Alice in Wonderland has had quite the cultural impact. Dozens of movies, games and other stories are either directly inspired by this tale, or overtly live in it’s ideas and imagery. No other story is quoted or referenced as a short hand for “this story is going to be quirky”.
However, very little is made of the Queen. Alice is named or quoted, lots of stories throw in a white rabbit, so many characters emulate the cocky, spirit-guide, Cheshire Cat model, but the Queen of Hearts (or characters like her) are few and far between.
The journey Alice goes on is more fascinating than her destination.
Which is not a good start for the Queen of Heart’s chances as The Ultimate Disney Big Bad Evil Guy.
I’m of the firm belief that any boss reaches greatness by the reveal of “a final from”. If your Big Bad gains access to their final form by tricking the heroes, that’s a big pile of bonus points. Then, if your BBEG has another final form, but that last form is their undoing… well, there you have a fitting end to your adventure.
In short, Jafar looks like a real contender from the outset.
We’re looking for the best ‘Disney villain as the Big Bad Evil Guy’ for your Table Top RPG. Why? Why not. There have been so many superb Disney villains, and whilst power level or general awesomeness are fine ways to measure a villain, how much you would want them inspiring your Games Master’s campaign is more intriguing debate to me.
“If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will” is a bold statement. Not only does it imply that Cruella is the scariest thing imaginable in the world 101 Dalmatians, but the same character that sings that line is standing up the fur-obsessed villain just a few scenes later.
Scary, to some extent, sure. Hateful, despicable and unsettling, definitely. If you’re looking for inspiration for a villain in a Table Top Role Playing Game, Cruella gives some great ideas on how you can make a your main evil guy a great source of grief for your players.
Big Bag Evil Guy. It’s a term many gamers are familiar. No matter what Table Top Roleplaying Game you are into, there’s usually a big bad waiting for the players at the finish line. If they’re a decent BBEG, they’ve probably shown up a few times to give the team a bad time (but in a good way). There may have been a few bad guys/gals along the way, but there’s often that one Big Bag that outshines the rest.
Today, and for the next few Mondays, I’ll be asking the question:
Which Disney villain should be the BBEG in your TTRPG?
This is partly because I’ve watched a few Disney movies with my daughter recently, partly because I’ve been enjoying the board game Villainous, partly because I’m always thinking about new scenarios for the games I’m running, and partly because I like having these silly thoughts.
But before we can get going, how do we judge the ‘Best BBEG’?
The first quiz was fun to make, so I made another one! The theme for this one is animation – comics, tv shows, movies, video games and Disney Classics.
6 rounds, 60 points, slightly less than 20 minutes in length. Have fun, share with friends and family, use it as a resource if you are a teacher!
These were made for the fun of it, and because they are bound to be useful later on, but I still managed to pick up a few likes and even a couple of subscribers! If you enjoy these two quizzes, why not like and subscribe too?
I had two options today: I could write something thoughtful, profound and provocative, or I could write about Disney movies. It wasn’t a difficult decision.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a gamer who’s happy to wait for new games and consoles; very rarely will I pick up a game the moment it is released into the world. The last game that I felt compelled to grab early was GTA V. The next game will most likely be Kingdom Hearts 3. This is due in part to my love for the Classic Disney movies and characters that I grew up watching. I take great delight in fighting alongside the characters I’ve known since childhood. My only concern is that those characters never really get the chance to lead their own games.