Tuuk the Thief of the Book | The Secret of Forsaken Peak

Yesterday, I held a contest on Instagram to name a goblin that's going to be one of the bosses of the first chunk of The Secret of Forsaken Peak adventure. Things got a little out of hand. I got a whopping 414 replies (and they keep coming)! But out of those 414 replies, I decided … Continue reading Tuuk the Thief of the Book | The Secret of Forsaken Peak

Necrochefs | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

As I continue to build out the Goblin Mine for Justin David Russell and mine's megadelve project, The Secret of Forsaken Peak, I keep coming up with cool, new challenges to throw at the characters. Case in point: Lamarr the Necrochef. A killer and a cannibal, Lamarr is evil personified. And if that wasn't bad … Continue reading Necrochefs | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Rolfin the Dragon Priest | NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

The goblin mine is managed by a dragon priest named Rolfin who is a half-red dragon goblin. Rolfin is somewhat insane and feared by all in the mine, including the azer smith, Roez, and Lamarr the Necromancer. While Gurd and the other goblins try to keep him safe--after all, the goblins believe that Rolfin is … Continue reading Rolfin the Dragon Priest | NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Adventuring Priests | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Another quick one for my session today, I noticed that there is a serious lack of "cleric"-like NPCs in the monster books. We have the Priest in the Monster Manual with is a 5th-level caster and CR 2. And then we have the War Priest which is a huge jump up to 9th-level and CR … Continue reading Adventuring Priests | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

War Mages | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Volo's Guide to Monsters generously introduces statistics for a variety of mages, each tied to a different arcane tradition. However, the one type of mage that's missing, it seems, are the war mages from Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Since I need a few war mages today, I thought I might stat them up. Not only … Continue reading War Mages | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

How to Create an Elite Humanoid in Fifth Edition | Monster Workshop with DM Dave

Recently, I showed you all how to make a cool, new monster variant in 15 minutes or less. And many of you shared that enjoyed it. So thank you so much! This time, I'd like to dive into how to make an elite version of a monster. What is an elite monster? An elite monster … Continue reading How to Create an Elite Humanoid in Fifth Edition | Monster Workshop with DM Dave

Chaosmen | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

From the Kingdom of Chaos, they ride, the Chaosmen. Brown teeth gnashing and grimy claws gripping jagged, blood-stained swords, they howl like sick wolves. The philosophy of Chaos is simple: the universe does not adhere to order, so why should its many creations? Man is animal. He should continue to be animal. If he is … Continue reading Chaosmen | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Mergoblins | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Killing time 'til my Saturday campaign, I thought I might try out something a little different here. If you haven't noticed yet, I love goblins. In fact, of all the humanoid races I've created variants for, I've made more goblins than anything else. Something about them that I think is just so classic and cool. … Continue reading Mergoblins | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

How to Create a D&D Monster for Fifth Edition in 15 Minutes or Less

Occasionally, I get folks on Instagram and Facebook asking me how to create a D&D monster for Fifth Edition. Of course, the Dungeon Master's Guide outlines how to do just that on pages 273 - 283. But for some that can be a little overwhelming. And there are lots of little rules that are easy … Continue reading How to Create a D&D Monster for Fifth Edition in 15 Minutes or Less

Gobble-lins for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Hags are unusual creatures. While they're well known for capturing babies and luring lost travelers into their shacks, they also enjoy twisting popular holidays to torment locals. That's how the gobble-lin came to be. Originally a tribe of downtrodden goblins that lived just outside of the hag's perimeter, a spiteful witch named Ugly Bess cut … Continue reading Gobble-lins for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition