Where I’ve Been

Hey, readers. I owe you an update! Yeah, it’s been a while since I posted any new tactical analyses, and I apologize for that. Since I became a parent, my available time to work on projects has gotten pared way back. For the past couple of months, what time I’ve had has been claimed by getting my next two (!) books ready to deliver to my publisher, and it’s going to be the same for at least the next couple of months as well. The holidays weren’t much of a break, either, since my wife is hard at work on the illustrations for book No. 3 (you know her work from book No. 1), meaning I’ve been picking up slack for her rather than vice versa. A lot of things have fallen by the wayside, writing blog posts among them. I’ll still slip in a post here and there when my workload permits, and once I’m further along on book No. 4, I’ll try to make up for lost time. But it’s probably going to remain somewhat quiet for a while.

29 thoughts on “Where I’ve Been

  1. Kids… been there. They always take priority. Good luck with all that and we’ll hear from you when and at a pace that you can handle.

    1. The first is the second volume of The Monsters Know, comprising creatures from Volo’s and Mordenkainen’s; projected publication date is this fall. The second, tentatively titled How to Defend Your Lair, is a book-length expansion of this riff.

      1. I WANT THAT SO BAD!!! Loved your analytical mind in “Live to tell the Tale”, can’t wait to see more!!!

      2. I take it the first will be called “The Monsters STILL Know what they’re doing” – looking forward to both titles. Received your first two books as a birthday present and really enjoyed them!

      3. Both of those books sound like ones I’m definitely interested in buying!!

        And congrats on your parenthood! Munchkins really chg not just your lives but your whole perspective ON life!

        Namaste & blessings to you & your family!

  2. When there’s a lot on your plate you’ve got to manage your time and effort. Take the time you need for your life to be as good as it can be, and we will wellcome you back with excitement when you’re ready.

    Thank you very much for all you’ve given us so far!

  3. That sound Awesome!

    Take what time you need man, real life always has to come before this fun game of ours and family are incredibly important..

  4. Could avid readers potentially help out by writing some articles? You could proofread and give feedback before any article was published, and it would let your most devoted followers keep reading their favorite articles every other week or so.

  5. Thank you for all your work! I’ve just bought Live to Tell the Tale from mum local game shop, and I’m excited to see what your next books will bring us!

  6. I hate to bring this up, but I recently got your The Monsters Know What They’re Doing book, and I realized that you haven’t ever written an article, for this blog or in the book, for troglodytes. It’d be interesting to see such an article. Additionally, it’d be interesting to see a book or article on combat tactics for sidekicks (from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything).

      1. Non-sarcastically, thanks. I’m something of a troglodyte enthusiast, so I was just wondering. I guess you didn’t include them for the same reason you didn’t include most beasts.

        I think I’ve read enough of your advice to understand how it’d work. Attack in the dark, attack in a group, hide beforehand with Chameleon Skin to gain surprise, stay within 5 feet as much as possible to activate the Stench ability, and retreat when wounded (using the Dash action, because they’re unsophisticated). Probably run away individually because they’re chaotic creatures. I’ve run the numbers; It’s not worth it to try to shove.

        I feel like that’s the issue with troglodytes; they have no real tactical abilities. Even ogres have a ranged attack option, but troglodytes just kind of have one attack routine. They have more depth than cyclopes, I suppose, but only because they have enough Wisdom to know when to retreat.

        1. your troglodyte analysis is pretty much right. If you want ranged attacks, you can have them pick up and hurl really big rocks, as I often do with unintelllegent melee-only monsters.

        2. follow-up: by the way, I don’t suggest using troglodytes as cannon fodder. I learned this the hard way: running scores of melee-only CR 1/4 creatures with a 3-fold multiattack can be a nightmare.

  7. Just found your blog recently, super interesting stuff! Always been more of a fan of villains over heroes, so I love all your posts on tactics. Really helps to give depth to combat.

    Thanks for the awesome content, take the time you need!

  8. I recently purchased your book The Monsters Know What They’re Doing, and I think it’s great. I’ve been recommending it to all my gaming buddies.

    1. It’s the audiobook publishers, not Saga or I, that decide whether to put out an audio edition of a book. So far, there hasn’t been any interest expressed in an audiobook edition of Live to Tell. To be honest, I don’t think it would translate especially well to audio anyway. For one thing, the sample battles at the end really depend on the reader’s being able to see the maps.

      1. That’s fair. I got “The Monsters Know” on Audible and don’t own it physically. I was hoping for the same with “Live to Tell.” I’ll make note to look for a physical copy or pdf then. Keep up the great work.

  9. I have been reading your books and posts for ages, and they have helped my DMing immeasurably. In your survey of the Volo’s Guide NPC statblocks you didn’t ever touch on the tactics of the Warlord. Unlike most other ‘bash and whacker’ NPCs, the Warlord has legendary actions that give it some tactical complexity. Do you have any plans to analyze it (either on the blog or in your new book)?

  10. Just wanted to say thanks for the books (I’ve just ordered a second copy of Live to Tell the Tale, having passed the first on to a party member who’s new to D&D). I’ve also taken your tactical advice on board for a one-shot I’ll be running at a convention. Looking forward to Moar! Monsters Know!

  11. Keith the audiobook for your first book the monsters know what they are doing is not available in the uk.

    Do you know why?

  12. Have fun with the kid!

    But if you ever have time to expand your fabulous book Live to Tell the Tale, I would love to hear your thoughts on optimizing artificer tactics. I’m playing an artillerist (ineptly) as a cross between a spellslinger and a skirmisher, and would love to hear your thoughts.

    But babies come first! And second, and third and fourth and…

    1. My own take is that except for the Artillerist subclass, which is clearly biased toward the spellslinger role, artificers are most predisposed to be played as close-range support spellcasters. That’s how I played the Alchemist PC I created.

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