<+jarindnd> I’m Jarin the CEO and Founder of Power Up Gamers Roleplayers for Accessibility a community and Indie Publishing company that promotes Accessibility and Inclusiveness within the Tabletop RPG community.
<+jarindnd> And we are here today to discuss L’gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures Volume 3 a 5E Dungeons and Dragons Monster Compendium
<+jarindnd> which is now live on Kickstarter (done)
<~Dan> Thanks, jarindnd! The floor is open to questions!
<~Dan> What makes the Tome special as far as monster collections go?
<+Trug> And dovetaling into that, how does it tie in to your company value of accessibility?
<+jarindnd> Well the series itself offers more than just monsters ..they also offer d100 roll tables, locations containing traps, puzzles or riddles. And each monster comes with a section on Lore, Culture, And History.
<+jarindnd> As for Asccessibility, We tend to use a bit larger font size, evocative descriptions that appeal to many different senses, and we try to use simple language that almost any one can understand easily. (done)
<~Dan> How many monsters does this volume feature?
<+jarindnd> In addition, our company has a plicy that ten percent of all profits go directly to charities such as the Special Olympics, Childs Play, and more
<+jarindnd> This volume itself will contain 26 unique homebrewed and reskinned monsters although the entire series totals up to 78 monsters. (done)
<+Trug> If you can share, what’s your most ‘clever’ monster, either descriptively, or mechanically?
<+jarindnd> Theres so many to chose from but from L’gat 3 two of my favorites are the Vampiric Trees and the Thrakeen (insects that look like praying mantises about the size of tarantulas that can burrow into a person and possess them) (done)
<~Dan> Is there any theme that unites the selection of creatures?
<+jarindnd> although another favorite even though its not original or particular clever is the Skinwalker from Native American CUlture
<+jarindnd> Yes Each Volume has a sort of theme…Volume 1 was planar and elemental creatures, volume 2 was non-hostile creatures, and Volume 3 focuses on Hostile and Hellish creatures (done)
<~Dan> What can you tell us about the Skinwalker?
<+jarindnd> The Skinwalker we held true to the Native American myths and legends in that it’s a shapechanger that wears the skins of it’s victims. However, we gave it a little bit more oomph to fit into the typical d&d monsterous race theme
<~Dan> (Howdy, Silverlion!)
<+jarindnd> For example it has multiattack and unarmed strikes similar to a monk but uses a spear. (done)
<~Dan> How do you think we could best proceed with questions? Would you like to briefly describe the creatures one at a time?
<~Dan> I’m really not sure of what questions would apply to the whole book that haven’t already been asked.
<+jarindnd> sure if you would like i could give a quick rundown of the monsters and maybe some inspiration behind them
<~Dan> That sounds good!
<+jarindnd> Cool the first monster is the Chompataur…its basically a centaur with the upper half being a venus fly trap and that was inspired by little shop of horrors and the thought of what if that monster could move
<+jarindnd> part of what makes this monster dangerous is its ability to engulf creatures…you basically have a saving throw not to be eaten than you take 1d4 acid damage a round until you cut yourself free or drop to 0 hp which is automatic death when engulfed.
<~Dan> A venus fly trap growing out of a horse’s body?
<+jarindnd> pretty much lol
* ~Dan chuckles
<+jarindnd> the second creature is the Civarna or convergence hag as we like to call them. These aren’t much different than normal gags out of the monster manual other than their ability to combine spell slots to cast higher level magic
<+jarindnd> so it’s kind of bringing back the idea of a coven of hags or witches working together.
<~Dan> Oh, multiple hags can combine spell slots?
<+jarindnd> These Hags can and they never travel alone
<~Dan> Where did you get the name?
<+jarindnd> The Original name convergenge hag was because of their ability to share spell slots…Civarna came about as we pondered what would be less generic sounding and it just popped into my head as almost a gypsy style word or name for a monster
<~Dan> Gotcha. Cool. 🙂
<+jarindnd> The next monster is the Erakylon which is a fiendish titan…the Inspiration for that was simply the Devil from the old fantasy movie Legend
<~Dan> Tim Curry. Nice. 🙂
<~Dan> So ridiculously oversized horns?
