Archive for June, 2016

  • Knowledge Check: Codes & Cyphers This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ Knowledge Check-series clocks in at a massive 34 pages, 1 page front cover,1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief section of introductory prose, we delve right into the subject matter: The age-old problem of how to convey a message to a target without any other being realizing it or being capable of understanding it. In order to understand the content herein, we first need to define a couple of basic cryptology terms; the book differentiates between the following: A code is a system that […]

    Knowledge Check: Codes & Cyphers

    Knowledge Check: Codes & Cyphers This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ Knowledge Check-series clocks in at a massive 34 pages, 1 page front cover,1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief section of introductory prose, we delve right into the subject matter: The age-old problem of how to convey a message to a target without any other being realizing it or being capable of understanding it. In order to understand the content herein, we first need to define a couple of basic cryptology terms; the book differentiates between the following: A code is a system that […]

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  • Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Werespider This pdf clocks in at 5 pages, with the front cover sporting the beautiful full-color artwork of the werespider as well as the social media icons and misfit studios-logo and the editorial on the second page; the SRD covers almost 2 pages, with the second page offering about 1/5 of rules-texts from the builds – overall, I am not a big fan of this presentation, since printing out the pdf does mean you have to waste ink on the SRD-page and the front cover material. On the plus-side, there is actually some flavor text on the first page.   The eponymous monster hunter Crawthorne does get to have a say on werespiders as presented here. […]

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Werespider

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Werespider This pdf clocks in at 5 pages, with the front cover sporting the beautiful full-color artwork of the werespider as well as the social media icons and misfit studios-logo and the editorial on the second page; the SRD covers almost 2 pages, with the second page offering about 1/5 of rules-texts from the builds – overall, I am not a big fan of this presentation, since printing out the pdf does mean you have to waste ink on the SRD-page and the front cover material. On the plus-side, there is actually some flavor text on the first page.   The eponymous monster hunter Crawthorne does get to have a say on werespiders as presented here. […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I The first collection of the 20-things blogposts clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page author bios/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 59 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, before we start – you can get the content in this book on Raging Swan Press’ blog – Creighton publishes new small tables in regular intervals there, so if money’s tight, that may be an option. At the same time, though, you’d miss out on an extremely handy book. Let me reiterate: If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, it won’t […]

    GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I The first collection of the 20-things blogposts clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page author bios/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 59 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, before we start – you can get the content in this book on Raging Swan Press’ blog – Creighton publishes new small tables in regular intervals there, so if money’s tight, that may be an option. At the same time, though, you’d miss out on an extremely handy book. Let me reiterate: If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, it won’t […]

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  • In the Company of Treants The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s massive “In the Company”-series for playable monster races clocks in at a massive 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 43 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Unlike most of these books, we do not begin with the in-character prose that guides us through the book itself – instead, we start with author Jonathan McAnulty noting taking us a long on a short trip through his mind and past, explaining why this book exists in […]

    In the Company of Treants

    In the Company of Treants The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s massive “In the Company”-series for playable monster races clocks in at a massive 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 43 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Unlike most of these books, we do not begin with the in-character prose that guides us through the book itself – instead, we start with author Jonathan McAnulty noting taking us a long on a short trip through his mind and past, explaining why this book exists in […]

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  • Mini-Dungeon: Heart of the Sacred Dawn 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 […]

    Mini-Dungeon: Heart of the Sacred Dawn

    Mini-Dungeon: Heart of the Sacred Dawn 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 […]

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  • Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR) This massive rule-book clocks in at 144 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page list of tables (important!), 6 pages of supporter-thanks, 1 page legal appendix, 1 page note-space, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ähem. I feel old. 😉 This is my birthday-review, my present from myself to myself, so please bear with me regarding the obvious deviation from my usual standard regarding reviewing. Kidding aside regarding age and the like…when I started playing, believe it or not, you young ‘uns, the game didn’t have that much to do with math. Sure, we needed it. […]

    Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR)

    Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR) This massive rule-book clocks in at 144 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page list of tables (important!), 6 pages of supporter-thanks, 1 page legal appendix, 1 page note-space, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ähem. I feel old. 😉 This is my birthday-review, my present from myself to myself, so please bear with me regarding the obvious deviation from my usual standard regarding reviewing. Kidding aside regarding age and the like…when I started playing, believe it or not, you young ‘uns, the game didn’t have that much to do with math. Sure, we needed it. […]

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  • Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting This massive campaign setting clocks in at 214 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 219 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Porphyra…Purple Duck Games’ in-house setting is massive, it’s regional (and extremely crunchy) player’s guide clocking in regularly at 60+ pages…and unlike most campaign settings, this world was not crowdfunded…it just slowly, steadily, came to be…which is an impressive feat in my book. Anyways, Porphyra’s details and unique components are many and have been suffusing Purple Duck Games-supplements for years: Whether it’s the unique mini-game arabakmpsi, the lovecraft gaming toolkit or other offerings – never obtrusive, but the […]

    Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting

    Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting This massive campaign setting clocks in at 214 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 219 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Porphyra…Purple Duck Games’ in-house setting is massive, it’s regional (and extremely crunchy) player’s guide clocking in regularly at 60+ pages…and unlike most campaign settings, this world was not crowdfunded…it just slowly, steadily, came to be…which is an impressive feat in my book. Anyways, Porphyra’s details and unique components are many and have been suffusing Purple Duck Games-supplements for years: Whether it’s the unique mini-game arabakmpsi, the lovecraft gaming toolkit or other offerings – never obtrusive, but the […]

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  • After School Adventures – Adventures in Wonderland #1: Chasing the White Rabbit (5e) The first After School Adventure with an Alice in Wonderland-theme clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 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.   First of all – this is the first of a series of 5 adventures that bring new players up to level 5; as written, it is intended to get PCs halfway to level 2. However, since the module as such is basically defined by its nature as a kind of minigame, this book […]

    After School Adventures – Adventures in Wonderland #1: Chasing the White Rabbit (5e)

    After School Adventures – Adventures in Wonderland #1: Chasing the White Rabbit (5e) The first After School Adventure with an Alice in Wonderland-theme clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 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.   First of all – this is the first of a series of 5 adventures that bring new players up to level 5; as written, it is intended to get PCs halfway to level 2. However, since the module as such is basically defined by its nature as a kind of minigame, this book […]

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  • After School Adventures: Adventures in Wonderland #1 – Chasing the White Rabbit The first After School Adventure with an Alice in Wonderland-theme clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 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.   First of all – this is the first of a series of 5 adventures that bring new players up to level 5; as written, it is intended to get PCs halfway to level 2. However, since the module as such is basically defined by its nature as a kind of minigame, this book can […]

    After School Adventures: Adventures in Wonderland #1 – Chasing the White Rabbit

    After School Adventures: Adventures in Wonderland #1 – Chasing the White Rabbit The first After School Adventure with an Alice in Wonderland-theme clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 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.   First of all – this is the first of a series of 5 adventures that bring new players up to level 5; as written, it is intended to get PCs halfway to level 2. However, since the module as such is basically defined by its nature as a kind of minigame, this book can […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Mesoamerica This installment of the Mythic Monsters-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment of the Mythic Monsters-series with an unconventional offering – while the couatl has already been covered in Guardians of Good, this installment features the 10-level Plumed Servant-PrC that gets 1/2 BAB-progression and Will-save progression, 2+Int skills per level, 6/10 levels arcane spellcasting progression. Requiring 5 ranks in various skills and 2nd level […]

    Mythic Monsters: Mesoamerica

    Mythic Monsters: Mesoamerica This installment of the Mythic Monsters-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment of the Mythic Monsters-series with an unconventional offering – while the couatl has already been covered in Guardians of Good, this installment features the 10-level Plumed Servant-PrC that gets 1/2 BAB-progression and Will-save progression, 2+Int skills per level, 6/10 levels arcane spellcasting progression. Requiring 5 ranks in various skills and 2nd level […]

