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The Book of Vile Darkness: A 4th Edition D&D Supplement Paperback – December 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: 4th Edition D&D
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Pck Pap/Ps edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786958685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786958689
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert J. Schwalb, a writer and award-winning game designer best known for his work on Dungeons & Dragons®, got his start in 2002 and has never looked back. He has designed or developed almost two hundred gaming books in both print and digital formats for Wizards of the Coast, Green Ronin Publishing, Black Industries, Fantasy Flight Games, and several other companies. Some of his best-known books include the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Player's Handbook 3, A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, Grimm, and Tome of Corruption.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joshua M. Ricard on December 28, 2011
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Just got it yesterday, and the first thing I noticed upon opening it up, is that there is no 32 page facsimile of the Book of Vile Darkness, but a 32 page Player's Book (which includes players classes, variants, options, feats, etc) that comes included with the 96 page DM's book for the BoVD (as well as the poster map).

Both books include a ton of great "fluff" material. The DM book contains just what I was looking for as far as providing some great options and ideas for a truly evil villain for my next upcoming campaign. There is much more helpful info in the book as well including some nice monster, and ideas for creating great story hooks and campaigns around the ideas of evil, or having evil players. Plus, it includesan adventure centered around the "Book of Vile Darkness" artifact. The Player's Book seems as though it will only really serve a purpose if you have players playing evil characters. I played in an evil campaign once before and this Player's Book would have been helpful then. The poster map seems very thin and flimsy, but I will certainly attempt to use it (although I prefer my Chessex battle mat).

I'd say for the price, it is certainly worth giving it a shot. As a DM, I am always look for another supplement to fuel my mind with more ideas to make my campaigns even better. But do remember, the Amazon description is INCORRECT. There is no 32 page "Book of Vile Darkness" that comes in this, but a 32 page Player's Book that is designed for the idea of players that want to play evil options or variants.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Tresca VINE VOICE on January 1, 2012
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As Wizards of the Coast continues its plans of global domination with the Dungeons & Dragons brand, the full marketing power of the Hasbro juggernaut has become apparent in comics, board games, and now The Book of Vile Darkness (BOVD) movie. My buddy George Strayton is a story and game consultant on the upcoming film, so I'm hopeful it will do well.

The original BOVD first debuted as a magic item in the 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide. It wasn't until 3rd Edition that the Book of Vile Darkness achieved the legendary status of the Necronomicon - and the BOVD is basically a fantasy analogue. The controversy over the 3E book was significant, because its debut drew comparisons to another book published by former Dungeons & Dragons brand manager and Wizards of the Coast employee Anthony Valtera. He formed the Valar Project to produce a book that really pushed the envelope with the Book of Erotic Fantasy, which made the BOVD look tame in comparison. It was thanks to that book that Wizards incorporated a decency clause into its d20 trademark license, which likely led to a much more restricted Game System License for 4th Edition. End of history lesson.

Like the 3rd Edition version, the 4th Edition BOVD is shrink-wrapped. That's pretty much where the similarities end. There's no warning label, because the content inside is appropriate for all gamers. Inside the slipcover are two books and a battle map.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Nearing on March 12, 2014
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I actually bought this book by mistake - however after receiving it I looked through it and was glad I bought it anyway.

It comes with an awesome reversable map that extends way out - plus the two books it comes with are a nice addition to my set of evil.
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The idea of this book was great and I liked the one that came out for the 3rd edition as well. The only part I think they dropped the ball on, and it probably comes from it being owned all the way up the chain by Hasbro, instead of when TSR was a company all its own, was that it was really PG-13 in its flavor. I was hoping for something a lot more along the lines of "Piercing of Control" or something like "leather armor of bondage" etc. Though some of the thoughts were fun conversations around the gaming table get a lot more dark (and in turn, funny) than what was found in this book. I hope they are able to do an adult on line only option for the Next version when it comes out. The fluff material was a good little gimmick but not a big selling point.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Severo S. Queiroz Jr. on August 30, 2012
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Don't buy this book. Unless you have the strong will to make your campaign more sinister to your group of players! Many nasty ideas come reading this supplement, and is very easy to fall in temptation to use them against a naive group of adventurers.
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By Dusten Jay Hendershott on August 13, 2014
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