Encoded Designs is creating The Mad Wizard's Menagerie
47

patrons

$151
per Creature release
The fools of the Order of Magistratus Arcanum have locked me in this tower, thinking their little wards and sigils are holding me in! Their magic is as inconsequential to me as mosquito netting is to a dragon. But they amuse me, with their preening and prancing around like officious little ants. If they only knew how thoroughly I could squash them, they would run in terror.

But I'm sorry, where are my manners? Allow me to introduce myself. I am, apparently, the Mad Wizard. For that is what I am called now. 'Tis true I am a wizard, but mad? Sanity, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. So I'll leave any judgement about my mental acuity to the various beholders out there. Uh oh, I am not supposed to talk about that, my court-appointed solicitor tells me.

I am here because this is exactly where I choose to be. I have traveled the realms, the worlds, and all the planes of existence. I have been to dimensions unimagined by even the most ale-addled visionaries. I know of things unknowable, can describe things indescribable, and will speak of the unspeakable. In my travels I have encountered beasts large and small, creatures of glorious ferocity and subtle beauty. I see the ebb and flow of intradimensional powers, and I know of great strife coming to all worlds.

As I observe all this and contemplate my plans, I have deemed it the appropriate time to write of my journeys and talk of my experiences. The Order is full of questions, so I shall give them answers. I will call my writings The Mad Wizard's Menagerie as a nod to the Order's narrow-minded views and ridiculous policies. In my notes I will tell about the creatures I have seen, fought, admired, or killed in my travels. I will sketch them as well, for pictures are as powerful as portals for the limited mind.



If you care for a closer look, you can see it here (PDF). 

If the masses enjoy my scribblings, I may even increase my output. The lairs in which these creatures dwell are often as astounding as the creatures themselves, and despite my current reputation, I have rescued many an innocent from terrible fates. Of course, I may have brought terrible fates to innocents as well, but those will be stories for another time and place.

And when the time is right, I may even agree to speak with scholars and students directly, for the knowledge I have may some day be needed by all to fight the darkness coming from between the dimensions.

The Mad Wizard's Menagerie is produced by Encoded Designs, written by Shawn Merwin, edited by Robert M. Everson, illustrated by Matt Morrow, and laid out by Christopher Sniezak. 
Tiers
The Apprentice
$1 or more per Creature release 5 patrons
You receive the stat block and text for that monster. Sometimes new rules items like spells or magic items will also be included.
The Illusionist
$2 or more per Creature release 20 patrons
You receive the stat block, text, and art for the monster, plus a token you can print or use on your favorite VTTs.
The Conjuror
$5 or more per Creature release 9 patrons
You receive the stat block, text, and art for the monster, plus a token you can print or use on your favorite VTTs. In addition, you gain access to the rough drafts as these monsters are being made, plus an invitation to an online stream once per month where the Mad Wizard will talk about his design process for the monster.
Order of Magistratus Arcanum
$7 or more per Creature release 1 patron
You get everything from the $5 level. 


You also get the ear of the Mad Wizard, allowing you to talk about your own wishes for monsters: what they look like, where they come from, what they can do, and why they exist. 


The Mad Wizard will incorporate these as he can into his design. 


Once the Patreon reaches two monsters per month, one of the monsters will be created from suggestions from the members of the Order of Magistratus Arcanum.

The Archmages' Retreat
$10 or more per Creature release 5 of 10 patrons
The Mad Wizard will open his crystal ball to the internet to host a Google Hangout once or twice a month for an hour to talk about monsters, games, D&D, and anything else with the other Archmages. 


If the demand is there, the number might be raised to allow more Archmages to participate.

Goals
$151 of $250 per Creature release
For no extra cost, the Mad Wizard will double his output, adding a second monster to observe, draw, and document for use in your games. We will add a second monster every month to our release schedule.
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The fools of the Order of Magistratus Arcanum have locked me in this tower, thinking their little wards and sigils are holding me in! Their magic is as inconsequential to me as mosquito netting is to a dragon. But they amuse me, with their preening and prancing around like officious little ants. If they only knew how thoroughly I could squash them, they would run in terror.

But I'm sorry, where are my manners? Allow me to introduce myself. I am, apparently, the Mad Wizard. For that is what I am called now. 'Tis true I am a wizard, but mad? Sanity, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. So I'll leave any judgement about my mental acuity to the various beholders out there. Uh oh, I am not supposed to talk about that, my court-appointed solicitor tells me.

I am here because this is exactly where I choose to be. I have traveled the realms, the worlds, and all the planes of existence. I have been to dimensions unimagined by even the most ale-addled visionaries. I know of things unknowable, can describe things indescribable, and will speak of the unspeakable. In my travels I have encountered beasts large and small, creatures of glorious ferocity and subtle beauty. I see the ebb and flow of intradimensional powers, and I know of great strife coming to all worlds.

As I observe all this and contemplate my plans, I have deemed it the appropriate time to write of my journeys and talk of my experiences. The Order is full of questions, so I shall give them answers. I will call my writings The Mad Wizard's Menagerie as a nod to the Order's narrow-minded views and ridiculous policies. In my notes I will tell about the creatures I have seen, fought, admired, or killed in my travels. I will sketch them as well, for pictures are as powerful as portals for the limited mind.



If you care for a closer look, you can see it here (PDF). 

If the masses enjoy my scribblings, I may even increase my output. The lairs in which these creatures dwell are often as astounding as the creatures themselves, and despite my current reputation, I have rescued many an innocent from terrible fates. Of course, I may have brought terrible fates to innocents as well, but those will be stories for another time and place.

And when the time is right, I may even agree to speak with scholars and students directly, for the knowledge I have may some day be needed by all to fight the darkness coming from between the dimensions.

The Mad Wizard's Menagerie is produced by Encoded Designs, written by Shawn Merwin, edited by Robert M. Everson, illustrated by Matt Morrow, and laid out by Christopher Sniezak. 

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Tiers
The Apprentice
$1 or more per Creature release 5 patrons
You receive the stat block and text for that monster. Sometimes new rules items like spells or magic items will also be included.
The Illusionist
$2 or more per Creature release 20 patrons
You receive the stat block, text, and art for the monster, plus a token you can print or use on your favorite VTTs.
The Conjuror
$5 or more per Creature release 9 patrons
You receive the stat block, text, and art for the monster, plus a token you can print or use on your favorite VTTs. In addition, you gain access to the rough drafts as these monsters are being made, plus an invitation to an online stream once per month where the Mad Wizard will talk about his design process for the monster.
Order of Magistratus Arcanum
$7 or more per Creature release 1 patron
You get everything from the $5 level. 


You also get the ear of the Mad Wizard, allowing you to talk about your own wishes for monsters: what they look like, where they come from, what they can do, and why they exist. 


The Mad Wizard will incorporate these as he can into his design. 


Once the Patreon reaches two monsters per month, one of the monsters will be created from suggestions from the members of the Order of Magistratus Arcanum.

The Archmages' Retreat
$10 or more per Creature release 5 of 10 patrons
The Mad Wizard will open his crystal ball to the internet to host a Google Hangout once or twice a month for an hour to talk about monsters, games, D&D, and anything else with the other Archmages. 


If the demand is there, the number might be raised to allow more Archmages to participate.