Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes

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Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (Supplement IV)
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Author Robert Kuntz and James M. Ward
Genre Role-playing game
Publisher TSR, Inc.
Publication date
1976
Media type Print (Softcover)
Pages 72

Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes is a supplementary rulebook for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game. Its product designation is TSR 2006.

Contents[edit]

The work provides information on the pantheons and constructs of the Egyptian, Hindu, Greek, Celtic, Norse, Finnish, Aztec, Mayan, Chinese, and Japanese mythologies, as well as Robert E. Howard's Hyborea and the Melnibonéan Mythos from Michael Moorcock's Elric novels.[1] The book was intended to adapt the various constructs for D&D gameplay, and is therefore not a general reference source regarding the underlying mythos.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes was written by Robert Kuntz and James Ward, and published by TSR in 1976 as a seventy two page digest sized book; it was the fourth supplement to the original D&D rules.[1] The booklet was edited by Tim Kask,[3] and published by TSR, Inc. in 1976 for the original edition of D&D, and bears the designation "Supplement IV", following the first three supplements, Greyhawk, Blackmoor, and Eldritch Wizardry.[4] In later editions of the game, the Deities and Demigods sourcebook superseded this volume, building upon the gameplay structures first introduced in Gods, Demi-gods, and Heroes.

The Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes supplement will be reproduced as a premium reprint on November 19, 2013, as part of a deluxe, premium reprint of the original "White Box" which features new packaging in an oaken box. Each booklet will feature new cover art but will otherwise be a faithful reproduction of the original, including original interior art.[5]

Reception[edit]

In his 1991 book Heroic Worlds, Lawrence Schick calls this book "the least important supplement to Original D&D".[1]

Additional reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. p. 143. ISBN 0-87975-653-5. 
  2. ^ "Original D&D Supplements". The Acaeum. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  3. ^ "Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (1976)". Pen & Paper RPG Database. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  4. ^ "The History of TSR". Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2005-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Original Dungeons & Dragons RPG". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

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