1981's Fiend Folio was the abysmal result of a failed merger between TSR and UK publisher Games Workshop. The majority of the monsters contained in the book are taken from the pages of White Dwarf, a gaming magazine still being published by GW. Whatever the original source of the monsters, TSR ultimately published Fiend Folio. It is their fault the world was subjected to a D&D monster book so bad it made Gary Gygax complain about random encounter tables. That's the D&D equivalent of making Cookie Monster sick of chocolate chips or Stephen Hawking sick of galaxies or orbits or whatever it is he likes.
Zack: Do we really have to do more of this?
Steve: We promised it at the end of the last one. Besides, aren't you psyched to find out if anything can top the Flumph?
Zack: Yeah, right on, Steve. I've been anticipating doing this with you the entire week and wondering whether or not something will top a goddamn farty frisbee.
Steve: Enjoy it dude! We'll only get to cover the Fiend Folio once.
Zack: Didn't they release it for 3rd edition?Steve: Uh, yeah, actually they also technically released it for 2nd edition as one of those inserts of pages you stuck in the binder for the Monstrous Compendium.
Zack: So we may cover this book two more times?
Steve: Technically, but the monsters will all be different. Or at least most of them will be.
Zack: I hate you, Steve.
TOTAL WRECK - crazy-eyed hound is covered in cobwebs, has a vespiary on back, graffiti on side and savage thirst for boat fuel. Frankly, I'm in over my head. He's in room 115 at Motel 6, yours free. 555-2851
Yes, it's the perfect form for surviving a car crash. But it's also the perfect form for so much more, like surviving the trauma of reading any news headline in 2016.
Zack Parsons, Steve "Malak" Sumner, and friends tackle bizarre role playing game products that make them wonder, "What the fuck!?" From the early days of Gygax to contemporary role playing games, none will be spared.