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(io9)   List of the ten most memorable monsters in Dungeons and Dragons. Bonus: all but one from the original AD&D first edition, Minus: but none of the illustrations are   (io9.com) divider line 224
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2013-09-16 02:39:32 PM  
For Evil adventures your nemesis may be a Lammasu

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2013-09-16 02:48:00 PM  
Not one Dragon.  I'm beginning to think the name is misleading.
 
2013-09-16 02:48:12 PM  
I liked Table Top's depiction of an Owlbear better.
 
2013-09-16 02:56:46 PM  
What? No Umber-Hulk? how can you have a list of Iconic D&D monsters without an Umber-Hulk?

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But you know, As I GIS'ed for this image I slowly realized that while the 1st edition  AD&D books seemed like the sine qua non of cool fantasy art when I was a kid, as an adult I look and I see fairly amatuerish illustrations and really bad graphic design.   Sigh:
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2013-09-16 02:59:31 PM  
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2013-09-16 03:01:42 PM  
Pretty cool illustrations IMHO.

Also: I'm glad to see they included a beholder.

I have a postulate that a properly run beholder should be nearly impossible to defeat. I always put them into the center of an arena-like maze that contained booby traps that would transport each party member into a different part of the maze, and then force each them toward the circular center where the beholder lurked. That way they'd have to confront the beholder's full 360 degree array.
 
2013-09-16 03:22:19 PM  

Magorn: AD&D books seemed like the sine qua non of cool fantasy art when I was a kid, as an adult I look and I see fairly amatuerish illustrations and really bad graphic design.


it's pretty terrible. looks like the doodlings of an 8th grader.
 
2013-09-16 03:33:14 PM  
I'd totally forgotten about the physical similarities between mind flayers and the Ood. That just makes the Ood even more creepy for me.
 
2013-09-16 03:49:05 PM  
It's an owlbear. It's pretty much my favorite animal.
 
2013-09-16 03:53:44 PM  

Cagey B: It's an owlbear. It's pretty much my favorite animal.


Just don't let it into the bedroom (NSFW)
 
2013-09-16 03:54:14 PM  

FlashHarry: Magorn: AD&D books seemed like the sine qua non of cool fantasy art when I was a kid, as an adult I look and I see fairly amatuerish illustrations and really bad graphic design.

it's pretty terrible. looks like the doodlings of an 8th grader.


You have to look at it from two perspectives, the first is cost.  If every illustration was done by the Brother's Hildebrandt your Monster Manual would cost three hundred bucks.  Second, your target audience was hardly artistically sophisticated, so the art didn't NEED to be brilliant.

That being said, some of the artists of the time were (and are) producing incredible works.  The work improved over time, but the early stuff...well, yeah, it was horrible.

Except for the cover of Eldritch Wizardry....(kinda NSFW)
 
2013-09-16 04:00:07 PM  
Rob Bricken's personal monsters are spelling, grammar and syntax.
 
2013-09-16 04:05:17 PM  
List fail without rust monster.

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2013-09-16 04:06:35 PM  

lordargent: List fail without rust monster.

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Umm...it is #4 on the list.
 
2013-09-16 04:06:37 PM  

Ennuipoet: FlashHarry: Magorn: AD&D books seemed like the sine qua non of cool fantasy art when I was a kid, as an adult I look and I see fairly amatuerish illustrations and really bad graphic design.

it's pretty terrible. looks like the doodlings of an 8th grader.

You have to look at it from two perspectives, the first is cost.  If every illustration was done by the Brother's Hildebrandt your Monster Manual would cost three hundred bucks.  Second, your target audience was hardly artistically sophisticated, so the art didn't NEED to be brilliant.

That being said, some of the artists of the time were (and are) producing incredible works.  The work improved over time, but the early stuff...well, yeah, it was horrible.

Except for the cover of Eldritch Wizardry....(kinda NSFW)


I remember looking at the Succubus entry often.
 
2013-09-16 04:08:24 PM  
From my early exposure to D&D, I'd say the three best creatures in the Monster Manual were:

Nymph
Succubus
Sylph
 
2013-09-16 04:10:04 PM  
I still have my AD&D books in a box somewhere.
 
