I came across the the following discussion thread at The Something Awful Forums recently, regarding the d30 DM Companion...
"... who the gently caress has a d30 anymore?"
- rekenner @ The Something Awful Forums
"Who the gently caress ever had a d30? What does a d30 even look like?"
- Rasamune @ The Something Awful Forums
"The D30 is a goofy novelty die with no particularly useful applications that I know of. If you really need to dink with big numbers you can just rock percentile, without having to sling around this big plastic boulder of nerdiness +30."
- Angry Diplomat @ The Something Awful Forums
In that same thread, someone did also say this about the one the promotional bullet points from the overview of the d30 DM Companion...
"27,000 mold/slime variants and 27,000 mushroom variants...
Old school gaming, encapsulated in a single sentence."
- FMguru @ The Something Awful Forums
They may have said it out of sarcasm, but I looked at that comment and said to myself, "Yes! Exactly."
And now for the reviews from people who appreciate both the d30 and the OSR...
I'd like to thank both Greg Welty for his review at RPGNow and Fenway5 at the Sword and Shield blog for their time to earnestly examine the d30 DM Companion, which began as little more than a series of weekly posts in an effort to bring the d30 to the forefront of the gaming table. Now that DCC is growing in popularity and obliging folks to assemble some very specific Zocchi dice, the competition is getting stiffer for your polyhedral attention. All of those lonely d30s and I both appreciate it.
From Greg's Review at RPGNow...
"'Aren’t there lots of random tables already out there on the interwebs, produced for free by the denizens of the OSR?' Yes, there are, but LeBlanc has optimized these tables to get you maximally diverse output for minimal rolling."
Read the full review.
From Fenway5's Review at Sword and Shield...
"What I like is these charts are the sort of core random charts I would want to reference and use frequently in my DM bag of tricks during gaming. Ready Reference has many more esoteric charts or even campaign level charts...but frankly I never used them frequently. I guess it is closer to Monster & Treasure Assortment, but it has MUCH MORE variety and as a DM reference book, more overall utility."
Read the full review.
Buy the interactive PDF of the d30 DM Companion at RPGNow.
Buy a print copy of the d30 DM Companion at Lulu.