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Unearthed Arcana (3.5)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Simon G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/05/2009 10:10:32

I like Unearthed Arcana, with some reservations. I really don't think (at time of writing), 25GBP is a competitive price for a PDF, especially for what is now an "obsolete" system.

For those who don't know, this is a collection of alternative rules - some you can add to an existing D&D 3.5 game, some replace extant rules. Some come from other d20 systems (such as the Wound/Vitality system from the Revised Star Wars rules), some are attempts to capture elements of fantasy literature in the D&D rules (such as Incantations).

It's really a grab-bag of ideas, pretty much all mechanics with just enough flavour to fire the imagination (which is better than the pages of useless fluff that accompanies many WOTC D&D products). You wouldn't use all the ideas in your game - you couldn't use all the ideas as some are mutually exclusive. Some concepts are good, but bland in execution (Bloodline traits and the racial variants, for example. Neither of these really award any abilities outside the norm).

However, most, if not all, of the content of this book is available online at the various SRD websites. I bought it in case there were some sneaky non-OGL parts. There aren't. So, if you are going for an electronic version you probably don't need to buy this, even though it does contain some interesting stuff.



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Unearthed Arcana (3.5)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by John C.
Date Added: 06/23/2006 04:16:51

I'm not sure what audience WotC are trying to target with their PDFs. Sure, the quality is excellent. But the pricing is awful! $34.95 for a PDF? That's what the hardback costs in the US! - I did a quick conversion into Sterling and that works out at a little over £19. I can buy the genuine hardback of this for £21 from my FLGS. I can buy it from Amazon.com for $22!!! I suppose they can go back to their marketing department in a few months, highlight the really poor sales and say "See, told you PDFs wouldn't work".

Good book? Yes. Good Price? No. And that's a really big no. In fact, if you'll indulge me, it's a 5-storey "no" with 24-hour room service, a five-star restaurant and a concierge who really knows his job. (With apologies to Blackadder).

But that's just my $0.02



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Unearthed Arcana (3.5)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Jacob S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/09/2006 00:00:00

Unearthed Arcana is a good reference document, whether you're playing a 1st edition game, wanting it for historical reference (history of D&D), or looking for additional material not found in later versions -- the cavalier concept (to turn into a prestige class), magic items, etc.

The scan is good and the scanned book was in pretty good shape.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: It's a good scan of a book in good shape. <br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Not much here to dislike -- you'd probably only get this if you already knew what was in it and wanted a digital copy.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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