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DDAL00-09 Minsc & Boo's Guide to Stuff and Things
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Tom I. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/03/2019 13:10:09

This is a very quirky and fun publication, with some strong themes for subclasses and an intriguing adventure (I haven't run it yet). Given it's for charity, I would encourage anyone to grab a copy, although there would be a good argument for buying it anyway, even if that wasn't the case.

However, I would like to highlight a few things to the writers which it would be nice to see ammended.

The only significant issue is that quite a few of the subclass features are unclear (the ranger beast collector's "The Secret to Training Success" is particularly problematic). Having discussed with DM friends and looked back at a few old books, I get the impression that several of the subclasses were originally designed for a previous edition (3.5e comes to my mind, but I'm unfamiliar with 4e), and have not been fully converted to 5e. There are references to features and mechanics that don't appear in 5e which are essential to understanding a couple of the subclasses - nothing that a DM and a player couldn't puzzle out for themselves, but just might take a fair bit of effort and balancing in a few cases.

I would also suggest looking at phrasing and capitalisation - these are a bit inconstant and don't adopt Wizards' normal grammar and lexis. This rarely obscures meaning, but a bit of polishing would remove imperfections from what is otherwise a very impressively presented publication.

Obviously, this is an April Fool's release, and isn't meant to be taken seriously, but if the rules could be clarified a little, this could see far more table use than it might in its current form.



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Elemental Evil Player’s Companion (5e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Tom I. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/01/2016 12:47:55

I'm fairly new to the game, but this book has been an interesting read. It doesn't waste too much time before getting into the rules, and everything is set out as in the Player's Companion, making information easy to find. I could see the new races easily being implemented into a normal game (or even the basic version you can get off the Wizards website for free) - I'd like to roll a Deep Gnome Wizard next time I start an adventure. It's also useful to be able to buy, for a reasonable price, a physical copy, which is something I'm considering doing, to save faffing around with paper, but it's just as easy to use the PDF on a phone or tablet. Although I haven't played with the rules yet, it looks very promising, especially given that it is free!



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