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Top 10 D&D Foes (You Probably Already Heard Of).

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You gather your party and head into the darkest depths of the dungeons. The sirens song of fame and riches pulls you ever deeper. In a particularly dark corner you and your companions turn the corner and are met by a massive unblinking eye, glowing yellow in the dark. As you reach for your weapon numerous smaller eyes illuminate and circle the center. Your friend, a mage, begins casting a spell, and though her motions are familiar the spell crackles fruitlessly  and in an instant she is turned to dust in a brilliant flash of green. The rogue bravely leaps forward and is caught by an invisible force and thrust against the nearby wall collapsing in a lump. You draw your sword a try to take a step forward but you feet are stuck firmly in place. You look down to see your body turning to stone and as you take your last breath before becoming a permanent fixture you see your final companion, a paladin, bow before the beast and offer up his sword to it. You see a ghastly and toothy grin open up into a maw as the beast devours your friend.

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  1. Beholder (Should be higher, but works better with the intro…). You’ve meet the same fate of countless foul hardy adventurers. The Beholder is a fearsome and respected being, and any adventurers worth their weight know to avoid them at all costs. They combine heightened intelligence with willful destruction. Their anti-magic cone emanating from their central eye makes short work of magic wielding foes. Their eye stalks are especially deadly with effects ranging from massive damage that makes it impossible to resurrect your friends to powerful charming effects. They are not to be trifled with.

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  1. Displacer Beast. On your travels, you may have heard tell of many legged cat like beasts that seem to exist between our world and the ethereal plane. The Displacer Beast is a monstrous predator that lashes out at its enemies with barbed tentacles protruding from its back. It’s also blessed with a permanent displacement effect causing players to have disadvantage to strike it with attacks.

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  1. Medusa. You’ve heard the legends of these ancient beings locked away in temples and long forgotten homes. They are surrounded by numerous humanoid statues, their only companions, created by their petrifying gaze. Though not particularly adept at hand to hand combat they are capable in their own rite.

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  1. Treant. The living forests have powerful protectors. The ancient Treants, the awakened watchers of the forest, are powerful entities  are capable of powerful attacks, especially against constructs and walls. They are also each capable of giving sentience to trees in the area giving them potent allies.

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  1. Elementals. Air, Earth, Fire, and Water. The classics. Anywhere there are unstable elemental energies a powerful and chaotic Elemental could exist. They fit a number of roles from powerful siege monsters to balls of swirling energy. They are capable of popping up in many instances and make a great addition to any dungeon.

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  1. Giants. These lumbering titans are powerful and numerous in scope. From the Nordic inspired Frost Giants to the dumb and dangerous Hill Giant, they fit numerous roles. The recent Storm King’s Thunder adventure and Volo’s Guide to Monsters adds a number of unique Giants to the DM’s arsenal.

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  1. Dragons. The come in good and evil kinds. The have breath weapons… Nuff said.

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  1. Zombies. BRRAAIINNSS … The horde of nastys shamble forward. Though they aren’t particularly interesting on their own they often to lead to magnificent mysteries and stories. The Shambling horde of Zombies is a great trope and their Undead Fortitude keeps them coming back from the dead to pester the players. Also, there’s a beholder version… Talk about scary.

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  1. Vampire. One word: Strahd. There is an entire adventure based around the manipulative power of the Vampire. These creatures of the night have a plethora of abilities, legendary actions, and an eternity to plan. Play them smart and ruthless and you have yourself an iconic and memorable story and villian. Their weaknesses are one of their greatest strengths from a story standpoint, giving the players hope to defeat these powerful foes.

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Finally, and although it may be unexpected they are by far the most dangerous enemies in the world surrounding the players… Player Races. Countless of my adventures center around the desires of seemingly normal folk. You can create powerful wizards, destructive barbarians, and devoted and evil clerics. They are the center points of cities and dangerous locales and their ambition knows no boundaries.

Year in Review: Games I Played in 2016

By: Iris the Keyblade Master

Hi everyone!  I’m Iris and this is my first game review for Real Women of Gaming!

This past year, I tried to expand my horizons a little bit and play more video games that didn’t have “Kingdom Hearts,” “Legend of Zelda,” or “Final Fantasy” in the title.  And by that, I mean that I played three games that didn’t have those words in the title.  Considering how often I play Kingdom Hearts, I’m going to call that “progress.”

So these are some of the games I finished in one form or another in 2016:

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

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This is a game that I’ve played on and off for years.  Finally, I managed to beat it during a blizzard this past winter.  It’s known for being such an unusual game because it forces you to go back and replay the same three days over and over again, until you have everything you need to save the world.  Link, the hero, gets stuck in a parallel dimension called Termina that’s about to be destroyed by a possessed kid in a mask.  You defeat him by collecting masks of your own that give you all kinds of powers.  Also, by replaying the same series of events over and over, Link gets to know all of the side characters in the story the way you wouldn’t in another game.

