Archive for March, 2016

  • Path of Iron The second of Ascension Games’ massive crunch-books clocks in at 165 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page KS-thanks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 158 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on the electronic 2nd printing-version of the book.   After a brief introduction on the subject matter at hand, we dive pretty much straight into the first base-class, which would be the archivist. Archvists get d6 HD, 2+Int skills per level, 1/2 BAB-progression, good Fort- and Will-saves and receive simple weapon proficiency, but no armor proficiency. As should be evident from the […]

    Path of Iron

    Path of Iron The second of Ascension Games’ massive crunch-books clocks in at 165 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page KS-thanks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 158 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on the electronic 2nd printing-version of the book.   After a brief introduction on the subject matter at hand, we dive pretty much straight into the first base-class, which would be the archivist. Archvists get d6 HD, 2+Int skills per level, 1/2 BAB-progression, good Fort- and Will-saves and receive simple weapon proficiency, but no armor proficiency. As should be evident from the […]

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  • Lost Lore: Ecology of the Basilisk This installment of the Lost Lore-series clocks in on 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 3/4 of a page blank, leaving us with 5 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so the first thing I actually noticed (and enjoyed) about this pdf is that it’s actually written in character – so yes, the reader is basically diving into the field notes of Lady Daxitroniusilluminarious Jaedall – and know what? I really like the style in which this is presented: Beginning with a brief anecdote, we go on to properly classify the creature within the context of its history and physiological contexts – and […]

    Lost Lore: Ecology of the Basilisk

    Lost Lore: Ecology of the Basilisk This installment of the Lost Lore-series clocks in on 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 3/4 of a page blank, leaving us with 5 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so the first thing I actually noticed (and enjoyed) about this pdf is that it’s actually written in character – so yes, the reader is basically diving into the field notes of Lady Daxitroniusilluminarious Jaedall – and know what? I really like the style in which this is presented: Beginning with a brief anecdote, we go on to properly classify the creature within the context of its history and physiological contexts – and […]

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  • Southlands Campaign Setting This massive campaign setting-style book clocks in at 302 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 4 pages of ToC, 2 pages of KS-backer thanks, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 290 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   I was a (hesitant) backer for this book’s KS, but otherwise unaffiliated with the production of this massive tome. My book is mainly based on the print version, though the electronic version was consulted for the purpose of determining electronic functionality of e.g. bookmarks and the like.   What do I mean by “hesitant”? Okay, before we dive into this book’s subject matter, a […]

    Southlands Campaign Setting

    Southlands Campaign Setting This massive campaign setting-style book clocks in at 302 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 4 pages of ToC, 2 pages of KS-backer thanks, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 290 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   I was a (hesitant) backer for this book’s KS, but otherwise unaffiliated with the production of this massive tome. My book is mainly based on the print version, though the electronic version was consulted for the purpose of determining electronic functionality of e.g. bookmarks and the like.   What do I mean by “hesitant”? Okay, before we dive into this book’s subject matter, a […]

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  • Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Cabin Catastrophe 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great!   […]

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Cabin Catastrophe

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Cabin Catastrophe 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great!   […]

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  • Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Glass Golem Go-Round 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great! […]

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Glass Golem Go-Round

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Glass Golem Go-Round 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great! […]

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  • Occult Character Codex: Occultists This installment of the Occult Character Codex-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I like Occult Adventures – a lot. It’s one of my favorite Paizo-books out there and the classes rekindled my faith in Paizo’s class design, even though the book has some rough edges here and there. Suffice to say, the rather complex classes are cool – but making characters with them takes obviously a bit longer than for less involved classes…and we’re all time-starved anyways, right? This is where this series […]

    Occult Character Codex: Occultists

    Occult Character Codex: Occultists This installment of the Occult Character Codex-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I like Occult Adventures – a lot. It’s one of my favorite Paizo-books out there and the classes rekindled my faith in Paizo’s class design, even though the book has some rough edges here and there. Suffice to say, the rather complex classes are cool – but making characters with them takes obviously a bit longer than for less involved classes…and we’re all time-starved anyways, right? This is where this series […]

