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What Good Books Are There Out There? 
22nd-Oct-2004 03:16 pm
I know it's not even November yet, but I'm getting requests for Christmas lists. Does anyone have suggestions on some really good books that I should add to my list this year? I'm definately thinking about Frostburn and the new undead book Wizards released (I don't remember the title.) I'm also considering the Expanded Psionics Handbook and the three books released on the races (like the Races of Stone.) Comments on these books? Suggestions on other books?
22nd-Oct-2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
Libris Mortis is the undead book. I've heard excellent things about MM3, and Sharn: City of Towers could possibly be transplanted into any campaign setting, plus it comes with some really awesome background music CD for your game.
22nd-Oct-2004 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice! The MM3 was actually on my list too, but I forgot to mention that one. :-) I'll have to check the Sharn: City of Towers out.
22nd-Oct-2004 05:40 pm (UTC)
MM3 isn't all that impressive, I thought. It was okay.

Libris Mortis is a really great book. Only thing is, the highest CR for an undead they have is like..16. Yes, I know it's easy to build an undead with class levels and templates and whatnot, but sometimes, I'm just lazy.
22nd-Oct-2004 06:28 pm (UTC)
Seafarer's Handbook - Naval Combat is one of those things that, when used sparingly and dramatically, can be endless amounts of fun.
Dragonlance Campaign Setting - this one is just personal bias.
Everybody else seems to like Ebberon (sp?), I'm personally repulsed by any system that has action points.
Oriental Adventures/Rokugan - if you *are* going to use these, be careful, they can get out of control fast, and don't use a lot of magic, and don't let the players use other books.
The Creature Collections from WW, most of it's pretty nifty, some of it needs a bit of adjustment...a very little bit is just crap. Same with the regular monster manual, really.
23rd-Oct-2004 06:02 am (UTC)
Action points or no, Eberron has a lot of good material that's pretty easily portable into any setting with a high level of magical advancement. All their new races are LA 0, and a number of the special materials are rather inventive.
23rd-Oct-2004 08:17 am (UTC) - "dragonlance campaign setting"
YOU! get major cool points for liking DragonLance.
Currently running a game out of dragonlance, post war of the lance.

Ebberon sucks.
I'm wondering if there's anything good going to be in the complete arcane book...
23rd-Oct-2004 08:32 am (UTC)
I have Creature Collection II that I found at a used book store, but I should probably add Creature Collection I to the list. Is there a third one?

THe Seafarer's Handbook sounds interesting, too. :-)
22nd-Oct-2004 10:41 pm (UTC)
Personally I was disapointed in the Races of Stone book. Opening it up it just didn't seem like new material to me at all. The Frostburn book was interesting but unless you intend to run a campaign where ice and snow are a common terrain, I'd save your money. The same can be said for the Book of Undead and Expanded Psionics handbook. Those two and the Frostburn book are interesting and good to have in your collection but if you're buying them with your own money, I recommend only buying them if you plan on incorporating those elements into your game.
23rd-Oct-2004 08:25 am (UTC)
I thought Frostburn would really help me when I brought my group to the Plane of Water and the undead book would help with the Plane of Shadow. I have lots of psionic based creatures in my campaign what with it having planar travel, so I thought that would help...

But thank you for the advice, particularly on the Races of Stone. Are there books that have come out recently that you have found useful?
23rd-Oct-2004 10:10 pm (UTC)
Don't get me wrong, the Book of Undead and Expanded Psionics handbook are both excellent books and I'm glad to have them, I just think they're a waste for anybody who isn't going to make use of them on a regular basis... I recommend both of them along with the Frostburn book if you plan on using them regularly
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