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Game designers show you their favorite monster, how it works, why it works, and what it means. Each bite-sized episode features a new creator and the monster of their choice. Continue Reading >>
Game designers show you their favorite monster, how it works, why it works, and what it means. Each bite-sized episode features a new creator and the monster of their choice. << Show Less
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Extinction: Thylacine, Ghost Tiger of the Feywild The thylacine of Tasmania becomes the ghost tiger of the Feywild. Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://store.magehandpress.com/products/book-of-extinction-preview

Episode transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-thylacine/

Guides:
Steve Sullivan, Director of the Hefner Museum of Natural History at Miami University
http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/centers/hefner-museum/
Kieran Suckling, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Biological Diversity
https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/
Andrew Coons, First Watch:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu5p4VD1CxwndFhal7DF0mA
House Sivis Echoer Station:
https://www.sivisechoerstation.com/echoes/cyre-once-again

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The Mukad: aberrant insect harbingers from Grim Hollow by Ghostfire Games 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/ Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: www.patreon.com/scintillastudioJoin the conversation: www.twitter.com/SparkOtterMeet my guests:Joe Raso: https://twitter.com/_joe_rasoGrim Hollow by Ghostfire Games: https://ghostfiregaming.com/grim-hollow/Music by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com
Aurochs, De-Extinction, and the Racism of Orcs in D&D Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://www.scintilla.studio/extinctionEpisode transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-aurochs-nazis-orcs/ Guides:Steve Sullivan, director of the Hefner Museum of Natural History at Miami University in OhioJessica Marcrum, Uncaged Author and producer of the Threeflings actual play podcast, www.jessicamarcrumwrites.comJames Mendez Hodes, game designer and orc historian: https://jamesmendezhodes.com/Did you like this stat block? Let me know on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SparkOtter"Extinction Theme" by Alex MonroeClosing music by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com
The Frog of Holding, ft. Nature Check 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/extinctionPartial transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-frog-of-holding/ Guides:Sheryl, The Roving Naturalist: https://twitter.com/RvingNaturalistEthan Kocak: https://twitter.com/BlackmudpuppyChelsea: https://twitter.com/ChelseaHerpsMaria Gatta: https://twitter.com/M_GattaDid you like this stat block? Let me know on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SparkOtter"Extinction Theme" by Alex Monroe
Extinction: Dragon Bones & Cave Bears 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/extinctionGet stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: www.patreon.com/scintillastudioJoin the conversation: www.twitter.com/SparkOtter"Extinction Theme" by Alex Monroe
Giant spider chucking goblins in the MCDM monster book 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/ Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: www.patreon.com/scintillastudioJoin the conversation: www.twitter.com/SparkOtterMeet my guests:James Introcaso: https://twitter.com/JamesIntrocasoFlee, Mortals! The MCDM Monster Book: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mattcolville/mcdm-monster-bookMusic by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com
Solarpunk in Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel 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 Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: www.patreon.com/scintillastudioJoin the conversation: www.twitter.com/SparkOtterMeet my guests:David Somerville, author, Planegea: https://www.twitter.com/PlanegeaMike Rugnetta & Taylor Moore: twitter.com/funcityventuresKierán Suckling, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Biological Diversityhttps://www.biologicaldiversity.org/Tierra Curry, Senior Scientist at the Center for Biological Diversityhttps://twitter.com/TierraMusselMusic credits: "Limousine" by Jason Shaw"Extinction Theme" by Alex Monroe
The Florida Fairy Shrimp | Extinction Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://www.scintilla.studio/extinctionEpisode transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-florida-fairy-shrimp Guides:Tierra Curry, Senior Scientist at the Center for Biological Diversityhttps://twitter.com/TierraMusselDid you like this stat block? Let me know on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SparkOtterMusic credit: "Extinction Theme" by Alex Monroe
The False Hydra & Larry the Kung Fu Kraken 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/ Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: www.patreon.com/scintillastudioJoin the conversation: www.twitter.com/SparkOtterMeet my guests:Jeremy Vine: www.twitter.com/taluminJarrod Jahoda, Mid-Level Adventurers: www.twitter.com/midlvladventureDanilo Vujevic, Thinking Critically: https://www.thinkingcritically.co.uk/Rebecca Gray and Steven Myers, Eberron: A Chronicle of Echoes: https://www.sivisechoerstation.com/Music by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com
Arrow of Destruction & The Wireless Troll 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/ Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: www.patreon.com/scintillastudioJoin the conversation: www.twitter.com/SparkOtterMeet my guests:Jeremy Vine: www.twitter.com/taluminJarrod Jahoda, Mid-Level Adventurers: www.twitter.com/midlvladventureDanilo Vujevic, Thinking Critically: https://www.thinkingcritically.co.uk/Rebecca Gray and Steven Myers, Eberron: A Chronicle of Echoes: https://www.sivisechoerstation.com/Music by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com
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