<+jarindnd> and in most respects its pretty much your typical fiend although a bit tougher to kill
<+jarindnd> we’ll see but i definitely picture it that way buut I have yet to see the artwork for that monster
<+jarindnd> the next monster is a blood gnoll…pretty much a typical gnoll mage only it uses blood magic
<~Dan> How does blood magic work?
<+jarindnd> fin L’gat it is simply you sacrifice someone or cut yourself in order to cast a spell and the effects include 1d6 additional necrotic damage.
<+jarindnd> so not particularly powerful but so much can be done RPwise with the requirements to use blood magic that it evens out the useful to a DM
* ~Dan nods
<+jarindnd> next is the Gortaur…care to guess what that is?
<~Dan> A centaur that’s into sexual dominance?
<+jarindnd> lol it’s a centaur with a horse’s body the size of a clysdale and the upper have is a gorilla
<~Dan> Oh, nice!
<+jarindnd> very savage and stands close to 9 feet tall
<+jarindnd> and that came from seeing a picture of an angry gorilla and thinking what kind of monster could match its size and power
<+jarindnd> Next up we have a Graakthroat which is basically a lizardfolk that consumes flesh to regenerate hit points
<~Dan> How does that work mechanically?
<+jarindnd> mechanically if he eats flesh he gets 1d6 hitpoints back..It is worth noting that he can take a bite out of himself to do so if needed but usually it’s from their bite attack
<+jarindnd> so not a huge regeneration but enough to make them more than they first seem as far as threats go
<~Dan> It doesn’t have to do any set amount of damage in its bite attack?
<+jarindnd> nope it just has to hit and consume the flesh to trigger the ability.
<+jarindnd> next monster up is the Jarlan a undead troll with four arms..think Prince Gordo from mortal combat only wiry instead of muscles
<~Dan> Very nasty!
<~Dan> How does it end up with four arms?
<+jarindnd> yea and for the most part it works like a normal troll would only its undead as well
<+jarindnd> while its not mentioned particularly under the monster there is an event in the setting of Lgat where technology interacted with magic and mutated a lot of things(think a nuclear explosion). There is also a known mage who is basically a genecist
<~Dan> L’gat has high tech?
<+jarindnd> which both of these things are mentioned in the History sections of other monsters among all three volumes
<+jarindnd> depends on the age you play in which we can go into some L’gat setting stuff if you like
<~Dan> Sure. I’m intrigued.
<+jarindnd> although not too many people know this stuff yet lol
<~Dan> Oh, well, if it’s spoilers, I understand.
<+jarindnd> Well first i guess i should explain the ages ..each age is a epoch style period of 1000 years and L’gat has 13 ages
<+jarindnd> so to play in the setting you pick a age and that determines what genre you play ranging from stoneage to fantasy to modern to cyberpunk futuristic sci-fi
<+jarindnd> and yes we have a basic overarching plot that travels between the ages too
<+jarindnd> the second big thing about L’gat is that even though the inhabitants think its a planet..it is actually only an artificial environment chamber on the inside of a Dyson Sphere
<~Dan> So it’s just one chamber in the much larger Dyson sphere? Or is it the entire interior of the Dyson sphere?
<+jarindnd> its basically one chamber but that chamber is practically the whole interior not counting maintenance ledges,etc
<+jarindnd> so we have a wide range of what you can play built into the system using 5E and as far as I know are one of the only Settings to undertake this kind of thing
<~Dan> So do you have a book that covers the various tech levels?
<+jarindnd> but we also keep in mind that one age is 1,000 years so lots of stories will take place within one age
<+jarindnd> Not currently but one of our Future Projects is going to be A campaign setting book for L’gat
<~Dan> Ah, I see.
<+jarindnd> but our first step is getting the Monster Compendium finished and out there for people to enjoy lol
<~Dan> Heh. 🙂
<+jarindnd> Well we gave a insight into quite a few of the monsters and some behind the scenes info on the setting of L’gat so I guess its time to talk a bit about the Kickstarter
<+jarindnd> unless someone had specific questions that is
<~Dan> Not yet!
