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2005-09-01, 12:27 AM
Post your finished monster themes here!

Monster Design contest.

Hi Y’all! This is the next official contest in the playground!

For this contest the participants are going to design a new theme of monsters. In the monster manual there are several sets of monsters that are variations on a theme. The hags are an example as are the oozes and sphinxes. Themes can be anything from being of the same type to having similar names or goals in life. These monsters should be usable in any setting, but if there are setting specific properties to your monster, please include those, but you will not be judged on any setting specific information.

Specific Rules:
1) There must be a clear thematic link to all of the monsters. It must be clearly stated at the start of the entry and you will make me really happy if the theme is somehow incorporated into the title of your thread.

2) There are to be no fewer than 3 monsters and no more than 8 monsters in any one entry. The monsters must be from at least two of the following 7 categories:
CR 1-2
CR 3-4
CR 5-7
CR 8-9
CR 10-12
CR 12-14
CR 15-20

3) The entries should be formatted like the ones in the Monster Manual or SRD.

Here’s an example:

Medium Magical Beast
Hit Dice: 8d10+24 (68 hp)
Initiative: +6
Speed: 60 ft. (12 squares)
Armor Class: 17 (+2 Dex, +5 natural), touch 12, flat-footed 15
Base Attack/Grapple: +8/+11
Attack: Claw +11 melee (1d8+4)
Full Attack: Claw +11 melee (1d8+4)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Acid spray
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 ft., immunity to acid, low-light vision, scent
Saves: Fort +9, Ref +10, Will +3
Abilities: Str 17, Dex 15, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 10
Skills: Hide +9, Listen +6, Jump +21, Spot +6
Feats: Alertness, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes
Environment: Warm forests
Organization: Solitary or pack (3–6)
Challenge Rating: 6
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 9–12 HD (Medium); 13–24 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment: —
A digester stands about 5 feet tall and is 7 feet long from snout to tail. It weighs about 350 pounds,
A digester is a hunting and eating machine. When it is not hungry (which is rarely), it lies low and avoids most other creatures. When hunting, it looks about for a likely target, then charges forth and delivers a gout of acid. If the initial attack is insufficient to kill the prey, the digester attacks with its hind feet until it can spray acid again.
Acid Spray (Ex): A digester can spray acid in a 20-foot cone, dealing 4d8 points of damage to everything in the area. Once a digester uses this ability, it can’t use it again until 1d4 rounds later.
The creature can also produce a concentrated stream of acid that deals 8d8 points of damage to a single target within 5 feet. In either case, a DC 17 Reflex save halves the damage. The save DC is Constitution-based.
Skills: A digester’s coloration gives it a +4 racial bonus on Hide checks. It also has a +4 racial bonus on Jump checks.

Also feel free to include as much flavor text as you want.

Use this as a reference if you are confused on what the terms mean. (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/intro.htm)

4) Each new entry should have a thread started on the contests board with [MONSTER] at the start of the title.

5)The contest starts as soon as this thread is posted, September 1st, And entries will be locked and final on October 1st at 12:00 am Eastern Daylight Time. (This is the standard forum time, and This link will be the time that I use for cutting off entries (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=179) and that is 4am GMT.)

6) Please post to the when your entry is done, and no earlier.

7) Follow all the guidelines in [url=http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11247707 71]Gorby’s contest guide (entries thread[/url).

8) Have fun! And be creative!

Prizes! At the end of the month, all then entries will be compiled into a list and voted on by boards members. The voting categories are (Dun Dun DUUUUN!):
Best overall monster: It says monster (singular) but I mean entire entry.
Best low level encounter: The best set of monsters that is entirely under CR 5
Best mid level encounter: The best set of monsters that is entirely between CR 5 and 12
Best high level encounter: The best set of monsters that is entirely over CR 12
Best expansion of the theme
Most usable as an encounter
Most usable as a PC race
Flumph award: (Funniest or most useless)
A cookie: This award will not be voted on, but I will award it to an entry that I deem worthy.

2005-09-02, 06:50 PM
Spawn, Beasts of the Planes:

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11257015 45;start=0#0

These are Eligable for:
Best Monster
Best as an Encounter
Best as a PC Race

2005-09-03, 12:53 PM
My first two entries:

The Cadre of Suffering (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11255494 87)

The Songbirds (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11257021 77)

2005-09-03, 03:49 PM
Up, but prone to tweaking and fluff adding.

