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Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Monster Compendium

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Welcome to the GM's Day sale! From now through March 10th, this title has been marked down by up to 40%! For more values, visit our GM's Day sale page.

The Hero Kids Monster Compendium expansion includes 176 monsters for your game:

Bats, Beguilers, Boars, Brigands, Bugbears, Commoners, Constructs, Coot and Crone, Cultists, Dragon Lords, Dragons, Elementals, Firestarter, Flaming Skull, Foxes, Froglings, Gargoyle, Ghost, Giants, Gladiators, Goblins, Gorillas, Guards, Helm Knight, Hydra, Knights, Kobolds, Lizardkin, Minotaur, Mummies, Nagians, Orcs, Pirates, Ratlings, Rats, Scorpion, Sea Serpent, Skeletons, Slimes, Snakes, Spiders, Tengu, Water Beast, Weasels, Werewolf, Wolves, Wraith, Wyvern, Zombies, and more!

Monster line-up

NOTE: The print version of the Monster Compendium includes all 176 monsters.  Select the Print + PDF option (no extra cost) to also get the printable miniatures for all of the monsters.

EXTRA NOTE: The Hero Kids - Complete Fantasy PDF Bundle includes a 50% discount coupon for the softcover print version of Hero Kids - Fantasy RPG and the Hero Kids - Monster Compendium (the coupon is emailed to you when you buy the bundle).  So if you want the whole lot (PDFs and print version of the rules), buy the bundle then use the coupon to buy the softcover print version of Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Monster Compendium for half price!

Each monster section contains ecology and adventure hooks for the monsters.  As Brian Benoit says:

"From the perspective of a GM, I absolutely love all the hooks you've included in the book.  You could literally flip to any page and run an off-the-cuff adventure off of any one of the hooks provided, so I love the book from that perspective.  I also like the lists of names included, makes it easy to name an NPC on the fly.  It's a nice touch."

The PDF also comes with separate 45-page PDF for all of the monster stand-ups.

Monster compendium page with Orge and Orcs

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Thai Tai T February 25, 2024 11:27 pm UTC
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Hey Justin,
I bought the German Bundle which only includes the old version of the Monster Compendium.
Any chance I can get access to the English newer version for the compendium?
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Elijah G December 11, 2023 4:36 pm UTC
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Just got around to downloading the new version - wow! I love the new monsters, and I especially appreciate the inclusion of the section on encounter balance, calculating power levels, and the list of monsters by power level. This is really great stuff.

One suggestion that I would like to see in a future revision is just the inclusion of the power level on the actual monster cards. Often when I'm building an encounter, I know which monsters I want, it's just a matter of deciding how many of each to include. It's not hard to calculate the power level on the fly, but it would also be nice to have at a glance.
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Joshua M July 16, 2023 9:52 pm UTC
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I just ordered a print version earlier this summer, not knowing that a revision was in the works. Outside of additional monsters and color, what else is different between the one I ordered and the updated edition? For example, are some monster stats now obsolete?
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Justin H July 17, 2023 1:44 pm UTC
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Hi Joshua, the update to the Monster Compendium includes the new monsters and color artwork, as you've said. For the existing monsters, there are minor revisions to some monster abilities, and a few monsters with slightly different stats. These updates don't make the previous version obsolete, but I'm happy to replace your print version if you want.
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Joshua M July 29, 2023 4:19 am UTC
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Thank you so much for the offer, Justin! What is the best way to go about this? Had I'd known about the new edition, I would have waited for this to come out. Thanks.
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Justin H July 29, 2023 6:29 am UTC
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Hey Joshua, email me at justinhalliday@gmail.com
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Justin H June 20, 2023 3:46 am UTC
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I've disabled the print version of the Hero Kids Monster Compendium ahead of this product's full-color refresh.
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Joe B July 10, 2023 2:35 am UTC
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That's great news - how long before I should come back to place an order?
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Justin H August 30, 2023 10:26 am UTC
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Hi Joe! The Monster Compendium is back in print- Now in FULL COLOR!
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Theresa B August 21, 2022 2:18 am UTC
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Do you offer a printer friendly version of the Monsters Only document?
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Justin H August 21, 2022 3:53 am UTC
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Apologies! It's uploaded now! Keep in mind the monster cards always have parchment backing.
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Theresa B August 22, 2022 12:28 am UTC
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Thank you for your fast response!! Just what I wanted :)
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josh W April 05, 2022 12:09 pm UTC
Hi Justin,

Seen a few comments related to this already but they are a bit dated now, was wondering if these (and other hero packs) have full colour versions yet? I realise its a pain of a task so understandable if not, but the group I run for do respond much better to the original full colour enemies and Hero's. if its something that's not done yet, do you know if its likely to be done in the near future?

Also amazing work, its got to be said! xD Thanks!
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Justin H April 05, 2022 12:40 pm UTC
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Hi Josh, I have consulted with the gods, and they are favorably inclined to your request!

Seriously though, I'm currently working on the Brecken Vale Gazetteer, and then the next task is to refresh the Monster Compendium with full-color artwork.

Justin
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Steve C August 16, 2022 1:51 pm UTC
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This is great news! While you're at it, any chance you can also provide a version with the grey fill removed? I spent hundreds on a resin 3D printer to create miniatures but my daughter just wants to colour the standees. Consider this a compliment! :D
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Justin H August 17, 2022 1:26 am UTC
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Kids! :-)

I won't be updating the non-color versions in the future, but email me at justinhalliday@gmail.com and let me know which characters you want and I'll send them through.
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Gabriel C January 28, 2021 2:17 pm UTC
Hi Justin,

I really like your game! My son and I play every other day, and I'd like to know if you have any idea when the french translation will be ready for the Monster Compendium.

