Children of the Beast

Empire of the Ghouls: A 5th Edition Campaign vs. the Undead

A project in Kirkland, WA by Kobold Press

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An alliance of cultists, ghouls, and vampires. A scheme of the dark gods against humanity. New maps, dark realms, monstrous societies!
Backers: 2337
Average Pledge Per Backer: $72

Funded: $168,687 of $20,000
Dates: May 1st -> May 31st (31 days)
Project By: Kobold Press
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Latest News

The Empire Needs You!

May 30th - via:
Ok backers, this is the last chance to tell your GM, your online buddies, and total strangers about the glory of the Ghoul Imperium! The Emperor needs you to post a link to this Kickstarter somewhere, anywhere, the better to draw in additional... (Read More)

Sneak Peek: Special Edition Covers

May 29th - via:
In today’s sneak peek, we look at the two different special edition cover options for Empire of the Ghouls. We have done similar special edition covers for some of our previous Kickstarter projects, and we included pictures of those books for an... (Read More)

Sneak Peek: Underworld Lairs and Player’s Guide

May 28th - via:
Our kobolds are hard at work adding the stretch goal unlocks to the Underworld Lairs and Underworld Player’s Guide. Remember the derro map and encounter? The dark shrine? The gravebinder magic? Designers Jeff Lee, Kelly Pawlik, and Jon Sawatsky... (Read More)

The Final Week!

May 27th - via:
As we enter the final week of the Kickstarter, we are ecstatic, humbled, and ever-grateful for your support. You are helping us bring our story of ghouls and the Underworld to (un?)life. Let’s take a look at what you’ve unlocked so far: ·... (Read More)

Design Diary: Pure City of Vandekhul

May 24th - via:
In the final chapter of Empire of the Ghouls, the players enter the darakhul city, Vandekhul, and confront the leader of the ghoul uprising. Richard Green tells us what it was like writing the final chapter. After working on the overall outline and... (Read More)

What Does “Fuligin” Mean? - Design Diary: Into the Fuligin Realm

May 21st - via:
Latin-based, the word “fuligin” roughly means “darker than black” or “blacker than black.” Though an archaic word, it has found use in recent decades by the author Gene Wolfe. We use the word to describe the Underworld of Midgard not... (Read More)

[PODCAST] Designing Adventures (Part 5) Hooks and Openings – Misdirected Mark Productions

May 20th - via:
Shawn and Chris’ conversation about adventure design moves into hooks and openings but before they get to that Shawn interviews AL Administrator Amy Lynn Dzura. Enjoy and we’ll catch you next week. (Read More)

$100k Stretch Goals UNLOCKED!

May 19th - via:
THANK YOU for your support and for helping us reach $100k! With your support, we can now add a new high-tier, lich-themed encounter to Underworld Lairs, add a mushroom-based player race to the Underworld Player’s Guide, AND host a stream of... (Read More)

Design Diary: Catacombs of the Ghul King

May 18th - via:
For today's Design Diary, we look at the design process behind Chapter 4: Catacombs of the Ghul King. In the fourth chapter of Empire of the Ghouls, the players must find a way into the Underworld to put a final stop to the ghouls. They head to the... (Read More)

Week 2 Recap and Art Preview

May 16th - via:
It's the end of the second week of the Empire of the Ghouls Kickstarter, and you've unlocked 6 more stretch goals! Thank you very much!  Drow Race Expanded - We expand on the drow as a player race in the Underworld Player's Guide.  Underdark NPCs -... (Read More)

Design Diary: The Blood Marriage

May 15th - via:
You've unlocked two blood-filled stretch goals since our last update: a vampire lair with map and a detailed entry on the Cult of the Red Goddess! Thank you all very much! For today's update, we explore the design process behind Chapter 3: The Blood... (Read More)

Design Diary: Holy Robes of Sister Adelind

May 13th - via:
Stretching beneath the surface of Midgard, the Underworld offers unique challenges and terrain just as the world above it, and your support has helped us show it! The latest stretch goal unlock (that puts us at 20 stretch goals unlocked!!) allows us... (Read More)

Design Diary: Black Chambers of the Undercity

May 10th - via:
Since our last update, you've unlocked an expanded drow race and three new NPCs of the Underworld. That's a total of 19 stretch goals unlocked so far! Thank you all very much! We're excited for the opportunity to create and expand more content for... (Read More)

Week 1 Recap and Why We Chose Ghouls

May 8th - via:
In the week since we launched, we have successfully funded and unlocked 17 stretch goals! Thank you all for your support and for sharing our Kickstarter! In honor of this, we wanted to answer the question "why ghouls?" for a behind-the-scenes peak... (Read More)

Empire of the Ghouls Cover KS Update

May 7th - via:
When it was time to assign the cover to our Empire of the Ghouls project, we knew we wanted to work with Craig Spearing again. He'd done such an amazing job with the undead on the Creature Codex cover, working with him again was a no-brainer.... (Read More)

What is a Darakhul?

May 4th - via:
Since some of you may be new to Midgard and may not be familiar with its unique ghouls, we sat down with Chief Kobold Wolfgang Baur for an explanation of the differences between more traditional ghouls and Midgard’s darakhul. Ghouls vs. Darakhul:... (Read More)

Day 3 - Darakhul PC Race and the Underworld Player’s Guide

May 3rd - via:
It’s only the third day of the Kickstarter and you’ve already unlocked 13 stretch goals!! We’re floored and delighted. Thank you for sharing this project and spreading the word.  One of the recent unlocks was the Darakhul as a playable race.... (Read More)

Day 2 and What is the Ghoul Imperium

May 2nd - via:
Our kobolds passed out from sheer, overwhelming excitement last night and awoke today to four more stretch goals unlocked! Thank you all so much for your support! · Ghoul Map and Encounter - A new encounter by Jeff Lee with cartography from Jon... (Read More)

Derro PC Race Stretch Goal UNLOCKED!

May 1st - via:
The Derro PC race will now be added to the Player’s Guide! This race first appeared in our Unlikely Heroes book, and we are expanding it in the Underworld Player’s Guide with more variants, details, and, likely, gear. Our next stretch goal... (Read More)

More Monsters UNLOCKED!

May 1st - via:
 Thanks to all of you, this beast, sketched by Egil Thompson (, is now added to the Empire of the Ghouls book! It is joined by several other monsters such as the Spawn of Alquam, Locusthounds, and Elemental Roaches. Our... (Read More)

Derro Map and Sidequest Stretch Goal UNLOCKED!

May 1st - via:
With your help we’ve unlocked the second stretch goal: derro map and sidequest encounter in the Underworld Lairs book! This lair will be designed by Jeff Lee with cartography from Jon Pintar (his art can be found at: )! Our... (Read More)

First Stretch Goal: UNLOCKED!

May 1st - via:
You are crushing it with these dice rolls! Thanks to you, we've unlocked the first stretch goal (4 hours and 30 minutes into the campaign!) Here's a sneak peak at the Cavefish Zombie sketched by Egil Thompson that is now being added into the Empire... (Read More)

FUNDED: Empire of the Ghouls!

May 1st - via:
THANK YOU to each and every one of our backers for making EMPIRE OF THE GHOULS a reality! Because of your support, we've reached our goal and the campaign is FUNDED! So what's next? Now we push for stretch goals! The first up is "Underdark Monsters"... (Read More)

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