It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter universe. The books, the movies, pretty much everything. So it was with great joy I went to see the new "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" movie.
So happy in fact I went back and this last weekend in 3D.
Between this, playing a lot of Pokemon with my kids and this past weekend's gaming I came up with an idea.
Why not have a D&D-ish game (it really could be any system) where the characters are not out to be murder-hobos and instead be something else. The characters can work for a mage school or something similar with high ideals, to collect various magical creatures and bring them back to their employer.
I am thinking that the entire idea revolves around the premise that these creatures are to brought back alive for study and care. So not killing them and not even really seeing them as evil; more as something that would be collected and studied. I would include monsters like Owlbears, Basilisks, Leucrottas, Perytons and the like. I would certainly use the Baby Bestiaries vol 1 & vol 2; the books are too good not to use.
I'd have to figure out some non-fatal means to capture monsters. Magic ropes, cages and the like. Plenty of hazards would be manifest too. Bandits, other monsters, not to mention the competition from other groups hired by the same employer or competition.
Sounds like a lot of fun to be honest.