A project in Bloomington, IN by Cloud Curio

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The Game Manager's go-to reference for telling better TTRPG stories through monsters.
Backers: 1428
Average Pledge Per Backer: $65

Funded: $92,169 of $75,000
Dates: Sep 5th -> Oct 5th (30 days)
Project By: Cloud Curio
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Latest News

24 Hours to Go!! 1 Last Stretch Goal and a Detailed Breakdown of Reward Tiers!

October 4th - via:
Good morning everyone! We are in the last 24 hours of this Kickstarter campaign and we continue to be blown away! This is going to be an update that is heavy on the graphics, so prepare for a lot of scrolling! Last Stretch Goal I (Amber) mentioned... (Read More)

48 Hours Left! 2 More Stretch Goals Unlocked! 1 More Revealed! Live Stream Tonight!

October 3rd - via:
Wooooo! We are blowing through these stretch goals! I'm having a hard time keeping up! As of drafting this update and getting it posted, we have unlocked the 78 & 79K stretch goals! 78K Stretch Goal Unlocked! Freebies for All Backers (pdf and... (Read More)

2 Stretch Goals Unlocked! 2 More Stretch Goals Revealed!

October 2nd - via:
Holy smokes! We've blown through 2 stretch goals today! Thank you all so much!  76K Stretch Goal Unlocked! 12 page increase to the book (physical and pdf) to add a sketch book section showcasing Kyle's art! Regular Edition: Spot varnish added to... (Read More)

100% Funded!! 72 Hours to Go!!!

October 2nd - via:
MONSTROUS is 100% funded!!! We’re beyond grateful to all of you for your support, encouragement, and kind words throughout this project. It’s been a long campaign but thanks to you, we got there! We hit 100% while we were asleep —  what an... (Read More)

Map Crow Youtube Live Stream on Sunday!

September 30th - via:
Hello everyone! This update is to let you know that tomorrow, Sunday 10/1 starting at 11 am est, Kyle will be live on his Youtube channel! He plans on being live until 6 pm est. He'll be drawing a MONSTROUS Form, doing a live recording of the... (Read More)

MAKING MONSTROUS: Designing the Logo

September 29th - via:
Happy Friday evening! It's a blog post day! It's a little late today because it has been a looong week for me (Amber)! I've been looking forward to this blog post though because it's my turn to share! I give a behind-the-scenes look at the process... (Read More)

90% Funded!!! Monster Mash | MONSTROUS x System Neutral | Forge Skeleton by JP Coovert

September 28th - via:
We’ve got a bone to pick with bones! Skeletons are a perfect fit for MONSTROUS to tackle. They’re iconic monsters, they convey a clear underlying fear, and they’ve mostly been completely run into the ground (if you don’t mind the pun). How... (Read More)


September 27th - via:
Announcing new Add-ons! We’ve got more system-agnostic goodness in the form of both digital and physical zines!  Tri-Fold Mini Adventure - PDF Only  Image and contents are for mock up purposes only. An entire brand new MONSTROUS adventure in a... (Read More)


September 26th - via:
Happy Tuesday! We have a few announcements about Add-ons and Reward Tiers! The 40 Tarot-sized black & white monster card deck is now available as an Add-on! All physical reward tier backers will now have their name listed in the credits! And!... (Read More)

80% Funded! Monster Mash | MONSTROUS x DnD 5e | Monarch Skeleton by James Introcaso

September 25th - via:
Today, the lovely James Introcaso uses MONSTROUS to give 5e Skeletons the royal treatment. James, lead designer at MCDM Productions, creator of Flee, Mortals!, had this to say about his process for creating this Skeleton: “In terms of design, I... (Read More)

Monster Mash | MONSTROUS x Carin

September 23rd - via:
In MONSTROUS, Celestials are the inscrutable world-ending servants of pitiless gods. They're kind of a perfect fit for Cairn by Yochai Gal, a game about "exploring a dark & mysterious Wood filled with strange folk, hidden treasure, and... (Read More)

MAKING MONSTROUS: Designing Outsiders

September 22nd - via:
Happy Friday! It's a blog post day! Kenny shares his design process for the most fun and challenging monster: Outsiders!  Here's a snippet of the post: Knowing the Unknowable   "To me, the thing that sets cosmic horror monsters apart from every... (Read More)

75% FUNDED! Preview Packet 3 Released!

