Epic Level Handbook was indeed useless and near if not the top of my most despised book. Favorite though? That's tough to say. I do have very fond memories of reading through the MM2 AD&D when I was young....and yes I still have it.P.S.: Epic handbook is pretty up there for worthless for me for the same reasons. It's a shame I was a completionist back then; I bought the autographed version (mainly for the Olidamara dice).
You do realize that the original question was in regards to the best/worst books you own.That is mind blowing.
Also, I have got to stop reading this book any further, before I start punching the screen. Anyone that voted for any other book as 'The Worst D&D Book', including 'The book of Erotic Fantasy', is now officially wrong. Even the book of erotic fantasy is a masterpiece compared to the 'Slayer's Guide to Female Gamers'.
From my point of view, I can't understand how anyone can find it good, let alone the best, other than perversity, ignorance, or nostalgia.I love this list just to see what people are saying. I so agree with the d&d rules cyclopedia. Your assessment of the 1E DMG shocks me. But to each his own. Love this thread.
Mainly the prose. They have gotten better at writing dungeon masters guides over 40 years. Just remember Gygax didn’t have a template to improve upon.
THat's the part I least comprehend the fixation withMainly the prose.
I've played plenty of games that are now 30+ years old. the AD&D1E DMG before revision was outclassed by many games that predate it's 1979 release... including the Holmes Basic D&D.They have gotten better at writing dungeon masters guides over 40 years.
That's both disingenuous and unlikely to be true...Just remember Gygax didn’t have a template to improve upon.
Well, all it is is an index / price list. Admittedly, that's what it says on the back cover so I only have to blame myself buying it. It would have been a great book if the two thin volumes would have been combined into a thick hardcover, with descriptions of different variations. For example, a Death Rattle is worth 500 GP and described in AC04-059, but the book doesn't tell me what it does, what the difference is between a death rattle and a summoning rattle etcetera. And how is a violin / wine bottle rack magical in any way?What was so bad about the magic encyclopedia? Just curious.
Have you ever actually used anything from the Book of Exalted Deeds?Exalted deeds: i refuse to exalt this book. I disavow. (i have no idea why people bother saying bovd when boed exists. What complaints you have that are valid and many that you dont even make about bovd are as applicable or more to boed without fail and it is bad in so many more ways than bovd. Besides bovd is actually a pretty useful book when hamdled with care and boed generally doesnt even have that going for it. Its like its neutered retarded twin with chicken wings growing out of its divine ass.)
To be fair, they knew it was shit, and poorly written, merely to get a rise out of people by "tweaking your nipples" and run away laughing.How in the world....
Seriously, what was anyone involved in this project thinking?
There has been a ton of useless poorly written crap written for D&D over the years, but this goes straight to the bottom of that stack for being not only useless and poorly written but tasteless and offensive.
I can't even... I have no words. People's ability to imagine and create evil continually leaves me astounded.
Some people think kicking over apple carts and tripping old people is both funny and profound. But there is really no less self-aware response than, "I was just joking." It makes it worse, not better.To be fair, they knew it was shit, and poorly written, merely to get a rise out of people by "tweaking your nipples" and run away laughing.