Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Mantisma, Matron of Life

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Mantisma, Matron of Life

I’m back this week with another kaiju for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons! This week, I’m taking inspiration from Mothra to create a force for good in the monster-ravaged realm of Yamatai. Mantisma, Matron of Life Colossal fey (kaiju), neutral good “She is as beautiful as she is powerful. Thank the Gods she fights for us. Most of the time.” – Brother Tino’s Chronicle of Greater Kaiju Many kaiju are feared, but Mantisma is unique among them in that she is revered and loved by many. She acts as a guardian…

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Hurriking, the Monster Sovereign

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Hurriking, the Monster Sovereign

I’ve been running a fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign for about seven or eight months now, and despite starting the game out of the Lost Mines of Phandelver book from the Starter Set, I left that behind months ago and have been writing the scenarios myself for the most part. Me being me, I decided to inject kaiju into the game. D&D’s only entity that really resembles a kaiju is the Tarrasque, but it’s ‘only’ sixty feet tall. Pathfinder has a dedicated creature subtype for kaiju, and Toho Kingdom has produced a plethora…

Colorful Kaiju Discussion Panel – Illogicon 2017

Colorful Kaiju Discussion Panel – Illogicon 2017

At Illogicon 2017 in Cary, NC; I was invited to sit on a discussion panel about the themes and history of kaiju (giant monsters), alongside local science fiction authors Natania Barron, Richard Dansky, and Jesse Galena. Yes, this is about a month overdue, but a hard drive failure on my computer prevented me from rendering out this file sooner. Better late than never! Colorful Kaiju Discussion Panel – Illogicon 2017 If you like what you heard from the other panelists, check out their websites! Natania Barron Richard Dansky Jesse Galena…

The Motivational Morals of Mothra (Godzilla)

The Motivational Morals of Mothra (Godzilla)

Let’s talk about the illustrious immense insect of the Godzilla franchise: Mothra. She occupies a peculiar place in the pantheon of giant monsters: She’s undoubtedly one of the top five most recognizable kaiju of film (behind King Kong and Godzilla, of course) and is very popular with women. However, she catches derision from many male fans because, well, she’s a giant butterfly who protects the Earth and communicates through tiny fairies. Some are probably wondering why I’m talking about some lame bug when I could gush about the King of the…