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Dungeonology (Ologies) Hardcover – October 21, 2016
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Featuring a mix of sketches and richly detailed character (and creature) studies, it’s a package that should please existing D&D fans and leave newcomers eager to learn more.
A handy travel guide to the Sword Coast's sprawling Underdark, along with helpful hints for prospective questers thereto.Both confirmed gamers and readers seeking a peek into the Dungeons & Dragons multiverse will be entertained by this album-sized vade mecum...A taste of adventure for all who would delve D&D's lightless depths for virtual treasure.
This title will appeal to new players, those interested in learning about D&D, and stalwart fans of the "Ologies" series. A solid purchase for most collections.
—School Library Journal
About the Author
Matt Forbeck, an award-winning and New York Times best-selling author and games designer, has been playing Dungeons & Dragons since he was thirteen. After earning his degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan, he embarked on a prolific writing career that included working with the late legendary Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax. He is the author of the well-received Secret of the Spiritkeeper, the first book in the Knights of the Silver Dragon series. Matt Forbeck lives in Wisconsin with his wife and five children.
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What this book does do is explain D&D and the Forgotten Realms. It isn't an in depth study, but rather an overview, presenting the imagination of the setting. This is a book to whet the appetite, to make you interested in the concepts and world of D&D. You'll be presented with:
- the concept of an adventuring party
- basic adventuring equipment
- how magic and magic items work in the Realms
- a very brief overview of the Sword Coast with a popup map that is really quite spectacular (the centerfold of the book)
- an entire section on rogues and traps
- a discussion of loot
- an overview of clerics
- a description of the Five Factions of the Realms
- an introduction to some of the unique monsters of D&D
- a spread on the current major villains in 5e
- an overview of some of the canonical heroes and legends from various D&D source material
- a breakout booklet guide to the Forgotten Realms, which includes a short snapshot on major cities, some of the published 5e adventures, established dungeons, and worlds beyond (Greyhawk, etc.)
The beautiful layout includes popup maps, little hidden pockets begging to be opened, and removable pieces that immediately invite you to explore and engage.
Your experience will vary depending on your prior knowledge and what you are after from the book, but if you approach it correctly, it can be a magical experience. I'd recommend this especially for those who don't have a D&D background but are interested in the setting, and possibly as a tool for DM's who play especially on the Sword Coast to introduce new players to the world.
So before you harsh with your lackluster wit, be sure to know what this book is, a children's book with lots of wonderful, brilliant, colorful pictures and notes. A wonderful addition to the 'ology' series of children's books.
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Intricately illustrated and concise in explanations, this primer is a gorgeous and interactive addition to any D&D fan's...Read more