Animals

Analysis

Eight Effective Animal Companions

Baby Yoda stands outside holding a cup. Animal companions are semi-characters with simple personalities and limited agency. While they have feelings, they don’t usually talk or undergo character arcs. Instead of pursuing their own goals, animal companions give devoted assistance to a protagonist. They’re usually pets of some kind, but they can … read more »
Q&A

What’s the Purpose of a Sidekick Like Heihei?

questions and answer talk bubbles Thinking through hero’s journey and story archetypes (newbie here!) and was watching the recent Pixar movie Moana. My question is, what do you see as the function of or reason for a story to choose a relatively inanimate/neutral sidekick like Heihei (Moana’s chicken, that, though providing some … read more »
Q&A

Are There Any RPGs With Good Rules for Animals?

questions and answer talk bubbles Have you ever played a tabletop RPG that effectively represented people developing useful relationships with animals (dogs, horses, etc.)? It’s such a huge part of human history but seems strangely ignored in the TTRPG space. As you once pointed out, Animal Handling or equivalents are … read more »
Worldbuilding

Using Animals for Transport and Labor

Whether your setting is gritty medieval-esque fantasy, stonepunk suburbia, or just plain bizarre, you’ll probably need animal transportation and labor. Only in the past 100 years has overland transportation been dominated by smoking, oil-drinking abominations of gears and glass; throughout history, most humans have relied … read more »