I told you guys I was gonna do another year. I told you.
Hey, look, it's the fifth volume of A Monster for Every Season, a comprehensive set of print-and-play miniatures covering a wide variety of monsters and adventurers for your D&D game. It's basically a PDF file with pages upon pages of new OOTS-style monster art that you can print, cut, fold, and tape before dropping them into your game. Each page looks like this:
And then when you're done assembling them, they look like this:
Also, every monster is included in both full color and toner-saving line art, so you can change the colors yourself:
The sets are loosely themed around the four seasons, and this is the fifth set we're putting out, Spring 2.
This set includes the following categories:
- 21 Animals
- 26 Bandits
- 43 Bards
- 25 Catfolk
- 8 Dragons
- 49 Faerie Court
- 29 Frogfolk
- 17 Giants
- 34 Guardian Beasts
- 10 Hydrae
- 47 Lycanthropes
- 10 Monsters
- 9 Plants
- 50 Serpentine
- 4 Trolls
For a full list of all the monsters, here's a helpful Content List to download. And for more information, you can check out the product page, or you can read the FAQ that is coming up. Or just head over to Gumroad and check it out for yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I can't figure out how to buy them!
You can get to the purchase page by clicking here, or on the big cover pictures above, or you can get to the Giant in the Playground profile page at Gumroad (which lists all the products we have on one page) by clicking here.
How do I get my PDFs?
You'll get an email with a download link a few minutes after ordering. Keep an eye on your spam folder, just in case.
I paid for the product but I didn't get an email to download it! What do I do?
The first thing to try is to go to your Library on Gumroad, at this link: https://gumroad.com/library You should be able to see everything you've bought from them, and you can just manually download the file. That only works if you have an account there, but if you bought it without one, you can just make a new account using the same email you used to buy it and it should show up in your Library retroactively. If that doesn't work, then you need to contact [email protected]. I don't have much control over Gumroad's technical side, since I don't own them or run their service, so your best bet is to talk to them directly.
What does the watermark look like?
It's on the first page (the cover), and it's a small grey ribbon-shape with the Gumroad "G" logo, next to which it says "Sold to" and then the email address that you gave when you purchased the book. So don't buy using your top secret email.
Why does it say there are two files?
Your purchase includes a full color version of every monster, and also a separate black-and-white line art version. These two sets are in separate files, so you'll get one file that has everything in color and one file that has everything in line art.
Why are you using Gumroad instead of (insert name of other company)?
Because they charge the lowest commission, which means I could lower the price more. Plus, most other companies that offer a watermark service add it to every single page, which seemed like overkill to me. One page is enough.
Does this set have every monster I would need to play? Does it have the entire contents of the Monster Manual?
No. Rather than sample every type of monster shallowly, each set attempts to be comprehensive for a limited set of categories. For example, this set includes 8 rakshasas but no demons (which you can find in the Autumn issue, which came out back in 2017). The goal is that by the time the project is over, the collected set will include pretty much every monster that has ever been released for the game, or at least an exhaustive selection thereof.
Is this useful for players, rather than just DMs?
Yes! Each set includes a few pages dedicated to two or more character classes, showcasing a variety of player-ready characters in all of the most common player races. This Spring 2 set includes 43 bards, and a wide variety of shifters and elf-like faeries that can easily represent your latest character. There are plenty of miniatures that would be useful even if you never ran an adventure yourself.
What are "guardian beasts" and "faerie court"?
Any of several groups of Celestials with animal-like or elven qualities, respectively. You may know them by group names that we can't use so you should definitely check out the list of contents for an idea of what they might be like. If you're interested in planar stuff, you may also want to check out the colorful Limbo Toads. Wink, wink.
Are there other sets besides this one yet?
Yes. The first four seasons are already out; you can buy them here: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.
Will there be any more sets after this one?
Yes, there will be at least three more sets (Summer 2, Autumn 2, and Winter 2) coming out. There's no set schedule for their release however. Certainly, it's highly unlikely that they will be released all within their respective seasons this year, as each set takes a while to draw.
Why did you waste your time drawing 381 monsters instead of doing more comics?!?
For previous sets, this is where I would say that I had already done the work for the Kickstarter backers so this wasn't really that much extra. But this time, I hadn't, and it was. So two reasons:
One, because I legitimately enjoy drawing them, and it's something that I can do a little bit of at a time between other work that doesn't have the pressure of writing attached to it. Some days, especially recently, I just don't have comedy writing in me, and if there aren't any scripts already completed and waiting to be drawn then it's nice to be able to open up my list of monsters and draw five or ten. It's good to have a project that doesn't need me to be funny (or try to be funny, at any rate, for those of you who think I don't succeed very often).
And two, because they sell well and this is how I support myself and my family. While the main comic is obviously very important, financial concerns demand that I release commercial products several times a year irrespective of the release schedule of the comic. This has only become more true given the loss of the Project Wonderful revenue last year that had paid a significant portion of the server costs for the website for many years. Work like this is why I'm able to afford to keep putting out the comic for free in the vast gulfs between when it's ready to be collected for the compilation books.
Is there going to be a comic today?
Yes. Probably like five minutes from now.
Will Kickstarter backers be getting this set for free?
No. This set is purely a paid product. As nice as it would be to give it away for free to everyone who supported the pledge drive, I unfortunately can only justify spending the time on this at all due to its potential to earn revenue. The first four sets I created for Kickstarter backers contained more than double the number of miniatures that I originally promised, so I feel as I have finished that particular obligation (even as I acknowledge that I still have others left to fill). I hope that those of you who supported me then understand.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or technical difficulties, feel free to post them here. You can also check out the thread for the Spring set or the Summer set, where your question might have been answered.
Please don't clog this thread by asking any of the above questions again or derailing it with other topics. As always, the moderation staff may ask posters who are unable to stay on topic to stop posting in this thread.