Archive for November, 2016

  • Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargaming in the Frozen City This rule-book clocks in at 136 pages, minus 4 if you take away ToC, editorial and the like.   This review was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy of the book in question.   So, what is Frostgrave? Well, in-game it was once the center of magics, a metropolis of ridiculous power, steeped in arcane might; then, the ice came and swallowed the city; winter had come and devoured it wholesale. For untold years, the powerful magics of the place had been kept below the grinding glaciers…but now, thaw has come, unearthing ever more of the labyrinthine ruins that make up the city, unearthing countless mystical treasures, […]

    Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargaming in the Frozen City

    Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargaming in the Frozen City This rule-book clocks in at 136 pages, minus 4 if you take away ToC, editorial and the like.   This review was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy of the book in question.   So, what is Frostgrave? Well, in-game it was once the center of magics, a metropolis of ridiculous power, steeped in arcane might; then, the ice came and swallowed the city; winter had come and devoured it wholesale. For untold years, the powerful magics of the place had been kept below the grinding glaciers…but now, thaw has come, unearthing ever more of the labyrinthine ruins that make up the city, unearthing countless mystical treasures, […]

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  • Tinkering 302: Modules – Tinker Magic Items This expansion for the Tinker class clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, the tinker class by Interjection games, by now, has a ton of amazing expansions and we begin this pdf with a recap of the invention subtype introduced so far in a handy cheat sheet. The pdf also offers a crucial component missing from the tinker class so far, namely magic items for the Tinker-class. These are called modules and can be fashioned via the Craft Module feat, which btw. requires CL 1st and deploy automaton, and yep, even though the […]

    Tinkering 302: Modules – Tinker Magic Items

    Tinkering 302: Modules – Tinker Magic Items This expansion for the Tinker class clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, the tinker class by Interjection games, by now, has a ton of amazing expansions and we begin this pdf with a recap of the invention subtype introduced so far in a handy cheat sheet. The pdf also offers a crucial component missing from the tinker class so far, namely magic items for the Tinker-class. These are called modules and can be fashioned via the Craft Module feat, which btw. requires CL 1st and deploy automaton, and yep, even though the […]

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  • Fire & Ice (revised edition) (5e) This revised edition of this module for 5e clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Wait, Fire and Ice? Sounds familiar, right? And indeed, this module has previously been released as part of Adventure Quarterly #6 for PFRPG, so let’s check how well it translates to 5e, shall we?   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs left? Great! This adventure begins with the annihilation of an adventuring […]

    Fire & Ice (revised edition) (5e)

    Fire & Ice (revised edition) (5e) This revised edition of this module for 5e clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Wait, Fire and Ice? Sounds familiar, right? And indeed, this module has previously been released as part of Adventure Quarterly #6 for PFRPG, so let’s check how well it translates to 5e, shall we?   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs left? Great! This adventure begins with the annihilation of an adventuring […]

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  • Chemist Base Class This base-class clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The chemist-base class presented here receives d10 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple and alchemical weapons as well as all armors and shields, excluding tower shields. The class gets full BAB-progression as well as good Fort-saves.   Unfortunately, we have a minor hiccup in the first ability of the class alchemical study, namely that they add + level, not class level, to Craft (alchemy)-checks. The class begins play with 1/day alchemical smite: This is activated as a move action […]

    Chemist Base Class

    Chemist Base Class This base-class clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The chemist-base class presented here receives d10 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple and alchemical weapons as well as all armors and shields, excluding tower shields. The class gets full BAB-progression as well as good Fort-saves.   Unfortunately, we have a minor hiccup in the first ability of the class alchemical study, namely that they add + level, not class level, to Craft (alchemy)-checks. The class begins play with 1/day alchemical smite: This is activated as a move action […]

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  • Scorpions of Perdition This module clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction/how to use, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended for 8th and 9th level characters and can be easily inserted into Iron Gods, obviously… …and that is pretty much as far as I can go without going into SPOILERS. Potential players should jump ahead to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs left? Great! The Drifter has wandered the ominously named region of “The Dust” for as long as anyone can remember, hunting […]

