While at GenCon a few years back I picked up a copy of D20 Modern’s D20 Past supplement for a $1.00. Yep, a solid buck and this book was mine. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever use it, but I had to at least add it to my D20 Modern collection.
Luckily, I was playing a small campaign in my Gun Kingdoms setting and got to employ one of the prestige classes from this book with a player. It worked well, and although we’ve since switched to the much less time consuming [on my end at least] Savage Worlds mechanic, I still keep this supplement handy.
It has its uses, especially in the fantastic way that writers James Wyatt and Gwndolyn F. M. Kestrel put it together. The book is filled with great genre classes, from pirates to tomb raiders to WWII soldiers. It contains some steampunk, some gothic horror, and even bi-planes and dragons. Seriously, it is a GREAT book!
Top that off with absolutely astounding art by the trio of Kalman Anndrosfszky, Grafi Ksismik, and Warren Maheg, with cover art by Dave Johnson, and you’ve got yourself a goodness cocktail.
Johnson’s cover is in line with the D20 style of a character trio looking badass, and he does it admirably, but really my favorite art in the book comes from Anndrosfszky who is sublime in rendering some great clips from various time periods. He captures each scene with a perfect blend of action or emotion and I really can’t get enough of his work. In fact, once I’m done writing this I’m going to go looking for him, even if this work is now nearly a decade old.
All told, I give some of my highest praise to D20 Past, and if you ever see it on the cheap, you better buy a copy!
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Artistic Rating: 4.5 [out of 5]
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