What does "BBEG" stand for?
Traditionally in tabletop gaming and Role-Playing Games, BBEG is an acronym for Big Bad Evil Guy or Girl. it’s essentially a shorter and quick way of describing a specific type of non-player character who serves as the main villain of a game campaign or scenario. In the instance of us as a retail company, we have adopted this rather cool acronym to be short for Big Bad Evil Games!
What’s makes a good BBEG?
We get asked this question quite often, so as experienced gamers ourselves we have put together a few key points of advice on this:
1. Make them flawed in some way. Most epic level Villains have a truly evil motive that is a flawed solution to some sort of perceived problematic world. Wanton destruction for no reason never makes a great BBEG. Think Thanos from the Marvel Universe and his solution for bringing a balance to the universe or even a Villain from any of the James Bond movies – the one thing they all have in common is a grand goal for bringing about a major change in the world. Make this goal simple in essence to understand (no matter how convoluted and plot twisty the BBEG’s plot is) and you will have a Villain who is not only well thought out but also one which is understood and even in some cases relatable.
2. We find the best BBEG are always initially shrouded in mystery until the final act of any story. Drop subtle hints (and sometimes some not so subtle ones!) throughout the plot of your RPG or tabletop game until about the halfway point. Then suddenly reveal them in all their evil glory! This reveal should be dramatic and should push the players to realise that this BBEG has been working in the background since they began their campaign. They should also realise that they cannot defeat them without gaining support, developing further powers, or by chipping away somehow at their power base to stop them and their dastardly plans. In Harry Potter, our heroes realise that they cannot simply face Voldemort in combat as soon as he rematerializes as he is far too powerful a foe. They must first quest to find and destroy his Horcruxes to make him vulnerable and then in the final showdown at the end of the story they succeed only because they had the foresight and direction to do this.
3. Make it personal – this is probably the best piece of advice that we can give. Not only does the BBEG have his / her / they / them / their master plan that our heroes need to stop – one or more of our player's characters should have their own personal story and destiny intertwined. In the first Star Wars movies, Luke Skywalker’s father is Darth Vader! Now you can’t get more personal than that!
So, who are we?
We are an online retail business specialising in all thing’s tabletop gaming with 10+ years of experience working with other major key brands across a multitude of sales channels. We have currently in stock over 4000+ separate product lines – spanning Toys, Merchandise, Apparel & Physical Media (DVDs & Blu-rays). We work in an official capacity with major key brands such as Marvel, DC, WWE & the UFC.
More recently we have put work into the areas of manufacturing and 3D printing. This enables us now to produce our own tabletop miniatures, terrain pieces and games. We are currently looking for partnerships with 3D designers within this space – so if you are a designer please get in touch, we would love to hear from you and discuss potential partnerships.
About our services?
Since we are a full-time retail operation our warehouse operates 7 days a week and we dispatch orders daily (Monday to Friday). All of our product listings are in stock, so there are no additional lead times. If you place your order before 2 pm on a business day – your order will be shipped on the same day (excluding public holidays).
Do you print to order or offer custom 3D printing services?
Yes, if you have the STL files for a design along with the correct permissions and you would love to have it printed with a high-quality finish. Please get in touch.
Do you offer miniature or terrain painting services?
Yes, some of our products already come pre-painted (please see individual product listings for more information). However, if there are products which we currently do not have pre-painted versions available – please get in touch and we can arrange that for you. Alternatively, if you already have a piece that you would like to get painted please get in touch for a quote.