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Silver Marches (Dungeons & Dragons d20 3.0 Fantasy Roleplaying, Forgotten Realms Accessory) Paperback – August 1, 2002


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About the Author

ED GREENWOOD has written numerous articles, game products, columns, short stories, and novels. Among his most recent novels are Death of the Dragon (with Troy Denning) and Elminster in Hell. Greenwood resides in the Canadian province of Ontario.

JASON CARL's most recent credit is the Dungeons & Dragons accessory Sword and Fist. He lives in Washington state.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786928352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786928354
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I could've given it a straight 5 but there were a few minor errors in the book.
Chris Perry
This is a well written supplement that is enjoyable to read for someone like me who has avoided the Forgotten Realms in all previous editions.
Jeffrey Prall
Finally, Chapter 8, adventures in the North, details 3 small sites, and Blood and Gold, an adventure that works quite well.
Edward Anderson

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Chris Perry on July 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Silver Marches is the first regional accessory to be published for the Forgotten Realms since the FRCS came out. It may also be the last to use this particular format, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Silver Marches is a 160-page softcover book, written by Ed greenwood and Jason Carl. The pages are high-quality as found in the FRCS hardcover, the cover art by Vance Kovacs is distinctive, and the interior art throughout the book is wonderfully done and fits with the content--this isn't always the case, sometimes an illustrator's work can be a detriment to the overall style. Doesn't sound like a big deal until you find out from marketers that the presentation (artwork, etc.) can make or break a sale before prospective buyers have a chance to delve deep into the contents. Overall, the presentation is decent.
This book is broken down into 8 chapters (barring the Introduction). The first, titled "The Lay of the Land," provides greater depth to the geography and monstrous threats of the area than found in the FRCS. Here you'll find notable bits on the Morueme clan of blue dragons, the orcish stronghold known as Dark Arrow Keep, and the Silverwood, just to name a few. It runs for 32 pages, and those fearing that they'll drown in a sea of too-much-info need not worry. The details on each area or personality are concise, they provide good ideas of what to expect in certain areas, as well as adventure ideas. You won't feel hemmed in by what's written, if anything one should get some good ideas from the material.
The second chapter, "Exploring the Wild," deals with flora and fauna, encounter tables, wyrms of the north (the names of whom you'll remember from the articles that Ed Greenwood used to write for Dragon magazine), and even weather tables.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By cscase on April 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very detailed in its descriptions of the North, and liked the fact that it leaves a few mysteries and potentially interesting sites here and there for you to embellish yourself. In doing this, I think it does a good job of giving you lots of details without restricting you.
The art and presentation are great. I liked the large fold-out map, however, I would have liked to have seen small shots of the relevant portions of that map in the "Lay of the Land" part of the text so that you could read the book without having to constantly refer to the large and unwieldy map. The map is nice and nicely done though, and I think it would be excellent for use in a game.
Anyway, I'd give it 4 stars because it was everything I expected it would be, gave me all of the information I was looking to get out of it, and was well done. It didn't blow me away, but it's a solid book and well worth the money.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Edward Anderson on November 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever purchased. It may only be 157 pages long, but the detail and work that has gone into it is INCREDIBLE.
The book's split up into 8 chapters:
Chapter 1, the lay of the land, basically goes into detail about every part of the Marches, in terms of terrain. It describes smaller towns and villages, the Nether and Rauvin mountains, forests, even places that might not be technically IN the Silver Marches, like Anauroch and the High Forest.
Chapter 2, Exploring the Wilds, gives info on many things, including weather (for different areas of the Marches :P), Animals and Plants, and even wilderness encounters for every area of the Marches (see what I mean about detail..:P)
Chapter 3, Cities of the Silver Marches, speaks for itself; ot basically details all the major cities, plus Quaervarr and Newfort for some reason...
Chapter 4, People of the Silver Marches, basically outlines things such as economy, the armies of the Marches, and the Uthgardt tribes' customs.
Chapter 5, Politics and Power, explains how the League works, and details enemies of the Marches in more detail.
Chapters 6 and 7 (Heroes of the North and Monsters of the Marches, respectively), are quite small, detailing 6 new prestige classes and 7 new monsters.
Finally, Chapter 8, adventures in the North, details 3 small sites, and Blood and Gold, an adventure that works quite well.
Basically, if your campaign is set in the Marches, GET THIS BOOK. You will NOT regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is, IMHO, a good book. It has a lot of background info about the Silver Marches (as one would expect) and some playing info too - although I feel that the book would be better without the statistics and profiles. I specially like how it describes the politics of the Silver Marches. I think it is also nice that it includes 4 short adventures.
It has some caveats, though. Sometimes the book feels a bit childish (but not too much), and some of the descriptions are too short - well, that leaves room for imagination anyway, so it is not such a important problem.
All in all, I think it is a good book, but not a perfect one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Prall on October 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a well written supplement that is enjoyable to read for someone like me who has avoided the Forgotten Realms in all previous editions. For those already well versed in the Realms, I feel this probably sheds light on an area that has recently been developed, but I could be wrong.
Anyway, it balances crunchy stuff with background/story stuff, which I always appreciate. There is plenty of room for your own extrapolation of the material as well, as the author provides a rich playground for the imagination. If you're a fan of the new edition, I'd get this book. I hope more will come out like it.
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