We at SYFY WIRE love Dungeons & Dragons. We also love D&D’s menagerie of weird, terrifying, and amusing monsters. So when we found out that fans could create their own monster, putting their creature into the hallowed canon of mind flayers and liches for all time, it was paramount that we investigated.
The opportunity comes from a collaboration between Dungeons & Dragons and Adobe Photoshop CC, which are teaming up in advance of the new D&D campaign “Dungeon of the Mad Mage” to inspire a fan-generated monster known as The Terror of Undermountain.
Using assets provided by D&D to create a villain judged by art directors, fantasy pros, and Photoshop experts alike, fans can enter the competition to vie for $5,000, a chance to visit Wizards of the Coast to shadow said artists, and the esteemable honor of their creation becoming an official Dungeons & Dragons monster (and an unpainted collectible miniature). 10 honorable mentions will receive a free year of Adobe Creative Cloud.
This silly stop-motion video explains things:
With 31 heads, 33 limbs, 23 torsos and tails, and 8 eyes, mouths, and variously dangerous accessories, the assets provided for would-be monster builders is extensive — but not as extensive as the imaginative abilities of some of the Photoshop wizards out there. The official rules encourage thinking outside the box and using ideas that don’t come prepackaged, so make sure that your version of the “regretted communion of the Mad Mage and a dreaded hellbeast whose name none dare pronounce” is original.
The contest runs from today to Nov. 16.