Winter has come. It has finally come to the Windy City just as it finally came to Westeros. Fortunately, we haven’t had dire wolves in Chicago in 10,000.
Every adventure begins with rats. Swarms of rats, giant rats, and dire rats. But this is the story about how a real life variety of rats got misnamed. Because of British history.
What’s the secret history of the otyugh in D&D? There isn’t one. So we had to fill this episode with a lot of s$&%. Literally.
It can be hard to figure out how some weird monsters got into D&D in the first place. For example, who would guess that the bulette is only in D&D because of an economic collapse in 1873?
Sometimes the weird is bonkers. And sometimes it’s just incongruous. Like the backwards-handed cat demons of Dungeons & Dragons.
Sometimes the weird is bonkers. And sometimes it’s just incongruous. Like the hippo-people of Spelljammer. Or as we like to call it, D&D in Spaaaaacccceee!
Magical psychic zombie-creating mushroom men? What if we told you the only crazy thing about that was the size of the mushroom men?
If you think following an episode of the Word of the Week is a bit like navigating a maze, this episode won’t change your mind.