Denizens of Earthdawn (Volume 1)
An Earthdawn Sourcebook

  • Writer: Louis J. Prosperi, Tom Dowd, Marc Gasgione, Shane Lacy Hensley, Sean R. Rhoades, Carl Sargent, John J. Terra
  • Number of Pages: 128
  • Year of Publication: 1994

Rating: *****

This volume is divided into four sections, one covering the humans, t'skrang, elves and windlings respectively. The work exceeds usual FASA standards, and is peppered with beautiful illustrations and comments from various scholars. There are also four sets of colour plates one for each race, and a gorgeous. Alone these plates make the book worth the price tag.

However, the content is far more useful. No Games Master should be without this deep, insightful look at four out of the eight races that inhabit Earthdawn. It gives details on their way of life, their customs as well as miscellaneous details that give a roleplaying game its background.

My only complaint is that this material should be mandatory. FASA should have combined this volume, the second volume and the two books in the Barsaive Campaign Set into one, seamless volume. They could have called it the Complete Guide to Barsaive. Weighing in at 400 pages, it would make the ideal complement to the rules which are far too thin on background material.

Summary: This volume, along with the Barsaive Campaign Set and Denizens of Earthdawn - Volume 2, forms an indispensable trilogy of information on Barsaive and its inhabitants which is a must for all Games Masters.

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