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D20 Supplements Worth Owning 
16th-Oct-2006 03:03 pm
Magical Wes Animated
One of the dealers at Dragoncon had a table full of D20 supplements and was selling 10 for 10 bucks. I found some by Atlas Games so I picked up all of those, then filled in the holes with some Fast Forward stuff and a couple of Sovereign Stone books.

Once I started reading them, I got really, REALLY inspired. The Atlas Games Penumbra materials were wonderfully written and rich. I just kept finding more and more ways to expand The Great Campaign In My Head(TM) and couldn't wait to read more. The other stuff I got wasn't so hot. I tried to read the terribly disjointed and poorly fleshed-out Dungeonworld book and a Living Arcanis city guide... but they sapped me and made me ill equipped to delve into the Soverign Stone stuff. In the end, I got the feeling that I was just lucky to grab the Atlas Games stuff... and so I started shopping for stuff on Ebay.

But once I got there, I found lots of odd lots running for less than a few dollars per product. It got me wondering if anyone out there is a fan of the third party D20 materials and which brands they respected. I can't stop raving about the quality of the Penumbra line.... so which did you care for?

Crossposted to see what other people think....
16th-Oct-2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
I generally stay away from third party materials. Maybe I just haven't been playing long enough, but our group is always finding some new flavor twist on the basic Ranger or whatever...
16th-Oct-2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm generally less interested in new rules as I am possible adventure material.
16th-Oct-2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
I love third party stuff for ideas. Personally, I can pick up a book simply because the cover looks like things I want my players to see. I usually do not go with one publisher, but really just see what's cheap and enjoy what I can. Like you mentioned, a dollar a piece is cheap enough for me.
16th-Oct-2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
Any AEG product... Mercenaries for sure... Own three copies, because you will wear out two of them. FFG products as well, you can be assured that books like Steam and Sorcery, Seafarer's Handbook and the like are awesome... A good selection of Green Ronin, including Skull and Crossbones (and not just because I know the author personally, it is a great book). Mongoose for their Quint books, gives some good flavor for each class and race. And, of course, any Sword and Sorcery book.

I think I covered it all...
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