Pyramid Picks: Monster Manual (WotC) and Creature Collection (Sword & Sorcery Studios), for D&D3/d20

Pyramid Pick

Monster Manual

Produced by Wizards of the Coast

Designed by Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams

224 full-color pages; $19.95

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Pyramid Pick

Creature Collection

Produced by Sword & Sorcery Studios and White Wolf Publishing, Inc.

Written by Andrew Bates, Kraig Blackwelder, Carl Bowen, John Chambers, Trevor Chase, Ken Cliffe, Geoff Grabowski, Jess Heinig, Jeff Holt, Mike Lee, Ben Monk, James Stewart, Cynthia Summers, Richard Thomas, Mike Tinney, Jed Walls, Stephan Wieck and Stewart Wieck

224 b&w pages; $24.95

Things have been tight around the Shafer household recently. Money isn't exactly easy to come by, so adjustments have had to be made. One of those adjustments is that I am selling plasma . . . I am selling the contents of my blood for gaming money. So now I judge all of my purchases by one simple rule: Is this worth my blood? God help me if I buy any live action roleplaying stuff for Vampire.

So this past week I'm able to pick up two different collections of Creatures and Monsters for the new D&D 3E/D20 system, and as God is my witness, I really don't know what to think.

The Monster Manual is the third and last core rulebook for D&D Third Edition. As with the other books in the series it is printed in full color, is extraordinarily well bound, and sells for the bargain price of $19.95.

The 224 page book hits the ground running by skipping a table of contents and instead opens with a huge alphabetical listing of all the creatures in the book. This list includes the . . .

This article originally appeared in the second volume of Pyramid. See the current Pyramid website for more information.

Article publication date: October 20, 2000

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