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Image courtesy of Shane Glodoski, USA
Monstrous Compendium VOLUME ONE
Item code: TSR2102
Internal code: MC1
Type: Core Rules
Release: 1989
Design Concept: David "Zeb" Cook
Steve Winter
Jon Pickens
Design Coordinator: Bruce A. Heard
Designer: Jay Battista
Scott Bennie
Grant Boucher
Steve Gilbert
Heike Kubasch
Jim Lowder
David Martin
Bruce Nesmith
Rick Swan
John Terra
Gary Thomas
Karen S. Boomgarden
Editors: Bill Connors
Gary Thomas
Cover Art: Jeff Easley
Interior Art: Jim Holloway
Format: Folder with slipcase
Print Runs: 1st (1989)
2nd (?)
Rarity: Common
Value@NrMint: $10
ISBN: 0-88038-738-6
Cover Price: $18.00 U.S.
Weight: 950 grams
Dimensions: Width: 27,5 cm;
Height: 29,5 cm;
Depth: 6,5 cm
Collectors value: This item is extremely rare in original shrink-wrap - it is then worth $50. It can commonly be found, but mostly the slipcase will be missing or severally battered. A collectors item contains folder, slipcase, monster pages and cardboard dividers in near mint or better condition.

"What's a fantasy role-playing game without monsters? At the heart of any good AD&D® adventure, you'll find great monsters - dragons, giants, trolls, killer oozes, shadows, and who knows what else! This first Monstrous Compendium gives DMs and players 144 5-hole punched pages of new and improved monsters with all-new illustrations, expanded descriptions, and complete statistical data, all in an easy-to-read, easy to reference format. Players can organize the monsters in this pack, alphabetically, according to when they show up in an adventure, according to monster type, or any other way they see fit. And the binder is large enough to hold additional monster sheets from Monstrous Compendium Volumes Two and Three!"

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  • Slipcase
  • Binder
  • 77 5-hole-punched monster sheets (printed on both sides)
  • 8 cardboard dividers, colored

Printing information

1st Printing: (see picture on top of page) The 1st printing of this module shows the TSR angled logo. There are variations of this printing known: Some do have perforated sheets and the Vampire entry has at least in one case an identical entry on the back side only with the image of the oriental vampire. Printing information courtesy of Shane Glodoski, USA

2nd Printing: The 2nd printing of this module shows the TSR golden ingot logo.
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