Monster

Sailors know full well the dangers of the sea: monsters, accidents, illness, and other misfortunes are an ever-present plague. But sometimes the worst danger that befall sailors (and other people who live and work near the sea) doesn’t strike from the ocean depths. Instead it strikes while on land, when…

D&D is typically framed as a game of heroes vs. monsters – it’s on the cover art of every major edition – but sometimes, players and DM’s want to get a little wild and flip that notion on its head. What if you WANT to be a monster? Or at…

Fairy tales often involve heroes traveling from place to place, and encountering conflicts along the way, much like the classic D&D party. Most campaigns have used random encounter tables to represent this element, and I have done one here inspired by several sources that I was thinking about when we…

Humans are social creatures, and one thing all cultures have in common is that we love to tell stories. Dangers in the deep dark woods have given rise to one of the first reoccurring antagonists, the Big Bad Wolf. Probably best known as the villain of Little Red Riding Hood,…

This month we had an extra Monday, so Trevor and Robert combined their powers and each made a monster based on the theme of the Month. Robert brings you a predator that uses cute as camouflage. Trevor brings you a fun new take on a Valentines Day creature we all…

The Crown of the Forge is a tall dormant volcano, and it is easily seen all throughout the Forge Lands. The peak of this mountain is high and always covered in a thick layer of snow year-round. Sages don’t know why this is the case, since the Forge Lands’ climate…

If you like the idea of the Order of the Frozen Skull but find they don’t have a place for your players, here is a monster you can use instead. This is basically an alteration of the Assassin found in the Monster Manual but with some of the abilities of the…

One concept that video-games do well Phased Boss fights, where the encounter has a several stages that players work through to defeat the boss.  The DMG goes into this a little bit in the multipart encounter section, talking about monsters that fight in waves.  This is different as it can…

Action RPGs like the Diablo series, and massive multiplayer online RPGs created the concept of item “sets” for modern gamers. I love the flavor and power of those items in video games, and they have popped up in D&D before, notably in the 3rd edition Magic Item Compendium. The concept…