Keith Ammann is an ENnie Award–winning writer based in Chicago. He is the author of The Monsters Know What They're Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters, MOAR! Monsters Know What They're Doing, and most recently How to Defend Your Lair. He has been a Dungeons & Dragons player and Dungeon Master for more than thirty years.
The Monsters Know What They're Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters
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.
MOAR! Monsters Know What They're Doing2022
How to Defend Your Lair2022
Live to Tell the Tale: Combat Tactics for Players2020
Awards and Recognition
- 2020 Silver ENnie, Best Writing, The Monsters Know What They're Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters
- 2020 Gold ENnie, Best Online Content, The Monsters Know What They're Doing, themonstersknow.com