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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Sep 2017 12:11 p.m. PST

For a basic DungeonCrawl, what are the essential five monster types?

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 12:37 p.m. PST

Orcs or Goblins
G Cube

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 12:44 p.m. PST


A Dragon in a dungeon??

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 12:50 p.m. PST

Kobolds, lots of Kobolds.

Gone Fishing Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse13 Sep 2017 1:16 p.m. PST

Orcs (or Goblins, or Kobolds) You need your fodder.
Slime, G. Cube or spider: They provide the requisite "ick" factor.
Troll: Because they are cool.
Beholder: covers the two previous areas, and are just so iconic of the whole dungeoncrawling thing; they will also give even an experienced party a run for its money!

Personal logo Martian Root Canal Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 1:24 p.m. PST


Parzival13 Sep 2017 1:27 p.m. PST

Troll, so somebody can say "They have a cave troll."
Something invisible
The Monster That Is Too Big To Fit Through The Door To Its Chamber.

Huscarle Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 2:03 p.m. PST

The Grunts (kobolds, goblins, orcs, etc.)
Undead (skeletons, zombies or ghouls)
Clean-up crew (gelatinous cube, mimic, oozes, etc.)
A large Bleeped text or more, such as ogre or troll.
An exotic one of a kind (beholder, umber-hulk, mind-flayer, basilisk, giant snake, etc.)

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 2:15 p.m. PST

Green Slime
Rust Monsters

Neal Smith13 Sep 2017 2:31 p.m. PST

Purple Worm
Gelatinous Cube
Rust Monster

"Old School" :)

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 3:15 p.m. PST

Well, all these lists may work for tactics, but where is the joy?

Everyone is happier when they've eviscerated a Rules Lawyer.

USAFpilot13 Sep 2017 3:26 p.m. PST

I think every dungeon should be different; give me variety in my encounters. With that said here are some of my favorites.
1) dragon (sits on lots of treasure)
2) evil mage w/ goblin(or orc, kobold, etc) servants. (Find his spell book)
3) evil adventure party (lots of magic items)
4) drow (they're rich; lots of loot)
5). any leader or chief in a big fight (he's got a unique magic item)

It's all about the loot.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 4:10 p.m. PST

Top 5?

How about 5 statues of Kali. So that's 30 swords coming at ya!





Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

Fauna – Giant Spider
Goblinknd – Orc
Humanoid – Bandit
Rare magical – Mimic
Flora – green slime

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 4:20 p.m. PST

Wizard/Witch etc

Gone Fishing Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse13 Sep 2017 4:32 p.m. PST

Hmmm, just noticed I picked only four. Last choice would be something magicky:

A Liche (with skeleton flunkies, perhaps) or a Mindflayer.

Great fun seeing everybody's picks!

Personal logo jhancock Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 5:21 p.m. PST

No Bugbears or Owlbears? Hobgoblin?

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 5:48 p.m. PST

Good point, but I always see the bigger creatures like Bugbears and Gnolls as "outdoors" encounters. Even trolls for that matter.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 6:42 p.m. PST


What if the goblins brought their own Cave Troll?



Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 7:45 p.m. PST

Orcs first, orcs now, orcs in the future, orcs last.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

Goblins – Kill all you want. We'll make more.
Giant Spider – Need some continuing venom effects after dispatching the beast(s).
Humans – The most treacherous and vicious of foes!
Ghouls – Nothing like undead scavengers to harass and evade the heroes.
Giant Magic/Mutant Mushrooms – Spores can do all kinds of nasty things – poison, psychotropic effects, lung/blood infections, rapid growth/drowning, make a fog/mist, make an incendiary fog/mist, caustic properties, etc.

Orcs first, orcs now, orcs in the future, orcs last.[/quote[

That's only four …

Roderick Robertson Fezian15 Sep 2017 11:38 a.m. PST

No dungeon is complete without a Gazebo.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Sep 2017 1:42 p.m. PST

SMWBO sez -
"Orcs, duh."
"Spiders. Giant spiders."
"Traps. Yeah, so. Traps and puzzles are more important that monsters."
"Ummmm … I don't know … dragons? That's in the title, right?"

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2017 3:49 p.m. PST

Love all the ideas but, +1 to Roderick_:^)

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