Archive for June, 2015

  • Dungeonlands III – Palace of the Lich Queen This massive mega-adventure clocks in at 220 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us a massive 212 pages of content, so let’s take a look at this!   This review was chosen as a prioritized review and moved up my reviewing queue at the request of my patreons. Furthermore, I received a hardcover copy of this book for the expressive purpose of running it and providing a fair, unbiased review.   Wait, there’s one more thing – after I ripped Tomb of the Lich Queen, the first part of the trilogy, a new one, why […]

    Dungeonlands III – Palace of the Lich Queen

    Dungeonlands III – Palace of the Lich Queen This massive mega-adventure clocks in at 220 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us a massive 212 pages of content, so let’s take a look at this!   This review was chosen as a prioritized review and moved up my reviewing queue at the request of my patreons. Furthermore, I received a hardcover copy of this book for the expressive purpose of running it and providing a fair, unbiased review.   Wait, there’s one more thing – after I ripped Tomb of the Lich Queen, the first part of the trilogy, a new one, why […]

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  • The Motebringer – An Edgewalker Archetype This archetype for the edgewalker-class clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The motebringer has the same basic class-chassis regarding saves and BAB as the edgewalker – unlike the edgewalker, who oscillates between light and darkness, the motebringer is a specialist of utilizing light – as such, the archetype only receives a radiance pool equal to class levels x2 + Wis-mod – but no shadow pool. Seeing how this means that several of the combo-set-ups that render the edgewalker captivating to play fall away, we thus receive a significant array of infusions, the first of which […]

    The Motebringer – An Edgewalker Archetype

    The Motebringer – An Edgewalker Archetype This archetype for the edgewalker-class clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The motebringer has the same basic class-chassis regarding saves and BAB as the edgewalker – unlike the edgewalker, who oscillates between light and darkness, the motebringer is a specialist of utilizing light – as such, the archetype only receives a radiance pool equal to class levels x2 + Wis-mod – but no shadow pool. Seeing how this means that several of the combo-set-ups that render the edgewalker captivating to play fall away, we thus receive a significant array of infusions, the first of which […]

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  • GM’s Screen Inserts (Landscape + Portrait versions) What do all screens I have for PFRPG have in common? They never seem to list the modifiers I actually need.   Enter these screen-inserts: The landscape format inserts provide a list of action types by abilities, skills and spells, movements and mounts, miscellaneous, attacks and equipment uses alongside maneuvers, identifying monsters and movement rate modifications, covering just about all action types.   Page 2 covers combat modifiers to attack rolls, including a separate table for two-weapon fighting and AC-modifiers as well as default concealment miss-chances and a splash weapon miss diagram. DMs will probably also appreciate the 3 advanced, giant and young simple templates receiving a summary. The list of common conditions […]

    GM’s Screen Inserts (Landscape + Portrait versions)

    GM’s Screen Inserts (Landscape + Portrait versions) What do all screens I have for PFRPG have in common? They never seem to list the modifiers I actually need.   Enter these screen-inserts: The landscape format inserts provide a list of action types by abilities, skills and spells, movements and mounts, miscellaneous, attacks and equipment uses alongside maneuvers, identifying monsters and movement rate modifications, covering just about all action types.   Page 2 covers combat modifiers to attack rolls, including a separate table for two-weapon fighting and AC-modifiers as well as default concealment miss-chances and a splash weapon miss diagram. DMs will probably also appreciate the 3 advanced, giant and young simple templates receiving a summary. The list of common conditions […]

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  • Purple Duck Storeroom: Magic Pants! This pdf clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This statement by grandmaster crunch Owen K.C. Stephens could have come from a review of yours truly as well: “Know your item slots. Don’t just invent them. Best to avoid magic pants.”, to briefly paraphrase the comment that spawned this supplement – so yes, here, we tread in the glorious tradition of the Baldur’s Gate-saga’s easter-egg and get magical pants, though admittedly more balanced ones than the ridiculously OP item we got via the pantalon-transmuter.   So, this pdf introduces the leg-slot, where one […]

    Purple Duck Storeroom: Magic Pants!

