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Monster Conversion: Redcap

Newbie DM - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 18:28

Here’s the Redcap, a monster I first encountered in the 3rd. Edition Monster Manual 3. There is already a 5e version of it in DDAL4-6 The Ghost, an organized play module, and in Kobold Press’ Tome of Beasts. This is my version.

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Artwork from WOTC’s Monster Manual 3.

I made it a Challenge 2 creature, and stripped it of its fey origins. I wanted to go with a more humanoid origin, with a close tie to Halflings. I basically kept some of their 3rd Ed lore, and added a bit of my own.

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They are nasty little creatures who can regenerate HP when they kill, due to their bloodlust and their magical red little hats. I hope you have a nice time killing challenging your PCs with these guys.

Find my version of the Redcap here. 

If you like this work, check out some of my previous monsters here on the blog, or my work at the Dungeon Master’s Guild.

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Monster conversion: Woodwose

Newbie DM - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 12:00

Here’s another attempt at converting a monster from 2e to 5e… the Woodwose, known in 2e as a Nightshade…

It’s a CR1 creature from the forests of the Feywild, who will turn you into one of them if it kills you with his poisoned blade. Enjoy.

Grab it here. 

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Art by the fabulous Tony DiTerlizzi

 

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Monster conversion: Sandman

Newbie DM - Sun, 09/11/2016 - 08:28

Here’s another monster conversion, this time the Sandman, which first appeared in 1e’s Fiend Folio, and was later taken into 2e’s Al Qadim setting in a boxed set called “Assassin Mountain”.

The Sandman’s a siscreen-shot-2016-09-11-at-1-46-57-ammple monster, it’s an elemental made of sand who basically puts people to sleep. In 2e, their lore was expanded and made them slaves to the dao genies.

I kept their basic stat block, didn’t try to expand on it much, keeping the monster mostly in line with its 1e/2e feel. There is a Sandman in Kobold Press’ Tome of Beasts, but it’s a different take on the creature.

Find my version of the Sandman here. 

 

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Stranger Things Demogorgon for 5e

Newbie DM - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 07:41

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Netflix’s show Stranger Things is a love letter to 80’s entertainment. It takes Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and George Lucas and puts them in a blender, creating a fantastic 8 hours of television. One of the highlights of the show is its unabashed love of D&D, as it is a major part of the show, as it’s used in both advancscreen-shot-2016-09-08-at-7-59-24-aming the plot and in the show’s world-building….

 

Spoilers ahead…

The kids are first introduced by playing D&D around a table (not unlike the kids in E.T.), and the party is fighting the Demogorgon (!) (as a side note, they are shown playing the BECMI D&D blue Mentzer expert set). Later on, when the show’s inter-dimensional monster is introduced, the kids refer to it as the Demogorgon. Also, the creature’s home dimension is referred to in the show as the “Upside Down”, but it is clearly inspired by D&D’s Plane of Shadow or the Shadowfell, as it is literally shown as an echo of the world, with corresponding locations from the world clocked in darkness and despair.

End Spoilers….

So I thought it would be neat to stat the creature out for 5e D&D. The real Demogorgon already exists for the game, having appeared in the Out of the Abyss adventure, so I created a version based on what we see from the creature in the show, and at a CR 6, so it’s playable in lower level D&D campaigns.

Anyway, I did it just to have a little fun with D&D, and a show I love so very much, as it pushes all my 80s nostalgia buttons the right way. I was around the kids’ age in 1983, so it’s letting me relive a lot of my childhood.

You can find my version of the Stranger Things Demogorgon, laid out like a page straight out of the Monster Manual, here:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2789215/Stranger%20Things.pdf

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