DarkSun & PlaneScape-What To BUY?
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Post Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:21 am 

Can't speak for Dark Sun, but regarding Planescape: Buy it all :D

While some of the modules might not suit your taste when it comes to the plot  they are all a total blast to read through. IMO PS is the most well written setting that TSR has released in that time. Some of the adventures read more like little novels than like modules. Some people do not like modules and settings that have too much flavour in them but I'm a big fan of this kind of writing style.


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2005 8:15 am 

IMHO: In my humble opionion  IIRC that is :)

As for Dark Sun there's a nice 3e conversion pdf available at athas.org.
It's mostly crunch though, together with the SRD you can use it, but still need the adventures and campaign material for fluff.

Pick DS up in lots from ebay. Or try the ENWorld trade forums. They're real cheap...


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:01 pm 

I'm currently running a PS game (3.5, it's not hard to convert), and the most important thing, imo, is to get the feel of the game going. PS is not just another D&D setting - it's got a LOT of flavour to it.

Grab the campaign setting for sure, and "In the Cage" is a must. The third book I'd recommend is "The Planewalker's Handbook", which I'm shocked nobody has mentioned so far.

Beyond that, I'd recommend, in order:
The Factol's Manifesto (political info, and TONS of backstory)
Monstrous Compendiums (I,II,III)
Planes of Conflict
Planes of Chaos
Planes of Law
A Guide to the Astral
Faces of Evil
Uncaged: Faces of Sigil
The Inner Planes
A Guide to the Ethereal
On Hallowed Ground
.. adventures (as others said, skip Faction War)

My copy of 'Player's Primer to the Outlands' doesn't have the CD, so I'm not sure whether I can recommend that. The book itself isn't anything special.

Imo, the adventures are great for getting ideas about flavour, but not particularily good adventures in and of themselves. Most of them depend heavily on players doing certain things at certain times, and we all know how often that happens ;)

For folks looking for 3rd edition stuff, check Welcome to Planewalker | Planewalker. They use the post-Faction War setting (boo!), but there's a lot of info and some great ideas there.

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