Creature Codex: 5th Edition Monsters Including Commissions

A project in Seattle, WA by Kobold Press

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Demons, dragons, kobolds, & undead galore, from the creators of the Tome of Beasts--plus commissions and monsters designed by backers!
Backers: 4165
Average Pledge Per Backer: $60

Funded: $248,674 of $30,000
Dates: Dec 5th -> Jan 5th (32 days)
Project By: Kobold Press
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Latest News

Geek & Sundry Short Interview, Simurgh Art, & Record Breaking

January 4th - via:
Really pleased to see this heads-up about the project from Geek & Sundry, with lessons learned from TOB by publisher Wolfgang Baur and design notes from designer James Haeck. Always exciting to see the word getting out on big sites! We have to... (Read More)

Battle Map Preview

January 3rd - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

3 Days to Codex! And Golems

January 2nd - via:
Golem art by Eva Widermann Nice one, this project has snagged the golem stretch goal, thanks to your support! These golems are designed by Shawn Merwin (and one by Wolfgang Baur), with art by Eva Widermann and others. A great addition to the... (Read More)

New Year's Dragon Eve

December 31st - via:
Happy new years dragon eve! The kobolds are off celebrating and making resolutions, and possibly planning a whole year's worth of pranks.   We resolve to: Buy healing potions before a party member starts making death saves   Try to keep my... (Read More)

30 Backer Monsters! One Week to Go

December 28th - via:
Dear Backers, There's a week left to run, and we're extremely happy to have more than 2,500 backers on board! That means you've unlocked 30 backer monsters, and our judges will have their work cut out for them come January 14.  Thank you all for... (Read More)

Art Preview 3: Wicker Man and Friends

December 27th - via:
      Dear Backers, We shared this on the Kobold Press Facebook page earlier today, and then realized they should definitely be shared here as well. Some final art is rolling in, and these are some of the monsters that caught our eye.  Thanks to... (Read More)

Merry Monstermas!

December 24th - via:
A Merry Monstermas to You! Dear Backers, The Creature Codex in good shape with 12 days left in this project. Yesterday, the project hit a major backer goal, and we are now taking 25 backer monster submissions. Just as great, we crushed the prior... (Read More)

Spellcasters and WotC Podcast

December 21st - via:
  Dear Backers, Happy to say we added 3 monstrous spellcasters to the book with the latest stretch goal, AND ALSO we sent Wolfgang Baur and editor Meagan Maricle to Wizards of the Coast, where they talked about the project, editing, and getting... (Read More)

Art: Monster Sketches Part 2

December 20th - via:
Things are cruising along on the backer goals (we're closing in on another one), and it feels like time to share a few more art sketches. These are two from artist Florian Stitz, who does great work with giants and humanoids in particular. The finals... (Read More)

Wolfgang Baur and Meagan Maricle

December 20th - via:
[PODCAST] - Wolfgang Baur (@monkeyking), head kobold of Kobold Press, and Meagan Maricle (@GMMoonwolf), editor extraordinaire, stop by Studio d20 to chat about their recent Kickstarter for the Creature Codex and the craft of editing and publishing RPG books. (Read More)

051 - Monster Design Part II: Creature Codex

December 18th - via:
[PODCAST] - James Introcaso sits down with game designers Wolfgang Baur, Jeremy Hochhalter, and Richard Green to discuss monster design and the Creature Codex Kickstarter from Kobold Press. (Read More)

Playtest Signup

December 16th - via:
Get Ready for Playtest! Hello Backers, We're still in the middle of the campaign, and yet we're putting out the call for playtesters?! Yes indeed! The Creature Codex monster design and development is far enough along that we have about 100 monsters... (Read More)

Art: Monster Sketches

December 13th - via:
We're so close to that City Battle Map goal, but it's time for a small art update. Here are rough sketches of a few creatures from the Creature Codex, kindly provided by art director Marc Radle.  The finals will be in full color and completely... (Read More)

Monster Designer Shoptalk on Tabletop Babble

December 11th - via:
  Three of the monster designers for the Codex -- Dan Dillon, James Haeck, and Shawn Merwin -- talk shop on the Tabletop Babble podcast with James Introcaso. What does make a monster utterly terrifying? How do you balance things out? A good listen,... (Read More)

050 - Monster Design Part I (PODCAST)

December 11th - via:
James Introcaso sits down with game designers Dan Dillon, Shawn Merwin, and James Haeck to discuss the currently Kickstarting Creature Codex for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons from Kobold Press and making monsters to terrify your players! (Read More)

Monster Submissions 101

December 10th - via:
A Few Codex Monsters Lots to update and also HOLY CATS what a great first few days! First off, we're at 1,500 backers and 100K, so you have unlocked more BackerMonsters and we're getting a few questions about what that means, in particular how we'll... (Read More)

Demon Lords, Hill Forts, and More: Stretch Goal Pileup!

December 7th - via:
Demon Lord of Rats by Marcel Mercado Today you unleashed Hell, plus a touch of the Abyss, and also draconic villains, not to mention whatever foul beasts show up in the backer submissions! Yes, backers added a pile of critters, including the Demon... (Read More)

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Creature Codex: 5th Edition Monsters

December 7th - via:
The Creature Codex from Kobold Press has demons, dragons, kobolds and more, all primed and ready to populate your dungeons and terrorize your players. (Read More)

FUNDED in 2 Hours, & 2 Stretch Goals

December 5th - via:
Rocket Bat? Art by Russ Nicholson As kobolds, we're 100% ready to strap in and ride a crazed underdark bat straight up up up! Yeah, that feels about right for this one. Things just keep moving! Thank you, thank you, and THANK YOU for getting this... (Read More)

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