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The Excellent Prismatic Spray 2: An Adventure Supplement from the "Dying Earth": II [Perfect Paperback]

Jim Webster , Gary Gygax , Phil Masters , Steve Long , Sarah Wroot


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1 Aug 2001
The XPS 2 is a beautifully presented compendium of erudite articles, adventures and background material for the Dying Earth RPG. Robin D. Laws presents ""Phasms"", an adventure for powerful arch-magicians; Gary Gygax details the influence of Jack Vance on the D&D game. Phil Masters, Steven Long, and many other stellar names present material of comparable interest.

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Jim Webster is probably fifty something, his tastes in music are eclectic, and his dress sense is rarely discussed in polite society. In spite of this he has a wife and three daughters.
He has managed to make a living from a mixture of agriculture, consultancy, and freelance writing. Previously he has restricted himself to writing about agricultural and rural issues but including enough Ancient Military history to maintain his own sanity. But seemingly he has felt it necessary to branch out into writing SF and fantasy novels.
He lives in South Cumbria.

He has even been cozened into writing a blog, available for perusal by the discerning (or indeed by the less than discerning) at http://jandbvwebster.wordpress.com/

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A job well done, and a must have for any Dying Earth GM --Italy Horev, rpg.net

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great souce for any role playing game 26 Aug 2002
By Marjorie Dalton - Published on Amazon.com
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The Excellent Primsatic Spray is a very appealing read, and a useful source work for nearly any rpg of even remotely similar genre. It is written throughout in a remarkable imitation of the original witty, sardonic style of Jack Vance, the author whose work the Dying Earth Rpg is based. At worst, this is still nice for the background feel, at best, it's gut wrenchingly hilarious.
But most important, the short adventure "seeds" and "expedients" in the magazine are suitible short adventures or encounters for most any campaign, and since they rarely emphasise a lot of hack and slash, can easily be adapted to say D20 rules or GURPS.
These little mini adventures are almost universally well written, rich in detail and background ambiance, and some of them are true gems. If you want to bring some wit and culture to your game, wake your players up with some immensely clever plot twists and adventure hooks, pick up this magazine.
Even if you don't play an rpg at the moment, pick it up anyway and enjoy the read, it's one of the best you will find related to any game anywhere.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly disapointing 4 Jan 2003
By Mr Night - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Perfect Paperback|Verified Purchase
I think genius is never more obvious then when average people try and duplicate it and fail. Jack Vance's books are brilliant, full of questionable morals, great dialogue, and more awsome RPG ideas in each book then most authors have in their lives. But this book is a poor attempt at immitating it. Basically it is ridiculous dialogue, without any believability. And the RPG ideas within are more like bits of shiny glass then hidden gems. If you really want some great RPG ideas, read one of Jack Vance's books, not a poor shadow.
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