At the end of the 1980s TSR decided to phase out the classic Monster Manuals in favor of a terrible series of binder inserts called the Monstrous Compendiums. These were so bad that TSR rushed the release of a so-called Monstrous Manual compiling and expanding these loose leaf pages in the mid-1990s. During the Compendium's short run, TSR used the inexpensive insert format to churn out dozens of really stupid monsters. We return to this ugly mistake to include some suggestions from our readers.
Steve: Yes! More Monstrous Compendium! More sweet monster mayhem.
Zack: You love anything related to monsters.
Steve: That's true. I love all the monster books, monsters of rock, and monster trucks. Monster is pretty much a synonym for "awesome."Zack: Not today it isn't. Today monster is a shame word. It is a red mark on the very soul of 1990s Dungeons & Dragons.
Steve: No way! You can never have enough monsters.
Zack: I will allow TSR to prove you wrong.
Are you concerned that you may be a character trapped in a Tom Waits song? Be smart and learn the warning signs before it's too late. Also, it's too late. It has always been too late.
I'm haunted by a recurring vision of a skeleton flipping me off. To avoid seeing this terrifying image in bumper sticker form, I pay someone with a blank bumper to drive in front of me at all times.
Zack Parsons, Steve "Malak" Sumner, and friends tackle bizarre role playing game products that make them wonder, "What the fuck!?" From the early days of Gygax to contemporary role playing games, none will be spared.