8/22 Update (v0.3)
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8/14 Update (v0.2)
After a slew of great feedback from readers I’ve gone ahead and updated the file to v0.2. Check out the changelog inside for all of the changes!
Monster Creator Tool v0.1
What is it?
A (hopefully) easy way to create monsters that adhere to the rules outlined in the Dungeon Master’s Guide as well as some common rules of thumb.
So where did this come from?
Having explored a number of the pre-written Forgotten Realms campaigns I’ve recently started work on a homebrew campaign (with more to come on that soon!). Once I started digging into the work though I ran into what I think is a pretty common challenge for many DMs.
When creating monsters I started, as most do, by playing around with existing stat blocks and just changing things here and there – this zombie is now a fire zombie and is immune to fire and can cast fireball because why the heck not.
However, I really wanted to dive into the mechanics behind monster creation and found that creating a monster that is balanced and adheres to all of the written rules was a lot more difficult than I expected! How bad could it be you ask? This post by The Angry GM does a better job than I ever could of summarizing all of the different factors to keep in mind during the process. Even most of the popular toolsets like D&D Beyond expect the user to make sure everything lines up correctly.
Knowing that I’d likely be creating quite a few custom monsters for this new campaign I decided to set myself up for success by creating a tool to allow me to create rules consistent monsters with ease.
I hope you enjoy the tool. This is just the first iteration though so please let me know if you have any suggestions or find any errors and go create something to terrify your players!