The ever-great Topless Robot brings us a new D&D-related list, “The Most Evil (to Players) D&D Monsters!” It’s a good list. But there really is an unlimited number of “screw the players” monsters from 1e to draw from – the mimc, lurker above, trapper, goldbug, rot grub, throat leech… That’s the “old school” stuff that I hate.
I mean, how many of those monsters aren’t designed just to screw players? They all live on an exclusive diet of PCs and cash/jewelry/magic equipment. And all the oozes/slimes/puddings are an exercise in saying “Oh well here’s something that can only be damaged by one particular thing you probably don’t have…”
My favorite player-screw – the nilbog, a goblin variant that is healed by damage! That’ll show them! In a nonsensical way!