The Monsters Know What They’re Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters, Available NOW!

It’s here! The Monsters Know What They’re Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters, published by Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is available in hardcover and e-book formats today!

The Monsters Know What They're Doing Cover
Cover Illustration by Lily Pressland

This book features all the creatures I’ve analyzed from the Monster Manual, along with exclusive analyses of un-blogged monsters including aarakocra, basilisks, cockatrices, griffons and hippogriffs, kenku, merfolk, quaggoths and xorn, plus thoughts on how to handle encounters with tactically uninteresting monsters.

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17 thoughts on “The Monsters Know What They’re Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters, Available NOW!

  1. Hello, I pre-ordered the book, and I am excited to receive the email announcing that it is ready. How will I receive the book or updates on its shipment? Thanks, Robin

  2. I read a few of your articles, namely Construct tactics and the next day I visited BAM and lo and behold I saw a familiar sight. I bought your book immediately and I adore it. Thanks for all the amazing info. My players are terrified of rugs and kobolds.

  3. I ran across this at Barnes & Noble his week and picked up a copy. Woo-HOO! Congrats! I’m loving it!

    This might draw me out of my DMing hiatus. I need to up my combat encounter game.

  4. Congrats! Got my preordered copy, some of the pages were uncut in the corners, but I got it all apart no issues. The content is, as always, stellar. You deserve every accolade you’ve been receiving!

  5. I bought my copy today. I love it already. I’ll probably get another copy for my sister for Christmas as well.

  6. Picked your book up Monday. Left it where one of the players would see it. His response: “oh, shit.” He then took a pic and texted it to the rest of the group with the same text as his previous comment.


  7. I’m a children’s specialist at a public library and I just got approved to run a D&D program. I’m looking to buy the physical copy to show kids more about monsters, but the amazon preview just shows a wall of text. I’m worried that it would be too difficult for the kids to easily follow. Is the amazon “Look Inside” preview fairly true to print?

    1. I haven’t seen that preview, but I’d say the book would be a tough read for most students below high school age. A bright seventh- or eighth-grader could maybe manage it, but sixth would be pushing it.

  8. Congrats on the release! Any chance you’ll do a book signing in Chicago sometime? Do you know if any local places like Dice Dojo or Myopic are carrying it?

    1. I did a signing at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square and also signed a bunch of copies for Dice Dojo. The book is between printings right now, but it should be available again in a week or two.

    1. If no Australian audio book publisher has picked up the title, I don’t know if it’s possible. But I’m pretty vague on every aspect of audio book publishing, and almost as vague on the handling of international rights.

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