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Maera Gazetteer
by Andrew H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/26/2023 21:05:46

Well, this is refreshing.

You may ask yourself if you need another D&D setting. My answer is a resounding yes, at least if that setting happens to be the Maera Gazateer from Terra Alterna and writer Ben Holsclaw.

Maera has a rich history that informs the setting and lays the foundation for numerous factions (ranging from the murderous Night Daggers to the Illuminati-like Silence, who pull strings behind the scenes while also unlocking new magic and fighting undead) each with their own distinct agendas. The setting has depth and feels alive, and yet manages to avoid being onerous. The fact that Maera is an island ensures it is self-contained and easily inserted into other campaign settings, both real advantages.

Naturally, Maera’s principle geographic areas of described. So too are eight towns detailed in a couple of pages each, with important locations and prominent figures highlighted.

One unique aspect to Maera are the deities. In addition to traditional gods we find atwar, essentially demigods that walk the earth, and the Forlorn, demonic creatures of legend that seek to spread their blight across the land. They lend themselves to epic adventures and potential BBEGs for a campaign.

Maera has all the traditional playable races baked in, as well as several new ones: the bear-like Armel, the Stormfey who live atop mountain peaks, Dragonborn, and Maeran Orcs. There are also 12 class path options, one per base class (I was taken with the Six-Legged Archetype Ranger, whose affinity for insects grants them insect-like abilities, and the increasingly unhinged Magic of Madness Sorcerer). Additional player options include two undead classes, six player backgrounds, and eleven spells.

Everyone loves new monsters, right? Maera doesn’t disappoint, with 25 excellent additions to the gaming table. There are variants of familiar foes, such as the Alpine Ogre, larger and more dangerous than its more common cousin, and Magic Elementals. More unique monsters include the predatory Barbed Creeper, the Grapkog, an aquatic species that more than adequately replaces Sahuagin, and my favorite the Sparkwing, essentially a flightless Axebeak that breathes lightning. The epic Atwar are fully statted as well.

The designer has thought to provide GMs with tips on how to design and run adventures that fit the Maera setting and provide half a dozen set piece locations (a gnoll den, a Night Dagger hideout, etc.) that can be used as the basis of a scenario.

The writing throughout is excellent, easy to follow, descriptive, and imaginative. This is a setting that inspires you. The designers display a very sound grasp of 5e rules. Just as importantly, the book is simply stunning to look out with amazing artwork. Layout is simple but pleasing. The only niggling disappointment come from the cartography which, while fine, seems rather pedestrian, especially when standing alongside the beauty of the artwork.

D&D has been around so long that sometimes new settings are painful regurgitations of tired tropes, like squeezing the last desperate drops from a tube of toothpaste. Maera is anything but. As a setting its fresh and exciting, as a book is lovingly crafted. There are good reasons why Dungeons and Dragons is an enduringly popular game – and many of them are found is spades in the Gazeteer of Maera.



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Creator Reply:
Thank you so much for your feedback, Andrew. I'm glad you enjoy Maera!
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Maera Gazetteer
by James A. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/07/2023 12:18:58

Great job guys! This book contains everything needed to run a specialized campaign. I love the attention to not only the creatures and town and character features, but the attention to history and backstory of the NPC's and culture of the area as well. Amazing artwork, easy to read, very well put-together. I've already recommended it to a friend, and I can't wait for the actual book to come in (I purchased both the .pdf and book package) :-)



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Thank you, James! We appreciate the feedback and are thrilled that you are enjoying it. We are very grateful you've recommended it to a friend, as well!
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