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Monster Manual Expanded (5E)

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Youtube Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQJGw0GSIX8

"Monster Manual Expanded has plenty that should spark a player's imagination. From enormous mimics to mind flayer assassins to succubi with bardic abilities, there's plenty of monsters to add to a DM's arsenal and turn a good encounter into an instantly memorable one. Best of all, none of the monsters feel overpowered or unbalanced, so DMs can toss these creatures into their campaigns instantly with minimal prep involved." - Comicbook.com (https://comicbook.com/gaming/2019/03/02/dungeons-and-dragons-monster-manual-expanded/)

"The creativity and attention to detail that went into this already makes it must have companion to your MM... you should buy this book and watch your player's jaws drop when monsters they thought they knew prove capable of so much more!"DnD Character Lab (https://www.patreon.com/dndcharacterlab)

"Monster Manual Expanded does a fantastic job of lovingly recreating monsters that were sadly missing from 5e... Whether you're looking to populate your homebrew world or just looking to make that 10th playthrough of Lost Mines of Phandelver a little more interesting, Monster Manual Expanded should be one of your go to resources." - Nerdimmersion (http://www.nerdimmersion.com/)

Monster Manual Expanded is a 321-page source of content that supplements the Monster Manual.  It aims to provide Dungeon Masters more options and flexibility in designing adventures and dressing up their dungeons with a wider variety of creatures and characters that are based on the Monster Manual.  Finally, it also adds variants that provide a nostalgic and classic feel that DMs experienced with the older editions are probably familiar with.

In total, there are over 470 creature stat blocks in this book at the Dungeon Master's disposal!  

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Dragonix N August 09, 2019 1:02 pm UTC
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Version 1.14 is available now.

Fixed vampire weapon damage.
Fixed ettin language.
A few minor changes in descriptions
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Gage R August 09, 2019 11:52 am UTC
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Might I ask why the vampires all deal double weapon damage die, yet there is nothing to indicate as to why they would have this trait?

Also, the vampire spawn warrrior uses a longsword, but it deals piercing damage instead of slashing.
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Dragonix N August 09, 2019 12:23 pm UTC
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you are right, i believe I may have misread the claws as claw and assumed vampires dealt double weapon damage (like the brute feature). will fix them all in the next version. i'll recalculate their CRs as well. currently the CR matches their damage output tho so in the meantime assume they have the brute feature.
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Dragonix N August 09, 2019 12:58 pm UTC
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fixed now in 1.14
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Gage R August 09, 2019 3:20 pm UTC
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I think the vampire spawn warrior should have a weaker unarmed strike attack rather than claws (Something like 1d4). Otherwise it would simply be better for the vampire to fight unarmed (Same damage and can also grapple if need be)
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Dragonix N August 09, 2019 3:47 pm UTC
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What I'll probably do is rework the multiattack and give the warrior a greatsword. I'll think about it and should have an update by next week. As much as possible, I don't want to remove claws as it is in the vampire spawn default attack. But we'll see.
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Dragonix N August 09, 2019 4:35 pm UTC
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After giving it much thought, this is what I'll probably do. The Vampire Spawn Warrior's multiattack will now read as:

"The vampire makes two attacks: two with its claws or once with its claws and once with its 'b-i-t-e.' Alternatively, it can make two greatsword attacks."

This way, it can either go full weapon damage mode or try to grab its victim and 'b-i-t-e' it. This would make more sense as it appears to need both hands (claws) free for a grab, or wield two hands for the greatsword.

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Dragonix N August 02, 2019 4:20 am UTC
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Version 1.13 is now available.

- Updates skum stat blocks to be aligned with the skum that comes with Ghosts of Saltmarsh
- Added new art work
- Fixed wording of some aura abilities
- Fixed a few errata
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Dragonix N July 16, 2019 1:31 pm UTC
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Version 1.12 is now available, which fixes the stat errors of the hill giant, ogre shaman, ogre skirmisher, and orc wolf shaman.
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Mattia M July 10, 2019 12:49 pm UTC
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Hello!

As I am soon going to print v 1.12, would it be possible to add an additional page (after the back cover?) where you keep track of the Errata, same as MM of WotC.

That way we could print just that handout, at every update, and put into the book to check the recent modifications to the content.
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Dragonix N July 16, 2019 1:32 pm UTC
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i'll put that on my to-do list mattia, but not in the near future. currently, i'm focusing on working on the next book. the only breaks i can do for now are fixing erratas.
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Nathaniel L July 09, 2019 2:44 pm UTC
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Hey there! I have a few other notes for you:

*Hill Giant Chieftain*

1. The hit points should be 184.
2. Perception should be +4 and passive Perception should be 14 since CR 11 monsters have a +4 proficiency bonus.

