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October Books & RPGs


21. Elfquest by Wendy & Richard Pini. I've not read Elfquest for years but kb98  got me this deluxe volume for my birthday and it brought back a lot of memories. I had some of the Epic reprint issues included in this volume but got to read the beginning of the saga for the first time. Great stuff with a very different take on elves to Tolkien et al. Made me want to play the Chaosium RPG again!

22. Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin. Readable history of Byzantium from Constantine to the siege by the Ottomans in 1453. I enjoyed some chapters more than others, skipping over some bits, but this was good background reading for me as i get ready to run a game set in Parsantium. The photos, many taken by the author, are pretty bad though.


I already wrote about the Pathfinder Second Darkness Adventure Path here but I also read the free Gamemastery/Pathfinder adventure D1.5 Revenge of the Kobold King which I picked up at GenCon UK. Set in Darkmoon Vale, this is a sequel to Crown of the Kobold King. For a free giveaway, it's a great little 3.5 adventure with the high production values typical of Paizo. You can't really go wrong with an adventure written by Nick Logue and featuring undead kobolds!

I've also been reading two 4E D&D books, Adventurer's Vault and the Forgotten Realms Player's Guide. The FR book is pretty good. As well as lots of regional entries for players to complement those in the FR Campaign Guide, there are two new races - the drow (of course) and the genasi as well as a new class, the swordmage, and lots of feats and rituals. I'm really not keen on drow PCs -- better to leave them as the twisted enemies of the original D series, Monte Cook's Queen of Lies, and now Second Darkness. However, the 4e genasi are great and will be featuring in my first Parsantium campaign as two players have opted to play them. The swordmage fits the fighter-MU archetype nicely and the feats and rituals are not bad either. There are also a lot of paragon paths that could be adapted to other settings so I reckon non-FR players could get quite a bit of use out of this book.


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