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Book of Vile Darkness (Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition Accessory) [Hardcover]

Monte Cook
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Book Description

11 Jan 2002 Dungeons & Dragons
This sourcebook for the Dungeons & Dragons game is intended for mature audiences and provides a Dungeon Master with unflinching access to subject matter that will broaden any campaign. Included in a detailed look at the nature of evil and the complex challenge of confronting the many dilemmas found within its deepest shadows. Along with wicked spells, wondrous items, and artifacts, Book of Vile Darkness also provides descriptions and statistics for a host of abominable monsters, archdevils, and demon princes to pit againt the noblest of heroes.

To use this supplement, a Dungeon Master also needs the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master's Guide, and the Monster Manual.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 3rd Revised edition edition (11 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786926503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786926503
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MONTE COOK has worked in the gaming industry for more than a dozen years. His most recent credits include authoring the D&D superadventure Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil and the Dark¥MatterTM novel Of Aged Angels. Cook also contributed to the Call of Cthulhu® Roleplaying Game and the D&D Monster Manual.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I myself am a huge fan of the demon princes, a true die-hard worshiper of Demogorgon. This book promised all the demon princes and devil lords, and to be honest that would have been enough. It delivered not only excellent stats of the demons and devil rulers (even better then I'd first expected), but also tones of other vile treats, interesting prestige classes, drugs, torture, and feats. All of which balance well within the game, the ''warning! Content is intended for mature audiences only.' Sticker served only for amusement, since the only truly nasty stuff was a feat called 'Lich loved', and reference to not all that tasteful sexuality, 'bestiality', 'necrophilia', 'sadism', and 'masochism', all of which can be easily avoided as they are clearly marked. Demonic possession adds an interesting level to the game, as does the introduction of some nasty diseases, if you are planning on involving demons, devils, and other lower dimension entities then this is a good buy, if you are planning on running a campaign in the planes using manual of the planes then this is an excellent buy, if you want to run an evil party or have an evil character then this is a essential buy, and if none of the above apply to you then this is still an extremely interesting buy. Overall this book works best with epic level characters, having said that, many ideas for lower level characters can be found. I would not buy this if I was just starting out as a DM, or player, but if you've got some other supplements like epic level handbook or manual of the planes to back this book up I'd say it is well worth the money... now were did I leave my Vasharan Offal bag?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mature content my eye 22 April 2005
This book is very useful as it has loadsa stuff about things like rituals, spells and sacrifices for any DM but the only "MATURE MATERIAL" was a few pictures of decapitations or gory events (ripping out intestines with a horse being one) but useful information on evil characters, torturing, excecution and sacrifice and a few good prestige classes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkness starts here 21 May 2003
If you want a dark campaing and very subtle evil to overcome the lands your players search, and the quest to be rotten but funny and worthy, buy this book, follow the rules there and create a WORLD OF DAKNESS Worthy of any demon to live in, or Paladin to destroy
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and interesting read but lacking... 16 Dec 2005
By A Customer
I found the book to be a good read and full of interesting bits for these gamers with a love of the fiends of the D&D world, giving rules for using all the current Archfiends of the Nine Hells, and several of the Abyss. It also contain information on a new set of evil spells including an entirely new form of component: corruption spells, where the caster suffers ability damage for casting the spell, but the spell is far more powerful than normal, including the spell 'Apocalypse from the sky', a spell than rains death in a radius of miles.
The book also gives mnay new prestige classes devoted to the archfiends, fiend summoning, and general darkness, but no new base classes. It does however give rules on possession, sacrifices, new poisons and diseases and a variation on diseases: drug addiction.
However as stated before there are no new classes, the new fiends in the monster section feel lacking with the exception of the Bar-lgura, many of the new artifacts feel tacked on as copies of old ones given evil flavour, several of the new magic weapons properties are not impressive and some of the arch fiend stats do not seem impressive at all.
As to the mature rating, other than the stuff other people have said in reviews, it is given because the law in America means Wizards of the Coast cannot depict stuff like half-naked humanoids(as in bottom half clothed and the other not) without giving it a mature rating, and this sort of illustration appears in the book.
Overall a good read with lots of information on evil in gD&D games, but seems to be lacking real depth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful guide to evil in a D&D campaign 28 Nov 2007
This is a source book that elicits a great deal of thought as to how good and evil are portrayed within a campaign. It should not be treated like the majority of supplements available but should be used as a guide to building characters that are true paragon of evil, those that go beyond the normal state of evil and vileness. Some of the material presented also relies on a balancing force in the form of ultimate good, this is covered in the book `The book of Exalted Deeds'.
In all this is a good book providing a rich set of rules to manage a unique type of character, but if you are after more than a 'starter for ten' then this book does not deliver.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Mature Content ? 23 April 2004
A nice source of inspiration for Evil Characters and NPC's alike, but Iwas rather disappointed to find that the so called Mature Content wasnothing more than a discription of entrails, and a few choice words, thatwas nothing compared to the avarage Video game, as the worst forms of Evilwas almost left out.
But a DM with a fair amount of imagination shouldbe able to leave adult players grying, if they use this book properly,which, though it is not the purpose of the game, should enable them toplay their alignments correctly.
If you plan on creating a story aboutthe epic battle between Good and Evil, this book is extremely useful, atany level, especially if you plan on using reoccuring Evils.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of Vile Darkness Review
I'll go straight to the point.

The book is as if all the vile fantasy gods combined their powers and created it, It's perfect and exactly as expected it to be. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marios
5.0 out of 5 stars It all depends what you compare it to...
As D&D game supplements go, this is definitely one of the great ones. From a DM's or player's perspective, the bottom line is that this book has loads of really well thought out... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Theo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but is 3.0 not 3.5
Despite the negative press, this book is useful for creating interesting villians and the prestige classes are quite interesting for adding something different and darker to your... Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2008 by James J. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Guys Have All The Fun...but only if your an adult!
Okay, on one hand it could be seen as a book that glorifies evil and is very cheesy and a little over the top. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2003 by Mr. S. W. Redshaw
1.0 out of 5 stars Very little content
In wide spaced large type the Book of Vile Darkness is the first of the D20 hardbacks to really feel cheap. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2002 by John R. Wade
4.0 out of 5 stars A GM's Must-have!
I recently managed to get my hands on that book, and I must say that it is awesome! Though, is it is stated clearly on the front page, book is "For mature audience", it does not... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2002
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