Legends and Lore (Advanced Dungeons and Dragons)
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Legends and Lore (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #2013)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  1,117 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 22nd 1984 by T S R (first published January 1st 1980)
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Jason Koivu
One of the more perused and one of the least used of the many companion books to the Dungeons & Dragons game, Deities & Demigods was definitely one of the most impractical. It gave physical stats to gods and demons that could be fought, but for all intents and purposes, could not be killed. Gods don't die. There's no defeating Zeus. Raise a fist to him and you will get your ass handed to you. So what was the point of this book? Well for one it provided a sort of shorthand encyclopedia to...more
Terence
Update 11-Feb-13:

Having recently finished The Iliad and The Odyssey - and constantly browsing Graves' The Greek Myths - I was prompted to dig out my copies of Deities & Demigods (both this original edition and the 3rd edition version) and remind myself of how they treated the Olympian mythos.

My observations:

1. The limitations (i.e., ludicrousness) of AD&D's alignment system. Zeus (and most of the other gods) is Chaotic Good!? WTF? LMAO! "Chaotic" I'll buy; but "Good"? Well, if we define...more
David Sarkies
Should gods have D&D stats?
25 April 2013

I preferred this book way above Legends and Lord because it contained characters from Call of Cthulu and from Faffrd and the Grey Mouser, as well as number deities from various regions around the world. When they discarded this book for Legends and Lore, pretty much onto the deities of the various regions around the world (mostly dead religions, you don't get stats for Buddha) were all that it contained, and in a way I was simply not interested in tha...more
Stuart
Not very useful for actual playing, but I read this through hundreds of times. Great for an a overview of the many different bizarre and fascinating pantheons humans have conjured up over the centuries. Wonder if it would be a useful reference for Neil Gaiman's American Gods?
jesse l mabus
the first edition of this gaming supplement has mythos based on the work of michael moorcock's elric of melnibone, h.p. lovecraft's call of cthulhu, and fritz leiber's fafhrd and the grey mouser
Amar Pai
I wanna see stats for the Christian God
Erik
I have not looked at this book since the 1980s when I played RPGs. I am amazed at the way the art has lingered in my mind and at the richness of this miscellany. In particular the Cthulhu and Elric Melnibonean Myths are noteworthy, since they had to build up these pantheons from the original source materials. There are obvious contradictions such as what if unkillable god is slain with invincible weapon? The various planes of existence form a nice gaming scenario and made for some awesome dimens...more
Kurt Vosper
Good information for DM's and players about the potential pantheons of gods to add to their games.
Scott
I went to Amazon and found a not-too-beat-up library copy of the first printing which is now an insanely expensive collector's item. But this is the edition I remember from the old days, the one which included the pantheon of creatures/gods/demigods from Michael Moorcock, H.P. Lovecraft, and Fritz Leiber. They were my first introduction to the work of these gentlemen and I still get a kick out of the illustrations (Erol Otus, FTW)!
Lyn
I played this game and used this book back in the early eighties and have kept the books all this time, sometimes revisiting the dusty tombs on my bookshelves. A couple years ago I became a cool dad because I had these "ancient" texts. The game is still alot of fun, and the kids playing today can take some time away from the video screen and let their true imagination work. Good times!
Mike (the Paladin)
I didn't find this a very helpful supplement in the Dungeons and Dragons series. Others who build games that are closer to classic myths might use it more. Of course the creatures here can be integrated into many games...it didn't help me much, but others may find it more useful.
Jenn S.
D&D game reference material great for adding excitement to the worlds and dungeons you can build. Sure gods don't actually die but you can defeat them and send them temporarily back.
Nika
I used this book alot when Dungeon Mastering. Seemed like it was a rare book to have so I used it alot. I also think it was actualy my brotehrs book but I played it then when he didnt.
Brian
Can I restate Erol Otis... End of story.

Oh wait. The first edition does have the Mythos Cthuliana, and the Melnibonean Mythos.

Now..

Erol Otis... end of story.
Christopher tm
Totally worth hunting-down a first edition; I paid about $19 for a copy with a really beat cover, but with the "missing" mythoses ("mythii"? "mythum"?) intact.

Brian Sammons
This book brought the gods demigods of Michael Moorcock, Fritz Leiber, and coolest of all, H.P. Lovecraft to D&D. What's not to like about that?
Ivan
It may not be all of them, just a few of note to get you started...Check out Roman and Greek mythology or religious tombs for more!
Ron
Gaming referance material, I am lucky in that I have a copy of the pre-law suit version which includes mythos later removed from the book.
Ron
Dec 04, 2007 Ron rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nerds, priests
How can you give Zeus 400 hit points? He's the King of the Gods!

And where's Jesus?

It just doesn't make any sense!
Abraham Ray
good book about dieties for dnd!
lots of info on how to play the various priests/clerics of said deities
Woo
Swapped my copy of Runequest for the original edition of this with Melibonean and Chuthulu mythos.
Mark Goldie
Deities and Demigods Cyclopedia (Advanced Dungeons and Dragons) by TSR Inc (1984)
Bradley
Excellent resource for obscure gods and stuff. Even got stats for Cthulu and family. =)
Janusz
...until they had to pull out the Cthulhu and Melnibone mythoi, anyway.
Darin
I think I have read this core book at least 10-times cover to cover.
Kiri
I have a 1st edition of this cover is different.
David Winston
Apr 06, 2013 David Winston rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
One of the first D&D books I owned! Still use it alot.
Abraham Ray
great read for priest character players for dnd!
Tim Knight
Really wish I still had this one...
Andrew Loch
classic nerdist material
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