If you’re like my adventuring party – you’ve probably hit 11th level or so and ran out of things to challenge you. It becomes increasingly difficult to create interesting, exciting setpieces when your barbarian is decapitating three monsters a turn, your bard has frozen the big bad boss in time, and your druid is restraining everybody else in the room with vines. Luckily, Wizards of the Coast is about to release D&D 5E’s long-awaited Monster Manual 2 – and they’re calling it Volo’s Guide To Monsters. Longtime Forgotten Realms fans may recognize the name instantly, but if you’re like me (a novice when it comes to actual D&D canon), you’d probably take one look at that title and say to yourself – “Who the hell is Volo?”
The esteemed loremaster Volothamp Geddarm is back and he’s written a fantastical dissertation, covering some of the most iconic monsters in the Forgotten Realms. Unfortunately, the Sage of Shadowdale himself, Elminster, doesn’t believe Volo gets some of the important details quite right. -Dungeons & Dragons
Yes – Volo is actually the narrator of this new Monster Manual, a strategy which Wizards hopes will tie together the whole book with a light narrative and make it more engaging for Dungeon Masters and players alike. Volo’s Guide will have three distinct chapters, one of which will detail monster lore and backstories, another that covers a bunch of new playable character races, and the last of which introduces almost 100 new monster stat blocks.
Volo’s Guide To Monsters will set you back 50 bucks, and you can grab it on November 15th via online stores like Amazon, digital platforms like Roll20, or in your neighborhood hobby shop – which will stock a store-exclusive, single-print, limited edition, alternative-art cover. Personally, I think it’s absolutely worth forgetting about the couple of bucks you might save on Amazon to get it, because the art itself (pictured in the header above) is totally badass. If you don’t live in a neighborhood that has a hobby shop, you should move to a neighborhood that has a hobby shop.
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