Archive for October, 2012

  •   Hej everybody! The following is the culmination of A LOT of sweat both on the side of the author and on the side of your humble reviewer – Rite Publishing has released a total of 1010 spells over 10 pdfs and compiled them into one massive book. Today, I’ll first give you the overview-review of the compilation and then provide ALL the reviews, if you want to read the details!   Let’s go! 1001 Spells This pdf is 291 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page SRD, leaving a whopping 285 pages of content!   The compilation starts off with very extensive lists of the spells – […]

    1001 spells

      Hej everybody! The following is the culmination of A LOT of sweat both on the side of the author and on the side of your humble reviewer – Rite Publishing has released a total of 1010 spells over 10 pdfs and compiled them into one massive book. Today, I’ll first give you the overview-review of the compilation and then provide ALL the reviews, if you want to read the details!   Let’s go! 1001 Spells This pdf is 291 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page SRD, leaving a whopping 285 pages of content!   The compilation starts off with very extensive lists of the spells – […]

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  • Welcome to my very first miniatures review on NERD-TREK. In this ( hopefully ongoing) series, we will be taking a close look at gaming miniatures both past and present. Including interviews with manufacturers, sculptors, painters and fellow enthusiasts as well as product reviews and possible sneak peeks at some upcoming miniatures. In part one of this post, we’ll be covering some of the products from Center Stage Miniatures.  Which reminds me, I’d like to take a moment and personally thank Matthew Solarz at Center Stage for donating both their time as well as the minis that made this series possible.  But enough about me, on with the review….   It was several months ago that I was contacted by the […]

    Warduke’s Table-Top Miniatures Review – Center Stage pt.1

    Welcome to my very first miniatures review on NERD-TREK. In this ( hopefully ongoing) series, we will be taking a close look at gaming miniatures both past and present. Including interviews with manufacturers, sculptors, painters and fellow enthusiasts as well as product reviews and possible sneak peeks at some upcoming miniatures. In part one of this post, we’ll be covering some of the products from Center Stage Miniatures.  Which reminds me, I’d like to take a moment and personally thank Matthew Solarz at Center Stage for donating both their time as well as the minis that made this series possible.  But enough about me, on with the review….   It was several months ago that I was contacted by the […]

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  • Northlands This pdf is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial/ToC , 1 page patron list, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a whopping 109 pages for the Northlands, so let’s check it out!   Disclaimer: I was a patron for this project and contributed my fair share of material to the book. Additionally, I’m working with Scandinavian literature and culture as one of my day-jobs, probably not making me the most unbiased of potential reviewers in this instance, but I’ll try to remain as critical, nitpicky and obnoxious as in my other reviews.   Now that that’s out of the way, let’s check it out! Northlands is a sourcebook for the North, to […]

    Northlands + web-enhancement

    Northlands This pdf is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial/ToC , 1 page patron list, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a whopping 109 pages for the Northlands, so let’s check it out!   Disclaimer: I was a patron for this project and contributed my fair share of material to the book. Additionally, I’m working with Scandinavian literature and culture as one of my day-jobs, probably not making me the most unbiased of potential reviewers in this instance, but I’ll try to remain as critical, nitpicky and obnoxious as in my other reviews.   Now that that’s out of the way, let’s check it out! Northlands is a sourcebook for the North, to […]

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  •  Sunken Empires This book/pdf is 82 pages, 1 page front cover (in the dead-tree version blank inside), 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover. That leaves 77 pages of content. Disclaimer: I was a patron of this project but due to real life, didn’t contribute that much to this project. The pdf is full-color with some b/w artwork here and there, while the dead-tree version is b/w. The book kicks off with an informative 2-page introduction to the creation of the aboleth as a monster by David “Zeb” Cook, its original creator. Then, we get a chapter of 8 pages on lost cities in real world myths and legends, namely Atlantis (D’uh), Lemuria and […]

    Sunken Empires + web-enhancement

     Sunken Empires This book/pdf is 82 pages, 1 page front cover (in the dead-tree version blank inside), 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover. That leaves 77 pages of content. Disclaimer: I was a patron of this project but due to real life, didn’t contribute that much to this project. The pdf is full-color with some b/w artwork here and there, while the dead-tree version is b/w. The book kicks off with an informative 2-page introduction to the creation of the aboleth as a monster by David “Zeb” Cook, its original creator. Then, we get a chapter of 8 pages on lost cities in real world myths and legends, namely Atlantis (D’uh), Lemuria and […]

