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James Holloway

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Monster Man, my new podcast
« on: October 23, 2017, 03:46:05 PM »
So, scheduling and other problems make recording my old podcast, Pledge Break, difficult, but I've been working on a new one, Monster Man. It's me reading my way through the AD&D Monster Manual, but it's not an "old book lol" podcast. It's about the history, mythology, and so on of these monsters, and fun ways to use them in your games.


Any way, you can find it on Libsyn, or just search for Monster Man in your podcast app of choice. Feedback welcomed! After the first few episodes, I shorten the theme song a bit.


http://monsterman.libsyn.com/

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Re: Monster Man, my new podcast
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2017, 10:13:40 PM »
Will try listening through a few of these later in the week, I keep thinking I should listen to more podcasts etc :)
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Re: Monster Man, my new podcast
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2017, 09:59:10 AM »
Well, if you want to do more than just listen to a podcast, why not check out the contest? I'm asking people to make monsters from cheap toys, with the possibility of winning fabulous prizes! No particular system preferred, no model making experience required! Read on:
Monsters are great. Making monsters is doubly great. Making monsters while saving money istriply great. And making monsters, saving money and winning fabulous prizes? Has such felicity existed before now?

The first Monster Man contest celebrates the spirit of creative improvisation and adaptation that is such an important part of role-playing games. It's something I've talked about on previous episodes of the Monster Man podcast (http://monsterman.libsyn.com), and now it's time to put it into practice!

Here's how it works:

1. Find a cheap toy

When Gary Gygax needed inspiration for a new monster, he turned to the cheap plastic toys he could find in any dime store. The Bulette, Rust Monster, and Owlbear all come from these little monster models.



So head down to the pound shop (or dollar store, or flea market, or dusty corner of the attic, or wherever) and get yourself some cheap toys. These are going to be the starting point for your monster.


2. Let your imagination work

Use the toy as inspiration to create a cool monster. You can modify the toy if you like, but this isn't a conversion contest: you won't be graded on modelling skill. Expert sculpting isn't any better than sticking on a new head with hot glue, adding evil eyes with nail polish, or making spikes out of toothpicks.

3. Write up your monster

Create a Monster-Manual-style entry for your creature. It should have a description of the thing's habitat, behaviour, and so on. You should also create stats for the monster in your favourite game. It doesn't have to be AD&D -- that's the game the podcast is about, but part of the point of the show is that the Monster Manual is inspirational and informative for any gamer. A photograph of the original toy would also be great to include!

4. Submit your entry

If you have a blog or website, put your entry up there and send in a link via email, Twitter or what have you. Otherwise, email me the writeup and I'll post it here. I'm @gonzohistory on Twitter and my email address is the same thing at gmail. You have until Sunday, 26 November to submit your entry!

5. Vote for the finalists!

Check out the contest entries and leave a comment or send an email or tweet telling me your two favourites, in no particular order.

6. Finalists go to the judges

I and my team of volunteers will total up the scores, identify the 8 finalists, anonymise them and send them to the judges. Our judges will select winners for 1st through 3rd place.

7. Win fabulous prizes!

Every finalist will receive a finalist's goodie bag including a PDF scenario from Chaotic Henchmen Productions plus a bunch of other fun stuff (watch this space for further prize announcements).

The third-place winner will receive a print scenario from Chaotic Henchmen (or a selection of PDF scenarios if that's their preference), plus a £10 gift certificate from Otherworld Miniatures.

The second-place winner will receive a print scenario from Chaotic Henchmen (or PDFs as above), plus a copy of the Secrets of Shandisholm core rulebook and Barrow Ring Burning supplement from Oakbound Studios and a £20 gift certificate from Otherworld Miniatures.

And the grand prize winner will receive a print scenario and a £30 Otherworld Miniatures gift certificate. The winner will also have their creation sculpted by Geoff Solomon-Sims of Oakbound Studios!

Do you make games or game-related products? Would you like to support the creativity of Monster Man's listeners? Get in touch! You can email me at gonzohistory@gmail.com or send me a message on Twitter @gonzohistory .

This contest is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors:

Chaotic Henchmen Productions

Oakbound Studios

Otherworld Miniatures

Listen to Monster Man for announcements, future contests, and more fun stuff: http://monsterman.libsyn.com

 

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Re: Monster Man, my new podcast
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2017, 08:40:18 PM »
Ooh, I will definitely try this!

I'm not sure where to find cheap pound-shop toys in the inner districts of Vienna, that said...

I've caught up as far as the end of the "C"s now (I originally typed "end of the C section" then remembered that has a different meaning). It's good fun! I particularly like the bits going into Pliny etc & would happily listen to more detail on the folklore/background side for some of these monsters where it exists :)
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