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You describe two issues: (1) not "playing" the monsters, and (2) afraid to hurt the characters. I will give some suggestions below, but first let me say that it sounds like you already know what to do, ..So the real question might by "What's holding you back?" Role playing a monster: Ask yourself a bunch of questions like is it intelligent? Why is it ...


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You've got three things in this question, and I'll address them each a little differently: The Viciousness Dial You're afraid of hurting the PCs too much, right? That's a valid concern if your game isn't about hardcore challenge. There's a couple of ways to keep the challenge dial notched down, even if the monster would normally be pretty nasty. The ...


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I personally consider a monsters mental stats, particularly Int and Wis) when deciding how a encounter will play out. A monster with low Int and Will (i.e. vermin) will typically attack the closest threat possible. I use Wisdom to gauge how effectively monsters will use tactics such as flanking and surprise. When I am behind the DM's screen, Intelligence ...



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