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Buy Monsters, Fight Monsters
« : June 26, 2018, 01:41:02 PM »

I have depression.

I fight with it, live with it, struggle with it, snuggle with it, overcome it, embrace it, come to terms with it.

All of the above. I've gotten pretty good at dealing with it. I'd say mine is pretty mild all things considered; some relatively tame meds and personally managed therapy (read: having a drink or two, having quiet time to myself, enjoying a stogie, etc..) and I'm good.

Not everybody can manage it as well, and lots of people have more severe circumstances to deal with - making it harder to get out. Some take the 'easy way out'.

There seems to be a trend of it lately in celebrity - fame catches up with people and they just can't handle it, or maybe they were unstable in the first place and the pressures of fame made it worse. I don't know.

Either way, it's a fight. Which brings me back to why I'm telling you all this. A year ago today, depression took a life that I'm sure most of you have never heard of. I know I hadn't until today. He wasn't famous. Just another name on the book. But he was a brother. His brother spent the next year digging into the disease, and also pouring himself into the hobby that his brother introduced him to - D&D. He is working with a company called Limitless Adventures. They're a great resource for 3rd party material, and I've seen them help out budding GMs on reddit many times.

He has released a resource book called 'No Assembly Required'. This contains 10 monsters, rich with lore, their own richly developed motivations, and fully developed stat blocks. It also includes a new spell and 2 new magic items that will add depth to your campaign world.

He/they are offering this resource as a downloadable PDF for $5.00 currently, and all proceeds from its sale will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - an A rated charity on charitywatch.org.

I've already downloaded it - it comes in both full color and a print friendly format - and I'm blown away by the amount of story that went into each of these creatures, and the added notes that go into the developers thought process.

You can read more about Michael (the author) and the development of this resource: https://theiddm.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/one-way-im-saving-vs-grief/

Buy/download the module here:

If you'd like to donate but aren't interested in the (awesome) monsters, you can do so here:

And lastly, you can check out The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention here:

Thanks for checking this out. If you are struggling with depression, feel free to hit me up in chat anytime I'm here. I'd love to talk. If you're not ready to talk to me; please, talk to someone. You're worth talking to.

Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255
Text 741741 for the Crisis Prevention Textline
I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned!


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Re: Buy Monsters, Fight Monsters
« #1 : June 26, 2018, 03:20:53 PM »
As someone who has many loved ones in my life who struggle with depression, I'd like to add;

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