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  • Search for Lost Legacy III: By Shadow’s Grasp The third installment of the Search for Lost Legacy adventure arc clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being an adventure-review, the following obviously contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? Great! So, at the end of the module, the PCs began traversing an underground river towards the third level of the dungeon and thus, this module kicks off with an encounter of a duergar expedition force, including full stats for a vessel, the Ironkeel. […]

    Search for Lost Legacy III: By Shadow’s Grasp

    Search for Lost Legacy III: By Shadow’s Grasp The third installment of the Search for Lost Legacy adventure arc clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being an adventure-review, the following obviously contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? Great! So, at the end of the module, the PCs began traversing an underground river towards the third level of the dungeon and thus, this module kicks off with an encounter of a duergar expedition force, including full stats for a vessel, the Ironkeel. […]

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  • Alternate Dungeons: Mystic Ruins This installment of Raging Swan Press’ Alternate Dungeon-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So this time around, Alexander Augunas guides us through the process of making strange Mystic Ruins an alternate dungeon-area – but what exactly does that entail? Well, first of all, we receive what amounts to incremental degrees of 5 (anti-) magic levels -from dead to wild magic to ruins that enhance certain types of magic, these modifications instantly change the dynamics of your dungeon-ruins – pretty cool! But beyond magic levels, we also […]

    Alternate Dungeons: Mystic Ruins

    Alternate Dungeons: Mystic Ruins This installment of Raging Swan Press’ Alternate Dungeon-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So this time around, Alexander Augunas guides us through the process of making strange Mystic Ruins an alternate dungeon-area – but what exactly does that entail? Well, first of all, we receive what amounts to incremental degrees of 5 (anti-) magic levels -from dead to wild magic to ruins that enhance certain types of magic, these modifications instantly change the dynamics of your dungeon-ruins – pretty cool! But beyond magic levels, we also […]

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  • Advanced Races: Gnolls This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this discussion on gnolls with an extensive text on the nature of gnoll society and psychology, steeped in Midgard-lore, yes, but also more setting-agnostic than many similar introductions – the writing here is pretty much top-notch and the new deity/mask of a deity Nkishi – which are particularly nasty, being allied to were-hyenas and bouda. What’s a bouda, you ask? well bouda are a new monster, a CR 5 div that is truly and utterly disgusting […]

    Advanced Races: Gnolls

    Advanced Races: Gnolls This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this discussion on gnolls with an extensive text on the nature of gnoll society and psychology, steeped in Midgard-lore, yes, but also more setting-agnostic than many similar introductions – the writing here is pretty much top-notch and the new deity/mask of a deity Nkishi – which are particularly nasty, being allied to were-hyenas and bouda. What’s a bouda, you ask? well bouda are a new monster, a CR 5 div that is truly and utterly disgusting […]

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  • Ultimate War The third expansion of the kingdom building/mass combat rules presented in Ultimate Campaign, expanded by the very man who wrote the original rules, clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages on how-to-use/what to expect, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This supplement kick off by eliminating two of my most serious gripes with the base mass combat rules from Ultimate Campaign. Number one: Ultimate Campaign does not distinguish between ranged and melee capacity, instead subsuming both under the termino umbrellone of OM, Offense Modifier. This resulted potentially in ridiculous scenarios […]

    Ultimate War

    Ultimate War The third expansion of the kingdom building/mass combat rules presented in Ultimate Campaign, expanded by the very man who wrote the original rules, clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages on how-to-use/what to expect, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This supplement kick off by eliminating two of my most serious gripes with the base mass combat rules from Ultimate Campaign. Number one: Ultimate Campaign does not distinguish between ranged and melee capacity, instead subsuming both under the termino umbrellone of OM, Offense Modifier. This resulted potentially in ridiculous scenarios […]

