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DMGR1 Campaign Sourcebook and Catacomb Guide (2e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Robert J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/04/2007 00:00:00
This is a really excellent 2nd edition accessory that I was missing from my old collection of books. The material in this book could be used with any classic fantasy RPG, as it has nothing to do with exact rules and numbers. Its something a DM can use as a resource to build Worlds, Campaigns, Adventures, Maps and exciting NPC's. I'll be using this for Castles & Crusades a really excellent and simplified version of D&D.

LIKED: This book will give you a solid structure for building a custom tailored RPG campaign setting. I also liked the use of 3D perspective maps for dungeons and castles... Very attractive, and much more visual for the players to look at... They take a little work, and a little drawing skill, but will be very good for certain climatic locations, or locations used over and over on a regular basis.

DISLIKED: The scans as usual could be better... someone should be taking these through Photoshop and increasing the contrast... or better yet bumping up the contrast in the scanning software to begin with... I realize I'm only paying $4.95 for the material, but I do have to pump out my own ink after too, and we all know how expensive the ink is!!!! Its good enough to read... but I think these could be improved.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied

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Castles & Crusades Condensed
Publisher: Troll Lord Games
by Robert J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/01/2007 00:00:00
This is such an excellent game system in my opinion. I hadn't played D&D for years... the last time I was playing it was with D&D basic boxed sets, and later with AD&D 2nd Edition. I looked at D&D 3.5e, and it left me scratching my head what the heck happened to the game I remembered. Castles & Crusades cut out so much of the complexity added in 3.0 and 3.5e, that I immediately fell in love with it. It is a beautiful marriage of the unified d20 system, with all the goodness of original D&D from back in the day. Two things I especially loathed in the new D&D, were the heavy reliance on miniatures and gridded maps for combat, and the tons of skills and feats you had to swim through with each character. Castles & Crusades provides elegant and straight forward combat that doesn't need require any miniatures... just your colorful imagination... and skills and feats are tossed out in favor of letting the DM making simple rolls with the SIEGE system on a d20 to figure out what characters can and cannot do... Its all simple and beautiful, and leads to fantastic role playing sessions that get back to the heart of the game and away from all the uneccesary garbage (in my opinion) that was added into the latest versions of D&D.

LIKED: Its D&D clean and simple, and will lead to many a fantastic adventure without all the micro management required in D&D 3.0 and 3.5e.

DISLIKED: Its a condensed version... so you only get 20 monsters, and some of the rules from the full book version of the Castles & Crusades PHB are cut out. Its great though if you want of taste of Castles & Crusades right freakin now! Then go order the PHB and the Monsters and Treasures books, and you have EVERYTHING you need to play old school D&D goodness for around under 30 bucks. FANTASTIC!!!

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied

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