Making a Monster

Making a Monster

Game designers show you their favorite monster, how it works, why it works, and what it means. Each bite-sized episode features a D&D or TTRPG designer and the monster of their choice.

Episodes

July 17, 2023 9 mins

Megan Maricle shares the deadliest catch for dungeon delvers everywhere!

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https://scintilla.studio/monster-sharkbowl-ooze/

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Meet my guests:

https://koboldpress.com/the-kobold-team/

Music by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com

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An alien shark feeding off the living islands of an alien world, the wave lurcher is a partner in the search for life.

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https://scintilla.studio/monster-wave-lurcher/

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My about page has all my bio info :) https://www.sarahdahlinger.com...

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March 20, 2023 18 mins

The dodo is a funny-looking bird with a funny-sounding name that never knew what hit it. There isn't a more fitting icon of extinction.

Back the Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/magehandpress/book-of-extinction

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"Extinction Theme" by Alex Miller, the Boy King of Idah...

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January 7, 2023 18 mins

OGL 1.1 risks killing the thriving ecosystem of valuable third-party content for Dungeons & Dragons. Don't wait: tell Wizards of the Coast they're making a mistake, and tell your favorite third-party creators it's worth staying in the fight.

Transcript of the episode:

Legal analysis of OGL 1.1: https://medium.com/@MyLawyerFriend/lets-take-a-minute-to-talk-about-d-d-s-open-gaming-license-ogl-581312d48e2f

Io9 leak: https://gizmodo...

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October 11, 2022 20 mins

O'l Chap Ettercap is a monster whose story grew in the telling, from meaningless

Download Ol' Chap Ettercap in every form a tabletop needs:

https://scintilla.studio/monster-ettercap-critical-crafting/

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Meet my guests:

Dillon Onley, Creative Director

Cameron DeFord, Marketing Director

https://www.cri...

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October 5, 2022 17 mins

Mörk Borg, the doom metal TTRPG by Free League, gets an adventure with seven deadly sins chained in an off-shore prison boat where nothing is as it seems.

Read the transcript and get more from the show:

https://scintilla.studio/monster-mork-borg-dolja/

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Zac Goins, World of Game Desi...

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Many monsters are combinations of animals, like the owlbear - but which owl, and which bear? Atlas Animalia by Metal Weave Games shows a terrifying biodiversity of monsters, including the shoebill cockatrice.

Read the transcript and get more from the show:

https://scintilla.studio/monster-atlas-animalia/

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Wythe Marschall, creator of Stillfleet, shares a monster born in the frozen ammonia crystals of Yuggoth at the far reaches of our solar system 100 billion years in the future.

Don't wait, get it now! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wythe/the-stillfleet-core-rulebook

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Wythe Marsc...

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August 22, 2022 59 mins

The size of a black bear, this Ice Age giant didn't build dams, but it guarded the water with a fearsome call just the same. Meet the world's most complete fossil giant beaver with Heather Lerner, the ancient DNA expert who brought her to life!

Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction

Episode transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-giant-beaver/

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Dr...

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The mukad are insect-like aberrations following the orders of a slumbering god of destruction as they lurk in the walls.

Read the transcript and get more from the show:

https://scintilla.studio/monster-mukad-grim-hollow-ghostfire-games/

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Joe Raso: https://twitter.com/_joe_raso

Grim ...

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Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction

Episode transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-aurochs-nazis-orcs/

Guides:

Steve Sullivan, director of the Hefner Museum of Natural History at Miami University in Ohio

Jessica Marcrum, Uncaged Author and producer of the Threeflings actual play podcast, www.jessicamarcrumwrites.com

James Mendez Hodes, game designer a...

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June 13, 2022 48 mins

A team of scientists encounter the Frog of Holding, a giant monstrosity with an extradimensional space for its young!

Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction

Partial transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-frog-of-holding/

Guides:

Sheryl, The Roving Naturalist: https://twitter.com/RvingNaturalist

Ethan Kocak: https://twitter.com/Blackmudpuppy

Chelsea: https...

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The cave bear is more than just a monster variant on MM 334. It's the source of piles of dragon bones in caves all over Europe, and fulcrum where archaeology turned from fantasy to science.

Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction

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"Ex...

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How does it square with your heroes when the bad guys treat their animals better than the good guys? What if your villain pets the dog?

Read the transcript and get more from the show:

https://scintilla.studio/monster-war-spider-mcdm/

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James Introcaso: https://twitter.com/JamesIntroc...

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Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel's creator was inspired by the solarpunk and hopepunk movements, but what even are those?

Read the transcript and get more from the show:

https://scintilla.studio/monster-solarpunk-journeysthroughtheradiantcitadel

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David Somerville, author, Planeg...

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April 11, 2022 36 mins

Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction

Episode transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-florida-fairy-shrimp

Guides:

Tierra Curry, Senior Scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity

https://twitter.com/TierraMussel

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"Extinction Theme" by Alexandre Miller, The Boy King of Id...

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The best game-breaking exploits in D&D. This week: the false hydra, the most terrifying homebrew monster ever made; and the Kung Fu Kraken, an ancient titan of the deep somehow less effective than a straw dummy.

Read the transcript and get more from the show:

https://scintilla.studio/monster-false-hydra-kung-fu-kraken/

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D&D players have spent almost 50 years breaking the game. This week: the arrowhead of total destruction, nuclear warhead powered by extradimensional spaces; and the wireless troll, communication via regeneration.

Read the transcript and get more from the show:

https://scintilla.studio/monster-arrow-of-destruction-wireless-troll/

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March 9, 2022 35 mins

D&D players have spent almost 50 years breaking the game, creating exploits that became monsters in their own right. This week: the peasant rail gun, an army of hirelings with a light-speed projectile; and the quantum ogre, the monster who is everywhere until it is observed.

Read the transcript and get more from the show:

https://scintilla.studio/monster-peasant-rail-gun-quantum-ogre/

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Read the transcript and get more from the show:

https://scintilla.studio/monster-luthic-uncaged-godesses/

Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: www.patreon.com/scintillastudio

Join the conversation: www.twitter.com/SparkOtter

Meet my guests:

Jessica Marcrum: https://twitter.com/angrynerdgirl

David Markiwsky: https://twitter.com/DavidMarkiwsky

https://www.dmsguild.com/product/382873/Uncaged-Goddesses?affiliate_id=148...

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