Dungeons and Dragons Homebrew: The Bucket of Puppies

Dungeons and Dragons Homebrew: The Bucket of Puppies

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, life has been pretty hectic for me. I got a bit discouraged on my Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons series because of the recent release of the Kaiju Codex for 5th edition by Rite Publishing. I got some inspiration recently for a different kind of D&D creation this week though: a magical item known as the Bucket of Puppies. This seemingly mundane bucket simply spawns some adorable puppies that can be used for gifts, distractions, or even food in some very dark circumstances. Get creative with…

Bring Splatoon into your Dungeons and Dragons Game with the Inklings!

Bring Splatoon into your Dungeons and Dragons Game with the Inklings!

I’m taking a break from my Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons series to bring another obsession of mine to Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve been playing a lot of Splatoon 2 lately, so I decided to give them the D&D treatment! The Inklings are best used on dry erase board grids since their attacks cover the ground in ink. They ought to be a great challenge for parties that do not have the ability to fly. Inklings A peculiar species of fey, the Inklings resemble mischievous imps bearing brightly colored tentacles on their heads…

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: The Colossus of Tsuburaya

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: The Colossus of Tsuburaya

Back again with another Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons! A world of kaiju just isn’t complete without a giant mecha to give humans a fighting chance. Enter the Colossus of Tsuburaya. I playtested a beta version of this creature a few months ago in my weekly game, and my players loved it. The Colossus of Tsuburaya takes inspiration, obviously, from Pacific Rim as a mentally-controlled giant mecha. I also borrowed from Soul Calibur, namely the idea that the Colossus’s Variable Skill changes based on its pilot, similar to how the cursed sword Soul…

Godzilla: A Colossal Course in Japanese History

Godzilla: A Colossal Course in Japanese History

Big V Roman Comics and I sat down at Raleigh Supercon 2017 to present a discussion of Godzilla films and how they have commented or critiqued issues facing Japanese society at the time of their release. Kaiju films have addressed many topics over the years, from the original film’s commentary on use of nuclear weapons, to Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster promoting an anti-pollution message in the 1970s, to The Return of Godzilla questioning American military presence in Japan, and finally last year’s Shin Godzilla condemning the failure of government bureaucracy to help people affected by the Fukushima disaster….

Bad Fanfiction Dramatic Readings at Raleigh Supercon 2017

Bad Fanfiction Dramatic Readings at Raleigh Supercon 2017

There’s entertainment value even in the most foul fanfictions out there. At Raleigh Supercon 2017, I teamed up with Scarlett Spitfire, Josh Thompson Photography, and my roommate Michael Fitzgibbons to deliver dramatic readings of a selection of poorly written, depraved, and just plain bizarre works of fiction scattered across the internet. Have a suggestion for a fanfic to read in a future installment of this panel? Just contact me! Also, be sure to give some love to my wonderful co-hosts, whom I’ve linked to above. Enjoy the video!

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Tectonicus, Titan of Earth and Lightning

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Tectonicus, Titan of Earth and Lightning

Back again with another Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons!  A user on Reddit requested I create a worm-based kaiju for the world of Yamatai, but I wanted to be more original than just “three hundred foot long worm”. My mind drifted back to a creation I made for a kaiju forum RPG years ago: An earth golem with electricity-spitting Mongolian death worms burrowed into it. Enjoy! Tectonicus, Titan of Earth and Lightning Colossal monstrosity (kaiju), lawful neutral Artwork: Clay Golem, Property of Wizards of the Coast “The myths of the desert death worms…

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Galewing, the Sky Bat

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Galewing, the Sky Bat

Back again with another Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons! Every kaiju story needs a fearsome denizen of the skies! I was asked about the kaiju named Galewing that was referred to in Mantisma’s profile and I finally got around to preparing this bat beastie. I based its powers and abilities around wind it generates with its colossal wings, along with a sonic scream attack that would be expected from a large bat. GALEWING, THE SKY BAT Colossal beast (kaiju), chaotic good “We thought we were in for another freak windstorm that…

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Vermutila, Rat Queen of the Plague

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons:  Vermutila, Rat Queen of the Plague

Welcome to the next installment of the Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons series. Previous entries were tributes to Toho Studios kaiju, but this week I’m dropping an original creation: Vermutila, the Rat Queen of the Plague. Vermutila, Rat Queen of the Plague Colossal beast (kaiju), neutral evil “It’s as if someone afraid of rats offended the gods and they decided to punish us all for it.” – Brother Tino’s Chronicle of Greater Kaiju The gigantic rat Vermutila stands out among the kaiju of Yamatai because of both her diminuitive stature…

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Metallor, The Iron Mountain

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Metallor, The Iron Mountain

The Dungeons & Dragons kaiju train keeps rolling! What’s a kaiju story without some mechanical monsters? This week’s project is Metallor, a horrific fusion of magic, machine, and bone. Like Hurriking and Mantisma, Metallor takes inspiration from a Toho Studios kaiju, this time it’s Mechagodzilla (specifically Kiryu) with a hint of Gurren Lagann thrown in. Enjoy! Metallor, The Iron Mountain Colossal construct (kaiju), lawful good “The Empire attempted to create their own Hurriking. When will man learn?” – Brother Tino’s Chronicle of Greater Kaiju When kaiju began to appear in…

Seriously, Take a Break

Seriously, Take a Break

It’s difficult to stay committed to a task or undertaking. Endless distractions exist to steal your focus. Plateaus can bring progress to a screeching halt. Lack of response can be extremely discouraging. Fitting the time in to work on the task is difficult in our busy lives. Even the most dedicated and earnest effort can lead to burnout and questioning whether or not to continue. How do we continue, how can we keep going when we hit that wall? The solution: Take a break. At least, temporarily. The Bridge to…