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Deities and Demigods

Deities and Demigods

Published by Wizards of the Coast

Written by Rich Redman, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams

224-page color hardcover; $29.95

Deities and Demigods is a rules supplement for the Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition game. The book provides rules for divine beings as well as samples of such being from various pantheons.

Deities and Demigods has a blue cover similar to the DMG and other DM-oriented rulebooks. The front cover depicts a scaly hand inscribing a number of divine symbols on a piece of parchment.

The interior art is full-color. The book uses familiar artists such as Wayne Reynolds, Sam Wood, Arnie Skewel, Rebecca Guay, Richard Sardhina, and Jeff Easley, as well as some artists new to Dungeons & Dragons. The book uses a broader mix of styles than earlier books; some art is done is a more abstract fashion that stands in stark contrast to the crisp look of the veteran Wizards of the Coast artists.

The book kicks off with a number of different takes on divinity in a campaign. In addition to the standard pantheon structure, the book describes other systems of divinity such as animism and monotheism, complete with advice on adapting the Dungeons & Dragons game rules to accommodate them. For example, the deity of a monotheistic faith provides access to many clerical domains, but different clerics of the deity represent different aspects of the deity, making them similar to the standard cleric.

The book provides different options for divine power in the game. Depending on the . . .

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Article publication date: September 4, 2002

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