    Scorpions of Perdition

    Scorpions of Perdition This module clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction/how to use, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended for 8th and 9th level characters and can be easily inserted into Iron Gods, obviously… …and that is pretty much as far as I can go without going into SPOILERS. Potential players should jump ahead to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs left? Great! The Drifter has wandered the ominously named region of “The Dust” for as long as anyone can remember, hunting […]

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  • Fat Goblin Games Presents: Creating New Armors   This little pdf clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, we have all probably been there, at least the GMs and designers among us – the point where you want to make a new armor. The system presented herein is simple – there are 3 base armor types and shields featured: First, you take the basics and base-price…and then you multiply the price by the DP – the design points. You can have armors or shields of horn or stone and then you determine the armor qualities. […]

    Fat Goblin Games Presents: Creating New Armors

    Fat Goblin Games Presents: Creating New Armors   This little pdf clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, we have all probably been there, at least the GMs and designers among us – the point where you want to make a new armor. The system presented herein is simple – there are 3 base armor types and shields featured: First, you take the basics and base-price…and then you multiply the price by the DP – the design points. You can have armors or shields of horn or stone and then you determine the armor qualities. […]

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  • Mariner Hybrid Class This hybrid class clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages, so let’s take a look!   The mariner as presented her gets d10 HD, 4 + Int skills per level and proficiency with simple and martial weapons as well as all armors and shields except tower shields. As a minor complaint: The header is not bolded here. The class gets a full BAB-progression as well as good Fort- and Ref-saves and begins play with +4 to Swim checks (untyped) that is increased to +6 when the mariner has 10 ranks in the skills. The mariner gets +1/2 class level […]

    Mariner Hybrid Class

    Mariner Hybrid Class This hybrid class clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages, so let’s take a look!   The mariner as presented her gets d10 HD, 4 + Int skills per level and proficiency with simple and martial weapons as well as all armors and shields except tower shields. As a minor complaint: The header is not bolded here. The class gets a full BAB-progression as well as good Fort- and Ref-saves and begins play with +4 to Swim checks (untyped) that is increased to +6 when the mariner has 10 ranks in the skills. The mariner gets +1/2 class level […]

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  • Maiden Voyage of the Colossus (PFRPG/DCC) This module clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First things first: This module was written for the Iron GM-contest (which is frickin’ amazing!) that basically makes GMing a competitive sport and it’s cool to see a module published based on this amazing event. Seriously, huge fan of it!   That being said, the module as presented here is dual format, for PFRPG and DCC, with PFRPG-material being denoted by purple headers, DCC material by black ones – the color-coding is a nice touch here.   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players […]

    Maiden Voyage of the Colossus (PFRPG/DCC)

    Maiden Voyage of the Colossus (PFRPG/DCC) This module clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First things first: This module was written for the Iron GM-contest (which is frickin’ amazing!) that basically makes GMing a competitive sport and it’s cool to see a module published based on this amazing event. Seriously, huge fan of it!   That being said, the module as presented here is dual format, for PFRPG and DCC, with PFRPG-material being denoted by purple headers, DCC material by black ones – the color-coding is a nice touch here.   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players […]

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  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: Hygiene (revised edition) This installment of Flaming Crab Games’ delightfully oddball Letters-series clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, we begin this installment with a nice letter from the planeshopping vessel, thankfully salvaged for our collective delights by J Gray.   Now we’ve all been there: The PCs have just battled through a horde of foes, are covered in blood and guts…and then, they walk into a tavern. As if that does not look weird. And no one cares. We begin this pdf thus, appropriately, with a nice and handy table […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Hygiene (revised edition)

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Hygiene (revised edition) This installment of Flaming Crab Games’ delightfully oddball Letters-series clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, we begin this installment with a nice letter from the planeshopping vessel, thankfully salvaged for our collective delights by J Gray.   Now we’ve all been there: The PCs have just battled through a horde of foes, are covered in blood and guts…and then, they walk into a tavern. As if that does not look weird. And no one cares. We begin this pdf thus, appropriately, with a nice and handy table […]

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  • Shuigong – The Emperor’s Watery Secret This module clocks in at a total of 16 pages, minus 3 for the editorial etc., leaving us with 13 pages of content, so what do we get?   This module was moved up in my reviewing-queue due to me receiving a print copy of this book at Gencon.   The world of Orbis is one where steampunk influences abound, thanks to a special type of wood called scaldwood, which allows for the cleaner and more efficient generation of steam. Situated on this world, there is a nation roughly modeled after China – the Ten Thousand Scales, where the truth about the function of scaldwood and the actual use of steampunk-y technology is a […]

