I'm happy to announce that Hungry Little Monsters, a PDF collection of monsters for the d20 system, will be on sale on August 15th, 2004.
Hungry Little Monsters is a compilation project initiated by
me to be a charity fundraiser for FoodForAll.org, a program to help feed the hungry. Or, to quote their mission statement:
You may recognize the Food For All name ... they do the
donation-cards you can buy in the supermarked checkout line. Since its
founding, Food For All has invested over $30 million in the USA and
Hungry Little Monsters features over 40 new monsters (each
approximately one page long) for the d20 system. The theme for this
book is "monsters for which you can use existing miniatures or tokens."
Rather than a collection of bizarre-anatomy creatures that you can't
represent with anything on your miniatures shelf or in a store, this
book is full of creatures which you can represent in play with
commonly-available miniatures or tokens. This is set up by a serious of
monster archetypes -- corpses (skeletal or zombielike undead), fiends
(your typical bat-winged demonic or devilish creature), humanoids,
oozes, spirits (bodiless undead), and so on. Click here for a complete list of archetypes and examples of each.
This book is authored by volunteer members of the RPG industry, including myself, Dave Mattingly, Matt Forbeck, Scott Bennie, and Ed Greenwood, as well as a dozen other established game designers. Likewise, the editing and art will be donated as well. Hungry Little Monsters is being created entirely on volunteer time. The game material in the book is entirely open game content as defined by the Open Gaming License.
Hungry Little Monsters will be sold through RPGnow.com as a PDF file (the price is currently undetermined, as we don't know exactly how many monsters and thus pages the book will be). All proceeds from this book will be donated to Food For All.
This is the second charity project I've coordinated (the first is Swords Into Plowshares, which raised about $1,400 for another charity). I feel it is important to give back to the community, and I want to thank everyone who is volunteering their time for this project. Your efforts are appreciated, and it is good to know that despite all of the conflicts in the world, people can still come together to help others in need.
More information will be posted here as it becomes available.cover
If you would like to be notified when this project goes on sale, email me a request at and I'll put you on a special list just for that purpose (it's a live person reading the emails, not a listserver, so please say that you want to be on the charity mailing list) . Your email won't be used for anything else, and you'll only receive one email, after which I'll remove your name from the list.