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The Book of Distinctions & Drawbacks

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Give your d20 characters a reason to praise the hands that rolled their hit dice or curse the day their sheets were xeroxed with The Book of Distinctions & Drawbacks Revised!

The Book of Distinctions & Drawbacks Revised is a character embellishment sourcebook for fantasy d20. This 73-page PDF (recently expanded and improved with nearly 30 pages of new material) attempts to plug a lingering hole in the d20 fantasy lineup by presenting a well-balanced, thoughtful, and exhaustive list of flaws and background advantages for d20 characters.

The balance of a d20 game can be a very delicate thing to toy with, but the Book of Distinctions & Drawbacks Revised offers a variety of systems and approaches for integrating its embellishments with as little pain and fuss as possible. Players and DMs will be able to choose from more than 155 flaws, taints, curses, quirks, and misfortunes, as well as 18 background advantages including lands, titles, clerical investments, allies, contacts, wealth, fortifications, and much, much more!

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EN World: 4 out of 5

RPGnet: 9 out of 10

 
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May 31st, 2009
This product is hugely useful for character creation and A LOT of comprehensive descriptions. There are more flaws than advantages but I still found it very helpful as I converted it over to FUDGE for the campaign I am running. I bought the The Book [...]
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December 19th, 2005
I absolutly enjoyed this product. The level of depth it helps to add to characters is amazing. Now instead of just saying that your character is a prince(ss) in exile, you can purchese the title, the right to the land, and even extra gold. Naturally, [...]
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May 20th, 2005
Reviewed this once on ENWorld - review is gone, now though. In short - the best, most complete merit/flaw system for d20 I've seen. The new version is more concrete in how it is supposed to be used and lends itself a bit more to min/maxing in the " [...]
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March 20th, 2005
A very useful supplement, however as with any merit/flaw system (especially a "tacted on system" abuse possibilities abound. Police the use of this product carefully . . . don't let the players run amok min maxing PC's. QUALITY: V [...]
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November 28th, 2004
This book is of great use to those DMs and Players that wish to add some "personality" to their characters to distinguish them more from the stock core classes and prestige classes. I find the book fairly well balanced and the drawbacks are [...]
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Silver seller
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1.0
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CSD05
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November 03, 2003
This title was added to our catalog on November 03, 2003.
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Cryptosnark Games
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