    Shuigong – The Emperor’s Watery Secret

    Shuigong – The Emperor’s Watery Secret This module clocks in at a total of 16 pages, minus 3 for the editorial etc., leaving us with 13 pages of content, so what do we get?   This module was moved up in my reviewing-queue due to me receiving a print copy of this book at Gencon.   The world of Orbis is one where steampunk influences abound, thanks to a special type of wood called scaldwood, which allows for the cleaner and more efficient generation of steam. Situated on this world, there is a nation roughly modeled after China – the Ten Thousand Scales, where the truth about the function of scaldwood and the actual use of steampunk-y technology is a […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Lost Legends of Urethiel This supplement for Veranthea Codex clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get here? Well, we get a massive, high-concept NPC Codex/bestiary with a WuXia-theme. From the mountains of Nestraka, the CR 8 Amigara hail, deadly constructs that encase mortals to use them to tap into the life energy of mortals entombed in their bodies – they can be found in the canyon of the spiral, which features a total of 3 short descriptive sketches to use in concert with the critter.   The pdf […]

    Veranthea Codex: Lost Legends of Urethiel

    Veranthea Codex: Lost Legends of Urethiel This supplement for Veranthea Codex clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get here? Well, we get a massive, high-concept NPC Codex/bestiary with a WuXia-theme. From the mountains of Nestraka, the CR 8 Amigara hail, deadly constructs that encase mortals to use them to tap into the life energy of mortals entombed in their bodies – they can be found in the canyon of the spiral, which features a total of 3 short descriptive sketches to use in concert with the critter.   The pdf […]

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  • Divergent Paths: Roil Dancer The first installment of Divergent paths clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this guy? The short reply would be that this is a kineticist archetype employing the Path of War rules. As such, the roil dancer’s power-level adheres to the increased power assumed by Path of War and obviously is intended for high-power gameplay. Low fantasy/power-rounds need not apply. The pdf assumes that you have Path of War Expanded and if you do like the Path of War system, there is frankly no reason you shouldn’t have that […]

    Divergent Paths: Roil Dancer

    Divergent Paths: Roil Dancer The first installment of Divergent paths clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this guy? The short reply would be that this is a kineticist archetype employing the Path of War rules. As such, the roil dancer’s power-level adheres to the increased power assumed by Path of War and obviously is intended for high-power gameplay. Low fantasy/power-rounds need not apply. The pdf assumes that you have Path of War Expanded and if you do like the Path of War system, there is frankly no reason you shouldn’t have that […]

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  • Call to Arms: Shields This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 42 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, we begin this pdf with a flavorful piece of prose before diving into the history of the shield before we receive rules for the respective shield types: The pdf classifies a total of 4 shield types, providing a nice overview of what you can and can’t do with shields – like heavy shields preventing you from doing anything else with that hand, while light shields allowing you to use the hand to carry […]

    Call to Arms: Shields

    Call to Arms: Shields This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 42 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, we begin this pdf with a flavorful piece of prose before diving into the history of the shield before we receive rules for the respective shield types: The pdf classifies a total of 4 shield types, providing a nice overview of what you can and can’t do with shields – like heavy shields preventing you from doing anything else with that hand, while light shields allowing you to use the hand to carry […]

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  • Cybergeneration 2027: The 2nd Edition This massive game clocks in at 250 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of ToC,1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive245 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was requested as a prioritized review by one of my patreons. Additionally, said patreon has graciously provided a print copy, thus moving this further up in my reviewing queue. Thank you, Chad!   So, what is Cybergeneration’s 2nd edition? well, you probably know the grand daddy of cyberpunk RPGs, right? No, not Shadowrun, talkin’ bout Cyberpunk 2020, my friends! Anyways, the original cybergeneration was basically a subsystem, whereas this, the 2nd edition, constitutes a […]

