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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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Libris Monstrum #21: Gorgons

Libris Monstrum #21: Gorgons

Here we are, delving back into the Libris Monstrum! To start things of I wanted to tackle a monster from mythology that has a couple reactions. The gorgon is one that has always bothered me in the world of RPGs and I needed to finally delve into what on Earth is going on with them. In that regard you end up with a bit of a twofer! We also have a few other entries picked out by both myself and…

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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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