Hail, old timers. I'm seeking an old thread and my search skills are have utterly failed me.
The premise was, "What if illithids (mind flayers) are far-future aboleths?" Many time travel shenanigans ensued; a good time was had by all.
I believe, but am not positive, that the thread starter was...
Thanks for the pointer to the Discord, @MwaO
I join @Tony Vargas in lamenting the loss of the Monster Builder as much as I lament the loss of the Character Builder. Yes, you can mentally create monsters with 'MM3 on a business card', but the Monster Builder allowed you to browse all existing...
In the AD&D 1e DMG Gygax talks about the bell curve generated by 3d6 and even has a diagram. So that could be where some of the love for 3d6 comes from.
There's also something appealing about "you don't choose what character to play; the dice do" from the "in order" part of the recipe. But...
3d6 in order + cheating.
3d6 in order, over and over and over again (often at school), then select the best array.
3d6, arrange to suit (+ cheat, +arrays as above).
We switched to 4d6 drop lowest as soon as we heard about it.