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  • Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Army Surgeons 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great! […]

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Army Surgeons

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Army Surgeons 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great! […]

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  • In the Company of Rakshasa The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s “In the Company of..:”-series clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   We begin this supplement, as always, with a letter from a member of this race to Qwilion of Questhaven, one that has a sense of decadence and the disturbing reverberating in it, setting a great precedence, theme-wise, for what’s to follow. The pdf asks the question whether you ever did *STARVE* – not […]

    In the Company of Rakshasa

    In the Company of Rakshasa The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s “In the Company of..:”-series clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   We begin this supplement, as always, with a letter from a member of this race to Qwilion of Questhaven, one that has a sense of decadence and the disturbing reverberating in it, setting a great precedence, theme-wise, for what’s to follow. The pdf asks the question whether you ever did *STARVE* – not […]

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  • Occult Character Codex: Psychics This installment of the Occult Character Codex-series clocks in at 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I like Occult Adventures – a lot. It’s one of my favorite Paizo-books out there and the classes rekindled my faith in Paizo’s class design, even though e.g. the kineticist’s presentation in needlessly obtuse in comparison to the playtest…but that’s just me being a nitpicking bastard, I guess. Suffice to say, the rather complex classes are cool – but making characters with them takes obviously a bit […]

    Occult Character Codex: Psychics

    Occult Character Codex: Psychics This installment of the Occult Character Codex-series clocks in at 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I like Occult Adventures – a lot. It’s one of my favorite Paizo-books out there and the classes rekindled my faith in Paizo’s class design, even though e.g. the kineticist’s presentation in needlessly obtuse in comparison to the playtest…but that’s just me being a nitpicking bastard, I guess. Suffice to say, the rather complex classes are cool – but making characters with them takes obviously a bit […]

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  • Animal Races: Dawn of the Carnosaur This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once, a great and terrible empire existed, one ruled by the saurians – but it fell and so did the carnosaurians, who resemble humanoid carnivorous reptiles (surprise!) – in an interesting take on the T-Rex stereotype, only inbred royals were supposedly afflicted with small arms…and yes, this shows awareness of recent discoveries, including mentioning of plumes. Society and relationships with other races are covered alongside detailed age, height and weight tables.   Carnosaurians may be medium […]

    Animal Races: Dawn of the Carnosaur

    Animal Races: Dawn of the Carnosaur This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once, a great and terrible empire existed, one ruled by the saurians – but it fell and so did the carnosaurians, who resemble humanoid carnivorous reptiles (surprise!) – in an interesting take on the T-Rex stereotype, only inbred royals were supposedly afflicted with small arms…and yes, this shows awareness of recent discoveries, including mentioning of plumes. Society and relationships with other races are covered alongside detailed age, height and weight tables.   Carnosaurians may be medium […]

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  • Legendary Games has a new Kickstarter aimed at introducing kids into roleplaying games, specifically D&D 5th Edition and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Read the interview with game developer and author Paris Crenshaw below: How did you get into game-mastering and writing RPGs for children? ​I’ve been playing RPGs for over 30 years. I did some writing for West End Games and a couple of fanzines back in the mid-nineties, but it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I really got serious about writing. (As an aside, I’m not ashamed to say that I really didn’t start to become productive in the field until I got my anxiety and depression under control, so don’t let anyone talk you out of getting help.) Anyway, […]

    Legendary Games has a new Kickstarter, RPG adventures for kids!

