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Monster Manual (D&D Core Rulebook) Hardcover – September 30, 2014
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That said, I have to say that I love the "Monster Manual". The artwork is amazing and each monster pretty much gets its own page, with loads of details in an easy-to-read format. In the back of the book is a section of creatures that are not as much monster as wild animal or giant-sized animal and then a section of sample NPCs. In each case, the information presented is easily usable "as is" or in a modified form. I find the information throughout the book easy to reference and access.
From a nostalgic point of view, I still love the 1st editions of Monster Manual, Monster Manual II, and the Fiend Folio for their diverse artwork (some good and some not so good) and background information. The 5th edition is much more consistent in terms of information presented and quality of artwork. First edition had a lot more monsters, but the 5th edition ones are the ones you'd actually use frequently. In essence, this one book serves me just as well as those three volumes did.Read more ›
- A lot of monsters, and all the classics
- More, better organized info about each monster, and like literally EVERY MONSTER. 4E's MM has way too little, and 3.x's MM had uneven amounts of information.
- Drop-And-Go NPC's. Several pages of humanoid NPC's in the back of various CR's, all grouped up conveniently.
- 24 PAGES of miscellaneous animals and creatures. These are the types of things that just claw-claw-bite, and don't have a pathos or special abilities.
- Way better layout than previous editions. They more or less kept it to a monster a page. It feels much more like the sort of whimsical bestiary you'd see in a fancy wizarding movie or cartoon.
- Down-N-Dirty explanation of anything a DM would need to know about monsters, making the book function entirely on its own. They repeat only what's necessary in the intro section
- Not a bunch of non-info pages/advertisements in the back. Open the back cover and there's the Index.
- Awesome Cover. Nice and thick, very high quality feeling.
- The art is incredible. I know this seems like an afterthought, but the art really is fantastic and expressive. 4E's art often looked overly animated or cartoonish, and 3E's art often looked like something out of a field guide book. Neither of these are inherently bad, but the 5E MM strikes a balance that hits a sweet spot.
- Owlbears look dumb now. This is important. 3E Owlbear or GTFO
- Mechanically, inside a vacuum, just from looking, I feel like I want some of the more challenging monsters to just do more. There seems to be some mechanical redundancy.Read more ›
* Keeping it simple: The first rule of The Monster Manual is that it's not going to try super hard to encompass every single variant of every single monster. Is a monster proficient with its weapons (page 9)? Yeah, sure. Are we going to list its armor and equipment? No we're not, and who would want stinky monster equipment anyway? This fits nicely with 5E's approach of keeping things simple.
* High fantasy with a touch of humor: The artwork ranges from high fantasy-style watercolors to little sketches and doodles. There is no joy quite like seeing an otyugh galumph along at high speed (page 8), its tentacles streaming behind it like a dog's ears. Also, all the women are clothed, including repeat offenders like the marilith, dryad, and succubus (an entire film has been dedicated to the teenage boy fantasies ignited by the sight of a naked succubus in the original Monster Manual).
* Legendary monsters: Many of the monsters are reimagined, and others have been given a place as legendary monsters that change the terrain and have special powers in their lair. Aboleths, beholders, demiliches, mummies, unicorns, vampires, and dragons among others. Also, the tarrasque.
* We call it Dungeons & Dragons for a reason: Dragons take up a large chunk of the book, as well they should.Read more ›
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The inside is amazing but the finish is very low quality. Book pages loose with ease and short time of use.Published 3 days ago by G Aragão
I am a 5th Edition junky, I have played and DM'ed since the 1st Edition, but 5e is won me over.Published 5 days ago by Aaron Cardoza
I remember the older editions foundly, but they have nothing on the 5th Ed books. You won't be disappointed with the quality of the book and the artwork for each character is... Read morePublished 7 days ago by GravityDefiant
Minor water damage to the first couple pages but nothing significant and over all happy with the condition.Published 7 days ago by Joshua Latreille
A must have for creating your own adventures. Awesome illustrations and helpful descriptions and statistic blocks.Published 8 days ago by Ronald Beason
book started falling apart at the spine about 2 months after getting it. all my other books from them (which i bought at or around the same time) are perfectly finePublished 9 days ago by kenyon