The Monsters Know What They’re Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters, Available for Pre-Order

Since I started writing this blog, a number of readers have asked whether I planned to compile The Monsters Know What They’re Doing’s monster tactics into a book, and the answer I gave was always no.

Then I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse.

The Monsters Know What They’re Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters is due to be published Dec. 3, 2019, by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, and is now available for pre-order!

The Monsters Know What They're Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters
Cover illustration by Lily Pressland

This book will feature all the creatures I’ve analyzed from the Monster Manual, along with exclusive analyses of un-blogged monsters including aarakocra, basilisks, cockatrices, dinosaurs, griffons and hippogriffs, kenku, merfolk, quaggoths and xorn, and will be available in both hardcover and e-book formats.

Click here to pre-order The Monsters Know What They’re Doing from your favorite independent bookseller.IndieBound I’m a strong believer in independent booksellers as community anchors, promoting the free expression and sharing of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and keeping money circulating in the local economy. If you don’t already have a favorite independent bookseller, maybe it’s time to get to know one!

Or, I guess, you could pre-order from one of these online retailers:

Barnes & Noble
Google Play

20 thoughts on “The Monsters Know What They’re Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters, Available for Pre-Order

  1. Well this is just grand news, isn’t it? You’re making it harder and harder to keep your wisdom away from my players, but I preordered the book anyway.

  2. Pre-ordered!

    Also… I find myself repeatedly buying new copies of “Live to Tell The Tale” as a gift to every friend I play D&D with. It’s becoming a compulsion…


    Seriously, Keith, I’m thrilled to hear this and look forward to buying one to support your fabulous work!

  4. I’m gonna pick this up to support the blog regardless, but is this book just a compilation of the blog posts, or is there new material?

    1. As I indicated above, the book will include material that hasn’t appeared (and won’t appear) on the blog.

      I think folks will particularly enjoy the tactics of the xorn.

  5. I would like to second the idea of making it an audiobook. With me being blind it’s probably the only way I’ll be able to read it.

  6. Gah… IndieBound only ships to the continental US..

    Those of us in the frozen north also want you book.. Amazon canada has it listed at $35 but I suspect most of that is their profit not yours

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