    Legendary Games has a new Kickstarter aimed at introducing kids into roleplaying games, specifically D&D 5th Edition and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Read the interview with game developer and author Paris Crenshaw below: How did you get into game-mastering and writing RPGs for children? ​I’ve been playing RPGs for over 30 years. I did some writing for West End Games and a couple of fanzines back in the mid-nineties, but it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I really got serious about writing. (As an aside, I’m not ashamed to say that I really didn’t start to become productive in the field until I got my anxiety and depression under control, so don’t let anyone talk you out of getting help.) Anyway, […]

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  • Snow-White This massive book clocks in at 243 pages, not counting front cover, back cover, editorial, etc; if you take away the KS-thank-you page and the SRD, this huge book still remains 240-pages strong. My review is based primarily on the hardcover of this book.   I backed Snow-White on kickstarter, but have contributed to this massive book.   All right, first: A brief history of this project. Back in 2013, AAW Games released a two-part adventure-saga as part of their A-series of modules, set in the campaign setting of Aventyr. The adaptation of Snow-White as a module was heavily inspired by traditional, non Disney-fied versions of the folktales; basically, the ones I grew up with, and did a LOT […]

    Snow-White

    Snow-White This massive book clocks in at 243 pages, not counting front cover, back cover, editorial, etc; if you take away the KS-thank-you page and the SRD, this huge book still remains 240-pages strong. My review is based primarily on the hardcover of this book.   I backed Snow-White on kickstarter, but have contributed to this massive book.   All right, first: A brief history of this project. Back in 2013, AAW Games released a two-part adventure-saga as part of their A-series of modules, set in the campaign setting of Aventyr. The adaptation of Snow-White as a module was heavily inspired by traditional, non Disney-fied versions of the folktales; basically, the ones I grew up with, and did a LOT […]

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  • Urban Dressing – Bridge Town This installment of the Urban Dressing series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so what one may easily forget these days would be that once, not all too long in the industrious past of us homo sapiens, rivers presented significant obstacles – I think it may take a hiking trip and stumbling over even a small river to drive home the importance of bridges for commerce and traveling – much more so when water may hide fantastic threats! Thus, it should come as no […]

    Urban Dressing – Bridge Town

    Urban Dressing – Bridge Town This installment of the Urban Dressing series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so what one may easily forget these days would be that once, not all too long in the industrious past of us homo sapiens, rivers presented significant obstacles – I think it may take a hiking trip and stumbling over even a small river to drive home the importance of bridges for commerce and traveling – much more so when water may hide fantastic threats! Thus, it should come as no […]

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  • Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Spirit Bottle 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great! […]

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Spirit Bottle

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Spirit Bottle 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great! […]

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  • Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Fitcher’s 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great!   This […]

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Fitcher’s

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Fitcher’s 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great!   This […]

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  • Directive Infinity X This module clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 2 pages of editorial, leaving us with 53 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I received this module prior to public release and playtested it. It was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   The premise is pretty much fantasy modern day: In a world that is pretty much like our own, monsters and the like are common and pose a significant risk to the populace. The government has two choices for the truly dangerous creatures out there: Submit to a painless death or be confined and […]

    Directive Infinity X

    Directive Infinity X This module clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 2 pages of editorial, leaving us with 53 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I received this module prior to public release and playtested it. It was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   The premise is pretty much fantasy modern day: In a world that is pretty much like our own, monsters and the like are common and pose a significant risk to the populace. The government has two choices for the truly dangerous creatures out there: Submit to a painless death or be confined and […]

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  • Remedial Tinkering – Arcanotech The latest Tinker-expansion 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!   This expansion of the tinker base-class ties in with the superb Happy Little Automata and the Pimp my Alpha-expansion, though neither are required for the use of this one. Thematically, we have an interesting deviation from the feeling of the tinker – whereas, so far, the class has been pretty much designed as a science-y class regarding its abilities, we have the magical now suffuse the class – this is represented by the new arcanotech invention subtype. Since magic tends to make mechanics malfunction, only one such invention […]

    Remedial Tinkering – Arcanotech

    Remedial Tinkering – Arcanotech The latest Tinker-expansion 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!   This expansion of the tinker base-class ties in with the superb Happy Little Automata and the Pimp my Alpha-expansion, though neither are required for the use of this one. Thematically, we have an interesting deviation from the feeling of the tinker – whereas, so far, the class has been pretty much designed as a science-y class regarding its abilities, we have the magical now suffuse the class – this is represented by the new arcanotech invention subtype. Since magic tends to make mechanics malfunction, only one such invention […]

