What do giant space hamsters, Queen (the band), and Dungeon! have in common? They all inspired me this week. Maybe they will inspire you as well.
Head Injury Theatre Presents… Dungeons and Dragons: Celebrating 30 Years of Very Stupid Monsters
This is old stuff but I find myself going back to it from time to time. I generally use it as a fast reference before looking the creatures up in their specific books. Why would I do this? I think absurd, stupid, scratch your head monsters are pretty awesome. In fact, I think they are so awesome that I have vowed to include at least one in every Creatures Volume for Far Away Land (See Snake Cloud in Creatures Vol. 2). Besides that, I kinda want to build an entire book of absurd monsters each more terrible than the last. If anyone wants, post stupid monster ideas and Ill make some monsters for FAL.
For the record, the Giant Space Hamsters from Spelljammer are pretty badass.
Awesome Crowd Singing Bohemian Rhapsody
I didn’t think I would be posting videos about Queen on here (and it’s not that I don’t like Queen). I think that goes to show that when you look, or are open to inspiration, you can often find it in places that you may have never looked before (or you’ve seen/heard before, but it just never struck you). When I saw the video below I had immediate images of voices rising up from a planet. The clouds in the video made me think of unprotected, simple creatures at the mercy of the ages/weather/fears. I started thinking about gods and deities and what if there were creatures created by thousands or even millions of voices conveying deep-felt emotions? These creatures are born from crowds gathered like the one in the video below. And when these creatures are born, the sky splits open, rays of light burst through and behold…
Dungeon! and it’s cheap!
Erik Tenkar posted about Dungeon! over on Tenkar's Tavern last week and I have been thinking about it ever since then. I never played it as a kid and only once in college (which was a drunken endeavor that resulted in us breaking my roommate’s Maker's Mark collector’s bottle and then another vomiting in the same roommates football helmet… animals). Ugh. Anyway. I just picked this up last night and thought it would be great to play with my nieces. No more snakes and ladders.
Dungeon! on Amazon
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