The problem with this incarnation of the EPIC rpg, is that it follows the old multi book format.
What you get here, is in fact the rules for task resolution, combat and mass combat, guide lines for a campaign and a portion of the character generation system. As a result it is essentially worthless unless you buy the additional books.
There are four books required to have a "complete game". Having the complete game will run from 64 up to 80 bucks, excluding S&H depending on who you purchase it from.
Four, soft cover, B& W books are, I'd say regardless of the system, not worth the high price tag.
Now from what i can tell, the mechanics look solid and useable, but the editing leaves a lot to be desired. Lots of info is crammed on each page, with a grey back ground making reading it a strain on the eyes.
If the book contained a full set of character creation rules, a sample of the game setting and a "sample" adventure" & better editing, I might bump the score to 3 stars.
As it is, don't bother unless you plan on buying the full set. A far better option for those interested in this game would be to go to the EPIC RPG website and buy the "Epic RPG Complete Game Manual" which does contain everything needed to play, at a lower price.