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From the creator of the popular blog The Monsters Know What They’re Doing comes a compilation of villainous battle plans for Dungeon Masters. In the course of a Dungeons & Dragons game, a Dungeon Master has to make one decision after another in response to player behavior—and the better the players, the more unpredictable their behavior! It’s easy for even an From the creator of the popular blog The Monsters Know What They’re Doing comes a compilation of villainous battle plans for Dungeon Masters. In the course of a Dungeons & Dragons game, a Dungeon Master has to make one decision after another in response to player behavior—and the better the players, the more unpredictable their behavior! It’s easy for even an experienced DM to get bogged down in on-the-spot decision-making or to let combat devolve into a boring slugfest, with enemies running directly at the player characters and biting, bashing, and slashing away. In The Monsters Know What They’re Doing, Keith Ammann lightens the DM’s burden by helping you understand your monsters’ abilities and develop battle plans before your fifth edition D&D game session begins. Just as soldiers don’t whip out their field manuals for the first time when they’re already under fire, a DM shouldn’t wait until the PCs have just encountered a dozen bullywugs to figure out how they advance, fight, and retreat. Easy to read and apply, The Monsters Know What They're Doing is essential reading for every DM.


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From the creator of the popular blog The Monsters Know What They’re Doing comes a compilation of villainous battle plans for Dungeon Masters. In the course of a Dungeons & Dragons game, a Dungeon Master has to make one decision after another in response to player behavior—and the better the players, the more unpredictable their behavior! It’s easy for even an From the creator of the popular blog The Monsters Know What They’re Doing comes a compilation of villainous battle plans for Dungeon Masters. In the course of a Dungeons & Dragons game, a Dungeon Master has to make one decision after another in response to player behavior—and the better the players, the more unpredictable their behavior! It’s easy for even an experienced DM to get bogged down in on-the-spot decision-making or to let combat devolve into a boring slugfest, with enemies running directly at the player characters and biting, bashing, and slashing away. In The Monsters Know What They’re Doing, Keith Ammann lightens the DM’s burden by helping you understand your monsters’ abilities and develop battle plans before your fifth edition D&D game session begins. Just as soldiers don’t whip out their field manuals for the first time when they’re already under fire, a DM shouldn’t wait until the PCs have just encountered a dozen bullywugs to figure out how they advance, fight, and retreat. Easy to read and apply, The Monsters Know What They're Doing is essential reading for every DM.

59 review for The Monsters Know What They're Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eric Smith

    BOOM! This book - and its author - are amazing! In forty years of gaming, this is the most inspiring, well thought-out, useful, interesting, exciting source book and RPG supplement I've ever seen. Author Keith Ammann isn't terribly forthcoming about his background, but a fierce intelligence shines through every sentence. He draws from anthropology, military tactics, behavioral psychology, history, and an incredibly deep and broad wellspring of fantasy and mythic literature to lay out his case for BOOM! This book - and its author - are amazing! In forty years of gaming, this is the most inspiring, well thought-out, useful, interesting, exciting source book and RPG supplement I've ever seen. Author Keith Ammann isn't terribly forthcoming about his background, but a fierce intelligence shines through every sentence. He draws from anthropology, military tactics, behavioral psychology, history, and an incredibly deep and broad wellspring of fantasy and mythic literature to lay out his case for the motivations and tactics of every creature in the game. This volume goes a long way toward balancing 5e, which, IMO, coddles players far too much. By implementing his carefully reasoned tactics, every creature the DM uses will be a significantly more formidable opponent. But even better, it will be much more BELIEVABLE. Five unreserved stars for this masterpiece.

