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Book of Erotic Fantasy

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ISBN-13: 978-0974204512
ISBN-10: 097420451X
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Valar Project (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097420451X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974204512
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Brianna Sollandry on October 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book has a lot to offer to any D20 campaign with mature players who recognize that sex and romance are legitimate motivations and interests for their characters.

If you want such activities to take center stage in your campaign, you'll find everything you need here, with a new Appearance ability score, several very well-thought-out base classes, a variety of specialized prestige classes, and new skills, feats, and spells.

But even if you have a more conventional campaign (such as the one I DM) and want the sex to occur "off screen", there's an awful lot you can use. I don't use Appearance, or any of the feats and spells that depend on it. Nor am I using any of the classes, but plenty of useful substance remains. My players enjoyed their encounter with my seductive Bard (a conventional archetype, if there ever was one!), whom I could have created with standard D20 rules and careful role-playing, but who was that much better with a smattering of feats and spells from this book.

The text and pictures are generally tasteful and well done. The spells and feats are mature and game-balanced, as opposed to some of the sophmoric efforts I've seen in other books supposedly addressing this theme.

The book does assume that the reader (and by extension, her characters) considers sex to be a natural and normal aspect of human relationship, and that whatever the participants consensually agree is fun is all right. If you are comfortable with that viewpoint, there should be nothing here to offend. Otherwise, perhaps you'll agree with other reviews I've seen that seem to think this book is somehow encouraging "perversions" in a role-playing campaign.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that caused a lot of controvery when it came out and, frankly, it shouldn't have. I've read it, and this book is probably less offensive than the Book of Vile Darkness was.
[Of course] you don't want this book for your underaged role-player; what do you expect from a book with this title? But if you're legal, and are interested in introducing sex and romance to your games, you couldn't find a better resource for d20-based games.
The BoEF handles sex and eroticism in a mature fashion, rarely if ever degenerating into the silly, somewhat immature approach other books on the subject take. Sex and love are topics handled from a variety of angles, differing by race, alignment, and other factors. There are new rules that are actually (sometimes more) useful outside the boudoir, and the artwork within uses generally tasteful photography and photo-manipulation.
All in all, if you intend to use sex in your d20-based games, you need to get this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Markwart on July 15, 2007
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It is entirely appropriate that this book should close with a "What's New with Phil and Dixie" cartoon; "Phil and Dixie" have been a charming staple of the D&D magazine Dragon for years, and they have been promising a "how to add sex to D&D" comic for almost as long. Kestrel and Scott have finally written a sourcebook for it.

For almost all games/gaming groups, sex will be only be an occasional element; most gaming groups are, after all, "mixed company." Because of this, I expect that very few players will opt to spend their valuable character resources on the prestige classes, spells, and magical sexual items presented in this tome ("How often would I get to use my abilities if I took the 'Sacred Prostitute' prestige class?").

Because of its limited utility, I would consider this book a whimsical addition to your gaming library; something to giggle and blush at, but not something you would actually use. On the other hand, when a player dares to venture into sexual territory ("I flirt with the shopkeeper to get a better price"), it might be nice to have a resource to cover the situation.

I cannot give this product 5 stars because of some cramped typesetting reducing the legibility in some places; and because of some gaps, like the fact that half-elf/half-elf offspring is not explicitly addressed (are they elf? human? half-elf? random pick? I wrote a paper on it).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on January 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The pictures are awful CGI and the prestige classes are poorly balanced. The Appearance stat adds a fun new flavor to the game - but it also creates a source of strife/competition between players and is way too malleable to actually base anything off of (as they propose to do with the Imagist prestige class).
All of that aside, this book does offer an interesting new element to the D&D table gameplay. It brings a more mature aspect into the game, and with it a lot of new roleplaying opportunities (characters with a sexual side tend to, from my experience, be a lot more interesting to play as well as to interact with - they feel more realistic).
Some players may feel uncomfortable with some of the material presented, others will embrace it with enthusiasm. Some may take it too seriously and get a little creepy. Others may take it too lightly and get a little annoying. Tailor to your players - if you have a mature, reasonable group, this book is a great addition; if you have an immature, boisterous, middle-school aged group, you may want to reconsider.
Worth a try in most cases - it certainly does change how you play D&D (in the case of my group - for the better/more interesting).
Content is basically crunchy (though much of it needs polishing to be usable in a serious game). There are a bunch of new spells (many of which are rather on the weak side - but interesting), several new prestige classes (typically not well balanced, but interesting concepts that could be transformed into something more usable), a handful of new deities (with brief descriptions), some new monsters, etc. There is also an appearance chart in the back of the book, which is useful (if you are using the appearance stat) but not constructed in a very organized fashion.
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