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Tales of Arcana 5E (5th Edition) Race Guide

A project in Champaign, IL by TalesofArcanaRPG

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Over 200 reimagined and unique playable races for your 5E games!
Backers: 1222
Average Pledge Per Backer: $42

Funded: $51,062 of $20,000
Dates: Mar 1st -> Apr 26th (56 days)
Project By: TalesofArcanaRPG
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Latest News

Sixth Stretch Goal Unlocked!

April 26th - via: kickstarter.com
About 4 and a half hours left and we've unlocked another batch of races, including the much hyped Slashers! Lazari. An ancient order of human assassins that control world events from the shadows. If they would die they resurrect four days later,... (Read More)

Scairy race reveal (less than 7 hours to go!)

April 26th - via: kickstarter.com
We are so close to the next Stretch Goal! Here's one last race reveal before the campaign ends! Scairies are Gnome-sized monster creatures of varying appearance. They have the ability to change their shape into inanimate objects, however the object... (Read More)

Race Design backer reward added!

April 26th - via: kickstarter.com
To help us get to the next stretch goal, I've added a limited number of slots to help design a race. The price is to help cover the cost of commissioning a male and female member of the designed race, as well as covering the rules writing and editing... (Read More)

Fifth Stretch Goal Unlocked!

April 25th - via: kickstarter.com
We have a little under 32 hours left and we have hit the next unlock goal! Welcome to the surge of backers, most likely coming from 48 hours remaining notifications. Thank you to all the new backers that brought us over this goal line! I anticipate... (Read More)

Cthuul and Titanframe race reveals!

April 24th - via: kickstarter.com
I've shared some of the "story shots" and other lore content throughout the campaign (Sky War, Essence War, Cosmology). The goal of these sections in the book are to help give context and connection between seemingly disparate concepts. They help to... (Read More)

Fourth Stretch Goal Unlocked!

April 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
We've unlocked five new races! With 4 days to go hitting the Fifth Stretch Goal is in sight. We could very well unlock the Anansi (humans with spider-like abilities), Mycoid (mushroomfolk), Voyager (beings with abilities based on starships),... (Read More)

Slime Cube race reveal!

April 19th - via: kickstarter.com
We are closing in on the next stretch goal with a week to go! Welcome to all the new backers! Please continue to share about the project where you can (Facebook groups, Twitter, Discord, etc).  If you are backing any interesting tabletop projects,... (Read More)

Lizyaro race reveal!

April 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Arcanauts! Today I wanted to share the Lizaryo, a lizardfolk native to Arcana. Lizyaro practice a religion called Dinology, a belief that all sentient beings are reincarnated from the dinosaurs that died millions of years ago. Many follow an... (Read More)

Third Stretch Goal unlocked!

April 15th - via: kickstarter.com
We've hit the Third Stretch Goal! We are doing amazing and I'm happy to announce this means the Tulpa, Cyborg, Ramen, Efreet, and Djinn races will be included in the book and receive male and female illustrations. Additionally, several backers... (Read More)

Avian, Tortan, Ratten, Unakka, and Lesser Canid race reveals!

April 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Welcome again to all the new backers and thank you to everyone for helping bring this book to print and unlocking new races. We've just crossed $33k, which I honestly didn't think would happen. There are just over 5 days left and I'm confident we'll... (Read More)

Second Stretch goal unlocked!?

April 13th - via: kickstarter.com
We came into this afternoon with just over $26,000 and in just a few short hours we sit just north of $30,000. I want to give a massive thanks to Griffin Macaulay from the More Magic items for 5e: The Griffon's Saddlebag | Book One  project (which... (Read More)

Lost Child race reveal!

April 13th - via: kickstarter.com
As we begin working towards the second stretch goal, I wanted to share the Lost Children. Lost Children are human children that have been able to magically reject aging. This usually occurs when a child runs away from home seeking adventure and ends... (Read More)

Horse Variants unlocked and Centaur race reveal!

April 12th - via: kickstarter.com
WOW!  We have crossed the first stretch goal and unlocked variant horse-like races. Mechanically, they will be based on the Houyhnhnm. I'm so grateful to see funding increase the past few days (so fast that I had to scrap an update because of the... (Read More)

Orikami, Oni, Puchaechu, Shivrah, & Aethera race reveals!

April 7th - via: kickstarter.com
As shown in the Cosmological Chart, the dimension of Elohim (where Arcana and its planet Genesis reside) is a complex and confusing place. A realm is a pocket world metaphysically separate from the mortal plane. A plane is a world that exists... (Read More)

Cogsmic, Evolutionary, and Evo race reveals!

