Rabid Hamster Workshop is creating Characters-by-Level
18

patrons

$24
per Character

What is CBL: Characters-by-Level?


Characters-By-Level (CBL) is a time-saving RPG accessory that comes with pre-generated character PDFs and high quality art files ready to be used in your fantasy RPG games of any level. For those that are only interested in our character artwork, it will be offered separately as its own gaming accessory called Game Avatars (GA). See below for more details about CBL & GA.

CBL's third character release date - March-April 2017 (Elven Cleric)


RPGs supported by CBL


CBL currently supports Paizo's Pathfinder RPG only, but we plan to expand CBL to cover other game systems over time like D&D 5e, The Dark Eye, and others. If you do decide to back us through Patreon and select a pledge level where you will receive our character PDFs as a reward, you will be able to download ALL of the PDFs for the game systems that are released with each character. That means you will not be limited to just one game system for your PDF reward. You will get access to all of them and you can choose which ones you want to download! Also, all PDFs released through Patreon will not contain any watermarks.

Supported RPGs
:
  • Pathfinder
RPGs in the Works:
  • D&D 5e (Fall 2017?)
  • The Dark Eye (Fall 2017?)
This list will be updated as more RPGs are supported.


Why Patreon?


The character artwork that we want to use in CBL is actually quite expensive for a small gaming company like ourselves to afford, so we are looking to Patreon for help to see if there is enough gamers out there that are interested in supporting a RPG gaming accessory that focuses on creating pre-generated characters with high quality artwork that they want to use in their games. If we receive enough funding support through Patreon and retail sales, then we will continue creating characters for gamers to enjoy and plan to expand CBL to cover other fantasy RPG games like HERO, FATE, and D&D 5e as well as other genres like sci-fi, modern, and post-apocalyptic.


How does Patreon work?


Patreon is a service where you pledge an amount of money to a Patreon content creator on a monthly basis or per content release (Examples - songs, videos, podcasts, stories). In return, the content creator will use the funds to create future content as well as giving you rewards based on your pledge level. Patreon works similar to Kickstarter if you are looking for something to compare Patreon to.

Since we are releasing our content on a character basis, you will only be charged your pledge amount every time we release a new character. Also, we don't plan to ever release more than 4 characters a month so you will never be charged over $5.00 a month to support us based on our pledge levels.

Here is the official video on how Patreon works - video.


How will the money be used?


The majority of the funds we receive from our supporters goes directly to our artists so they can draw the beautifully detailed characters that we want to have in CBL. The remaining funds are used to pay for a professional editor to review our PDF books and to cover other expenses directly related to CBL. All funding we receive through Patreon is used to support CBL only and nothing else.

Any funding that we receive over our first milestone goal will be used to improve the quality and quantity of our character artwork as well as to increase the amount of bonus artwork that we offer to our Patreon supporters.


CBL - Patreon Pathfinder Version

(Other game systems listed below)

Characters-By-Level (CBL) is a time-saving RPG accessory that consists of Pathfinder compatible pre-generated characters ready to be used in your Pathfinder games of any level. CBL releases on Patreon are done on a character basis and each character will contain the following 3 things:

  • A 45+ page PDF book containing 1 pre-generated character with NPC & PC stat blocks for levels 1-20
  • Separate, high quality artwork files (jpegs) of that character
  • Pathfinder Hero Lab portfolios for that character


Characters

All of our characters include descriptions detailing their character builds, backgrounds, physical descriptions, and personality traits plus ways to help you to fit them into your games. The details tend to be more generic due to the fact that our characters are not campaign specific, but we provide enough information so you will be able to use them in your games with little effort. Unlike other sources that offer pre-generated characters, we provide complete NPC as well as PC stat blocks for levels 1-20 for all of our characters which will allow you to use them in any of your Pathfinder games regardless of level. Additionally, every stat block beyond level 1 is based off the level immediately preceding it, providing a logical progression as the character increases in level.

Our characters’ NPC stat blocks are based on the 15-point buy method or the default NPC heroic ability scores listed in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook. PC stat blocks use 20-point builds with two starting traits. All race, class, skill, feat, equipment, spell, and trait choices are selected from the following Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rulebooks: Core Rulebook, Advanced Class Guide, Advanced Player’s Guide, Advanced Race Guide, Bestiaries 1-4, Ultimate Campaign, Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Equipment, and Ultimate Magic. As you can see there is a lot of material to draw from that will allow us to create a wide variety of interesting characters to use in your campaigns.

By providing NPC and PC stat blocks for all our characters, GMs and players will find CBL a very useful gaming accessory for their games.


PDF Book

Our PDF books are done in a professional, letter-sized layout that is printer-friendly and will not contain watermarks.

