Monday, September 19, 2016

Tome of Beasts for 5th Edition (Kobold Press)

The Tome of Beasts

Hey Game Fans, we’re taking a look at a Third Party publication for Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition today.  Kobold Press has recently released their Tome of Beasts to some smash reviews.  We got our grubby little mitts on it, so we’re going to dive right in and see what fresh hellacious monsters we can add to our dungeons and dragons game. 

First off, the Tome of Beasts is a massive sourcebook.  Clocking in at 433 pages (in the .pdf), it shows off scores of new monsters and interesting options for getting murdered in desolate locations.  Compositionally, this book is full of exciting art, new monster ideas, and tie-ins to Kobold Press’s home setting, Midgard.  It’s a showcase for the eyes and the monsters are both ferocious and capable of putting unwary players off guard.  If you have players who know the Monster Manual backwards and forward, this is the curveball you’ve been waiting for. 

For the rundown, there are the following new options.

If you’re looking for new versions of existing monster groups like Demons, this book will expand your options in the following monster groups. 

·         Demons

·         Angels

·         Clockworks (Holy crap, a clockwork army)

·         Devils

·         Dinosaurs

·         Dragons

·         Drakes

·         Fey (there are a ton of awesome fey critters in this book)

Beyond the groupings I’v e mentioned above, the Tome of Beasts offers something that is sometimes lacking in similar products, consistent callbacks.  With the Tome, you can decide the end boss of your campaign is one of the many fearsome demon lords, arch devils, or Fey Lords.  That selection opens up a variety of thematically appropriate minion choices to vex and annoy your players at all levels of adventure.  This book is a wonderful resource for that reason and it’s an auto-include in our list of excellent 3rd party publications for Dungeons and Dragons.  We’re especially pleased by the tokens set you can order to go with the box from Kobold Press.

We’ll be doing some monster features as we go along, but we have to say, this book has tripped our interest in Midgard, and we’re going to take a look at that as well in our series on alternative campaign settings.

That’s our quick hit for the day on Kobold Press’s Tome of Beasts, we hope you check it out and get yourself a brand new bag of monsters .


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