So I was reading Monsters and Manuals , about making customizing your Orcs. Now, while I like the options there for making weird orcs, at that point I figure they aren't Orcs. They are goatmen or monkey demons or what have you.
Then I started wondering if this might be because I never owned (or used) a monster manual. Eventually I did get a tattered Monster Manual 2 (from 1e) for use with 2e. But I never really did much more than look at the pictures 99% of the time because really: Those monsters are not that useful or common.
No orcs, no goblins, no wolves or centaurs. So I had to make every monster a custom monster. If I am making up all the stats for orcs anyways, turning them into a goatman is really not any easier than just making a goatman (who I use far more often than orcs come to think of it). However if I had been used to having a set of stats and templates for orcs it probably would have been easier. Looking at how monsters are handled in Neoclassical Geek Revival, I wonder how much it is influenced by having to make my own damn monsters.
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