<+jarindnd> K well currently we are about 65% of our initial funding goal of 1,200 USD which only covers the artwork and Kickstarter’s cut
<+jarindnd> and we have about 9 days left to go
<+jarindnd> Ideally we would hit all 3 stretch goals which would include an adventure module written for L’gat’s setting using some of the monsters from the series, a custom monster tshirt featuring the sky kraken from volume 2, and physical copies of all 3 volumes
<+jarindnd> to get those it only requires a 25 usd pledge and then our total pledges to hit 2,000 usd for the physical copies, 2,500 usd for the tshirts, and 5,000 usd for the adventure module
<+jarindnd> and we’re checking into costs for miniatures etc if we need to expand our stretch goal list
* ~Dan nods
<+jarindnd> as for pledges as little as 1 usd gets your name included in the credits, 10 usd gets the pdf for L’gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures Volume 3
<+jarindnd> $25 usd gets a pdf copy of all of our released products including volume 3 when it is released
<+jarindnd> but the pledge I’m most hyped about is the $150 usd tier which features a special collectors edition combining all three volumes of L’gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures into one with a hardcover and signed by most of the creators
<+jarindnd> which postage is the reason that tier is so expensive since our creators are from all over the world
<+jarindnd> and yes Dan, we do have plans to make the hardcover collectors edition available on drivethrurpg although those won’t be signed
<+jarindnd> So while Dan is gone, are there any other questions for me?
<~Dan> Shall we go back to the monsters?
<+jarindnd> lol dan is quicker than i am typing
<~Dan> I just needed a drink of water. 🙂
<+jarindnd> sure we left off getting ready to talk about the kerbog
<+jarindnd> which for all you star trek fans think deep space nine Odo as a dwarf
<+jarindnd> and that is basically the idea of the Kerbog lol
<~Dan> I never saw that… Is Odo the shapeshifting guy?
<+jarindnd> yes he turns into a liquid mercury type thing and is head of security on deep space nine
<+jarindnd> or for d&d players it’s almost a humanoid type of ooze creature
<+jarindnd> then next up we have the K’lar an abomination undead that is sort of a cross between a dwarf on all fours and a octopus
<~Dan> That will take some explaining.
<+jarindnd> but they eat magic so it’s almost a anti-magic type field around them
<+jarindnd> iif you seen pirates of the Caribbean Search for Davy Jones Locker
<+jarindnd> think of Davy Jones on his hands and knees only dwarf type body instead of human
<~Dan> So they have an octopus for a head?
<+jarindnd> pretty much if the artist draws it the way i picture it and tentacles for limbs
<+jarindnd> next is the Bone Kobold which is featured on the cover and looks amazing
<+jarindnd> it’s basically a Kobold whose body is bones like a skeleton and uses a giant scythe like the grim reaper
<~Dan> What’s the story behind them?
<+jarindnd> and it also has an ability to cause skeletal hands to rise from the ground to trip people and make terrain difficult terrain
<+jarindnd> that came from just thinking bout how we could make simple and overused monsters like kobolds unique and then i had the idea to play a skeletal kobold
<+jarindnd> and we just polished it up from there
<~Dan> There’s no backstory on them?
<+jarindnd> sorry bout that for some reason i dropped
<~Dan> No problem.
<~Dan> There’s no backstory for the bone kobold?
<+jarindnd> there is some under the Lore section …some people believe they were servants of dracoliches some people believe they were guardians of the dead( kind of like undertakers0
<+jarindnd> but we left it a bit vague for the DMs to fit into their own settings with just some basic possibilities
* ~Dan nods
<+jarindnd> Since we covered most of the monsters I will name a few we haven’t covered and we can talk about those then the rest will be a surprise for those get the book
<+jarindnd> Some of the others we have are the Mist Ogre, The Thull, a Psionic Necromancer, and The Skull Spider.
<+jarindnd> The Mist Ogre can basically turn into fog or mist.
<+jarindnd> The Thull is a remake of an old 1st or 2E monster..think kind of Mummra from Thundercats that is bound to their burial mound and has kind of an Egyptian pharaoh feel
<+jarindnd> Psionic Necromancer is pretty much what it sounds like ..controls undead using telepathy
<+jarindnd> And the Skull Spider is basically a humanoid skull growing on spider legs that can bite with poison and spin webs.
<~Dan> Is the Mist Ogre more like the standard ogre or the ogre magi?
<+jarindnd> So as you all can see, we have some pretty unique and in my opinion cool monsters in this volume
<+jarindnd> It is more like a standard ogre
<+jarindnd> with basically the vampire mythic ability to change into fog lol
<~Dan> What sorts of powers does the Thull have?
