This has been sitting on my desk forever begging me to review. Today seems like a good day for it.
Review: Monsters of Mayhem #1
Monsters of Mayhem #1 is the latest monster tome from the Mad Wizard himself, Mark Taormino. Mark has made a good name for himself in the Old School D&D scene producing some top rated gonzo adventures. So it should only seem natural that he would turn his attention to making an equally gonzo and fun monster book. Which is exactly what he did.
Monsters of Mayhem is 36 pages of monsters for old school games using OSRIC, coughAD&Dcough.
I am reviewing both the physical book and the PDF.
The book is black & white with color covers and "blue map" inside covers. There are 48 monsters here, most illustrated.
The monsters themselves are all fun and all of them are very deadly, or at least they could be in the hands of a sadist DM.
Many have appeared in his adventures, but there are some new faces here as well. Also many will invoke a feeling of nostalgia for anyone that played AD&D back int he 80s. Some are fun, like "The Little Green Bastards" (aliens), some are nostalgic like the "Astral Drifter" and "Star Spawn", and others are just plain disgusting (in a great way) like the "Block of Hungry Flesh". Others still are very deadly like the infamous "Vampire Lich".
Our cover girl is a Demonia Gigantica which was one of the very first monsters I used from this book.
The style reminds you of the old school, early 80s, style of books. Save for how over the top everything is it could pass for an 80s book. Well, that and the production values are top-notch.
I high recommend this book.
There is a lot packed into 36 pages here.
For $10.00 you get a lot and will really spice up your game a little.
If you want to pick up a dead-tree version then check out Mark's newest Kickstarter, Maximum Mayhem Dungeons #6: Moving Maze of the Mad Master.