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Now The Complete Book of Gnomes and Halflings reveals the secrets of these two popular races--their culture, Electronic (PDF, DOC, eBook, HTML, etc.). CR1 - Wizard Spell venarefeane.ga, , MB . PHBR9 - The Complete Book of Gnomes and venarefeane.ga, , MB. 2nd Edition Player's Handbook Rules Supplement. The Complete Book of Gnomes & Halflings. by Douglas Niles. Table of Contents. Introduction: The Small Folk.
Gnomebody Gnomes the Twouble I've Seen. When you're typically described as "like a dwarf, but different," you know you need some love.
The gnome section discusses what makes gnomes unique. The myths and gods of the gnomes are explained using mythology and parables to illustrate gnomish philosophy. I've always had a soft spot for Urdlen, the hideous white mole of greed, so it's nice to see him detailed alongside Garl Glittergold and the four lesser gods of the pantheon.
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Gnomish culture is also discussed at length later in the book, showing what drives the race to excel. The chapter on gnomish subraces introduces the rock gnome and provides rules for playing them alongside svirfneblin deep gnomes , tinker gnomes, and the traditional forest gnome. It's tricky treating the tinker gnome seriously, but Niles manages to do so in a way that makes them intriguing.
I'm surprised to see how much flavor text and loving attention to detail each subrace receives. Character kits are broken down by class, and there's little of the power inflation seen in some other books in this series.
There's the breachgnome and goblinsticker fighter , the mouseburglar and tumbler thief , the imagemaker and vanisher illusionist , the buffoon and stalker multiclass , and the rocktender and treetender priest.
Mechanical advantages are balanced by mechanical penalties, some of them brutally restrictive; the rocktender, for instance, can't cast spells unless in direct contact with unhewn rock.
The gnome section finishes up with a brief look at a gnomish village, a handy source for an adventure setting if you need gnomish homelands quickly during a game. Don't Call Them Hobbits.
Using the same conceit from earlier in the book - i. The three subraces of halflings are detailed, as are polar halflings, kender, and the cannibalistic halflings of Athas. With this book, players were encouraged to take the gnome beyond the typical illusionist prankster and likewise gave the halfling more to do than playfully pilfer treasure horde baubles.
However, this is where the unbalancing of the game came in. It gave them a slight leg up.
No doubt this was all by design. TSR very well may have been thinking that if enough players bought these new rule books and used these new, more skilled characters, it would entice the players with the old rules to plunk down the cash for the 2nd ed books. TSR may have started out as the altruistic brainchild of a '70s gamer, but a few years later the corporation had morphed into a greedy monster in the truest tradition of the '80s.
Well, to be fair, we consumers were the ones greedily consuming whatever TSR put out.
And why not? This game sparked the imaginations of countless kids.
It turned some of them into expert game makers and novelists. How do I know?Gnomish culture is also discussed at length later in the book, showing what drives the race to excel.
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It lacks the near-mythical "wait, elves can now shoot bows with their feet? The book's theme is "how do the small races survive in a hostile world?