by Matt Mercer with James Haeck
If you haven’t gotten your copy of the Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting (I’m told that it doesn’t “officially” release until GenCon) this will let you know what you’re in for.
“Tal’Dorei, doesn’t ring any bells,” you say.
How about DM extraordinaire “Matt Mercer”? Okay, how about “Vox Machina”? Now you’ve got it! Tal’Dorei is the world Matt Mercer built for his D&D group and made famous in the video series, Critical Role (GeekandSundry.com). Now Tal’Dorei is also a campaign setting guide, bringing the home of Vox Machina to us all.
I got my copy (pdf) early in the week. I won’t dive down into the nuts and bolts of the book, because I don’t want to ruin the fun of discovery. But I will tell you that you might find it worth the money. Especially if you don’t have time to come up with something of your own. Even if you do, the Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting could give you some good ideas.
The book is as complete as I would want it. It covers magic, the divine (full pantheon included), macro and micro politics, races and peoples, groups and guilds, realms and places, and planes of existence. It goes into the kinds of details that make a good adventure.
There is also a section covering possible adventure arcs, and where on Tal’Dorei they might take place. Yes, race stat blocks are include, yes it’s full color, yes the art is original, yes a big map is included.
Playability isn’t a question here. It’s not a stand-alone RPG, nor was there meant to be. This is a unique world within the D&D universe, as such, it uses D&D 5e ruleset, not its own. (A lot of the material can be pretty easily applied to other fantasy RPG’s.)
Did I say it was a professionally looking publication? It’s clear that the layout was done by people with experience in laying out this sort of thing. Indeed, it was produced by Green Ronin press.
In short, I like! The print version will sell at $34.95 and the digital version at $18.95.
Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting, by Matt Mercer with James Haeck, ©2017 Green Ronin Press, Seattle Washington. 144 pages, full color, hardback.