Forgotten Realms was the first campaign world expansion for the new AD&D 2e Monstrous Compendium binder system in 1989. 32 sheets of new monsters, some specific to the Forgotten Realms (Crawling Claw, Dracolich). But mostly iconic monsters from AD&D 1e Monster Manual and Fiend Folio (Dinosaurs, Meazel, Svirfneblin).
From the outset, the Monstrous Compendium releases were labelled Volume 1, 2, 3. This “Volume” nomenclature fell apart on TSR almost immediately, as you’ll see in my post about Volume Two (x2):
The Forgotten Realms Appendix (MC3, TSR product code 2004) got its cover graphics modified for its 1991 re-release because of this Volume snafu.
In the rest of this post, I’ll show side by side photos of the two versions, with my commentary.
The 1989 set cover graphics emphasize “Monstrous Compendium” and “Volume Three”…
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