Races of Stone



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Races of Stone

Author: Various
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publish Date: 08/2004
ISBN: 0-7869-3278-3
Pages: 192
Rating: 8 out of 10
Retail Price: $29.95

 

I received my copy of this book as a gift, though I'm sure I would have bought a copy eventually on my own. It took me a few days to read through. While I could have done without half of the information in the book, I found myself greatly impressed by the sort of details that the authors decided to include. Sample holidays and legends among tribes was a great inclusion that helps add a much greater degree of depth to some of the PC races. Above all, however, I was in awe of the fact that psionic material was included in a book that wasn't written specifically for psionics (my hat is off to the authors).

If the truth be told, I won't be using any of the other races the book sets up as potential PC races. I probably won't be allowing many (or possibly any) of the prestige classes in my game either. Additionally, I thought that the sections dealing with racial deities dragged on and on needlessly. Finally, I have to wonder if the goliath race was included just to make a damage-hungry powergamer's life easier (though, admittedly, any good DM would nip such behavior in the bud early on).

In spite of this, I thought that the good easily outweighed the bad. I'm hopeful that future publications from Wizards of the Coast will contain a similar level of quality and detail. If you're playing the core PC races as they are written (dwarves live in the ground, elves live in trees, etc), then this book would definitely be helpful if you want to add a greater level of detail to the day to day lives of the races.