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on 10 July 1998
This book is much better than the first Arcane Age Campaign "Netheril; Empire of Magic." But considering the major flaws of the original this is not saying much. This book corrects some of those flaws, but has a whole bunch of new ones to throw into the mix. This book basically is half campaign setting, one fourth anupdate of "The Complete Book of Elves," and one fourth Forgotten Realms history lesson. It tries to explain elven physology but often falls short, using pseudoscience to cover it's tracks. Elves apparently have a magic gland in their heads, which iis supposed to explain why elves live so long. It only became a running gag in my group. Over all this is a good book to buy, and an interesting campaign setting to play, but as with Netheril you WILL have to do a whole lot of fleshing out of the campaign setting to get it up and running. But is info of the elves and the subraces of elves is good. So I would suggest it if you are an elf nut, trying to learn more about history in Forgotten Realms, or wanting a very unique campaign setting with new rules to throw old school players off.
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on 20 August 2004
Another typical 2nd Ed forgotten realms release, a breif history, a few npc characters, new spells etc etc. Where this differs though is that the information presented is actually relevant and useful, it dusts up the abysmal Ruins of Myth Drannor and presents more information on the modern city than the modern sourcebook does, Some important history is ommited, like the other elven settlements of the forrest, which are only breifly covered (almost as an afterthought). Where it does excel is its coverage of the capital city and its major players - but reading through the book - I can't help feeling (as with most FR boxed sets) that there is a hidden agenda behind the scenes at play that TSR aren't going to elaborate on, the major NPCS seem to have very unclear histories and agendas - presumably this is a deliberate effort by TSR / WOTC to sell there apalling novels on the back of this supplement.
Nethertheless, this is probably the most complete portrayal of Faerun's elven culture you will get from the powers-that-be from D&D.
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on 30 July 1999
Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves is a great work just to read. Much like the boxed set, Netheril: Empire of Magic, Cormanthyr has a great deal of interesting history; additional spells and magics; wonderful places to visit; dangerous enemies; and a lot of DM work.
So you say you're not afraid of work? You're not afraid to go the distance, do some creative thinking, make something up that's different? Good! A DM is supposed to be creative. This work details the elves in a way that other products haven't, but to truly give Cormanthyr a life of its own for your adventurers, you'll need to do some serious grunt work. But you've done that before, right?
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on 10 July 1998
The structuring of the material is well thought out and organized. One of the most valuable features is the vast timeline that dates to the Time of Dragons and before. The detail on Myth Drannor and the operation of Mythals is especially helpful in creating a convincing setting. This would be a five-star book if there had been a little better art, but the color map is excellent.
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on 29 November 1998
This is a book full of great history and detail. A must have in my humble opinion! Whether you play in the arcane age or just for a history, I think it is worth buying.
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on 27 June 1998
I found this book to be a great resource about the past of the elve in FR... It details many thing about the Tel'Quessir, just get it.
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on 29 May 1998
I have been a DM for years and I honestly believe that this book is essential for understanding the ADND elf. An invaluable book.
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