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Toolbox

Author: Dawn Ibach & Jeff Ibach
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG)
Publish Date: 2002
ISBN: 1-887953-72-8
Pages: 192
Rating: 10 out of 10
Retail Price: $26.95

 

Toolbox (or as I call it, "The Big Bitchin' Book of DM Help") is basically a large book of random roll charts. I'll just come right out and say it plainly...this book has a chart for EVERYTHING! Did one of your players surprise you by having his PC pickpocket some random nobody NPC? No problem, just turn to page 127 and choose from not one, but ten full lists of random pickpocket results. Did a PC just get hit by an Insanity spell and you want to make it a memorable event? Simply flip to page 86 to find charts containing random insanities and phobias. What do you do when the PCs start making trouble while trying to get into town? Easy...you open the book to page 113 to find not only a chart for random gate guards, but several charts for guard ranks and titles as well. Do you need to know the name of the king's second cousin Phil's first puppy he had when he was a kid? There's probably a chart for that as well.

This book is a wonderful resource for any DM who is working on a city, dungeon or other location for his game and needs a bit of help getting over a few mundane potholes in the work. It's also a lifesaver in the middle of a game when a player surprises you with an out of the blue question you weren't prepared for. I firmly believe that every DM should have a copy of this book in his collection.