The entire history of human expression, slightly abridged
I’m pretty sure it was Alan Levine who said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
So, instead of complaining about the lack of D&D monsters in D&D monster assignments, I went ahead and made one featuring tech innovators and experts Ben Rimes and Brian Bennett, both of whom did DS106 Monstrous Manual assignments featuring either non-D&D elements or non-2nd ed. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons monsters (which, as everyone knows, is the only real edition, with first edition basically being a Bunker Hill with biblical-sounding demon names, and third and fourth edition being the domain of role playing gamers much younger and, therefore, less sophisticated than moi.
To make this, I took a screenshot of the PDF of the Ettin monster from the 2nd edition Monstrous Compendium Volume 2 (which I just happened to have sitting around in digital form), loaded it into the photoshop, scrubbed out the Ettin’s head and replaced some of the text (Book Antiqua is the typeface, which looks like a better fit up top than in the body of the description). Then, I needed the new heads.
Next, I downloaded shots of Ben and Brian from their websites (can I call you Ben and Brian?), loaded them into Gimp and used SCRIPT-FU>QUICK SKETCH to make the heads look more like the Monstrous Compendium drawing. Then, I ported those into Photoshop, used quick select to get just the heads and placed them where the Ettin’s heads used to be before I whited them out. I had to sketch in a few lines to make them look more like they were actually emerging from the Ettin’s necks, which looks cheesy close up, but the picture is pretty large overall, and I think I mostly get away with it.
Wouldn’t you kill to watch this thing do a keynote at the “Monsters and the Web: Grotesque 2.0” conference? Dude.