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  • Fin Starling’s Guide to Morsain This massive Player’s Guide/sourcebook clocks in at 55 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 51 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once upon a time, there was a massive, gorgeous hardcover that AAW Games made; so beautiful was the hardcover, it brought tears of joy to the eyes of many a GM out there as they marveled at the gorgeous artwork and the intricate details of the massive city of Morsain contained therein, as they read all the evocative ideas and plot-hooks that seemed to leap from the very page. But, alas, this massive mega-adventure had an issue – you […]

    Fin Starling’s Guide to Morsain

    Fin Starling’s Guide to Morsain This massive Player’s Guide/sourcebook clocks in at 55 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 51 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once upon a time, there was a massive, gorgeous hardcover that AAW Games made; so beautiful was the hardcover, it brought tears of joy to the eyes of many a GM out there as they marveled at the gorgeous artwork and the intricate details of the massive city of Morsain contained therein, as they read all the evocative ideas and plot-hooks that seemed to leap from the very page. But, alas, this massive mega-adventure had an issue – you […]

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  • The Secrets of the Taskshaper (13th Age) This adaptation of the taskshaper class to the 13th Age rule-set clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the taskshaper? In case you are not familiar with the exceedingly awesome background of the class – it is one of the most challenging classes to GM for in PFRPG, defined by the option to basically shapechange and poach abilities from monsters, a class suffused with great background info: You see, as the in-character prose that guides you through this pdf makes amply clear, the taskshaper is […]

    The Secrets of the Taskshaper (13th Age)

    The Secrets of the Taskshaper (13th Age) This adaptation of the taskshaper class to the 13th Age rule-set clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the taskshaper? In case you are not familiar with the exceedingly awesome background of the class – it is one of the most challenging classes to GM for in PFRPG, defined by the option to basically shapechange and poach abilities from monsters, a class suffused with great background info: You see, as the in-character prose that guides you through this pdf makes amply clear, the taskshaper is […]

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  • Drow of Porphyra – Xelusine, Sirens of Sin The third book taking a look at the diverse types of drow stranded on the patch-work world of Porphyra clocks in at a massive 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   “You know us. You have always known us. We are what you wish you could be in your darkest moments, when you cannot help but give in to the worst of what you are. We have all the grace you lack then, and none of the regret.” This is how this pdf begins, and it is a perfect introduction of both […]

    Drow of Porphyra – Xelusine, Sirens of Sin

    Drow of Porphyra – Xelusine, Sirens of Sin The third book taking a look at the diverse types of drow stranded on the patch-work world of Porphyra clocks in at a massive 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   “You know us. You have always known us. We are what you wish you could be in your darkest moments, when you cannot help but give in to the worst of what you are. We have all the grace you lack then, and none of the regret.” This is how this pdf begins, and it is a perfect introduction of both […]

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  • The Telekinetic’s Handbook The second of Drop Dead Studios’ patreon-powered Spheres of Power–expansion books clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page TOC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, but let’s begin this analysis not from the beginning, but rather the end: telekinesis was one of the components in Spheres of Power that was awesome, but not necessarily perfect: Hence, this book provides needed clarification in its 7th chapter: Items held via telekinesis are considered to be attended or held and multiple telekinetic grapples are covered and the bludgeon-option of telekinesis is similarly clarified, eliminating all the small issues, including proficiency-questions and damage […]

    The Telekinetic’s Handbook

    The Telekinetic’s Handbook The second of Drop Dead Studios’ patreon-powered Spheres of Power–expansion books clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page TOC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, but let’s begin this analysis not from the beginning, but rather the end: telekinesis was one of the components in Spheres of Power that was awesome, but not necessarily perfect: Hence, this book provides needed clarification in its 7th chapter: Items held via telekinesis are considered to be attended or held and multiple telekinetic grapples are covered and the bludgeon-option of telekinesis is similarly clarified, eliminating all the small issues, including proficiency-questions and damage […]

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  • Dear readers of Nerdtrek!   This is endzeitgeist, the guy that posts a lot of the reviews you see on this awesome site.   As some of you will know, my financial situation isn’t the best – quite frankly, without my patreon, I couldn’t do any reviews at all. As in: “I’m working all day to scrape by.” The patreon literally keeps the lights on right now.   While my trip to Copenhagen and job application there and at other places (as some of you may know, I’ve been pretty busy in that regard) *may* remedy that situation, for now, my resources are incredibly stretched; they have been so for quite some time and I’m working hard to change that […]

    There’s a “Bring Endzeitgeist to Gencon”-bundle!