Thank you very much!
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Fernando C January 17, 2021 2:31 pm UTC
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Hi Justin!

Thanks for this great game. I´m from Spain, and 2 or 3 weeks ago I have purchased the complete bundle in Spanish, but this monster compendium it doesn´t take part of it, so i´ve purchased it right now. I woould like to ask you if it exist the version of this monster compendium in spanish...

And sorry for my english
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Justin H January 24, 2021 11:06 am UTC
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Hi Fernando, thanks for getting in touch. Email me at justinhalliday@gmail.com and I'll give you the details of the translations.
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Robb C July 18, 2020 12:50 pm UTC
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Hi Justin,
Is there a way to contact you regarding the code for half price print edition from the bundle I bought? I think I may have deleted the Original email.
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Justin H July 18, 2020 2:07 pm UTC
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Of course, email me at justinhalliday(a)gmail.com.
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Olivier L May 17, 2020 8:27 pm UTC
Hi Justin,
Do you know if this book will soon be available in French
Best regards
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Justin H May 18, 2020 7:01 am UTC
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Hi Oliver, the translation packs are not yet available for the Monster Compendium, so it's probably at least 3 months before this will be available in French.
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Pigheaded G March 30, 2019 6:08 pm UTC
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Very much looking forward to incorporating these at our table. I assume not, but do colored versions of the tokens exist?
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Justin H April 12, 2019 1:18 pm UTC
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Unfortunately not. I'm not in the position at the moment to do all of the heroes and monsters in color.
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Lysle K October 11, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
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My Kids RPG Group really likes the artwork on the monsters in particular (I used the coloring book and had the mentor of the PC heroes provide each with a "Monster Recognition" manual. Any chance we will see a set of flat plastic miniatures for the monsters in this book?
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Leonard K February 19, 2017 12:04 pm UTC
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I love the additional world building that's gone into this, introducing places like the White Sea and explaining a little bit of the history of Rivenshore. Are there plans to put out any more expansions that go into more detail about the history of the Vale? For instance I found this reference in the Slimes section: "Rivenshore is built on the ruins of an older town, which was in its turn built on the ruins of an ancient city destroyed in a turn of the great wheel." Now that sounds like an amazing bit of backstory that I'd love to read more about.
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John M January 29, 2017 10:12 pm UTC
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Hi Justin,

My kids are really looking forward to diving into the game. D&D was too much for them and your Hero Kids is a perfect way to introduce them to role playing games. Thanks.

One question, do you have any suggestion for mounting the character/monster tokens so they stand?

Keep up the great work!

John
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Justin H February 18, 2017 11:12 am UTC
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Maybe something like these Pathfinder bases:
http://paizo.com/products/btpy9mc9?Pathfinder-Pawns-Base-Assortment
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Lee L April 10, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
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These plastic standees are also a good option. We have a set and it adds a good pop of color to each players piece. https://smile.amazon.com/Flat-Plastic-Miniatures-Hero-Kids/dp/B0719PS1SD/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1523393923&sr=8-3&keywords=hero+kids&dpID=6105tWUy8oL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
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December 06, 2016 8:21 pm UTC
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Hi Justin,

The game is terrific and my daughter has really taken to it. We're just wondering if you will be expanding your hard copy print versions on to Amazon. Presently, we've only been able to find them on sites like this one and ordering is a bit of a challenge to Canada. As such, we've been printing them off via the PDF version and going through a LOT of colour ink in our printer. I suppose we could print them in black and white, but we kind of like the off-white look of the scrolls, cards, cover pages, etc.


Thanks again.
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Justin H December 09, 2016 12:19 pm UTC
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Unfortunately, I don't have the capacity to maintain additional storefronts, like Amazon or Lulu, at the moment.

By the by, the books are B&W, so if you prefer the parchment backing (as I do), then printing the PDFs is the best option. Alternatively, the ideal solution is to print the cover in colour, and then just get some parchment paper and print on that in B&W.
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July 26, 2019 8:28 pm UTC
FYI - it's much cheaper to email the PDF to a FedEx Kinkos or other print shop and have them print them (they'll even double side the pages and 3 hole punch them for you). You can instruct them which pages should be in card stock, on off white paper, etc. Then, you can put into a binder. I did this and it's worked out great.
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Steve N September 29, 2016 11:38 pm UTC
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Hi Justin!
Nice addition to the game!
I was looking at the Full-size Preview (have to wait 'till payday!) and I noticed the Bat Swarm Bonus Ability - Huge Swarm, that says "Melee attacks at that all enemies that occupy spaces that you also occupy." This confuses me. Does it mean that you may melee attack up to four heroes that occupy the same spaces that you occupy? (a 2x2 square) And if so, would I roll two dice once and have the heroes defend against those numbers?

Now what we need are cards with adventure seeds on them, and you could solicit suggestions from the other fans of the game. If you get enough you could make a rather large deck. Isn't there a site where you can print cards on demand? I know there is a card game called "Murder of Crows" where you can do this. Just upload the info and you can get sent to you as few as one card.

Steve
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Justin H September 30, 2016 7:30 am UTC
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Hi Steve. Yes, the bats attack all enemies in their 2x2 area (four squares). I'd roll each attack separately, but for convenience you could just roll once.

I think the site you're thinking of is DriveThruCards! :-)
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