We had a great game yesterday and I’ll have a lot to say about it soon. However, I’d like to post Yan’s journal entry 1st so I can build on it instead of playing it safe. So you’ll see it all later this week.
Yesterday before the game, I went to my Favorite Local Game Store (FLGS) to buy Franky’s birthday gift (which is going to be great for his new McWod game).
I also bought an ancient copy of the AD&D Dungeoneer’s Survical Guide for 5$. I’ve never owned it but this thing features the 1st and one of the most awesome Underdark primers there is, complete with 3D mapping techniques. Not bad for a 1st Ed product (that being said, I so don’t miss this game’s crunch).
Then I saw a copy of what’s being heralded on the Web as the “Ultimate Book of all that’s Evil and Vile about Wizards of the Coast” AKA the D&D Rules Compendium (I’m paraphrasing here).
I turned it over and looked at the price, 26$ US and 35$ CDN.
Aside: Imagine a 4 page fire and brimstone rant against corporate North America stealing Canadians blind now that the dollar has been around par for quite a few months… I won’t waste energy on that.
I asked the store’s manager if I could have the book at the American price and he agreed. So I bought it without even cracking it open. Why you ask? I don’t quite know and I could spin a long yarn about how I might still play 3.5 after the release of 4e and bla bla bla…
Actually, the low price was a big factor, so was my desire to aid the store who’s not having an easy time with Amazon and the PDF RPG market.
I’m also a bit of a contrarian. If so many bad things are being spewed about a gaming product before anyone actually saw it, I just have to have it. Sure,Wizards is making another bid at my wallet, but so what? I have the money to buy it and I was curious.
I never actually had the time to look at it before my friends started arriving for the game.
As it’s bound to happen in any D&D game, we got to a rules question… something about the Concentration DC when injured during casting. As I was about to pick up the Player’s Handbook, I saw the Rules Compendium lying around, picked it up and finally cracked it open…
It’s organized alphabetically, hmmm useful. I go “C” just for the hell of it and there sits a one page entry on Concentration. Found the ruling is a flash (DC 10+damage dealt).
Then later, Stef asks me how to calculate a Breath Weapon’s DC. Flipped to “B” and found it! It’s DC 10+ 1/2 racial HD (Zero for a 1/2 dragon barbarian) + Con Modifier for those who care.
At a certain point, we needed a refresher on how to determine cover, once again it was found almost instantly.
Finally, when the players were having “fun” with poisonous creatures, there was a question about which ability loss caused death by reaching zero. Flipped to “Ability loss” and found it (Constitution only, the other render you helpless).
So that 26$ book has already been more useful than a lot of my other sourcebooks. It’s well written, concise and includes mini-essays on rules and memorable game situations by the D&D R&D staff.
So I’m damn happy that I bought it and I’m looking forward to actually read it!