Official Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual: An Alphabetical Compendium of all the Monsters Identified in AD&D, Which includes Attacks, Harm, Special Abilities, and Descriptions
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Official Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual: An Alphabetical Compendium of all the Monsters Identified in AD&D, Which includes Attacks, Harm, Special Abilities, and Descriptions

Official Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual: An Alphabetical Compendium of all the Monsters Identified in AD&D, Including Attacks, Damage, Special Abilities, and Descriptions

  • Product Details: Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Tsr Inc 4th edition (August, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935696008, ISBN-13: 978-0935696004
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x .6 inches, Shipping Weight: 1.two pounds

Official Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual: An Alphabetical Compendium of all the Monsters Located in AD&D, Such as Attacks, Harm, Special Abilities, and Descriptions

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  • Matt Hetling "Matt":
    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The brilliant component that made D&D happen, March 23, 2005
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    Matt Hetling “Matt” (Bethel, ME USA) –
    This review is from: Official Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual: An Alphabetical Compendium of all the Monsters Found in AD&D, Including Attacks, Damage, Special Abilities, and Descriptions (Hardcover)

    More than the Dungeon Master’s Guide, more than the Player’s Handbook, this book is what made D&D the gaming force that it was for over a decade.

    A complete listing of monsters for use in the game, the book ensured that every DM could craft an adventure that had new and exciting monsters to be vanquished, and the special powers peculiar to some creatures suggested story lines that were ripe for the picking.

    This also set up for the first time a way to rate the strengths of various mythological creatures against each other. Can a Troll kill an Orc? Can a Dragon defeat a Water Elemental? How many Goblins does it take to make a fair fight against a Pegasus? Gygax carefully considered these questions and gave us a version of familiar fantasy figures that was grounded in concrete numbers.

    The drawings are admittedly horrible, with many of them looking like study hall doodlings instead of the legitimate artwork that came to characterize later editions.

    But the value of this book can’t be overrated by a would-be fantasy gamer. The encyclopedic format opened the world of fantasy gaming to a world that was vast enough to include a universe of varied creatures, but cohesive enough to be thought of as a single reality.

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  • Patrick Curtin "Bookaholic":
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    AHH Nostalgia!, October 5, 2004
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    Patrick Curtin “Bookaholic” (Cape Cod MA) –
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    This review is from: Official Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual: An Alphabetical Compendium of all the Monsters Found in AD&D, Including Attacks, Damage, Special Abilities, and Descriptions (Hardcover)

    Just surfing and had to say I love this book. I still have the dog-eared copy I bought in 1979 safely tucked away, 7th grade scribbles and all. I saved my paltry allowance for a month to buy this baby. This is one of those books that always has a place in your heart. Not really useful anymore though for the new gamer, go pick up the updated one (MM 3.5 edition version), but for us vets, back in the day it was all about this bad boy.

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  • Fred Rayworth:
    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lots Of Great Memories, July 9, 2007
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    Fred Rayworth (Las Vegas, NV United States) –
    This review is from: Official Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual: An Alphabetical Compendium of all the Monsters Found in AD&D, Including Attacks, Damage, Special Abilities, and Descriptions (Hardcover)

    This book harkens back to the “good old days” when playing the paper and pencil D&D used to be new and fun. There have been several reincarnations of this manual and I’ve thumbed through them but they just don’t hold a candle to the original, despite the fancier artwork. All the good monsters were there from the Umber Hulks to the Neo Oytughs. I am not at all happy with the direction TSR took after Mr. Gygax was booted out (or left, can’t remember which) and one big loss was the original rule manuals. They are now up to version 3 something of the rules but I do not even know what they are because I just play computer games now. All I know about the new rules is that multi-class characters are easier to work with. It was an exciting time, a different era. I still have this manual and will always treasure it. If you can find one, pick it up just to see how things used to be done. Highly recommended.

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