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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 D&D or TTRPG designer and the monster of their choice.

Game designers show you their favorite monster, how it works, why it works, and what it means. Each bite-sized episode features a D&D or TTRPG designer and the monster of their choice.

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United States

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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 D&D or TTRPG designer and the monster of their choice.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ol' Chap Ettercap, ft. Critical Crafting

10/11/2022
O'l Chap Ettercap is a monster whose story grew in the telling, from meaningless Download Ol' Chap Ettercap in every form a tabletop needs: https://scintilla.studio/monster-ettercap-critical-crafting/ Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: https://my.captivate.fm/www.patreon.com/scintillastudio (www.patreon.com/scintillastudio) Join the conversation: https://my.captivate.fm/www.twitter.com/SparkOtter (www.twitter.com/SparkOtter) Meet my guests: Dillon Onley, Creative...

Duration:00:20:30

Mörk Borg's 7 Deadly Sins

10/5/2022
Mörk Borg, the doom metal TTRPG by Free League, gets an adventure with seven deadly sins chained in an off-shore prison boat where nothing is as it seems. Read the transcript and get more from the show: https://scintilla.studio/monster-mork-borg-dolja/ Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: https://my.captivate.fm/www.patreon.com/scintillastudio (www.patreon.com/scintillastudio) Join the conversation: https://my.captivate.fm/www.twitter.com/SparkOtter...

Shoebill Cockatrices show a terrifying biodiversity of monsters

9/21/2022
Many monsters are combinations of animals, like the owlbear - but which owl, and which bear? Atlas Animalia by Metal Weave Games shows a terrifying biodiversity of monsters, including the shoebill cockatrice. Read the transcript and get more from the show: https://scintilla.studio/monster-atlas-animalia/ Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: https://my.captivate.fm/www.patreon.com/scintillastudio (www.patreon.com/scintillastudio) Join the conversation:...

Duration:00:32:18

Migo: Stillfleet's bio-tech super-future scientists with Wythe Marschall

8/29/2022
Wythe Marschall, creator of Stillfleet, shares a monster born in the frozen ammonia crystals of Yuggoth at the far reaches of our solar system 100 billion years in the future. Don't wait, get it now! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wythe/the-stillfleet-core-rulebook Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: https://my.captivate.fm/www.patreon.com/scintillastudio (www.patreon.com/scintillastudio) Join the conversation: https://my.captivate.fm/www.twitter.com/SparkOtter...

Duration:00:40:18

Extinction: The Call of the Giant Beaver

8/22/2022
The size of a black bear, this Ice Age giant didn't build dams, but it guarded the water with a fearsome call just the same. Meet the world's most complete fossil giant beaver with Heather Lerner, the ancient DNA expert who brought her to life! Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction (https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction) Episode transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-giant-beaver/ Guides: Dr. Heather Lerner,...

Duration:00:59:51

The Mukad: aberrant insect harbingers from Grim Hollow by Ghostfire Games

7/25/2022
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: https://my.captivate.fm/www.patreon.com/scintillastudio (www.patreon.com/scintillastudio) Join the conversation: https://my.captivate.fm/www.twitter.com/SparkOtter (www.twitter.com/SparkOtter) Meet my...

Duration:00:26:40

Aurochs, De-Extinction, and the Racism of Orcs in D&D

6/27/2022
Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction (https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction) Episode transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-aurochs-nazis-orcs/ Guides: Steve Sullivan, director of the Hefner Museum of Natural History at Miami University in Ohio Jessica Marcrum, Uncaged Author and producer of the Threeflings actual play podcast, www.jessicamarcrumwrites.com James Mendez Hodes, game designer and orc historian:...

Duration:00:43:31

The Frog of Holding, ft. Nature Check

6/13/2022
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/extinction (https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction) Partial transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-frog-of-holding/ Guides: Sheryl, The Roving Naturalist: https://twitter.com/RvingNaturalist Ethan Kocak: https://twitter.com/Blackmudpuppy Chelsea:...

Duration:00:47:54

Extinction: Dragon Bones & Cave Bears

5/30/2022
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/extinction (https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction) Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: www.patreon.com/scintillastudio Join the conversation: www.twitter.com/SparkOtter "Extinction Theme" by...

