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Anonymous
March 21, 2005 1:21:38 PM

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I've just ordered Arcana Evolved. This is the alternate Player's
Handbook from Sword and Sorcery (White Wolf's d20 wing) written by
Monte Cook (of D&D 3rd ed renown). I'm interested in hearing from other
folks who have read / used this book for ideas, advantages and pitfalls
in it application for a game outside of the Diamond Throne setting (or
even in it).

Specifically, I'm running a D&D Greyhawk campaign set at roughly the
same time-period as the current Living Greyhawk setting (Growfest 895CY
as of last session, for those interested in specifics). I plan on
picking and choosing elements to fold in if any, so anyone who has done
the same, I could really use the tips!

I heard some comments on topics like "racial levels". How do those
compare to the "racial paragon levels" in WotC's Unearthed Arcana?

What would folks recommend that I *not* incorporate or get from another
source?

What elements are (in your opinion) must haves?

Thanks all!

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Anonymous
March 21, 2005 7:52:41 PM

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AaronJSherman@gmail.com wrote:

> I've just ordered Arcana Evolved. This is the alternate Player's
> Handbook from Sword and Sorcery (White Wolf's d20 wing) written by
> Monte Cook (of D&D 3rd ed renown). I'm interested in hearing from other
> folks who have read / used this book for ideas, advantages and pitfalls
> in it application for a game outside of the Diamond Throne setting (or
> even in it).
>
> Specifically, I'm running a D&D Greyhawk campaign set at roughly the
> same time-period as the current Living Greyhawk setting (Growfest 895CY
> as of last session, for those interested in specifics). I plan on
> picking and choosing elements to fold in if any, so anyone who has done
> the same, I could really use the tips!
>
> I heard some comments on topics like "racial levels". How do those
> compare to the "racial paragon levels" in WotC's Unearthed Arcana?
>
> What would folks recommend that I *not* incorporate or get from another
> source?
>
> What elements are (in your opinion) must haves?
>
> Thanks all!
>

All the character classes add in some flavor that works well. I'm
playing an Akashic right now. It's fun playing a rogue type that doesn't
mean "thief."

Do read the back when you get it. Monte talks about things to watch for
when combining books.

In general, I like the work.

CH
Anonymous
March 23, 2005 3:25:35 PM

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AaronJSherman@gmail.com wrote:
> I've just ordered Arcana Evolved. This is the alternate Player's
> Handbook from Sword and Sorcery (White Wolf's d20 wing) written by
> Monte Cook (of D&D 3rd ed renown). I'm interested in hearing from other
> folks who have read / used this book for ideas, advantages and pitfalls
> in it application for a game outside of the Diamond Throne setting (or
> even in it).
>
> Specifically, I'm running a D&D Greyhawk campaign set at roughly the
> same time-period as the current Living Greyhawk setting (Growfest 895CY
> as of last session, for those interested in specifics). I plan on
> picking and choosing elements to fold in if any, so anyone who has done
> the same, I could really use the tips!
>
> I heard some comments on topics like "racial levels". How do those
> compare to the "racial paragon levels" in WotC's Unearthed Arcana?
>
> What would folks recommend that I *not* incorporate or get from another
> source?
>
> What elements are (in your opinion) must haves?
>
> Thanks all!

The main thing to watch for is mixing spellcasting classes from AE
(where everyone is sort of like a D&D sorcerer) and with D&D. General
consensus seem to be that, if you are going to be having Magisters and
Mage Blades alongside Wizards and Clerics is to keep the AE spell lists
specific to AE characters and the D&D spells specific to D&D. AE spells
are generally slightly weaker than D&D, but this is balanced by their
greater flexibility.

For more discussion, I suggest you check out the fora over at
www.diamondthrone.com where this sort of thing crops up quite often.

Si.
!