Archive for December, 2013

  • Fellow geeks and gamers – we’ve all been in similar situations. Friends of ours that are into sports or dance clubs constantly hound us about being a Hobbit(minus the adventuring) because we never go out to loud venues and, instead, choose the private setting of a home in order to take in the latest Dr. Who  episode or to play Magic: The Gathering with friends. For too long geeks have been misunderstood and mislabeled as self-chosen social outcasts. And there may be some geeks out there that DO choose to live completely off the social grid. But that is not who I speak for…. I speak for the geeks that want a place to call our own. I am talking […]

    The Rise of Geek Bars: Dungeons & Drafts

    Fellow geeks and gamers – we’ve all been in similar situations. Friends of ours that are into sports or dance clubs constantly hound us about being a Hobbit(minus the adventuring) because we never go out to loud venues and, instead, choose the private setting of a home in order to take in the latest Dr. Who  episode or to play Magic: The Gathering with friends. For too long geeks have been misunderstood and mislabeled as self-chosen social outcasts. And there may be some geeks out there that DO choose to live completely off the social grid. But that is not who I speak for…. I speak for the geeks that want a place to call our own. I am talking […]

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  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Oversized Sword and Sorcery Format: Paperback Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Description: Imagine you live in a Medieval Fantasy World. You are short, a bit pudgy, and on the far end of 40. Things couldn’t be any worse right? WRONG! Imagine that the only thing you have ever wanted to be is a hero. A noble Knight, loved by all the savior of the land. Well, Angst is all of those things, or at least he was until he broke his bond with the magical sword Chryslaenor. Now he is back to middle-aged and dumpy. The powers the sword granted him have left and mysterious changes in the world are killing him slowly. Just when you thought things […]

    Book Review: Buried in Angst

    Genre(s): Fantasy, Oversized Sword and Sorcery Format: Paperback Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Description: Imagine you live in a Medieval Fantasy World. You are short, a bit pudgy, and on the far end of 40. Things couldn’t be any worse right? WRONG! Imagine that the only thing you have ever wanted to be is a hero. A noble Knight, loved by all the savior of the land. Well, Angst is all of those things, or at least he was until he broke his bond with the magical sword Chryslaenor. Now he is back to middle-aged and dumpy. The powers the sword granted him have left and mysterious changes in the world are killing him slowly. Just when you thought things […]

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  • Genre(s): Sci Fi, Coffee Table Books, Making of Format: Paperback, Hardcover Publisher: Titan Books Description: From the mind of Neill Blomkamp comes a backstage look at the sci-fi movie Elysium. Blomkamp, who brought us District 9, has allowed readers to look inside his complex and talented head to see all of the thought that went into making Elysium the movie that it is. This book shows readers a cradle to grave look through panoramic illustrations how the magic of this movie happens. Review: Books like this tend to get my geek. I found the concept of the movie interesting enough, but when presented with a book like this, it is hard to not want to go out, buy the movie […]

    Book Review: Elysium: The Art of the Film

    Genre(s): Sci Fi, Coffee Table Books, Making of Format: Paperback, Hardcover Publisher: Titan Books Description: From the mind of Neill Blomkamp comes a backstage look at the sci-fi movie Elysium. Blomkamp, who brought us District 9, has allowed readers to look inside his complex and talented head to see all of the thought that went into making Elysium the movie that it is. This book shows readers a cradle to grave look through panoramic illustrations how the magic of this movie happens. Review: Books like this tend to get my geek. I found the concept of the movie interesting enough, but when presented with a book like this, it is hard to not want to go out, buy the movie […]

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  • Psionic Items of Legend: Groundscorn Boots This installment of the series of pdfs featuring items that scale with your character’s prowess is 5 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/introduction, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Groundscorn Boots have actually a rather touching story – when an adventurer-couple was defeated by a dragon, one of them survived and proceeded to drown his sorrow. Thankfully, the Elans intervened and recreated his lost love as one of their own – however, sans memories. Overcoming this as well, both found love again and these boots were created by the reborn elan elocator as a means for her companion to keep […]