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  • Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nation This pdf is 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside of the front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/Monsters by CR, 1 page back cover, 1 blank page inside the back cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements. That leaves 28 pages of monsters. -Addanc (CR7): A cross between a crocodile and a beaver, this could be goofy, but actually works. Death Roll (Ex) is a cool ability. -Autumn Death (CR 8): A deadly undead creature with autumnal abilities. Has two cool signature abilities. -Avowed Reaver (CR 5):Touched by elemental powers, this is a set of 4 CR+2 templates in one. -Bog Scum (CR13): Aquatic, climbing deadly ooze. […]

    Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations & Monsters of the Shadow Plane

    Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nation This pdf is 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside of the front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/Monsters by CR, 1 page back cover, 1 blank page inside the back cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements. That leaves 28 pages of monsters. -Addanc (CR7): A cross between a crocodile and a beaver, this could be goofy, but actually works. Death Roll (Ex) is a cool ability. -Autumn Death (CR 8): A deadly undead creature with autumnal abilities. Has two cool signature abilities. -Avowed Reaver (CR 5):Touched by elemental powers, this is a set of 4 CR+2 templates in one. -Bog Scum (CR13): Aquatic, climbing deadly ooze. […]

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  • ZOECon 2012 Fandom and Gaming in the Pacific Northwest Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, the creative minds behind JourneyQuest and The Gamers: Hands of Fate, are proud to announce ZOECon 2012, taking place November 9th – 11th at the Doubletree Southcenter in Tukwilla WA. The convention will be a celebration of fandom with many activities to enjoy, including screenings of many ZOE produced and distributed shows, gaming run by local game developers, panels, cosplay, special guests, and much more! Oh, did we mention we’re also filming a movie? The Gamers: Hands of Fate will be shooting footage during the con for use in the feature film! We are excited to have our fans be a part of this unique event. For more information, please visit […]

    ZOECon 2012: Fandom and Gaming in the Pacific Northwest

    ZOECon 2012 Fandom and Gaming in the Pacific Northwest Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, the creative minds behind JourneyQuest and The Gamers: Hands of Fate, are proud to announce ZOECon 2012, taking place November 9th – 11th at the Doubletree Southcenter in Tukwilla WA. The convention will be a celebration of fandom with many activities to enjoy, including screenings of many ZOE produced and distributed shows, gaming run by local game developers, panels, cosplay, special guests, and much more! Oh, did we mention we’re also filming a movie? The Gamers: Hands of Fate will be shooting footage during the con for use in the feature film! We are excited to have our fans be a part of this unique event. For more information, please visit […]

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  •   The looks like something you would see in a car of the future.  It’s sleek, comfy, and stylish.  It also protects your baby. With protection from side impacts, this is one of the only car seats I have seen with REAL protection for a baby’s head.   Let’s take a look at the list of features which Prezi’s website http://www.maxi-cosi.com advertises. Product features Superior Side Impact Performance: Featuring New G-Cell HX™ & Air Protect® technology Easy-out harness lifts out of the way 5-position no re-thread adjustable headrest 5-point harness with Center Front Adjust 5-position adjustable base with built in Rebound Control 1-click mini LATCH connectors Plush cushioned fabrics, harness covers, infant insert & boot European-style sun canopy stows away when not […]

    Maxi-Cosi Prezi Infant Car Seat (Yes, even us nerds have babies!)

      The looks like something you would see in a car of the future.  It’s sleek, comfy, and stylish.  It also protects your baby. With protection from side impacts, this is one of the only car seats I have seen with REAL protection for a baby’s head.   Let’s take a look at the list of features which Prezi’s website http://www.maxi-cosi.com advertises. Product features Superior Side Impact Performance: Featuring New G-Cell HX™ & Air Protect® technology Easy-out harness lifts out of the way 5-position no re-thread adjustable headrest 5-point harness with Center Front Adjust 5-position adjustable base with built in Rebound Control 1-click mini LATCH connectors Plush cushioned fabrics, harness covers, infant insert & boot European-style sun canopy stows away when not […]

