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3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable product for the online price... But paperback has to end., December 30, 2011
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This review is from: D and D 4th Edition: Monster Vault: Threats to the Nentir Vale (Hardcover)
I wont give this a 2 star review, because for what paltry content it has, it is good. Surprisingly good for its scope and the fact that its mostly Heroic tier, makes this GREAT for the generic setting started in the DMG.

However...

If this was a hardback product it would get 3 stars as is (without complaint)... Add about 50% more content, and it would be a 4 star product.

But WoTC is lucky that this is heavily discounted online... 23$ is still twisting my arm for this. Considering that at FULL PRICE, this product costs as much as the Monster Manual I, which is hardback, and full of around TWICE THE CONTENT, I am almost insulted.

Many more products like this, and I will stop buying them new... Without question.
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Initial post: Jan 16, 2012 11:47:19 AM PST
The comparison to MMI is helpful. They do seem to be charging an astonishing amount extra for the pages of cardstock tokens...

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 9:15:55 AM PDT
I agree the MSRP is high, but I think the online price is more than reasonable for the contents. As a DM running a Heroic tier campaign in Nentir, I got at least the cover price's value out of the book.

Some of the price is not just the tokens... MMI had plenty of stat blocks, but no background or description fluff for any of the creatures therein.

This book has awesome fluff, back story and adventure hooks. Paying the designers/authors for that content is probably where much of the cost for the production of this book went. Stat blocks are cheap and easy to produce, but the amount of story-based copy that went into this book is worth the price of admission.

It's not just about page count or monster count. It's about non-stat content and the play value of that content.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2014 11:54:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2014 11:54:52 AM PDT
Tj says:
You make a good point. ;) Considering what the MSRP of 5th Ed looks to be, I'm thinking I'm going to end up looking back on 4th Ed through rose colored glasses.
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