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D&D 5E Anyone else just want a straight up Monster Manual II?

No. I've got too many monsters as it is. Without extensive and interesting lore, I really don't care as I don't need a bigger library of stat block.

I guess I could see it IF you only use WotC sources, but as others have said, their are lots of third party quality products as well as one of my favorites, the 1d6 Adventures compendium of Monster a Day monsters.
 

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Parmandur

Book-Friend
The Tome of Beasts and Creature Codex cover this pretty well: I prefer the Volo's or Ravnica/Eberron/Theros arrangement, personally, but those Kobold Press books are solid gold.
 

I think the only problems with VGtM and MToF is the fact that they spend space on player options/fluff. I want focused monster books (Van Rictor's Tome of Undead would be amazing), which gives more detail on them. For example, the section on beholders was really enjoyable, helping to expand and explain these weird creatures.
 


Li Shenron

Legend
I can always use more monsters!

While I enjoyed Volo approach of in-depth knowledge on selected creatures, it would be fine to just have a MM2 with more traditional short descriptions. Large lore is a double edged sword, it can win you over and then you happily use it all, but it leaves you more constrained at the same time.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
I can always use more monsters!

While I enjoyed Volo approach of in-depth knowledge on selected creatures, it would be fine to just have a MM2 with more traditional short descriptions. Large lore is a double edged sword, it can win you over and then you happily use it all, but it leaves you more constrained at the same time.

Less work to throw away fluff and lore than to make it: not everyone wants to do all the heavy lifting, necessarily.
 

I actually create most of the monsters I use myself, so I don't feel a huge need for additional monster manuals of any type, but I have no objection in principle.
 

delericho

Legend
Before they produced Volo's and Mord's Guides, I would very much have liked an MM2. As it is, the utility of such a book is limited - like others, I have more monsters than I'd ever use, so it would need to be something really special to interest me.

That said, what I would be interested in is a book that compiles all the "non-adventure" bits from their recent adventures - the naval rules from Saltmarsh, the urban rules from Waterdeep, the vehicle rules from Avernus, etc. Such a book might well have space to compile the monsters from those adventures too, especially if they omitted the named NPCs.
 

Sadras

Hero
Not interested really. Still have plenty of monsters to get through with MToF and VGtM
Also I'm far more interested in getting the Expanded Monster Manuals as someone mentioned earlier in the thread.
 

ccs

41st lv DM
Absolutely.
Collect all of the monsters stat blocks appearing in the adventures to date, bundle them together, add pages as necessary to get to whatever min. page count (there's 40+ years & thousands of critters to promote into 5e) & collect my $50 or so.
Print me something useful vs filler material like that ridiculously over-priced CoS collectors set.

And eventually when the various settings - Ebberon/MTG books/Crit Role etc have enough new monster entries combined? Collect them & sell me a "MM3 - Worlds of D&D" volume.
 


Fanaelialae

Legend
I picked up the two Monster Manual Expanded books a few weeks ago, and finally got to use them last session. I quite like them. The creatures seem fairly well balanced, and many of them have interesting and flavorful abilities. Although that's only based on a read through and one session of actual use (I used some of the werewolves).

If you don't want to buy the POD, you could just get the PDFs and print out whatever stat blocks you anticipate you might need for the next session. I do that sometimes anyway, since it's easier than flipping back and forth through books when you have a mixed group of monsters. If you're worried about wasting ink, take a screenshot of the page using something like Snipping Tool (Windows) and toss it in a graphics editor (Paint will suffice), then crop out anything you don't need and print. Or just buy a laser printer, which is what I eventually did.

That said, I'm a sucker for monster books. I already have more than I regularly use. So I'd almost certainly buy an MM2.
 


Nebulous

Legend
I would get it, but I don't need it, and I at this point in 5e I hope they don't put one out. I have more than enough monsters, and would only be interested in campaign specific beasties, like Dark Sun or Spelljammer. This thread reminded me that I have the full color Tome of Horrors 5e sitting on my computer, a massive massive book of monsters I've never once used. Although some are, um, questionable, like the armor plated beaver.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
No, I don't just want a straight up MM II. There are plenty of monsters to pick from. There aren't nearly enough feats, subclasses and classes to pick from, though.
 




jgsugden

Legend
Out of curiosity - for all you DMs like that me that have played multiple editions - do you really struggle to take older edition monsters and drop them into 5E? For example, Yellow Musk Creepers, Aurumvorax, Guardinals, Huge Elementals, and dozens of other monsters important to my campaign setting were homebrewed into the game during the first 3 months of the new edition.
 

Fanaelialae

Legend
Out of curiosity - for all you DMs like that me that have played multiple editions - do you really struggle to take older edition monsters and drop them into 5E? For example, Yellow Musk Creepers, Aurumvorax, Guardinals, Huge Elementals, and dozens of other monsters important to my campaign setting were homebrewed into the game during the first 3 months of the new edition.
For me it isn't really a struggle per se. It's just that I generally prefer to focus on other things (home brewing classes or working on adventures) so I tend to only stat up creatures that are unique to my campaign.

Converting monsters from previous editions isn't generally too difficult, but I find it time consuming as well as a bit tedious, so I would rather pay for a decent conversion than have to do it myself.
 

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