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Codex books - reviews?

Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:25 pm

Hi all-

I'm sure someone here has checked out or uses the Codex books (Nordica, Celtarum, Slavorum, Classicum, Germania). What are your thought on them? What sort of nifty stuff (classes, gear, rules) are included? I've poked around online to learn more about them, but the only real reviews i can find are of Celtarum.

-Fizz

Re: Codex books - reviews?

Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:05 am

I backed them all and I think there is great stuff in there.. I love Norse stuff. I just wished it fit tighter in with the base books without seeming so "outside".. not really outside, but something about them I can't quite articulate seems kind of different. Nice extra creatures, classes (not likely to use personally), spells, history is great, etc.

Anyway, worth getting the histories you like normally, buy one and see what you think, then buy the others as you see fit.

Re: Codex books - reviews?

Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:50 am

From what I've skimmed through on all of the Codexes, they give you a real feel for the culture and social organization of the region being addressed. Given the day job of the author, this is not surprising in the least. They stand head and shoulders above the 2e splat book era stuff.

Re: Codex books - reviews?

Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:27 am

I've got all of them but have read some more thoroughly than others. They've got some interesting new monsters (krampus, for example), classes, spells, and abilities. I've imported a few things into my game from them so far. The writing itself can be dense, especially the historical background material. It depends upon how "realistic" you want your setting to be. Much of that material can be skimmed or skipped. I've never played with anyone who really cared about things like historical accuracy in their fantasy games.

The slayer classes in the Codex Germanium are pretty interesting, as is the witch, which makes a great NPC villain. There are some interesting abilities in the Celtic one that I use. And if you like various kinds of fey creatures, you'll like them, since they all seem to have some of these.

Re: Codex books - reviews?

Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:21 am

I love Norse history so I weave it into the story and the back ground. I wish he would stick with classic English spellings next to more accurate language "spellings", but other than that I agree, great detail, rich.. but most of my PCs never relize that Brock is a famous (historic) dwarf of legend.. they might recall that Brock's Bridge was magical and dwarven made.... or that Andivari was a top magic item forging dwarf.. of the first people... oh well, I know, I think its cool and I'm writing things for me and if they get it, great if not, so be it.

Re: Codex books - reviews?

Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:44 pm

Mostly only use them to prop up my notes.

I'm not interested in a pseudo-historical game or one based on actual myth. My game makes its own.

What I do tend to use from the books are some words, some magic stuff, and maybe a creature here and there though I mostly just make all of my own.

Hell, I don't even use M&T and it says I wrote it.
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