Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tony DiTerlizzi on D&D Monster Origins

In case you missed it, Tony DiTerlizzi posted a neat little article on the origins of several iconic D&D monsters.  (Apparently, they come from a set of dime store "dinosaurs" that can only be called such by truly generous souls.)

Read about it here.

Also, happy Christmas!  (Or, if you prefer, happy birthday to alchemist, mathematician, physicist, and noted jerk Sir Isaac Newton — 371 years young today!  Or, if you're in a fighting mood, happy Takanakuy!)


  1. Thanks for the link! I had those same toys as a kid, and when I discovered D&D I noticed that some of those toys made their way into the a kid I had always assumed that some toy modellers had borrowed an idea from D&D back then, but it turns out it was the other way around (which actually makes more sense).

  2. I always wondered why only certain of those figures got made into monsters for the game. There were other odd critters in that set as well. I tried doing my own versions a while back, but I still don't get why they weren't actually in D&D ages ago. Looks like they considered it during 2E, at least.


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