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Planescape Campaign Setting (2e)
[1-56076-834-7]
$14.99
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
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by Ida S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/23/2022 17:01:16

First of all: it is still Planescape, and that is great.

The print quality is not bad at all: the colours are very uneven across pages, but that's a matter of the scan, not the printing process (as evidenced by the PDF versions), so I don't particularly mind it. I am also very happy with the cover and the spine. The unnecessary margins also bear mentioning (print on demand can handle even razor-thin margins quite well, as evidenced by the AD&D 1e DMG), but do not distract from reading overmuch.

The other aspects, however, are more flawed. Specifically, there are two issues so major as to lead one to believe that no human being was overseeing the combobulation of the book:

  1. The booklets (A Player's Guide to the Planes, A DM's Guide to the Planes, and Sigil and Beyond) are in the opposite order than listed on the back cover.
  2. Seventy-two entire pages are taken by posters split into up to sixteen pages each (I confess I have not deciphered each one individually) and thus rendered largely unusable. Not only that, but some of said posters are mixed: the fist eight pages of the Planescape Cosmological Tables are separated from the second eight by forty-six pages of others, some of which are split themselves.
    It has to be underlined again how major the second issue is: seventy-two entire pages of functionally wasted space separate the Monstrous Supplement from the reference tables. That is approximately a sixth of the entire book.

Of note is also that the PDFs are split into multiple files: the booklets are ordered almost properly (not that it matters, swapping around numerals in file names is trivial), but the posters are still in a sorry state (they also have margins, so one would need not only to collage the pages, but also crop them beforehand).

I will not ask for a refund, as the product is still usable, I am not willing to risk more unexpected charges from international shipping, and I do not wish to bother the certainly fine people at DriveThruRPG, but I would caution any prospective buyer to purchase this book knowing the risks or not at all.



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