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Tome of Horrors III
 
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Tome of Horrors III
Publisher: Necromancer
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/17/2010 06:19:04
Book 3 of Necromancer Games book of iconic monsters. The monster here are a little less iconic, but still there are some favorites. If you love monsters then this is a great choice.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Tome of Horrors III
Publisher: Necromancer
by Terry D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/26/2009 21:01:52
This is a wonderful collection of new and different monsters of all flavor. Some artwork is better than others as are some of the monsters. But overall each entry is well written and fleshed out as well as not game breaking if you put them in your setting.

Definitely a good buy if you want to send monsters your players have no idea what they are getting into. And fills some slightly empty niches to boot.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Tome of Horrors III
Publisher: Necromancer
by Kelley M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/23/2007 00:00:00
I did not like it as much as I likes Tomb of Horrors 1 because Tomb of Horrors 1 gives you all creatures that disappeared in the 3rd edition set. It is good with the same quality as in Tomb of horrors I but fewer monsters and most (maybe all) of them new. Some a little weird and not sure I would ever use - but that can be said for all the creature books in any system.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tome of Horrors III
Publisher: Necromancer
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/31/2007 00:00:00
Tome of Horrors III is a monster book from Necromancer Games. As with the Tome of Horrors II, virtually all of the monsters found here are original, not updates of creatures from earlier editions of the world?s most popular FRPG. The PDF file is not quite twelve megabytes, and has your name watermarked in tiny print at the bottom left corner of each page. Bookmarks are given for the beginning monster of each letter of the alphabet, as well as to the two appendices in the book. There is also a non-hyperlinked table of contents for each monster. The book is 251 pages long, though this includes the covers, the OGL, the table of contents, and the introduction.

The ToH3 is a book replete with artwork. Even not taking the color cover into account, every monster has a black and white illustration, and there is a grey border on alternating sides of every page. Unless you have a powerful printer, or are only planning on printing out a few monsters at a time, you may well be better served to buy the hardcopy version of this book if you want a print copy.

Aside from a few monsters from previous Necromancer Games products, all of the creatures in the ToH3 are new. Several, though, build off of monsters introduced in the previous Tome of Horrors book. For example, several new devils deal with Lucifer and his plane Infernus, introduced in the Tome of Horrors II. For the most part though, these are relatively rare, and most of the monsters in here stand on their own. A number of the creatures here have a sample advanced creature given as well, just like in the MM, where a random monster will have class levels, advanced hit dice, a template, or some combination thereof.

The monsters here are slightly skewed towards less powerful creatures, aiming for those with a CR of 10 or less. This isn?t too terribly noticeable, as roughly just over a third of the monsters here are CR 11 or more, but GMs looking for lower level monsters will be better served here. And there are only five creatures with a CR above 20, making this a relatively poor resource for epic foes.

The book has two appendices, with the first being animals. Most but not all of these are contemporary animals, such as raccoons, while others are things like the dire smilodon or the brontotherium. The second appendix consists of templates, with each template having an example creature given as well.

The book ends with by giving several new monster feats, as well as briefly going over some new planes of existence (including Infernus), reprinting the information on types and subtypes, and finally ending with a listing of monsters by Challenge Rating. Oddly, the book?s introduction says there?s supposed to be a master index of monsters from all of the ToH books here, but it seems to have been omitted.

The Tome of Horrors III ultimately does a good job of living up to its predecessor volumes. The stat information here seems solid, and the monsters remain interesting without being too cumbersome that a GM can?t just throw them at his players as monsters to hack and slash, if he so wanted. If the original Tome of Horrors was a case of hollow point, explosive shells, then the Tome of Horrors III is a fresh clip.



LIKED: The new monsters here are well designed, and can easily be used in any d20 fantasy game. Several of them nicely build off the themes from the ToH2, making for a great sense of continuity.

DISLIKED: It would have been nice if a printer-friendly version of the book had been offered. It was also disappointing that the promised master index of ToH creatures was not to be found.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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