It's taken a while and a little bit of courage but I've decided to try and release a fully-illustrated compendium of all the magic tattoos I have created over my time DMing for my parties. Magic tattoos are special in that they allow you an extra level of character customization (look that much more badass) while simultaneously granting you unique and interesting abilities (be that much more badass)! Why not give it a shot, right? There will be more than 120+ illustrated, never-before-seen, and functional magic tattoos, with much more to come depending on the stretch goals we reach!

The tattoos will also all be tweaked to be more in line with the ones being introduced to us in recent 5e releases. All the tats you'll find in this book will have some amazing flavor of their own, which will set them apart from the limited selection of existing magic tattoos and the large pool of magic items already out there!

For one, all the magic tattoos you will find in this book are tailored to work in tandem with specific body parts! For example, tattoos like the Soaring Tattoo will grant you majestic inky wings when applied on your back (and only your back)! The Tome of Mystical Tattoos will also show you exactly how each beautiful tattoo would look on the optimal limbs alongside a detailed flat sketch for a clear view of all the designs. Beautiful full-page illustrations are also in the works showcasing the wide variety, utility, and power of the tattoos within this compendium.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 08 Jan 2021 : 04:31:30
So I've never even heard of this place, until it was listed in a recent ENWorld article on Kickstarters. I'm more than a thousand miles away, and I've not been anywhere near Oklahoma since I was still pre-teen.

But I miss going to my own FLGS... It's still open, but I'm in a higher risk category, and I've got a family to support -- so I'm not taking chances with the Covid-19.

This place, like many, has been hit hard by it. And they're selling merch to help stay afloat.

I'm backing them. And I hope to be able to go check the place out, after all this is over and done with.

Commonspace Game Cafe: Level Up!

quote:

Back in March, we stalled our remodeling and reopening operations for a full month, going into quarantine and — at the time — expecting that the worst would soon be over. Now, nine months later, we've been through wave after wave of changes and restrictions, with the future still full of uncertainty. Opening and remaining open during COVID-19 has been difficult — not just financially but ethically.


As a social venue and a cafe, we've persistently struggled with our responsibilities in the face of this epidemic. Without state-wide or city-wide shutdowns, shutting down on our own would be ineffective. Instead, we've restricted our hours and operations enough that we can feel confident that we have as much control over the environment as is possible. But those restrictions have come at a tangible cost.

Throughout the pandemic, we have been taking action. We required masks before mandates. We socially distanced our tables. We sanitized and we worked to make sure that our environment was as safe as was possible. But with COVID-19 rates now soaring, we find that we need to restrict our hours and our operations even further.

Nothing has ever been more important to us than the community. Our shop is a labor of love and friendship; those who come to visit us are our family. And like a big family, we now have a request for you:

Buy our merchandise.


Wooly Rupert Posted - 19 Jul 2020 : 05:22:13
A little under two weeks left on this one. I'm backing it.


Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters for 5th Edition

quote:
Achilles. Lancelot. Robin Hood. Thor. Heroes, all.

The world is full of myths and legends which inspired those in our modern fiction and games. Iconic warriors and wizards, vampires and things from the deep, epic figures from history, these legends are universally known.

Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters delves into these paragons of literature, fable, and folklore. From Ancient Greece to Victorian England, deepest Transylvania to the High Seas, you’ll meet champions and thieves, pirates and knights, demigods and fey queens, ancient evils and urban legends. Archetypal heroes meet exemplars of villainy like Blackbeard, Rasputin, Dracula - even Lucifer, the Lord of Hell!

From Mike Myler’s popular by-request column, this 230-page epic compilation of over 100 legendary heroes, villains, and monsters brings these characters to life for the 5th Edition of the world’s oldest roleplaying game.

Plus a foreword from James M. Ward, author of the original Deities & Demigods!

What You Get!

  • A gorgeous hardcover tome with 235 beautifully illustrated full-colour pages.

  • Nearly 100 mythical figures and maleficent monsters ranging from CR 1 all the way up to CR 35. Each is between 2 and 4 pages, and comes with description and design notes.

  • 33 magical items, including Excalibur, Mjölnir, the Nautilus, and many more.

  • The Masterclass Codex, a 190-page hardcover book containing 16 new classes for 5E, is also optionally included.

  • Or pledge for the awesome deluxe faux-leatherbound gift set of Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters and The Masterclass Codex!

  • Shipping to the UK, EU, US, Canada, and many other countries.

All hardcover books are ready to print and ship as soon as this Kickstarter campaign ends! And PDF rewards will be provided within minutes of the Kickstarter campaign ending.

keftiu Posted - 18 Feb 2020 : 21:24:10
As an aside: Kickstarter’s union has been recognized!
Wooly Rupert Posted - 18 Feb 2020 : 18:27:38
I'm curious what the breakdown is going to be between people going for the 5E version, and people going for the Cypher version.