But the element that drew me into Majora’s Mask was the soundtrack.  After hearing an amazing fan remix of “Stone Tower Temple,” I just had to play it.  It didn’t let me down: from the Song of Healing, to Oath to Order, to Majora’s Theme, to Stone Tower and the Deku Scrub Palace, this game’s music is haunting and beautiful.  So on that note, I also recommend checking out Theophany’s “Time’s End” albums.  They’re incredible.

Life Is Strange

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This is the other time travel game that I played this year.  It was very different, but no less good.

Life Is Strange stars a high school senior named Max Caulfield, who transfers back to her former hometown to study photography at Blackwell Academy.  One day, out of the blue, she discovers that she has the power to control time.  This allows her to stop her former best friend from getting shot, and thus begins a very dark, character-driven plot to figure out Max’s new power and why a girl in town went missing.

This is like an adult indie movie meets the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series.  Often you get to pick how Max responds to the people she meets, which changes the course of the story.  If you don’t like how something turned out, you can send Max back in time to try something else.  However, the power is limited.  Once you leave an area, you can’t change your past decisions.  So get ready to feel paranoid as the game reminds you that “THIS ACTION WILL HAVE CONSEQUENCES!”

The best part of this game is the cast of characters.  First of all, there are a ton of well-written female characters and the entire game centers around the complicated relationship between Max and Chloe.  Additionally, most of the characters grow and change in some way, or at least show a side that you didn’t see before if you allow Max to interact with them over the course of the story.

However, I do need to point out that the game has some extremely trigger-worthy plot lines.  These include suicide, drugging and assaulting women, domestic abuse between Chloe and her stepfather, and major character deaths that you can’t always prevent.  So, please tread with caution if you decide to play it.  It’s a highly emotional experience, but I’m glad I played it.

Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X

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Kingdom Hearts was the series that turned me into a gamer, so it makes sense that it would be the same series that got me interested in mobile games.  One of the best parts about Unchained X is that you don’t need to play the rest of the series to enjoy it, unlike a majority of the other entries.

In this entry, you create your own character who lives in Daybreak Town with a cute cat creature named Chirthy.  Chirthy guides you through different Disney worlds, helping people with their problems.  But gradually, your character will get sucked into events that lead to the legendary Keyblade War that’s discussed in the main series.  It’s simple to play and there’s lots to do in addition to the main story quest.  Definitely try it out if you’re a Kingdom Hearts fan!

Secrets Can Kill

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If you grew up reading about Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, but you haven’t played the computer games yet, you’re missing out on a lot of fun!  (Not to mention another great series with a positive female character as the star!)  I played the remake of the first game, Secrets Can Kill, and enjoyed it for the most part.

Nancy goes undercover to find out why a high school student was murdered.  You have to question suspects, figure out complicated puzzles, and escape the occasional trap to catch the murderer.  It’s not my favorite entry and it’s really short.  Nonetheless, it’s a solid game so I recommend giving it a try.

Final Fantasy VII

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Yeah.  The Big One.  One of the most well-known classics in video game history.  Like Majora’s Mask, I played this one on and off for years, and this was the year I finally beat Sephiroth!  AW YEAH!

As you probably know, Final Fantasy VII came out for the PlayStation in 1997, so it hasn’t aged well in the graphics department.  But the story and gameplay make up for it.  I first came to know the characters through Kingdom Hearts, and then one of my friends sent me a video from a walkthrough that covered Cloud’s attempt to rescue Tifa by crossdressing.  All I could think was, “I have NO idea what’s happening right now, but I have GOT to find out.  Where’s the rest of this game?”

And the rest of the game turned out to be just as entertaining.  If you haven’t at least tried it yet, do so.

Bioshock

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I don’t usually play first-person shooters at all, but after receiving encouragement from a friend, decided to give it a try.  Now, I’m not a fan of the horror genre any more than I’m a fan of first-person shooters.  And to top it off, I had to play this game mostly at night so it wouldn’t bother the rest of the family (because why subject them to the Splicers’ ramblings too?).  But once I started, I could not stop playing.

You play a mostly silent protagonist, Jack, who gets stuck in an underwater city after a plane crash.  It’s been overrun by the Splicers, zombie-like people who are out to kill anything that moves.  Only a few survivors are left, and most of them aren’t friendly either.  You’ve got to navigate the city to find a way to escape.

It’s the atmosphere that makes this game so amazing and terrifying.  The city of Rapture is dark, gloomy, and falling apart at the seams, even without the Splicers.  You usually hear them rambling threats before you actually see them, and they look pretty scary too.  And while it’s a science-fiction game, the way that the city fell apart feels sadly realistic.  You learn more about the backstory through audio recordings that they left scattered in different areas.

So, what games did you play this past year?  What are you hoping to play in 2017?