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  • Wolfgang Baur, Jeff Grubb and Brandon Hodge bring to life a Central European-flavored world of darkness and deep magic for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and AGE System The first major new worldbook for fantasy roleplaying games since Monte Cook’s Ptolus is out today from Kobold Press. Midgard Campaign Setting is compatible with Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and includes an extensive section of rules for Dragon Age RPG. The book is already heavily supported by published adventures and sourcebooks for Pathfinder, AGE and 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, including Midgard bestiaries for all three systems. The world of Midgard has its roots in lead designer and publisher Wolfgang Baur’s own home campaign that began when he was a teenager playing D&D Basic Edition. […]

    Midgard Campaign Setting

    Wolfgang Baur, Jeff Grubb and Brandon Hodge bring to life a Central European-flavored world of darkness and deep magic for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and AGE System The first major new worldbook for fantasy roleplaying games since Monte Cook’s Ptolus is out today from Kobold Press. Midgard Campaign Setting is compatible with Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and includes an extensive section of rules for Dragon Age RPG. The book is already heavily supported by published adventures and sourcebooks for Pathfinder, AGE and 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, including Midgard bestiaries for all three systems. The world of Midgard has its roots in lead designer and publisher Wolfgang Baur’s own home campaign that began when he was a teenager playing D&D Basic Edition. […]

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  •   Hej everybody, we all know and dread the question when PCs want to shop – until Raging Swan press set out to change it, that is! To commemorate their efforts, I figured, I’d provide a nice batch-review of the first 5 installments of the concept that sparked a whole line of products!   So what’s for sale, anyways? This pdf is 26 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside the front cover, 2 pages editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements, 1 page back cover, leaving 19 pages of content, so let’s check this pdf out! How many times have you as a DM despaired at a sudden return of the PCs to civilization to restock? […]

    EZG reviews So what’s for sale,anyways? I -V

      Hej everybody, we all know and dread the question when PCs want to shop – until Raging Swan press set out to change it, that is! To commemorate their efforts, I figured, I’d provide a nice batch-review of the first 5 installments of the concept that sparked a whole line of products!   So what’s for sale, anyways? This pdf is 26 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside the front cover, 2 pages editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements, 1 page back cover, leaving 19 pages of content, so let’s check this pdf out! How many times have you as a DM despaired at a sudden return of the PCs to civilization to restock? […]

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  • Recently released to movie buffs and horror film fans everywhere is a new photo-book documentary chronicling the making of arguably one of the greatest monster movies to ever grace the screen: . This 300+ page behemoth of a coffee table center piece is masterfully laid out with photos and memoirs collected by Matt Taylor and Jim Beller, all painstakingly told from the perspective of the Martha’s Vineyard community and a select group of the film production staff. The sheer volume of content is staggering, perfect for both a casual browse or a deep dive into production anecdotes, but before we delve into the content allow me to spin you a quick yarn… How many little kids do you know who […]

    A look at the making of JAWS through the eyes of unsuspecting locals: JAWS; Memories from Martha’s Vineyard

    Recently released to movie buffs and horror film fans everywhere is a new photo-book documentary chronicling the making of arguably one of the greatest monster movies to ever grace the screen: . This 300+ page behemoth of a coffee table center piece is masterfully laid out with photos and memoirs collected by Matt Taylor and Jim Beller, all painstakingly told from the perspective of the Martha’s Vineyard community and a select group of the film production staff. The sheer volume of content is staggering, perfect for both a casual browse or a deep dive into production anecdotes, but before we delve into the content allow me to spin you a quick yarn… How many little kids do you know who […]

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  •   Hej everybody, today I’m going to take a look at the two modules Ron Lundeen has so far penned for Headless Hydra Games,   The Haunting of Soldragon Academy  This adventure is 27 pages long, 1 page front/back cover, half a page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving 24.5 pages of adventure, so let’s check it out! The pdf adheres to the two-column formatting standard. Editing is top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches or typos. The only strange decision of the formatting is that the front and back cover are on the same page, which is a pity as the cover image is nice. There are also some enumeration-dots missing on the last page. Once you check the file out, […]

    Ron Lundeen’s Headless Hydra Games adventures (Soldragon Academy + Keening Crone)

