Bad Background. A Nonsense. Too much information when there should rather exit none. This book (a good one) did not deserve that.
not sure what to make of this. in a way i do agree, but hear me out first.
it's not that it's a bad background or nonsense. it is in fact one of the best ones out there. but starting the book in your form, i do agree that perhaps the background wasn't entirely necessary. it's one of those when playing through feels out of place, like it should belong somewhere else where it is needed (i.e. Trolltooth Wars).
one of the books i always compare Creathure of Havoc to is Black Vein Prophecy. both great books with excellent narrative but i give BVP the edge because you begin the book not knowing anything but gradually learn to piece together a complex and vividly painted story on your own. with COH, while the background is well written, is not something that you as the Creature is supposed to know therefore comes off as a bit of an infodump.
Can anybody tell me what the best edition of this book would be? I remember playing it when I was younger but could never finish it because of the main error (Which I just found out about) Would like to start it again but dont want to unless I know there is a chance I can make it through.
Actually, I'd go for the Puffin one. Yes, it has The Error, but it also has the correct combat rules, plus the all-important map on the inside cover. Why all-important? Because it's your only clue that
Oh, it's definitely a good read, it just doesn't make sense from a role-playing persepctive for your character to know all that going in. Though it's great fun when you recognise something from the background in your playthrough ("Oh, it's one of the vapours of Stittlewoad" "Oh, it's Rosina of Dree!" "Oh I was SPOILER all along!")
Creature of Havoc is a good book. Not magical to me. I absolutely love the front cover of Wizard books. I do not like the Background. Moreover, I do not like the way i get smart. Something wrong to my taste.
I like the Wizard one as well. But I'm not sure that the creature depicted deserved the cover spot, though. I also like Ian Miller's original, but I'm always bummed about how they change it to Zharadan Marr (can't remember correct spelling) while obviously it is supposed to be Daramouss.