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Mark C. MacKinnon, David L. Pulver, Lucien Soulban. Jeff Mackintosh. Julie Dillon. All Rights Reserved. Version 1. All rights reserved under international law. No part of this book may be reproduced in part or in whole, in any form or by any means, without permission from the publisher, except for personal copies of the character sheet, or brief quotes for use in reviews. Box Stone Road. Guelph, Ontario. Phone: N1G 4T4. I NDEX. Emily was born in Livonia, Michigan and grew up in Brighton.
While in high school, she was best known for writing strange bits of fiction, particularly a tale about rampaging biker grandmothers and an auspicious poem about pocket lint.
In college, she joined Animania , the local anime fan society, and enjoyed it immensely until she became toxic on too much Kimagure Orange Road one infamous Sunday. Emily earned a B. E Computer Engineering and an M. Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, fleeing the dark grasp of graduate school in When not programming or writing, Emily enjoys playing electric guitar, endlessly arguing philosophy, spending time with friends, playing video games, and claiming she knows nothing about computers.
Emily can be reached through her personal email at zenith pave-france. To my friend Genevieve for teaching me the value of monster eugenics, and to my loving husband Eric for finding me a copy of Monster Rancher II , supporting my crazed writing habit in the middle of planning a wedding, laughing at monster cannibalism jokes, and always being there.
The pet monster anime genre has exploded across Japan, North America, and the entire world. So why is it so popular? Good question. The phenomenon has a very strong base in video games — a steadily growing market thanks to state-of-the-game-art technology that makes the game experience more dynamic and exciting every day. Consider the stereotypes: for boys, there are battles and cool monsters and mean villains; for girls, there are strong women and oh-so-cute fuzzy animals and friendly relationships.
Finally, when you add the addictive elements of collectability anyone remember Cabbage Patch Kids? Strong marketing and promotion by Nintendo and its partners snared the North American market. Then the plethora of others came along, each adding their own take on the subject.
The genre had taken root. I struggled over the decision to publish this book. We wanted to serve the fan. I gave the green light for the project. Admittedly, I still have reservations, but if we can please the fans and have some fun at the same time, then the risk is worth it. We hope you agree. MacKinnon December From magical girl shows to mecha anime, talking cats, robots, puppies, mini-dragons, bats and penguins often accompanied the protagonists, looking cute, dispensing sage advice, and occasionally saving their bacon.
What they rarely did was fight. It is only recently that anime and video games focusing on battles between adorable little sidekicks spawned a genre all its own — and an overwhelmingly popular one at that.
In , pet monster merchandise outsold all competing toys, games, and collectable cards in both Japan and the United States. It has transcended the normal fads and worked its way into popular culture with millions of little boys and girls imagining they can own and train cute monsters, just like their digital pals. Anime inspired by the pet monster concept does not focus on complex plots or in-depth character development. Instead, the stories revolve around the triumph of will, expressed through the ideal of conquest and battle.
Rather than depicting angst-ridden teenagers and their giant robots, the spotlight here is on children and their pet monsters. These pint-sized protagonists are in a journey of personal self- discovery.
Whatever the moral justification is for the ensuing mayhem, pet monster anime always combines humour and combat together to bring a half hour spectacle of flash, tension, and battle. Punches fly! Monsters transform! In the end, the hero emerges victorious with smiles all around, his good friend the slightly battered pet monster perched perkily on his shoulder and his gal-pal at his side.
No harm, no foul, and everyone is happy except the losing monsters. The pet monster genre did not originate in anime, nor even in collectable card games.
To beat the game, the player had. Neither colour version contained every monster. To catch them all, players had to link their game to one of the opposite colour and trade monsters, much like trading cards. The addictive pleasure of collecting, trading, raising and fighting unique monsters in the framework of a computer role-playing game should not be underestimated. It combines the collecting urge of trading cards with the level-up- and-beat-them-senseless thrills of a computer role-playing game all wrapped in a universe of cuddly monsters that appeals to boy and girl alike.
