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Outstanding Book, best of the themed books,
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This review is from: Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead: A 4th Edition D&D Supplement (Hardcover)
This book is completely awesome.
It contains a lot of really well designed monsters, some of which are classics. I feel they are so classic this book is almost required to play D&D. There's a lot of cool variant versions of lichs, wraiths, zombies, skeletons, and the crawling claw, and brain in a jar! The other theme books are filled with weird crappy monsters, but I look forward to using almost every monster in Open Grave.
Even the short "dungeon delves" they include are superbly written. The authors of these did a excellent job using descriptive writing to set a macabre scene. The level 1 delve is almost perfect. I wish WOTC used it as a guide for how awesome a delve format adventure could be. The read-aloud text in italics is what I am referring to. Along with the History checks they convey well flavored text that helps to make the place seem real to the players such as:
A chill hangs in the air, a cold that seems more spiritual
than actual. Here and there, empty graves gape near fallen
headstones. Fresh dirt is scattered around these empty
graves. Judging by the way the soil is dispersed around one
of the holes, its occupant might have dug itself out.