Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Random Esoteric Creature Generator (Honorary)

The Random Esoteric Creature Generator for Classic Fantasy Role-Playing Games and their Modern Simulacra was written by James Edward Raggi IV, with art by Doug Kovacs (cover), Brad McDevitt, William McAusland, and David Griffith. The publisher is Goodman Games.

The Random Esoteric Creature Generator was not written for Dungeon Crawl Classics, but it gets an honorary listing as it is specifically mentioned in the core rulebook as a suitable tool for creating unique and mysterious monsters. It is certainly capable of doing so, and I have used it on several occasions to brainstorm creatures which could then be developed in DCC products. In fact, I keep a file of creatures generated from this (and other) sources to use as inspiration when the need strikes.

Sometimes you know exactly what you want. Sometimes you need a little prodding. Sometimes, knowing exactly what you want is actually detrimental to the creative process. Does that burial cairn really need a barrow wight in it? Or should you go with something else?

(I have also made use of The Metamorphica by Johnstone Metzger, and published by Red Box Vancouver, for similar purposes, but I find The Random Esoteric Creature Generator easier to use. See also The Monster Alphabet, the Monster Extractors, Monster Mod Cards, and the core rulebook itself for your creature generation needs! And I am sure that I have neglected more than one source of unique creatures in the foregoing list!)

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