Ok, so is the new D&D Draconomicon worth buying? Is it worth stealing? (C’mon you know someone who has a bootleg electronic copy, and if you don’t you wish you did). Well, personally I’m just a fan of hardcover D&D books - if for nothing else the art and the feel of a solid hardback book in my hands. Draconomicon meets those criteria - but does that mean I’m willing to shell out the cash for it?
Lets start with the good points - Art. The art is good. I like dragons. Who doesn’t like dragons? And a book about dragons better have pretty dragons in it. Draconomicon delivers pretty dragons. So on a scale of 1 to worth it - the art gets a worth it.
DM useful. Again I have to give it a worth it here. There are those out there who may diss on Chapter 3: Dragon Lairs, but personally I find 75 pages of stuff I don’t have to write myself very useful. Can’t use it all the time - but can and will use it when needed. Get an electronic copy (scanner anyone) drop an image into Microsoft Excel and bam you have a game grid sized map - I explained how to use Excel for maps a while ago.
Cool New Creatures - Mostly worth it. Once again I tend to shamelessly use what is already printed. Why then only a mostly worth it? Draconomicon just doesn’t meet all my flavor expectations. My opinion, my bias - essentially me just complaining for no real reason. Purple dragons - not so much. Gray Dragons - reminds me of the stone guardians outside of the castle in Bard’s Tale. I prefer dragons with color (just not really purple).
Overall flavor - Take out the Purple Dragons and Draconomicon will pass muster. I like dragons, who doesn’t? A whole book about them - well Wizards ought to publish at least a few.
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