In case it isn’t entirely obvious, you can thank Saturday morning cartoons for today’s creature. First airing in 1987, “My Pet Monster” told the story of a child’s toy which turned out to be a friendly, garbage-eating monster. While nakedly designed around a plush doll, the series had some intriguing fantasy elements which embedded themselves in my young mind, including an alternate dimension called “Monsterland” and a magical set of handcuffs which turned sentient monsters into stuffed toys.
Strange magical artifacts absolutely have a place in roleplaying games. so it makes sense to find such a doll in fantasy worlds. While this monster is distinct from the television version, they share a friendly, gullible nature that makes for good storytelling. It’s also immensely powerful in its true form, which gives parties an excuse to find the key before some evil sorcerer unleashes it on an unsuspecting public.
Game Masters are encouraged to use the Beastly Buddy’s over-excited hugs to full effect. Continue reading “Weekly Beastie – Beastly Buddy”