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Monster Manual: A 4th Edition Core Rulebook (D&d Core Rulebook) (Dungeons & Dragons) [Hardcover]

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Book Description

6 Jun 2008 Dungeons & Dragons
The second of three core rulebooks for the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons® Roleplaying Game.

The Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game has defined the medieval fantasy genre and the tabletop RPG industry for more than 30 years. In the D&D game, players create characters that band together to explore dungeons, slay monsters, and find treasure. The 4th Edition D&D rules offer the best possible play experience by presenting exciting character options, an elegant and robust rules system, and handy storytelling tools for the Dungeon Master.

The Monster Manual presents more than 300 official Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game monsters for all levels of play, from aboleth to zombie. Each monster is illustrated and comes with complete game statistics and tips for the Dungeon Master on how best to use the monster in D&D encounters.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 4 edition (6 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786948523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786948529
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 21.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a GAME book 18 Feb 2009
By Starfox
As far as I am concerned, this is the epitome of 4th edition. This book contains loads of game information, and is intended to actually be used at the gaming table, where a lot of extraneous information would just be confusing and time consuming. It does not give a lot of information about ecology or sociology. What it does give is easy-to-use, quickly readable game pieces. If this is what you want, the book rocks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if your thinking of buying it, do!!! 25 Dec 2010
By DMguy
I recently bought this of ebay in the 4th Edition Core Rulebook Gift Set (Dungeons & Dragons Core Rulebooks) for 20 and I think this is a wonderful book that compliments the Dungeon Master's Guide: A 4th Edition Core Rulebook (D&d Core Rulebook) (Dungeons & Dragons) and the Player's Handbook: A 4th Edition Core Rulebook: 1 (D&d Core Rulebook) (Dungeons & Dragons).

maybe to your suprise after giving this book a 5-star rating, I wouldn't recommend it as sooner or later you will need to buy the other 2.If you already have the other 2 good for you, buy this now, but if you don't I would recomend getting the 4th Edition Core Rulebook Gift Set (Dungeons & Dragons Core Rulebooks), this is a truly remarkable set and stands out among the various versions and editions.

my personal favourite oponent is the kobold minion because it only has 1 hit point and that means you don't have to keep record.

one note i feel i must point out is that depending on the size of your group the scenarios can be murderous so you might want to relive your players of some difficulty by changing enemies or removing them.

this book is brilliant with good detail on all monsters and it's well indexed making it a brilliant buy and a deffinate 5-star product for and DM of player but I still recommend the 4th Edition Core Rulebook Gift Set (Dungeons & Dragons Core Rulebooks).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Monster manual 4e 22 Dec 2008
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Pretty good book, decent condition and will provide hours if not weeks of interesting reading.
Prompt delivery makes it higher by my standards as we are talking the christmas rush here so all in all not bad at all and I was more or less in the pathfinder camp for much of the time since 4e was announced.
A necessary addition if you want to run the game although if you want a taster take a look at the starter set but not if you to run the whole thing.
Take care and all the best!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book. More for reference. 15 May 2013
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This book wont blow you away, but it is essential if you are getting deeper into DnD after the Red Box/Basic Set. I have ran quite a few adventures and barely used it, however... you do need it... now and then.... but for the price Amazon are selling it, you cant whinge too much. If I had paid full RRP, id of been a little bit annoyed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another core rule book 30 July 2011
Not much to say the book arrived in good time nice and pristine and smelling like a new book should.

Nicely ilustrated and of course it is one of the three core rule books need for the game or two if you are not interested in DM'ing a game.

It has a good selection of monsters although the book is some one hundred pages shorter than the 2nd ed 'Monsterous Manual' it offers a wide selection of monsters to ease you into the game.

In many ways it works well as an introductory book old school will scream it lacks the depth of the older books but on a plus side it doesnt overwelm a new player with information overload and follows the 'streamline' version of play to quickly get players into the game, which I think is the intention of 4e.

Overall not perfect but definately an essential book for the game and those new to D&D.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Efficient 26 Nov 2008
By Rai
Provides all the details needed to throw hundreds of monsters against your players. This book embraces its purpose as a list of encounters, it throws out all pretence of creating a magical ecosystem and focuses on what is important. What the monster is called, weather or not it is trying to eat the party members and how it goes about doing so.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tool for the DM 20 Jun 2008
The new Monster Manual for D&D 4e, continues the effort of making life for the DM simpler. It provides the game information for a variety of monsters, focusing on their role within encounters allowing the DM to concentrate on plot and DM'ing. The big change between this and the two previous editions is the distinct lack of fluff in descriptions of the monsters. This may be disconcerting to some buyers, but personally I prefer it this way. It puts less restrictions on the DM's creativity as the DM can then place the monsters in a variety of ecological niches and within more interesting social structures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wait for 5th Edition
Seriously, I love the whole D&D thing, but the rumours in the RPG industry is that WoTC have 're-employed' Monte Cook, who helped write 3rd edition to work on the 5th Edition. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by Shopaholic
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly all monster have a few pre-made variants oftean at different...
Whist I really liked the ideas that Wizards of the Coast introduced in third edition, the system offered a staggering numer of options to the players and DMs, to the point of being... Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2008 by Steven Holliday
4.0 out of 5 stars A monster aid for the DM
A very useful monster manual that has the data displayed in a concise and easy to use manner. Monsters listed from A to Z makes for finding monsters fast and easy and the... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2008 by koboldkommando
1.0 out of 5 stars Opaque, arbitrary, inconsistent, unimaginative and uninspiring
Sometimes you read a book that stuns you. Not often, as after 28 years of role playing you have pretty much seen it all, but sometimes. Read more
Published on 16 July 2008 by X. Gallagher
2.0 out of 5 stars Monster Manual light
After being impressed by Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition and the following 3.5 update I'm very dissapointed by 4th edition. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2008 by Christian Kroken
2.0 out of 5 stars Dungeons and Half of the Dragons
I think we all expected Wizards to milk their new edition of the rules with a whole new suite of supplemental books, but I felt really let down with this. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2008 by Simon Allen
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