Iron Kingdoms: Monsternomicon Volume I—Denizens of the Iron Kingdoms (OGL) PDF (based on
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"For generations, men have feared the shadows of our realm, told tales of things that go bump in the dark, and cowered behind locked doors through the cold, lonely hours of night. I have stalked the wide expanses of Immoren now for several years hunting these shadows and sounds, and I have come to one conclusion: we're all going to need some bigger locks."
—Professor Viktor Pendrake
Follow the famous Cygnaran scholar Professor Viktor Pendrake as he takes you deep into the darkest recesses of the Iron Kingdoms seeking terrors unimaginable. Pendrake has catalogued over 80 fascinating finds—creatures mundane and legendary, spectral and mechanical. The Monsternomicon is naturally a great tool for terrifying your players, and its abundance of details are sure to fire up any campaign.
Winner of four ENWorld RPG System Awards (including Best Cover Illustration, Best Interior Art, Best Graphic Design, and Best Monster Supplement), the popular Monsternomicon Volume 1: Denizens of the Iron Kingdoms has been updated for version 3.5.
Within these pages you can:
Learn about the monstrous inhabitants of the Iron Kingdoms described in rich and incredible detail. Each creature receives no less than two fact-filled pages including adventure hooks, arcane creature lore, and more, to give your adventures a running start.
Draw inspiration from the gritty and terrifying illustrations that bring each creature to life by the award-winning Privateer Press art team.
Explore a throughly updated appendix that includes prestige classes, new game rules, wilderness encounter tables, and information for using unusual races as characters.
Challenge players of all levels with the wide variety of fearsome creatures. The Monsternomicon is the ultimate bestiary for any d20 campaign.
Not much too add: A really nice monster book, usable with small changes in most fantasy settings.
The book is completely b/w, but the quality of the monsters makes the book stand out: All monster stats are completed by "explorer journal style" reports of each monster's ecology/ encounters with them which add much flavour. The monster offer some neat "rule mechanical" surprised for your fellow players, too - surprises which make perfect sense after reading the monster descriptions of their habitat.
The book is rounded out by some quickplates (quickly appliable templates) and a few prestige classes, and gives a first glance at the campaign world "Iron Kingdoms".
In short: absolutely recommendable as a monster book and a nice entry to the "Iron Kingdom" setting.
An excellent book, full of details that show the care this book's designers are avid players themselves. Not only are the creature entries useful and descriptive, but the list of templates at the end of the book are user-friendly and helpful to the DM-on-the-go. I look forward to Vol 2.
I've been playing D&D for over 27 years. This book blows them all away. I like this better than the original Fiend Folio. The art is absolutely amazing, even (or maybe because) it's in black and white. The lore sections are a great addition to the normal format and should be a new standard. Also included with every monster are adventure seeds and a background written as an encounter with an adventurer famous in the Iron Kingdoms.
The prestige classes are also interesting and original. BUY THIS BOOK!