Pound for pound, muscle for muscle, bugbears are stronger, sneakier and far more unpredictable than their other goblinoid cousins. They are brutal guerrillas that strike fast and fade away, bursting on the scene to wreak terrible havoc before vanishing. If they could ever unite under a single banner, or maintain the military discipline of the hobgoblins, they would shake the heavens with their rage. Fortunately for the rest of the world, bugbears are as fractious as they are violent, driven by chaotic urges and consuming greed that prevent them from developing the social structure of more advanced races.
Bugbears are cunning adversaries, creatures that rarely fight to the death, preferring to flee from a lost battle in order to nurse their vengeance for another day. Adventurers who believe they can simply wade into a horde of bugbears and slay them in glorious combat are in for a rude shock and are certain to fall prey to the myriad of traps and ambushes the bugbears use in their own style of warfare. Even when it appears the heroes have won the day, there is always a chance one of the foul creatures has escaped and will lead others of its kind to exact revenge upon the adventurers.
In this book, Games Masters will find the information they need to portray the bugbears as dangerous and elusive enemies. Players may learn enough to survive a bugbear ambush, or discover the tactics they may face should they choose to assault a dungeon held by bugbears. Most importantly, both sides of the Games Master’s screen can enjoy the fun of seeing an old foe in a new light.