marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

The Monsters Know What They're Doing

The Monsters Know What They're Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters by Keith Ammann

An in-depth analysis of how to fight with D&D monsters.

Sticks faithfully to the stat blocks and flavor text, and to combat.   Indeed, some of the discussions brush on what other uses a spell or power might have, but others simply dismiss everything not useful for combat.

Also, all the monsters are assumed to be operating at maximum efficiency.  This may be mechanical if they are stupid enough, but on the satyr, he observes they have a cool attack but it's not really effective.  As if you could not easily justify its use by declaring the satyrs are drunk.

A DM could absorb principles and adjust to handle other creatures; this does stick strictly to the creatures, not the general principles.  A writer, even of Gamelit, would of course have to keep the readers from hearing dice rolling, but it's a branch of tactics not easily studied elsewhere.
Tags: non-fiction: other, role-playing games, world-building: creatures, world-building: military matters, world-building: non-human characters

  • The May Magnificat

    May is Mary's month, and I Muse at that and wonder why: Her feasts follow reason, Dated due to season— Candlemas, Lady Day; But the Lady…

  • Sonnet 17

    Who will believe my verse in time to come, If it were fill'd with your most high deserts? Though yet Heaven knows it is but as a tomb Which hides…

  • astute observation

    About spring

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded