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:

Update - February
4 months ago – Sun, Feb 03, 2019 at 11:48:24 PM

Progress Update & Schedule

Alright, it's been a while and we've been a little quiet recently, so let's talk about what's been going on with this project. The short of it is that we're in the final stages of development.

  • 100% of writing - COMPLETE
  • 100% of art - COMPLETE
  • 100% of testing - COMPLETE

We're cutting through the copy editing and writing revisions, with the formatting to follow shortly thereafter. This means that we're a little behind schedule regarding planned delivery for this project, but not more than a month or two (March or April is very reasonable at this point, with the potential for late February).

As our other projects, we'll be planning to get the PDFs out in front, followed by about a month delay on the print orders, which will ship shortly thereafter.

The great news is...

The Bestiary is Looking GREAT

Between the astounding art (showcased below) and the exciting, unusual, and balanced monster designs, we're confident this will be one of our best works yet. It's been such fun to develop, we're already in talks for the second one!

Let's get some quick art & monster group updates here:


Deep Sea Fey

Through the WotC-published monster compendiums (and those published elsewhere), we've found a lack of certain creature types - be it across the challenge rating spectrum or just fewer of certain types. One of these, the fey, needed some expansion, so you'll find a few of these groups in the Total Party Kill Bestiary. The "Deep Sea Fey" group exist - as their name indicates - far beneath the waves, where the crushing pressure and brutal cold make survival challenging for even seasoned adventurers.

Deep Sea Fey
Deep Sea Fey

Angels, Angels, & More Angels

Celestials, as another oft-underrepresented monster type, have been included in the Total Party Kill Bestiary in spades. While we tried to include several variants that deviate from the "winged humanoid" stereotype (see previous updates for some examples), we wanted to create a couple of more-standard angel groups with interesting abilities.

The "Hammer Angels" group includes an excess of mobility, being adept at positioning both themselves and their foes around the battlefield.

The "Valkyries" group includes a variety of creatures (inspired by one of our backers' suggestions!) that draw emphasis to resurrection and otherworldly mechanics.

Hammer Angels
Hammer Angels
Valkyries
Valkyries

Greater Liches

Let's get *really* deadly - the "Greater Liches" group boasts our second and final Challenge 30 in the Total Party Kill Bestiary, and includes a variety of liches from the conjoined undead paramores to the draco-demilich. These baddies posses impressive spellcasting and unusual mechanics turning them into some of the most dangerous creatures in the book. Good luck...

Greater Liches
Greater Liches

Quality Content is the Name of the Game

Our main goal is to bring you the highest quality content 5th Edition on the market, and we're continually striving for that. Second to that, sadly, is our delivery schedule and communication and that's something we definitely have been working on the background. There's been some restructuring here at 2CGaming (as you may have noticed from our other project posts), and we're sorry that it's been impacting our ability to deliver these projects on our planned schedule.

Rest assured, however, that the quality of the projects is not suffering and we have every intent to complete these projects and bring them (and future projects) to their full unbridled potential!

As always, thanks for your continued patience.


Best,

The 2CGaming Team

Developement Update (Nearing Writing Completion)
8 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!
10 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
12 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
about 1 year 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