Sam vs. The Dracolich

2008 July 20
by Vanir

Okay, so my son isn’t really about to be eaten by a dracolich. He’s about to be eaten by Sue, the T-Rex at the Field Museum in Chicago, where Efreak and I took him over the weekend.

We also had the pleasure of going to their Mythic Creatures exhibit. There were lots of creatures represented, from sea monsters to griffins to dragons. It was interesting to roam around the exhibit and see how many things from the Monster Manuals I recognized (I had not previously realized the Bunyip was a mythic creature!).

The real attraction for me, though, was the life-sized representations of a few of the monsters. Their dragon was great and their unicorn was really well done too. But far and away my favorite of their exhibits was the Roc. I loved seeing all these things life-sized because it gave me a frame of reference for how large my imagination will make them during roleplaying. We’d fought a roc in the Evensbrook campaign a long time ago, and just to be able to see those giant talons reaching out for me gave me a little taste of what it would have been like for Lumbar.

You’ll see a lot of life-sized monsters at Gen Con too. True Dungeon always has a couple (anybody else almost soil themselves when the beholder showed up last year?). If you get a chance to go to something like this, I highly recommend it. It’s a good way to give your imagination some perspective.

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  1. Geek's Dream Girl permalink
    July 21, 2008

    Mmmmmm… tasty squishy baby!

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