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Dungeonscape product review 
24th-May-2007 12:30 pm
I purchased Dungeonscape on friday, and it has quickly become one of the most fantastic reads I've had. this is not a book that has essential charts and prestige classes to revolutionalize your game. What it does have, is a different way to think about dungeons.

That being said, there are a variety of new traps, including one called an "encounter trap". These traps can bring the entire party into play, not just the overworked rogue. This helps keep things fun. There are a few prestige classes for monsters that make them more appropriate for a dungeon encounter.

The neatest thing, in my opinion, is the encounter planners. I almost disregarded this section, but when I continued to read, I saw how helpful it was. Enemies are broken down by purpose, then it illustrates how to use different monsters with different environments to best effect to create a proper encounter.

It also discusses treating a dungeon like a small city, the npc's found there, conditions, unusual walls, etc.

Altogether, I found it a great read.
24th-May-2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
Factotum, ftw
25th-May-2007 05:47 am (UTC) - I liked it,
unfortunately, that one and Citycape blend into the Stormwrack/Frostburn/the other one, and are labeled "Environment" books by the WotC clan.

If you poke through the archive, there's a thread where WotC said the environment series wasn't selling well so they weren't going to push any more of it. :(

I want a Forest and a mountain book. But, worst comes to worst, I come from Alaska. I know forests and mountains, and I know D&D rules. I'll make up my own shit and publish it on the net :D
25th-May-2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
I picked up Dungeonscape on a whim a while back and I have to say, it's probably one of the better books that I've purchased in a long while.

The encounter traps made my day, and the special building materials, while I could ( and have ) come up with similar things in the past, made my life much easier as a DM. :] There's much less in there to use as a player, granted, but the equipment and small selection of feats are also pretty handy if your group is used to dungeon crawling. All in all, I agree with ya. :]
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