Earlier this week we looked at the collection of the first two appendices and saw firsthand why I consider the first Ravenloft MCA to be the best TSR ever put out, while the second was extremely outside the box and intriguing, but nowhere as useful or universal. MCAIII aka Creatures of Darkness is easily the weakest of the three and as you flip through its pages, you can definitely tell many of the creatures are in there for padding. Of course, MCAIII is as big as I and II combined, so it was definitely the better deal back in the day, but not only were a lot of the creatures odd and unnecessary variants of ones that came before, but several like the Loup-Garou, Strahd Skeletons and Zombies, Nosferatu and Gremishka were reprinted from the original core rulebook. By , Ravenloft had gone through a second box set and a hardcover, so newcomers might have missed out on their original entries had they purchased the new versions of the campaign setting.
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Your drinking game is designed to kill people. I mean, you're reviewing Ravenloft, so that may be a feature and not a bug, but seriously. Sleeper Red-eyed dust bunny Validated User. You should link a theme song for every monster. Well, okay, not every monster. Leonaru Taxidermic Owlbear Validated User.
I've just recovered from the Spelljammer drinking game. At this rate, we'll have Let's Reads of all 2e monster books within the next two years or so. And I relaised I've been doing Let's Reads of the past three years. This should be fun. As I remember and looking at the revised campaign setting PDFs volume 2 has a lot of unique monsters, possibly more than any other Appendix, perhaps even more than the rest combined. The tarrasque, maybe a couple weird Dragons, Primus, and a few others as I remember.
I don't think the Death Knight is considered unique, as it had a pre-Lord Soth life if you can call it life in the Fiend Folio if I remember correctly. The third volume has some 'core' monsters for the setting, I believe. At least according to references in the revised campaign setting.
It's basically got the monsters that were in the origional campaign setting and weren't reprinted in Revised. Volume 2 doesn't have a lot of unique monsters, it has nothing but unique monsters.
As I said, its an NPC codex disguised as a monster manual. Honestly, I considered just skipping it in its entirety, but then I figured, why the Hell not. Sleeper said:. Crinos said:. Dweller in Darkness said:. You must log in or register to reply here. Jessica Wardman, longtime forum member Snoopy, passed away last week. She's been a valued part of the RPGnet community since , and will be dearly missed.
Ravenloft Monstrous Compendium Appendix II: Children Of The Night
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[Lets Read] Monstrous compendium Ravenloft Appendix, Volumes I-III
The sound you hear is that of publishers scraping the bottom of the barrel for new ones. Connors , adds living brains, bardic liches, and half-golems to the Ravenloft roster. Reviewing this with two other monster books from two other publishers, he quipped: "They're all interesting, but I bet if I read you the descriptions, you'd be hard-pressed to tell which monsters belonged to which system. There are no 'well it's a man's head on a chicken's body' Crimewatch photofit embarassments'" found in many other monster books. A fault this work compounds by further tweaking the experience points system. A factor that's made all the more frustrating when it becomes apparent that the Monstrous Annual 2 dangles some delightful creatures before the referee's eyes. With the shaggy-haired one, though, it rapidly approaches the essential.
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