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This all stemmed from a thought in my head, which is by no coincidence the title of the post. This was after weeks and weeks of dealing with miserable work, feeling like I haven’t been getting anywhere, contemplating quitting my job, and just dealing with depression in general. The world kinda sucks and you wanna know what? We could all use a hero to help us out, ya know? Now, I’m not just talking about the kid who collects extra lunch food for the homeless guy that hangs across the street, the clever tech hacker that thwarts cyber attackers and scammers, or the friendly neighbor who helps get your cat out of a tree. Sure, these people are heroes in their own right. I’m referring to incredible beings with equally incredible power who devote themselves to virtues of righteousness and justice. Why do we want them? In addition, why do we escape to fantastic worlds where people with incredible powers and over-the-top costumes fight the powers of darkness?
So far, 5th edition has been doing great in my book. It’s a new edition with new possibilities and new ground to explore. What better book for the job than the Dungeon Master’s Guide!? While this edition has been hitting crits everywhere so far, will the DMG have the same luck?
I bet you’re getting tired of the Monster Manual image, right? Luckily for you, this will be the last time I use it! (Well, until I do another rambling about monsters that is!) In fact, this is the last entry for my “D&D Month.” While I’ll always jabber about RPGs every now and then, this month was something special for me. I can happily say I truly got back into RPGs this month. Sure, I on/off playtested D&D Next, did a couple Savage Worlds one-shots, played some Call of Cthulhu once every couple months, and ran Encounters for D&D, but I really want to actively play again. Maybe 5e inspired that in me or something else, I don’t know.
But, enough rambling, we’re here for a Bestiary of truly scary Beasties! I’m talking about the D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual of course! This book details all sorts of monster both very familiar and somewhat obscure. You’ll see some old favorites and some oddballs that exist in scattered parts of the multiverse. But, since it’s just a book about monsters, why should the fans care so much about the Monster Manual?
Thinking about it, I should have saved the title for when I talked about Outsiders (i.e. alien beings and elementals) and Constructs (i.e. robots). Oh well, wasted play on words. But, I really enjoyed jabbering about D&D Monsters this week. Also, I haven’t gotten my copy of the Monster Manual in the mail (as of 9/21/2014) and I don’t want to delay any longer. So, I think it’s time for a different set of nasty beasties this time around. Less planars, more scary things. While I talked about the aforementioned monster types last time, this time I want to hone in on a couple more monsters that are more appropriate for the encroaching Halloween season! Muhahahaha *cue lightning and some poor sap in heavy armor failing their dexterity saving throw* Hmmm, did I do that? No matter, let’s jump right into the fun.
Halloween always comes early with the Doc! On top of that, one of my favorite pass times is the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. (Stop your laughing, I HEARD you!) Now, I might be invading other peoples’ turf, but I’ve always wanted to talk about D&D monsters. Now, folks like headinjurytheatre and bogleech have probably said enough, but I figure I’d chip in my own 2 cents! Specifically, I’m here to talk about some of my favorites, whether or not they jump into the batshit insane. While some could call it cheating, I’ll might be expanding into various d20 stuffs like Paizo Pathfinder for future installments, since I love the “Golarion” setting so (and it was published under D20 before Pathfinder existed.) So, let’s crack open that monster manual and get reading!
I wanna get this out of the way, I’ve been excited to get my grubby hands on this glorious book! Thanks to being one of the few whose FLGS (or “Friendly Local Gaming Store”) got it early, I had the chance to dive into this player’s guide to the new edition. Let’s turn the page and get started!
Rarely does a title grab me; in part because of the old saying. But then I find about a book like Fistful of Nothing… Now that’s an attention grabber! Now, I’m not saying this because it reminds me of Sergio Leone, but it fills you with images of Film Noir action from the start. And this retro science fiction dystopia doesn’t skip on many sights, many frights, and faded Hollywood lights. Let’s dig deep into the Hollywoodholes in Fistful of Nothing!
Dive into the depths of popular fiction and you notice two different flavors! One offers hope for its denizens with characters who can work to get past conflict and achieve goals. Another creates a bleak hellhole were conflicts are overwhelming and desires often fade into the abyss. While neither is better, one could notice a trend when it comes to popularity. But, why does dark trump light for many? Let’s find out.
Fantasy at its core embraces both the improbable and the impossible. In the realms of fantasy, almost anything can be achieved through the right means! This can be through belief or a bit of ingenuity. It was our dreams that invented both possibilities for the past and present that helped to forge fantasy in the first place after all. But when people hear fantasy fiction, we tend to think of a select few items. These are typically castles, ancient warriors, classic melee weapons, and royal societies. On top of that, fantasy usually takes a Euro-centric turn towards societies from the Dark Ages through the Renaissance. But surely, there’s a lot more to fantastic fiction than this, right? Of course!