*Ogres*

1. Most, if not all, of the ogres seem to have 1 extra hit point.

*Ogre Shaman*

1. Passive Perception should be 11.
2. Attack bonus should be +6.
3. Damage bonus should be +4.

*Ogre Skirmisher*

1. Attack bonus should be +6.
2. Damage bonus should be +4.
3. The Skirmish Advantage text might do well as: The ogre gains advantage on the first attack roll of its turn if it has moved to a space at least 15 feet from the space it occupied at the start of its turn. Reasons: "its turn" instead of "this turn" for consistency with the grammar used in the sourcebooks; "start of its turn" instead of "beginning of its turn" for the same...See more
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Dragonix N July 10, 2019 6:02 am UTC
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thanks nate, i'll have it fixed by next week.

the extra hit point is due to the web app rounding the numbers. it's no biggie but i'll have the ogres' hp fixed.
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Dragonix N July 16, 2019 1:32 pm UTC
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fixed.
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Dragonix N July 06, 2019 5:39 pm UTC
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Version 1.11 is now available.

It includes the following:
- Fixes skills section of goblins (it was missing in previous versions).
- Reworded Skirmish Advantage
- Added preview cover of next book

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Jeremy E July 01, 2019 2:00 pm UTC
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I've been following this product for a while now hoping for news that it would be available as a POD. Is that idea dead and I should get the pdf or is there a plan for print? Thank you
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Dragonix N July 01, 2019 2:09 pm UTC
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Hi Jeremy. I have been trying to figure working out a POD myself for a couple of months now. However, it's been very challenging. Each time I think I meet a breakthrough, there's another barrier that I discover. The truth is, I am losing hope that I can work out all the kinks myself. The recoloring alone will take a lot of work, and I'm not sure I can have it done. The easiest way for me is to hire someone who can do it all for me, but the cost might not be worth it anymore at this point that I don't think I'll be able to recoup it. This dilemma is the reason why I couldn't answer questions about POD status. I hope you can understand. I will probably create a printer friendly version (one with a plain white background) so that those who want it printed but at a low cost can have that option.
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clive S July 01, 2019 2:20 pm UTC
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What about doing a kick starter, I would pay
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Dragonix N July 01, 2019 2:28 pm UTC
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hmm i'm not sure how i'll go on about doing that... haven't tried kickstarter... also i'm not sure if I can actually do something like that outside of DMG... sigh... i'll ask around. also, thank you clive!
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clive S July 01, 2019 5:24 pm UTC
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Your book is better than what Wizards put out in the original.

Sure, you have not the art budget, or the series of professional editors and play testers they have, but still, it is better I think. If you had those resources everyone would be saying your book is better. If a good quality POD was made it would beat any other 5E monster guide.

WOC or another game company would be wise if they hired you as a designer.

You have produced a fantastic book, even if you never get a POD then it will still be my goto book for 5E.

And I have been buying D&D books since 1980.
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Dragonix N July 01, 2019 5:44 pm UTC
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Wow, I don't know how to react to that except... thank you Clive! That praise probably made my week! :) I know I could have done better with the errata and all, but I appreciate everyone's help in pointing them out and having the patience to wait for me to fix them all.

Again, thanks Clive. :)
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Jeremy E July 04, 2019 2:01 pm UTC
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Thanks for the quick reply and sorry that you had problems bringing it to print. I purchased the pdf and will just bring it to a local print shop. The next question is of course...when are you going to expand Volo's and Mordenkainen's? :-)
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Dragonix N July 04, 2019 2:13 pm UTC
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I'm already working on it. ;) You should see a preview cover in the next few weeks with the release period. But don't get too excited, i really just started so it's going to take a while.
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Thomas R July 06, 2019 1:03 am UTC
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I would pay too if you were to do a Kickstarter.
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Karen G July 08, 2019 11:59 pm UTC
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I also think it's one of the best of the monster manuals, including Wizards. I would definitely purchase a POD version, and wouldn't be too picky about the cover art.
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clive S July 09, 2019 3:28 am UTC
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I love the cover art
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Dragonix N July 01, 2019 12:24 am UTC
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version 1.10, which fixes a number of errata, is now available.
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Gage R July 01, 2019 12:55 am UTC
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Just a heads up. Your trolls need adjustments to their attack bonuses. Some of them have implied proficiency bonuses that do not match the actual bonuses for their given CR.
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Christopher B July 01, 2019 1:54 am UTC
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Hi. The latest download is still says it is version 1.09. But, maybe you took the update down to make additional corrections.
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Dragonix N July 01, 2019 2:54 am UTC
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i just checked, it looks like just the cave troll and scrag. i've applied the adjustments and recalculated their CR, which turns out still the same. ty for the notice.
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Dragonix N July 01, 2019 3:17 am UTC
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fixed now. thanks chris and gage.
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Karen G June 21, 2019 10:41 pm UTC
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A couple that might be in error.

Bugbear Skeleton listed as humanoid (goblinoid) chaotic evil, but most of the other skeletons are undead lawful evil.

The two sphinxes are listed as magical beasts - Should they be monstrosities?

The Giant Caecilia in the beast section is labeled as a monstrosity, should it be beast like most there?

The Giant Leech in the beast section is labeled as a monstrosity, should it be beast like most there?

