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Adventure stat blocks - in area descriptions or in the back?

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Name Lips:
As a DM I'm a bit torn on this. I like detailed stat blocks for the monsters in an adventure, but I hate flipping to the back of the book and scanning through an alphabetical appendix to find them.

On the other hand, I don't much like them in the area description either. They take up a lot of room and don't contribute much to the text. Some adventure writers strive (uselessly IMO) to make a compramise - they'll put just the hit points of the monsters in the area description, and the rest of the stats in the appendix.

Trainz:
I like teh 1st and 2nd ed versions better. Hit points in the description, monster stats at the end IN MONSTER MANUAL FORMAT. It's so easy to view your critter's stats in MM format.

:mad:

Technicolor Dreamcoat:
I'd like to have them on seperate sheets so I can copy/tear out the pages and put them next to the adventure text, or the initiative list, or what have you.

However, since I often change monster stats (even if a lot of changes are small), and make my own write-ups, I prefer them at the end where i don't get confused by them.

Technicolor Dreamcoat:

--- Quote from: Trainz ---I like teh 1st and 2nd ed versions better. Hit points in the description, monster stats at the end IN MONSTER MANUAL FORMAT. It's so easy to view your critter's stats in MM format.

:mad:
--- End quote ---

Oh, yeah. That's another reason why I write my own. I can put them into a real stat-block and not some kind of quickie stats.

Name Lips:

--- Quote from: Trainz ---I like teh 1st and 2nd ed versions better. Hit points in the description, monster stats at the end IN MONSTER MANUAL FORMAT. It's so easy to view your critter's stats in MM format.

:mad:
--- End quote ---

Monster manual format, how I love thee... Companies are reluctant to publish books with it, though, since one page monster descriptions for every monster in the adventure add a great many pages to the product.

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