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  • Demiplanes: The Frozen Cage This installment in Raging Swan Press’ new series detailing Demiplanes clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The demiplane know as the Frozen Cage is…surprise: A cage! *cicadas chirp* Yeah, I know. So an ancient, daemonic evil has been imprisoned Now, a recent incursion of the vile crusaders of the shattered sky has almost brought down the defenses of the Wardens of the Frozen Flame, guardians tasked to ensure that dread Shektelmatu remains bound.   In the frigid, lavishly mapped wasteland, which may have regular gravity, but also […]

    Demiplanes: The Frozen Cage

    Demiplanes: The Frozen Cage This installment in Raging Swan Press’ new series detailing Demiplanes clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The demiplane know as the Frozen Cage is…surprise: A cage! *cicadas chirp* Yeah, I know. So an ancient, daemonic evil has been imprisoned Now, a recent incursion of the vile crusaders of the shattered sky has almost brought down the defenses of the Wardens of the Frozen Flame, guardians tasked to ensure that dread Shektelmatu remains bound.   In the frigid, lavishly mapped wasteland, which may have regular gravity, but also […]

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  • The Veranthea Codex Kickstarter is entering its final weekend! Mike Myler (Master of the AaWBlog) and Rogue Genius Games’ Kickstarter is coming to an end this weekend on Sunday October 5th and you do not want to miss this fantastic campaign setting/player resource/GM tool! To get an idea of what they’ve got to offer, grab the four free PDFs from the Kickstarter page and get ready for one of the most exciting Pathfinder tomes you have ever seen! Leading off the book is a foreword by RPG veteran artist Larry Dixon (Oriental Adventures, Fiend Folio, Epic Level Handbook from Wizards of the Coast), who’s contributing an illustration of a character written by NY Times bestseller Mercedes Lackey! Anyone keen to […]

    FINAL HOURS of the Veranthea Codex Kickstarter!

    The Veranthea Codex Kickstarter is entering its final weekend! Mike Myler (Master of the AaWBlog) and Rogue Genius Games’ Kickstarter is coming to an end this weekend on Sunday October 5th and you do not want to miss this fantastic campaign setting/player resource/GM tool! To get an idea of what they’ve got to offer, grab the four free PDFs from the Kickstarter page and get ready for one of the most exciting Pathfinder tomes you have ever seen! Leading off the book is a foreword by RPG veteran artist Larry Dixon (Oriental Adventures, Fiend Folio, Epic Level Handbook from Wizards of the Coast), who’s contributing an illustration of a character written by NY Times bestseller Mercedes Lackey! Anyone keen to […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing This massive compilation of Raging Swan Press’ Wilderness Dressing-series clocks in at a massive 159 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than a massive 152 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so you know the deal, right? I did reviews for all the constituent files of the wilderness dressing-series and I don’t like repeating myself over and over, so if e.g. the exact content of what the installment on “Snow & Ice” or “So what’s the Pirate Ship like, anyways?” intrigue you – just check out my reviews for those, all […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing

    GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing This massive compilation of Raging Swan Press’ Wilderness Dressing-series clocks in at a massive 159 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than a massive 152 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so you know the deal, right? I did reviews for all the constituent files of the wilderness dressing-series and I don’t like repeating myself over and over, so if e.g. the exact content of what the installment on “Snow & Ice” or “So what’s the Pirate Ship like, anyways?” intrigue you – just check out my reviews for those, all […]

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  • Threats: Echoes of the Typhonians (Diceless) This supplement for Lords of Gossamer and Shadows is the first providing a spotlight for a particular kind of threat (D’unh) faced by the Gossamer Lords and Ladies (and other – we don’t discriminate on the great stair…) clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page editorial, 1 page front cover, 21 pages of content – so let’s take a look!   So, as has become tradition with Rite Publishing’s supplements, this one as well in written in aptly-crafted in-character prose, introducing us to the so-called Usari. What are these people? Well, you’re probably familiar with the saying that everyone has a Doppelgänger out there? Well, we have one world. With infinite worlds at one’s […]

    Threats: Echoes of the Typhonians (Diceless)

