It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year!

Halloween!

To welcome the spookiest month of them all, we are having a little contest at the Saturday game I GM: Make the scariest Grim Fairytale style monster you can come up with. 

The prize? 

Bragging rights and three free XP for our Dungeon World game.

To help people out, I decided to write a monster maker worksheet to help guide their thoughts and make their fairytale horrors a reality. So for this week’s content, I decided to release it in preparation for the best month for spooky horror games! 


Monster Maker Worksheet

This was made to help make Grim Fairytale style monsters but can easily be adapted to any setting or theme. Try to keep each section to a max of one or two sentences each unless otherwise stated. The name should be what you make first, as names have power.

What is it called?

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 Where did it come from?

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What lesson does it teach kids?

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What are some rumors about this monster?

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 What does it look like if seen from the shadows?

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What is its motivation?

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What can one assume by looking at it? What is someone’s first thought upon encountering the monster?

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 Does it have a special trait or property?

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What does it do to its victims?

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 Try to write a small rhyme about the monster (something a child would sing):

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Describe it in detail as if you were a kid that saw the monster:

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Monster Maker Worksheet Example:

The Tall Tale Man

What is it called?

The Tall Tale Man 

(The One which Consumes Lies)

 Where did it come from?

The place in the Deep Wood where liars go.

What lesson does it teach kids?

To never lie to their parents.

 What are some rumors about this monster?

  1. When it catches a kid that lied to their parents, it takes them to the Deep Wood where it Stretches them out into another Tall Tale man after it eats all their words.
  2. If the Tall Tale Man sees you lie from the Deep Woods, it will stalk you. The more you talk, the closer he gets until he takes the words you abused from you forever.
  3. When he eats the words of someone, he can use those words to lure others into the Deep Wood for an easy meal but can only use the voice of those it has consumed. 

 What does it look like if seen from the shadows?

A tall, very lanky man with a round, textured head. Its flesh is pale like death, and it is as silent as a shadow as it stares and follows the scent of its prey.

What is its motivation?

To feed and expand its vocabulary. 

 What can one assume by looking at it? What is someone’s first thought upon encountering the monster?

Wait…Is that a tree? Hold on, let me get a light. Oh shit, it looks like a man in the trees…

The Tall Tale Man blends in with the trees of the Deep Wood, only noticeable when light is shone upon it. It normally hunts at night or sundown for this reason. Its tall, lanky limbs spread out to mimic tree branches, though it looks like a nine-foot, lanky, sexless, scarred, pallid fleshed man in the woods.

 Does it have a special trait or property?

If not under direct light, it appears as a tree and moves only in the pitch dark towards those that speak in its presence. It’s said that they follow those that lie and take their words to lure victims into the woods.

What does it do to its victims?

It snatches them from the shadows, dragging them in while consuming the words they use to cry for help. It then places its maw around the victim’s face, drains them of the words, then consumes the face and vocal cords before leaving the rest to the weeds. 

 Try to write a small rhyme about the monster (something a child would know):

Standing as tall as anyone can,

Grin as wide as a man,

When you lie, pray if you can,

Because he will find you wherever you ran.

 Describe it in detail as if you were a kid that saw the monster:

He is tall, but not as tall as a tree, though he tries to look like one. He tries to stretch his long arms out wide to look branches. His smile is almost as wide as his head, and he uses that big mouth to cover your face and drain your words as he drags you into the dark of the Deep Woods. If he gets you, screaming just makes him happier as he will even eat those words too! If you see a tree that doesn’t look right, think quickly, because that may just be a Tall Tale Man looking to punish you for lying!


I had a lot of fun writing this worksheet and even more fun using it to make the Tall Tale Man. Hope you get some use out of this worksheet! Feel free to change it to fit whatever theme or game you are running. I know I will!

Get cracking, y’all,

– Rusty

P.S.: Below is the Monster Maker document and a Google Drive folder for your submissions if you want to share them with others!