mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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on hallowed ground by colin mccomb.

the problem with this book is that it is entirely too "useful." while really, the most useful part is the bit in the front, unattached to the rest-- the front being a sort of crash course in planar politics; a prime ("clueless") is from a prime material cosmology, like oerth; a planar is someone affiliated with the planes in a similar way (from a native of sigil to a pit fiend); a petitioner is the soul living out his afterlife on the planes; a proxy is a direct distillation of a god's power & well; a power is a god. there is a little bit of chant (& dark) on the near powers, like the slaad lords or whatever, too. that part is just fine & dandy, though a little bit too matter of fact for me; more dark than chant, if you scan me. the rest of the book, though, is just another encylopedia of gods; arn't there already a million of those? there were even when this was published in 1996. shit, these books were coming out when i was in high school? huh. anyhow, at least there are fun maps! oh, & personal preference? i tend to be opposed to the inclusion of terrestrial pantheons, though there could be a fun argument made that the sumerian pantheon is the patron gods of all emerging flood plain cultures, who are usurped by the babylonian pantheon as that flood plain culture evolves...that sort of thing. i do continue to like the very "low tech" approach to rules though. under the effects of being in the beastlands when you try to cast a necromancy spell? it says "it's harder to use harmful magic." harder. i really like not having rules for things. i'm not being sarcastic, i fucking hate when players feel like they can predict that sort of shit. so. a fine & acceptable piece of work, but you know, what do i care? i'm going to drink this drink. we just got back from the gym & jenny's making dinner!
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