Total Party Kill Bestiary: 5E Monsters for Veteran Heroes

Created by 2CGaming

A panoply of uniquely dangerous monsters to challenge veteran heroes in the 5th Edition of the world's greatest roleplaying game.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Developement Update (Nearing Writing Completion)
2 months ago – Sat, Oct 06, 2018 at 11:31:29 PM


Production Update!

Hey there folks! We've been hard at work creating new monsters, pushing for a release date late November of this year. We are currently almost done with all of the Alpha monster builds (over 100 monsters!), which are looking VERY dangerous indeed. As a reminder, our development process looks something like this:

  • Step 1: Draft Alphas of Monsters and commission art
  • Step 2: Beta test alpha drafts, then move monsters to Beta build for final revision.
  • Step 3: Finalize betas, implement monsters.

As of right now, about 1/4 of the monsters are finalized and past step 3, with 1/2 of the monsters finished with step 2 and awaiting step 3. Our community playtests have been fantastic. We've had a lot of great opportunities to get to know many of you, and feedback has been guiding our designs every step of the way. 

What's Coming

Excited to see what fearsome foes you will add to your arsenal?! We have the FULL LIST of every monster in the book, some examples of which are provided below! We guarantee your players will tremble in fear at the sight of these deadly threats.

Imperial Dragons (Dragon, CR Range 15 - 25)

Truly Royal Dragons
Truly Royal Dragons

Beasts of Legend Template (Beasts, CR Range 10 - 17)

  • Legendary Giant Elk
  • Legendary Tiger
  • Legendary Tyrannosaurus
She's a beaut, innit she?
She's a beaut, innit she?

Living Spells (Construct, CR Range 11 - 29)

  • Living Abjuration
  • Living Conjuration
  • Living Divination
  • Living Enchantment
  • Living Evocation
  • Living Illusion
  • Living Necromancy
  • Living Transmutation
  • Living Spellstorm
Mad mages, tears in the Weave or something else entirely?
Mad mages, tears in the Weave or something else entirely?

The Holy Virtues (Celestial, CR Range 14 - 28)

  • Sublime Chastity 
  • Gracious Humility
  • Adamant Diligence
Too many humanoid angels with wings - let's get mythical!
Too many humanoid angels with wings - let's get mythical!

That's all for now, folks - back to the writing! As always, let us know if there are any questions or concerns!

- The 2CGaming Team

August 2018 Update - Monster Art!
4 months ago – Wed, Aug 01, 2018 at 05:02:48 PM

We've missed a month on the updates! Sorry for the lapse. Though we're not attending this year, we hope everyone's GenCon goes well this week!

The main theme of this update is some finalization of our monster groups and artwork!

Determined Monster Group

The book contains 28 groups (approximately 85 monsters), and we've formally settled on many of these groups, described in brief with some in-progress artwork below!

Utterances of Truespeech. Potent spellcasters, warped by exposure to the underlying framework of the cosmos.

Elemental Archons. The souls of long-dead heroes, enshrouded in elemental magic, banished by the powers that be to roam the material plane.

Lynchwood. Ancient trees, come to life through the vengeful souls of those hung from its branches.

Vermindrakes. Dragon-insect hybrids, created by insane mages and bad luck. You might recognize these from the book's cover!

Vermindrakes
Vermindrakes

Sand Dragons. Desert-dwelling dragons, with emphasis on lurking and striking from beneath the sands.

Primeval Fey. Name and light theme change from "Fey Royalty", unique and powerful progenitors of the classic fey concepts, including trickery, fortune, and time.

Imperial Dragons. Many powerful dragons are content to rest on their laurels, hoarding gold and power. Not so for these most ambitious dragons, who prize physical prowess above all else.

Nartheneen. The ancient, now-extinct race of powerful beings, drawing inspiration from Egyptian godhood. The Nartheneen’s obsession with meritocracy has developed their race into a powerful group of superbeings separated into castes, each with a different animal head. Through potent rituals, they can enter a new caste (and exchange their head!), vastly altering their capabilities.

Metallic Oozes. Constructs of powerful alchemy, these liquid constructs are crafted of rare and often volatile liquid metals.

Metallic Oozes
Metallic Oozes

Living Structures. Giant mimics that disguise themselves as structures, consuming portions of the structure and recreating it as their own digestive tract.

Hammer Angels. Watchful celestials that track the sum total of evil deeds committed by a creature, big and small. When it hits critical mass, they come and hit you in the head with a metaphorical brick. Even a tiny evil act can push you over the edge and bring down their divine judgement. 

Birds of Paradise. Fey birds with incredibly powerful illusion and enchantment abilities that coerce mortals into long-term effects (such as year-long sleep), allowing the birds to nest around them. Lots of cool real world designs to draw from here, along with filling a niche of fey creatures that are also tiny/small.

Holy Virtues. Creatures built off the physical themes represented in catholic representation of angels, each with game mechanics representing the themes of Mercy, Compassion, and Retribution. Themes still TBD.

Hybrids. While originally an excuse to stat up Sharktopus, a Hybrid system has been developed in the 2CGaming Patreon. Functionally, pick a top half (actions), and bottom half (traits), and slap them together. Shark-bear? Bear-topus? The same top and bottom result in a extremely deadly version of the mundane creature on which it’s based.

