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Libris Monstrum #31: Gorgons Revisited

Libris Monstrum #31: Gorgons Revisited

Hello everyone! Here we are at the start of the second revisit series! We begin to take a look back at the last 10 entries for the Libris Monstrum and some of the things I was unable to fit into our original outings. First up is the gorgon or, as we discovered is the more common name at table, the medusa. If you missed out on that entry go back and take a look. We talk about what gorgons are…

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Libris Monstrum #30: Ghosts

Libris Monstrum #30: Ghosts

We made it! Here we are at the half-way point of the second series of the Libris Monstrum. After today, the next 10 entries will be our revisit series where I go back to the most recent 10 topics and add more to them. Sometimes it will be more real-world lore, sometimes it will tackle D&D versions, and other times it will tackle various franchise versions of the topic. For now, though, we are tackling a pretty broad topic and…

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Libris Monstrum #29: Gargoyles

Libris Monstrum #29: Gargoyles

Have you ever had a monster that just stuck out to you for some reason? One that just sort-of keeps coming to your mind as something that has a lot more potential or possibility than it generally gets. For me, that monster is the gargoyle. These are mean, devilish looking elementals or constructs. They have horns and wings. All too often I just see them as evil guardian statues though. There is much more we could do with them, so…

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Libris Monstrum #28: Doppelgangers

Libris Monstrum #28: Doppelgangers

Good evening everyone! Tonight we return to the Libris Monstrum and come ever-so-closer to the halfway point of our second series. In this entry we are going to talk about a classic monster that helps bring a level of intrigue to any game: the doppelganger. Strange creatures who take the form of someone else. these guys are often responsible for replacing key NPCs or having been the NPC the whole time! When where they replaced? Did we ever know the…

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Libris Monstrum #27: Cyclopes

Libris Monstrum #27: Cyclopes

Hey everyone! Today I am covering a creature from the table and mythology that tends to be well known, but also a bit obscure. Everyone knows what a cyclops is, but how much do you really know about these one-eyed giants? If you are anything like me, it isn’t much. Or…wasn’t. As we get started here I want you to know that for this topic I am going to take the standard myth vs. D&D approach. Before we do though,…

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Re-skinning: Yeti Goblins!

Re-skinning: Yeti Goblins!

Good evening everyone! Tonight is a re-skin I am very happy you all decided to vote for. In fact, in thinking of how to go about it I kind of figured out a whole little new race of goblins that I want to make. Instead of talking about those or going crazy with designing them, I will stick to how to make yeti goblins. Hopefully this article will provide you with a fun alternative of goblins to use in your…

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Libris Monstrum #24: Oni

Libris Monstrum #24: Oni

Good evening everyone! Tonight we have another Twitter-voted creature to add to the Libris Monstrum! This time you asked for the oni and I am rather glad, because these beings have a diverse history at the table. My first interaction with them stems from the original 3rd Edition Monster Manual and moves forward from there. Here I will reveal some of their mythological roots, as well as some of the ways they have evolved in our RPGs since I saw…

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Libris Monstrum #23: Genies

Libris Monstrum #23: Genies

Good evening everyone! Tonight our entry of the Libris Monstrum is going to talk about the enigmatic beings known as genies. These are a favorite topic of mind because they come from old lore that isn’t Eurocentric. These awesome beings come from old folklore and have been developed into something awesome for our RPGs. Not only that but there are, in fact, other similar beings through mythologies, but that will be something for our revisit. For now, let’s delve into…

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Klingons & Kobolds!

Klingons & Kobolds!

This special two topic Rant explores the kobolds and the klingons. One a sneaky, clever race of cavern dwellers. The other a space faring warrior people. We talk mek’leths and pit traps, we talk tribbles and dragons, we talk kobolds versus klingons!  

Libris Monstrum #22: Golems

Libris Monstrum #22: Golems

Today we get to visit a creature voted on by you, the readers. Well, those of you who follow the blog on Twitter. This entry into the Libris Monstrum features a classic monster from Dungeons & Dragons: the golem. In it we are going to explore some of the inspirational sources for such a creature. There are more than I thought and learning about them has been great! D&D Basics To begin I want to go over what golems are…

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