    Cybergeneration 2027: The 2nd Edition

    Cybergeneration 2027: The 2nd Edition This massive game clocks in at 250 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of ToC,1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive245 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was requested as a prioritized review by one of my patreons. Additionally, said patreon has graciously provided a print copy, thus moving this further up in my reviewing queue. Thank you, Chad!   So, what is Cybergeneration’s 2nd edition? well, you probably know the grand daddy of cyberpunk RPGs, right? No, not Shadowrun, talkin’ bout Cyberpunk 2020, my friends! Anyways, the original cybergeneration was basically a subsystem, whereas this, the 2nd edition, constitutes a […]

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  • Everyman Iconics: Drake Windchaser The second installment of Everyman Gaming’s Everyman Iconics-series clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, who is Drake Windchaser beyond a character that we’ve seen in plenty an Everyman Gaming supplement’s artworks? Pretty simple if you know one series: Are you watching Supernatural? He’s Dean Winchester. (Get it? If you’ve got really sloppy pronunciation, Windchaser <-> Winchester…) Raised on an open road, lost his mother to a shadow demon; brought up as a hunter of evil by his father, who then vanished, estranged from his brother Sal, who has taken a back seat […]

    Everyman Iconics: Drake Windchaser

    Everyman Iconics: Drake Windchaser The second installment of Everyman Gaming’s Everyman Iconics-series clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, who is Drake Windchaser beyond a character that we’ve seen in plenty an Everyman Gaming supplement’s artworks? Pretty simple if you know one series: Are you watching Supernatural? He’s Dean Winchester. (Get it? If you’ve got really sloppy pronunciation, Windchaser <-> Winchester…) Raised on an open road, lost his mother to a shadow demon; brought up as a hunter of evil by his father, who then vanished, estranged from his brother Sal, who has taken a back seat […]

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  • The War Mind – A Psionic Prestige Archetype This pdf clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We have a psionic prestige archetype here, one that combines the war mind PrC and the fighter class. Chassis-wise, the class must be non-chaotic, receives d10 HD, 2 + Int skills per level, proficiency with all simple and martial weapons,, all armors and shields, but not tower shields. The class has full BAB-progression as well as good Fort- and Ref-saves and begins play with a Combat feat as well as Wild Talent. 1st level nets one psychic warrior power and every 3rd level after that, […]

    The War Mind – A Psionic Prestige Archetype

    The War Mind – A Psionic Prestige Archetype This pdf clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We have a psionic prestige archetype here, one that combines the war mind PrC and the fighter class. Chassis-wise, the class must be non-chaotic, receives d10 HD, 2 + Int skills per level, proficiency with all simple and martial weapons,, all armors and shields, but not tower shields. The class has full BAB-progression as well as good Fort- and Ref-saves and begins play with a Combat feat as well as Wild Talent. 1st level nets one psychic warrior power and every 3rd level after that, […]

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  • Lost Lore: Divine Hunters This installment of Frog God Games’ Lost Lore-series clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Gods in pretty much most fantasy games loathe directly interposing their will on the mortal world; there is, for the most part, a good reason for that from a narrative point of view. While I loved the gods coming down to Faerûn as much as the next guy, the fallout of direct deific intervention opens up a lot of questions: Pertaining the importance of mortal free will, of why the deities don’t fix all the issues themselves, etc. The Scarred […]

    Lost Lore: Divine Hunters

    Lost Lore: Divine Hunters This installment of Frog God Games’ Lost Lore-series clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Gods in pretty much most fantasy games loathe directly interposing their will on the mortal world; there is, for the most part, a good reason for that from a narrative point of view. While I loved the gods coming down to Faerûn as much as the next guy, the fallout of direct deific intervention opens up a lot of questions: Pertaining the importance of mortal free will, of why the deities don’t fix all the issues themselves, etc. The Scarred […]

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  • The Luchador This base-class clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The luchador class, chassis-wise, receives d8 HD, 6 + Int skills per level, 3/4 BAB-progression, good Fort- and Ref-saves, proficiency with simple weapons and gains basically a monk’s unarmored AC-bonus progression, but uses Charisma as governing attribute for it. Similarly unarmed damage increases to 2d10 at 20th level…and yes, Small luchador-damage-table included. First level nets the luchador the vigilante’s double identity, with his masked persona being his larger than life luchador personality and thus, discovering his social identity is usually not […]

