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  1. Rethinking RPG Book Design: Monster Manuals Part II – Loot The Room
    January 29, 2018 @ 11:01 am

    […] This is the second part of a two-part article. If you haven’t read the first part yet, you’ll find it here. […]

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  2. Mattwandcow
    January 29, 2018 @ 1:48 pm

    >In 5e you can find lists official of monsters by CR and by Type online, complete with page references for the book. No official list exists that sorts monsters by terrain.

    Actually, there is a list like that in the DMG. Stupid place for it, but we do have one.

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    • Chris
      January 29, 2018 @ 2:23 pm

      I had completely overlooked that! It’s not much better than having it available online really, though. Definitely a missed opportunity there and I really don’t understand the decisions that led to it at all.

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      • Mattwandcow
        January 29, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

        I don’t know why it wasn’t in MM, but I’m pretty sure it was put in the DMG after the complaints.

        Although, thinking about it, the DMG would have been at the printers when people were getting the MM.

        I have hear suspicion that it was to get DMs to buy all 3 books. Because, honestly, I advise new DMs to pass on the DMG for a bit until they know they want it. Its not super useful…

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  3. Craig MacC
    February 1, 2018 @ 8:48 pm

    In terms of presenting monster entries in different ways, DnD Beyond lays them out in the same way as the MM as far as I can tell, with the added benefit of having links to conditions and other useful info. Beyond may be something that you will talk about in the next post, but just thought it would be worth mentioning as I see it as an opportunity for WotC to do something really clever with monster stat blocks.

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    • Chris
      February 5, 2018 @ 11:39 am

      Beyond is definitely a useful tool, and it’s very handy being able to sort things by CR/Terrain/Type at the click of a button. Digital tools aren’t really something I feel qualified to talk about to be honest, because I’ve got very little idea what goes into making them, but I’m very keen on taking inspiration from them for my print endeavours!

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