    Purple Duck Storeroom: Magic Pants! This pdf clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This statement by grandmaster crunch Owen K.C. Stephens could have come from a review of yours truly as well: “Know your item slots. Don’t just invent them. Best to avoid magic pants.”, to briefly paraphrase the comment that spawned this supplement – so yes, here, we tread in the glorious tradition of the Baldur’s Gate-saga’s easter-egg and get magical pants, though admittedly more balanced ones than the ridiculously OP item we got via the pantalon-transmuter.   So, this pdf introduces the leg-slot, where one […]

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  • Faces of the Tarnished Souk – An NPC Collection This massive book clocks in at no less than 323 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 314 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved ahead in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Well, first of all, I will deviate from my usual take on detailed analysis of the individual pieces of content herein -why? Because that would take AGES and bloat this review beyond the page-count where this would have any semblance of help for anyone of my readers. Beyond […]

    Faces of the Tarnished Souk – An NPC Collection

    Faces of the Tarnished Souk – An NPC Collection This massive book clocks in at no less than 323 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 314 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved ahead in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Well, first of all, I will deviate from my usual take on detailed analysis of the individual pieces of content herein -why? Because that would take AGES and bloat this review beyond the page-count where this would have any semblance of help for anyone of my readers. Beyond […]

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  • Zeitgeist #9 – The Last Starry Sky The ninth installment of the superb Zeitgeist AP clocks in at a whopping 105 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 100 (!!) pages of content – that’s more than some self-proclaimed mega-adventures out there…   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. As such, players wishing to play this intelligent and exceedingly ambitious AP should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? We rejoin our loyal constables of the RHC in the realm of the Dreaming, the lands of the fey, where they were dumped after facing off against Nicodemus, the immortal […]

    Zeitgeist #9 – The Last Starry Sky

    Zeitgeist #9 – The Last Starry Sky The ninth installment of the superb Zeitgeist AP clocks in at a whopping 105 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 100 (!!) pages of content – that’s more than some self-proclaimed mega-adventures out there…   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. As such, players wishing to play this intelligent and exceedingly ambitious AP should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? We rejoin our loyal constables of the RHC in the realm of the Dreaming, the lands of the fey, where they were dumped after facing off against Nicodemus, the immortal […]

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  • Psionics Augmented: Mythic Psionics This massive book clocks in at 75 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 71 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This supplement was moved up in my queue as a prioritized review by my patreons.   So there we have it – the massive sourcebook that brings the much beloved psionics system up to mythic proportions, but can it whether the test of numerical escalation while also providing some iconic tricks? We’ll see.   First of all, the pdf does something smart – it covers terminology. Why is that smart? Well psionic powers tend to have an Augment-option, whereas […]

    Psionics Augmented: Mythic Psionics

    Psionics Augmented: Mythic Psionics This massive book clocks in at 75 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 71 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This supplement was moved up in my queue as a prioritized review by my patreons.   So there we have it – the massive sourcebook that brings the much beloved psionics system up to mythic proportions, but can it whether the test of numerical escalation while also providing some iconic tricks? We’ll see.   First of all, the pdf does something smart – it covers terminology. Why is that smart? Well psionic powers tend to have an Augment-option, whereas […]

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  •   Jabra Sport Coach Wireless offers an integrated motion sensor and companion Sport Life app to provide real-time in-ear audio coaching   For fans of burpees, lunges, squats and planks who want the added motivation of individual coaching while listening to music, the world’s first wireless cross-training audio solution has arrived! The Jabra Sport Coach ™ wireless earbuds combine personalized in-ear coaching with premium Dolby sound to get the most out of cross training workouts.  The launch of the Sport Coach extends Jabra’s sport audio product line, and follows the award-winning Jabra Sport Pulse™ wireless earbuds that introduced in-ear heart rate monitoring for the very first time.  Jabra Sport Coach is available exclusively at Best Buy retail stores and at […]

    JABRA INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST WIRELESS EARBUDS WITH CROSS TRAINING COACHING AND MUSIC

      Jabra Sport Coach Wireless offers an integrated motion sensor and companion Sport Life app to provide real-time in-ear audio coaching   For fans of burpees, lunges, squats and planks who want the added motivation of individual coaching while listening to music, the world’s first wireless cross-training audio solution has arrived! The Jabra Sport Coach ™ wireless earbuds combine personalized in-ear coaching with premium Dolby sound to get the most out of cross training workouts.  The launch of the Sport Coach extends Jabra’s sport audio product line, and follows the award-winning Jabra Sport Pulse™ wireless earbuds that introduced in-ear heart rate monitoring for the very first time.  Jabra Sport Coach is available exclusively at Best Buy retail stores and at […]

