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On Diversity and d20 Modern

07 Nov

I figured that since I haven’t given any real attention to the RPG aspect of my blog in a little while, I’d do so now with a little rant that was boiling around in my head. Okay, let’s take a look at all the official Wizards of the Coast-produced, in-house, first party, printed books for d20 Modern; specifically, the type of the monsters within. No web enhancements to muddy things like “but there’s an Apocalyptic Tarrasque of Legend you missed on this list!” or “you didn’t put the half-Fraal gelatinous cube here!”s, and no third-party materials obviously, just the official, printed sourcebooks from WotC for this survey. I’m also not counting reprints between d20 Modern books (such as the boar being in both Urban Arcana and Menace Manual), which will be labeled only by their first appearance. Now that that’s said and done…let’s examine this then, shall we?

Aberrations: 1 in Core Rulebook; 3 in Urban Arcana; 4 in Menace Manual; 2 in d20 Future; 0 in d20 Past; 0 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Animals: 20 in Core Rulebook; 11 in Urban Arcana; 14 in Menace Manual; 0 in d20 Future; 0 in d20 Past; 1 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Constructs: 2 in Core Rulebook; 9 in Urban Arcana; 7 in Menace Manual; 0 in d20 Future; 0 in d20 Past; 2 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Dragons: 1 in Core Rulebook; 1 in Urban Arcana; 0 in Menace Manual; 0 in d20 Future; 2 in d20 Past; 0 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Elementals: 1 in Core Rulebook; 3 in Urban Arcana; 6 in Menace Manual; 0 in d20 Future; 0 in d20 Past; 0 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Fey: 1 in Core Rulebook; 3 in Urban Arcana; 2 in Menace Manual; 0 in d20 Future; 0 in d20 Past; 0 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Giants: 2 in Core Rulebook; 1 in Urban Arcana; 1 in Menace Manual; 1 in d20 Future; 0 in d20 Past; 0 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Humanoids: 11 in Core Rulebook; 7 in Urban Arcana; 3  in Menace Manual; 3 in d20 Future; 0 in d20 Past; 0 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Magical Beasts: 2 in Core Rulebook; 2 in Urban Arcana; 3 in Menace Manual; 0 in d20 Future; 1 in d20 Past; 0 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Monstrous Humanoids: 3 in Core Rulebook; 2 in Urban Arcana; 7 in Menace Manual; 1 in d20 Future; 2 in d20 Past; 2 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Oozes: 1 in Core Rulebook; 0 in Urban Arcana; 4 in Menace Manual; 0 in d20 Future; 0 in d20 Past; 0 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Outsiders: 3 in Core Rulebook; 5 in Urban Arcana; 10 in Menace Manual; 0 in d20 Future; 1 in d20 Past; 7 in d20 Apocalypse; 1 in d20 Dark*Matter

Plants: 1 in Core Rulebook; 0 in Urban Arcana; 2 in Menace Manual; 0 in d20 Future; 0 in d20 Past; 0 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Vermin: 2 in Core Rulebook; 5 in Urban Arcana; 3 in Menace Manual; 0 in d20 Future; 0 in d20 Past; 2 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Undead: 1 in Core Rulebook; 7 in Urban Arcana; 5 in Menace Manual; 0 in d20 Future; 2 in d20 Past; 0 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

Templates: 5 in Core Rulebook; 4 in Urban Arcana; 8 in Menace Manual; 6 in d20 Future; 1 in d20 Past; 3 in d20 Apocalypse; 0 in d20 Dark*Matter

So, what does this tell us, beyond reinforcing my rant about d20 Dark*Matter I gave in my review of it? Well, it tells us that Aberrations, Dragons, Fey, Giants, Oozes, and Plants are woefully under-represented. This is somewhat disappointing when you think about how dragons, fey, and giants are such an integral part of our cultural history, oozes are primitive lifeforms at their finest, and the plants and aberrations are…well…plants and aberrations. You can form your own conclusions on why the types with hefty numbers have said hefty numbers (other than templates, which are less of a type and more of an archetype, and thus very varied and expected to be present) and share them in the comments if you wish. Personally, I was just making a point…whatever that point was.

 
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