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11256394 91

Comments would be wonderful, as these are my first 'from scratch' monsters, and I'd like to be able to use them.

2005-09-04, 01:52 PM
Well, Contrary to Popular Belief (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11255886 39;start=0#11) is up, though some extra stuff well be added later.

The Ozerans (if you don't know what they are, find out!) are eligible for the following:
Best Overall Monster
Best Low-Level Encounter
Most usable as a PC race
Best Expansion of the Theme
Most Usable as an Encounter
The Flumph Award
As well as the Cookie of Lilly Likes This +1

The Vorpal Tribble
2005-09-04, 07:26 PM
Now I lay me down to sleep... (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11258567 59)

These angelic beings of Dream are done and up for anyone who wants to comment and critique (though please just accept the fact that they are psionic).

2005-09-04, 10:08 PM
The Clockworks:

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11258858 36;start=0#0

Any comments are welcome.

2005-09-05, 02:34 AM
The Infected:
http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11259013 94;start=0#0

Comment if you will, I won't bite (hard).

Very mean monster set to pull on the PCs. I, personally, love it.

2005-09-09, 08:58 AM
Pest and Pets (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11259393 39;start=0#0); Whats that thing curled up on the Solars rug?
Extraplaner Pets and Pest is now up.

Coments and Suggestions Welcome.

2005-09-09, 02:57 PM
They came from Santa Cruz (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11260402 02;start=0#4)

I think it is done here, the running theme is the town of Santa Cruz... Trust me on this, we have people who want to be tofu, whales and have their own banana slugs as pets (they are the school mascot, after all... Look it up, University of California Santa Cruz Banana Slugs... strikes terror, doesn't it?) so yes, this is making fun of my home town. Hopefully that will qualify...

2005-09-20, 09:46 PM
The capu-capu conglomerate:
http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11272658 76

The capu-capu race
Their master Hoodwink
Glumtons, Hoodwink's flumphy spawn

2005-09-21, 05:08 PM
The Weizenfolk:
http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11273317 58

Fey with powers of a spiritous nature.

(everyone else is doing it, who am I to not give in to peer pressure?)

They are eligible for:

Best overall monster:.
Best low level encounter
Best expansion of the theme
Most usable as an encounter
Most usable as a PC race
Flumph award: (Funniest or most useless)

2005-09-22, 12:02 PM

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11274048 80;start=0#0

2005-09-24, 12:32 AM
The Wolves in sheep's clothing! http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11275363 06]

2005-09-24, 12:52 AM
Evolution (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11271093 37) is complete, I think. *Comments are welcome, and may potentially change certain aspects of the monsters.

EDIT: In Glyphstone style, here's what this entry is eligible for:
Best Overall Monster
Best Low-Level Encounter
Best Expansion of the Theme
Most Usable as an Encounter
The Flumph Award

Also eligible for a Cookie.

The Glyphstone
2005-09-24, 01:16 PM
Elements Eternal (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11257032 69) is hereby submitted for entry.
Awards it is eligible for are:
Best Overall Entry
Best Mid-Level Encounter
Best Expansion of the Theme
Most Usable as an Encounter

And I suppose it's technically elegible for the Flumph award, though it's not very funny...and of course the Cookie!

2005-09-27, 09:15 AM
The Pordeii (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11277637 93) are up for your mockery :P

This is a first entry for me, so feel free to let rip with what needs doing. I'm very happy for you to not be gentle with me.

I'll just be better next time around that way!!

2005-09-28, 03:14 PM
My entry Little Golems (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11277663 04) is now complete enough to fufill the criterea of this contest. I might add another golem and will improve the fluffy bits but the stats are done.

Awards it is eligible for are:
Best Overall Entry
Best Low-Level Encounter
Best Expansion of the Theme
Most Usable as an Encounter
and A Cookie

2005-09-28, 09:13 PM
Curses! is finally done! *Go see and comment on it!

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11255960 31;start=0#8

The entry is eligible for:

Best overall monster.

Best mid level encounter.

Best expansion of the theme.

Most usable as an encounter.

Most usable as a PC race (mishlaruts and amordors, I suppose).

Flumph award. (The brebisdemort was meant as a ha-ha thing. Ha-ha.)l

A cookie.

2005-09-30, 11:51 PM
Finished [Monster] Notable creatures of the Southern Plains (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11280690 27;start=0#3) just under the wire. Some fluff didn't make it(especially for the gold lizardfolk), but I might add it after the contest.