mikemearls28 points19 days ago
This is one area where the bonus action can help. I like putting stuff into the combat area that encourages not-attacking or using a bonus action to do stuff in addition to attack.
For instance, last session I ran the players were fighting an albino, underdark squid. A number of demonic plinths were scattered around the squid’s pool. In addition to just attacking, the PCs could mess with the plinths and solve the puzzle of how to use them. Commentfrom discussion AMA: Mike Mearls, D&D Creative Director.