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20th-Feb-2005 10:49 pm
I have Complete Warrior, and I find some of it good, some of it bad. For the $15 I paid to get it at a used book store, not bad.

Complete Divine, Complete Arcane, Complete Adventurer. Are they worth it? Are they just as good, better, or worse than Complete Warrior?
21st-Feb-2005 08:40 am (UTC)
I don't have Complete Divine, but I have Complete Warrior, Complete Arcane, and Complete Adventurer. I think Complete Adventurer and Complete Arcane, are very good. Complete Divine from what I've seen of it, fits somewhere above Complete Warrior in my opinion, though not at the level of the other two. But I could be wrong, since I haven't seen too much of it, but I don't divine magic as much anyway, so that could be it too. They're definately worth it though.
21st-Feb-2005 11:40 am (UTC)
Complete Divine was trashed in every local community when it first came out, so from other people the best I've ever heard of it is mixed reviews. Looking at it and judging it for myself, it wasn't that great, but it has plenty of good qualities.

Complete Arcane is awesome, especially for anybody that loves spellcasting, or any DM that has a high magic realm. It's a good way to distinguish even further between spellcasters rather than just Wizards with specialty schools, and gives great PrC's.

I haven't taken a look at Complete Adventurer for myself yet, but from what people tell me, it's pretty good.

If you don't use Divine Magic, there's really no reason to pick up Complete Divine, but that's the case with all of the Complete books, they're geared towards a set of classes/PrC's to the exclusion of all else.

I'd recommend them all.
21st-Feb-2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
It really depends on what kind of character you play. I tend to play some kind of combat orrientated characters so I'm usually into Warrior. I've looked through the others, and like Divine the least (but that's probably because I don't play divine spell-casters).

I thought Adventurer looked awesome mostly based on the new Feats it has (which are helpful for whatever). It also seemed to be better as a book of example prestige classes. Many of Adventurer's classes come in pairs, being two different jobs in the same guild or group. Since a bunch of them are so specific, I don't think I'd be able to fit them as is into a campaign. But they are nice models for types if you want to design your own prestige classes.

I thought Arcane had some neat Feats in it (namely the stuff that gives you minor spell-casting abilities as 1st level), and there's one bardic PrC I'm totally in love with :p But that's because I play bards. So really it depends on what you need and are interested in into how helpful the books are. They all come with helpful information for something.
21st-Feb-2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
The softback books were all pretty terrible. The new hardbook books are all much better. The prestige classes still border on the silly, but the equipment, feats, and spells all seem to be reigned in are are worthwhile. The new race books are all adding in a "new" race, and I dislike that kinda addition to a game I've played for so many years. If you are the kinda person who thinks that Forgotten Realms is cool, they I'd bet you like all the new books. If you lack money, just religiously cruise used book stores, you can always find cast aside gaming stuff.
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