What Do I Know About Reviews? Eberron: Backgrounds Debts and Regrets (5e D&D)
I’m going to try to keep this review really short, because knowing me, I could end up writing a review longer than the product I’m looking at in this case. This time around, I’m looking at Eberron: Background Debts and Regrets.
One of the things I really like about Eberron: Rising From the Last War is that there are so many tables and elements to flesh out backgrounds in a manner that fits in with the setting. The book has a d10 chart for Debts, and a d10 chart for Regrets.
These charts are great. By framing these background elements specifically as debts and regrets, it creates some targeted background elements. The downside is, the charts are “one size fits all,” with only ten entries each. While some of them are broad enough to be reused with slightly different details, these are definitely the kind of charts that make me want more similar content.
What Is It?
Eberron: Background Debts and Regrets is a four-page PDF, with a single page cover. It’s got a faux parchment background, and so much art deco font. While I don’t normally note this in my reviews, I’m just going to throw this out there—it’s $1.00.
Unlike the broad d10 charts in the core Eberron book, the charts in this document are d6 charts, one each for Debts and Regrets. Unlike the general tables, the tables in this book are arranged by Backgrounds. In this case, the Backgrounds covered are the core Player’s Handbook backgrounds, meaning we get a Debts and Regrets table for each of the following backgrounds.
- Folk Hero
- Guild Artisan
While all of the entries are simple, single line descriptions, many of them provide a lot of evocative ideas to start building a character. Some are simpler than others, but I feel like the Debts and Regrets yield a lot more story potential than some of the other background elements already present.
I’m a big fan of anything that expands the usefulness of Backgrounds, and I love simple but effective expansions of the best tools that 5e has come up with. The Debts and Regrets in the Eberron book feel like a great evolution of ideas already present in the game, and products like this one expand on options in ways that I really appreciate. I also like that several entries are marked with notes for where that background element would be a good candidate for the creation of an ongoing enemy or allied NPC.
One of the few things I would complain about is relatively minor, but I would have loved to have a few more backgrounds from some of the other sources in 5e in this document. It’s fairly easy to find an existing one that would have a similar “flavor,” but I would love to get some Anthropologist or Haunted One ideas as well, even if those backgrounds were for other settings.
Recommended–If the product fits in your broad area of gaming interests, you are likely to be happy with this purchase.
I can’t sum this up any better. If you like 5e Backgrounds and anything that might expand on them, and/or you are a fan of the Eberron: Rising From the Last Warsourcebook, this is an easy purchase. Even if you just want to get some ideas for more background elements for other games, it’s a solid list of ideas. I doubt you’ll regret the purpose.