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  • 13 True Ways (13th Age) Disclaimer: I received the hardcover of this book for the purposes of an unbiased, critical review, which I hereby provide. This review is based on the 256-page hardcover and not on the pdf –hence, I can’t judge electronic qualities etc. The material herein underwent playtsting for the purposes of this review.   13 True Ways, much like the 13th Age Core-rule-book, is a combination of crunch-book and setting material, though this one is focused slightly more on the setting aspect. I have already discussed in length and depth my stance on just about all rules-decisions of 13th Age in my review of the core book, so this review will NOT focus on those; Instead, I […]

    13 True Ways (13th Age)

    13 True Ways (13th Age) Disclaimer: I received the hardcover of this book for the purposes of an unbiased, critical review, which I hereby provide. This review is based on the 256-page hardcover and not on the pdf –hence, I can’t judge electronic qualities etc. The material herein underwent playtsting for the purposes of this review.   13 True Ways, much like the 13th Age Core-rule-book, is a combination of crunch-book and setting material, though this one is focused slightly more on the setting aspect. I have already discussed in length and depth my stance on just about all rules-decisions of 13th Age in my review of the core book, so this review will NOT focus on those; Instead, I […]

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  • Into the Breach: The Cavalier This latest installment of the Into the Breach-series clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up on my list of queued products at the request of my patreons.   As always, we kick off with archetypes galore, the first of which replaces tactician and its follow-ups and mount…with an airborne mount. If you expect me to start complaining now – I won’t. Assisted flight is possible via the base rules, though primarily for small druids, so yes, I am […]

    Into the Breach: The Cavalier

    Into the Breach: The Cavalier This latest installment of the Into the Breach-series clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up on my list of queued products at the request of my patreons.   As always, we kick off with archetypes galore, the first of which replaces tactician and its follow-ups and mount…with an airborne mount. If you expect me to start complaining now – I won’t. Assisted flight is possible via the base rules, though primarily for small druids, so yes, I am […]

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  • Adventure Path Iconics: Lords of Undeath This pdf clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page combat & initiative tracker, 1 page mini-sheets, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What do we get herein? Well, essentially – pregens. Pregens using the unique character options that have been introduced in Obsidian Apocalypse’s more recent offerings. The pregens are provided as 20-point-buy characters, with information on increase and decrease to the established 15- and 25-point standard. Each character comes with a per se well-written background story and advice on level progressions.   The first character would be Alberdeen, an uzamati (not uztamati, as the pdf one […]

    Adventure Path Iconics: Lords of Undeath

    Adventure Path Iconics: Lords of Undeath This pdf clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page combat & initiative tracker, 1 page mini-sheets, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What do we get herein? Well, essentially – pregens. Pregens using the unique character options that have been introduced in Obsidian Apocalypse’s more recent offerings. The pregens are provided as 20-point-buy characters, with information on increase and decrease to the established 15- and 25-point standard. Each character comes with a per se well-written background story and advice on level progressions.   The first character would be Alberdeen, an uzamati (not uztamati, as the pdf one […]

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  • Remedial Tinkering: Happy Little Automatons This expansion for the Tinker base-class clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   What do most of the *really* cool Tinker-expansions have in common? Jup, quite a few of them come into play in mid and high levels. So this pdf is geared for 1st-level usefulness, though admittedly, it will retain its usefulness far beyond the low level range. The pdf also handily points out that this and the excellent grafter PrC as well as the Tinkering 301-pdf provide some pretty interesting synergies.   Better than this, this may well be the most concise tinker-supplement […]

    Remedial Tinkering: Happy Little Automatons

    Remedial Tinkering: Happy Little Automatons This expansion for the Tinker base-class clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   What do most of the *really* cool Tinker-expansions have in common? Jup, quite a few of them come into play in mid and high levels. So this pdf is geared for 1st-level usefulness, though admittedly, it will retain its usefulness far beyond the low level range. The pdf also handily points out that this and the excellent grafter PrC as well as the Tinkering 301-pdf provide some pretty interesting synergies.   Better than this, this may well be the most concise tinker-supplement […]

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  • Gossamer Worlds: Dragonhearth This installment of the evocative Gossamer Worlds-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what is dragonhearth? Well, if the name wasn’t ample clue for you, let me fill you in: It is a world of DRAGONS…yeah, I’m proud of my astute observation as well. kidding aside, everything on this world is draconic to some extent – from serpentine waves of light to myriad forms of draconic life, there are a lot of supreme serpents inhabiting this place. So attuned to the very notion of dragons is this world, that even plants and most predatory animals share some […]

