Posts belonging to Category Generic Villain

The Generic Villain vs. the Evil Overlord List, Items 36-40

The Generic Villain continues a point-by-point facedown and update of that reference material of all baddies with imperial ambitions, The Evil Overlord List.
36. No imprisoning members of the same party in the same cell block, never mind the same cell; if they’re important prisoners, have the only key on your person. THIS. Yes, [...]

The Generic Villain vs. the Evil Overlord List, Items 30-35

The Generic Villain continues a point-by-point facedown and update of that reference material of all baddies with imperial ambitions, The Evil Overlord List.
30. Deprive the heroes of their needed comic relief by preemptively executing all bumbling conjurers, clumsy squires, no-talent bards and cowardly thieves. I have two problems with this statement. One, unless done with [...]

Ask GV: On Controlling PCs

UZ asks (in response to one of the Management’s posts, but hey, if it gets the mail-slot going…)

How do you get a PC to accept mind control? How do you sell servitude to someone who fights (theoretically) for freedom?
Dear UZ:
That’s a very good question. The PC is a special kind of protagonist—resistant if not [...]

The Generic Villain vs. The Evil Overlord List, Items 26-29

The Generic Villain continues a point-by-point facedown and update of that reference material of all baddies with imperial ambitions, The Evil Overlord List.
26. Think twice before ordering a prisoner sent to your bedchamber. …forget think twice, just plain don’t do it. One, even though it’s taken us years to get it, it’s never [...]

The Generic Villain vs. the Evil Overlord List: Items 21-25

The Generic Villain continues a point-by-point facedown and update of that reference material of all baddies with imperial ambitions, The Evil Overlord List.
21.  Get a fashion designer for the minions, and make sure the uniforms are original—particularly not knockoffs of historical fighting forces that were themselves eventually defeated. This strategy wears pretty well, at [...]

The Generic Villain Vs. The Evil Overlord List: Item 20

The Generic Villain continues a point-by-point facedown and update of that reference material of all baddies with imperial ambitions, The Evil Overlord List.
And on to Number 20. Seriously, Peter, what’s with the expandable ones three points in a row? Is it you being particularly open-ended, or me getting a bit too good at coming [...]

The Generic Villain vs. the Evil Overlord List: Items 18 and 19

The Generic Villain continues a point-by-point facedown and update of that reference material of all baddies with imperial ambitions, The Evil Overlord List.
So. Eighteen and nineteen, which basically boil down to “never have kids, ever” and… well.
My first problem with these things is that they’re pretty obnoxiously sexist. The son’s ineffectual and guaranteed to rebel [...]

The Generic Villain vs. the Evil Overlord List: Items 11-17

The Generic Villain continues a point-by-point facedown and update of that reference material of all baddies with imperial ambitions, The Evil Overlord List.
11. Be secure enough in superiority not to taunt enemies with riddle-clues or leave them alive to show they pose no threat. Really, I can’t argue with this—though I would like to [...]

The Generic Villain vs. The Evil Overlord List: Items 6-10

The Generic Villain continues a point-by-point facedown and update of that reference material of all baddies with imperial ambitions, The Evil Overlord List.
6. Don’t gloat over the enemy’s predicament before killing them. I keep this one, with the caveat “Unless it suits your plans just as well if they live, and you know you [...]

The Generic Villain vs. Evil Overlord List Item #8

Yes, I’m still working through the Evil Overlord List. I imagine you have two questions right now: What happened to 6 and 7? And why is this only one item? The answer is simple: while the first five (and, for that matter, six and seven) fall easily into a paragraph or less, I found Item [...]