Roper; it’s what’s not for dinner
Behind The Monsters by Tricky Owlbear Publishing was an ongoing series that took familiar D&D monsters and gave them a new twist, adding interesting histories, backgrounds and plot ideas. Recently, they collected all the individual installments of the series into a single volume, the Behind the Monsters: Omnibus. The good folks at Tricky Owlbear commissioned me to do all-new illustrations for each of the monsters featured in the book.
When I got the list of monsters I would be doing, I was tickled to see the roper on that list. You see, when my son was little and just learning to read, he and I used to lay on the floor together and page through the Third edition Monster Manual. He would look at the different pictures and ask me what each one was. I would slowly have him sound out the names for himself until eventually he was reading them all.
Yes, D&D helped me teach my son to read :)
My son is now a sophomore in college studying to be a lawyer and taller than I am. He’s also a fantastic D&D/Pathfinder player – we play together in a weekly Pathfinder game and when I’m writing something, I often bounce ideas off him.
Where was I? Oh right, the roper! When my son and I would look through the Monster Manual, his absolute favorite monster was the roper. He LOVED that thing! It’s funny, because growing up playing D&D myself, the roper never made that much of an impression on me one way or the other. But, man, he just loved that monster!
So, getting the chance to do my own illustration of a roper for an RPG book was kind of cool, and more than a little nostalgic for me. Oh, when I was finished with the illustration, I of course showed it to my son. His response, in true male teenager fashion?
“Hey, a roper … that’s pretty cool dad. So what’s for dinner?”
Speaking of under rated monsters from the game, or monsters that just never made much of an impression on you … tell me yours. Most interesting post gets the Roper original art mailed out to them!