Megadungeons and Old-School Play

Megadungeons and Old-School Play

Doing the research and putting together the notes into a (hopefully) coherent essay reminds me that there are some monsters that have become so cliché that no one uses them anymore…like that dance club downtown that you “can never get into” so everyone stops bothering to try.

For the MegaDungeon I suggest that you embrace these clichés. Run with them.

Bring back the uncertainty and horror of discovering the dungeon itself is actually trying to kill you.

Piercers.

Rot Grubs.

Trappers and Lurkers Above.

Giant Ants. (“Giant Ant eggs have no normal market value.” No normal market value…)

Black Pudding MegaDungeon Monster
The classic Black Pudding

And of course, all of the gooey, slimy creatures (that are probably left-over weapons of mass-destruction from the Cataclysm):

Black Pudding.

Green Slime.

Gray ooze.

Gas spore.

Ochre Jelly.

And the Slithering Tracker.

Aaahhh, the good old days…

Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter (up in the menu above) so you don’t miss out on the full article.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.