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A panoply of uniquely dangerous monsters to challenge veteran heroes in the 5th Edition of the world's greatest roleplaying game.
A panoply of uniquely dangerous monsters to challenge veteran heroes in the 5th Edition of the world's greatest roleplaying game.
A panoply of uniquely dangerous monsters to challenge veteran heroes in the 5th Edition of the world's greatest roleplaying game.
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Put simply, the Total Party Kill Bestiary is quite possibly the greatest compilation of high-level monstrous foes compatible with the 5th Edition of the world's greatest role-playing game. The project focuses on development of monsters with Challenge above 10, putting special emphasis on non-humanoid, non-legendary creatures.

The monsters here (approximately 75 in total) are organized into thematic groups, hearkening back to earlier editions of the roleplaying game, and bring more than just stat blocks to the table. Each monster also includes detailed descriptions, lore, background, ecology, treasure, and plot hooks. As all the projects in our Total Party Kill series, every monster includes meticulous tactics, as well as suggestions to alter the creature's challenge through clever or poor use of said tactics.

The book is well-organized, and beautifully laid out (download the promo below for a sample!) The print versions are made with high-quality paper, rich inking, and encased in hard-cover, produced by one of the industry giants, Ingramspark.

Download The Promo Here!

The Total Party Kill Bestiary Promo: Utterances of Truespeech
The Total Party Kill Bestiary Promo: Utterances of Truespeech

 

With a spread of more than 75 monsters (before any stretch goals), we need to ensure that the creatures within are the highest-quality, most-interesting, most balanced creatures out there. Too many monster books before suffer from a lack of inspired design and low-key testing - we're not about to make those mistakes.

While the 2CGaming team can avail itself of a solid spread of designers, writers, and players, the more experienced eyes we can get on the material from both sides of the table, the better!

Everyone supporting the Kickstarter will have the opportunity to review and provide any level of feedback on the monsters and groups through our discord server, but for those interested in a close-up-and-personal experience, we've got a couple of options: 

The Player's Club

Of paramount importance to any solid book of monsters is rigorous, meticulous testing, and what better way to make that happen then some awesome games with experienced players?

For those in the Player's Club, we'll be running two or three several-hour games every week, most likely on weekends, until the book is finished and released! Schedule specifics will depend on each group's schedule. The groups will be somewhat ad-hoc, but we'll work to make sure that you're getting to play at least two games with us every month. The cool thing about this is that it's all fair game - anything RAW or UA goes. We're testing the boundaries, so we want to see all manner of options thrown against these monsters. At the end of the sessions, we'll get feedback and suggestions from the group - what you liked and didn't like, what worked well, etc. This of course means that everyone in the Player's Club will be listed in the Playtesting credits of the book.

The DM's Club

The DM's Club is geared towards designers and hard-core "customize all the things" game masters. During our development process, we go through an iterative process of brainstorming, writing, and revision which we've found brings the best results to the finish product. We'll be releasing the earliest versions of all the monsters (after one round of brainstorming, writing & revision) to the DM's Club for their thoughts, critiques, and suggestions. As such, everyone in the DM's Club will be listed under "Community Designers" in the book's credits.

We're also very interested in your monstrous concepts! We'll provide in-line feedback on anything submitted from the DM's Club (as long as you aren't giving us books of content to review). Additionally, if we *really* like what we see, we'll reach out personally and ask if you'd be willing to have your monster (or group) included in the book.

Finally, we'll be hosting a one-monthly "Monsters Design" session with a member of the 2CGaming team (probably Steve or Ryan) to which all members of the DM's Club will be invited!

Join the Development

The reward tiers list which clubs they grant access to, with the "Developer's Club" giving access to both of them. Additionally, the "Master of Monsters" reward tier gives access to both groups, while simultaneously allowing for the customized development and testing of a monster group.

There are 25 slots for each group available through the Kickstarter. For every five monster groups we unlock through Stretch Goals, we'll open another Master of Monsters reward tier, which will add another to each club.

However, there's another way to join the groups - The 2CGaming Patreon. Anyone who is a part of either the $30 or $200 tier has access to the Player's and DM's Clubs for all current projects, including the Total Party Kill Bestiary, in addition to the listed rewards for those tiers. 

Thank you very much for your interest in the Total Party Kill Bestiary! We're trying a couple of new reward tier options for this project that we haven't in the past for those of you interested in being even more involved!

TPK Bestiary Supporter: $1+

Your interest and support help us do what we do! You can also grab this reward tier if you're interested in keeping tabs on the project or adding funds at a later date through Backerkit!

Total Party Kill Bestiary Digital: $18+

A bookmarked, fully-searchable, high-definition PDF, packed full with all the monster you crave! Great for gaming from whatever device you so choose or printing subsections in manner you prefer!

Includes: PDF of the Total Party Kill Bestiary

TPK Bestiary Print: $38+

This reward tier brings you both the fully-searchable, bookmarked PDF and the durable, hard-cover copy of the Total Party Kill Bestiary.

Includes:

  • PDF of the Total Party Kill Bestiary
  • Print copy of the Total Party Kill Bestiary
Print mock-up. Estimated 240 pages.
Print mock-up. Estimated 240 pages.

TPK Bestiary + DM/Player's Club: $55+

Limit of 10 backers for each.

Join the development of the Total Party Kill Bestiary! As a part of the DM's Club, you'll see the earliest releases of all monsters; careful! They're still wet!

As a member of the Player's Club, you'll have the chance to play with the 2CGaming team at least twice a month, providing feedback and development notes necessary to refine the monster's edge.

In either case, you'll be referenced in the credits for your contributions!

