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Good for 'Drow: The Backstabbing' style game,
This review is from: Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue (Dungeons & Dragons Supplement) (Hardcover)
Firstly the bad; there are a few minor flaws in terms of influence (if you're a male born drow to a weak house and are of the wrong class technichally you'd be killed on sight!). It is obviously drow orientated. If you're not interested in drow culture then it would be a little silly to get this book.
Onto the good; this book provides a thorough and highly detailed insight into drow culture, particularly in the title city. The main interest to me was the guidance to run a low-combat political-intregue style game, where each player is a drow, possibly of a lesser house and are trying to sneak, steal murder and scrounge their way up the social drow ladder. It does portray the drow as sort of 'mafia-esque' which is an interesting take on them, and in a way makes a lot of sense.
Additionally there are guides for making your own grow house, details about all of the major houses in Menzoberranzan as well as positions of prestige in drow culture (house weapon master, house priestess etc). There are themes for these included which mean that your characters class need not be their actual 'job' (eg you could be an Invoker of Lolth but socially be a priestess of Lolth, or be a Ranger but still be the house weapons master)
These little things are quite interesting for any game where drow are present either as antagonists or as player races. If you want to know more about drow this is the book for you!