1st off, I feel it is extremely important to note that while this is a book about the Knights of the Dinner Table comic and it was written by Barbara Blackburn, this is NOT a Kenzer & Company publication. The one star on this review is a shout-out to Barbara's work, otherwise I'd have seriously considered editing my review stars for a 0 star rating (I don't have one).
2nd off, I didn't purchase this book....technically my wife did as part of her funding of the Knights of the Dinner Table Live-Action Series on Kickstarter. The problems I've seen with this KoDT book stem from there.....
straight from the Kickstarter, this book is part of the fundraising effort that is "Only available on Kickstarter. Not available after February 5th"
Please not this is also listed as "* Limited to 250 copies" for the hardcover.
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The actual book arrived well over a month from when it allegedly went out via Media Mail, but a quick check of the postmark showed that it was just shipped a month later than originally informed. It seems many still haven't gotten there books so maybe the Mrs. was just lucky.
The book is pretty much just pictures of the covers and brief synopsis of the individual issues. They are good synopsis, but there really isn't any of the promised "behind-the-scenes commentary from Jolly Blackburn and the D-Team". Jolly does have a nice intro and there are maybe two "Jolly Says" asides in the book, and those are in the first couple of pages.
I can't tell you how many pages there are in this book because there is no table of contents, no index, and no page numbers. If one wanted to use this as a reference book to KoDT of some sort, well you are out of luck. Trying to find something out about a specific issue will be an exercise in flipping pages, and an exercise I wouldn't recommend at that. The printing is definitely sub-par in this book, which appears to have been printed in some kind of economy color. Comparing it to the $50 HackMaster Players Handbook, which was actually produced by Kenzer & Company, is a frustrating vision of what could have been.
I wish this picture did the discrepancy in quality justice.......
Not only is the color, for lack of a better word, half-assed, but the book itself is a bit on the flimsy side. The cover sees sturdy enough, but the paper is so thin the words bleed through the pictures far too often. Since one of the major draws for this book is collecting all (or most of) the KoDT covers in one place, showing them so poorly is....well should be, a crime.
I've only gone through the book twice, more of a flip-through than an actual reading, and I'm already seeing wear on the binding bad enough to make me think that we'll be losing pages soon.
Until then I'd stay away from the Knights of the Dinner Table 20 Years of Covers. It just isn't worthwhile. Spend your money collecting actual issues of the comic or some Bundles of Troubles instead.