<+jarindnd> The Thull can summon other types of undead, has an ankh blast that is similar to Doctor Fate if any of you have seen him in Marvel comics etc.
<+jarindnd> It also has Frightful Presence and Discordant Gaze which curses a PC that looks at it when they drop to 0 hp
<+jarindnd> so its definitely meant to be more of a boss fight or even a major villian for a campaign
<~Dan> Very cool!
<+jarindnd> So before we run short on time it would be good to mention the d100 roll tables that are included in each volume as well
<~Dan> (And you have 25 more minutes if you need them, or we can wrap up early. Totally up to you. 🙂 )
<+jarindnd> For volume 1 we did 100 adventure hooks, for Volume 2 we did 100 magic items and their affects, for Volume 3 we are doing 100 factions
<+jarindnd> (cool we might use them)
<+jarindnd> for each faction we include stuff like faction name, who founded or leads them, a way to contact them, their motives or goals, and a front or location
<+jarindnd> so given 100 factions there’s a lot of choices and you can always mix and match what you like, choose them yourself, or roll randomly
<+jarindnd> pretty much between all 3 volumes we tried to give enough tools that a dm could pretty much run a session or campaign using only the stuff within our volumes
<~Dan> A worthy goal.
<+jarindnd> definitely and one I feel we achieved pretty much since we even give names and Races to the founders and leaders of the Factions that dms can steal and use for other npcs
<+jarindnd> and between all 3 volumes there is 36 locations with flavor text for sight sounds and sensations
<+jarindnd> ranging from a whirlpool in the ocean to a forgotten tomb to battlefields
<+jarindnd> we have even included a crater in the Northlands a floating island and a couple of cities as well
<+jarindnd> so I feell that what we provide is tools that will help inspire dms and players alike to create either their own stuff or to adapt something we made to their own settings as well as play in the setting of L’gat
* ~Dan nods
<~Dan> Very cool.
<~Dan> In the time remaining, is there anything we haven’t covered that you’d like to bring up?
<+jarindnd> and I guess before we call it good we should mention that we are planning on releasing L’gat”s Tome of Amazing Creatures Volume 3 about two weeks before Halloween so its perfect for those sessions
<+jarindnd> It’s official release date provided the Kickstarter is successful is set to Oct.11th which is also the first day of Con +2 an online convention that I will be participating in
<~Dan> Standard reminder: Those of you who’ve enjoyed this Q&A and would like to treat me to a coffee or two can do so at (Link: https://www.ko-fi.com/gmshoe)https://www.ko-fi.com/gmshoe . Thanks!
<+jarindnd> (Link: https://conplus.live/)https://conplus.live/
<~Dan> Oh, very nice!
<+jarindnd> that is the link for the convention which is totally free online and set to be three days this year
<+jarindnd> and you’ll most likely see some games using L’gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures as well as a ton of giveaays
<~Dan> Is this the first year for that con? I haven’t heard of it before.
<+jarindnd> You might of heard of it under its old name Brigadecon
<+jarindnd> last year they were under new management and changed their name to con +1
<+jarindnd> and now its a thing that they add a + for each new year lol
<~Dan> Huh. No, Haven’t heard of Brigadecon either. Interesting.
<+jarindnd> K in that case its an online convention thats been around about 6 years now that supports charities such as child’s play and this year the Butterfly project that teaches children in Uganda to be entreprenuers and community leaders through ttrpgs
<+jarindnd> so definitely worthwhile to participate in whether its a panel or playing in a game session and best part is it costs nothing to participate other than time
<+jarindnd> outside of that Stay in touch with Power Up Gamers for updates we have a lot coming up including a blog site, the revitalization of our Youtube channel, a patreon being set up and more
<+jarindnd> anyone can email us at email@example.com for updates or join our Facebook community group or sub to the youtube channel
<+jarindnd> well, it’s been my pleasure to join you fine folk for a evening…Thanks for having me on again Dan
<~Dan> Thanks very much for joining us, jarindnd!
<~Dan> Certainly! You’re always welcome.
<~Dan> Feel free to stop by any time you like!
<~Dan> Now, if you’ll give me just a minute, I’ll get the log posted and link you!
<+jarindnd> I will try to make more time to stop by so I can ask questions of other guests now that my schedule is starting to clear up a little bit