The Grim & Deliberate Beast Blog
Edited by Alec Wilson
Over 400 pages of original new tools, tactics, monster art, and lore you can add to your campaigns right now.
Need narrative seeds and depth for your monsters? Random encounters become legendary campaign pieces with our Monster Profiles and Narrative Monster A.I.
New material you won’t find anywhere else. Full-color monster art, Culture & Psychology, Weaponry, Special Units, Special Abilities, Tactics, and Grudges for the 50 most-played D&D monsters. Danger and depth for your RPG campaigns.
Aberrations & Odd Beasts
Giants & Giant-Kin
Winged & Flying Beasts
Fantasy artists! Want to submit art for one of our projects? We’re always interested to see artwork from talented artists. Email us to share your portfolio, and we’ll send you a description of the art we need right now.
Fantasy writers! Want to submit a Monster Profile? Check out our ‘writing needed’ monsters to see the artwork and read what’s already been written, then find our blank template here.
A OneMillionNerds original.
Why are your monsters always so polite? Spice up the battle with our Combat Insults and watch your table erupt.
- Insults for Elves!
- Insults for Dwarves!
- Insults for Half-Orcs!
- Insults for Humans!
- Insults for Halflings!
- Insults for Paladins!
- Insults for Wizards!
- Insults for Clerics!
- Insults for Rogues!
- Insults for Rangers!
Playing a Dwarf?
- See our d20-rollable chart of 1,860,480 Insulting Dwarven Battle Cries here.
Extremely Brutal Critical Hit & Death Blow Tables
One of the largest collections of original, narrative critical hit and death blow results you’ll find anywhere.
Did a Hero just land an epic blow? 480 unique and savage results await you.
Many, but not all, of these brutal narrative results are beneficial for the Heroes. Read them aloud, your players will clamor for them. Used judicially, these tables will last hundreds of combats.
Note: Our critical hit and death blow tables work best for humanoid foes.
- Critical Hits for Bludgeoning Weapons
- Critical Hits for Slashing Weapons
- Critical Hits for Piercing Weapons
- Death Blows for Bludgeoning Weapons
- Death Blows for Slashing Weapons
- Death Blows for Piercing Weapons
Tricks & Traps
A malevolent grimoire of original new traps, organized by environment and lethality.
Our weird new traps have narrative threads you can read aloud. Thieves rejoice!
- Traps for Forests
- Traps for Mountains
- Traps for Deserts
- Traps for Swamps
- Traps for Plains
- Traps for Caves
- Traps for Dungeons
- Traps for Cities & Towns
Make your random encounters legendary.
Dusk has fallen. The party moves quietly along the forest path, your bellies still warm from supper at the Headless Orc Inn. More an outpost than an Inn, you’ll admit, but still the finest meal you’ve had in weeks, and likely the last for nights to come.
Up ahead, Alma Greenbottle, the Halfling Ranger, stoops low to collect a pinch of duff from the forest floor. She gives it a sniff and her body stiffens.
“Ogres,” she says, her voice a whisper. “Within the hour. And more than three, for certain.”
“Yar! Ogres!” shouts Grimsbeard, his voice rumbling through the darkness like a Harkenhold welcome horn. “I’ll smash them grub-fingered water-drinkers with me great-grand-uncle’s forge hammer!” A dear friend to be sure, but the Dwarven Barbarian has never been known for his discretion.
Before you can shush him, a shrill note rings out. It is too close for comfort.
Suddenly, the glow of pitch torches bounces between the trunks of trees, and the stomp of heavy boots fills the night. A squad of Ogres rushes out from the forest in 2×2 formation, howling as they come.
But these aren’t just any Ogres…
They’re Ogres in The Grim & Deliberate Beast.
Immediately, the DM displays beautiful, original monster art to set the mood, then uses the flipside of the Monster A.I. Card to roll for:
- Monster Aggression Level
- General Intelligence
- Specialized Units
- Special Abilities
In addition, the DM has at their fingertips:
- The G&DB Narrative A.I. System: Instant, d100-rollable combat blueprints that change as combat unfolds
- Ogre Culture & Psychology
- Special Tactics
- Combat Insults
- Extremely brutal Critical Hit & Death Blow Tables by Body Location and Weapon Type
- A grimoire of original new tricks and traps organized by lethality and environment
- Reinforcements Tables for 7 categories of monsters
Welcome to The Grim & Deliberate Beast!
A major new supplement for Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Warhammer, and all fantasy RPGs. Narrative A.I. for the 50 most-played monsters, plus a trove of new d100-rollable tools, monster profiles, tactics, art, and lore for your campaign.
Whether you’re a brand new party of first-level characters brawling with Goblins and Kobolds, or a group of grizzled, high-level veterans battling Dragons, Liches, and Mind Flayers, The Grim & Deliberate Beast adds danger and depth, transforming your random encounters into full-fledged campaign pieces.
What’s in the Set?
- Boutique Monster A.I. Cards. 50 full-color, oversized 4×6 Monster A.I. Cards printed on premium heavyweight cardstock.
- Bloodlust Custom Dice. Wake up the room! Cursed Dice, High-Variance Dice, and Doubles Dice from our custom molds.
- The Tome of Lore. All our original content in one place. Over 300 pages. The full A.I. system. Instant combat narratives, and much, much more.
What’s in the blog?
- Monster Profiles. Over 200 pages of original, new material you can add to your campaigns right now: Monster art, culture and psychology, tactics, special abilities, weaponry, special units, and grudges.
- Fine Monster Art. Over a dozen talented artists created gorgeous, full-color monster art for each monster.
- Reinforcements Tables. Your monsters have friends! Roll on our Reinforcements Tables to see who arrives.
- Combat Insults. Why are your monsters always so polite? Hurl these insults at your players to spice up combat.
- Extremely Brutal Critical Hit & Death Blow Tables. By Weapon Type and Body Location.
- Tricks & Traps. A grimoire of new traps organized by Lethality and Environment.
- Fear and a New Philosophy of Combat. FAQ + philosophy for your campaign.
Who’s it for?
DMs of all skill levels who want:
Danger and depth in their random encounters.
A tactical plan and a narrative structure for their monsters before combat starts.
Narrative threads for monster behavioral change that add excitement, fresh thinking, and surprise.
Players who enjoy:
Fear, and the comradery it brings.
Deadlier, more diverse combat.
Learning monster tactics and adding new tricks to their own combat playbooks.
Reading unique content about monster psychology, culture, and special abilities.
Fear and a New Philosophy of Combat
Fear and a New Philosophy of Combat. Ready to feel the fear?
Introduction to the Tome of Lore. From our basement to yours.
General Intelligence. Our new rating tool governs the strength of monster combat reasoning, combat cool, and combat expertise.
FAQ. Who is this set for? How does it work? Isn’t this what good DMs do already?
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