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5th-Oct-2004 10:11 am
Has anyone gotten the Monster Manual 3 yet, and if you have, would you recommend it? Also, does anyone know of any references to get dragons from besides the Monster Manuals from Wizards?
5th-Oct-2004 10:13 am (UTC)
swords and sorcery has some original dragons in one of their monster books, but a lot of the creatures in there are very campaign specific.
5th-Oct-2004 10:35 am (UTC)
I got MM3 and I Like it. I find it to be well work it.
5th-Oct-2004 10:44 am (UTC)
what's it like? what's in it? is it OGL and have they updated the SRD to reflect it yet?
5th-Oct-2004 12:26 pm (UTC)
I'll second the recommendation for MM3. It's got some really cool monsters, and some really interesting ideas. There's some completely new ideas, too, such as new abilities for undead. It's perhaps a bit undead- and construct-heavy; that doesn't bother me, since I like undead and constructs, but I thought I'd mention it.

As with all WotC products (except Unearthed Arcana and two pages in MMII), it's completely closed content. I certainly hope the monsters make it into the SRD eventually, but that's probably months away.
5th-Oct-2004 12:36 pm (UTC)
This might sound awfully clueless of me, but what's SRD stand for?
5th-Oct-2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
Standard Reference Document?? I think thats it. What it is , is a document released by wizards that third party publishers can use and reference in their own publications.
5th-Oct-2004 12:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, that makes sense.
5th-Oct-2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
SRD = System Reference Document.

Basically, it's the document that provides third-party companies (such as Sword & Sorcery Studios, Green Ronin, or Necromancer Games) with the D&D material they're allowed to use. It contains most (but not all) of the Players Handbook, DMG, and Monster Manual, as well as several others. If it's in the SRD, D20 publishers can use it. If it's not--such as character creation rules, or certain select monsters--then they can't. (All this is assuming, of course, that they want to slap the D20 logo on their book. If they're willing to forego the use of the logo, the restrictions are a lot lighter, though there's still certain Intellectual Property in the core books they cannot use.)
5th-Oct-2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
The Draconomicon has a ton of dragons in it. The epic players handbook has a couple epic dragons in it (and they are in the SRD).

The Monster Manual III is mixed, some good stuff, some mediocre stuff, a lot of crap... A fair bit of it is stuff that would have been easy to make up yourself, but if it saves you time you don't have... well.
5th-Oct-2004 04:03 pm (UTC) - My advice...
MM3 is a pretty good book. I'd recommend it, but first I'd recommend you flip through it carefully and find out whether or not it's the sort of material you want.

Mongoose Publishing has a good book on dragons, offering several new varieties that could serve your purposes well.
5th-Oct-2004 10:01 pm (UTC)
Fantasy Flight Games has a book out called Draconic Lore, part of their Legends & Lairs series. It's 3.0, not 3.5, so it might require a little bit of conversion, but it shouldn't be hard to do, and there's some really good stuff in it.
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