  2. 5 out of 5

    jedioffsidetrap

    Browsed this book out of nostalgia, looking up some of old fave creatures: Beholders, Shambling Mounds, Githyanki, Xorn, Owlbears, Bulettes, Umber Hulks... heh heh. Great title!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diego Souza

    Uma coisa que sempre me irritou na maioria dos Livros de Monstros, de D&D ou de outros RPGs, é que por vezes não havia o aprofundamento adequado dos monstros, especialmente no que toca ao uso de suas habilidades (salvo, claro, alguns suplementos já lendários, como "I, Tyrant"). O autor desse pequeno tesouro em forma de livro ajuda a desvendar tais mistérios, inclusive usando de muita lógica e amplo conhecimento das regras, sem ser chatão. O mais legal é que as estratégias de combate são Uma coisa que sempre me irritou na maioria dos Livros de Monstros, de D&D ou de outros RPGs, é que por vezes não havia o aprofundamento adequado dos monstros, especialmente no que toca ao uso de suas habilidades (salvo, claro, alguns suplementos já lendários, como "I, Tyrant"). O autor desse pequeno tesouro em forma de livro ajuda a desvendar tais mistérios, inclusive usando de muita lógica e amplo conhecimento das regras, sem ser chatão. O mais legal é que as estratégias de combate são abordadas como se os monstros fossem criaturas orgânicas (ou não), com instintos de sobrevivência fruto de seleção natural (ou falta dela). E, sim, tem a estratégia do Tarrasque. "Chomp, chomp, chomp, gulp".

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    Mark

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Britton Clay

    fun read, but even better as a reference book for running encounters!

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    Eric Smith

    BOOM! This book - and its author - are amazing! In forty years of gaming, this is the most inspiring, well thought-out, useful, interesting, exciting source book and RPG supplement I've ever seen. Author Keith Ammann isn't terribly forthcoming about his background, but a fierce intelligence shines through every sentence. He draws from anthropology, military tactics, behavioral psychology, history, and an incredibly deep and broad wellspring of fantasy and mythic literature to lay out his case for BOOM! This book - and its author - are amazing! In forty years of gaming, this is the most inspiring, well thought-out, useful, interesting, exciting source book and RPG supplement I've ever seen. Author Keith Ammann isn't terribly forthcoming about his background, but a fierce intelligence shines through every sentence. He draws from anthropology, military tactics, behavioral psychology, history, and an incredibly deep and broad wellspring of fantasy and mythic literature to lay out his case for the motivations and tactics of every creature in the game. This volume goes a long way toward balancing 5e, which, IMO, coddles players far too much. By implementing his carefully reasoned tactics, every creature the DM uses will be a significantly more formidable opponent. But even better, it will be much more BELIEVABLE. Five unreserved stars for this masterpiece.

  31. 4 out of 5

    jedioffsidetrap

    Browsed this book out of nostalgia, looking up some of old fave creatures: Beholders, Shambling Mounds, Githyanki, Xorn, Owlbears, Bulettes, Umber Hulks... heh heh. Great title!

  32. 5 out of 5

    Diego Souza

    Uma coisa que sempre me irritou na maioria dos Livros de Monstros, de D&D ou de outros RPGs, é que por vezes não havia o aprofundamento adequado dos monstros, especialmente no que toca ao uso de suas habilidades (salvo, claro, alguns suplementos já lendários, como "I, Tyrant"). O autor desse pequeno tesouro em forma de livro ajuda a desvendar tais mistérios, inclusive usando de muita lógica e amplo conhecimento das regras, sem ser chatão. O mais legal é que as estratégias de combate são Uma coisa que sempre me irritou na maioria dos Livros de Monstros, de D&D ou de outros RPGs, é que por vezes não havia o aprofundamento adequado dos monstros, especialmente no que toca ao uso de suas habilidades (salvo, claro, alguns suplementos já lendários, como "I, Tyrant"). O autor desse pequeno tesouro em forma de livro ajuda a desvendar tais mistérios, inclusive usando de muita lógica e amplo conhecimento das regras, sem ser chatão. O mais legal é que as estratégias de combate são abordadas como se os monstros fossem criaturas orgânicas (ou não), com instintos de sobrevivência fruto de seleção natural (ou falta dela). E, sim, tem a estratégia do Tarrasque. "Chomp, chomp, chomp, gulp".

  33. 4 out of 5

    Britton Clay

    fun read, but even better as a reference book for running encounters!

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    Mark

    Forthcoming

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