Each of the more common races are being given multiple individual monster entries based upon function or activity.
The list above is only what has been released to this point and is thus partial. It takes no imagination to think that the 4e monster manuals might be filled with literally dozens of variations on each racial or monster theme.
For example, the above list sports six sorts of kobolds. While the dwarf and elf entries sport only one sort, it is easy enough to imagine a Dwarven Rock Fighter, Dwarven Mountain Ranger, Dwaven Shield Warrior, Dwarven Nosepicker etc. Or Elven Forest Friend, Elven Forest Runner, Elven Forest Ranger, Elven Butt Scratcher etc.
What a brilliant design move for 4e! Imagine how easy it will be to fill monster manuals! Just think of the money that will need to spend to keep up!
If you add another adjective, things can only get better - Red Dwarven Nosepicker! Green Elven Butt Scratcher. As opped to the black, white and puce versions.
Well they did say they are going to be publishing a new rulebook set evey year. Now admittedly the rules will be changing to accomodate whatever the theme/setting of the year is (forgoten realms, ebberon, etc), but that does mean a new monster manual everytime. Admittedly the first forgotten realms and ebberon monster manuals should be very full without stuffing, but I expect a few at least. Of course for me all that says is if I wait long enough, I can get a version of the PHB that doesn't necessarily include their new "core" world. I mean its cool and all, but c'mon! Its nothing compared to the likes of Greyhawk or Ebberon. (yes I like ebberon, sue me )
From a business standpoint, their strategy is nothing short of brilliant. They finally solved the question of what to publish once you've got a strong setting and rulebook set. Not saying I like it, but hey, can't fault their economic strategy.
Joined: Feb 26, 2004 Posts: 2562 Location: Ullinois
Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:51 pm Post subject:
If I didn't know GVD was talking about a Monster Manual I would've said that's the new lineup for their plastic minis. They are one in the same now if they weren't already (has never played DDM). I admire the simplicity they've brought back to stat blocks, but something about them just seems wrong to me. Only time will tell.
Joined: Feb 16, 2003 Posts: 3733 Location: So. Cal
Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:39 pm Post subject:
Well, at least we now know why they will need to release a new version of each of the three core books each year.
Dude, you're never going to take over the Silverwood with a bunch of junior Girl Scouts. Unless of course they're really evil junior Girl Scouts. Best get that cough looked at.
Don't be too sure.
First, they sell you some cookies. Innocent enough, right? Well, it would be if they weren't laced with GHB!!!
Then you wake up spread-eagled between a couple of trees out in the woods who knows where, and you are surrounded by Brownies- each trying to decide which implement of their Swiss Army knives they want to try using on you first.
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Yeah - it's not like in my day when you just left the brownies a saucer of milk and they'd fix your shoes. There's all those pesky fey labour laws now and gangs of brownies hang around on street corners getting tanked on on ambrosia. They never should have abolished lawful good if you ask me.
As for the cough - I need to wait and see where Cure Disease or Remove Disease or whatever falls within the ritual rules. Got no healing surges left for the day
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