Friday, November 4, 2011

Displacing a Trademark Monster


The displacer beast is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast, so any phase-shifting or location-defying feline monsters should in future be referred to by a name that has no trademark connotations.

Call them "Tele-Tabbies."

Thank you.

(image is from this artist on Deviant Art)

6 comments:

  1. Well, there are certainly enough trademark WOTC monsters in RARE that this could almost could as a Rappan Athuk design diary...

    I am interested in how you guys are going to work around that one, Phase Tigers and Mind Eaters?

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  2. We're not telling the answer to that question yet. However, based on discussions held today at the water cooler in the Rappan Athuk Staffroom, I think I can guarantee that it will be an unpleasant surprise for the player characters and a treat for the DM.

    Sorry, that's DM(TM).

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  3. You could call 'em "coeurls", after the A.E. van Vogt critter that Kuntz borrowed the displacer beast from. Looks a bit like something you'd type into a new kind of web browser, though.

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  4. Or "the cat-things from dimension X".

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  5. WotC trademarked "authors" so now anyone literate who puts pen to paper has to submit to bowel searches and wage garnishments.

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