    Dear readers of Nerdtrek!   This is endzeitgeist, the guy that posts a lot of the reviews you see on this awesome site.   As some of you will know, my financial situation isn’t the best – quite frankly, without my patreon, I couldn’t do any reviews at all. As in: “I’m working all day to scrape by.” The patreon literally keeps the lights on right now.   While my trip to Copenhagen and job application there and at other places (as some of you may know, I’ve been pretty busy in that regard) *may* remedy that situation, for now, my resources are incredibly stretched; they have been so for quite some time and I’m working hard to change that […]

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  • After School Adventures: Madam Margareth’s Magic Potion This brief educational module clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up in my reviewing-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, this is an adventure – but it’s also more than that; It’s a little educational exercise for kids. So yeah, potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, first things first – you need red cabbage, white vinegar, baking soda, a large pot, a glass bottle, a strainer and an ice cube tray and about 3 hours preparation in advance to make special […]

    After School Adventures: Madam Margareth’s Magic Potion

    After School Adventures: Madam Margareth’s Magic Potion This brief educational module clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up in my reviewing-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, this is an adventure – but it’s also more than that; It’s a little educational exercise for kids. So yeah, potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, first things first – you need red cabbage, white vinegar, baking soda, a large pot, a glass bottle, a strainer and an ice cube tray and about 3 hours preparation in advance to make special […]

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  • Subterranean Races: Puddling Archetypes This long overdue expansion for the awesome puddling-race clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this little collection with the Crystalbroken – puddling bloodragers that had a mishap when interacting with memory-crystals…resulting in unforeseen split personalities. These translate, mechanics-wise, to them being capable of replacing the bloodrager’s 1st level bloodline power with cleric domain- or sorceror bloodline- powered SPs. Interesting – this can only be cast when bloodraging, but the usual bloodrager spells can’t be cast. The archetype continues this theme, replacing powers with more SPs and later even domain powers/sorceror bloodline powers. It should be […]

    Subterranean Races: Puddling Archetypes

    Subterranean Races: Puddling Archetypes This long overdue expansion for the awesome puddling-race clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this little collection with the Crystalbroken – puddling bloodragers that had a mishap when interacting with memory-crystals…resulting in unforeseen split personalities. These translate, mechanics-wise, to them being capable of replacing the bloodrager’s 1st level bloodline power with cleric domain- or sorceror bloodline- powered SPs. Interesting – this can only be cast when bloodraging, but the usual bloodrager spells can’t be cast. The archetype continues this theme, replacing powers with more SPs and later even domain powers/sorceror bloodline powers. It should be […]

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  • Ottolf’s Handy Manual of Everyday Magic The freshman offering (and so far only one) of Land’s End Press clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 27 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief bit of introductory fluff, we begin with an elaboration of the unusual concepts depicted in this book: Exotic cantrips are cantrips that aren’t automatically available from the get-go – they are rewards and have to be sought out. Some spells herein are augmentable – much like psionic powers and e.g. many spells in 5E, these spells can be prepared at higher levels, which increases its potency. However, […]

    Ottolf’s Handy Manual of Everyday Magic

    Ottolf’s Handy Manual of Everyday Magic The freshman offering (and so far only one) of Land’s End Press clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 27 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief bit of introductory fluff, we begin with an elaboration of the unusual concepts depicted in this book: Exotic cantrips are cantrips that aren’t automatically available from the get-go – they are rewards and have to be sought out. Some spells herein are augmentable – much like psionic powers and e.g. many spells in 5E, these spells can be prepared at higher levels, which increases its potency. However, […]

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  • Shadows over Riverton I: A Page of Scrolls This first module in the Shadows over Riverton AP clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This adventure was moved up in my reviewing-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a critical and unbiased review.   Wait: Before we do dive into the SPOILERS, let me make something very clear. Are you interested in Greyhawk’s bandit kingdoms? Well, if you’ve been following my homepage, you’ll notice how last Friday, I reviewed basically the unofficial chronicles of the Bandit Kingdoms, right? Right. Note how […]

