Monsters of the Wilderness for 5th Edition

Created by Cawood Publishing

A wizard can change the world for better...or worse. 120 new monsters affected by a strange curse for your 5th Edition game.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Survey deadline is now April 18th
6 days ago – Wed, Apr 07, 2021 at 09:27:14 PM

Hey everyone, thanks for filling out the Backerkit surveys. 90% have been completed and many of those left don't need addresses for shipping. We're moving up the deadline to April 18th to fill them out as we know backers want their PDFs as soon as possible.

This way we can quickly send the older PDFs for the different backing levels, such as the other Monster Series books, DM handbooks, and World of Myrr books. Those who chose PDFs as add-ons shouldn't have to wait long either. 

Meanwhile, we're hard at work on the book. Currently it is 151 pages and 47,000 words. 120 monsters including; 31 humanoids (most of those are shapechangers or strange humanoid types), 21 fey, 17 monstrosities (including 7 titans), 16 undead, 9 beasts, 6 aberrations, 6 elementals, 3 fiends, 3 giants, 3 plants, 2 dragons, 1 lycanthrope, 1 celestial, and oddly 1 construct. 

We have also ordered all the t-shirts, notebooks, and stickers that people have chosen as add-ons so far. Most of those have already arrived at our office. 

-Andrew and the team

People of the Sky, illustration by Travis Hanson

Backerkit Surveys Sent Out!
21 days ago – Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 07:10:07 PM

Greetings everyone, we've just sent out all the Backerkit surveys to gather your information and give you options to add-on to your orders. If you don't receive your survey or lose the email, you can use this link:  Backerkit Recovery Page 

As always you can also email us at with any questions. 

We'll keep the Backerkit open until April 30th before we lock orders. There are many, many add-ons: all the books in the Monster Series, Game Master handbooks, notebooks, t-shirts, etc. 

In the meantime we're hard at work designing the last monsters and working on the text! We usually update at least once a month after this point. Thanks for coming on the journey.

- Andrew and the team

The surprisingly popular Ozlog! Illustration by Travis Hanson

Backerkit Coming Soon
28 days ago – Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 08:13:16 PM

Hey everyone, thanks for coming on this journey. We're finishing up the Backerkit survey right now and it should be ready soon. You'll get to look at add-on items and give us your shipping information. 

Kickstarter is still finalizing the pledges will let us know the actual total pledged shortly. At this point, a number of pledges didn't go through. This will likely mean that we won't be able to unlock the Endsheets Stretch Goal. 

Once we've sent out the Backerkit we'll get back to designing monsters and finishing the text. 

Here are some of the add-ons:

All the hardcovers and PDFs in the Monster Series
Night Steed t-shirt (from Monsters of the Underworld)
Black Unicorn notebook

Funded! Thanks Everyone!
about 1 month ago – Sun, Mar 07, 2021 at 04:55:25 PM

Thank you to all 878 backers! This is our biggest Kickstarter yet! We are inspired to make our best book yet!

Here's a general summary for the next steps:

  • Kickstarter will verify pledges. This whole process can take two weeks
  • We'll look to see if we can unlock the third Stretch Goal. It was very close
  • In the meantime, we'll begin setting up the Backerkit. You'll receive a survey (through Backerkit) that will gather detailed info and give you access to a selection of add-ons
  • After the Backerkit is finished, we'll email all the older PDFs
  • Our design team and editors will soon begin working on designing some more monsters and doing the text. 120 monsters will be spread across seven regions
  • After the text is done, Gordon will get to work on the layout
  • Once we have the layout complete, we'll bring in Travis to do the art. Although he is involved in the initial design process as well
  • Then the book goes back to the Gordon and the editors for the final touches

-Andrew and the team

Second Stretch Goal Unlocked! More Monsters!
about 1 month ago – Sat, Mar 06, 2021 at 06:51:58 PM

Thanks for coming on the ride! We did it! The extra monsters Stretch Goal is unlocked! 20 more monsters!!! There is still time to unlock more!

Next Stretch Goal: Custom Endsheets

In case it's not clear, custom endsheets are more art inside the covers. 

Endsheets from Monsters of the Underworld

Monster of the Day

Here's the Swamp Creature from...well you know. Yes, we'll rename him :)

Illustration by Travis Hanson

Thanks to Pat, Dan, Michael, Adam, and Tim for joining us online last night. Our second monster tournament for the Kickstarter was a blast! Once again Tim came out as the winner, this time with the tank known as the Undead Mammoth. The video for the first event is on an earlier update, we'll post the new one (and results) soon. 

Illustration by Travis Hanson


It's the Final Countdown! Please share the project far and wide.


Andrew and the team