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Resources For Every GM: References Part 8

Resources For Every GM: References Part 8

Today I have three completely random reference books that I think every GM should have. Well, I guess that in itself isn’t random. What is random is the topics of the books, because today does not have a real theme. Instead it is three books that could really help you…in certain scenarios. Listen if you like adventures, campaigns, or lands to have specific themes than one of these books might be good for you. If not, there are seven other…

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Libris Monstrum #20: Oozes Revisited

Libris Monstrum #20: Oozes Revisited

This evening marks the final entry into our first run of the Libris Monstrum. We started with 10 different creatures that are underrated or underutilized. Creatures that are iconic but have a richer background from which to draw from than most do. Five of these were chosen by me and the other five by polls on Twitter. We then went ahead and revisited each of them to expand even further upon uses and inspirations for those monsters. With this entry…

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Libris Monstrum #19: Vampires Revisited

Libris Monstrum #19: Vampires Revisited

Tonight we come back to the topic of vampires. In the first entry on vampires, I had plenty to talk about. From the kind of vampires I enjoy to the myth’s origins to some vampire-like creatures featured in D&D, there was plenty to cover. I even went through some variant vampires in a Re-Skinning article recently. In fact there was enough to talk about that I had two entries. If you want to hear about some neat vampires of D&D…

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Libris Monstrum #18: Slaadi Revisited

Libris Monstrum #18: Slaadi Revisited

Today we are heading back into one of the monsters that is specific to the game of Dungeons & Dragons: the slaadi. Slaadi are still one of my favorite creatures out there, but it can be difficult to gather much information on them. Today I want to talk about some more slaad types and how you might be able to manipulate the salad concept for your own purposes. If you want a refresher on what these creatures are check out…

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Libris Monstrum #17: Rats Revisited

Libris Monstrum #17: Rats Revisited

Happy Halloween everyone and a good holiday or festival for those who celebrate something else! Today we move one step close to our second series of Libris Monstrum with another revisited entry for series one. This time we return to the furry little familiar, the rat. I love rats because they are just so commonplace in RPGs and how can they not be? Any setting where there is some amount of global travel includes rat populations being spread all over….

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Libris Monstrum #16: Kaiju Revisited

Libris Monstrum #16: Kaiju Revisited

Today we return to the Libris Monstrum’s largest monsters: the kaiju. In the first entry for these monsters we covered their origins, their mixed purpose towards the world, and using them. Today I want to visit some of the ways in which they have been utilized. From incarnations of humanity’s worst to horrible things from beyond the stars kaiju represent something a little more than gigantic monsters. Unspeakable Horrors To start I want to talk about something that isn’t quite…

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Libris Monstrum #15: Rakshasa Revisited

Libris Monstrum #15: Rakshasa Revisited

Tonight we go back to the rakshasa! Last time we talked about the origins of the rakshasa and what makes them recognizable at the D&D table. Today we take a stronger look at their various forms over the years, and explore the real world version of the deity they are said to worship. Finally we take a quick look at another version from television wish provides a little twist on the monster and an idea for what weapon can really…

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Libris Monstrum #14: Will-O’-Wisp Revisited

Libris Monstrum #14: Will-O’-Wisp Revisited

It seems like we just began doing the revisited series of Libris Monstrum, but we are already almost half done! Of course, I feel like I just started the article but this is the 14th so here we are. I will be posting some polls on Twitter soon asking about Libris Monstrum topics. This will happen around the beginning of November after we have finished the giveaway. By the way…there is a giveaway. When it gets to that point I…

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Libris Monstrum #13: Worm That Walks Revisited

Libris Monstrum #13: Worm That Walks Revisited

Here we are, back again in the Libris Monstrum! Today we are revisiting our third entry: the worm that walks. Defining the trope as we recognize it is relatively recent, but that doesn’t mean the idea of a swarm monster hasn’t been around. Last time we explored some more noticeable ones such as Oogie Boogie and Kyuss himself, but we also mentioned an early version given to us by Lovecraft. As we revisit the worm that walks, I want to…

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Re-skinning: Vampires Part 2

Re-skinning: Vampires Part 2

Last time we talked about taking a vampire stat block and tacking on some traits to make it unique. Simple things like making it a dwarf or dragonborn for an encounter a little more memorable than your average vampire. I also mentioned some possibilities, like gnolls or centaur, that could be truly frightening and might beef up the CR a bit. Today though, we are going to go crazy. Let’s talk about some creatures that you wouldn’t want to meet…

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