|How DO you hunt a bear?|
At some point my decision to convert the OD&D bestiary to The Black Hack to make my life easier while stocking a hex crawl has turned into a much larger project. Because scope control is for nerds.
I just finished the "Animals" section and thought I'd share some (unedited and untested) highlights...
Bears, man. They're bad news.
In seriousness, one interesting thing I found while exploring the OD&D and B/X bestiaries is that animals are appropriately scary in a way that they really aren't in later editions. In 5e a bear is not a significantly greater threat than an orc. Which is just wrong. I would assume that the mundane got pushed down the Challenge Rating to make room for the fantastical. I decided I wanted to keep mundane animals as proper threats, while adding some fantastical-ness to them.
I am a Very Serious Designer
You should be afraid of herbivores.
But not everything needs to be an existential threat.