      Hej everybody, today I’m going to take a look at the two modules Ron Lundeen has so far penned for Headless Hydra Games,   The Haunting of Soldragon Academy  This adventure is 27 pages long, 1 page front/back cover, half a page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving 24.5 pages of adventure, so let’s check it out! The pdf adheres to the two-column formatting standard. Editing is top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches or typos. The only strange decision of the formatting is that the front and back cover are on the same page, which is a pity as the cover image is nice. There are also some enumeration-dots missing on the last page. Once you check the file out, […]

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  • Supernatural: Rite of Passage by John Passarella is a novel that is based on the TV series Supernatural. It is a thrilling horror story that encompasses dark and otherworldly forces. In this novel, the main characters Sam and Dean are led to Laurel Hill, New Jersey, when they hear of a series of accidents that seem to be more than just terrible bad luck. First, three skilled roofers manage to fall of a roof and die within thirty seconds of each other. Then, there are three seemingly random deaths in three different houses all on the same block. Sam and Dean are hunters that specialize in the supernatural, but even they have never encountered evil like this. The book takes […]

    Review: Supernatural: Rite of Passage

    Supernatural: Rite of Passage by John Passarella is a novel that is based on the TV series Supernatural. It is a thrilling horror story that encompasses dark and otherworldly forces. In this novel, the main characters Sam and Dean are led to Laurel Hill, New Jersey, when they hear of a series of accidents that seem to be more than just terrible bad luck. First, three skilled roofers manage to fall of a roof and die within thirty seconds of each other. Then, there are three seemingly random deaths in three different houses all on the same block. Sam and Dean are hunters that specialize in the supernatural, but even they have never encountered evil like this. The book takes […]

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  • Recently, I dove back into the world of Lordran with the release of the ‘Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition’ on PC. With controller in hand (because that’s what From Software recommended using months ago) and the Dark Souls Fix in place (which takes an easy few seconds to install), I played the opening sequence in the Undead Asylum and sweet euphoric memories came flooding back. Fast forward through 120 hours of gameplay and I am once again addicted to Dark Souls like I was when I played it for the first time back in October of 2011 when it was released. Now, I don’t want to make myself sound like a complete “fanboy” of the game (although to an […]

    Dark Souls: One Year Anniversary Review

    Recently, I dove back into the world of Lordran with the release of the ‘Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition’ on PC. With controller in hand (because that’s what From Software recommended using months ago) and the Dark Souls Fix in place (which takes an easy few seconds to install), I played the opening sequence in the Undead Asylum and sweet euphoric memories came flooding back. Fast forward through 120 hours of gameplay and I am once again addicted to Dark Souls like I was when I played it for the first time back in October of 2011 when it was released. Now, I don’t want to make myself sound like a complete “fanboy” of the game (although to an […]

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  • Today I’m going to take a look at Silver Crescent Publishing’s   Realms of Twilight Campaign Setting  I actually own only the dead tree copy of this campaign setting, so I’ll break my usual format for this review. The Realms of Twilight Campaign Setting comes as a massive hardcover book, including two pages of character sheets and 1 page map. After a page of editorial and a page ToC, we get 2 pages introduction and overview of the contents. After that, we get introduced into the world of Relistan. One of the things you immediately notice, is that the b/w-artwork is stunning and ranks among the best you can find in any 3pp-books. Chapter 1 details the fundamentals of the world […]

    The Realms of Twilight Campaign Setting

    Today I’m going to take a look at Silver Crescent Publishing’s   Realms of Twilight Campaign Setting  I actually own only the dead tree copy of this campaign setting, so I’ll break my usual format for this review. The Realms of Twilight Campaign Setting comes as a massive hardcover book, including two pages of character sheets and 1 page map. After a page of editorial and a page ToC, we get 2 pages introduction and overview of the contents. After that, we get introduced into the world of Relistan. One of the things you immediately notice, is that the b/w-artwork is stunning and ranks among the best you can find in any 3pp-books. Chapter 1 details the fundamentals of the world […]