    The Luchador

    The Luchador This base-class clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The luchador class, chassis-wise, receives d8 HD, 6 + Int skills per level, 3/4 BAB-progression, good Fort- and Ref-saves, proficiency with simple weapons and gains basically a monk’s unarmored AC-bonus progression, but uses Charisma as governing attribute for it. Similarly unarmed damage increases to 2d10 at 20th level…and yes, Small luchador-damage-table included. First level nets the luchador the vigilante’s double identity, with his masked persona being his larger than life luchador personality and thus, discovering his social identity is usually not […]

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  • Faerie Tales from Unlit Shores 2.5 – Three Nights in Portsmouth (DCC) This module/expansion clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, what is this pdf? In short, it could be considered to be the anthology/director’s cut-version additional content for the second part of Daniel J. Bishop’s AMAZING “Faerie Tales from Unlit Shores”-series, The Portsmouth Mermaid. As such, there will be minor SPOILERS for that one in here as well, but mostly of a structural nature.   Anyways, this being an adventure-review, the following obviously contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only judges around? […]

    Faerie Tales from Unlit Shores 2.5 – Three Nights in Portsmouth (DCC)

    Faerie Tales from Unlit Shores 2.5 – Three Nights in Portsmouth (DCC) This module/expansion clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, what is this pdf? In short, it could be considered to be the anthology/director’s cut-version additional content for the second part of Daniel J. Bishop’s AMAZING “Faerie Tales from Unlit Shores”-series, The Portsmouth Mermaid. As such, there will be minor SPOILERS for that one in here as well, but mostly of a structural nature.   Anyways, this being an adventure-review, the following obviously contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only judges around? […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil This expansion to the evocative Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 42 pages of content, 1 page of front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion with a brief history of the veil. But what is the veil? The far North of Veranthea’s oceans contain a colossal screaming maelstrom, a twisted wall of winds that stretches for as far as the eye can see. Most sane captains avoid the massive hazard, but time and again, the foolhardy and unfortunate are drawn into the veil…and those that survive find themselves in a region […]

    Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil

    Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil This expansion to the evocative Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 42 pages of content, 1 page of front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion with a brief history of the veil. But what is the veil? The far North of Veranthea’s oceans contain a colossal screaming maelstrom, a twisted wall of winds that stretches for as far as the eye can see. Most sane captains avoid the massive hazard, but time and again, the foolhardy and unfortunate are drawn into the veil…and those that survive find themselves in a region […]

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  • Grippli: Playable Amphibians (Revised Edition) (5e) This racial book clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The grippli for 5e, heh? Now I’m all for that! I’m a big fan of the small, friendly, froggy, folk, so how is the race represented here? Well, we actually employ the same level of depth for the race’s fluff and playing them that we have seen in the PHB – thus, the grippli are introduced as colorful, hard-working and fun-loving individuals, including notes on how they perceive halflings, gnomes and humans. Notes on their culture and nomenclature complement […]

    Grippli: Playable Amphibians (Revised Edition) (5e)

    Grippli: Playable Amphibians (Revised Edition) (5e) This racial book clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The grippli for 5e, heh? Now I’m all for that! I’m a big fan of the small, friendly, froggy, folk, so how is the race represented here? Well, we actually employ the same level of depth for the race’s fluff and playing them that we have seen in the PHB – thus, the grippli are introduced as colorful, hard-working and fun-loving individuals, including notes on how they perceive halflings, gnomes and humans. Notes on their culture and nomenclature complement […]

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  • The Pulverizer Hybrid Class This hybrid class clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 5 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pulverizer class receives d12 HD, 4 + Int skills per levels, proficiency with simple weapons + handaxe, shot sword and the close fighter group as well as light armor and shields, sans tower shields, of course. The class gains a full BAB-progression, good Fort- and Ref-saves and a monk’s unarmed strike damage progression, with the usual Improved Unarmed Strike at 1st level. They count as Intelligence 13 for the purpose of meeting the requirements of combat feats and treats his level as barbarian/monk […]

    The Pulverizer Hybrid Class

    The Pulverizer Hybrid Class This hybrid class clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 5 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pulverizer class receives d12 HD, 4 + Int skills per levels, proficiency with simple weapons + handaxe, shot sword and the close fighter group as well as light armor and shields, sans tower shields, of course. The class gains a full BAB-progression, good Fort- and Ref-saves and a monk’s unarmed strike damage progression, with the usual Improved Unarmed Strike at 1st level. They count as Intelligence 13 for the purpose of meeting the requirements of combat feats and treats his level as barbarian/monk […]

