We’ve done several previews now of Mythic Monsters: Demons, which should be available for purchase tomorrow right here on our site, but a number of folks have been asking what’s next in this product line. What indeed?
How many monsters will be in each book? The Mythic Monsters product line will follow a standard format – 12 existing monsters updated to mythic status, plus one brand-new mythic monster, though from time to time we will break that pattern if the theme of a product demands it.
Will all of the monsters in each Mythic Monster be of the same creature type? If you look carefully at the roster of creatures in Mythic Monsters: Demons, you already know the answer, as one of the creatures in this product is not actually a demon at all, the mythic bodak. In some cases, every monster in the book will be of the same type, but if the product’s theme calls for it you may see monsters of several types within, in which case they will be creatures with something else in common other than their type.
Will you still be creating non-mythic monsters? Sure, but they’ll be in their own products, typically as Adventure Path Plug-Ins like the Construct Codex, Coldwood Codex, and Boreal Bestiary, or individual creatures or templates introduced in our other products. This line is exactly what it says on the tin, MYTHIC monsters.
What about [insert my favorite kind of monster here]? Are you doing those guys? We have a goodly pile of Mythic Monsters products nearing completion as we speak. When we get to your favorite monster depends on sales for the rest of the product line. If we see sufficient demand for this product line, you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll get to your favorite sooner or later. In fact, we may go far beyond anything you expect. Suffice to say we have some big plans in the works for this product line. If people show their interest early, there will be a lot to be excited out later.
Okay, so what monsters are you doing next? I’m glad you asked! Right now, the next products in the Mythic Monsters line are these:
1. Mythic Mounts by Jason Nelson – A departure from the standard format, this product does not include a brand-new monster but includes 20 mythic mounts from the mythic pony and riding dog to the mythic sleipnir, nightmare cauchemar, and advanced roc, along with rules for acquiring and adventuring with a mythic mount as the perfect companion for your mythic character.
2. Mythic Monsters: Molds, Slimes, and Fungi by Jason Nelson – Yes. Mythic fungus. No, I’m not kidding. From the mythic vegepygmy and slime mold to the mythic mu spore, along with rules for mythic fungal hazards from shriekers to yellow mold.
3. Mythic Monsters: Inner Planes by Jonathan Keith – Mythic versions of the genie races (and their undead ghul counterparts), along with other inner plane creatures like the mythic mercane and xill, along with rules for interacting with mythic genies.
4. Mythic Monsters: Oozes by Jason Nelson – Yes. Mythic oozes. No, I’m not kidding here either. You take what could be the most boring and undifferentiated creature type there is and add some mythic magic, and you have some amazingly interesting and varied blobular menaces, from the mythic gelatinous cube to the mythic deathtrap ooze and carnivorous blob, along with rules for using and distilling mythic oozes.
5. Mythic Monsters: Mythos by Jim Groves, Jonathan Keith, and Jason Nelson – Alien horrors from beyond the stars just got a lot more mind-bendingly awful, from the mythic hound of Tindalos to the mythic shantak and shoggoth, along with updated rules for mythos madness on a mythic level.
6. Mythic Monsters: Oozes Too by Jason Nelson – I’m sorry, I just couldn’t help myself. Who knew making mythic oozes would be so much fun? This product takes on some of the weirder oozes like the mythic amoeba swarm, brain ooze, and sorcerous cube, with yet more special rules options for mythic oozy goodness.
And that’s just the first half-dozen after Mythic Monsters: Demons. We’ve already sketched out some upcoming themes, including Sea Monsters, Fairy Tale Creatures, Giants, Spirits, and a second Mythos Too to launch after the release of Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 4 later this fall, which promises to have a ton of new mythos goodies in it.
Hopefully you see something you like in the list above, and if not volley in your suggestions for things you’d like to see next. Even if you never use the mythic rules for your players, these monsters can provide an exciting change of pace from the everyday familiar monsters, with abilities that really make them unique and distinct in some very fun ways. We hope you are as excited about the Mythic Monsters line as we are.