Includes:

  • PDF of the Total Party Kill Bestiary
  • Print copy of the Total Party Kill Bestiary
  • Membership to the Player or DM's Club for the duration of the Total Party Kill Bestiary development.
  • Inclusion in the credits as either a "Playtester" or "Community Designer"

TPK Bestiary Deluxe Print: $75+

The deluxe print is a truly masterful presentation of the monstrous content found in the Total Party Kill Bestiary. The Deluxe print, available only during the pre-order phases of the project (until publication), includes photo-quality, 70 lb. print interior paper for extra *pop* and durability. Additionally, you'll have the option to select from the base cover, and a high-gloss, full-color version of the "Vermindrake Assault" cover by Ambrose Hoilman.

Includes:

  • PDF of the Total Party Kill Bestiary
  • Deluxe Print copy of the Total Party Kill Bestiary
"Vermindrake Assault" - Full Color by Ambrose Hoilman
"Vermindrake Assault" - Full Color by Ambrose Hoilman

TPK Bestiary Deluxe Print + Developer's Club: $100+

Limit of 10 backers.

Want to jump in both the Player's Club and DM's Club while simultaneously picking up the Deluxe print copy of the Total Party Kill Bestiary? You're in the right place.

Includes:

  • PDF of the Total Party Kill Bestiary
  • Deluxe Print copy of the Total Party Kill Bestiary
  • Membership to the Player and DM's Clubs for the duration of the Total Party Kill Bestiary development.
  • Inclusion in the credits as a "Playtester" and "Community Designer"

Master of Monsters: $500+

Limit of 5 backers.

Are you truly a master of monsters? Work with the 2CGaming team to design a full monster group (two to four monsters in the same theme), lending your insight to the artistic process, design elements, testing, and writing.

As other projects, let us know if you'd like to expanded the scope at this reward tier this and we'll work together to bring your vision to life!

Includes:

  • PDF of the Total Party Kill Bestiary
  • Deluxe Print copy of the Total Party Kill Bestiary
  • Membership to the Player and DM's Clubs for the duration of the Total Party Kill Bestiary development.
  • Inclusion in the credits as a "Playtester" and "Designer"
  • Work with the 2CGaming team to design and QC a complete monster group for the Total Party Kill Bestiary.

As our printer has print facilities all around the world, including Europe, and Australia, all the books that we print and ship as part of the Kickstarter will be printed & shipped regionally, rather than internationally, saving you a ton of money on both shipping and customs. In most areas, fulfillment will be handled through Amazon, and in areas where Amazon doesn't offer that service (such as Australia), we'll make alternate arrangements. Shipping fees will be collected through Backerkit after the Kickstarter campaign ends. Here are our estimated shipping costs based on a 3 lb. book:

  • United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Other EU, Australia/NZ - $7
  • Everywhere else - $25

Because we're still a small company, we can't afford to keep our books warehoused internationally, so this low shipping rate is only available as part of this Kickstarter, as well as for any books pre-ordered before the book's release. After the Total Party Kill Bestiary is released, all books will be shipped from our HQ in the U.S., meaning international shipping will be close to the $25 listed above.

We'd love to expand the book beyond the 25 monster groups currently within! Most of our stretch goals are intended to expand on the number of monster groups, but several planned will beautify the book through addition of extra art from Jason Strutz!

And more to come!

The core 2CGaming team will be producing this project, bringing in writers Steven Gordon & Ryan Servis (of Tyrants & Hellions, and the Epic Legacy Core Rulebook) as those projects cool down. We have the great fortune to work heavily with Jason Strutz on the Total Party Kill Bestiary. Those of you familiar with the Fate of the Forebears series may recognize his action-packed, high-detail style.

You can find more of Jason's work at strutzart.com!

Finally, of course, John Cason, graphic designer extraordinaire, will be putting all the pieces together.

 

 

 

 

 

2CGaming has run professional and personal games and produced tabletop gaming supplements for 5th Edition D&D and the Pathfinder RPG since 2014. We've a long list of completed and in-progress projects, many of which are detailed below and available at www.2cgaming.com!

 

Risks and challenges

2CGaming has now successfully delivered on three Kickstarters: the Total Party Kill Handbook, Domes of Ishaq-Zahur, and City of Sands. We are currently in development on three previously-funded Kickstarters: Lion's Vault, Tyrants & Hellions, and the Epic Legacy Core Rulebook. Distinct from these, we've also published six additional titles, alongside numerous small projects on Patreon & DM's Guild. We've learned a lot along the way, and this project's comparitive simplicity makes it a sure-thing. All that remains is putting in the work to create the book!
As with all Kickstarters, the possibility of unforeseen complications exists. 2CGaming has a proven record of keeping lines of communication open and active to ensure our backers are made aware of any such incidents.

As always, questions/comments/concerns are appreciated. You can reach out to us with any specific concerns you may have about this project via our Website or chat directly with us via Discord. Links are provided below.

Website: http://www.2cgaming.com/contact.html

Discord: https://discord.gg/2k35fY9

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    Lend your expertise in the game to our personalized playtesting groups! We'll run two or three games weekly, pushing the monsters to their limits against a wide variety of player options! You'll be listed in the credits as a "Playtester" of the Total Party Kill Bestiary!

    Also includes, of course, a full-color, high-quality, hard-cover print copy of the Total Party Kill Bestiary alongside its fully-searchable, bookmarked PDF!

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    The Deluxe experience listed above, plus both access to the Player's Club and DM's Club, truly incorporating you into the design of the book!

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    Let's get serious! Not only do you get full access to the Player's & DM's clubs, as well as a fully-searchable, bookmarked PDF and Deluxe print copy of the Total Party Kill Bestiary, but you'll *also* work with the 2CGaming team to build, test, and QC a monster group of your inception!

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