Here are some sample layouts of one of our characters.






Click pictures to enlarge.


Artwork

We hire talented artists to draw high quality colored bust portraits of all our characters. Besides using our character art inside our PDFs, the same artwork is available as separate jpeg image files of various sizes and styles so that they can be used in your games or as desktop wallpapers.

Here is a list of the character image files you will receive:

  • Website avatars
  • Virtual tabletop avatars with 4 different colored token rings
  • Character visual aid pictures
  • Full-screen and portrait size wallpapers at 1920x1200, 1920x1080, & 1366x768 resolutions

With the exception of our virtual tabletop tokens and website avatars, all CBL artwork files are for offline personal use only!

Here are some examples of our character artwork that will be released through Patreon.



Click picture to enlarge.

All of our latest character artwork will be posted on our activity page here and on our Facebook page.


Hero Lab Portfolios

CBL includes NPC & PC Hero Lab portfolios of all of our characters as a bonus to patrons that use that program for their Pathfinder games.


CBL - Non-Pathfinder Versions


As other game systems are supported by CBL, they will be given their own section on our Patreon page detailing how we created the characters for that particular RPG. All non-Pathfinder versions will be laid out similar to the Pathfinder version above when it comes to PDF layouts and character details. However, Hero Lab portfolios may not be provided for other game systems either due to cost of buying the proper licensing or not being supported by Hero Lab.


What is GA: Game Avatars?


Game Avatars (GA) is our RPG gaming accessory that only contains the character artwork files from our Characters-By-Level (CBL) product line (see CBL - Patreon Pathfinder Version - Artwork section above). It is for those who don’t play Paizo’s Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or other game systems that we support, but still want to use our character artwork in their RPG games.


Characters released per Month?


Our goal is to release 2 characters a month. There may be times where we may produce more than 2, but we will never go over 4 for any given month. Depending on your pledge level, that means you will never pay over $5.00 a month to support us.


CBL Alternate Artwork Rewards


For patrons that choose either of our deluxe pledge levels, you will receive all the alternate artwork versions that are created for each one of our characters that wasn't used for their regular release. This includes different color schemes, physical features, and clothing & armor designs.

Here is an example of two versions of our draconic-blooded sorceress character.



The left picture is the regular version of this character while the right one is an alternate version. Supporters that select either of our deluxe pledge levels will receive both versions.

Please be aware that not all of our characters will come with alternate artwork. However, we will make sure that deluxe supporters will receive a fair amount of alternate artwork to justify their pledges.


Exclusive Characters for Patreon Supporters


We do plan to release a character every now and then that will be exclusive only to our Patreon supporters. We don't plan to do this often, but when we do, we will make them unique and interesting to the best of our ability. We will also toss in some bonus art as well for all of our supporters to enjoy!

Here is an example of one character that will be exclusive to Patreon.



CBL Live Streaming & Google Hangouts


If there is enough demand, we will run a monthly Google Hangout or some other live stream event so we can talk directly with our supporters about CBL, character designs, GMing advice, and other RPG related topics that you want us to talk about. These live stream events will be available to all of our Patreon supporters.


CBL Artists


Tiers
Pledge $0.90 or more per Character
1 patron
GA Patron Deluxe - Receive character artwork files only
You will receive the following high quality artwork files with each character's release:
  • Website avatars
  • Virtual tabletop avatars with different colored token rings
  • Portrait Wallpaper (up to 1200 pixels vertically) for personal non-internet use only
  • Receive all alternate artwork versions produced for that character
You will also have access to our activity feed where you can give us feedback on what characters we should create, how we design our characters, PDF layouts, and how to improve CBL to become a better RPG gaming aid.
Pledge $1 or more per Character
2 patrons
CBL Patron
You will receive the following files with each character's release:
  • PDF books containing the character's Pathfinder NPC & PC stat blocks for levels 1-20
  • Website avatars
  • Virtual tabletop avatars with different colored token rings
  • Portrait Wallpaper (up to 1200 pixels vertically) for personal non-internet use only
  • Character's Pathfinder Hero Lab portfolios

You will also have access to our activity feed where you can give us feedback on what characters we should create, how we design our characters, PDF layouts, and how to improve CBL to become a better RPG gaming aid.

If our character's stats are converted to other RPG game systems besides Pathfinder, CBL patrons will receive the PDFs that contain those conversions as well.
Pledge $1.25 or more per Character
15 patrons
CBL Patron Deluxe
Same rewards as the CBL Patron, but you will also receive all the alternate artwork versions produced for that character that wasn't used in its regular release.
Goals
$24 of $350 per Character
All of the expenses to produce each CBL character is covered by our Patreon supporters. All of the hamsters slaving in our workshop thank you for your support!! This will allow us to continue producing characters without worrying about funding.
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What is CBL: Characters-by-Level?


