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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 9:31 am 
 

I've had a good search around here but couldn't pin down anything specific. Has there ever been a link or set of pages that review the        (A)D&D rule books?

It might be interesting or educational for new players or for any of us generally if there were a set of reviews or a link to web reviews of the books and their contents and qualities.

Do you think there is any mileage in this, or have I missed the boat here and its already been done???   :)

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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 10:05 am 
 

http://www.rpg.net/reviews/search-review.phtml

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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 10:14 am 
 

Thank Shane, but it's not exactly comprehensive.

Would you think that it's particularly necessary for a review section on here considering the vast knowledge and accurate opinions held by the members here?

Would anyone be interested in writing reviews of the source books etc, or does everyone consider it a bit unnecessary?

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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 10:19 am 
 

Perhaps the folks who can enumerate every miniscule typographical difference between different editions of rulebooks are not equipped to offer comparative judgments of their contents.

  


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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 10:29 am 
 

Fair enough, just a passing thought of something that might be added to the site for new members or gamers.   :)


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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 10:39 am 
 

I hope to have reviews on the Judges Guild site, not sure how I'll do that, or when :wink: but it is something for the future.

Course don't think I'd need it by printing as they don't seem to change that I know of, now with D&D you do get differences with printings, look at the Basic box set for example.

Would reviews try and deny other printings, or do you look at those in the 'series' and write reviews that such and such differences are better or worse, etc?

Lot more discussion would be needed if it was implemented.

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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 10:43 am 
 

That sounds like a good idea Shane.

I was thinking along the lines of giving an overall review of a guide or manual, rather than specific to each printing. For instance, UA - was it good, informative, overly complicating, or another TSR book just to earn coins?? etc.

Like you say, more discussion could be used before taking it any further. :wink:


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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 10:53 am 
 

The collector in me isn't as concerned with product reviews as much as with completeness.  Even though everything I've read about Up the Garden Path leads me to believe its crap, I still want one.  

The gamer in me thinks its a reasonably good idea.  There are many items that are completely and totally useless.


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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 11:03 am 
 

Well, as gamers, do we think we could manage it. Would objectivity matter to much? I don't know. Maybe some subjective reviews are what are needed to give new starters a fair idea of what they need to play the game and what is just there for completeness or for being a cash-cow.

I'm not a collector,  but I understand your point about having everything even if its crap!  :lol:

I'm currently just picking up a few items to 'flesh out' and freshen up my ideas and campaign with Lankhmar & Greyhawk and I have come across some rubbish which thankfully hasn't cost me anything... 8)


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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 11:05 am 
 

Dragonsfoot has a nice Reviews section:

http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewf ... cd1a3abc9f

It's disorganized, and far from complete, but the reviews are generally thoughtful. A similar Forum could be started here, though it would be a bit duplicative.

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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 11:19 am 
 

We've had the occasional review posted here. Here a few that I remember off the top of my head:

Companions Islandia Campaign by Badmike:
viewtopic.php?t=1410&start=23

Tabletop Warriors Fantasy Adventures by Badmike:
viewtopic.php?p=59681

Lost City of Gaxmoor by FormCritic:
viewtopic.php?p=62593

Corsair's Pulp Dungeons by FormCritic:
viewtopic.php?p=62726

AD&D Coloring Album by darkseraphim:
viewtopic.php?t=966&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=7
(This is posted on the Acaeum page for the album now)

TSR War of the Wizards by darkseraphim:
viewtopic.php?t=966&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=13

Maze of Peril (1986) by J. Eric Holmes by myself:
viewtopic.php?p=40831

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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 12:01 pm 
 

Grognard's Tavern also has a Lycaeum reviews section for AD&D products, Falconer is heading it up I think.



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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 3:24 pm 
 

ashmire13 wrote:Well, as gamers, do we think we could manage it. Would objectivity matter to much? I don't know. Maybe some subjective reviews are what are needed to give new starters a fair idea of what they need to play the game and what is just there for completeness or for being a cash-cow.

I'm not a collector,  but I understand your point about having everything even if its crap!  :lol:

I'm currently just picking up a few items to 'flesh out' and freshen up my ideas and campaign with Lankhmar & Greyhawk and I have come across some rubbish which thankfully hasn't cost me anything... 8)


It would be great to have something like BoardGameGeek ratings for items.   All my board games are bought off the basis of research off this one site and so far, I've never been disappointed.
I still don't know what to buy for my RPG collection, especially once I get away from TSR,  I often just go for the cover, the age, how I think it will feel to have the item...... but more often than not, on nuggets I pick up from you guys in the forums.  I wish I had a focus like Asmire13, but at the moment, I get things on a whim.
The reviews is a great idea, so rather than trawling through old forums, a poll for a selection of items (as a trial maybe) where voting for a number of catagories and comments could be left would be great.  
For a returnee to RPGs, I would love something like this.


I should add, of course, that I appreciate that this site is not really for this purpose, but most of us vote in Polls and very happily give lists of favourites from time to time in the forums, it just seems a logical step to do something a bit more formal.

Shane, if you could find time and an (easy) way to do something for JG stuff, then it would bring more collectors into this area (if only one... me), but I find the whole JG stuff just too much to get my head around at the moment.

  

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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 6:47 pm 
 

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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 7:01 pm 
 

jonjhargreaves wrote:Shane, if you could find time and an (easy) way to do something for JG stuff, then it would bring more collectors into this area (if only one... me), but I find the whole JG stuff just too much to get my head around at the moment.


Well Mark has given some reviews for some Judges Guild items on Al's store page: http://www.asgi.co.uk/reviews.php?page= ... 9a360d1202

Like reviews short, but I'm not keen on ranking (The reviewer should describe the good and/or bad plus each 1, 2, 3, etc rank is different for each person.) But anyway, probably some time before this happens and my thoughts may change by then...

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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 10:06 pm 
 

zhowar wrote:Dragonsfoot has a nice Reviews section:

http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewf ... cd1a3abc9f

It's disorganized, and far from complete, but the reviews are generally thoughtful. A similar Forum could be started here, though it would be a bit duplicative.

I'd agree.  DF is where the "players" play, and is a better place for reviews.  Many of the folks on here frequent both forums, of course.

One thing that is suprisingly missing from the Acaeum is a description of each module, including basic details such as the copyright date, number of pages, etc.  (I actually thought we had this info already, until I was browsing through some of the module pages the other day.  Modules with but a single printing generally have no information at all!)  I'm sure it's available elsewhere, but was surprised to learn more wasn't listed here.

For example, we have precious little info on B5:
http://www.acaeum.com/ddindexes/modpages/b.html

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Post Posted: Sun May 06, 2007 4:24 pm 
 

deimos3428 wrote:
One thing that is suprisingly missing from the Acaeum is a description of each module, including basic details such as the copyright date, number of pages, etc.  (I actually thought we had this info already, until I was browsing through some of the module pages the other day.  Modules with but a single printing generally have no information at all!)  I'm sure it's available elsewhere, but was surprised to learn more wasn't listed here.

For example, we have precious little info on B5:
http://www.acaeum.com/ddindexes/modpages/b.html


deimos, did you see the "Expanded Description" tab?

B5 Horror on the Hill       
Author:  Douglas Niles        
Levels:  1-3             Copyright:  1983
TSR Stock #:  9078        ISBN #:  0-88038-046-2
Piece Code:  116F-9078        Product #:  394-53345-3TSR0600
Contents:  32-pg booklet

The end of the road.  A lonely fort stands on the banks of a mighty river... *snip*

Foulfoot just posted recently that he rarely receives submissions for this information, but he will update the site for any entries that are blank if it is submitted to him.

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