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T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil (1e) $9.99
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Zachary B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/13/2020 22:07:23

As someone that never had the chance to play the original module, ordering the PoD seemed like a high priority. While I still haven't run or played it, I'll comment on the layout and overall quality. My copy does have the title printed on the spine; I suspect this is something that is determined by the printing service being used, as these appear to be different locations and printers depending on your location.

The layout is fine. I knew the maps would be scanned and on pages, but it's still unwieldy and I suggest people use the PDF and a custom printer if they want fold-out maps or something. It's still totally do-able but caveat emptor. Also, like many of the paperbacks I've received through PoD, the book arrived damaged - it's relatively mild I guess, but it's still frustrating to pay $25 for a small paperback, and it comes damaged (significant bending in the center of the book, and a damaged corner of the spine). Maybe it's just me, but I feel like that's just unacceptable for what is supposed to be a brand-new printing.

The module itself is...not really what I was expecting. If you're intent on running it, you will NEED the errata that was released; I didn't get the PDF so I'm not sure if that is included in the download or not, but it's absolutely required, because the module as-presented has a lot of issues that DMs will have to work around. I understand the module has a legendary quality because of the author and his following, and it is certainly deserved, but this module needs work to be implemented into a campaign...though I suppose that could be said of all modules.

Overall, I'm slightly disappointed but I also wouldn't return it if I could. It's something I feel like I want in my collection, warts and all. As I said, depending on the printing service they send your order to, it's kind of 50/50 whether it will arrive damaged or not. Like my book has a significant, severe BEND, right in the MIDDLE of it...that's not okay. And this is not the first time that has happened. So again, caveat emptor. And if you ever have a choice between hardback and softcover, get the hardback, as those seem to show up in much better condition.

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