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Nature's Wrath
Publisher: Bloodstone Press
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/05/2009 09:27:03

Did you think that ravening monsters and evil wizards were the main threats against your character's life and well-being? Think again!

This book aims to give the DM a range of natural ways of making characters ill - the sorts of 'real world' dangers that threaten anyone, particularly in the average mediaeval-style setting of most D&D games. Each is provided with game information in the shape of Fortitude saves to avoid or minimise the effects, and a range of effects over and above mere attribute loss, designed to enhance role-playing and realism.

The first chapter looks at plant-based poisons. While many could be used by an evil herbalist or assassin, the emphasis is on accidental poisoning - eating the wrong mushroom or a dodgy piece of shellfish - rather than deliberate attempts to do away with someone. The effects are bad enough to make anyone want to think twice about what they are just about to eat. It's good to see the linkage between 'game effects' such as hit point and attribute loss and negative circumstance modifiers, and more descriptive effects such as suffering stomach cramps or extreme thirst. The tools are there for those who want to role-play the difficulties that their characters are in.

The second chapter gives the same treatment to diseases - how easy and under what conditions you might catch them, what the effects are and how (if) you'll get better. There are also some variants on the standard D&D rules for curing diseases by spell - so that those DMs who want to make use of diseases will not see them waved out of existence by a cleric's hand! These new rules are well-thought out and still give characters a good chance of survival without making it a certainty, or enabling them to bypass all the ill effects.

This is a book to be used with caution. It would be all too easy to just fill your world with poisonous plants and nasty illnesses, and end up with characters too feeble to wave a sword or cast a spell. But used with care, it can add an extra layer of realism to your game world.



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Nature's Wrath
Publisher: Bloodstone Press
by Geoff H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/19/2006 00:00:00

A good book with a lot of useful material on real-world poisons and diseases and how to use them in your game.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: The variant rules for diseases are good as are the many new conditions.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: The product is fine, it would have been nice to have some more info, like what would Knowledge checks tell you about these new poisons and diseases, but that is just icing and not a detraction from this product.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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Nature's Wrath
Publisher: Bloodstone Press
by Michael T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/26/2004 00:00:00

Excellent product, wish I'd bought it years ago! Great research, no wasted material. Does what you need, nothing more, nothing less. Great research seems very accurate (wish I hadn't wasted so much time trying to do it myself!). Must have for every campaign. <br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Darn near everything. I will look for others from this vendor. <br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: No illustrations. They aren't necessary, but they would help. No modifiers give to find plants (but modifiers given to identify). Uses scientific names rather than 'common' names. Not much detail given for how to prepare poisons. I'm reaching here I know. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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Nature's Wrath
Publisher: Bloodstone Press
by brad n. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/31/2004 00:00:00

Cool stuff. I used it to disease a player. Gave him the runs and vomiting. Was amusing and added alot to our session. Good product!



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Creator Reply:
Thanks! We've had a lot of fun with these rules as well. Material from this collection makes it into almost every game we run.
Nature's Wrath
Publisher: Bloodstone Press
by Gilberto L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/16/2004 00:00:00

PCs not scared by poisons and diseases anymore? Enter Nature's Wrath, a nice compendium of new diseases, poisons and conditions to strike fear to the hearts of many PCs.

Nice supplement overall with good mechanics and content. It can add some detail to a campaign, and thus its use will depend on the DM's style.



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Nature's Wrath
Publisher: Bloodstone Press
by Angus M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/10/2004 00:00:00

Interesting little volume, though it does bring that odd "pull" into a game -- D20/D&D is Big Fantasy, but this game injects real world diseases and poisons. This means that you have to juggle the cinematic vision of D&D with actual deadly mushrooms and the like. Good for this kind of material, but many people will find it an odd fit.



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