Monte Cooks Arcana Evolved
This is easily my favorite variant Player's Handbook.The races are far from derivative, the class system is interesting in how it handles class game balance (hint: not all classes are equal in all situations - surprise!) and the depth of detail is really quite good.I usually prefer less detail to be honest, since I like to fill in the blanks myself.But I find that I really enjoy Monte Cook's style, so I can actually immerse myself in his worlds when I'm preparing a campaign for my players.
The artwork style and quality are top notch as far as I'm concerned, and the volume of actual, hard content is really quite outstanding.I think I paid $50 for my copy, and it's easily one of my most thumbed-through tomes in my personal library.
I can't say I've found a better variant handbook.If you like a setup that goes in a pretty non-standard direction with a significant chunk of the content, this is a great pick-up!
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