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Ancestry & Culture: An Alternative to Race in 5e $9.99 $4.99
Publisher: Arcanist Press
by Christopher H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/15/2021 15:41:41

The Good: This is a good book to get if you don't plan on doing the footwork yourself. It is a great resource to have, even if it sparks your imagination to go further. The Bad: This is just the Race section of the 5E PHB copy/pasted with a (much needed) line drawn down the middle. You're going to feel like you've already spent money on this section.

The Good (expanded): I like this book. 5E (and D&D in general) really needed something like this. When Tasha's said they would have something to modify your race's upbringing, THIS is what I was hoping for. I greatly dislike Tasha's idea of "just put stuff where you want it."

The Bad (expanded): I feel I paid twice as much for what I got. There really isn't a lot here and I think a reasonable person would come to the same conclusions on their own. I probably would have drawn the same line the authors did if I spent an hour looking at the Race section (maybe I would have moved strong stat bonus to Acenstry and kept the weak one with Culture). Obviously I didn't do this because I didn't feel like it.

I do like this book, but I hoped it would have been something more. This may sound like a negative review, but only because I had high hopes for this book. Ideally, I would have preferred a "lifepath" system where your ancestry gave you some default stuff - like Elves being naturally resistant to charms - and you followed/rolled on your culture and gained skills/feats/special abilites/whatever. If not that, then a big point buy system (stats and cultural stuff) with a "lifepath" system that gave you discounts to buy things, like spending time in the Dwarven Army let you buy Dwarven Combat Training at a discounted price while being imprisoned in a Dwarven mining camp gave you discounts to purchase Stonecunning, or something.

[3 of 5 Stars!]
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