Mooks was inspired by the Novel, 'Grunts,' by Mary Gentle. In the novel, a group of orcs, stuck in the middle of a war between good and evil, find modern weapons and use them in an attempt to even the odds. I always felt sorry for the orcs, despite their being dumb as rocks, and wanted them to have a happy ending. I also hated the halfings in the novel and how they got away with theft, extortion, and murder, , so I gave players a chance to beat seven shades of sunshine out of them.
Overall, it was a lot of fun to write.