    Gossamer Worlds: Dragonhearth (Diceless)

    Gossamer Worlds: Dragonhearth This installment of the evocative Gossamer Worlds-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what is dragonhearth? Well, if the name wasn’t ample clue for you, let me fill you in: It is a world of DRAGONS…yeah, I’m proud of my astute observation as well. kidding aside, everything on this world is draconic to some extent – from serpentine waves of light to myriad forms of draconic life, there are a lot of supreme serpents inhabiting this place. So attuned to the very notion of dragons is this world, that even plants and most predatory animals share some […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Red Talon This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Red Talon is not a subtle village. Nestled in a sheltered cove that is separated from main-land entrance by massive cliffs, it could be pretty much a paradise. Let’s get that out of the way if the name was not ample clue: It’s not. Founded by a bloodthirsty orc captain listening to the colorful moniker of Hagruk Stormrider, the village still sports a lot of orcs and half-orcs and would be a […]

    Village Backdrop: Red Talon

    Village Backdrop: Red Talon This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Red Talon is not a subtle village. Nestled in a sheltered cove that is separated from main-land entrance by massive cliffs, it could be pretty much a paradise. Let’s get that out of the way if the name was not ample clue: It’s not. Founded by a bloodthirsty orc captain listening to the colorful moniker of Hagruk Stormrider, the village still sports a lot of orcs and half-orcs and would be a […]

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  • Bite Me! Skindancers This installment of the Bite Me-series clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so what exactly do we get here?   Well, on the basic level, the reply would be that we receive a race – which gets +2 Dex and Con, -2 Wis, gearing it towards the physical pursuits. Not a fan of that, as I prefer races to be balanced between mental and physical attributes. Skindancers are humanoids with the shapechanger subtype and one subtype of the player’s choice and count as both for purposes of vulnerabilities to targeted effects. Skindancers are medium, have […]

    Bite Me! Skindancers

    Bite Me! Skindancers This installment of the Bite Me-series clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so what exactly do we get here?   Well, on the basic level, the reply would be that we receive a race – which gets +2 Dex and Con, -2 Wis, gearing it towards the physical pursuits. Not a fan of that, as I prefer races to be balanced between mental and physical attributes. Skindancers are humanoids with the shapechanger subtype and one subtype of the player’s choice and count as both for purposes of vulnerabilities to targeted effects. Skindancers are medium, have […]

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  • …and it’s no lie just watch this!

    FINAL FANTASY 7 REMAKE ANNOUNCED!

    …and it’s no lie just watch this!

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  • Dwellers Amid Bones Collector’s Edition This collector’s edition of Dweller Amid Bones clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page of advice for reading statblocks, 1 page advice for running the module, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 25 pages of pure content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being a collector’s edition of a previously-released, short module, Dweller Amid Bones receives a massive upgrade herein – from the get-go, detailed sample hooks allow DMs to easily kick off the module and then, much like Gibbous Moon, we get an astonishing, massive section of new content – essentially what boils down […]

    Dwellers Amid Bones Collector’s Edition

    Dwellers Amid Bones Collector’s Edition This collector’s edition of Dweller Amid Bones clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page of advice for reading statblocks, 1 page advice for running the module, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 25 pages of pure content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being a collector’s edition of a previously-released, short module, Dweller Amid Bones receives a massive upgrade herein – from the get-go, detailed sample hooks allow DMs to easily kick off the module and then, much like Gibbous Moon, we get an astonishing, massive section of new content – essentially what boils down […]

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  • Mini-Dungeons: Torment at Torni Tower This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf.   Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is. Got that? Great!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right!   Somervel has not been treated kindly by the seasons – its pale forts, somewhat […]

    Mini-Dungeons: Torment at Torni Tower

    Mini-Dungeons: Torment at Torni Tower This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf.   Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is. Got that? Great!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right!   Somervel has not been treated kindly by the seasons – its pale forts, somewhat […]

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  • Mini-Dungeons: The Soul of a Prince This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf.   Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is. Got that? Great!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right!   So, prince Remlek’s soul has been hijacked – the PCs are sent to […]

