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5E D&D Mythic Odysseys of Theros Previews!

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dave2008

Legend
That in a real fight is too dangerous and riskt, because the head is too low...
The minotaur lowers its head at the last moment. Thus, it is only very briefly exposed.

However, I have same the basic issue with all of the humanoid shaped monsters that have a bite attack as their regular attack option. Only undead would be stupid enough to lead with their head, unless they had to (like a wolf or shark). For example, a cat or vampire would always grapple first and then bite (as a bonus action maybe).
 
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Li Shenron

Legend
Loving the monster and magic item previews - looks like lots of them will be easily usable in any game, or if a DM wants to give an area a Greek feel. I'm not terribly familiar with the setting, but it looks like most of those deities could (presumably with some tinkering) be fairly easily converted back to their original Greek inspirations, as I'm seeing some fairly familiar spheres of influence there...
Why did they not use the original Greek deities? Because they want to claim IPR on these? I don't think they are easily going to make money from them.
 

Von Ether

Adventurer
That in a real fight is too dangerous and riskt, because the head is too low...
And in WWI there was a big debate on whether using a parachute was considered dishonorable and thus a pilot should go down with his ship (the biplane.) Napoleonic rank and file maneuvers have also fallen out of favor for not being practical.

Humans have done all sorts of less than stellar ideas on the battlefield and in personal combat when honor and ego were on the line. We judge from a place that has the benefit of centuries of hindsight. And, honestly, we future people of 2020 get things wrong too. pulls down mask to scratch nose and then thinks better of it.

Also, we're talking about a world filled with gods, magic and Minotaurs as a race.
 

Von Ether

Adventurer
Why did they not use the original Greek deities? Because they want to claim IPR on these? I don't think they are easily going to make money from them.
Not all IPR is about making direct money off a thing. Band-Aid, Xerox and other brands regularly send letters to the media to ask them to use the generic names to protect their IP.

Also if they used the historical gods, that's one step to making it easier for someone to do the setting but with the serial numbers filed off.

I'm just guessing here, but I assume their version of these characters are a bit less awkward than the originals.
 







Why did they not use the original Greek deities? Because they want to claim IPR on these? I don't think they are easily going to make money from them.
I imagine they wanted to do something with the constellations and the gods. And it was easier to make all new gods than try to square-peg/round-hole the existing gods.
 



Why to use new characters?

If you use public domain characters others can also use them. It's like when Disney produced a new movie based in some classic tale and other studios also sold their own mockbuster.

And totally creative freedom to alter the metaplot, you don't worry about the coherence or orthodoxy, and fandom complaining about things like "the original Thor wasn't blonde but red-haired, and Loki wasn't Thor's brother". If you want you are totally free to kill your new characters.

And they wanted to use gods linked with the mana colors.

* Hmmm, how would be a D&D fantasy version of Cobra, the G.I.Joe's archenemies?
 




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