Last chance to see: extinct (?) D&D monsters

5th edition has been out for nearly seven years now, which is nearly as long as the edition I ‘grew up’ with, 3rd. Going back through the 3rd edition Monster Manual, it’s interesting to see how many creatures have made it into 5th edition – and which ones haven’t. This article is a review of … Continue reading Last chance to see: extinct (?) D&D monsters

Happy birthday, Scroll for Initiative!

7 June marks one year since my first post on the site. And what a year it’s been! I want to say thank you to everyone who has commented on, shared, or subscribed to the site. What started as a vague idea last summer has since grown into something that brings me much joy. I … Continue reading Happy birthday, Scroll for Initiative!

Your first 100 miniatures: how to build up a collection (Part 1)

Two weeks ago, u/LibraryLass posted the Average Fantasy Bestiary on the r/rpg subreddit. It’s a fantastic resource: a survey of 50 well known fantasy RPGs, with popular fantasy monsters listed based on ubiquity. Do have a look. This got me thinking: could we use the Average Fantasy Bestiary to generate a shopping list for starting … Continue reading Your first 100 miniatures: how to build up a collection (Part 1)

Forgotten dragons, part two: metallics

This post is the second in a series in which I go back through D&D lore and show you how you could adapt some of the ‘forgotten dragons’ for 5th edition. Last month I focused on the lost chromatics: brown, purple, grey, orange, pink, and yellow dragons. Today I am going to look at the … Continue reading Forgotten dragons, part two: metallics

Forgotten dragons, part one: chromatics

The 5th edition Monster Manual has ten true dragons: five chromatics and five metallic. True dragons become more powerful as they get older. There are also ‘lesser dragons’, like faerie dragons, pseudodragons, and wyverns, but that’s a whole other topic. How much do you know about the other true dragons? In this series, I’m going … Continue reading Forgotten dragons, part one: chromatics

Where Do D&D Monsters Come From?

There are some quite contentious claims out there about the origins of D&D’s creature catalogue. Was D&D inspired primarily by Tolkien and European folklore, for example, or was it more international? How many monsters did Gary Gygax invent, and how many are based on real-life mythologies?