Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Giant Poop Machine
So I finally got my copy of The Dungeon Alphabet. I actually got two copies. This was by accident. God help me if I ever order a car on line. I'll end up with 7.5 metallic puce Honda Accords.
I really had no idea what to expect from Michael Curtis' book. Plenty of people raved about it, but I didn't see really any good explanations about what the hell it was. I really figured it was like a kindergarten alphabet book, with D&D monsters in the shape of letters. Actually, that picture in my head was enough for me to plunk down the cash.
So, it turns out not to be Sesame Street meets Gary Gygax. Oh well. (I would still by a Sesame Street Meets Gary Gygax book, though - hint hint.) But what it is is actually awesome. It's basically randomized lists for all sorts of things - perfect for the gaming table or just to read through. I was having my son pick random numbers and reading off the entries. He loved it.
And the art - it's great. Most of it is by the D&D artists of old. Even Erol Otus' giant poop machine picture is fabulous - once you get over the shock of what you are seeing. The boy, of course, loved that one too. The look and the feel of the book is just - wow. It's well worth twice the price - which - um - is what I paid for it. Ooops. :)
So go get it.