Duration:00:09:35

Giant spider chucking goblins in the MCDM monster book

4/18/2022
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: https://my.captivate.fm/www.patreon.com/scintillastudio (www.patreon.com/scintillastudio) Join the conversation: https://my.captivate.fm/www.twitter.com/SparkOtter (www.twitter.com/SparkOtter) Meet my...

Duration:00:42:22

Solarpunk in Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel

4/15/2022
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: https://my.captivate.fm/www.patreon.com/scintillastudio (www.patreon.com/scintillastudio) Join the conversation: https://my.captivate.fm/www.twitter.com/SparkOtter...

Duration:00:24:15

Extinction: The Florida Fairy Shrimp

4/11/2022
Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction (https://www.scintilla.studio/extinction) Episode transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-florida-fairy-shrimp Guides: Tierra Curry, Senior Scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity https://twitter.com/TierraMussel Did you like this stat block? Let me know on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SparkOtter Music credit: "Extinction Theme" by Alex Monroe

Duration:00:36:59

The False Hydra & Larry the Kung Fu Kraken

3/21/2022
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: https://my.captivate.fm/www.patreon.com/scintillastudio (www.patreon.com/scintillastudio) Join the conversation:...

Duration:00:33:47

Arrow of Destruction & The Wireless Troll

3/14/2022
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: https://my.captivate.fm/www.patreon.com/scintillastudio (www.patreon.com/scintillastudio) Join the...

Duration:00:35:53

Peasant Rail Gun & Quantum Ogre

3/8/2022
D&D players have spent almost 50 years breaking the game, creating exploits that became monsters in their own right. This week: the peasant rail gun, an army of hirelings with a light-speed projectile; and the quantum ogre, the monster who is everywhere until it is observed. Read the transcript and get more from the show: https://scintilla.studio/monster-peasant-rail-gun-quantum-ogre/ Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks:...

Duration:00:37:11

Luthic the Blood Moon Witch in Uncaged Goddesses

2/21/2022
Read the transcript and get more from the show: https://scintilla.studio/monster-luthic-uncaged-godesses/ Get stat blocks, bonus content, and other monstrous perks: https://my.captivate.fm/www.patreon.com/scintillastudio (www.patreon.com/scintillastudio) Join the conversation: https://my.captivate.fm/www.twitter.com/SparkOtter (www.twitter.com/SparkOtter) Meet my guests: Jessica Marcrum: https://twitter.com/angrynerdgirl David Markiwsky: https://twitter.com/DavidMarkiwsky...

Duration:00:37:06

Extinction: Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, D&D's celestial Questing Bird

12/15/2021
Declared extinct less than three months ago, the ivory-billed woodpecker is the holy grail of birders all over the U.S. Get three extinct animals raised to life as monsters in D&D: https://store.magehandpress.com/products/book-of-extinction-preview Get the Questing Bird stat block by joining the Mage Hand Press Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mfov Episode transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-ivory-billed-woodpecker/ Guides: Kieran Suckling, Executive Director and Founder...

Duration:00:36:42

Extinction: Thylacine, Ghost Tiger of the Feywild

12/10/2021
The thylacine of Tasmania becomes the ghost tiger of the Feywild: a tragic figure as enchanting as it is terrifying. 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...

Duration:00:29:29

Extinction: Great Auk, the Ocean Master

11/22/2021
The great auk is a powerful bird with a bone-chilling extinction story. It's getting a second life as a D&D monster. Get the great auk and two other extinct animals for your D&D campaign: https://store.magehandpress.com/products/book-of-extinction-preview Episode transcript: https://scintilla.studio/monster-extinction-great-auk/ Guides: Kieran Suckling, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Biological Diversity Tierra Curry, Senior Scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity...

Duration:00:18:38

Extinction: Passenger Pigeon, the Feathered Tide

11/18/2021
Passenger pigeons were once the most numerous bird on the planet, a swarm of Tiny beasts covering the sky. 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-passenger-pigeon/ Guides: Steve Sullivan, Director of the Hefner Museum of Natural History, Miami University Stan Rachootin, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Mount Holyoke University...

Duration:00:28:47