Hybrids - WIP
Hybrids - WIP

That's all for now, folks! We're making steady headway on this; thanks for the continued support. As always, leave questions/concerns/comments below!

Best, Jon Kelly - The 2CGaming Team

June Update - Development Continues
6 months ago – Sun, Jun 03, 2018 at 08:43:25 PM

Hello all! You're looking lovely today.

Our June update is relatively light, as the last month has been mostly focused around ideation and testing. Here's what we've been working on:

The Player's Club

Testing the Elemental Archons, Utterances of Truespeech, Living Structures and Nartheneen. These are four most-likely-to-include monster groups for the Total Party Kill Bestiary, and there's been some great feedback and adjustments on these thus far.

Living Structures

Likely related to Mimics in some capacity or other, these creatures travel stealthily about until they come across a large structure (tower, battleship, castle, etc.), at which point they burrow into the structure and consume it, room by room, replacing the walls, objects, and other inanimate elements with their own facade of the original.

Nartheneen

An ancient meritocratic race of Egyptian-inspired humanoids, these creatures perform complex rituals to adjust their physical and mental features, optimizing them for the various sociopolitical structures of their world.

The DM's Club

Our first meeting mere hours ago, we discussed themes and mechanics around the Fey Royalty, aforementioned Living Structures and others, as well as discussing the impact of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes on the contents of the Total Party Kill Bestiary. Lots of fiends from the tome mean fewer in our book, but that leaves space for other options!

Looking forward to the continued development this next month. With luck, we'll get some of the art started for the confirmed groups!

As always, please let us know if there are any questions, comments, or concerns. We're excited to hear from you!

Best,

Jon Kelly - the 2CGaming Team

Backerkit & Developer's Clubs
8 months ago – Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 11:06:02 PM

Welcome to Backerkit

We're excited to launch our after-campaign management platform through Backerkit. Backerkit is a great tool for those interested in other 2CGaming products, wish to adjust their pledges, or those who missed out on the Kickstarter campaign. For those of you new to the Backerkit web service, here are some of the awesome things you can do with it!

  • Adjust your Kickstarter pledge level
  • Pick up additional copies of the book/pdf/deluxe edition for friends and fellow gamers, while keeping the Kickstarter's discounted rate!
  • Purchase other 2CGaming products in PDF and hardcover form at a discounted rate, as our way of saying thank you for supporting the project.

You should be receiving surveys for Backerkit in the next few days. Please let us know if you find anything unusual on Backerkit that needs adjusting.

NOTE: Shipping cost will default to "Other Location" ($25), until you enter your shipping address, after which, they'll update. Items warehoused in the US (Categories 4 & 5) will require international shipping.

DM's & Player's Clubs

This last weekend we ran our first playtest for the monsters from the Total Party Kill Bestiary. Special thanks to the backers at these tiers, and those who participated at this level. We're looking forward to connecting with everyone through discord, where we'll be scheduling playtests, releasing alpha updates, and discussing community content!

Players: please review the monthly doodle polls and mark your availability as early as possible. This will allow us to schedule you into games!

DM's: We're going to be posting the framework for monster selection, and the long-list of monster groups (~40 groups) to the DM's Club channel in discord at the end of this weekend! Hopefully this'll give you a good idea of which types we're hoping to populate the book with and why. Very interested in getting some of the experienced developers involved in this project!

If you haven't been added to either of these groups in discord or have any other questions relating to this project, please ping Jon K. in discord (or post below).

That's all for now, folks! Expect another update in early May as we move forward with development!

Best,

Jon Kelly - The 2CGaming Team

Fully Funded, Our Thanks and Next Steps
9 months ago – Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 09:20:14 PM

What a campaign!


Hey folks, with just a few minutes left in the campaign, we have hit the funding goal along with several stretch goals, allowing us to bring every plan we had for this book to life! Thank you so much for your support, we are always amazed at the level of dedication and interest from members of the RPG community. With your help, we can fill your games with dangerous fantasy foes from all corners of the multiverse. Hope your players have some extra sheets.

DMs and Player Clubs

Many of you who supported this project have joined our DMs and Player clubs, where you can face these monsters early in their development, providing feedback and design insights along the way. This is a first for us, so we are very excite to get to know you all and and look forward to playing with you! Expect details about how to redeem those rewards in the coming week (we will message you directly).

Update Schedule

As the project develops, we will be providing backers with monthly updates about our progress. However, if you wish to speak with us directly as the book is being written, you are always welcome to join us in our Discord server and see where we are on the project at any given time! Find us on Discord here.


Backer Kit

One of the ways we can reward our supporters is through Backerkit, a service which allows us to provide special benefits to those who supported us over this campaign. This allows us to conduct backer surveys and provide you with additional custom services that Kickstarter is not able to accommodate. Such services include:

  • Adjusting your Kickstarter Pledge Level
  • Acquiring Additional Copies of the book for friends and fellow RPG enthusiasts.
  • Purchasing 2CGaming Products in PDF and hardcover form at discounted prices as a reward for supporting the project.

Final Thoughts

This project is shaping up to be something really special, with a lot of passionate interest and opportunity for community engagement. We are looking forward to providing you with a unique and challenging book that will make a splash at your game table.

Best Regards and Humble Thanks

The 2CGaming Team.