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Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames)) Paperback – May 27, 2008

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  • Series: Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: BradyGames (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744008034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744008036
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Terry Mesnard VINE VOICE on May 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Age of Conan has a lot of minute details from crafting to quests to building your city to a variety of common and not-so-common ideas in MMOs. I had pre-ordered this book before the game came out and after spending time in beta. Basically, my intent in the purchase was to have a one-stop-shop for things like the crafting system, how to go about building a guild city, where to get quests, maps of areas and, at the end, information concerning the raids.

This book has basically none of that.

Classes

Let's start with the classes. This book spends a good deal of time presenting feat trees, class skills, etc. but it never does a good job of dissecting the information. After reading this book, you will know nothing that you didn't know prior to reading your skill list and feat trees. The skills are simply taken word for word. So if you're wondering what exactly that particular feat does or if it's worth it, this book will not help you.

It also uses image placeholders instead of the actual spells at times. For instance, all of the beta placeholders for summoning minions are intact...meaning there's no picture. Just a little dash. With a lot of the pictures and content looking like it's from beta, I wonder if the spells themselves aren't different since I've noticed changes moving from closed beta to release.

Zones

There's a lot of details here concerning Tortage and the beginning levels. After that, you're given a few pages per zone...but not every zone is here! It breaks it down to Cimmeria (Conall's Valley and Fields of the Dead), Aquilonia (Old Tarantia, Noble District and Tesso...along with a couple of the instanced zones) and Stygia (Khemi and Khopshef). Obviously there's more zones than those above for questing.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Gray on May 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
Save your money! There's nothing in this book that you won't know after the first time you've played the game.

Just as an example, it has the expected Map section - - but they are unlabeled! There is absolutely nothing of value in this book, whatsoever.

I'm sorry that I can't give it less than 1 star.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Getting on June 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Any MMO hint guide is, at best, a dubious idea. After a few months, its textual contents are redundant due to ready access to other players, assuming no balance or design changes. If it's released with the game, odds are it's a book based on a mid-beta design, and missing and misrepresenting major portions of the game. This is often countered by releasing detailed maps (which are unlikely to change significantly), presentations of core concepts which have remained consistent throughout beta, or even waiting until a few months out to have rock-solid understanding of what's going on. Sometimes, too, the developers and the hint book writers work so closely that the information is almost wholly accurate, and remains useful.

Or, you could do as Brady Games did, and gloss over everything. With the exception of the early level content information, which may be useful to players seeking to eke the most out of Tortage and/or decide which race may present the most enjoyment, everything in this book is a waste. Skills? Just like what they say in game, without further mechanics breakdowns. Feats? Hit the N-key once you logged in, and you're looking at the same information the book provides. Crafting guides tell us how to make items, but not what they're good for beyond knowing that, yes, indeed armor is worn on various bits of the body. We get page after page of maps without any markers or content, cheap filler in a book already content-poor.

I've seen badly done hint books before -- the City of Villains hint binder was legendarily useless. It still provided more information than this book. I am, frankly, amazed that this book isn't shrink-wrapped, as anyone who flips through it should likely realize what a phenomenal waste of cash this is.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By El Tee on June 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really can't add anything to what's already been said, this has got to be about the most useless "guide" I've ever seen or purchased. Useful for starting fires, that's about it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scarecrowe on June 2, 2008
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No discussion of inherent powers. The layout of the class abilities makes it extremely difficult to locate anything without leafing through several pages back and forth. I'm going to see if I can return it tomorrow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dusty on March 9, 2013
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I have played this game for several years and it is the best on-line game I have ever played. The graphics are excellent, the play-style is incredible, and the content is amazing. You can play by yourself or with others. You can join a guild or go it alone. Just be warned - you can get 'caught up' in this game.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RadX on June 6, 2008
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I was shocked at how useless this is.
Just a few problems with the book:

1) Not all zoned are covered. All of the 50+ zones are missing.
2) Most feat descriptions are vague like the tooltips in the game itself and provide no numbers.
3) A lot of the information they do provide is simply incorrect.
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By Amazon Customer on June 7, 2008
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The majority of the feats are wrong, and some are even not the correct name. It is clear this book was written from a version of beta. It is a shame that they could not even use the initial release of the game to base the guide on. I know mmo's change, but you can not write the book based off a beta and not release.

Very Very disappointed. Do not even buy this... will not help you at all.
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