Cheap Miniatures! Expanding the world of No Thank You, Evil!

In case you haven’t heard, Monte Cook Games is about to release a new RPG. And, this one is for kids!  Its called No Thank You, Evil!

Yes, its amazing.


I have only had a couple sessions of play time at this point, but one thing is clear. With kids, especially young kids, props are everything. These young minds are just starting to flex their creative juices. Having something tangible for them to see, touch, and move around aids their focus and role playing.

The game comes prepared for this. It’s a box set that comes with cards, tokens, cardboard minis and a seperate die for each player (great thinking MCG).

One thing I knew I would need, for the future longevity of my burgeoning campaign, was more NPCs and adversaries.  The base book has a mini-bestiary with 15 creatures, each with their own card. The card is like other Cypher System creature cards. A picture on one side and stats on the other. The cards were easy to prop up and use as quasi minis.

But, I will need more creatures. LOTS more creatures. And in turn, more minis. So, what minis are appropriate for NTYE?  Easy. Kids toys!  Your child’s toy box probably has 100 toy figure you can use. But, if you are still in need, here are three things I did last weekend to boost up my team of naughties in a way that didn’t fireball my wallet (which minis can easily do).

Look at the clearance isles at the big toy store. 

My local Walmart is especially helpful. They have a dedicated toy clearance area. Here are some things i picked up cheap. And here was the result.



Side note: this was my first official My Little Pony purchase.  At 25 cents, I wished there were more.

Raid your local second-hand store. 

My local Goodwill has a section that is mix-and-match small toys, 5 for $1. Here is what I picked out.


I may or may not have been influenced by the dino-riffic World of the Cypher System Kickstarter. But, no matter. Kids (big and little) love dinosaurs.

Raid boardgames from the discount locations. 

Boardgames can be a great way to get lots of minis cheap.  Check out this game, normally about $15-$20. I got it on half-price day at Goodwill for $1.50. That is less than 10 cents a pirate penguin.  And it is also a playable game. So, two for the price of one! Wait, did I mention PIRATE PENGUINS?



So, with a little legwork, you can build out a nice bullpen of not-so-scary bad guys to add even more fun and adventure to an already awesome game.

For more information on No Thank You, Evil! check out MCG’s Media Kit.


Stuart Greenwell

My first experiences with serious gaming came from the Hero Quest board game. I then made the next step to the RoboTech RPG and a lunchtime meeting of AD&D Oriental Adventures. My interests now are pretty much the same. Boardgames and RPGS. Some of my favorites boardgames are currently Settlers of Catan, Battlestar Galactica, and Space Alert. For RPGS, it is Monte Cook's Cypher System. But I am always down for a good round of Dungeons & Dragons.