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AC11 The Book of Wondrous Inventions (Basic)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Ryan D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/24/2018 08:54:54

A book full of zany inventions that stretches the boundaries of what can be done with old tech. Many of the machines are useless in most compaigns, but they nonetheless spark the imagination and provide alot of fun. The few semi-serious inventions (Cloud Builder, Dungeon Borer and Printing Press to name a couple) can provide neat and fun ways to explain the behind the scenes of worldbuilding (in-game).



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AC11 The Book of Wondrous Inventions (Basic)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Howard I. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/24/2007 04:29:01

Oh, this takes me back. I haven't had it for years, but when I was eleven, this was the first D&D supplement I had. And I used it to death. My adventurers faced the Speeding Ball Game, tried to use Rahn-Ko's Ranger Fooler and wnet to cloud castles. The stuf in here is really silly: there's a top-loader automatic washing machine with these skeletons in it that put the clothes on and jump up and down while being doused with water, and an ATM with a gnome sitting behind it... but that appealed to me. Fans of Paranoia will recognise Jim Holloway's artwork, full of fat gnomes and confused-looking half-orcs. Would I use any of this stuff now? Naah. But it's one of the cheeriest, breeziest, RPG supplements of its era. Not for the player who takes himself seriously, mind. 4 for the nostalgia.



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AC11 The Book of Wondrous Inventions (Basic)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Geoffrey G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/21/2007 00:00:00

Many of the inventions are corny Rube Goldberg contraptions that attempt to replicate stuff in the "real world" rather than being something you would want to use in a serious game, but there is some decent material. However, for every entry detailing the creation of flying cloud castles, there's two or three showing ATMs with a little goblin behind the screen, or a carrion-crawler pulled cleaning machine designed to keep those 10x10 dungeon corridors spiffy. I felt cheated even at 5 dollars, but if you are running a light-hearted game it's probably a little more useful. However, even discounting my bias, it's probably a C+ at best.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Disappointing<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Disappointed<br>



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