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  • Tangible Taverns: The Hidden Oak This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page foreword, 1/2 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 15 1/2 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.   The PCs are traveling along a path through the forest, when they suddenly encounter a weather-beaten sign next to a small, but well-used path – the sign points towards “The Hidden Oak”, and after a quarter mile through sunlit, light forest, the PCs arrive at a clearing, where colorful […]

    Tangible Taverns: The Hidden Oak

    Tangible Taverns: The Hidden Oak This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page foreword, 1/2 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 15 1/2 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.   The PCs are traveling along a path through the forest, when they suddenly encounter a weather-beaten sign next to a small, but well-used path – the sign points towards “The Hidden Oak”, and after a quarter mile through sunlit, light forest, the PCs arrive at a clearing, where colorful […]

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  • Tangible Taverns: The Hidden Oak (5e) This 5e-iteration of the installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page foreword, 1/2 page advertisement, 1 page of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 1/2 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.   The PCs are traveling along a path through the forest, when they suddenly encounter a weather-beaten sign next to a small, but well-used path – the sign points towards “The Hidden oak”, and after a quarter mile through sunlit, light forest, the PCs arrive at […]

    Tangible Taverns: The Hidden Oak (5e)

    Tangible Taverns: The Hidden Oak (5e) This 5e-iteration of the installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page foreword, 1/2 page advertisement, 1 page of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 1/2 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.   The PCs are traveling along a path through the forest, when they suddenly encounter a weather-beaten sign next to a small, but well-used path – the sign points towards “The Hidden oak”, and after a quarter mile through sunlit, light forest, the PCs arrive at […]

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  • Crusader Codex This collection of NPCs clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (with CR/MR-notes), 1 page introduction/how to use, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   There never was an AP so in need of more challenges and expansions than Wrath of the Righteous. While I love the story, personally, I’d only run it with a gazillion of Legendary Games supplements to avoid the PCs curb-stomping everything. Anyways, this means you need stats and I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have the time to crunch x statblocks. Enter this book – […]

    Crusader Codex

    Crusader Codex This collection of NPCs clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (with CR/MR-notes), 1 page introduction/how to use, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   There never was an AP so in need of more challenges and expansions than Wrath of the Righteous. While I love the story, personally, I’d only run it with a gazillion of Legendary Games supplements to avoid the PCs curb-stomping everything. Anyways, this means you need stats and I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have the time to crunch x statblocks. Enter this book – […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Umelas This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of 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!   Umelas is an utopian experiment and an adventure in disguise  -formerly rules by Hiswin Baeler, it is not an easy place to stay in: With a steep ravine and an ever-present saccharine stench suffusing the town, from its sweet wines and cloying scent of white oak, the place embodies perfectly the creepiness of the sweet, the association with decay painted over by a scent of sugar and spice.   Everyone is smiling. […]

    Village Backdrop: Umelas

    Village Backdrop: Umelas This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of 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!   Umelas is an utopian experiment and an adventure in disguise  -formerly rules by Hiswin Baeler, it is not an easy place to stay in: With a steep ravine and an ever-present saccharine stench suffusing the town, from its sweet wines and cloying scent of white oak, the place embodies perfectly the creepiness of the sweet, the association with decay painted over by a scent of sugar and spice.   Everyone is smiling. […]

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  • Treasures and Trinkets: Treasure Hoards #4 (5e) The fourth of the pdfs in this series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What is this pdf all about? Well, in short, it provides 25 fully fleshed-out treasure hoards, ready to be dropped in your game, four of which feature no magic items. A handy d%-table lets you randomly determine which treasure hoard to use and the structure of the respective entries is nice: We first get coinage and then the respective entries, which range from jewels to potions and beyond, containing […]

    Treasures and Trinkets: Treasure Hoards #4 (5e)

    Treasures and Trinkets: Treasure Hoards #4 (5e) The fourth of the pdfs in this series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What is this pdf all about? Well, in short, it provides 25 fully fleshed-out treasure hoards, ready to be dropped in your game, four of which feature no magic items. A handy d%-table lets you randomly determine which treasure hoard to use and the structure of the respective entries is nice: We first get coinage and then the respective entries, which range from jewels to potions and beyond, containing […]

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