Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition Fiend Folio, Vintage Hardcover TSR UK Monster Book by Don Turnbull, TSR2012, First Print
This listing is for a vintage copy of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition Fiend Folio "The Tome of Creatures Malevolent and Benign" edited by Don Turnbull. This 128-page hardcover book was released in 1981 and added so many weird and wonderful monsters to the AD&D game.
This hardcover book contains some of the nastiest monsters ever created for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game. The monsters are the products of the United Kingdom and are cited as the first major contribution from the British Isles.
It has always been one of my favorite books, probably because it always made my players cringe at the mere sight of it. This tome of monsters is full of awesome illustrations. I've heard it said that the Fiend Folio is not a favorite of some DMs because of the silly monsters contained within its pages. After all, who could fear a Flumph? Or a Tirapheg? Well, that all depends on the DM. A clever DM might give the tiraphegs a few "bonuses" so that it has something really nasty (perhaps a one-use item) that will really challenge the characters during the round they are confused. Even if you don't have the time or interest to tweak the "silly" monsters, you have the Githyanki with their silver swords or, one of my personal favorites, the Sons of Kyuss. How can you beat a monster that looks really gross, regenerates, has an aura of fear, and shoots fat green worms that can burrow into your brain?
Also, Lolth, Githzerai, and Grells. These will easily make up for any "silly" monsters. And remember, they are only silly until they eat your player's faces off!
From the back of the tome:
This tome contains alphabetical listings of monsters designed for use with the advanced dungeons & dragons game system. Each creature is described and most are illustrated for easy identification.
BERBALANG FREQUENCY: Very rare
NO. APPEARING: 1
ARMOUR CLASS: 6
HIT DICE: 1+1
% IN LAIR: See below
TREASURE TYPE: D
NO. OF ATTACKS: 3
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Nil
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
ALIGNMENT: Chaotic Evil
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil
LEVEL/X.P. VALUE: III/65 + 2 per hit point
The berbalang spends the greater part of each month in an apparently dormant state, hibernating preferably in a well-hidden cave. Though seemingly comatose, the berbalang is actually roaming the Astral Plane where it spends its time hunting creatures weaker than itself... Using the new encounter tables contained herein, this work is sure to add new excitement to any AD&D game.
This book is in Good condition showing some use and wear. The cover shows some wear at the corners (bent), creases at the binding, and scuffing overall. Inside the cover and the flyleaves have discolorations and some light pencil writing. The inside shows lots of wear, some discolored spots, and is discolored at the edges. Many of the illustrations have been colored nicely, and comments have been added to some. There is light pencil writing here and there, but this fine tome is still sturdy and ready for more adventures.
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