28 Sep '15, 12pm
A Troll Named Handbag: Player-Driven Monster Identification. #dnd
A Troll Named Handbag: Player-Driven Monster Identification by Mike Shea on 28 September 2015 "Four hideous trolls rise from the fetid water. One of them has three arms. One of them has two chattering heads. One of them is badly scarred from fire on one side. What does the fourth look like?" "Handbag. His name is Handbag." Every so often we stumble onto a simple but powerful tool that accomplishes a great deal with just a small change in how we play our D&D game. One such tool is the act of asking players to define the physical characteristics of their foes . It sounds small but this act has tons of benefits, some clear and some not so clear. The act itself is easy to do: When a PC attacks a monster, have the player define a physical identifying trait of that enemy. Then write it down so all of the other players know that foe by that physical trait. The trait itself can be...