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  •  Retribution Retribution is 71 pages in pdf format with 1 front cover, 1 blank page (inside the front cover), 3 pages credits, half a page OGL, 1 page ads and 1 page back cover. The pdf is extensively bookmarked for ease of reference; all the statblocks also have flavor-text describing the monsters/enemies as well as summaries of the obtainable treasure at the end of each part, making the adventure very easy and comfortable on the DM. The adventure starts off with the obligatory 3 pages of introduction, synopsis of the adventure, background and a map of the Lonely Coast, the region in which Retribution is set. This being an adventure review, the following does contain SPOILERS. Potential players may wish […]

    Retribution & Road of the Dead

     Retribution Retribution is 71 pages in pdf format with 1 front cover, 1 blank page (inside the front cover), 3 pages credits, half a page OGL, 1 page ads and 1 page back cover. The pdf is extensively bookmarked for ease of reference; all the statblocks also have flavor-text describing the monsters/enemies as well as summaries of the obtainable treasure at the end of each part, making the adventure very easy and comfortable on the DM. The adventure starts off with the obligatory 3 pages of introduction, synopsis of the adventure, background and a map of the Lonely Coast, the region in which Retribution is set. This being an adventure review, the following does contain SPOILERS. Potential players may wish […]

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  • While I usually review PFRPG-related products, I’m also a huge fan of CoC and ToC and thus, today I’m going to take a look at one of the strangest cthulhu-related adventure anthologies I’ve ever read,   The Red Eye of Azathoth  This pdf is 108 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving 103 pages of content, so let’s check this scenarios out!   The anthology of adventures begins with a prologue depicting the rather complex plotlines that span a millennium and that will have your investigators struggling against terrible odds…and die. A couple of times. For one of the basic ideas of the anthology is that […]

    Red Eye of Azathoth

    While I usually review PFRPG-related products, I’m also a huge fan of CoC and ToC and thus, today I’m going to take a look at one of the strangest cthulhu-related adventure anthologies I’ve ever read,   The Red Eye of Azathoth  This pdf is 108 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving 103 pages of content, so let’s check this scenarios out!   The anthology of adventures begins with a prologue depicting the rather complex plotlines that span a millennium and that will have your investigators struggling against terrible odds…and die. A couple of times. For one of the basic ideas of the anthology is that […]

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  • Spartacus: Morituri by Mark Morris is an entertaining read. I will admit that I have not seen the Spartacus TV series on Starz, which is the world that this novel comes from. However, this novel does not require previous knowledge of that series. It is easy to discern the major players within the first few pages. In addition to not having seen Spartacus, I will also admit that this novel is not within my usual genre. This book is full of action and intrigue and has a tendency to be very gory and explicit in the arena scenes. I will confess to lightly skimming a few of the battle scenes. However, the book has a fascinating plot that kept me […]

    Review: Spartacus: Morituri

    Spartacus: Morituri by Mark Morris is an entertaining read. I will admit that I have not seen the Spartacus TV series on Starz, which is the world that this novel comes from. However, this novel does not require previous knowledge of that series. It is easy to discern the major players within the first few pages. In addition to not having seen Spartacus, I will also admit that this novel is not within my usual genre. This book is full of action and intrigue and has a tendency to be very gory and explicit in the arena scenes. I will confess to lightly skimming a few of the battle scenes. However, the book has a fascinating plot that kept me […]

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  • Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr. Moreau is a fascinating novel that combines the two classic characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Moreau into a horrifying mystery. I found this book enjoyable and easy to read. It was definitely a page-turner and it came to a satisfying conclusion. The book begins with Sherlock Holmes’ brother, Mylock Holmes, presenting a top-secret case to Holmes and Dr. Watson. It revolves around three grisly murders that occurred in London. While the newspapers reported that the murders were the result of gang work, an in depth look into the bodies reveals that they were torn apart by exotic creatures that one would normally find in Australia or India, not the streets of London. Mylock […]

    Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr. Moreau

    Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr. Moreau is a fascinating novel that combines the two classic characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Moreau into a horrifying mystery. I found this book enjoyable and easy to read. It was definitely a page-turner and it came to a satisfying conclusion. The book begins with Sherlock Holmes’ brother, Mylock Holmes, presenting a top-secret case to Holmes and Dr. Watson. It revolves around three grisly murders that occurred in London. While the newspapers reported that the murders were the result of gang work, an in depth look into the bodies reveals that they were torn apart by exotic creatures that one would normally find in Australia or India, not the streets of London. Mylock […]

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