Arcana of the Ancients, a 5E science-fantasy sourcebook

A project in Seattle, WA by Monte Cook Games

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A sourcebook that brings the science-fantasy stylings of Numenera to 5E, written by designers very experienced with both games.
Backers: 5536
Average Pledge Per Backer: $94

Funded: $520,207 of $50,000
Dates: Mar 12th -> Apr 12th (32 days)
Project By: Monte Cook Games
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Latest News

Arcana of the Ancients Has Been Unearthed. What’s Next?

April 12th - via:
Thank you so much for your all of your support for Arcana of the Ancients. All of us here at MCG are thrilled to be making this book, along with Beasts of Flesh and Steel, Beneath the Monolith, and Where the Machines Wait. We’re really looking... (Read More)

A Few Things Before This Campaign Ends

April 12th - via:
What an awesome week—and what an awesome Kickstarter—this has been! The final day has been particularly exciting, and we're so pleased that with your help we made ALL our stretch goals. Wow! Before the campaign reaches its end, we wanted to give... (Read More)

Bigger Book Stretch Goal Unlocked. Thank you.

April 12th - via:
We thought it would be a stretch—that's why we call them stretch goals—but you crushed the $500,000 goal like the dungeon-destroying, dragon-slaying champions that you are. Seriously, we appreciate the support you've given us over the last few... (Read More)

Jade Colossus PDFs for Everyone!

April 12th - via:
Another goal reached. Now backers at every level get the Jade Colossus 144-page PDF sourcebook added to their rewards. (Backers who already have the Jade Colossus PDF or otherwise don't want it will be able to choose, after the campaign, to get a $10... (Read More)

More (Moar!) Monsters Unlocked!

April 11th - via:
Amazing! We have broken the $400,000 barrier, thanks to your support. And because of that, we will now add more monsters to Beasts of Flesh and Steel, making it an even better, even bigger hardcover book of monsters for 5e. And we're still not done!... (Read More)

Jade Colossus Conversion Guide Unlocked!

April 11th - via:
Wow! Way to go. And so fast. Thanks to you we'll be making a 5e conversion guide in PDF for our sourcebook, Jade Colossus, and we'll give that conversion guide to backers at all levels. Remember, though, you need a copy of the original Jade Colossus... (Read More)

Where the Machines Wait Is Unlocked!

April 10th - via:
Thanks to you, backers, we have already unlocked Where the Machines Wait. This means we’re making yet another book, and adding it to the rewards of hundreds of backers—for free. To recap, everyone at the EXPERT OF THE ANCIENT PAST backer level or... (Read More)

Arcana of the Ancients Gets Bigger—How about Another Book?

April 9th - via:
We had a terrific weekend (again!), and you’ve unlocked yet another expansion to Arcana of the Ancients. We are now adding a third upgrade to the book, increasing its size and making every backer’s rewards bigger and better! This campaign ends on... (Read More)

Beneath the Monolith is Unlocked!

April 5th - via:
You’ve done it! After a fast-paced week, you’ve unlocked an awesome stretch goal, and one we’re really looking forward to making and delivering to you: Beneath the Monolith, a new hardcover (and PDF) companion to Arcana of the Ancients that... (Read More)

A Challenging New Creature—and a Free Product

April 2nd - via:
We had a very exciting weekend! This is traditionally the slowest period in any Kickstarter campaign, but the numbers of new backers we’ve seen in the past four or five days have been truly fantastic. And the results are fantastic, too: We smashed... (Read More)

New Items Unlocked. Next Up: Beneath the Monolith.

March 29th - via:
Wow! In what is typically the slowest period of any Kickstarter campaign, you, our wonderful backers, have knocked out a stretch goal in a little over 24 hours! The upgrade to Arcana of the Ancients, adding more weird science-fantasy items (and more... (Read More)

Catch Arcana of the Ancients on Geek & Sundry!

March 28th - via:
MCG’s Darcy Ross was out in Los Angeles recently, and Geek & Sundry was kind enough to invite her to visit their studios. While there she sat down with Eric Campbell and they put together a special edition of Game Master’s Hall—and it aired... (Read More)

Deluxe Edition Unlocked—Now Let's Unlock the Ninth World

March 28th - via:
We’ve done it: We’ve unlocked the deluxe edition of Arcana of the Ancients. Every backer who is getting all the books in print—that is, everyone backing at EXPERT OF THE ANCIENT PAST or higher—will get this book among their rewards. If that... (Read More)

Don't Poke the Ravage Bear!

March 27th - via:
Can you believe we’re closing in on the deluxe version of Arcana of the Ancients? As soon as we hit it—which could easily be as soon as this evening—we’re going to announce not just one, but the next two stretch goals. We’re very excited by... (Read More)

A Sample Monster You Can Use Right Now

March 19th - via:
We had a really nice weekend, and we’re well on the way to our next stretch goal. Please keep boosting the signal—particularly to your friends who love 5E but might never have heard of Monte Cook Games or this Kickstarter. As we climb toward that... (Read More)

A Further Look at Items

March 18th - via:
In Arcana of the Ancients, we introduce a new type of item that player characters can find and use. They’re called cyphers—because most people have no idea how they work—and they represent strange bits of technology cobbled together to produce... (Read More)

Adventure Unlocked!

March 15th - via:
 It’s been an exciting couple of days—so much so that we’ve knocked out another stretch goal. We’re upgrading the page count of Arcana of the Ancients to include an additional adventure Monte will write for the book. Every backer getting... (Read More)

Beasts of Flesh and Steel Unlocked!

March 14th - via:
You did it! You’ve already unlocked our first doozy of a stretch goal: Beasts of Flesh and Steel will be a reality. This hardcover will include well over 100 new monsters based on or around the strange technology of the ancients. These... (Read More)

What’s in This Book?

March 13th - via:
Arcana of the Ancients will be a lavish hardcover book helping you introduce science-fantasy elements into your 5E game. But what does that really mean? Well, we’ve mentioned that it will include adventures, items, creatures, and GM advice. Let’s... (Read More)

Let’s Make Another Book!

March 12th - via:
We are thrilled to have funded this project, but we want to make even more cool stuff for you. If we can reach $100,000, we will also make a hardcover monster book for 5E called Beasts of Flesh and Steel. It will include well over 100 new monsters... (Read More)


March 12th - via:
Wow! We’re thrilled that this book sounds as great to you as it does to us. Thanks to your help, it's now official: we will make Arcana of the Ancients! This is going to be fun. But we’re not done yet—in fact, we’re just getting started.... (Read More)

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