||Trees of Fantasy by Bards and Sages is a 24-page source-book of fantastic trees and types of wood. As the introduction of the book points out the trade in lumber and worked wood has a long and profitable history and it should be no different in a fantasy world. Indeed a fantasy world is likely to have special woods with unique properties which this product details.
Each of the 23 types of wood is detailed by appearance ? and accompanied by a full-color illustration ? with complete game statistics, value and ability and the possible effects of including such wood on a game world. Among the types of wood presented are: balsa liftwood that floats in the air under certain circumstance. Types of wood that are as hard as metal, including ?mystic? ironwood and elven redwood. With other woods possessing interesting special effects and abilities.
There are several items, quasi-mundane and magic, using the new materials. Though one of the items (Sugi Staff of Healing) is given the ability to cast both lesser restoration and cure serious wound without a cost in charges, making it an eternal and very powerful (artefact level) healing item. Along with ways to use these woods in traps. Lastly, there are new uses of skills.
While the full color illustrations are much appreciated and provide a useful set of visual references, a printer friendly version with the illustrations broken out separately (so the DM would only need to print the ones needed at the time) would have been helpful.
This product is a wonderful way to expand a game world by adding colorful (often literally) background elements with as much system impact as the DM wishes to allow. While the rules used in this product are D20, most of the ideas would be easily adaptable to any fantasy settings.
LIKED: Fantastic items that are interesting without being powerful.
DISLIKED: No printer friendly version.
QUALITY: Very Good
[4 of 5 Stars!]