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Hellbound:TheBloodWar
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Hellbound:TheBloodWarisanaccessoryforthe2ndedition
oftheAdvancedDungeons&Dragonsfantasyroleplaying Hellbound:TheBloodWar
game.

Contents
1 Contents
2 Publicationhistory
3 Reception
4 References

Contents
Hellbound:TheBloodWaraDeluxeAdventure&Accessory Genre Roleplayinggames
revealsthesecretsoftheBloodWar,aconflictthathasraged Publisher TSR
[1]
acrosstheplanessincethedawnoftime. The80page"Dark Mediatype Boxedset
oftheBloodWar"detailsthenatureofthefiends,thehistoryof
thewar,themagic,andtheranksandstrategies.[1]The"War
Games"bookprovidesthreeadventureswhichputcharactersintothemiddleoftheBloodWar.[1]"TheChantof
theBloodWar"givesplayersthenecessarybackgroundinformationforaBloodWarcampaign.[1]"Visionsof
War"isaseparatebookofadventurerelatedpicsfortheDMtoshowplayersatvariouspointsduringthegame.[1]
Alsoincludedisa16pagefullcolorcomicbook.[1]

Publicationhistory
Hellbound:TheBloodWarwaspublishedbyTSRin1996asaboxedsetcontaining5books."WarGames"isa
96pagebookdesignedbyColinMcCombandMonteCook,withcoverartbyAlanPollackandinteriorartby
AdamRex."TheDarkoftheWar"isan80pagebookdesignedbyColinMcCombandMonteCook,withcover
artbyAlanPollackandinteriorartbyAdamRex."TheChantoftheWar"isa31pagebookdesignedbyColin
McComb,withcoverartbyRobhRuppelandinteriorartbyAdamRexandDiTerlizzi."TheBargain"isa13page
comicbookfeaturingastorybyJeffGrubb,withartbyRobhRuppelandTonyDiTerlizzi."VisionsofWar"isa
23pagebookletdesignedbyColinMcCombandMonteCook,withgraphicdesignandcoverartbyDawnMurin
andinteriorartbyDiTerlizzi.

Reception
TrentonWebbreviewedHellbound:TheBloodWarforArcanemagazine,ratingitan8outof10overall.[1]Hefelt
thatthesecretsitdeliverswere"alittledisappointing,butitdoesfleshoutasavagegamesettinginstunning
detail".[1]Heconsidered"DarkoftheBloodWar"thefocalpointoftheboxedset,callingthebook"superbstuff,
factpacked,wellwrittenandfullofcharacter".[1]Hecalledthescenariosinthe"WarGames"book"adventures
fortheseriouslysuicidal",astheBloodWar"isnotaverycleverplacefortheunpreparedorinexperienced",
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althoughhefelttheadventures"playtothedifferentstrengthsoftheBloodWar"andnotedthat"whilebargaining
with,fightinganddoublecrossingPitFiendsandBalorsishazardous,theroleplaybuzzofdoingsomakesit
almostworththegamble".[1]Regarding"TheChantoftheBloodWar",Webbcallsit"Contradictory,confusing
andpackingjustenoughcluestowhettheappetite,the"Chant"works.Afterreadingitanycharacterworththeir
swaggerwillrealisetheriskofgettingembroiledintheBloodWar,butthinkthatthey'vegotthemeasureofit."[1]
Hesaidthatwiththe"VisionsofWar"book,Hellbound"hammershome"theadvantageofthePlanescapesetting's
attentiontodetail,"withmanualswritteninacoherentstyle,allofwhichisbackedupwithbrilliantlybizarre
artwork".[1]Healsosaidthat"TheBargain"comic"encapsulatesthepeculiarnatureofthePlanescapemultiverse",
butthatthecomicand"VisionsofWar"extras"don'taddthatmuchtothegame,butthey'llhelpDMsgetagrasp
ontheworldthey'rerunning".[1]Webbconcludesthereviewbysaying"Hellbounddoesn'tquitedelvedeepenough
intothebackgroundoftheBloodWartobeaclassic.Itdoes,however,bringthisbattletolife.Ahugeworkwith
threeexcellentsupportingadventures,thisisanabsolutemustforallPlanescapeDMs.So,Planescapeplayershad
betterstartprayinglife'sabouttogetverybloodyandcheap,extremelyquickly!"[1]

References
1.Webb,Trenton(October1996)."GamesReviews".Arcane.FuturePublishing(11):71.

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