Making a Monster
Game designers show you their favorite monster, how it works, why it works, and what it means. Each weekly episode features a new creator and the monster of their choice.
14: Grikk the Many - Matthew Whitby
December 21, 2020 • 15 MIN
What happens when the monsters level up too? Matthew Whitby, host of the Dungeon Master's Guild House, shares a goblin with power enough to be more than a level 1 punching bag.
13: Werepigeon - House Sivis Echoer Station
December 14, 2020 • 12 MIN
Steve and Rebecca from House Sivis Echoer Station, an unofficial Eberron podcast that put NPR in D&D, discuss the werepigeon, their show's running joke, and cultural attitudes about lycanthropy.
12: The Bagger - Justice Arman
December 9, 2020 • 18 MIN
When the devil's payment is due, who comes to collect? Justice Arman shows us fiendish collection agents in this episode of Making a Monster.
Bonus: Endless Houses
December 4, 2020 • 7 MIN
After 3 weeks of moving, I have a lot of thoughts about haunted houses. Featuring previously-unreleased audio from guests Michael Sands, Robert Turk, and James Harrington, here's a quick bonus episode for you on the horror of place!
11: Rime of the Frostmaiden Double Feature
November 2, 2020 • 20 MIN
Two monsters from Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden - Malquaestus Pizkor, literal boss monster, and Saja Snowtooth, the winter hag. Ft. Sebastian Yue, Cassandra MacDonald, Michael Sands of Monster of the Week, Will Savino of Music d20, Adventure Music, and Justice Arman. Sponsored by Chilling Tales of the Whispering Wind, available now on the DM's Guild.
Bonus: Dagon - IT GOES DEEPER
October 30, 2020 • 18 MIN
Lucas and Alex revisit Dagon, Lovecraft's first eldritch horror, to discover the Marianas Trench of origin stories.
10: Heckna - Ashley Warren
October 26, 2020 • 16 MIN
Ashley Warren, lead writer for the Heckna carnival horror campaign setting, introduces us to Heckna himself, the post-human clown king of the Revelia.
09: Music Elemental - It's a D&D Monster Now
October 19, 2020 • 15 MIN
Kyle Pointer, also known as user/ItsADnDMonsterNow, shares the most mechanically interesting monster he's made as Reddit's resident D&D graffiti artist - the music elemental.
08: Abomination - Never Going Home, Wet Ink Games
October 13, 2020 • 17 MIN
A cosmic horror game set in World War I uses supernatural aberrations to reflect the human corruption of that period in history. Featuring Never Going Home's writer Irvin Jackson, artist Charles Ferguson Avery, and system designer Brandon Aten.
07: Dagon, Demon Prince of the Shadowsea - Alex Clippinger
September 29, 2020 • 13 MIN
Alex Clippinger brings H.P. Lovecraft's first published monster, Dagon, to 5th edition D&D. We track how monsters become "dungeon and dragons-ed", and explore how game mechanics imitate the experience and intent of the cosmic horror genre.
06: Monster of the Week - Michael Sands
September 24, 2020 • 14 MIN
Monster of the Week is the system that powers The Adventure Zone and Critshow. Designer Michael Sands talks about Marilynn, the improbable fairy creature who nearly derailed a playtest campaign, and the system's story-first approach to creating mysteries and monsters.
05: Itzigratz - Bryan Holmes
September 14, 2020 • 12 MIN
Forgotten Realms expert and best-selling DM's Guild creator Bryan Holmes brings a proper Illithid Lich to the show, and asks how much responsibility do we have to stop bad things before they happen.
04: Space Leper Nuns - Robert Turk
September 7, 2020 • 13 MIN
Robert Turk's sci-fi survival horror game Starship Infernum offers a campy scenario featuring space leper nuns, letting players test the strength of their convictions and crack a few jokes along the way.
03: Warforged Colossus - Steve Fidler
August 24, 2020 • 11 MIN
Somewhere in the Mournlands of Eberron, a weapon of mass destruction walks freely across the blighted wasteland. For players, the Warforged Colossus blurs the line between monster and environment - between dungeon and dragon.
02: The Heir of Orcus - Anthony Joyce
August 17, 2020 • 11 MIN
Will you redeem the unredeemable? Anthony Joyce shares how the Heir of Orcus makes heroes and villains hard to distinguish in Dungeons & Dragons.
01: Jiangshi - Banana Chan, Game and a Curry
August 10, 2020 • 14 MIN
The Jiangshi, Chinese hopping vampires, in an RPG that addresses the racism and oppression of 1920s Chinatown - featuring Banana Chan of Game and a Curry.
00: Making a Monster
August 4, 2020 • 1 MIN
Welcome to Making a Monster, a weekly podcast where game designers show their favorite monster, how it works, why it works, and what it means. Each week's episode will feature one guest and the monster of their choice. Many create for Dungeons & Dragons, but you'll also hear from designers of many other excellent games like Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall, Monster of the Week, Never Going Home, and Starship Infernum.