Monday, March 4, 2024

F Monsters at the Opera

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Credit: more sister art

Part of the reason for this series is because it scratches my itch for the kind of content I associate with "the Golden Age of RPG blogging" but also because it's kinda easy to write compared to my normal faire. I don't know if it's nutritious exactly, or even engaging, but I can at least be confident that my readers will find it highly encherining. Which is really all I ever aspire to.

Monday, February 26, 2024

E Monsters at the Opera

A B C D Demon Dragon E F G1 G2 G3 H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Credit: Yoshitaka Amano

Be thankful that this isn't just a 10,000 word overview of everything ever described under the "elf" entry, with all their many, many subraces clogging up the E section of most monster manuals.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Dragons at the Opera

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Credit: my sister

The first dungeon I ever made was a chapel of a dragon cult that I spent days painstakingly crafting. It was a pastiche of the cult of Set in the 1982 Conan the Barbarian movie. Every long-running D&D campaign I've ever run since that has been dragon-centered. Even the published adventures I've run that don't have dragons. I'll add a dragon final boss fight if I have to. There is no other fantasy I've spent so much time chasing than the epic climax of heroic adventurers facing off against the ultimate challenge: one big "fuck you"-sized evil dragon.

Monday, February 5, 2024

Demons at the Opera

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Credit: Kentaro Miura
Note: direct Berserk comments towards Ben

The title says "demon" but I'm using this post to cover all the creatures that D&D calls "fiends." Demons, devils, and everything in between. Don't expect me to consistently refer to each thing according to D&D's taxonomy. To me they're all just demons.

I felt this warranted its own post in part because there's so many to talk about, but also because I view demons as a particularly important category of monster. They're one of those special creature types that's nearly universal across human cultures, in some form or another. You could easily throw out all other monster types and still have a rich and strange fantasy setting just by having the heroes face off against demons.

Monday, January 22, 2024

D Monsters at the Opera

A B C D Demon Dragon E F G1 G2 G3 H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Welcome to the D's. Demons and dragons will get their own posts. This one is crowded enough as it is.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Capsule 💊 Games – Part 3: Goals

Artist credit: Julianne Griepp

"What are you playing?"

"Dungeons and Dragons."

"That sounds cool. What it's about?"

"It's a game where you go treasure hunting."

Sounds like a fine premise to me. Sign me up.

A lot of people find the idea of a "win condition" in an RPG to be utterly baffling. The way that you "win" at D&D is by having fun, right? But like... wouldn't that be true of all games? Isn't that just a bizarre dismissal when you really think about it? People don't seem to balk at sports or board games or escape rooms having a win condition. You can both have the goal of "have fun with your buddies" and have the goal of "win the game" simultaneously, believe it or not. In fact, they often reinforce each other! 

Monday, January 15, 2024

C Monsters at the Opera

A B C D Demon Dragon E F G1 G2 G3 H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Not appearing in this post: charybdis, cerebus, and changeling. Inexplicably appearing: catoblepas. Get your shit together, D&D.

[Next Capsule Game post isn't ready yet so I'm changing up my schedule for this week]