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Against the Slave Lords: "A" Series Classic Adventure Compilation: (A0 - A4) (D&D Adventure) Hardcover – June 18, 2013


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  • Series: D&D Adventure
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786964626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786964628
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All in all, another excellent reprint to give your beleaguered books a day off.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Cojo2020 on June 19, 2013
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I received my copy of the A0-A4 Against the Slave Lords premium reprint today, and after spending a couple of hours going over it, I wanted to give my thoughts.

Overall, it is the same style and quality as the S1-S4 reprint previously released. It lacks the gold leaf edging and the cloth bookmark of the original core book reprints (both features that I really enjoyed in those books), but is on the same heavier stock, glossier paper as the previous reprints.

Of course, what makes this reprint different than the S1-S4 book, is the addition of adventure module A0 (a prequel to the other modules) by veteran writer and game designer Skip Williams. This adventure is the only part of the book that I have had time to read in its entirety at this point, and the adventure is an excellent way to get low level characters connected into the plot of the slave lords. Alternately, I know TSR back in the day recommended using T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil as the jumping in point.

The A0 module has the "old school" feel, and the artwork is spot on with the art of the other modules from the early 80's. The bugbear on page 21 is an especially nice touch as it looks just like the bugbear from the original Monster Manual...only in an action pose. Another nice touch of the A0 module is that a new monster, the Mudtiger, is given at the end of the module with stats in the original Monster Manual format. The only complaint is that the maps for A0 are a bit compressed and small, but my old eyes still managed them without too much trouble.

Modules A1-A4 appear to have been reprinted in their entirety. It does not say if any errata was included, and I don't even know what errors may have occurred in the original printings.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Derek on July 1, 2013
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A classic AD&D dungeon module, again available in a fresh printing. The 4 original modules are very playable, and the bonus dungeon #A0 is a newly published treat for long-time DM's who continue to play 1st edition rules. I hope Wizards reprints more of these 1st edition modules (perhaps "Temple of Elemental Evil").

There are a few drawbacks to this edition. Because of the reliance on black-and-white printing for the entire contents, none of the original cover art is reproduced, which is a bummer on the nostalgia level. At the level of play, the publication suffers because unlike the originals the maps are not printed on the back of a DM's cardstock screen. Which means the DM is constantly flipping pages to track the map and read the module. Not a fatal flaw, but this is what prevents the product from being 5-star.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. on August 6, 2013
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I only owned A2 and was looking into collecting these to put together for my kids. I ended up going with this compilation (even though picking up the remaining three modules used may have been about the same price).

I do agree with an earlier review that the maps are probably the hardest part to deal with being at the end of each adventure, but it's easily remedied by finding the PDF's or taking them to a copier. As far as art: I do wish they had included the front and back covers in color (besides a small insert as part of the packaging of just the fronts).

The intro adventure (A0) is not bad, but not outstanding. However, I find that it's pretty tricky to do a solid adventure for levels 1-3 that doesn't either: A) Completely railroad them into a storyline to keep it interesting, or B) Totally kill them all with a single tough monster. For what it is, it's a nice addition that fits nicely into the storyline and plenty of room to start of a good campaign.

All in all, I'm VERY happy with the quality of it. The paper and binding are of nice quality. The printing and scanning are clear. I'm having a blast reading through these classics.

Now that I have this, I'm likely going to pick up the S-series book and hope very hard that they'll give the other modules in their classic series the same treatment (T1-4 and GDQ please?).

Also of interest to note: You can download conversion info on the monsters for DnD Next as part of the open playtest from WoTC, which leaves me wondering if they're going to get to reprinting the GDQ or T1-4 supermodules (again: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!), or just do straight conversions to Next like they're doing with Keep on the Borderlands (now just Caves of Chaos) and Isle of Dread.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Kitchen on June 18, 2013
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I just received my copy of Against the Slave Lords and am very pleased with it. Many of the faults I had with the prior volume in the series seem to have been addressed. The black and white line artwork is better reproduced and artwork with a great deal of grey has been handled in a way that preserves much of the original look. That said there are some illustrations that still show excessive black tones where some of the detail is lost.

I heartily recommend this book. The section at the end of fan contributed art is a very nice touch and the new content is a good lead in to what was one of the seminal works of the golden era of AD&D.

As I get time later tonight and tomorrow I'll do some side by side pictures to show how the illustrations appeared originally and how they appear in the new volume. Stay tuned.
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