In the Pages – A review of Volo’s Guide to Monsters
System: Dungeons and Dragons
Company: Wizards of the Coast
Edition: 5th Edition
Release Year: 2016
Best Place to Get: Amazon
Book Type: Supplemental Rule Book
Can Get Used: Yes
Who needs it: DM & Player
We all remember Volo guides from both the original 1E to 3E, they were the updated rules we needed to make that special character a little bit better. This is no exception in 5E, the Volo’s Guide to Monster brings in new rules and races that players and DMs can use. (Pending DM approval of Course)
It also brings in the ecology systems for some of our favorite bad guys. This means the DM can now plan a little better about how the lair of specific monsters should look. In addition, we get a whole slew of new monsters to utilize in our campaign settings.
Not only does this book bring back some of the more familiar monsters like the Bodak (I cringe a bit every time I see its rendering) but some of the classic monsters we have not seen since 1st Edition like the Quickling. Definitely worth the read or the pick up if you get a chance.
Expert Set (1e) / Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (2e)
We can welcome back some of the old classic monsters we thought were lost in time (though not all of them). Be prepared to see things that you thought were written out of the D&D ecology.
Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition (3e)
Some of the 3E monsters have come back in this book with a new twist.
What people are saying
While perusing the reviews on different sites have come across the following of what people are saying
- Contains a lot of in-depth information on monsters
- The lore is quite enjoyable
- PC Races seemed a bit lacking
Summoning it All Up
Overall, I believe this book needs to be in every DM’s and Player’s Libraries. The monsters alone are worth it. Like all Volo’s Guides, I am sure this will be a classic. Though the rules for the new PC Races have more of an outline feel, I believe that they can be utilized with a little DM and Player Imagination without a problem
In case you want to get a copy of your own or want to review for yourself here is the link.
As always if you have suggestions or comments, please post below.
-Archon Del Noche