    Mini-Dungeons: The Soul of a Prince

    Mini-Dungeons: The Soul of a Prince This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf.   Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is. Got that? Great!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right!   So, prince Remlek’s soul has been hijacked – the PCs are sent to […]

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  • Dragon+, Issue #2 Issue #2 highlights the legacy of Dungeons & Dragons in the world of video games, including new details from n-Space on the world and heroes in the upcoming RPG Sword Coast Legends and pre-generated character sheets based on the companions players will recruit in the single player campaign. Readers can also get a preview of Spellstorm, a new novel from Ed Greenwood, the creator of the Forgotten Realms setting, as well as updates on the D&D Adventurers League, a short story set in Icewind Dale and Heroes of Hesiod, a tabletop adventure for kids.   About the Cover & Artist For the cover of the second issue of Dragon+, Wizards of the Coast is thrilled to present […]

    Dragon+ Issue #2 released!

    Dragon+, Issue #2 Issue #2 highlights the legacy of Dungeons & Dragons in the world of video games, including new details from n-Space on the world and heroes in the upcoming RPG Sword Coast Legends and pre-generated character sheets based on the companions players will recruit in the single player campaign. Readers can also get a preview of Spellstorm, a new novel from Ed Greenwood, the creator of the Forgotten Realms setting, as well as updates on the D&D Adventurers League, a short story set in Icewind Dale and Heroes of Hesiod, a tabletop adventure for kids.   About the Cover & Artist For the cover of the second issue of Dragon+, Wizards of the Coast is thrilled to present […]

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  • 13th Age Core Book Disclaimer: I received the hardcover for 13th Age for the purposes of writing an unbiased, critical review. This following review reflects my endeavor to do so. The review is based on the hardcover of the 320 page book – I do not own the Pdf, so I can’t comment on that format. In order to review this book, I have playtested this system, though I did so with the expansion 13 True Ways as well – when appropriate, I will comment on that and yes, said book’s review is coming soon as well.   Without further ado – this is a d20-based system and as such, you will see a lot of familiar AND unfamiliar ground. […]

    13th Age Core Book

    13th Age Core Book Disclaimer: I received the hardcover for 13th Age for the purposes of writing an unbiased, critical review. This following review reflects my endeavor to do so. The review is based on the hardcover of the 320 page book – I do not own the Pdf, so I can’t comment on that format. In order to review this book, I have playtested this system, though I did so with the expansion 13 True Ways as well – when appropriate, I will comment on that and yes, said book’s review is coming soon as well.   Without further ado – this is a d20-based system and as such, you will see a lot of familiar AND unfamiliar ground. […]

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  • The Ironclad – A Tinker Archetype This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Ironclad archetype gets 3/4 BAB-progression, invention levels that scale up to 6th and a dual blueprint budget, with primary and secondary blueprints being tracked separately, the former beginning with 1 point and scaling up to 20 budget, the latter beginning with 1 point that scales up to 5, 2 known scaling up to 8.   Primary? Yes, this would be a blueprint with a schematic that contains class level (if you haven’t gleaned that from the above) BP. Secondary blueprints are limited in that the number […]

    The Ironclad – A Tinker Archetype

    The Ironclad – A Tinker Archetype This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Ironclad archetype gets 3/4 BAB-progression, invention levels that scale up to 6th and a dual blueprint budget, with primary and secondary blueprints being tracked separately, the former beginning with 1 point and scaling up to 20 budget, the latter beginning with 1 point that scales up to 5, 2 known scaling up to 8.   Primary? Yes, this would be a blueprint with a schematic that contains class level (if you haven’t gleaned that from the above) BP. Secondary blueprints are limited in that the number […]

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  • Warrior Prestige Archetypes: Nature Warden This pdf of the Warrior Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/introduction (explaining the base concept of the series), 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What are Prestige Archetypes? Well, I reviewed the whole first series, so here’s the tl;dr-version: They are prestige classes blended with one (or more) base-class(es) to result in a new, 20-level-class – much like you had modified the base class with an archetype. Get it? Yeah, not a hard concept to grasp, is it? Now personally, I use Prestige Classes with an emphasis on the PRESTIGE-component, archetypes more like a career […]

    Warrior Prestige Archetypes: Nature Warden

    Warrior Prestige Archetypes: Nature Warden This pdf of the Warrior Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/introduction (explaining the base concept of the series), 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What are Prestige Archetypes? Well, I reviewed the whole first series, so here’s the tl;dr-version: They are prestige classes blended with one (or more) base-class(es) to result in a new, 20-level-class – much like you had modified the base class with an archetype. Get it? Yeah, not a hard concept to grasp, is it? Now personally, I use Prestige Classes with an emphasis on the PRESTIGE-component, archetypes more like a career […]