Characters-By-Level (CBL) is a time-saving RPG accessory that comes with pre-generated character PDFs and high quality art files ready to be used in your fantasy RPG games of any level. For those that are only interested in our character artwork, it will be offered separately as its own gaming accessory called Game Avatars (GA). See below for more details about CBL & GA.

CBL's third character release date - March-April 2017 (Elven Cleric)


RPGs supported by CBL


CBL currently supports Paizo's Pathfinder RPG only, but we plan to expand CBL to cover other game systems over time like D&D 5e, The Dark Eye, and others. If you do decide to back us through Patreon and select a pledge level where you will receive our character PDFs as a reward, you will be able to download ALL of the PDFs for the game systems that are released with each character. That means you will not be limited to just one game system for your PDF reward. You will get access to all of them and you can choose which ones you want to download! Also, all PDFs released through Patreon will not contain any watermarks.

Supported RPGs
:
  • Pathfinder
RPGs in the Works:
  • D&D 5e (Fall 2017?)
  • The Dark Eye (Fall 2017?)
This list will be updated as more RPGs are supported.


Why Patreon?


The character artwork that we want to use in CBL is actually quite expensive for a small gaming company like ourselves to afford, so we are looking to Patreon for help to see if there is enough gamers out there that are interested in supporting a RPG gaming accessory that focuses on creating pre-generated characters with high quality artwork that they want to use in their games. If we receive enough funding support through Patreon and retail sales, then we will continue creating characters for gamers to enjoy and plan to expand CBL to cover other fantasy RPG games like HERO, FATE, and D&D 5e as well as other genres like sci-fi, modern, and post-apocalyptic.


How does Patreon work?


Patreon is a service where you pledge an amount of money to a Patreon content creator on a monthly basis or per content release (Examples - songs, videos, podcasts, stories). In return, the content creator will use the funds to create future content as well as giving you rewards based on your pledge level. Patreon works similar to Kickstarter if you are looking for something to compare Patreon to.

Since we are releasing our content on a character basis, you will only be charged your pledge amount every time we release a new character. Also, we don't plan to ever release more than 4 characters a month so you will never be charged over $5.00 a month to support us based on our pledge levels.

Here is the official video on how Patreon works - video.


How will the money be used?


The majority of the funds we receive from our supporters goes directly to our artists so they can draw the beautifully detailed characters that we want to have in CBL. The remaining funds are used to pay for a professional editor to review our PDF books and to cover other expenses directly related to CBL. All funding we receive through Patreon is used to support CBL only and nothing else.

Any funding that we receive over our first milestone goal will be used to improve the quality and quantity of our character artwork as well as to increase the amount of bonus artwork that we offer to our Patreon supporters.


CBL - Patreon Pathfinder Version

(Other game systems listed below)

Characters-By-Level (CBL) is a time-saving RPG accessory that consists of Pathfinder compatible pre-generated characters ready to be used in your Pathfinder games of any level. CBL releases on Patreon are done on a character basis and each character will contain the following 3 things:

  • A 45+ page PDF book containing 1 pre-generated character with NPC & PC stat blocks for levels 1-20
  • Separate, high quality artwork files (jpegs) of that character
  • Pathfinder Hero Lab portfolios for that character


Characters

All of our characters include descriptions detailing their character builds, backgrounds, physical descriptions, and personality traits plus ways to help you to fit them into your games. The details tend to be more generic due to the fact that our characters are not campaign specific, but we provide enough information so you will be able to use them in your games with little effort. Unlike other sources that offer pre-generated characters, we provide complete NPC as well as PC stat blocks for levels 1-20 for all of our characters which will allow you to use them in any of your Pathfinder games regardless of level. Additionally, every stat block beyond level 1 is based off the level immediately preceding it, providing a logical progression as the character increases in level.

Our characters’ NPC stat blocks are based on the 15-point buy method or the default NPC heroic ability scores listed in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook. PC stat blocks use 20-point builds with two starting traits. All race, class, skill, feat, equipment, spell, and trait choices are selected from the following Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rulebooks: Core Rulebook, Advanced Class Guide, Advanced Player’s Guide, Advanced Race Guide, Bestiaries 1-4, Ultimate Campaign, Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Equipment, and Ultimate Magic. As you can see there is a lot of material to draw from that will allow us to create a wide variety of interesting characters to use in your campaigns.

By providing NPC and PC stat blocks for all our characters, GMs and players will find CBL a very useful gaming accessory for their games.


