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25 Oct 2017 11:53 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Feb 2017 5:37 p.m. PST

Do you have a favorite?

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 6:23 p.m. PST

Mind flayer

Basically, the Descent into the Depths of the Earth/Vault of the Drow all-star cast.

TNE230025 Feb 2017 6:27 p.m. PST

Three Headed Troll


GreenMountainBoy25 Feb 2017 6:51 p.m. PST

Rust monster.

Hands down. Maybe followed by owl bear…

kallman25 Feb 2017 6:53 p.m. PST

Oh man do I ever have my favs.

Gnolls were my go to for general muscle around the dungeon. To me there were more interesting than orcs and goblins and the whole hyena thing made them seem more scary than orcs and goblins. In other words they will eat you.

Wights for a low level undead creature that would be a real test for a low to mid level party.

Minotaurs just because I love Greek Mythology

Drow Elves the ultimate bad guys and everyone of them could be tooled up different especially if encountered in a group.

Mind Flyers i.e, Illiths because they look like Cthulhu minions and were damn scary and powerful just with one.

Nightmares ridden by an Anti-Paladin or Evil Mage. Now there is a tough nut to crack.

Dragons of all types

Personal logo cloudcaptain Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 6:53 p.m. PST

Carrion Crawler

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 7:42 p.m. PST

Mark 1, Mod 0 orc.

durecell25 Feb 2017 7:57 p.m. PST


hetzer25 Feb 2017 7:59 p.m. PST

For some reason I have always liked kobolds. Go figure..

thorr66625 Feb 2017 8:12 p.m. PST

Displacer beast

Dynaman878925 Feb 2017 8:15 p.m. PST

Uncle Teeth.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 8:40 p.m. PST


Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 8:47 p.m. PST


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 9:02 p.m. PST

Gelatinous cube

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 9:05 p.m. PST

As DM: Tucker's kobolds. Heh, heh, heh. Followed by rust monsters. And I once scared my players to death with my rendition of a barrow-wight, which the original MM wight was clearly meant to be. (Don't care for the newest version at all.)

Grizzly7125 Feb 2017 9:27 p.m. PST

Parzival, Tucker's kobolds were my first thought as well! I loved those guys…

Trolls, gotta have trolls.

Then it was whatever monster I'd just finished painting.

piper90925 Feb 2017 10:46 p.m. PST

Wow, so many neat monsters, so few characters to destroy….

Drow, Mind Flayers, Minotaurs, Beholders, Skeletons, Lizardmen, Owl Bears, Manticores, and especially old school pumpkin-headed (literally) Bugbears! (See the Archive Miniatures range!)

Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 10:50 p.m. PST


they be scorpion men

MHoxie26 Feb 2017 3:23 a.m. PST

Otyughs. Your reward for poking that pile of refuse with a 10 foot pole.

doomfire26 Feb 2017 8:49 a.m. PST

Githyanki and Drow, Intelligent and capable of teamwork.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2017 9:10 a.m. PST

Other humans, dragons and things that go bump in the night

Sloth1963 Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2017 9:14 a.m. PST


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2017 9:22 a.m. PST

Skellies & orcs

Gone Fishing26 Feb 2017 10:35 a.m. PST

Beholders are probably the most iconic to me. I've always had a thing for the pig-faced orcs as well.

Dragon Gunner26 Feb 2017 2:38 p.m. PST


I used them to harass players to the point of tears. They would almost never engage in direct combat they would just follow at a safe distance. Some memorable moments…

#1 We tie off our pack animals and proceed ( When you return the pack animals are gone with all of your provisions…)

#2 He is to injured to proceed leave him here we will return for him ( When you return there is nothing but his gnawed blackened bones in a fire pit.)

#3 We will scale this cliff ( Kobolds emerge and start pelting them with darts and rocks)

#4 We will create a rope bridge across the crevasse ( As soon as the last man is halfway across Kobolds emerge and cut the rope.)

#5 We cannot carry the Dragon's treasure hoard so we will bury it here and return for it. ( Kobolds are watching from the shadows and wait for the players to leave to dig it up.)

The list goes on…

Crazyivanov26 Feb 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

Minotaur. Singly or in small groups the charge of a bull-headed, usually axe-wielding, man always shakes a party.

Striker26 Feb 2017 4:49 p.m. PST

Gnolls. Tougher than orcs and hobgoblin but not overkill.

Dr Mathias Fezian26 Feb 2017 8:54 p.m. PST

Probably the Rust Monster.

Neo-Otyugh was a picture I looked at quite a bit, so weird.

Spooner626 Feb 2017 10:02 p.m. PST

Pig faced Orcs. Though Kobolds are up there.

tkdguy26 Feb 2017 10:19 p.m. PST

Hey, I have that three-headed troll!

I'm partial to Drow and Balrogs, although not necessarily at the same time.

Green Tiger27 Feb 2017 3:10 a.m. PST

Carrion crawler – many a first level party paralysed and decimated by them…

farnox27 Feb 2017 10:35 a.m. PST

Oozes,jellies,gelatinous cubes, skeletons,zombies these types with no concern for morale can be a lot of fun for a party that does not approach with caution.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Feb 2017 10:07 a.m. PST

I used them to harass players to the point of tears.

I used goblins like that. It was a great way to "punish" the players for sloppy behaviour by creating a side "quest" to correct the problem … retrieve the mounts (or the latest ones from someone else they stole, leading to conflict later in the city), retrieve the treasure, clear out the goblin nest before they kill us with guerilla tactics, revenge the snack …

Rod I Robertson28 Feb 2017 1:20 p.m. PST


USAFpilot28 Feb 2017 2:13 p.m. PST

Dragons, because they guard a lot of treasure and magic items.

John Treadaway28 Feb 2017 4:24 p.m. PST

The enormous Gygax that lurks at the heart of every dungeon… wink

John T

Weasel28 Feb 2017 5:49 p.m. PST

Rust monsters are adorable but ghouls end adventuring parties

Das Sheep03 Mar 2017 4:37 a.m. PST

I really like using the basic fellows, Gnolls, undead, Goblins, Orcs, and humans/dwarves as enemies but having them fight in interesting ways.

Most of my dungeons have one 'neat' monster in a room for a reason, and then the rest is some sort of community of monsters like an orc tribe or group of evil dwarf miners.

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2017 4:50 p.m. PST


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