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  • Mini-Dungeon: Throne of the Dwellers in Dreams 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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! […]

    Mini-Dungeon: Throne of the Dwellers in Dreams

    Mini-Dungeon: Throne of the Dwellers in Dreams 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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! […]

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  • The Grande Temple of Jing This mega-adventure dungeon-crawl-saga clocks in at 505 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page backer-list, 4 pages of blank space for notes, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 493 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This massive book was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So what is the Grande Temple of Jing? Well, basically, this is the personal playing ground of the trickster deity Jing, who baits people into entering the temple with promises of untold riches – but exiting the temple is pretty […]

    The Grande Temple of Jing

    The Grande Temple of Jing This mega-adventure dungeon-crawl-saga clocks in at 505 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page backer-list, 4 pages of blank space for notes, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 493 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This massive book was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So what is the Grande Temple of Jing? Well, basically, this is the personal playing ground of the trickster deity Jing, who baits people into entering the temple with promises of untold riches – but exiting the temple is pretty […]

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  • Alchemist Codex This collection of NPC-builds clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with exactly 20 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the answer here is pretty straightforward – we get 20 alchemist-builds, one for each level.   All right, that was an old and pretty lame joke the first time around; now, it’s ridiculous. Sorry. So, much like the previous codex detailing sample kineticists, this one instead tackles alchemists and aims to give the GM sample builds to throw at characters, while also providing an interesting background story for them. Additionally, the reader can glean at a cursory look that thankfully, the helpful boon-entries for […]

    Alchemist Codex

    Alchemist Codex This collection of NPC-builds clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with exactly 20 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the answer here is pretty straightforward – we get 20 alchemist-builds, one for each level.   All right, that was an old and pretty lame joke the first time around; now, it’s ridiculous. Sorry. So, much like the previous codex detailing sample kineticists, this one instead tackles alchemists and aims to give the GM sample builds to throw at characters, while also providing an interesting background story for them. Additionally, the reader can glean at a cursory look that thankfully, the helpful boon-entries for […]

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  • Ultimate Relationships – The Lonely Lyrakien This installment of the Ultimate Relationship-series clocks in at 7 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page how to use/SRD leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so this series provides romantic interests for the PCs as per the Ultimate Relationship-rules, so I’m assuming you’re familiar with them. If not, check out that pdf first (and/or my review for it). This time around, would be a lyrakien azata cleric, whose level 3 statblock (sans CR) is provided. Associated with luck, the lyrakien has recently lost her human companion – praying to her deity, she is guided towards the PCs. Gifts will not […]

    Ultimate Relationships – The Lonely Lyrakien

    Ultimate Relationships – The Lonely Lyrakien This installment of the Ultimate Relationship-series clocks in at 7 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page how to use/SRD leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so this series provides romantic interests for the PCs as per the Ultimate Relationship-rules, so I’m assuming you’re familiar with them. If not, check out that pdf first (and/or my review for it). This time around, would be a lyrakien azata cleric, whose level 3 statblock (sans CR) is provided. Associated with luck, the lyrakien has recently lost her human companion – praying to her deity, she is guided towards the PCs. Gifts will not […]

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  • The Elves of Uteria This book clocks in at 74 pages, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/Ks-thanks, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 71 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a honest and critical review. The review is based on the hardcover and I do not have the pdf, so unfortunately, I can’t speak of the virtues or lack thereof of that format, so please take that into account!   This book is called “The Elves of Uteria”, so we should perhaps recapitulate what exactly the setting of Uteria is: Uteria is a low-magic campaign world not unlike our […]

    The Elves of Uteria

    The Elves of Uteria This book clocks in at 74 pages, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/Ks-thanks, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 71 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a honest and critical review. The review is based on the hardcover and I do not have the pdf, so unfortunately, I can’t speak of the virtues or lack thereof of that format, so please take that into account!   This book is called “The Elves of Uteria”, so we should perhaps recapitulate what exactly the setting of Uteria is: Uteria is a low-magic campaign world not unlike our […]

