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Need a monster? Look inside, where more than new peices of full color art show what the monsters really look like! It was published in June About the Title.
When it first appeared, monsters instead were published in a long series of Monstrous Compendiums Afterward, when those Compendiums were replaced by a core monster book, it sort of made sense to call it the Monstrous Manual — especially since more Monstrous Compendiums followed.
But why not just call them all Monster Manuals? However, this supposition seems pretty unlikely, as Arneson also received royalties for any "revised edition" of the Monster Manual , and a court case determined that even the Monster Manual II fit that criteria. It seems probable that the Monstrous Manual would also meet the definition of "revised edition" from the contract, which was: "a printed work having a title the same as or similar to the related earlier work, revised to include changes or additions to the text, but continuing to include substantially the same rules and subject matter as contained in the earlier work.
About the Monstrous Compendiums. The first book included a big monster binder, and each of the releases contained perforated pages that could be inserted into that binder. Afterward, TSR produced another 13 looseleaf Monstrous Compendiums , most of them 64 pages long and most of them focused on a specific campaign world. There was also one more binder among those releases — available with MC4: "Monstrous Compendium Dragonlance Appendix".
Unfortunately, the idea of an forever-expandable monster book never quite matched up with the physical realities of the line.
The major problem was that the monsters were all printed on double-sided pages. Though some covered both sides of the page, most of them were instead detailed in a single page. This meant that it was impossible to properly alphabetize the monsters as the line grew.
The actual physical binders and looseleaf pages were subpar too. The binders were big and bulky, while the pages were overly flimsy. The perforations sometimes tore wrong, and over the time the holes ripped out too. If you see a surviving Monstrous Compendium binder, it probably has ring protectors on its pages.
Many Printings. The Monstrous Manual was originally printed with a stark white cover, but just two years later it was reprinted with a black cover that marked it as part of the 2. Unlike the other 2. Monsters of Note. With that expansive size, the Monstrous Manual collected the vast majority of the monsters in the original two Monstrous Compendiums , plus a spattering of monsters from later Appendices , especially those produced for Dragonlance, the Forgotten Realms, and the World of Greyhawk.
Of all the monsters in the book, it's the dragons that are the most impressive. There are over twenty types. These dragons are filled out with pseudo-chromatics, pseudo-metallics, and a few others that had appeared over the years: the brown dragon, the cloud dragon, the deep dragon, the mercury dragon, the mist dragon, the shadow dragon, the steel dragon, and the yellow dragon.
For example the beholder spread now features a variety of beholder-kin, an idea largely derived from the Spelljammer campaign Curiously it's separated from the deadly puddings, which include another four oozes.
The monsters that are the most neglected by the Monstrous Manual are unsurprisingly the demons and devils. Even this was a major victory, because they'd been entirely absent until the publication of MC8: "Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix" They'd gain a lot more prominence in just a year in the Planescape Campaign Setting About the Creators.
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So why the format change? This one we have a better answer for! Customers Who Bought this Title also Purchased. Reviews Please log in to add or reply to comments. I've got the original Monstrous Manual, though it's currently cover-less and with darkening pages, but it's useable in its current condition.
However, as soon as hardcover is made available I'm on it. Why has WoTC not put this in a hardcover yet - why would they ever think it was okay to use softcovers? Unfortunately, this is the only place you can really find this book new as far as I know and they don't offer a hardcover option :. I'm not seeing any illegible text on my PDF either so they must've corrected it. I highly recommend all three of the core books in PoD. Yeah, hardcover and premium paper would've been nice but I think the soft-backs are great.
Really holding out for a hardcover POD. However reading these comments about illegible print makes me want to stay away altogether. Can anyone confirm if these errors have been corrected? Text and artwork is clear, no issues. The fact that they charge the same price, for all three core books, even though the MM has more pages than the other two, is quite nice. I don't need the other two, but I'm tempted to make a complete set, with all three Hardcover please!
Why in the world would you not put it out in hardcover? WOTC fails again on it's pod. Why is it that each successive "update" of official products are 'worse' than the prior versions? The quality of the update is poor compared to the previous version. Granted, I can now copy the text, but the font rendering is terrible. It seems that many WotC titles updated over the past few months have similar quality problems.
The newest update not only still feels like a poorly executed automated OCR job, but now also breaks the fonts on the page and leaves lots of visibly redundant whitespace when selecting text. Just got notification that this was updated so I downloaded the latest version. I don't know what they are doing with these pdfs but this "update" is not as good as the previous version.
It is not nearly as bad as the Rules Cyclopedia one but when viewing them side-by-side this new version is not quite as crisp as the previous version. I wish they would just stop messing with them. Has the "new" PDF been fixed yet? Billie V. I still remember the winter of '94, when our long suffering DM allowed me to borrow and read his white cover Monstrous Compendium. I remember how the paper was so delicate it threatened to tear as I turned the pages, the strange sweet smell of the prin [ Andrew M.
Just got my PoD copy of this book and it is beautiful! This is probably the biggest monster valur for the buck. Almost pages of great info. Every DM needs one! Best monster info value past or present!
It describes each with game-specific statistics such as the monster's level or number of hit dice , and a brief description of its habits and habitats. Most of the entries also have an image of the creature. Due to the level of detail and illustration included, it was cited as a pivotal example of a new style of wargame books. Future editions would draw on various sources and act as a compendium of published monsters. After the series was separated into basic and advanced games, the basic game continued to be published in level-based boxes. Monsters of the appropriate level were included in the rulebooks for the various basic game sets the Basic , Expert , Companion , Master , and Immortal sets.
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