D&D 5E Monster Manual Expanded II Second Edition News and Updates


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Nixlord

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Monster Manual Expanded 2nd Edition Art Previews #15. Sharing giant throne room set pieces again! This time it's the Cloud Giants (Count and Sorcerer) and the Hill Giants (Berserker, Chieftain, and Witch Doctor)!

Cloud Giants.png
Hill Giants.png
 



Nixlord

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These are looking so good! Is a tentative release date shaping up yet?
Hi Scottius. No exact release date yet but we are possibly looking at an early pre-final release of the PDF in late Feb or early March. This will just be a work-in-progress update, with the revised but not final statblocks. It's a work in progress because there will be a few more additional new art updates by end of March or early April (which should be the last batch). Apologies for not being able to give an exact date as I have to adapt to unforeseen art production delays caused by the pandemic. Once we've released a final PDF, expect 2-3 months before the PoD/Hardcover version becomes available. We just want to be sure we've caught all typos and errors.

On a positive note, this gives me a bit more time to adjust/make changes in the current statblocks with the updates made to spellcasters in MotM. My copy arrived just a few days ago.
 


I hope the art was able to convey their haughtiness, which should be their typical demeanor if they had an audience with player characters. :)
They do! I'm wanting to run a Fire Giant Duke or Cloud Giant Count in a game now, just so I can use those pictures as what the characters see.

What I really like about the Cloud Giant throneroom though is not just the very nice colors and the detail on the throne and clothes/armor, but that the perspective is as if you're looking up at something much taller than you, a sense of scale which is sometimes lost with illustrations of giants.
 

Nixlord

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They do! I'm wanting to run a Fire Giant Duke or Cloud Giant Count in a game now, just so I can use those pictures as what the characters see.

What I really like about the Cloud Giant throneroom though is not just the very nice colors and the detail on the throne and clothes/armor, but that the perspective is as if you're looking up at something much taller than you, a sense of scale which is sometimes lost with illustrations of giants.

Yes, haha. It's exactly for that reason that the perspective of the giant artwork is always at a low angle. I wanted something I could show to my players when they ever reach a giant's throne room. I expect a lot of other DMs too. ;)
 



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