Bloat Games


On January 15th, 2019 Bloat Games will launch their 5th RPG Kickstarter for SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons:  The Cryptid Manual.  This will be the 3rd Kickstarter from the SURVIVE THIS!! line, created by Bloat Games founder, Eric Bloat, in 2015 and the 2nd in the Dark Places & Demogorgons series (Created by Eric Bloat and Josh Palmer).  All of Bloat Games previous Kickstarters have funded, including their most recent Kickstarter, SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City, which funded at nearly $13,000. 

Bloat Games will be using Drivethrurpg for both digital and physical fulfillment. 


The Cryptid Manual is Bloat Games first exclusively Bestiary/Monster Manual type of product.  However, instead of using the same monsters that find their ways into most Bestiaries, for the Cryptid Manual, Bloat Games focused on highlighting the creatures of Cryptozoology from all around the world.  If you’ve ever wanted to run your players against a Big Foot, a Lake Monster, The Mothman or Jersey Devil, then this supplement will be a must have.  While the Cryptid Manual was created for Dark Places & Demogorgon it can easily be used with any OSR game, with very little conversion needed by the DM. 

The physical book will be approximately 90 pages, full color, digest size (6x9) and available in hard cover and softcover.


The Credits:


Brandish Gilhelm - Layout, Design, Artwork & Editing

Eric Bloat – Concept, Project Coordinator

Jodie Brandt – Writing, Editing

Josh Palmer – Writing, Editing


Other projects by the team:


Brandish Gilhelm (aka Runehammer)

                Runehammer Games – Owner

                Index Card RPG (ICRPG) – Creator, Writer, Artist

                ICRPG Worlds – Writer, Artist

                Junk’d – Creator, Writer, Artist

                SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City – Artist, Creative Contributor

                SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies 2nd Edition – Cover Artist

                The Mecha Hack – Artist

                The Ravaged Wastleland of Crifoth – Cover Artist, Interior Artist, Cartography


Eric Bloat

                Bloat Games – Owner

                SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies! – Writer, Creator

                SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons – Co-Creator, Writing, Artist, Layout & Design

                The Zombie Hack – Creator, Writing, Layout

                The Vigilante Hack – Creator, Writing, Layout

                The Vigilante Hack:  A City Full of Sinners – Writer, Layout

                SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City – Writer, Layout

                SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies! 2nd Edition – Writer, Layout


Jodie Brandt

                SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons:  Vampire Sourcebook – Co-Writer

                SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons:  Werewolf Sourcebook – Writer

                The Vigilante Hack:  Sanctuary Asylum – Writer

                SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City – Co-Writer

                SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies! 2nd Edition:  Among The Living – Co-Writer

                Conspiracy Theories: A SURVIVE THIS!! Zine – Creator, Writer

                The Complete Vigilante Hack – Co-Writer


Josh Palmer

                SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons – Co-Creator, Writer

                SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons: Player Options & GM Guide – Writer

                SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons: Jeffersontown Setting Guide – Co-Writer

                SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons: Ghost Hunter’s Handbook – Writer

                SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons: UFO Investigator’s Handbook – Writer

                SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies! 2nd Edition – Writer

                SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City – Co-Writer

                List Off (Tabletop Card Games) – Creator


Quotes from the team:


"Building the Cryptid Manual for DP&D was a creepy, weird, creatively wide-open delight. This book is the heart of the 'Survive This' series in that it shows a bizarre, unlike anything-else monster set for modern times. Goat man fo' life."  - Brandish Gilhelm aka Runehammer


“Survive This!! Cryptid Manual is a unique rpg bestiary. It’s overflowing with creatures, new and old, for your games of Dark Places & Demogorgons, or any OSR game that you may enjoy. Designed to emulate a governmental file on all things top secret, this volume of monsters, nefarious and strange, will test your players wits, investigation skills, and sanity in ways they may have never expected.” – Jodie Brandt


“Working on this book was exhilarating, stretching my research and creative talents in directions bold and new. While many of the creatures within will be familiar to some, others will be newly discovered, and others are brand new, springing into existence and new mythologies from the weirdest corners of Josh’s and my mind. Coupled with dynamic and visceral Runehammer art, the Survive This!! Cryptid Manual is sure to bring many hours of fun to your tabletop. So, crack the cover and dive in, but beware! Some things cannot be unseen…” - Jodie Brandt


“The Cryptid Manual is the newest addition to the Dark Places & Demogorgons library. It adds greatly to the DP&D bestiary, encompassing cryptid creatures from all over the globe.  Written from the point of view of a cryptozoologist that is searching the world for monsters, but has his journey enhanced by the discovery of a portion of a long-lost item used to track and fight monsters.  Unfortunately, it looks like something horrible happened to him and his life’s work has ended up in a partially redacted government file.  Hopefully, his work will be of some help to those monster hunters out there.” – Josh Palmer


“I was happy to work on this book because of my lifelong love of cryptozoology.  It was challenging selecting a good variety of creatures to include in the manual. Many of the monsters are well-known to most people, while others will be completely new to the reader.  I think that hardcore cryptid fans will be pleased by the book as much as the fans of Dark Places & Demogorgons.” – Josh Palmer


“Working with Jodie Brandt was great, because his mind for gaming and love of cryptozoology. Runehammer’s artistic talent really brings these beasts to life!” – Josh Palmer 


Why the change to Drivethrurpg for fulfillment?

“We really wanted to streamline the process and get our books into the hands of GMs and the players that much sooner.  Plus, Drivethrurpg has really made it so convenient for small publishers like myself and we’ve seen so many of our piers in the industry have great success with the Drivethrurpg fulfillment method on Kickstarter that for us, it was a no brainer.”  - Eric Bloat.


Other products by Bloat Games:


List Off (Core Box Set)

                List Off:  1980s Expansion

                List Off:  Comics Expansion

                List Off:  Movies Expansion

                List Off:  Music Expansion


SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies! Collected Edition

                STZ:  Zombie Manual II:  Welcome to Zombie Land

                STZ:  The Body In The Road


The Zombie Hack

White Box Zombies


The Vigilante Hack

                TVH:  A City Full Of Sinners

                TVH:  Sanctuary Asylum

                The Complete Vigilante Hack


SURVIVE THIS!! Dark Places & Demogorgons Core Rules

                DP&D: Vampire Sourcebook

                DP&D: Jeffersontown Setting Guide

                DP&D: Player Options & GM Guide

                DP&D: Werewolf Sourcebook

                DP&D: UFO Investigator’s Handbook

                DP&D: Ghost Hunter’s Handbook

                DP&D: Holiday Special


SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies! 2nd Edition

                STZ2E:  Among The Living

Cryptid Manual Book Cover

Cryptid Manual Book Cover

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