Thursday, July 26, 2018

Why is The AD&D 1e Fiend Folio Such a Rabbit Hole?

Rabbit? Check!

Horn? Check!

Rabbit with large, unbalancing horn sticking out from its forehead?

Nope, don't have that yet. Let's call it an Al-Mi'Raj. Who wants to draw one? It needs to look menacing!

Sadly, for every Slaad we have a Al-Mi'Rsj. For every Githyanki, we have two Flumphs.

Yep, tomorrow morning's podcast will be fun ;)


  1. I mean, it's not like it is an actual mythological creature.

    1. Doesn't make it any less silly:)

      What about the Carbuncle, the armadillo with a ruby on its forehead. It shares the name with a cluster of boils...

    2. Don't some people run more than one genre of D&D? Sill campaigns are just as fun as grimdark or serious campaigns. And I've actually used the Al'mi'raj as a serious monster, actually and not yet as a silly monster although it could work that way, too. Be creative! We don't need more slaad, we have a lot of slaad already, and they are not as flexible (or fun) as the more creative or interesting stuff.

    3. The Carbuncle is straight out of Borges' Book of Imaginary Beings. Kind of like how the Gorgon is from Topsell's History of Four-Footed Beasts.

      Not to say that the Fiend Folio doesn't have its share of bad monsters in it. Personally my least favorite is the Magnesium Spirit, which doesn't even have the ecological excuse the Denzelian (also not that great) has.

  2. I enjoy the broadchurch mixed bag of the old D&D products. As a proponent of Dolmenwood I have no problem with bunny rabbit unicorns, or flying spaghetti monsters if it comes to that. Our resident cleric isn't finding Bacchus a particularly easy ride, maybe pastafarianism would suit him better...

  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-mi%27raj


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