    Shadows over Riverton I: A Page of Scrolls

    Shadows over Riverton I: A Page of Scrolls This first module in the Shadows over Riverton AP clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This adventure was moved up in my reviewing-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a critical and unbiased review.   Wait: Before we do dive into the SPOILERS, let me make something very clear. Are you interested in Greyhawk’s bandit kingdoms? Well, if you’ve been following my homepage, you’ll notice how last Friday, I reviewed basically the unofficial chronicles of the Bandit Kingdoms, right? Right. Note how […]

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  • Subterranean Races: The Puddlings This pdf clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   It is by now a tested trope that even gods may die in fantasy gaming – and where death is a possibility, one should not be surprised to see the concept of the divine assassin – whether in the guise of a Red Mantis of a psychotic killer. The assumption of this book is that there at least once was a divine assassin (perhaps a predecessor?) that has failed. When the divine assassin was sent to destroy Aggranius, lord of facets, the deity was prepared and […]

    Subterranean Races: The Puddlings

    Subterranean Races: The Puddlings This pdf clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   It is by now a tested trope that even gods may die in fantasy gaming – and where death is a possibility, one should not be surprised to see the concept of the divine assassin – whether in the guise of a Red Mantis of a psychotic killer. The assumption of this book is that there at least once was a divine assassin (perhaps a predecessor?) that has failed. When the divine assassin was sent to destroy Aggranius, lord of facets, the deity was prepared and […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Shifu The fourth hybrid class released by the Four Horsemen clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The shifu, in case you haven’t read already, is a hybrid of monk and kineticist and thus needs to be lawful and gets the monk’s unarmed damage progression and AC-bonus as well as 3/4 BAB-progression and good Ref-and Will-saves. The class has d8 HD, 4+Int skills per level and gains proficiency with brass knuckles, cestus, club, crossbow (light OR heavy), dagger, handaxe, javelin, kama, nunchaku, quarterstaff, sai, shortspear, , short sword, shuriken, siangham, sling, spear and […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Shifu

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Shifu The fourth hybrid class released by the Four Horsemen clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The shifu, in case you haven’t read already, is a hybrid of monk and kineticist and thus needs to be lawful and gets the monk’s unarmed damage progression and AC-bonus as well as 3/4 BAB-progression and good Ref-and Will-saves. The class has d8 HD, 4+Int skills per level and gains proficiency with brass knuckles, cestus, club, crossbow (light OR heavy), dagger, handaxe, javelin, kama, nunchaku, quarterstaff, sai, shortspear, , short sword, shuriken, siangham, sling, spear and […]

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  • The Unofficial Living Greyhawk Bandit Kingdoms Summary And now for something *completely* different – this book clocks in at 92 pages. While I do own the electronic versions, I’d suggest getting the print version if you can – mainly since I’m old-school and have based this review on the print copy.   This book was moved up in my review queue due to me receiving a print copy of the book in exchange for a critical, unbiased review.   Okay, so what is this? It is, at least to me as a German, a piece of gaming arcana: Back in the 3.X days of old, there was a Living campaign of organized play called Living Greyhawk, shaping the classic world, […]

    The Unofficial Living Greyhawk Bandit Kingdoms Summary

    The Unofficial Living Greyhawk Bandit Kingdoms Summary And now for something *completely* different – this book clocks in at 92 pages. While I do own the electronic versions, I’d suggest getting the print version if you can – mainly since I’m old-school and have based this review on the print copy.   This book was moved up in my review queue due to me receiving a print copy of the book in exchange for a critical, unbiased review.   Okay, so what is this? It is, at least to me as a German, a piece of gaming arcana: Back in the 3.X days of old, there was a Living campaign of organized play called Living Greyhawk, shaping the classic world, […]

