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He’s Not Square, He’s My Cube

March 7th, 2008 No comments

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite Dungeons & Dragons monsters is the Gelatinous Cube, a scavenging ooze honed by evolution to fit precisely into D & D‘s ubiquitous 10’x10′ corridors. So, when I heard that the most recent set of D & D miniatures included one, I was excited. But what pushed it completely over the top was the realization that the base of the figure was removable so that you can put other figures inside it.

Without further ado, here it is. I present to you…the Gelatinous Cube.

The Gelatinous Cube snares 18 cents in treasure and an angry Orc.

Now, here’s the Gelatinous Cube eating a Lego minifig.

And here’s the Gelatinous Cube eating a Monopoly property. Do not pass Go, indeed.

Here’s the Gelatinous Cube killing Dr. Lucky.

And for his final trick, here’s the Gelatinous Cube absorbing a Vegas casino die.

They Know Exactly How To Hurt Me

February 15th, 2008 No comments

Hasbro is offering a limited edition, 14″ tall, roaring Cloverfield monster. It’s got interchangeable heads, 70 points of articulation and ten detachable parasites. Oh, and it comes packed with the head of the Statue of Liberty.

Thank goodness it doesn’t come out ’til September. That gives me plenty of time to eBay my stuff…

First-Level Spellbook

October 31st, 2007 No comments

Here’s something that may not be your own cup of polyjuice potion, but which tickled me: The Practical Guide to Monsters. Turns out that game publisher Wizards of the Coast has a kids’ book imprint called Mirrorstone which, among other things, publishes several series of youth-oriented novels aimed at the Harry Potter crowd. This particular volume is a sequel to their Practical Guide to Dragons, which detailed the spectrum of Dungeons & Dragons drakes.

What’s nifty about this book is that it draws on D & D‘s intellectual property without calling attention to the RPG tie-in. All of the critters within are straight out of the various Monster Manuals, but the book itself is written as if it’s something one might find in the Hogwart’s library, with an informal style and even scrawled margin notes.

I’m a big fan of “in-universe” sci-fi/fantasy reference books: volumes that appear to have been published within the fictional worlds they profile. I enjoy being pulled that little bit deeper into the fantasy.

Overall, I was very pleased with the book. Thanks to the wider variety of subject matter, it avoids being as repetitive as the Practical Guide to Dragons. While it does occasionally snitch previously-published Monster Manual artwork, most of the illustrations are new. I’m especially fond of the depictions of the creatures’ lairs; as a kid, I loved maps like that, with labyrinths of rooms to fuel my imagination.