- Paperback: 90 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (September 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312930836
- ISBN-13: 978-0312930837
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,309,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Willow Sourcebook: The People, Places, Monsters, and Magic of George Lucas's Hit Film Paperback – September, 1988
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Histories of Willow, Madmartigan, Bavmorda, and every important character from the movie. The cultures and beliefs of the Nelwyns, the soldiers of Nockmaar, the Knights of Galladoorn, the fairies, and the brownies. Monsters: the two-headed Eborsisk, the Death Dogs, and others. Magic-transformation, Bavmorda's Ritual of Obliteration, and Cherlindrea's Wand. Lands, people, and cultures: Tir Asleen, Bavmorda's Nockmaar, and Nelwyn Valley. Map of the lands travelled in the movie. Game information that lets you use the people and creatures of Willow in your own fantasy roleplaying game. 8 pages of full-color photographs from the movie.
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Regarding the game side you essentially port Dungeon and Dragons style rules to the game and you're set. The book provides stats for characters and creatures as well as details on how spells work. It's not a wealth of gaming knowledge, but then again that's not makes this game sweet.
The real meat and potatos of this book is the background information you get on the world of Willow. I mean you get just about anyting you can think of. You get detailed histories of all the major characters (Willow, Madmartigan, Bavmorda, and much more) as well as several minor characters. You get all of that and more. While the major characters do have lots more pages to them you also get just about all the info you can want on the minor characters like all of the nelwyns that have names in the movies, the brownies, Madmartigan's old brother-in-arms Airk, and even Elora's nursemaid that you only saw at the beginning of the movie.
Characters aren't the only thing you get detailed information on. You also get a wealth of background on the various creatures in the movie (as well as some info on monsters not in the movie, but part of the Willow universe). You also get details on culture and history of the different races like the nelwyns, fairies, and brownies. On top of all that you get some non-game details on magic and spells as well as some information on the various lands and kingdoms travelled in the movie.
The book was written by Allen Varney, who has written game books for Mage: The Ascention, Paranoia, Dungeons and Dragons, and Marvel Heroes. The book is published by Eric Goldberg Associates, who are known for game books like Paranoia and stuff like kid's toys. Finally the book is distributed by Tor Books, who is a big name in science fiction and fantasy books. How can you go wrong with a combination like that?
All in all it is a wealth of information. Best of all this isn't just stuff some guy came up with to fill up space on a "game" book. If you are a fan of the movie this book is a definite must, and not because you can play a pencil and paper game based on the movie. This book is as good as any Star Wars or Star Trek book that details their respecive universes. If you are a fan of fantasy settings than, of course, this book is worth getting for the same reasons stated above.