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Elemental Powers Sourcebook
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/27/2007 00:00:00

Elemental Powers Sourcebook: The Definitive Guide to the Elemental Lands World By C. Kendrick Dunham published by Dunham Studios. It is a D20 fantasy sourcebook for the 3rd edition of the game, so it will require minor adaption to the 3.5 version of the rules. The sourcebook is quite large (138 pages), with a distinctive full color cover and a fairly readable two column layout with a smaller font size packing in a lot of information, the parchment background might make printing difficult however. A fair amount of art is scattered through the product, all of it thematic and some of it quite good.

There is a look of information packed into this sourcebook, from the history of the world to religion, new cultures and races to new forms of magic. It builds upon the earlier Elemental Powers sourcebooks but is essentially usable by itself.

The product begins with a very complete table of contents. Following is an introduction to the setting including a history of the world. Then how player character fit into the setting, along with new and optional rules that effect character generation. Other useful information such as the calendar, taxation and religions follow. The religions section is extensive covering the many gods of the setting in minimal, but sufficient, detail.

Twenty-nine new races and sub-races are introduced, ranging from variants of elves and dwarves to Doplegs (half-doppleganger), Flyers (lizard-folk who have mastered flying ships) and Telosians (descendants of incubi-human matings). A wide variety of options, though many of the races have odd (as in +/- 1, 3, 5) ability modifiers, which has a potential for abuse and several of the races also have Level Adjustments. Scattered through the races are new items, a clerical domain and other bits and pieces that relate to them. Quite an interesting selection of beings though many could have been further detailed as far as culture and how they act.

A few variations on the core classes are provided along with seventeen Prestige Classes. Many of whom are tied to the elements (and the Elementalist feat, which in not introduced until the next section) and thus have four sub-versions (the Elemental Warrior is the framework from which the Air Warrior, Fire Warrior, and so on is built for example). The base attack and save progressions of several of the prestige classes are non-standard which could be troublesome. Two of the classes (Dark Goth -an evil bard- and Destroyer Witch) are tagged as NPC-recommended, presumably as they are both evil classes. Most of these classes are very tightly tied to the Elemental Lands setting and would take some effort to convert.

Then we come to feats, lots of feats, many of which key off of the Elementalist feat which allows the character to access the power of one of the four elements (and, naturally, is an important part of the setting). Other feats are linked to the various deities of the setting. A wealth of material, but again, very tied to the setting.

Following feats are spells and magic, as one would expect, there are a considerable number of new elemental spells here most liked to the Elementalist feat. But for any campaign that uses elementals, there is much here that can be easily adapted.

There is then a miscellany of things for the setting, new weapons (including firearms), parasites and diseases, and new creatures and templates. The creatures range from new dire animals to new demons, undead to abominations, a little bit of everything. Lastly, a few example NPCs end the product.

The Elemental Powers Sourcebook is packed with information and ideas, the organization is a bit strange at times but it is usually easy to find what you want with the extensive table of contents. However, the rules and setting are very intertwined making adaption of the material for other campaigns some work, but for those interested in the setting or in a world that makes extensive use of the elements, there is much here.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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EPIII: Gazetteer of the Eastern Realms
by Chris G. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 04/29/2007 00:00:00

Setting books might be my favorite kind of book. I know there have been lots of them coming out in the past few years and that has caused some people to tire of them. But not me. Settings seem to unleash the creativeness of the writers more then most other products. With a setting the writer can set the rules and alter things from the core books with ease. They can define why these changes happen and craft their worlds with creativity and imagination. Setting give writers one of the best opportunities to present something new and different, or something that has been around for a while in a different light. A lot of people want something different from settings but I actually prefer a book with really good details. A few interesting and thought provoking changes can make something that on the service look the Grayhawk be something actually very different. Gazetteer of the Eastern Realms is a setting book, but not a complete setting. IT is one of four books that make up the complete world. It goes into a few countries that make of the eastern part of their world.

Gazetteer of the Eastern Realm is a PDF by Dunham Studios. While not a very well known company they have quietly produced about a dozen PDFs and a nice little selection of books to offer. Most have to do with this world but all of them seem to be easy to use in other places with a little work. This book is written by C Kendrick Dunham. There is a good bit of art in the book ranging from good to about average. There are some nice maps in here as well. The book though has no book marks and no index. While it is only thirty seven pages long, there are feats and other items scattered around the book that would be easier to find with such options.

The area covered seems to mostly be evil nations. There is a goblins realms and lizards swamps for instance. Each though gives a nice overview as well as a history, life and society and geographic features. One thing that is great is adventuring laws. Simple laws that will help adventures to figure out what the place is like. For instance in the Eastern Conglomerate adventurers not part of the army or worshiper of the Destroyer god is illegal. In fact worshipping anyone but the destroyer god happens to be illegal here. Anyone caught doing illegal activity is more then likely going to become a slave for the rest of their life. A few get death, and only the elite and wealthy hope to get off with a steep fine. Each region has regional feats that do a nice job of mixing mechanics with background. I have always found regional feats to be much more interesting then just general feats.

Each region has a nice little map for it. While there is only a very small world map in this product, one can download a free and bigger version from the company?s site. The map is sidewise and not the easiest to find, but it is a nice and useful for figuring out where each of the places is in relation to each other.

This is a nice setting or part of a setting. The balance on the feats and the few classes in here seem pretty good. It has a lot of flavor and interesting countries for adventures to run into and learn about. There are also many neat little ideas to borrow and incorporate into one?s own campaign setting or even another published setting.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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Dark Prophet Epic Adventure
by Giovanni A. P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/16/2006 00:00:00

A good level adventure, not difficoult to handle for a DM, enjoyable for his players, good overall quality and attention to details. Of course It requires a little work for the DM in some cases, but hey, is not that what a Dm must do?<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: all<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: very few complaints, just a little more depth and it would have reached the Top (but any good DM can afford to balance taht).<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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Elven Isle (v3.5) for lvl 7-9
by Alan W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/19/2004 00:00:00

Solid adventure, with a well thought out storyline. The storyline took us two sessions, but may only take one for some groups. The ending left a nice hook to lead to a next adventure.<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Good value, interesting story<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Could have been better edited. Several typos betray a new and probably inexperienced publisher.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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Tile Sets 1 & 2
by JOEY P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/18/2004 00:00:00

Not really what I was expecting Can't see any usefullness in it that you coundn't find somewhere else for free.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Disappointing<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Ripped Off<br>



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Creator Reply:
We appreciate Mr. Pennington's comments. We believe the price of the product was justified for the good quality of the paper tiles and apologize if the product was not what Mr. Pennington expected. We want to make our customers happy and show that we are a consumer-oriented company. To show our customer commitment, we've lowered the price of the product to fifty cents. Also, we have sent Mr. Pennington a few complimentary copies of our products. We hope this makes Mr. Pennington happier. We encourage unsatisfied customers to email us directly so that we may rectify any perceived problem.
By Sword & Spell
by John D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/29/2003 00:00:00

A half-decent adventure, nothing great. A fair number of statistical errors, but nothing that can't be fixed easily.

The story is average but some of the encounters are fun. With some DM dedication and work, this could be made into a pretty exciting adventure - but would be bland if run as it is.

I will likely use it one day.



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We have edited this project based on John Doe's comments.
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