Speaking of Necromancer Games, they had put out three volumes of good monsters in the 3.5e days called Tome of Horrors I-III. Well, now all three are being published in one super huge volume by Frog God Games, The Tome of Horrors Complete, in either Pathfinder or Swords & Wizardry formats!
The thing is huge, and is now preordering for $90. It’ll be over 1000 pages and have 750 or so monsters in it. And you get a PDF version along with of course. Get this, and never want more monsters again! At least in August, when it comes out.
I saw that Cracked has a new article up entitled “15 Retarded Dungeons & Dragons Monsters“. It’s OK, but really a lot of these monsters are just kinda stupid, not really humor-article-worthy stupid. (Insert 4e rust monster joke here.)
For those left wanting more (or better), there are some older articles along the same lines.
Head Injury Theater’s “Dungeons & Dragons: Celebrating 30 Years Of Very Stupid Monsters” and “Dungeons & Dragons: Celebrating 30 Years Of Very Stupid Monsters – Part 2” are the best IMO.
Then, Something Awful has “WTF, D&D: 1st Edition Monster Manual, Part 1“and subsequent mockings…
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!
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And no, I don’t mean Yao Ming. I was listening to a good podcast interview of Robin Laws in the newest Pelgrane Press “See Page XX” e-zine, and he talked a lot about one of my favorite RPGs of all time, Feng Shui. (FS is currently owned by Atlas Games, but they have no further releases planned for it.)
Well, though Feng Shui was targeted as a Hong Kong action RPG, it was always at the high end of the HK power scale. Hong Kong Action Theatre! from Guardians of Order (R.I.P.) hit the mid/low end well. But because of the high power level, I used Feng Shui for anime action frequently. It was great for it. I wrote up a mini-campaign based on the anime Blue Seed that is available for free online to this day. And I happen to love the monster-fighting type of anime. Wicked City, Demon City Shinjuku (yes I had that game too), all that. I tended towards Ghostbusters-meets-anime kinds of plots and was always on the make for Asian monsters. I cribbed from Oriental Adventures, Kindred of the East, I even considered buying a Sailor Moon RPG monster book. But those were always few and far between, and attempts to read up on Asian mythology and mosnters in my local libraries were often light on the stuff you really need to know to fully stat something up.
Then today, Fark linked an MSNBC article about a new book detailing various monsters from Japanese folklore, also known as “yokai.” Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide is on sale now! From the reviews it sounds perfect as a reference guide for an RPG. Check it out! I’m getting it myself as soon as I can…
People make fun of the owlbear from D&D… But is it really unrealistic? Check this out, scientists (the “mad” kind) have genetically altered goats with spider genes to make spider silk in their milk and haunt my nightmares. Here’s the Cracked article that reduced me to tears, laughter, and screamed obscenities, but it’s not really a joke – here’s the BBC science article on it.
Most of the “template” and “half-whatever” stuff in 3e was kinda lame. But given magic, and a wizard that wants to use it to crossbreed things – the sky’s the limit, as this shows!
My review of Glimpse of the Abyss, a monster book for Feng Shui (and the last planned book in the line) is up at RPG.net. Read and enjoy! Also, I hear that the Hero Games “Asian Bestiary” series has good Asian-themed monsters to use in a pinch! I’m a sucker for fighting against demons, monsters, etc. in my Feng Shui games. In fact, if you want a freebie, I wrote up an entire Feng Shui convention scenario based on the anime Blue Seed that has some monster-kickin’ fun! Don’t say I never gave ya nothin’.