6/22/2015

d30 Challenge Day 22

d30 Challenge Day 22
This is my 22nd entry in the d30 Challenge, which is a bastardization of an idea I first saw on Mark "CMG" Clover's feed. Now I'm a sucker for these things and I know some folks aren't so while I'm committed to answering one question about my favorite hobby each day, and putting together a d30 table before the end of the month, I know not everyone is so interested. I'll put the question & answer after the break, posting late in the day, and not promoting this on G+ so those who don't like this kind of thing should be exposed only minimally.

I think this is the best I can do....
Day 22's question is "Favorite Monster Overall".

This one is easy.....my favorite monster is the human.

I know that you might think...."Hey, humans aren't monsters! They are either PCs or NPCs!" You might have me on a technicality, but since you can find "human" listed in most, if not all, monster manual-ish books, I think I have a technicality working on my side as well.

Between the news and my 1st-hand life experiences I can tell you that humans can be some of the worst monsters there are. As a plot device, the actions of man can simultaneously be the easiest understood and the most complex to master. As far as behind the scenes machinations and party manipulation, having a human be your adventure's Big Bad Guy (BBG) works most all of the time.

In my current campaign the party just took out an up & coming non-human threat that was intended to be my BBG for the forthcoming year or two (in-game). Basically I set my plans in play and let the dice fall where they may. I had assumed that the BBG would take out one PC's father and set himself up as a major threat in the next summer, but the party managed to meet up with the two NPCs and eek out a win.

As a backdrop to all this, there have been some other human threats that the party actually had a hand in creating...well, not creating per se, but shaping for certain. Now because I can understand with these potential foes, I can bid my time as they consolidate whatever power they are going to. Of course they may or may not plot revenge......

Oh yeah...humans can make the best monsters.