Ptolus is a huge, huge book. I think it must be the biggest RPG book ever produced. And Niall was good enough to lend it to me so I can peruse it. I'm not even halfway through yet, but I have a few good things to say already.
First off, it's a beautiful book. It's full colour. There is not one point at which you can open it and not see an illustration. It has three bookmarks bound in. Even my non-bookish, non-geek colleagues say it's gorgeous.
Second, it's really good. Monte knows the D&D game better than anyone else alive, I think, and that has always showed in Malhavoc's studios. The central idea of Ptolus is that it's a setting that follows logically and consistently from the D&D rules. The key thing in the approach here, though, is that it steers a fine line between boring stereotyped settings, and way-out, impossible to play settings - and gets it exactly right. I'm a known Malhavoc fanboy anyway, but thus far, I am really impressed by Ptolus. I shall be buying my own copy, although, regretfully, it will have to wait a while.
Amazon link: Ptolus, Monte Cook's City by the Spire (for some bizarre and incomprehensible reason, they have no pictures).
Posted by Drew Shiel at September 14, 2006 9:10 PM