My first character died super early, and for a pretty ridiculous reason. My brother was the DM and we were playing palace of the silver princess. I was a cleric. First encounter with a skeleton, and I survived with 1 hp. My brother asked me what directions I’d go.It drove one of my friends to never play again after his first game.
Yeah, there were subterranean dog-tiles or some such. Keeping in line with germanic folklore, they could have easily been made into a goblinoid. Part of me likes the weirdness and vagueness of ODD. Pig-faced orcs, elves that wouldn't be recognizable as elves when compared to modern depictions, etc.
Owlbear are another creature that I reskin as a "beast" in my game and treat them as evolved from avian dinosaurs. I mean we have some real world creatures from earth's past that look like D&D art:Pangolians and paranthropus aethiopicus?
I think I've been recently describing them as "lizardy dog-folk". In a world with Thouls, Chimera, and Owlbears, anything is possible!
Boy Scouts can now earn a badge in D&D. Link: Scouts can soon earn a Dungeons & Dragons activity badgeWe were on a WEBELOS scout trip in 1982 touring historical sites when a friend broke out the Moldvay red boxed set. I was hooked.