Ptolus was written as a D&D setting -- I believe it was actually the playtest setting for 3E. It will obviously get a lot of support from the D&D crowd -- but the Cypher System is an interesting one and the company seems to be doing well with it. I know they've had multiple Kickstarters for Cypher stuff, and the last couple times I was at GenCon, there was a buttload of different Cypher events going on (I've done a couple of the Strange ones and a Predation one)

Doing both is a good play, though -- it'll get the interest of Cypher fans who don't do D&D, and it'll obviously have the D&D players, especially those who weren't able to get the original book. I'm willing to bet the Cypher version will have notes for porting Ptolus into Ardeyn or similar recursions.

I like that most of the pledge levels include the 3E pdf, too. That's a nice touch.
Dalor Darden Posted - 18 Feb 2020 : 17:44:30
I noticed that too. Ptolus is pretty sweet actually; so I might at least go for the 5e PDF.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 18 Feb 2020 : 17:06:55
That Ptolus Kickstarter is going to break a million, I think. It's already $200k beyond its funding goal, and is closing in on $300k pledged -- and it's a day old and has a month to go.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 17 Feb 2020 : 19:15:58
The next Kickstarter I'm backing!

Ptolus: Monte Cook's City by the Spire

Monte Cook's legendary campaign setting, updated for Fifth Edition and the Cypher System.

quote:
Welcome to Ptolus.

Welcome to Ptolus. A city of mysteries, secrets, and dark histories. Ptolus lies forever in the shadow of a towering stone spire reaching impossibly high into the sky, itself an enigma and a reminder of evil long past. And it sits atop a seemingly endless network of ancient dungeons that draw adventurers from all corners of the Empire.

In Ptolus, the supernatural is expected and treachery lies around every corner—or is it that the supernatural lies around every corner and treachery is expected? Either way, the city of Ptolus abounds with danger, magic, intrigue, and above all, adventure.

An Incredible Setting

Historians measure Ptolus’ age in centuries, not years, but every resident knows that at the top of the impossibly tall spire looms a fortress even more ancient than the city itself. Recently, explorers also discovered extensive subterranean catacombs beneath the city’s streets (although many now claim to have always known about them). When word spread that within this labyrinthine undercity lay ancient treasures and magic, waiting to be discovered, people flocked to the city. The enterprising people of Ptolus quickly adapted to this influx of adventurers and delvers, which created a boom-town atmosphere among the age-worn streets.

But Ptolus holds many secrets beyond simply the dungeons below. First and foremost among those secrets is that which hangs above every head in the city. The ancient fortress of Jabel Shammar was not built atop a rocky spire—in fact, the fortress came first. The vaunted spire is simply the very earth attempting to thrust the evil within that dread place as far from it as possible.

Care to come to Ptolus, City by the Spire? Dare to try your luck in the catacombs below the streets? You might find great treasure, but you might find deadly danger as well. Or perhaps you’d rather find intrigue and adventure in the city’s streets and alleyways, pavilions and temples, for there’s plenty to be experienced there as well. No matter what you choose, you’ll likely find something far more intricate and complex than you ever expected.

And should you survive it all, will you hone your skills and find power and knowledge that might allow you to explore the infamous Jabel Shammar at the top of the spire itself? Such an undertaking would be the most epic of all…

An Impressive Endeavor

Ptolus is a massive fantasy city setting. The 672-page book (which comes with hundreds of additional pages of handouts and extras) gives you an amazing amount of detail, but is carefully designed and laid out to make everything easy to digest, manage, and access.

Ptolus isn’t just big. It also feels alive. It’s a place you can inhabit—a place with an atmosphere you feel. Many places, actually, because the city itself contains numerous quarters, each of which has its own nature—and that doesn’t include the many underground regions or the spire that looms over the entire city which holds not one but two seemingly unreachable fortresses. The book’s unique presentation doesn’t just make it easy to use, it also imparts flavor to virtually every page—and every district, location, NPC, faction, and mystery.

Ptolus, and the world around it, is dynamic. Three different people lay claim to the Imperial Throne. A myriad of factions pursue their goals, often with secrecy and skullduggery. The Holy Emperor clashes with adherents to a multitude of other faiths. Merchants and cityfolk pursue their day-to-day lives, while delvers continue to unlock the secrets of the recently uncovered vast dungeons beneath the city. Throughout Ptolus, wheels are in motion. But the story is yet to be told, and Ptolus is set up to make it your story.

Finally, Ptolus as a setting was built specifically for the world’s most famous fantasy RPG. It’s a world that operates according to the game’s assumptions. Everyone knows that monsters and wizards are not only real, you might see one on your way to the market. The blacksmith down the road might be finishing a harness of full plate armor in addition to the normal tools and horseshoes. Humans strolling down the street rub shoulders with elves, dwarves, halflings, half-orcs, as well as leonine litorians, winged cherubim, and even centaurs and lizardfolk. Laws and traditions dictate when and how magic can be used in commerce, legal affairs, gambling houses, and other everyday transactions. These considerations aren’t tacked on to the setting—they’re baked into its foundations.