2013-09-16 04:11:08 PM  
Pretty solid list. The inclusion of the Rust Monster sealed the deal. Pretty good chance the author has tangled with a couple throughout his playing years.

/and has ran from it
//only to get cornered and had his stuff melted
 
2013-09-16 04:12:51 PM  
D&D is for retards!

Rolemaster forever!!
 
2013-09-16 04:12:59 PM  

Ennuipoet: FlashHarry: Magorn: AD&D books seemed like the sine qua non of cool fantasy art when I was a kid, as an adult I look and I see fairly amatuerish illustrations and really bad graphic design.

it's pretty terrible. looks like the doodlings of an 8th grader.

You have to look at it from two perspectives, the first is cost.  If every illustration was done by the Brother's Hildebrandt your Monster Manual would cost three hundred bucks.  Second, your target audience was hardly artistically sophisticated, so the art didn't NEED to be brilliant.

That being said, some of the artists of the time were (and are) producing incredible works.  The work improved over time, but the early stuff...well, yeah, it was horrible.

Except for the cover of Eldritch Wizardry....(kinda NSFW)


A close friends dad was an early TSR artist and MTG Card guy and some of those folk WERE very talented but operating on iridiculous deadlines for very little money.  But in general I think the pool of fantasy artists has exploded over the last few decades.  A relative publishes a series of RPG's and the Talent he's getting to work for him today, even as a realtively samll publisher is light years beyond most of old TSR stuff:
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2013-09-16 04:13:09 PM  
Ennuipoet : You have to look at it from two perspectives, the first is cost. If every illustration was done by the Brother's Hildebrandt your Monster Manual would cost three hundred bucks. Second, your target audience was hardly artistically sophisticated, so the art didn't NEED to be brilliant.

I look at the monster manual as a collection of monster statistics ... put together by adventurers.

It's got some drawings in it that were sketched by the deft, but non artistic fingers of a thief.
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Some very technical drawings that had to be the work of a mage.
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And then, we have the shiat that the fighter drew.
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2013-09-16 04:15:50 PM  
For the record I'd just like to confirm that I am not a lich.
 
2013-09-16 04:17:07 PM  
Oh rust monsters... they became pretty central to one of our campaigns. Wed gotten captured (because im a terrible rogue and forgot a set of lockpicks...) , the fortress where we were being held had some rust monsters in cages that we freed and we put some armor and stuff on the end of sticks like a carrot and rode them to freedom. Then we rode them to attack an iron dragon that we werent supposed to deal with for several more sessions. It was always a good session when the GM is all, "im not even mad im impressed".

That campaign got silly quick when we returned to town one time and found out one of our party had knocked up the questgiver...
 
2013-09-16 04:17:08 PM  
I thought: "They'd better have the farking Beholder, there"
 
2013-09-16 04:17:21 PM  

lordargent: Second, your target audience was hardly artistically sophisticated


Says someone who's never seen a rpg nerd obsessively painting minute details on his miniatures.
 
2013-09-16 04:17:44 PM  
Beerguy: Umm...it is #4 on the list.

Ohh wow, totally didn't recognize it when I was scrolling through.

// monday
// tired
// insomnia
 
2013-09-16 04:17:51 PM  
Man, that list makes me pine for Baldur's Gate.

That was the one with Drow Priestesses, driders and the Mindflayer city, right?
 
2013-09-16 04:18:04 PM  

Weaver95: For the record I'd just like to confirm that I am not a lich.


For the record, I'd just like to confirm I am not an owlbear.
 
2013-09-16 04:19:01 PM  

jakomo002: Man, that list makes me pine for Baldur's Gate.

That was the one with Drow Priestesses, driders and the Mindflayer city, right?


That's the Hordes of the Underdark expansion to Neverwinterwinter Nights.
 
2013-09-16 04:19:29 PM  

Weaver95: For the record I'd just like to confirm that I am not a lich.


I would've voted for her if she was!
 
2013-09-16 04:19:56 PM  

jakomo002: Man, that list makes me pine for Baldur's Gate.

That was the one with Drow Priestesses, driders and the Mindflayer city, right?


