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After a successful 1st kickstarter project earlier in the year I am back with a second.
This time I am looking to extend my existing range of 28mm scenic bases with 3 further lines. I already make bases as part of my business and have paved bases, lava bases etc. along with various bits of terrain in my range already.
Moonkraft is a fairly new start up and I am looking to add many many more goodies to what I already sell. I have a brain overflowing with ideas, the only trouble is deciding which to do 1st.
If you are like me and are a miniature painter and gamer, then you already know that a good base will give you miniature the finish you want and can really make or break a good bit of painting. Also this bit of modelling can be a little tedious and time consuming and if you are painting a new army those minutes soon add up and turn into hours.
I have created 3 new sets of bases, Rocky outcrops, Skulls and Rocks and my personal favourite Atlantian Temple Ruins. I need to raise just £500 for the moulding costs to produce all 3 of these sets of bases. which I will add to my growing range of terrain and bases.
The bases were sculpted by myself and I have made them in 3 sizes, 25mm, 30mm & 40mm so they should fit all the sizes you require.
The pictures don't do them justice.
25mm Temple bases 30mm Temple Bases 40mm Temple Bases 25mm Skull & Rock Bases 30mm Skull & Rock Bases 40mm Skull & Rock Bases 25mm Rocky Outcrop Bases 30mm Rocky Outcrop Bases 40mm Rocky Outcrop Bases I do things the old fashioned way, no 3D printing or computer software, I build and sculpt, then I make moulds, then I cast. If necessary there may be a 2nd mould made to improve casting after any adjustments have been made, but this is a rarity as I am an old hand at the process.
The funds will be used for the silicone to make the molds (the expensive bit) and also go towards the resin.
Postage. We will be shipping the set out as soon as the funds come in and the prices are set to the following 3 zones: UK, Europe & Rest of World. Prices are based on Royal Mail to calculate the cost.
Frog God Games' wants to unleash the next iteration of its iconic Tome of Horrors series for 5th Edition (Swords & Wizardry & Pathfinder fans see More Details Section below). Hordes of sinister adversaries, restless dead, and other horrific monstrosities to gleefully challenge your players' expectations. Bursting with hundreds of creatures, new additions as well as converted classics, in a library-bound and stitched full color volume, the next Tome of Horrors will be a must have for your 5th edition campaign.
Everybody needs more monsters.
The Tome of Horrors for Fifth Edition will include a selection of creatures from earlier volumes as a kick off for an entire series of fifth edition books.
The Evolution of Horrors
A another victim of PC homicide described in earlier Tome of Horrors releases. The Tome of Horrors series was first launched by Necromancer Games in 2001 for the 3rd edition d20 rules. Since then, The Tome of Horrors line has spawned 4 classic volumes, two shelf breaking compendiums, and numerous softcover supplements.
Black & White Illustration from an earlier release of the Tome of Horrors. They have detailed beasts, demons, humanoids, elementals, dragons, devils, fey, extraplanar, undead, and even more for three different rule systems-
3.0/3.5 compatible editions The Pathfinder Role-Playing Game System (including Starfinder Compatible Creatures, many of which work well as extra-planar new 5th Edition creatures!) Swords & Wizardry, Frog God Games' classically influenced fantasy rules. Above books responsible for rivers of imaginary blood and tears. We want to bring these monstrosities to 5th Edition with full color illustrations by top artists who have reimagined the entire catalog of creatures. Our eventual plan is to create a series of books encompassing the 2011 list of monsters, the TOH 4 list of monsters, and hundreds of others that we have included in books along the way, and will continue to add over time (both unique to these volumes and used in our other products). This release is the first step along that path.
The Tome of Horrors series of books have always been some of Frog God Games/Necromancer Games top-selling books. In fact, our single largest sales day ever had us selling out of 2500 of these books in 3 hours!
New color art from Tome of Horrors To bring the Tome books to Fifth Edition they will need conversion and formatting upgrades in addition to other necessary changes to existing content. That process has been going on for awhile.
What will the new Tome of Horrors contain?