PDF Book

Our PDF books are done in a professional, letter-sized layout that is printer-friendly and will not contain watermarks.

Here are some sample layouts of one of our characters.






Click pictures to enlarge.


Artwork

We hire talented artists to draw high quality colored bust portraits of all our characters. Besides using our character art inside our PDFs, the same artwork is available as separate jpeg image files of various sizes and styles so that they can be used in your games or as desktop wallpapers.

Here is a list of the character image files you will receive:

  • Website avatars
  • Virtual tabletop avatars with 4 different colored token rings
  • Character visual aid pictures
  • Full-screen and portrait size wallpapers at 1920x1200, 1920x1080, & 1366x768 resolutions

With the exception of our virtual tabletop tokens and website avatars, all CBL artwork files are for offline personal use only!

Here are some examples of our character artwork that will be released through Patreon.



Click picture to enlarge.

All of our latest character artwork will be posted on our activity page here and on our Facebook page.


Hero Lab Portfolios

CBL includes NPC & PC Hero Lab portfolios of all of our characters as a bonus to patrons that use that program for their Pathfinder games.


CBL - Non-Pathfinder Versions


As other game systems are supported by CBL, they will be given their own section on our Patreon page detailing how we created the characters for that particular RPG. All non-Pathfinder versions will be laid out similar to the Pathfinder version above when it comes to PDF layouts and character details. However, Hero Lab portfolios may not be provided for other game systems either due to cost of buying the proper licensing or not being supported by Hero Lab.


What is GA: Game Avatars?


Game Avatars (GA) is our RPG gaming accessory that only contains the character artwork files from our Characters-By-Level (CBL) product line (see CBL - Patreon Pathfinder Version - Artwork section above). It is for those who don’t play Paizo’s Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or other game systems that we support, but still want to use our character artwork in their RPG games.


Characters released per Month?


Our goal is to release 2 characters a month. There may be times where we may produce more than 2, but we will never go over 4 for any given month. Depending on your pledge level, that means you will never pay over $5.00 a month to support us.


CBL Alternate Artwork Rewards


For patrons that choose either of our deluxe pledge levels, you will receive all the alternate artwork versions that are created for each one of our characters that wasn't used for their regular release. This includes different color schemes, physical features, and clothing & armor designs.

Here is an example of two versions of our draconic-blooded sorceress character.



The left picture is the regular version of this character while the right one is an alternate version. Supporters that select either of our deluxe pledge levels will receive both versions.

Please be aware that not all of our characters will come with alternate artwork. However, we will make sure that deluxe supporters will receive a fair amount of alternate artwork to justify their pledges.


Exclusive Characters for Patreon Supporters


We do plan to release a character every now and then that will be exclusive only to our Patreon supporters. We don't plan to do this often, but when we do, we will make them unique and interesting to the best of our ability. We will also toss in some bonus art as well for all of our supporters to enjoy!

Here is an example of one character that will be exclusive to Patreon.



CBL Live Streaming & Google Hangouts


If there is enough demand, we will run a monthly Google Hangout or some other live stream event so we can talk directly with our supporters about CBL, character designs, GMing advice, and other RPG related topics that you want us to talk about. These live stream events will be available to all of our Patreon supporters.


CBL Artists


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Tiers
Pledge $0.90 or more per Character
1 patron
GA Patron Deluxe - Receive character artwork files only
You will receive the following high quality artwork files with each character's release:
  • Website avatars
  • Virtual tabletop avatars with different colored token rings
  • Portrait Wallpaper (up to 1200 pixels vertically) for personal non-internet use only
  • Receive all alternate artwork versions produced for that character
You will also have access to our activity feed where you can give us feedback on what characters we should create, how we design our characters, PDF layouts, and how to improve CBL to become a better RPG gaming aid.
Pledge $1 or more per Character
2 patrons
CBL Patron
You will receive the following files with each character's release:
  • PDF books containing the character's Pathfinder NPC & PC stat blocks for levels 1-20
  • Website avatars
  • Virtual tabletop avatars with different colored token rings
  • Portrait Wallpaper (up to 1200 pixels vertically) for personal non-internet use only
  • Character's Pathfinder Hero Lab portfolios

You will also have access to our activity feed where you can give us feedback on what characters we should create, how we design our characters, PDF layouts, and how to improve CBL to become a better RPG gaming aid.

If our character's stats are converted to other RPG game systems besides Pathfinder, CBL patrons will receive the PDFs that contain those conversions as well.
Pledge $1.25 or more per Character
15 patrons
CBL Patron Deluxe
Same rewards as the CBL Patron, but you will also receive all the alternate artwork versions produced for that character that wasn't used in its regular release.