It's a simple question, really: Is it okay for the players to read the monster manuals?
I'll discuss my take on it, but first I threw up a poll to see what the readers of my ramblings think about this.
I remember (but can't locate) reading a blog post about Jeff Rients's game - apparently he encourages people to read the monster manuals. Or at least lets them do it.
At least one of my players has practically memorized the monsters from the D&D-lineage games. Endless reading of the monster manuals, playing D&D-based games, and a sharp memory has given him a huge amount of out-of-game knowledge. Others have no clue beyond video games and hazy memories of early gaming days.
How about you guys?