    Psionic Items of Legend: Groundscorn Boots

    Psionic Items of Legend: Groundscorn Boots This installment of the series of pdfs featuring items that scale with your character’s prowess is 5 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/introduction, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Groundscorn Boots have actually a rather touching story – when an adventurer-couple was defeated by a dragon, one of them survived and proceeded to drown his sorrow. Thankfully, the Elans intervened and recreated his lost love as one of their own – however, sans memories. Overcoming this as well, both found love again and these boots were created by the reborn elan elocator as a means for her companion to keep […]

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  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Zombie Format: Paperback, Kindle, hardback Publisher: Osprey Publishing Description: So kid, you say you are a zombie hunter, eh? You say you’ve killed plenty of them have you? Is all that zombie killin’ what accounts for that twitch? Let me ask you a few questions. How many types of zombies are there? How do you kill a necromantic zombie? Wait, you don’t know what a necromantic zombie is? Well, have I got the guide for you! Zombies: A Hunter’s Guide is part guide, part story, and a whole heck of a visual trip through the “history” of zombies. Review: First, the hardcover of this book is absolutely beautiful. The silver writing on the spine sets off the silver […]

    Book Review – Zombies: A Hunter’s Guide

    Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Zombie Format: Paperback, Kindle, hardback Publisher: Osprey Publishing Description: So kid, you say you are a zombie hunter, eh? You say you’ve killed plenty of them have you? Is all that zombie killin’ what accounts for that twitch? Let me ask you a few questions. How many types of zombies are there? How do you kill a necromantic zombie? Wait, you don’t know what a necromantic zombie is? Well, have I got the guide for you! Zombies: A Hunter’s Guide is part guide, part story, and a whole heck of a visual trip through the “history” of zombies. Review: First, the hardcover of this book is absolutely beautiful. The silver writing on the spine sets off the silver […]

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  • Adventure Path Iconics: Path of Winter This installment of LPJr Design’s series of pregens for APs is 28 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The pdf kicks off with an introduction that explains synonymous use of terms (to respect Paizo IP) as well as the basic concept of the line – 8 Pregens, 4 of which are human, whereas 4 belong to the rather uncommon races from LPJr Design’s own NeoExodus campaign setting. These, btw., should you require their details, can by now be found on d20pfsrd.com’s shop. Point-buy-wise, the characters are 20-point-characters, but each of them offers information on how to scale them […]

    Adventure Path Iconics: Path of Winter

    Adventure Path Iconics: Path of Winter This installment of LPJr Design’s series of pregens for APs is 28 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The pdf kicks off with an introduction that explains synonymous use of terms (to respect Paizo IP) as well as the basic concept of the line – 8 Pregens, 4 of which are human, whereas 4 belong to the rather uncommon races from LPJr Design’s own NeoExodus campaign setting. These, btw., should you require their details, can by now be found on d20pfsrd.com’s shop. Point-buy-wise, the characters are 20-point-characters, but each of them offers information on how to scale them […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Gates & Portals This installment of Raging Swan Press‘ Dungeon Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This is a first in some ways for the Dungeon Dressing-series – Gates & Portals are all about magical means of transportation in/egress and as such a more magical component – so can the format work as well as for its mundane counterparts? Well, first of all, these things are EXPENSIVE, as the first page shows and need some consideration – what are portal keys, if […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Gates & Portals

    Dungeon Dressing: Gates & Portals This installment of Raging Swan Press‘ Dungeon Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This is a first in some ways for the Dungeon Dressing-series – Gates & Portals are all about magical means of transportation in/egress and as such a more magical component – so can the format work as well as for its mundane counterparts? Well, first of all, these things are EXPENSIVE, as the first page shows and need some consideration – what are portal keys, if […]

