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Dungeons & Dragons: Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse: 1

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Monsters of the Multiverse won’t fundamentally change previously established Challenge Ratings, but will instead punch up a creature’s stats to make sure they warrant the CR they were previously assigned. I think this is disappointing to the point where I would recommend to a new DM to get the old books and forget about this one. And in areas such as the description of Changelings, steps have been taken to focus on the characteristics of the creature itself rather than their community’s history, allowing these builds to better fit into Homebrew settings and thrive as whatever unique character you want to create.

But even if you’re a diehard collector who already has those, there’s still a compelling reason to check it out: The early release of the next, most comprehensive rules and stats book for fifth edition, Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse. This being said, there are still a few definite ones, mostly when it comes to Deities, such as Jubilex (still very Chaotic Evil). Versions of monsters that may have appeared in previous sourcebooks, but as add-ons to other entries, now have their own stat blocks for DMs to use.It sounds like the changes are a real mixed bag as, for example, I hate losing flavorful spells like Geass on monsters but I do like the ability to determine a chest is a Mimic by making an Investigate check. Essentially, if you’re trying to build the most effective ranger possible (or wizard, or monk, or artificer), there are some races that are less effective than others when using the older rules.

But there’s a downside to breaking ties with nearly a decade’s worth of products — adventures, settings, rulebooks, and licensed accessories, some of which are just now trickling out into the hands of a mainstream audience — and starting fresh. I’m hoping the release of the new Starter Kit later this year is a prediction of an incoming wave of new players, and that this balancing is a kind rolling out of the safety net.

What Keith gets is that the monsters are the DM’s characters, and his work has been super helpful in adding logic, flavor, and fun in my quest to slaughter my players’ characters and laugh out the window as they cry in their cars afterward.

One of the things I’m most excited about having to do with DM convenience, is, when I’m prepping a game with this book, we’ve changed the alphabetization of all the monsters,” Crawford gleefully explained.Includes over 250 monsters—updates to the monsters include making spellcasters easier for Dungeon Masters to run, giving many monsters more damage and resilience, and improving the organization of the stat blocks themselves. And when I say "premise", I don't mean the text I linked above, I mean the idea that the book represents. In addition, it replaces two other supplements, Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes from 2018 and Volo's Guide to Monsters from 2016. Instead, it appears that Wizards will be taking a far more incremental approach this time, weaving in changes both large and small while still maintaining a connection to what came before".

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