Driders were only mentioned offhand in BG-2.  Neverwinter nights, hordes of the underdark had all 3, but wasn't an awesome game like BG-2.  I'm not sure what you're thinking of.
 
2013-09-16 04:20:43 PM  
3. Mimic
4. Rust Monster
5. Gelatinous Cube

3rd Best webcomic on the planet, Rusty and Co./
 
2013-09-16 04:21:33 PM  
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ah, yes... i always felt a little funny in the swimsuit area when looking at the succubus.
 
2013-09-16 04:21:34 PM  
► Snapper Carr : lordargent: Second, your target audience was hardly artistically sophisticated

Says someone who's never seen a rpg nerd obsessively painting minute details on his miniatures.


I never said that ... you've heinously screwed up your quoting :P
 
2013-09-16 04:21:50 PM  

Magorn: But in general I think the pool of fantasy artists has exploded over the last few decades.


This, if Gary and Co. had the pool of affordable talent modern game designers have the Monster Manual would be a VERY different book.

Although, it is likely BECAUSE of the MM we have the pool.
 
2013-09-16 04:22:34 PM  

lordargent: ► Snapper Carr : lordargent: Second, your target audience was hardly artistically sophisticated

Says someone who's never seen a rpg nerd obsessively painting minute details on his miniatures.

I never said that ... you've heinously screwed up your quoting :P


I see that now, sorry :P
 
2013-09-16 04:22:34 PM  

FlashHarry: ah, yes... i always felt a little funny in the swimsuit area when looking at the succubus.


I dated a succubus once. Don't do that, it's very bad for you.
 
2013-09-16 04:22:37 PM  
wheres the bug bears?!!?!


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2013-09-16 04:22:39 PM  
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2013-09-16 04:23:04 PM  

Snapper Carr: That's the Hordes of the Underdark expansion to Neverwinterwinter Nights.


I actually looked it up.


Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
 
2013-09-16 04:23:49 PM  

Snapper Carr: lordargent: Second, your target audience was hardly artistically sophisticated

Says someone who's never seen a rpg nerd obsessively painting minute details on his miniatures.


True, but this was a subset of Gamers, the average 12 year old playing D&D in the  80's was rather less discerning.  I mean, have you SEEN some of the character sketches we drew back then?
 
2013-09-16 04:26:29 PM  

jlawn001: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 742x573]


I feel like a remake of the D&D cartoon with modern broadcasting standards, animation quality, and a little more fidelity to the personality of D&D would be awesome.  Hasbro decided that making yet another version number of D&D is the path to success.
 
2013-09-16 04:31:20 PM  

Weaver95: For the record I'd just like to confirm that I am not a lich.


Oh, yeah, prove it? Do you weigh the same as a mummified duck?
 
2013-09-16 04:31:55 PM  

Nightenstaff: Pretty solid list. The inclusion of the Rust Monster sealed the deal. Pretty good chance the author has tangled with a couple throughout his playing years.

/and has ran from it
//only to get cornered and had his stuff melted


Free attacks as you retreat, only need touch you, can't outrun it, usually found in poorly mapped mazes/cellars...

/good times
 
2013-09-16 04:35:13 PM  
Real shame what happened to TSR.  There's no more Ravenloft or Planescape.
 
2013-09-16 04:40:11 PM  
Personally, I would get rid of the Tarrasque and throw in a lurker ... because they're damned creepy paranoia factor.

Just like you shouldn't go into water where you can't see the bottom, you shouldn't go into cavernous rooms if the light doesn't reach the ceiling.

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2013-09-16 04:46:38 PM  
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Yep, Succubus, Flashharry. I don't know what these other people were looking at in junior high.
 
2013-09-16 04:46:55 PM  
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Hai guys, what's going on here?
 
2013-09-16 04:47:43 PM  

lordargent: ► Snapper Carr : lordargent: Second, your target audience was hardly artistically sophisticated

Says someone who's never seen a rpg nerd obsessively painting minute details on his miniatures.

I never said that ... you've heinously screwed up your quoting :P


So have you, its all green.
 
2013-09-16 04:48:43 PM  
The artistry was AWESOME to a 10 year old when D & D first came out.
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