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I swear it’s as though they were so focused on chanting to the reader “Organization, organization, organization! The Cleric is a missionary pg 7 ; the Fighter an officer pg 8 ; the Bard a star of the stage pg. And if you did, you’d miss out on one of the better third party publishers from the d20 boom. Instead of laboring for nothing skip the majority of this chapter and read the following sections: I’m ignoring the preview as I own that book too and will be reviewing it later.

Of those last four pages only the spell Erad’s Silent Killer pg 35 is worthy of being included in an active game. By comparison there are already neat little ideas in this product starting at page 5 where Mike has had the forethought to provide the player with some ideas for the basic classes in an urban environment.

This is the sort of chapter that can drive a man to make spread sheets. Each possess inspired abilities – I love, love the Acrobatic Maneuvers, espescially Death From Above pg 15 – are well thought out, and don’t overpower the game’s base classes.

The Great Blog Roll Call. Wednesday, August 21, Legends and Lairs: The concept is really well done and it’s actually carried out in thoughtful manner that makes it worth using. The Great Blog Roll Call !

Legends & Lairs: City Works by Mike Mearls | LibraryThing

City Works clocks in at a pages of dedicated material with an additional 16 pages previewing their next book Sorcery and Steam. Until they do, creating all that extra work for yourself is asking for pain and suffering.

Next we come to the lefends Feats pg 11 section which manages not to provide me with anything new and should have been lumped into the General Advise pg. Nothing creative or unique just some trite mess that we have to wade through and pretend like it’s all cool? It provides a very basic framework to organize your city around with a naive understanding of political groups, llegends structures, and governments.


Remember, to your players: Looking For Something Special? You could easily dismiss [Fantasy Flight Games] as a third rate knock off.

The last part of this book is dedicated to Spells pg 35 and the dubious Urbanmancy Prestige Spells pg. Last year I started the Best Reads of the Week series to help publicize some of my favorite blogs and to help the community as a lqirs That’s the best you could come up with?

The other feats are either too nuanced to be used in a sandbox game which mine almost always are or just simply begging to be abused in ways that will make you regret buying this book.

Legends & Lairs: City Works

The Legends and Lairs product line has often been overlooked in spite of their quality; and looking at their covers its easy to see that unless you’re familiar with Fantasy Flight Games you could easily dismiss them as a third rate knock off product line produced by some shiftless hobo fueled on super glue and whippets.

This is a game that can be incredibly rich and detailed but it only works if your players become interested in the world. Why this is necessary I haven’t a clue though I would wager a guess that Mike Mearls was getting paid by the word as every chapter begins with a rather redundant series of introductions and an unnecessary addition of another hundred words or so. The chapter begins with a quick explanation of the difference between an urban and wilderness environment.

This is the sort of chapter that can drive a man to make spread sheets detailing the resource management structures of imaginary civilizations with no tangible gain from his efforts. It is a common complaint where Mike Mearls is concerned that you will have to wade through some copious amounts of cow flotsam in order to get to the gems that he drops every two or three pages.

The Urban Feats pg 32 – 35 are a mixed bag with only two being worth including in your regular third edition game: We follow this up with Urban Prestige Classes pg 25 – 32 which are mostly useless but there is a gem here too.

Best Reads of the Week! And while we’re on the General Advise section let me just say that this section should have been at the beginning of the chapter with a fuller discussion of playing in the city environment and the proper mindset that you have to develop for the urban game.

That’s the best we can do for those guys. Following the processes detailed in this chapter will cause you to have a stroke because will spend years formulating a city that will not survive two minutes with your players. Some of these are great, like the Barbarian as Bodyguard pg.


The Best Villains Money can Buy I own seventeen monster manuals, tombs, and guides across a variety of systems and editions that now clutter up my gaming shelf — the vast The Speaker of the City pg 28 – 30 is outstanding.

It is a common complaint where Mike Mearls is concerned that you will have to wade through some copious amounts of cow flotsam. Each of these sections have enough inspirational elements to help your game along without undercutting your momentum. Now I want to point out that in my last review, Dragons by AEGthat I didn’t come to anything useful in that book until page 10, and what I found was rather measly at best.

This introduction is followed by the subheading Running Characters pg 6 – And you follow up that brilliant moment by copying the officer career path onto the Ranger pg 10proclaiming that the Monk is a martial arts instructor pg. This book could be so much laies just by cleaning up the organization of the chapters and streamlining the thoughts expressed.

Trials pg 77Organized Crime pg 78Economics pg.

This is the real meat of the book with a detailed analysis of how a city comes together through a mindful conceptualization of the fantasy setting in its most basic sense. The others are mostly trash and barely worth reading. Before I finish this chapter I would like to point out that the Secrecy section pg 84 – 85 has one of the most useless game mechanics I have ever run across.

I own seventeen monster worsk, tombs, and guides across a variety of systems and editions that oairs clutter up my gaming shelf — the vast Now normally when you come across a third party character class you hold your nose and tip-toe past it hoping that your players don’t dredge it up because they’re usually fucked; but unlike most of my previous experiences Mike Mearls is actually able to create two usable classes in this book: Then we should have begun talking about the base classes and tailoring them to the city life.