Build Your Own Boss: Week 1 Challenge

Yesterday I posted about the Newbie Blogger Initiative. I’ve gotten the chance to read and comment on a few new blogs, and I’m pretty stoked about the whole thing.

One of the reasons I see people give forΒ not starting a blog is not knowing what to write about. We’ve all been there, trust me. I thought it’d be fun to challenge our new (and experienced!) bloggers with some ideas–prompts, sort of–to keep the first month of content rolling.

I’ll post one challenge every week. All you have to do is take the prompt and write a post based on it! And I’d love for you to come back and link it in the comments, so I can see what you’ve come up with.

Challenge #1: BYOB

Whatever game you play, you’re going to encounter a boss or two (or hundreds). Some of these bosses are so memorable that we’re still talking about them (or resurrecting them…) years later. One of my guildies last night was talking about something he’d like to see as a boss mechanic, and it made me wonder: if we could build our own bosses, what would they be like?

That’s your prompt: whatever game you’re playing, create a boss for that game. Tell us everything you can about the boss (we want to be ready when we fight him!).

A boss needs some things. If you’re having a hard time knowing where to begin, here are some things to get you going:

A reason for being pissy:

  • Didn’t get the loot they wanted.
  • Angry at their mother or father
  • Has been in prison for 10,000 years.
  • Has already died once or twice.
  • Lost his cat/dog/abomination

A place to be mean in:

  • A magic treehouse
  • Mom’s basement
  • A coliseum
  • A cave
  • A castle
  • An open field


Tank-killing abilities (choose at least 1):

  • Stacking debuff requiring tank swaps
  • Crazy smack-in-the-face hit requiring a cooldown
  • Split damage requiring a soaker

Raid killing abilities (choose at least 2, friendly fire is acceptable/encouraged):

  • An AoE DoT
  • An AoE Explosion
  • Lots of adds
  • Something to not stand in

And finally:

  • A name
  • An opening speech
  • Some phrases to repeat ad nauseam during the fight

You can give us descriptions, screenshots, paint drawings–whatever you can come up with to tell us about your boss. The door is WIDE OPEN.

I can’t wait to see what we get out of this. I hope you’re watching, devs!


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22 responses to “Build Your Own Boss: Week 1 Challenge

  1. ubuman

    is that bring your own beer

  2. Great idea! There are some really interesting blogs out there forming up, was really fun to check them all out.

    • battlechicken

      Agreed; I’ve had a great time reading through them today! It’s exciting to see so many new blogs, though I’m afraid by the time May ends my poor Google Reader is going to keel over and die.

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  5. My attempt: dont forget to post a comment ;D

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  7. Other stuff tried to stop me from writing this. But they couldn’t stop me from releasing this monstrosity on the world! Oh, no they couldn’t! They failed! FAAAAAIIIILLLEEED! /cackle

    So, here is my answer to your challenge:

    P.S.: I may have gone written a little too much on the boss background… Just a little. *cough*

    • battlechicken

      Worth every word, imo. Thank you! πŸ˜€

      • Thanks! I was a little worried about the character background being a little too long and turning people off. But I guess I might have worried for nothing. πŸ™‚

        Looking forward to the next challenge! πŸ˜€

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  9. tjedgar

    My slightly more tongue in cheek response can be found at πŸ˜€

  10. I couldn’t come up with spells, just a general RP idea that could fit into different games. But here it goes:

    • battlechicken

      I think the story is great, though. It’d be cool to see them take on the spells of the different heroes!

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  12. I created Chronos, Guardian of Time as the final boss for my Wrath of the Eternal Timekeeper quest saga. Do you think he would be very challenging?

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