The original three volumes of The Tome of Horrors were combined and expanded into The Tome of Horrors Complete, released in 2011, which was bursting with monsters (over 700 pages of them). Yet it soon proved not to be complete enough for us (or for you). The siren call of more creatures was answered with the Tome of Horrors 4, adding another 280+ unusual and deadly monsters for your campaigns. These combined would be a titanic cyclopedia of creatures.
What about the creatures from the Necromancer archives?
Yes, those are awesome.
The creatures from your newest releases like the Blight or Bard's Gate, how about those?
Those are dark and disturbing, we couldn't leave those out.
So this is a Tome of Horrors Complete for 5th edition with new material added?
Alas, no. It would one be a hell of a book, the kind we would want to make. It would come with one hell of a price tag, a price much higher than even The Slumbering Tsar Saga or The Blight. Even if everyone could afford it, it would break shelves, wallets, and backs. Most importantly, it is not possible. Physically the printer cannot produce a book that size without prohibitively costly custom work with which we have no production experience.
Then what are you funding?
The first in a series of incredible books, a full color, high-quality core reference for Frog God Games’ 5e future releases, Tome of Horrors.
A huge majority of project pledge reward levels consists of 2 principle products. The eponymous book itself and/or a set of the Tokens of Horrors set. The actual combination and the formats of each is determined by your pledge level selection.
Mock-up only, final design will change Tome of Horrors Hardcover: The printed version of Tome of Horrors. These are available as either the standard retail release or as a special high quality leather bound collector's edition. Every copy of any Frog God title comes with the matching PDF, Kickstarter rewards are no exception.
Page mock-up by layout frog Charles Wright A Note from the CEO— All Frog God Games hardcovers are stitched into 16 page packets, the packets are sewn together, and then all the packets are sewn to a cloth backing, creating a book block that is glued to its cover. This is what we mean when we say "library binding."
So, what does this mean to you?
Well first, you will note that our books cost a little more than others. That being said, after a myriad of book-binding issues both recently and dating back to 2nd Edition, there is nothing we hate to see more than someone investing in an expensive game book and having it fall apart on them after only a short period of regular use. We feel strongly that book production quality is king. After all, you guys spend a lot of money on your books!
Second, if a Frog God hardcover book ever falls apart (we have tested this with baseball bats and very rough use, by the way), we will replace it at no cost assuming we still have one in stock. Yes, that means if you call me in ten years, and your book binding has failed you (failed us really) through regular use (please no bulldozer roll overs), just email me and if the book is still in stock, we will mail you a new copy for free. Nothing I can do for you if they are all sold out though (but email me anyway and I'll hook you up in some way). It costs us a lot of money to do this, and our margins are somewhat lower than they could be as a result. Frog God Games stands behind our product (and sometimes on top of it when we need a ladder), and believe that the improved quality and durability of our work is well worth it.
Tabletop & Virtual Tokens
Prototype of printed round tokens Printed tokens are dual-sided and are delivered on punch-out boards which are shrink wrapped at the point of manufacture. These will be printed similar to the tokens that Kobold Press released with the Tome of Beasts (here).
VTT tokens are a set of unaltered individual creature files with transparent backgrounds and a set of round digital tokens with a rear image behind the monster illustrations. Both sets are sized at 170x170 pixels in PNG format. They will be packaged in a compressed file for reward distribution.
Example of Starfinder tokens available now Reward Levels
$20—Virtual Tokens of Horrors only
$25—Tome of Horrors PDF only
$40—Tome of Horrors PDF and Virtual Tokens of Horrors.
$50— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors hardcover and PDF.
$65— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors, hardcover and PDF, and the Virtual Tokens of Horrors.
$80— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors, hardcover and pdf, and Tabletop Tokens of Horrors PLUS extra VTT Tokens created for this Kickstarter available only for pledge levels $80 and above.
$95— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors hardcover and PDF, and both the Virtual and Tabletop Tokens of Horrors PLUS extra VTT Tokens created for this Kickstarter available only for pledge levels $80 and above AND a PDF of 5th Edition bonus creatures of same.