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  • Trapsmith This book by Kobold Press is 70 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 65 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So this is it – the long overdue “big” book of traps for PFRPG – big in quotation marks, btw., because I consider the total page-count not that massive for the topic of traps, especially since it’s a topic not covered by that many supplements. After a short introduction, we are introduced to a taxonomy of traps, including a flow-chart. Now if you think that’s superfluous, I’d still recommend checking it out. Why? Because trap-placement requires careful deliberation. […]

    Trapsmith

    Trapsmith This book by Kobold Press is 70 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 65 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So this is it – the long overdue “big” book of traps for PFRPG – big in quotation marks, btw., because I consider the total page-count not that massive for the topic of traps, especially since it’s a topic not covered by that many supplements. After a short introduction, we are introduced to a taxonomy of traps, including a flow-chart. Now if you think that’s superfluous, I’d still recommend checking it out. Why? Because trap-placement requires careful deliberation. […]

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  • Ultimate Battle After the superb “Ultimate Rulership“, this would be the second one of Legendary Games‘ offerings to expand the rules of “Ultimate Campaign”. Page-count-wise, this pdf is 38 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, what do we get here? Essentially, an expansion of the mass combat rules used in Ultimate Campaign. We begin with a short summary of four zones: Camp zone, which is the “base” of the army, command zone, from where the battle is dictated, melee zone and ranged zone […]

    Ultimate Battle

    Ultimate Battle After the superb “Ultimate Rulership“, this would be the second one of Legendary Games‘ offerings to expand the rules of “Ultimate Campaign”. Page-count-wise, this pdf is 38 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, what do we get here? Essentially, an expansion of the mass combat rules used in Ultimate Campaign. We begin with a short summary of four zones: Camp zone, which is the “base” of the army, command zone, from where the battle is dictated, melee zone and ranged zone […]

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  • Tribes Most Foul: Hobgoblins The latest installment in Raging Swan Press‘ Tribes Most Foul-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD, 1page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As we’ve come to expect from the series, this installment introduces us to three different hobgoblin tribes, all with their very own tribal lore, sample NPC(s) and unique cultural background as well as a full tribal roster, so let’s take a look at the respective tribes!   The first one would be the tainted strain (which comes […]

    Tribes Most Foul: Hobgoblins

    Tribes Most Foul: Hobgoblins The latest installment in Raging Swan Press‘ Tribes Most Foul-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD, 1page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As we’ve come to expect from the series, this installment introduces us to three different hobgoblin tribes, all with their very own tribal lore, sample NPC(s) and unique cultural background as well as a full tribal roster, so let’s take a look at the respective tribes!   The first one would be the tainted strain (which comes […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Primal Forests This pdf is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content (though one is taken up by a full-page b/w-artwork), so let’s take a look, shall we?   Want an example how Raging Swan Press listens to customers? This pdf would be one – when reviewing the Wilderness Dressing for regular forests, I suggested further supplements for other types of forests – and this is one. Whether it’s the Margreve or a similar ancient forest, this pdf has got you covered regarding the weird and wondrous things that can be encountered herein, with the first table sporting […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Primal Forests

    Wilderness Dressing: Primal Forests This pdf is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content (though one is taken up by a full-page b/w-artwork), so let’s take a look, shall we?   Want an example how Raging Swan Press listens to customers? This pdf would be one – when reviewing the Wilderness Dressing for regular forests, I suggested further supplements for other types of forests – and this is one. Whether it’s the Margreve or a similar ancient forest, this pdf has got you covered regarding the weird and wondrous things that can be encountered herein, with the first table sporting […]

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  • Bite Me! Wereblooded Full disclosure: I was one of the contributing authors of the Bite Me!-kickstarter that also made this pdf possible. That being said, I had no hand in the creation of this pdf and consider my verdict not compromised in any way.   This pdf clocks in at 23 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (which also mentions that the characters herein will not show up in the final book), 4 pages of SRD and 2 pages advertisement, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As you have probably gleaned by now, this book introduces us to the race of the Wereblooded – […]