The Sea Serpent in the beast section is labeled as a monstrosity, should it be beast like most there?

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Dragonix N June 21, 2019 11:29 pm UTC
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Apologies for the errata, especially the magical beasts, that's what happens when you don't sleep trying to finish a book.
Yep, all skeletons should be lawful evil.
Caecilia and giant leech definitely are beasts. The Sea Serpent though is a monstrosity. It is a bit more intelligent and charismatic than beasts. Think of it as an aquatic behir.

Good catches Karen. I wonder, did you read through each and every statblock? Let me know if you did, and I'll try to apply the fixes as soon as I can. If not, but you still plan on reading through all of them, I'd greatly appreciate it. I've already had at least three people read through all the stat blocks and you still managed to catch these. That's a fine high perception you got there! ;)
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Karen G June 21, 2019 11:38 pm UTC
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No, I've been keying them into a spreadsheet to load into the "Kobold Fight Club". As that site is only for calculating encounters, it only needs the name, CR, size, type, alignment, HPs, AC and source. You still need to have the source to play, this just lets you know the Adjusted XP for the encounter, like with mixed monsters, and the challenge and makes it easy to select monsters from many sources. So I stumbled across the ones I've mentioned when keying them into the spreadsheet.
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Dragonix N June 21, 2019 11:44 pm UTC
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Ah yeah I remember now. Well, if you ever do key them all into KFC, I hope you'd consider sending me a copy of the data file. I could probably include it as part of the release (crediting you of course). But nonetheless, thank you for the reports. :)
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Karen G June 21, 2019 11:58 pm UTC
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It's done as of today, you can find it at: https://www.reddit.com/r/asmor/comments/b1l337/list_of_communityadded_kfc_content_2_electric/

Let me know if you have any issues loading it.
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Karen G June 22, 2019 12:04 am UTC
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The spreadsheet is at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Lx7a0cIkR3mhVWdklFpD4CpVW601HiD4H-nZ2VC0lXA/edit#gid=0

I made the changes you confirmed for me.
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Dragonix N June 22, 2019 1:38 pm UTC
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Awesome! Thanks Karen!
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Dragonix N July 01, 2019 12:24 am UTC
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fixed in latest update.
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Thomas S June 21, 2019 12:34 pm UTC
Cambion Warlock AC should be 16/19 (mage armor 13 + 4 (dex) + 4 (cha)). Cambion Abyssal Trickster should be AC 18 (studded 12 + 4 (dex) + 3 (cha)).
Where does the Warlock's +4 dam to melee attacks come from. Should it be only +2?

Amazing work! When will we see a POD?
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Dragonix N June 21, 2019 9:18 pm UTC
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Thanks Thomas. Will have them fixed in the next version which should come within the next 2 weeks.
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Thomas S June 25, 2019 7:14 pm UTC
Cool. I somehow managed to mess my errata up. Should be: Cambion Warlock AC 15/19 (mage armor 13 + 2 (dex) + 4 (cha)). Cambion Abyssal Trickster AC 19 (studded 12 + 4 (dex) + 3 (cha)).
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Dragonix N July 01, 2019 12:25 am UTC
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fixed in latest version
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Karen G June 20, 2019 1:08 am UTC
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The Bugbear Footpad is (7d7 +7) and the Bugbear Marauder is (Skir1d8+22). Are those errors? And I would dearly love to see this as a print-on-demand. Great work.
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Dragonix N June 20, 2019 2:12 am UTC
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Errors, although I have no idea how the 'skir' got into that. The Footpad should be 7d8+7. The marauder should be 11d8 + 22. Its Constitution should be 14 as well. I'll fix it in the next update.
Thank you, Karen!
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Karen G June 20, 2019 4:53 am UTC
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Thanks. I've been keying them in to import into the Kobold Fight Club format.
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Mattia M June 13, 2019 3:40 pm UTC
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Hello,

I see that, with the latest update, the front cover was cleaned from all the ratings visible in the preview (thanks!).
Would it be possible adding also the back cover, just like a professional book.

Done that I might think of printing an hardcopy, unless you're planning to allow print on demand option.

Waiting for some news of yours,
Mattia.
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Mattia M June 18, 2019 8:57 am UTC
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Hello,

Sorry, just seen you did it.

Thanks!
Mattia.
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Dragonix N June 11, 2019 6:01 pm UTC
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The Fantasy Grounds version is now available!

https://www.dmsguild.com/product/279633/Monster-Manual-Expanded-Fantasy-Grounds?affiliate_id=1138250
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clive S June 08, 2019 7:59 pm UTC
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Exciting to hear you are working on a new book.

I am going to have to sacrifice to the Spaghetti Monster, and offer many prayers and platitudes, if they work I hope the all-powerful lord of the sauce of life will accept my devotions and use his infinite noodlyness so that my Christmas wish come true and have a nice POD of Monster Manual Expanded available.

So help me, Ramen.
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Dragonix N June 08, 2019 6:53 pm UTC
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Version 1.09 is released. Fixes the sorcery points issue and various other typos.
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