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  • Feats of Legend – 20 Celestial Feats This installment of the Feats of Legend-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf begins with a handy table that sums prerequisites and feats for your convenience and then goes on to present the individual feats, so let’s take a look!   -Angelic Reputation: An achievement feat, needs to have caused fear in evil outsiders; increases DC of fear spells and effect by +2 versus evil outsiders; also nets a massive +5 bonus to intimidate said foes. On the nitpicky side: “In addition, the duration of the shaken condition is […]

    Feats of Legend – 20 Celestial Feats

    Feats of Legend – 20 Celestial Feats This installment of the Feats of Legend-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf begins with a handy table that sums prerequisites and feats for your convenience and then goes on to present the individual feats, so let’s take a look!   -Angelic Reputation: An achievement feat, needs to have caused fear in evil outsiders; increases DC of fear spells and effect by +2 versus evil outsiders; also nets a massive +5 bonus to intimidate said foes. On the nitpicky side: “In addition, the duration of the shaken condition is […]

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  • The Grande Temple of Jing Player’s Guide This player’s guide for the Grande Temple of Jing mega-adventure clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf begins with a brief explanation of what the Grande Temple of Jing is – a mega-adventure dungeoncrawl set in the temple of the eponymous trickster god Jing and information on what PCs know in-game about the dungeon and the god are provided, which is nice.   Unfortunately, pretty much from the get-go, there is a discrepancy between the writing and the rules-context – players are advised to bring along bandages, mundane items.  Three variants of them […]

    The Grande Temple of Jing Player’s Guide

    The Grande Temple of Jing Player’s Guide This player’s guide for the Grande Temple of Jing mega-adventure clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf begins with a brief explanation of what the Grande Temple of Jing is – a mega-adventure dungeoncrawl set in the temple of the eponymous trickster god Jing and information on what PCs know in-game about the dungeon and the god are provided, which is nice.   Unfortunately, pretty much from the get-go, there is a discrepancy between the writing and the rules-context – players are advised to bring along bandages, mundane items.  Three variants of them […]

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  • Treasury of the Orient This collection of magic items clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so the items featured herein, as depicted on the handy table in the beginning span the range from humble 30 gp alchemical items to 180K gold (and one artifact) – but what kind of items do we actually get?   Well, the first one would be kokowai, a protective salve that supposedly wards off demons and temporarily nets the user the stench-quality. There are two magical […]

    Treasury of the Orient

    Treasury of the Orient This collection of magic items clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so the items featured herein, as depicted on the handy table in the beginning span the range from humble 30 gp alchemical items to 180K gold (and one artifact) – but what kind of items do we actually get?   Well, the first one would be kokowai, a protective salve that supposedly wards off demons and temporarily nets the user the stench-quality. There are two magical […]

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  • Mini-Dungeon: Kaltenheim 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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! In the frigid north, rumors […]

    Mini-Dungeon: Kaltenheim

    Mini-Dungeon: Kaltenheim 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, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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! In the frigid north, rumors […]

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  • Kineticist Codex This collection of NPC-builds clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with exactly 20 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the answer here is pretty straightforward – we get 20 kineticist-builds, one for each level. … What, you want to know more? All right, all right…So, the first thing you’ll notice is that, as denoted by the huge Porphyra-logo, the characters herein sport fluff that is tied to Porphyra, firmly rooting them in Purple Duck Games’ patchwork planet, though that does not mean that they don’t work in different contexts. The second thing you’ll notice is that each of the characters featured comes with […]

    Kineticist Codex

    Kineticist Codex This collection of NPC-builds clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with exactly 20 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the answer here is pretty straightforward – we get 20 kineticist-builds, one for each level. … What, you want to know more? All right, all right…So, the first thing you’ll notice is that, as denoted by the huge Porphyra-logo, the characters herein sport fluff that is tied to Porphyra, firmly rooting them in Purple Duck Games’ patchwork planet, though that does not mean that they don’t work in different contexts. The second thing you’ll notice is that each of the characters featured comes with […]

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