    Bite Me! Wereblooded

    Bite Me! Wereblooded Full disclosure: I was one of the contributing authors of the Bite Me!-kickstarter that also made this pdf possible. That being said, I had no hand in the creation of this pdf and consider my verdict not compromised in any way.   This pdf clocks in at 23 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (which also mentions that the characters herein will not show up in the final book), 4 pages of SRD and 2 pages advertisement, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As you have probably gleaned by now, this book introduces us to the race of the Wereblooded – […]

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  • In the Company of Medusa This new supplement in Rite Publishing’s “In the Company of”-series is 19 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, so let’s take a look, shall we?   “We were born from blood and tears, venomous as jealousy.” If you’re like me, these words resonate – as has become the tradition with Rite Publishing’s offerings, this pdf is written in in-character narratives, as told by characters to Qwillion of Queesthaven – and the prose here is…well AWESOME. The medusa-society is described in ample detail as per a schooling book/an instructor, including information on how to keep both scales and snake-hair proper and trim and keep the latter […]

    In the Company of Medusa

    In the Company of Medusa This new supplement in Rite Publishing’s “In the Company of”-series is 19 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, so let’s take a look, shall we?   “We were born from blood and tears, venomous as jealousy.” If you’re like me, these words resonate – as has become the tradition with Rite Publishing’s offerings, this pdf is written in in-character narratives, as told by characters to Qwillion of Queesthaven – and the prose here is…well AWESOME. The medusa-society is described in ample detail as per a schooling book/an instructor, including information on how to keep both scales and snake-hair proper and trim and keep the latter […]

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  • Mayhem Beneath Demon Mountain This module is 16 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2/3 of a page SRD, leaving us with 13 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players will wish to jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? The PCs are hired by the wine merchant Korsav for a risky gambit – take his caravan to Demon Mountain’s foot and spoil the wine of one of his competitors, Ulfer, who happens to be one of the decadent children of the legendary Master of the Demon Mountain. Upon their arrival at Demon Mountain, the PCs have to surrender their […]

    Mayhem Beneath Demon Mountain

    Mayhem Beneath Demon Mountain This module is 16 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2/3 of a page SRD, leaving us with 13 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players will wish to jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? The PCs are hired by the wine merchant Korsav for a risky gambit – take his caravan to Demon Mountain’s foot and spoil the wine of one of his competitors, Ulfer, who happens to be one of the decadent children of the legendary Master of the Demon Mountain. Upon their arrival at Demon Mountain, the PCs have to surrender their […]

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  • Wizards of the Coast Announces Thrilling Dungeons & Dragons Launch for Summer 2014   Players fight the most fearsome monster of all time in an exciting multi-platform gaming experience   Wizards of the Coast today announced that the highly-anticipated new rules system for Dungeons & Dragons will release in summer 2014.  After nearly two years of an open public playtest and more than 175,000 playtest participants, the rules are complete. Players will be immersed in rich storytelling experiences across multiple gaming platforms as they face off against the most fearsome monster of all time.   “Just like a perfectly balanced party, Wizards has worked cohesively with fans, designers and partners to create the next generation of D&D,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director […]

    Wizards of the Coast Announces D&D NEXT Launch for Summer 2014

    Wizards of the Coast Announces Thrilling Dungeons & Dragons Launch for Summer 2014   Players fight the most fearsome monster of all time in an exciting multi-platform gaming experience   Wizards of the Coast today announced that the highly-anticipated new rules system for Dungeons & Dragons will release in summer 2014.  After nearly two years of an open public playtest and more than 175,000 playtest participants, the rules are complete. Players will be immersed in rich storytelling experiences across multiple gaming platforms as they face off against the most fearsome monster of all time.   “Just like a perfectly balanced party, Wizards has worked cohesively with fans, designers and partners to create the next generation of D&D,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director […]

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  • The Elder Scrolls Online release date has been announced: 4-4-2014 for PC & Mac June 2014 for Xbox One and Playstation 4   Also, a new trailer showing PvP combat has been released… check this out!  

