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Dungeons and Drawings: An Illustrated Compendium of Creatures - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published December 29th 2019
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This book, by Blanca Martínez de Rituerto and Joe Sparrow, contains illustrations of, and statistics for, many of the creatures that are featured in the tabletop roleplaying game, Dungeons and Dragons.

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A Bajang, or jungle imp.

The illustrations are stylised, and sometimes quite cartoonish, which will not be to everyone's taste, but I found them useful in helping to visualise some of the stranger creatures in the book. There is a good range of critters covered, including a couple I had never heard of despite having a played some D&D and read a lot of fantasy fiction

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Each illustration is accompanied by a brief description of the creature and a table with information about its alignment (good, evil or neutral), magic and combat abilities, loot and danger rating.

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Crab folk.

This book will probably appeal most to veteran Dungeons and Dragons players, and it might also be handy for newer players who want to get an idea what their characters are up against. However, it's not just for gamers. Since the creatures in D&D tend to come from myths and legends from around the world, I imagine this compendium would also be of interest to fantasy fiction writers, or anybody with an interest in folklore and mythology.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Andrews McMeel Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

November 2019
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Why? For the interesting art and information about monsters from around the world.
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