It was everywhere. On the heels of success came the predictable deluge of games, action figures, stuffed animals, manga , posters, soundtracks, clothing, flavoured rice cakes, and little toys that made cute noises. There was also a very successful collectable card game.
A fad was born. Both GameBoy cartridges went on sale in September with explosive results. It crossed the Pacific to conquer America in less than a year. There were far more terrifying things in store, however. The pet monsters were breeding. Step back in time to Invented by housewife Aki Maita, this toy displayed a small electronic image of a monster contained in a tiny unit the size of a key chain. This required constant attention, much like a real pet, or else it would grow sick and die.
People put their lives on hold, even when driving in traffic, to feed and care for their virtual pets. Many owners purposely let their pet die, just to see what would happen.
Giga Pets introduced the concept of collectable virtual pets released in limited production runs in , whetting the appetite for what was to come. It lived on in console games. Various forms of digital pets had been on console games since the mids. Monster Rancher was a monster-raising simulation that allowed players to grow, breed and most importantly fight their creations.
Monster Rancher 2 expanded on the idea by adding stronger role-playing elements: monster adventures, extra tournaments, and an increased number of breeds. An anime based on the video games went into production in , with a release that featured a boy who is sucked into his game console and transported to the pet monster world. It is now available from A.
Bandai was not about to be left out in the cold. Its story was epic, closer to a traditional computer RPG. The heroes were scrappy kids fighting a war against evil, with their pet monsters as junior coalition partners. With its beachhead secured, Bandai, along with Saban Entertainment, supported Digimon with a wave of motion pictures, video games, and their own collectable card game. Azure Dreams , a game based on collecting eggs, raising and, eventually, selling the monsters came out on Playstation in and for the GameBoy in If trading in monster flesh did not appeal to consumers, there was always Jade Cocoon: The Story of Tamamayu , released for Playstation in Some believed that this endless parade of fuzzy ferocity was becoming too much even for Japan, especially after the anime Cyber Team in Akihabara appeared.
Released in , Cyber Team parodied magical girls, digital pets and cute monsters. This was premature, however, with companies releasing more pet monster-inspired games and anime. Flint, the Time Detective featured a prehistoric boy who travelled through time with his friends and their monsters to stop the forces of evil and idiocy from changing history. As we bounce into the next millennium, the concept of training and breeding cute, fuzzy, violent monsters still attracts an eager audience.
The only thing missing has been an English-language universal simulation of the entire genre in tabletop role-playing format — and it is this yawning gap in our culture which this supplement hopes to exploit. It supplies guidelines for GMs who wish to design campaigns or adventures inspired by pet monsters. It provides rules for players to create small cute fuzzy creatures and use them or use them up in a quest for fame and glory or a crusade against evil and ugliness.
The Pet Monster genre is not just monster battles. GMs who wish to explore the implications of fantasy societies that treat adorable little beasties as pro-wrestlers; gladiators or slave-soldiers will find useful material for this weighty theme.
Even if pet monster campaigns are not on the agenda, the GM may find the critter rules and guidelines useful for other BESM campaigns. Pet Monster campaigns can take place at anytime, anywhere. A young ninja from ancient Japan might train large ice-spitting eyeballs to slay his enemies, or a teenage space captain keep one or two pet critters on board her star cruiser for vermin control against alien creatures infesting the vessel.
Most pet monster games, however, take place on a fantasy or alternate Earth where monster ownership is accepted, expected, and universal for everybody much like people believe all Texans own six-shooters. It is not the time period that matters.
Cute & Fuzzy Cockfighting Seizure Monsters
View Larger Image. Publisher overstock copy. Synopsis: "Many words describe them: Agile. Dangerous, But most of all, they're small and fuzzy and extraordinarily cute! And naturally they want to fry, bash, and squish each other into oblivion. Inside you will find an engaging satire of the "monster fighting" genre, but you can use this book to play effective in-genre characters as well. Discover what it means to be a kid growing up in a world where every boy and girl has their own personal monster gladiator!
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Cute & Fuzzy Cockfighting Seizure Monsters (BESM)