Live to Tell the Tale: Combat Tactics for Player Characters

Live to Tell the Tale: Combat Tactics for Player Characters

by Keith Ammann


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From the author of The Monsters Know What They’re Doing comes an introduction to combat tactics for Dungeons & Dragons players.

In his first book, The Monsters Know What They’re Doing (based on his popular blog), Keith Ammann unleashed upon the D&D world a wave of clever, highly evolved monster tactics. Now it’s only fair that he gives players the tools they need to fight back...and prevail!

An introduction to combat tactics for fifth-edition Dungeons & Dragons players, Live to Tell the Tale evens the score. It examines the fundamentals of D&D battles: combat roles, party composition, attacking combos, advantage and disadvantage, Stealth and Perception, and more...including the ever-important consideration of how to run away!

Don’t worry about creating a mathematically perfect character from square one. Survival isn’t about stats—it’s about behavior! With four turn-by-turn, roll-by-roll, blow-by-blow sample battles, Live to Tell the Tale breaks down how to make the best choices for your cherished characters so that they can survive their adventures, retire upon their accumulated riches, and tell stories about the old days that nobody will ever believe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982122690
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Series: The Monsters Know What They're Doing , #2
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 94,361
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Keith Ammann has been a Dungeons & Dragons player and DM for more than thirty years. He has been writing his fifth edition D&D-focused blog The Monsters Know What They’re Doing since 2016. He lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Character Creation and Combat Roles 1

Understanding Ability Scores 1

Understanding Ability Contours 4

Classes and Roles 7

Race Doesn't Matter (Much) 13

Identifying Combat Role: Examples 16

Feats and Roles 20

Part 2 Tactics in Action 25

Understanding Tactical Combinations 25

Understanding Action Economy 26

Understanding Opportunity Attacks 28

Understanding Advantage and Disadvantage 30

Understanding Conditions 35

Part 3 Playing Your Position 43

Party Composition and Positioning 43

Wait for It: The Ready Action 46

Sneaking: The Hide and Search Actions 48

"Plan B": The Dodge, Dash, and Disengage Actions 53

Managing Resources between Rests 56

Spells and Slots 60

Class Tactics 63

Feats and Choices 104

Mounted Combat 109

Part 4 Tactics in Practice 115

A Level 1 Party 116

A Level 5 Party 139

A Level 9 Party 159

A Level 15 Party 184

Acknowledgments 221

Reference Tables

Combat Role Reference 22

Advantage and Disadvantage Reference 34

Conditions and Combinations Reference 41

Retreat Actions Reference 55

Class Resource Reference 59

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