Ptolus is an urban campaign setting, but it’s also a setting of dungeon delving and subterranean exploration. Your own Ptolus campaign can run the gamut between dungeon adventures and urban adventures, in whatever mix you choose. The latter involve a surprising array of organizations and of individuals that live in this less-than-typical fantasy city.

In addition, this tome contains scores of creatures, magic items, spells, and character options that are unique to Ptolus. Along with new character species, such as the noble leonine litorians and the winged cherubim, plus rules for dangerous soul magic, the bizarre abominations of chaositech, useful innovations of technology, the fearsome wintersouled, and much more.

An Amazing Product

Ptolus: Monte Cook’s City by the Spire is amazing. It’s not just huge—672 beautiful pages plus hundreds of physical and digital extras—it also set new standards for physical production. From its embossed cover to the multiple bound-in satin bookmarks, everything about Ptolus is premium quality. Top-notch art and abundant cartography grace virtually every page. The extras packet contains handouts, player maps, and posters. The library-quality binding exceeds the standards of virtually every other RPG product ever published.

And that describes the original printing of the book, back in 2006. That’s the standard we’re starting with—who knows how we might improve upon that through stretch goals in this Kickstarter?

Rather than being an impenetrable tome, however, Ptolus has been designed with Game Masters in mind. Multiple indices and glossaries help you manage all the content. The margins contain page references where you can find more information about what you’re reading, or the map for the location being described. Quick-to-use tables and summaries indicate what’s in each district, who lives there, and even the mood of the place so that you’re never caught flat footed when the PCs stop a random person on the street for a quick chat.

In addition to the book itself, which includes a packet with dozens of physical handouts, including maps, player aids, a character sheet, and even props like a restaurant menu, permits, and a wanted poster, Ptolus also comes with nearly 300 pages of digital extras, including:

  • Two campaign journals that take you, session by session, through Monte’s own Ptolus campaign.

  • Saga of the Blade, a Ptolus novella.

  • Handy tools for making the book even easier to use and navigate, including an expanded table of contents, a massive searchable index, and a detailed key to the main Ptolus map that gives you locations for hundreds of sites.

  • This Week in Ptolus, a chronicle of the design and production process.

  • A Ptolus character sheet, in both printer-friendly and device-friendly, form-fillable versions.

  • And dozens and dozens of player handouts and game aids, including digital versions of the items in the packet with the book, plus scores more.


A Piece of History

The original Ptolus: Monte Cook’s City by the Spire was published in 2006 for use with 3rd Edition. At the time it was the largest RPG title ever produced by a single author—and that probably remains true today. That unique, singular vision shines through on every page. Today, though, our top-notch team at Monte Cook Games will make everything tailored for 5e and the Cypher System, and you get to choose which version to make your own—why not both!

The setting was built out of Monte’s personal, long-running D&D campaign. He ran it as he—and his players—developed the game’s 3rd Edition, and in the years shortly after that edition’s release. The players were all insiders: designers, editors, business and marketing managers, and creative directors for the game. Their influence touches almost every corner of Ptolus, and it’s fair to say that the Ptolus campaign influenced the development of the game as well.

Some of those players are now with Monte Cook Games. In addition to Monte himself (obviously), MCG designers Bruce R. Cordell and Sean K. Reynolds were both regular players in the years-long campaign. Other MCG staffers visited the city during the campaign’s run in tangential one-shot adventures.

The original edition of Ptolus: Monte Cook’s City by the Spire is one of the most sought-after gaming products ever. It sold out immediately following publication, and has been a high-value acquisition on the collector’s market ever since. It is currently available (in its original edition) in PDF and print-on-demand from DriveThruRPG, but we’re offering a new version to use with today’s gaming systems, and perhaps—with your help—additional extras never seen before.



I was lucky -- I got a copy of the original book on eBay, about a year or so after it came out. And it was a mammoth tome full of some serious gaming goodness.

This KS just went live today, and it's already at $175k -- out of an $80k goal.

I've not played 5E, but I'm going for this one. (I have played a couple of games in the Cypher System -- it's an interesting setup. And some of the reward levels include the main Cypher rulebook, too)

Markustay Posted - 19 Dec 2019 : 20:30:56
Not sure if anyone posted this yet, but this guy is an excellent artist and he is offering a FULL license to his work if you back it (so all you would-be authors/designers take note!) I actually plan to use some of this in game mods (video games - my new thing LOL), but it could even be used around the edges of maps to dress them up, or whatever... and no worries about getting sued if you've back his project. I am going for the B&W ones myself, because I can do my own coloring (and prefer that, so its different to how others might use it). Hell, even if you just want to look at his stuff and help promote a D&D artists, go in for the 10 bucks... it just makes the whole community better. Cheers

RPG Monsters A-Z

P.S. Only a day left!!!
Wooly Rupert Posted - 07 Oct 2019 : 03:45:20
Since I'm not a minis enthusiast, that Reaper Bones KS has thus far failed to grab me. There were add-ons with the last one that I liked and went for, but thus far, there's only a couple of minis I like, and none of them are in the add-ons.

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