Giantcraft

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Giantcraft
Giantcraft.jpg
Genre Role-playing game
Publisher TSR
Media type Print

Giantcraft is a supplement to the 2nd edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Contents[edit]

Giantcraft is a sourcebook for the Forgotten Realms campaign setting focusing on giants.[1] Giantcraft describes every aspect of giant life, from the social structure (the Ordning) through to the internecine political squabbles that have recently plagued cloud giants. It reveals a little of the Jotunbrud (giant) mythology and the aspirations of the various races, and details the Ostoria's (the Colossal Empire) rise and fall. Giantcraft involves a rune-based magic system, and fleshes out the brief descriptions of giants found in the Monstrous Compendium.[1]

Publication history[edit]

Reception[edit]

Andy Butcher reviewed Giantcraft for Arcane magazine, rating it a 5 out of 10 overall.[1] He suggests that if the players are bored by giants and no longer find them interesting, "then Giantcraft should be allowed to permeate your gameworld. It offers a refreshingly different perspective on giants."[1] He continues, "These are not the two-dimensional, high hit-dice end-of-campaign bosses we've grown accustomed to. They are fully fleshed-out stars. And not only does the Giantcraft supplement slip seamlessly into Forgotten Realms, but also it requires only minimal tweaking to transport all the bits you want to any AD&D universe."[1] Butcher does criticize that "Giantcraft lacks cohesion and direction. Sure you're told a lot, but you're told the same lot repeatedly. Some sections are plain laughable [...] while others, such as the chapter on giant-kin, are plain tedious."[1] He credits the book that "Almost by accident, though, Giantcraft does manage though to reinvent one of AD&D''s less glamorous creatures with a liberal sprinkling of great ideas, anecdotal character descriptions and veiled hints".[1] Butcher ends the review by saying "The lack of focus and reptitive nature force Giantcraft from the 'must read' list but next time you want an inspiration hit, you should find it here."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Butcher, Andy (December 1995). "Games Reviews". Arcane. Future Publishing (1): 75.