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Sharn: City of Towers (Dungeons & Dragons d20 3.5 Fantasy Roleplaying, Eberron Supplement) Hardcover – November 1, 2004
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James Wyatt is currently an Origins award-winning RPG game designer for Wizards of the Coast, Inc. His most recent credits include authoring Oriental Adventures and City of the Spider Queen and co-authoring the Eberron Campaign Setting, Draconomicon, and Player's Guide to Faerûn.
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I do enjoy this book and the content of it is useful, it's just hard to figure out. Also the CD that comes with this book is a nice soundtrack for gameplay.
Unfortunately, unless you have a photographic memory you're going to have trouble bringing it all together since there's no index. Even reading cover to cover there are a number of forward references with no quick way to look them up. Wondering who the Blackened Book is? Can't remember who The Lady of the Plague is when she's mentioned under The Children of Winter entry? Where does the secret head of the assassins live? Don't count on quickly finding something in the middle of play. Combined with a small number of typos and mistakes a good editor should have caught, I have to give this book two to three stars.
This is the second time I've been disappointed by WotC's choice to not include an index in a reference book. I know Keith Baker is putting together an index on his personal web site, but WotC should have included one from the beginning. If I hadn't already been so taken by the Eberron setting I would have passed up this book in protest.
This setting book is focused almost exclusively on the city of Sharn itself, with only a brief discussion of the rest of Eberron and how it relates to Sharn politically and economically. Those who are looking for additional crunch - rules and Prestige Class - will be disappointed, though what is here is very well integrated with the city.
The bulk of the book breaks the city down into Districts and presents extensive information on these smaller sections of the city. Prominent businesses, guilds, NPCs, and other such information is presented. Politics, law and order, and life in Sharn each receive their own detailed chapter.
Eberron fans can't pass this one up. While the information is only focused on the city of Sharn, the feel of the book is entirely Eberron.
Also take note that the CD is poor at best.