- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 3rd edition edition (13 Oct. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786915528
- ISBN-13: 978-0786915521
- Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Monster Manual (Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition, Core Rulebook III) Hardcover – 13 Oct 2000
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Over 200 creeps, critters and creatures to keep players on their toes. From Aboleths to Zombies, the third edition Monster Manual holds a diverse cast of enemies and allies essential for any Dungeons & Dragons campaign. There are hundreds of monsters ready for action, including many new creatures never seen before. Plus, all monster entries include character stats so for the first-time players can play as the monsters. Dungeon Masters and players alike will find the new Monster Manual an indispensable aid in populating their third-edition campaigns.
Describes the characteristics and attributes of a variety of monsters, zombies, demons, giants, werewolves, animals, and aliens for use in the Dungeons and Dragons game.
Top Customer Reviews
So why only four stars? Well, the book suffers from some major drawbacks. For one, it no longer includes as thorough a description of the monsters' ecology and background as the last edition. These provided very usefull information for a DM with which he could realistically introduce them into a campaign. It gave him a reason for the monsters to attack the PCs (defending home /young etc). This can be a problem if you don't have the last edition - unless your willing to create an entire ecological system for your game world. Another cause for complaint is the removal of certain Monsters. Although new ones were introduced to replace them, the book is still short of the amount of creatures it had in the last version and you may find yourself having to convert stats from 2nd ed to 3ed, because a monster you have used in your last game isn't covered in the new rules. This might not be too much problem for an experienced DM, and newcomers probably won't notice, but its still annoying.
Note: I wasn't bothered by the unusual print format, but many have been. Just one more problem.
Advancement of types is a kick arse idea - Splorge the dwarven fighter, "hah one weedy Kobold - 'eat steel Miserable vermin'" DM, "Uronimor whips out his trusty flame blade, flexes his mighty form and advances" PC, "eh I thought you said it was a Kobold?" DM, "It is, Heh, Heh" But then again we've all done that already, it's jst nice to see it in print.
Vampires are the same sort of thing, on the grounds that they can bite anyone, most undead as well, Ghost rats, Vampire Owlbears, and Undead Displacer Beasts. Good Ideas and all...
But, One flaw, just ONE!. Every creature butts up to the next in a continous alphabetical stream. Alright you're probably going to know the stats backwards in six months and never look at the thing again but in the meanwhile it's just going to annoy. and annoy. and annoy.
Overall just buy it. After all it does look fabulous and it does the job. 4 stars because it's just so pretty. (I bet 4th edition returns to 2nd edition style though)
But there is an alternative? The new D20 system is sort of 'open source' so other companies can publish add-on's. Try this, 'The creature collection' Look for ISBN 1-56504-487-8 on this site... I haven't got a copy yet but it does look so tempting... I'll post a review when I inevitably purchase it.
Master Dungeon-Smith Sean 'Mandrake' Hill (DM for 15 years and now 5 various D&D editions)...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived exactly when estimated. Product in perfect condition. I couldn't be more pleased! Good work.Published 23 months ago by John
Writing a belated review, but I found the 3rd Ed Core Books (DMG, PHB and MM) to be excellent quality and a very justified upgrade from AD&D 2nd Ed. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2011 by KaesarSosei
I last played AD&D over 20 years ago, so my books are from the original rules. I bought this because I wanted to introduce my kids to the game, but had lost my Monster Manual, and... Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2007 by J. Lawrence
Well, I've collected the whole 1st edition hard cover set and almost all the 2nd edition hard covers with all the monster book yearly updates, so I know my D&D, and this book, it... Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2004 by Todd
The new Monster Manual is fabulous. The art work perfect, and the rules even more! Many new foes for your players to slain and be defeated by. It is even good if you aren't a DM. Read morePublished on 6 May 2001 by email@example.com
The artwork is great, there r loads of monsters to choose from a must have for me ne wayPublished on 1 April 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Received this book with anticipation, and was not disapointed. As with the other two core books, the artwork and layout is fantastic. Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2000
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