"Go to the sign of Harvel's Axe, a dubious inn on the edge of the Thieves Quarter, in the City of Greyhawk, and look to your own wrist. If you perceive a bracelet and dangling dice, watch for the next throw in the war between Law and Chaos and be prepared to follow the compelling geas." -Signal

Friday, July 5, 2013

Complete Ranger's Handbook - PHBR11


The Complete Ranger's Handbook was originally released in 1993 but this is a much later printing than that. It is as it's name suggests intended to expand the job descriptions available to the Ranger class. One of the first characters I ever played was a ranger, well actually a cleric/ranger. This book was one that I was drawn to as a result of that. The information was fun to read and the kits were ones that made sense but again it seemed to be a reason to give characters abilities and skills that they could have done without adding rules to it. The kit backgrounds could be defined in character creation. I guess part of what I sometimes refer to as overpowering is sometimes pigeonholing. Not an essential book to have but if you like rangers worth owning.

From the back cover:

Forest guardian, border runner, bounty hunter, and more - the full potential of the ranger class has never been plumbed. Until now. Come learn the innermost secrets of one of the most popular AD&D character classes. Details on every part of the Ranger's life, from allied forest brethren to unusual outdoor equipment. With 15 new and exciting character kits, this book is an information-packed accessory for the AD&D 2nd Edition Game. A special appendix gives the rules for the original AD&D ranger class.

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