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Denizens of Earthdawn Vol. 2
FASA Corporation
128pp - [sterling]10.99

It's 3am in the morning, I've just finished reviewing several other products, I've had a bad day, and I really wish that I'd done this product first!

Just about everything you would ever need to know about Earthdawn's Obsidimen, Dwarves, Trolls and Orks is covered between the covers (suppose that's why they're called covers). From their births to their deaths practically every aspect of their lives, loves, hates, rituals, honour, method, is gone into in the minutest of details. Plenty of examples of how each of the races operate are given (i.e. one particular Obsidimen weaponsmith who takes a commission to build a sword for a dwarf and the dwarf dies of old age three years before the sword's completion) and much is the personal anecdotes of the histories and ways of the various name givers.

To finish off the book we have lots of game stuff; role playing hints, character templates, new talents and special rulings for the Orks, Obsidimen, Dwarves and Trolls. All of this is pretty much standard stuff but the Obsidiman Purifier looks like he could be a lot of fun to play.

Overall: This is one of those books that will appeal to those of you who subscribe to the White Wolf school of role playing. I'm afraid I don't. Don't get me wrong, this book is beautifully written and there is a lot of useful information in it to add depth to your character. But I'm afraid I found the subject of birthdays etc. a little on the dozing off side; this is not helped by the text being laid in only one column instead of the standard two or three for a book of this size. On the other hand, I'm going to totally contradict myself here, you could, if you looked hard enough, find a lot of adventure ideas revolving around all of the subjects covered. For eleven quid, if I had to make a choice I'd put the extra fiver in and go for the Parlainth boxed set or save myself some money and go with Parlainth Adventures. Unless I was an Earthdawn collector, then I'd buy the whole lot. Definitely one for a rainy day.

Review by Stig

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