$275— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors, hardcover and PDF, and Virtual and Table-top Tokens of Horrors, and limited-edition leather Tome of Horrors PLUS extra VTT Tokens created for this Kickstarter available only for pledge levels $80 and above AND a PDF of 5th Edition bonus creatures of same.
$1600--Temple Gamehole— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors hardcover and PDF, and both the Virtual and Tabletop Tokens of Horrors, and limited-edition leather Tome of Horrors! This also includes a trip with the Frogs to Gamehole Con 2018 in November 2018 (see premium pledge levels). PLUS extra VTT Tokens created for this Kickstarter available only for pledge levels $80 and above AND a PDF of 5th Edition bonus creatures of same.
$1600--Temple Dallas— Library bound and stitched full color Tome of Horrors, hardcover and PDF, and Virtual and Table-top Tokens of Horrors, and limited-edition leather Tome of Horrors! This also includes a trip with the Frogs to North Texas RPG Con 2018 in June 2018 (see premium pledge levels). PLUS extra VTT Tokens created for this Kickstarter available only for pledge levels $80 and above AND a PDF of 5th Edition bonus creatures of same.
By The Gibbergeist
Now live on Kickstarter!
I know what you are saying...another WIP by Jasper? It will never get finished, just like all his other WIPs!
This is likely true (the first step is admitting you have a problem) but the difference here is I'm not painting these guys currently. I will eventually....in theory, but that's not why I'm starting the WIP.
So, if you are unfamiliar, or just don't know the name of the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire is the name of the fairly obscure book series they made into that niche little TV series they have to stick on Sunday nights, A Game of Thrones.
CMoN worked with Dark Sword Miniatures (I expect there were some licensing reasons as DSM has made some spectacular Martin approved figures from the series in the past) to produce a full blown tabletop game based on the books (not the show, so don't expect Tyrion to look like Peter Dinklage). This is a full traditional type tabletop game, with units, movement trays, etc. Not what I'm used to with CMoN, but they seem to have done a pretty good job with it, and are backing it up with new armies and units coming out any time now.
Of course, being CMoN AND Game of Throne, the kickstarter did pretty well, and the number of figs that came were....
So, as mentioned, units and movement trays. Movement trays are great. They keep your unit organized and make it much easier to move them around. They also make facing and alignment for engagements easy.
But the problem with them is that people are clumsy. So far in every game I've played me, or my opponent (but usually me) has dropped a tray. Usually only an inch or two to the tabletop, but still...
As I'm on an ASOIAF (awesome acronym...) facebook group, this seems to be a common issue. And everyone uses the common solution that movement tray based minis games have been using for decades. Magnets.
Back when I played Clan War (and Gencon was still in Milwaukee) we used flat metal sheets for the trays, and stick on squares of magnet on the bases. But now we live in the future! where itty bitty super powerfully magnets are easily available.
So today I'm trying out magnetizing this unit of Stark Sworn Swords.
Following a post I read a while ago in the Facebook group, I ordered a bunch of 5mm x 1mm magnets.
The first thing I do is grab a scratchy something (in this case a triangle file) and scratch an X into one face of a bunch of the magnets (I'll do them all eventually).
Then I picked a test subject and glued one as centered as I could get it. I'm putting the scratched side into the glue as the scratches might help it adhere better and so I don't have scratches showing on all the bottoms. It doesn't matter as long as you're consistent.
Once it dried a bit I needed to see if this would actually work. As these are pretty thin magnets and imported from a company I'd never dealt with before (but who sell really inexpensive magnets) I wasn't sure how strong they would be.
So I picked what should be the worst spot on the movement tray, where CMoN put their logo, put the fig in the spot and just held a magnet to see what it would do.
Seemed to lock on pretty good so time to test!
Even with a few good shakes our test Stark seems to have held. Excellent!
Time to glue the rest on.
Glue should be dry now after all this typing, but its lunch so I'll see if I can get the movement try magnets glued on after a bit.
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