I will provide examples tomorrow morning, if you like.
And I figured that was probably the case, I just thought I'd ask because fuck it, I am too damn quiet. Need to get in the habit of talking.
Okay, will do. But the important thing to remember is that even though surprise monsters are cool, it's all about the encounter set up.
I'm working on a interim encounter for my group, using some fairly bog-standard undead, and turning it into some Ravenloft shit involving a 50 year old crime, and revenge by the living using the dead as a weapon.
If you like, I'll cut and paste the synopsis this evening.
Neat. The best idea I've come up with is a village where a nonevil inhabitant dies every month or so, apparently by a wild animal attack. The clues point to a werewolf, but the truth is that it's a barghest and there's a local cult of goblins systematically raising them to maturity.
EDIT: And sure, I'm interested.