As the battlefield comes into focus, we see a large group of inexplicably colorful foot soldiers advancing on our heroes' headquarters. Some of them have jetpacks. Some have laser guns. All share a rallying cry:
Whatever the specific pronunciation, it sounds maniacal, I can tell you that much.
So, as I'm hoping to get caught up on my own little Terror Drome this weekend, I find myself spending a fair amount of time thinking about an evil(?) organization that serves as a tribute to the "bad guys with fun names" found in countless IPs...but largely these guys...
I think I'm pretty settled on the naming of my take as the Brigade to Advance the Destruction of Government, Environment, and Resources. Or...of course...BADGER.
Note: There are actually a lot of organizations of this type in fiction, so if I happen to find out that this name is already taken by something prominent - and please feel free to let me know if I'm overlooking one(!) - I may need to switch it up.
Obviously, the most important characteristics of these groups are their iconic logos. (Sarcasm? Not sure...)
So, I headed over to Game-icons.net to see if I could find something that might come close to fitting the bill. Choosing hues that diverge from the big C's red and blue (although I really love those as Cobra's default colors), I worked with this awesome badger icon from Caro Asercion:
|Adapted from Caro Asercion's original design, used under the CC BY 3.0 license.
Overall, I do kinda like it, although I think it's a little too...cutesy, I guess.
So how would it look on the genuine Cobra articles? Let's look at one that is both natively violet and among the cooler looking troops in the organization, the good old Techno-Viper. Applying my next-level
Photoshop Paint and PowerPoint skills...
Eh, still probably a little too cutesy. Not sure though. Any thoughts on adjusting this to suit its purpose, or the best way to start from scratch and generate what I'm looking for?
Oh yeah! And speaking of huge evil organizations bent on global domination (HARHARHAR), Hasbro has doubled back in a pretty major way in this whole OGL fiasco, eh? There's a part of me that thinks this series of events has been a real net positive for D&D players. We got a gentle (less so if you thought your livelihood was going to be affected, but still lacking in conflict overall) reminder that there are limits to what we should expect from friendly agreements with big companies, AND a bunch of 5E rules officially became usable under a Creative Commons license.
And now we still get to watch as the apparent error by Wizards of the Coast inspires creative reactions from some of the best minds in the game. So, with one big obligatory caveat (that I do recognize that the worries caused by WotC's bungling of this are still impacting many who make a living in RPGs)...that all actually sounds pretty cool to me!