Dan & Paul review the history of Golems in D&D.
It’s been said that the Golem is “a highly mutable metaphor with seemingly limitless symbolism”. Springing from Jewish folklore, the Golem represents a powerful but dimly aware, perhaps overly-literal, servant. As such, it’s the possibly original inspiration for stories about out-of-control scientific monsters, robots, and AI (as well summoned stalkers and wish spells in D&D). In original D&D, they are the mightiest of fighters, and share the trait of complete immunity to nearly all magic effects. Do they provide good thematic flavor in D&D? Are their mechanics solid, or too much of a player screw-job? How have they evolved over the ages?
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