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  • Everyman Unchained: Eidolons This installment of Everyman Unchained clocks in at a massive 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 43 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Or rather, well, before we do, let me state that this book was a ton (no, really!) of work, but also one I truly appreciated. When i began reviewing the Everyman Unchained-series, I had to cover basically everything…and compare the individual builds with Purple Duck Games’ takes on the same concepts. Which turned reviewing these into a comparative nightmare. Worse, from a reviewer’s point of view, the two approaches taken diverged significantly. Wherein Alexander Augunas stuck […]

    Everyman Unchained: Eidolons

    Everyman Unchained: Eidolons This installment of Everyman Unchained clocks in at a massive 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 43 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Or rather, well, before we do, let me state that this book was a ton (no, really!) of work, but also one I truly appreciated. When i began reviewing the Everyman Unchained-series, I had to cover basically everything…and compare the individual builds with Purple Duck Games’ takes on the same concepts. Which turned reviewing these into a comparative nightmare. Worse, from a reviewer’s point of view, the two approaches taken diverged significantly. Wherein Alexander Augunas stuck […]

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  • Royal Base Class This class-supplement clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Wait, before we do, let’s make one thing perfectly clear: This class was specifically designed with kids and new players in mind, which means that it won’t have the astounding customization depth of e.g. one of the offerings of Bradley Crouch or Alexander Augunas – it’s intended to work as a simple option and thus, I won’t fault it for its design, though I will comment on it […]

    Royal Base Class

    Royal Base Class This class-supplement clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Wait, before we do, let’s make one thing perfectly clear: This class was specifically designed with kids and new players in mind, which means that it won’t have the astounding customization depth of e.g. one of the offerings of Bradley Crouch or Alexander Augunas – it’s intended to work as a simple option and thus, I won’t fault it for its design, though I will comment on it […]

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  • Starfall Okay, this plug-in for Iron Gods…wait. Scratch that. This is basically no plug-in, it’s a damn huge expansion. Starfall clocks in at 76 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover,  leaving us with 69 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended for 13th level characters, who should, in the process of this module, gain about 1.5 levels worth of XP. The pdf provides two technological items, the photon pistol (with stun and kill-settings) and the radiation suit and sports, creature-wise, the toadhemoth, which would be a CR 14 variant of the froghemoth. A mythic creature, the Qomok, first […]

    Starfall

    Starfall Okay, this plug-in for Iron Gods…wait. Scratch that. This is basically no plug-in, it’s a damn huge expansion. Starfall clocks in at 76 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover,  leaving us with 69 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended for 13th level characters, who should, in the process of this module, gain about 1.5 levels worth of XP. The pdf provides two technological items, the photon pistol (with stun and kill-settings) and the radiation suit and sports, creature-wise, the toadhemoth, which would be a CR 14 variant of the froghemoth. A mythic creature, the Qomok, first […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Demons Too This installment of the Mythic Monsters-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we begin this installment with a nice piece of introductory prose before diving right into the creatures, the first of which would be the CR 4/MR 1 Abrikandilu, whose theme of vanity/destruction has been amplified to being able to twist reflections of targets and mutilate those hapless creatures seeking to do battle […]

    Mythic Monsters: Demons Too

    Mythic Monsters: Demons Too This installment of the Mythic Monsters-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we begin this installment with a nice piece of introductory prose before diving right into the creatures, the first of which would be the CR 4/MR 1 Abrikandilu, whose theme of vanity/destruction has been amplified to being able to twist reflections of targets and mutilate those hapless creatures seeking to do battle […]

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  • I loot the Cleric’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This installment of the I loot the body-series begins with a 100-entry strong table of diverse outfits for clerics: From unusually large powdered wigs to strange brimmed hats, undershirts embroidered to look like ribs and bones (hey, I have one of those!) to thick cloaks of wool covered in angelic feathers and pauldrons denoting church hierarchy – there is an appropriately varied selection of unique vestments here.   The second […]

    I loot the Cleric’s Body! (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    I loot the Cleric’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This installment of the I loot the body-series begins with a 100-entry strong table of diverse outfits for clerics: From unusually large powdered wigs to strange brimmed hats, undershirts embroidered to look like ribs and bones (hey, I have one of those!) to thick cloaks of wool covered in angelic feathers and pauldrons denoting church hierarchy – there is an appropriately varied selection of unique vestments here.   The second […]

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