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  • Psionics Unleashed Revised This Core-psionics-system clocks in at 236 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 232 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First of all: What is this book? There are multiple answers to this question, the first of which would simply be: The properly tidied-up, pretty version of the original Psionics Unleashed-book, with some added material.   To be more precise – this book contains the two new races of Forgeborn and Norals introduced in Psionics Augmented Vol. I. It also fully implements the talent-system introduced in Psionics Expanded (think of that book as the APG for psionics – just as good and just as […]

    Psionics Unleashed Revised

    Psionics Unleashed Revised This Core-psionics-system clocks in at 236 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 232 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First of all: What is this book? There are multiple answers to this question, the first of which would simply be: The properly tidied-up, pretty version of the original Psionics Unleashed-book, with some added material.   To be more precise – this book contains the two new races of Forgeborn and Norals introduced in Psionics Augmented Vol. I. It also fully implements the talent-system introduced in Psionics Expanded (think of that book as the APG for psionics – just as good and just as […]

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  • Demon Cults: Servants of the White Ape This installment of Kobold Press’ Demon Cults-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The fifth Demon Cult introduced by Kobold Press’ series details what could be considered the most pulpy tale in the series yet – when a disenfranchised aristocrat had to escape into the jungles and stumbled upon a hidden, ruined city, Josef Kortz would have not dreamed that the carnivorous white apes haunting the ruins would one day bow to him – and bow they do, for he is the summoner that commands the Great White […]

    Demon Cults: Servants of the White Ape

    Demon Cults: Servants of the White Ape This installment of Kobold Press’ Demon Cults-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The fifth Demon Cult introduced by Kobold Press’ series details what could be considered the most pulpy tale in the series yet – when a disenfranchised aristocrat had to escape into the jungles and stumbled upon a hidden, ruined city, Josef Kortz would have not dreamed that the carnivorous white apes haunting the ruins would one day bow to him – and bow they do, for he is the summoner that commands the Great White […]

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  • Assassins of Porphyra This pdf clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3/4 of a page SRD, leaving us with 12 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with something I did not expect to see in here: A surprisingly well-crafted array of small introductions to assassin-traditions -from the Clockwork Society to the Rajuki Sancers and the Fire Splinters, the traditions provided deliver a captivating glimpse at the unique societies of Porphyra and should provide inspiration enough for a capable DM to further develop these tidbits into full-blown societies.   The Assassin as crafted here must be non-good, receives a good ref-save and 3/4 BAB-progression, d8, proficiency with […]

    Assassins of Porphyra

    Assassins of Porphyra This pdf clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3/4 of a page SRD, leaving us with 12 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with something I did not expect to see in here: A surprisingly well-crafted array of small introductions to assassin-traditions -from the Clockwork Society to the Rajuki Sancers and the Fire Splinters, the traditions provided deliver a captivating glimpse at the unique societies of Porphyra and should provide inspiration enough for a capable DM to further develop these tidbits into full-blown societies.   The Assassin as crafted here must be non-good, receives a good ref-save and 3/4 BAB-progression, d8, proficiency with […]

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  • AAW Blog Presents: Armory of Adventures This pdf clocks in at 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page back cover, 1 3/4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 24 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look! … No, you haven’t misread. This many pages for a buck. And yes, the content herein premiered on the AAWBlog before, but ultimately, I’m a dinosaur when it comes to devices – I ban them at my game since I have had the experience of them being constant sources of distraction.   So what exactly do we get? As an example analysis, take the ashenbone axe: A lavishly-illustrated (btw., like most items herein!) axe that emits […]

    AAW Blog Presents: Armory of Adventures

    AAW Blog Presents: Armory of Adventures This pdf clocks in at 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page back cover, 1 3/4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 24 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look! … No, you haven’t misread. This many pages for a buck. And yes, the content herein premiered on the AAWBlog before, but ultimately, I’m a dinosaur when it comes to devices – I ban them at my game since I have had the experience of them being constant sources of distraction.   So what exactly do we get? As an example analysis, take the ashenbone axe: A lavishly-illustrated (btw., like most items herein!) axe that emits […]

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