    Elder Scrolls Online: War in Cyrodiil

    The Elder Scrolls Online release date has been announced: 4-4-2014 for PC & Mac June 2014 for Xbox One and Playstation 4   Also, a new trailer showing PvP combat has been released… check this out!  

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  • RPG SUPERSTAR 2014 GAME DESIGNER CONTEST OPENS TODAY   Paizo Publishing Launches Largest Open-Call for Amateur Game Designers Paizo Publishing, LLC, publisher of the world’s best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game announces the kick-off of the 2014 RPG Superstar game designer contest. Going on its 7th year, RPG Superstar is Paizo’s annual competition to find the best and brightest unknown game designers, and give them the opportunity to have their work critiqued by industry veterans, game design rockstars, and the fan community. Entries are reviewed and critiqued by industry veterans, game design rockstars, and the Pathfinder community. The RPG Superstar contest is hosted by Paizo Designer Sean K. Reynolds, This year’s panel includes: Peter Adkison, Gaming Legend                 Rich Baker, Writer Judy Bauer, […]

    RPG SUPERSTAR 2014

    RPG SUPERSTAR 2014 GAME DESIGNER CONTEST OPENS TODAY   Paizo Publishing Launches Largest Open-Call for Amateur Game Designers Paizo Publishing, LLC, publisher of the world’s best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game announces the kick-off of the 2014 RPG Superstar game designer contest. Going on its 7th year, RPG Superstar is Paizo’s annual competition to find the best and brightest unknown game designers, and give them the opportunity to have their work critiqued by industry veterans, game design rockstars, and the fan community. Entries are reviewed and critiqued by industry veterans, game design rockstars, and the Pathfinder community. The RPG Superstar contest is hosted by Paizo Designer Sean K. Reynolds, This year’s panel includes: Peter Adkison, Gaming Legend                 Rich Baker, Writer Judy Bauer, […]

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  • Shadowlands: Gates of Tarina This module is 56 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside the front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 3 blank pages, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 45 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Still here? All right! First of all – this module is intended for use with the Tarina Guidebook – which, more than a year after this module has come out is nowhere to be seen, so I’ll treat this hypothetical book as if it did not exist and ignore any reference to it.   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential […]

    Shadowlands: Gates of Tarina

    Shadowlands: Gates of Tarina This module is 56 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside the front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 3 blank pages, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 45 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Still here? All right! First of all – this module is intended for use with the Tarina Guidebook – which, more than a year after this module has come out is nowhere to be seen, so I’ll treat this hypothetical book as if it did not exist and ignore any reference to it.   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential […]

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  • Monster Templates: Headless Horseman This supplement from Rite Publishing’s mastermind and veteran of templates (no-one has done that many great ones for PFRPG so far) Steven D. Russell is 9 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As the name implies, we get a template herein to create headless horsemen. The template adds a +2 to the CR of the base creature, and turn the creature into an augmented undead (with d8 as HD) and also DR – 5/good, DR 10/magic + good for CR 10+ and 15/magic, good, slashing for CR 15+, SR 11+HD and…well, […]

    Monster Templates: Headless Horseman

    Monster Templates: Headless Horseman This supplement from Rite Publishing’s mastermind and veteran of templates (no-one has done that many great ones for PFRPG so far) Steven D. Russell is 9 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As the name implies, we get a template herein to create headless horsemen. The template adds a +2 to the CR of the base creature, and turn the creature into an augmented undead (with d8 as HD) and also DR – 5/good, DR 10/magic + good for CR 10+ and 15/magic, good, slashing for CR 15+, SR 11+HD and…well, […]

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  • This game is the reason I fear entering 2014. I may disappear from reality, never to be seen again.

    Elder Scrolls Online: Character Progression

    This game is the reason I fear entering 2014. I may disappear from reality, never to be seen again.

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