If you want to hear the good about this supplement, skip the next five paragaphs, as I need to get something off my chest.
Just because something comes from the dawn of the hobby, doesn't automatically make it awesome. However, while a more modern supplement might be more subtle about it unless they're deliberately trying to be shocking, a newer supplement is just as likely to have to have the biggest problem of this one: *Crazy sexism.*
Pages 5-6 of this supplement, with the simple heading "WOMEN," is possibly the most sexist thing I've read in a gaming supplement lately, particularly one as mainstream as this one was back in the day.
Here's a *small* example: "...[T]he player may obtain a relationship [with a given woman] by paying the Gift Cost. This relationship will last the number of weeks under the Duration column; to extend the relationship requires another Gift..."
Yup, keeping a woman happy is a matter of a bribing her on a regular basis!
Someone is going to want to mansplain this under the heading of "realism," and I'll just say if get a chance, look at pages 5-6 for yourself and decide.
There *is* a lot of awesome here. Like any supplement of this era, it's terribly disorganized and mixed with a lot of "meh," but there are some real gems here.
My favorites, in no particular order:
* Rules for putting up advertising in the City State of the Invincible Overlord
* A city encounter chart that includes results like "expectorated upon"
* An adorable single-page treasure table
* Rules for using beggars as an information network
* An overly harsh but interesting attribute check system
* A surprisingly effective "Buffoon" sub-class of fighter
* Construction costs for castles and elven treehouses
* A crazy-mad and highly creative table for generating magical statues
* A "so bad it's good" alignment system
* An excellent and HUGE set of sandbox generation tables
The sandbox tables *alone* are worth the price of entry. I'd say they compete well with the d30 Sandbox Companion tables, and let you have a few or as many details as you like, including a table of trees based on climate and altitude.
I'd say you get two pages of awful material, 33 pages of decent material, and 17 pages of top drawer material I plan to use in future campaigns. Totally worth the price, even with that initial burst of crazy, which is why I still give this four out of five stars.