Building Monsters: Table of Contents

Hello, Light Brigade!

Here’s the table of contents for Building Monsters. This will give you an idea about what’s included in the book, and the topics covered.



  • Using This Book
  • Worldbuilding and Monsters
  • Adventures and Monsters
  • Rules and Monsters

Monster Format

  • Name
  • Description
  • Purpose
  • Modifiers
  • Story Points

Monster Elements

  • Types
  • Subtypes
  • Ecologies
  • Roles
  • Stages of Life
  • Monster Dimensions
  • Motivations
  • Aptitudes
  • Life Experiences
  • Resources
  • Wonders

Characters as Monsters

Cultures as Monsters

Questions? Comments?

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Thank you!
Berin Kinsman
Dancing Lights Press

A minimalist 96-page guide to creating memorable adversaries for any tabletop roleplaying system or setting.

Building MonstersBooks filled with pregenerated monsters are a staple of tabletop roleplaying. Not just for fantasy, either. Modern horror needs its share of terrifying creatures. Science fiction needs aliens and extradimensional beings. Even superheroes get their share of strange mutations and scientific experiments gone awry. Endless volumes have been written on how to generate statistics for the system of your choice and generate new and original creatures. Building Monsters

Building Monsters takes a different approach. In this book, we’ll look at monsters as full-fledged characters. We’ll show you how to develop back stories, and motivations for their actions. By doing this, you’ll have more than something the player characters can kill in order to gain experience and claim treasure. You’ll have an interesting antagonist with closer ties to your worldbuilding, the events of the adventure, and the themes and topics of your campaign.

Building Monsters

Electrum Best Seller

Publisher: Dancing Lights Press

Rule System: Any system / system agnostic

Price: $5 Digital; $10 Print

Publication Date: 8 October 2020

Format: 96 pages. 6X9 (digest-sized). PDF, ePub, Kindle, softcover (print-on-demand).

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