September 21st - via:
Hello! Amber, here! We hit 75% funded today!!!! Woooohoooo! Thank you all so much for the support and the encouraging words! I share all your comments and excitement with the rest of the crew and it gives us so much joy. We really appreciate your... (Read More)

Tabletop Voicemail: Why Should Spiders Talk?

September 20th - via:
Tabletop Voicemail is a 15-minute podcast where Kyle and Kenny play phone tag as they ponder a question about the creative endeavor of making and playing TTRPGs. In this preview episode, our heroes tackle the question, "Why should spiders talk?"... (Read More)

70% FUNDED! Monster Mash | MONSTROUS x D&D 5e

September 19th - via:
“The Paradisium Lich has forgotten his true name, lost countless eons ago when he was cast from the heavens for committing the first sin. As punishment, the gods saw fit to rob him of just enough memory that he cannot recall the fields of... (Read More)

Art Preview: New Dragon Reveal, Videos, & Stretch Goal Updates

September 18th - via:
Happy Monday, everyone! Today Kyle posted a video to his YouTube channel showcasing the drawing process for the FORTRESS DRAGON that will be in MONSTROUS. Check it out!  We also had a lovely surprise today when Mike Shea, a.k.a. Sly Flourish, was... (Read More)

Physical Book Details!

September 16th - via:
Good evening from the Eastern Daylight Time zone! Today we’d like to share what we have in store for the physical books from a production standpoint. Both editions of the book will be 8.5 x 11 inches tall with 84 pages, though we do have plans to... (Read More)

60% FUNDED & MAKING MONSTROUS: Designing the Lich

September 15th - via:
Happy Friday!It's a blog post day! Kenny shares his design process for the very first monster created for MONSTROUS: the Lich! Here's a snippet of the post! Adding the Mustard "Even in a monster where we’re sticking pretty close to the core... (Read More)

Monster Mash | MONSTROUS x Forged in the Dungeon

September 14th - via:
It’s a MASH! A M-M-MONSTROUS MASH! Friend of Cloud Curio, Josh Long, created a Celestial using MONSTROUS for his in-development game called Forged in the Dungeon. If you're familiar with Blades in the Dark, there are many spin-offs of that system... (Read More)

Monster Mash | MONSTROUS x Tales of the Valiant

September 13th - via:
Spice up your monsters with MONSTROUS! Today's update showcases how to use MONSTROUS to create a monster concept and adapt it to your system of choice. Kenny walks Amber through custom creation of a Dragon using MONSTROUS. They then adapt to to... (Read More)

Book Preview: Tables & Tabletop Voicemail: What Makes a Good Orc?

September 12th - via:
Each monster Core in MONSTROUS features a series of inspiration tables which you can use to put some extra mustard on your monsters while you're cooking them up or when you're roleplaying them at the table. Featured below is inspiration for our... (Read More)


September 11th - via:
Woooo! We are 50% FUNDED!!!  Thank you all so much for your support! As a huge THANK YOU, when we reach our funding goal, EVERY physical reward tier backer will get a set of three 5x7 inch color prints and three 2x2 inch vinyl waterproof stickers... (Read More)

We Heard You International Backers! Shipping Outside of the USA is OPEN!

September 10th - via:
Surprise! We said Sunday was a rest day and we were not going to post an update, but Amber has been hard at work trying to figure out our international shipping conundrum. She was able to pick a friend’s brain, who also happens to be the Sales... (Read More)

Book & Art Preview: Weird Lil Guys!

September 9th - via:
Good evening from the Eastern Daylight Time zone! Tonight’s MONSTROUS digestif is a peek at a book page and more art! Every layout artist knows that at some point they will need spot art to help fill out a book's pages. And when Amber asked, oh... (Read More)


September 8th - via:
Happy Friday everyone! We have a very special treat for you! Today we posted the first part in our MAKING MONSTROUS blog series. Kenny shares with us how he started working on this project with HORSE LORE, his and Kyle's brief flirtation with 5th... (Read More)

Table of Contents and Tarot-Inspired Cards!

September 7th - via:
Today, we present our WIP Table of Contents, containing finalized monster names for our Celestials, Impostors, and Outsiders. As the Kickstarter page notes, the design work is 73% complete! Mock up. Contents subject to change. Additionally, we have... (Read More)

Day 1 Recap + International Backers

September 6th - via:
Thank you so much to all who backed MONSTROUS on day 1! We’re so grateful to all who pledged, and we cannot wait to see this book become a reality. As of this update, we’re just over 35% of the way to funding, which is huge! You can continue to... (Read More)

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