#RPGaday Number 10: Favorite Tie-In Novel or Game Fiction
Another Engel entry here. Engel: Creatures of the Dream Seed is actually the monster manual for the d20 version of the Engel RPG. But, it is arranged so that all the stats are at the last third of the book. The first two-thirds are a picaresque novella in which a travelling monk encounters all sorts of horrible monsters. The illustrations alone are worth the price of the book, but the tale is actually quite intriguing. In fact, knowing nothing at all of the Engel setting, this book alone sold me on the whole thing (fortunate, because it really is a cool sandbox to play in). If you like monsters, especially insect-based monsters, I highly recommend this book. The d20 stuff is pretty forgettable, but the fiction and the pictures are top-notch.