April 5th - via: kickstarter.com
While Arcana is home to traditional otherworldly beings such as Angels and Demons, there are other cosmic powers working behind the scenes affecting the mortal realm. While Angels enforce the will of the celestial realm, acting as law keepers, the... (Read More)

Funded and Azmodean race reveal!

April 4th - via: kickstarter.com
We made it and there's still two weeks left! Thank you so much for believing in me, Arcana, and more playable race choices in 5E! For this update I wanted to share with you my favorite race, the Azmodeans. Based on the designs of Goetic demons, each... (Read More)

The Cosmology of Genesis

March 31st - via: kickstarter.com
 Less that $1000 until the book is funded!  Instead of a race reveal, this update is a lore reveal. Even though I wanted the book to be lore lite without much continuity or canon, as I proceeded with the project I found I needed to have a lore... (Read More)

The Gothickan Alliance (Frankenstein, Mummy, and Hulk Zombie race reveals)

March 29th - via: kickstarter.com
While the Empire covers three-fourths of Genesis's surface and one-third of its largest continent Arcana, there are still dozens of smaller kingdoms and countries found there. While many seek to retain independence, some of these societies have... (Read More)

Maus race reveal!

March 26th - via: kickstarter.com
In ancient times, before Arcana was even a continent, the Titans rebelled against the Creators. While the Creators were capable of using Essence, the fundamental magic of creation, Titans were denied its use, meant only to shape and manage the... (Read More)

Faceless and Space Elf reveal

March 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
After the events of the Sky War and the defeat of the alien Invaders, the celestial powers (the gods and angels) decided to cordon Genesis (the planet where Arcana is a continent) and its moons from the rest of the solar system. To do this, the... (Read More)

Superion Race and Lore Reveal

March 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Essence is the magic of creation on Genesis, where the super continent Arcana resides. It is the purest form of magic, emanating throughout the universe from the Essence Core, the metaphysical center of that reality. Essence travels through the Gem... (Read More)

COVID-19 Update and Manos & Gibborim race reveals

March 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey Arcanauts, I wasn't sure if I needed to address the pandemic, but over the past week I've been looking to other Kickstarters and entertainment companies for guidance to see what they have done. It appears as though addressing the virus and any... (Read More)

The Sky War: Grae, Fae Dragon, Grem, and Thark race reveals

March 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Long ago, Arcana and its home planet Genesis were invaded by conquerors from the stars in an event known as the Sky War. During this time, the technologically advanced Invaders warred against the united pantheons of ancient Arcana. The little green... (Read More)

Race Reveal: Pandnaros

March 14th - via: kickstarter.com
We are closing in at $12,500, having picked up several backers this morning! I'm working on a larger update when we hit $13,000, which will reveal and discuss several lore-linked races. Arcana is home to many types of animalfolk, including the... (Read More)

Race Reveal: Navigators

March 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Navigators are those born with the inherent ability to teleport themselves vast distances. Navigator magic usually activates in the teenage years after a moment significant importance in their lives (such as winning a competition, saving a loved... (Read More)

Halfway Funded: Book Cover Races (Android, Autom, and Vermin Revealed)

March 11th - via: kickstarter.com
We are over $10,000, which means we are halfway to being funded! Thank you so much for your support and spreading the word.  I wanted to take this time to talk about the races on the physical book's front and back cover. Most of these races were a... (Read More)

6 Races Revealed!

March 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Arcanauts! As we approach $9000, I wanted to reveal six new races. These are the races featured in the story artwork on the main campaign page, where a band of adventurers defeat Cassiel, an archangel who once planned to conquer Arcana. In... (Read More)

Lore: Demons and Toons, plus some Updates

March 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Facebook / Twitter / Deviantart / Pintrest /Reddit We are closing in on $8000! I've found a lot of success posting on Facebook groups and I can confirm from Kickstarter analytics that nearly all backers are coming from Kickstarter itself, people... (Read More)

Playtesting Info & Sample Races

March 4th - via: kickstarter.com
Reddit / Twitter / Deviantart / Facebook / Pintrest Hello Arcanauts! I did a poor job articulating how playtesting would work. At the end of the campaign I plan to share a Playtest Race Guide with in progress drafts of race entries with PDF and... (Read More)

These Little Porg Go To Battle!

March 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Day two and sitting just over $3500! I will be sharing a small sampler of races in the next few days which I created to share on Reddit and Twitter. There are also some newsletters that I bought ad space in going out soon that will talk about the... (Read More)

The Walrusk Break Through The Ice!

March 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Just over 24 hours and close to $2500! This is a very good pace to reach the goal well before the end of the campaign. Please spread the word. I am terrible with social media and any help is much appreciated. Reddit and Facebook have large... (Read More)

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