I’ve discovered a problem creating a Swords and Sorcery variant of Microlite74: the monster list. Many of the monsters on the standard monster list don’t really fit into the average swords and sorcery milieu. Most swords and sorcery stories are very human-centric. Most of the enemies characters face are humans of various types. Monsters tend to be one of a kind (or a small group of that kind who live in a remote area, not an entire species that one encounters all over the place. There usually aren’t even the wide variety of humanoid monsters (goblins, hobgoblins, orcs, etc.) and if such humanoids exists there are generally confined to the fringes of the world away from what passes for human civilization.
The more I think about this, the more I’m at a loss of what to with monsters for Microlite74 Swords and Sorcery. What I’m currently thinking of doing is saying what I said in the paragraph above in the Monsters section of the rules, continue to list most of the monsters in standard M74 and allow the GM to select those he wishes to use and ignore those that don’t fit his swords and sorcery setting, and finally add a simple random monster generator for quickly creating those one-off monsters Conan was always running across in ancient ruins. However, I’m not sure that this isn’t a cop-out. However, the alternative, creating some new monsters with what I see as a S&S flavor would not really work in a “microlite” format as such monsters were need quite a bit of description to be worthwhile.
Comments on my “S&S Monster Dilemma” are welcome.
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