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So instead they called them "halflings," a term just generic enough to get the job done. What is TSR? The 2nd Ed exploded the few core rule books of the 1st Ed into many shrapnel-sized supplemental rule booklets that were even more complex and more expensive. Too often the new info was just a generalized rehashing of old info, like tips on being a good dungeon master game referee or how to "play nice" with one another.
Too much of it was filler and already covered in the core rule books from the 1st edition. It expands upon the basic race details of the gnome and halfling, those diminutive cutesy folks so limited in stature but big on character. With this book, players were encouraged to take the gnome beyond the typical illusionist prankster and likewise gave the halfling more to do than playfully pilfer treasure horde baubles.
However, this is where the unbalancing of the game came in. It gave them a slight leg up. No doubt this was all by design. TSR very well may have been thinking that if enough players bought these new rule books and used these new, more skilled characters, it would entice the players with the old rules to plunk down the cash for the 2nd ed books. Well, to be fair, we consumers were the ones greedily consuming whatever TSR put out.
And why not? This game sparked the imaginations of countless kids. It turned some of them into expert game makers and novelists. How do I know? Because it turns out that George RR Martin was once a brilliant dungeon master.
COMPLETE BOOK OF GNOMES AND HALFLINGS PDF
The final chapter says, "It is important to remember when playing a gnome or halfling, that halflings are not short humans, nor are gnomes scrawny dwarves. It was probably because it was a lie that they even felt the need to say it. Halfling have the exotic race-specific character kits of Archer fighter, Burglar thief, and Healer priest. Did you know that wizards often have a fondness for halflings? Because that one wizard in that one book said as much. But hobbits themselves were just an idealized caricature of English yeomanry. They are the British pre-industrial countryside viewed through a lens of willful naivety.
The Complete Book of Gnomes & Halflings
Clever illusionists and sly practical jokers. Brilliant burglars and easygoing farmers. Now The Complete Book of Gnomes and Halflings reveals the secrets of these two popular races - their culture, beliefs, and subraces including two new subraces , as well as 28 new character kits, from the gnome Goblinsticker to the halfling Forestwalker. A cynic might say it was to boost the presumable weak sales for a gnome-only book; an inveterate punster might mention that the book would be too short otherwise.