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How Archaic Things Work
Publisher: Broken Ruler Games
by Edmund W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/21/2005 00:00:00

This is a really great series of thumbnail texts about how certain grassroots technologies work. While the wheel is included on the list, others are items that you should but don't hear about. It puts the lie to a lot of people who think mideval or pre-mideval technology was "primitive".<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Good thumbnail sketches of each technology.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: This isn't truly a complaint, more a comment. If you know anything about ancient technologies already (as I do), you almost don't need this book at all. While the smelting forge was something I knew very little about, many of the things they included were well known to me already. Really, you shouldn't get this product if you look at the list of things they cover and continuously go, "Oh, yeah, I know what that is."<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
There is an index in the demo version of the product, but we'll work on making a complete list and provide a revision for everyone.
How Archaic Things Work
Publisher: Broken Ruler Games
by John M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/24/2005 00:00:00

I was a little disappointed with this product. It's not that there's anything wrong with it, its just that the information presented isn't anything that couldn't be found out by a quick search on the net. MOstly the book didn't really tell me anything new - There was nothing that I hadn't heard of before, though I read a lot - YMMV. Also, there really wasn't much to tie anything into a game setting or adventure seed.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Disappointed<br>



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How Archaic Things Work
Publisher: Broken Ruler Games
by Gregory B S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/07/2005 00:00:00

This is nice! I discovered the history and working of many items by getting this. Some I had assumed that I understood them. I didn't. Some I had no idea about. I was amazed to discover the things that were available during the period covered.

You can find out about all of these things, of course, by searching your library or the internet, but why bother. It's all here.

It doesn't have any d20 content, and is wonderfully generic. Yes, there are adventure seeds (a few).<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Generic material is always a plus. Very imformative.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: #1 The d20 license at the end was a waste of space (no d20 conetnt!). I'd have rather had two more items discussed... the plow and the spur.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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