    Threats: Echoes of the Typhonians (Diceless) This supplement for Lords of Gossamer and Shadows is the first providing a spotlight for a particular kind of threat (D’unh) faced by the Gossamer Lords and Ladies (and other – we don’t discriminate on the great stair…) clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page editorial, 1 page front cover, 21 pages of content – so let’s take a look!   So, as has become tradition with Rite Publishing’s supplements, this one as well in written in aptly-crafted in-character prose, introducing us to the so-called Usari. What are these people? Well, you’re probably familiar with the saying that everyone has a Doppelgänger out there? Well, we have one world. With infinite worlds at one’s […]

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  • Prestigious Roles: Toxicologist This pdf is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content for the new PrC, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The Toxicologist needs to be non-good and have 5 ranks in Craft (alchemy), sleight of hand and stealth, 3 in heal and need to have poisoned an unsuspecting victim and made friendly contact with a poison-selling apothecary. Got that? Okay, then you qualify for a PrC that nets you d8, 6+Int-mod skills, proficiency with light armor and blow guns, 3/4 BAB-progression and 1/2 fort- and ref-save progression. Toxicologists never risk poisoning themselves, create poisons at half the time and may apply them […]

    Prestigious Roles: Toxicologist

    Prestigious Roles: Toxicologist This pdf is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content for the new PrC, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The Toxicologist needs to be non-good and have 5 ranks in Craft (alchemy), sleight of hand and stealth, 3 in heal and need to have poisoned an unsuspecting victim and made friendly contact with a poison-selling apothecary. Got that? Okay, then you qualify for a PrC that nets you d8, 6+Int-mod skills, proficiency with light armor and blow guns, 3/4 BAB-progression and 1/2 fort- and ref-save progression. Toxicologists never risk poisoning themselves, create poisons at half the time and may apply them […]

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  • Elven Papercraft Sets: a brand new downloadable PDF set of paper models Lord Zsezse Works has started a Kickstarter project to make brand new Elven papercraft models. This set will contain Elven walls, towers and pieces for a whole fortress with many accessories. With the stretch goals and its customization, this set will be almost limitless! From Antal Kéninger, one of the graphic artists at Lord Zsezse Works: Our goal with this project is to create a brand new downloadable PDF set of paper models. We would like to leave the beaten path and blaze a new trail forward. This is why we’ve decided to ask for your support in the form of a Kickstarter campaign. We would like to […]

    Elven Papercraft Sets

    Elven Papercraft Sets: a brand new downloadable PDF set of paper models Lord Zsezse Works has started a Kickstarter project to make brand new Elven papercraft models. This set will contain Elven walls, towers and pieces for a whole fortress with many accessories. With the stretch goals and its customization, this set will be almost limitless! From Antal Kéninger, one of the graphic artists at Lord Zsezse Works: Our goal with this project is to create a brand new downloadable PDF set of paper models. We would like to leave the beaten path and blaze a new trail forward. This is why we’ve decided to ask for your support in the form of a Kickstarter campaign. We would like to […]

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  • Obsidian Apocalypse Obsidian Apocalypse is a massive 200-page book, 1 page front cover, 1 page donor-list, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of ToC,, leaving a massive 194 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What is Obsidian Apocalypse? Well, first of all, it’s the heir of Obsidian Twilight – a campaign-setting that gloriously failed just about all my expectations. Still, LPJr Design improved so vastly that I joined, with a somewhat hopeful anticipation, the Kickstarter to make Obsidian Apocalypse, the sequel. Kind of. For, while there is a default setting kind of assumed, Obsidian Apocalypse now is less of a campaign setting, but rather an extremely versatile toolbox for to scavenge from. So after the […]

    Obsidian Apocalypse

    Obsidian Apocalypse Obsidian Apocalypse is a massive 200-page book, 1 page front cover, 1 page donor-list, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of ToC,, leaving a massive 194 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What is Obsidian Apocalypse? Well, first of all, it’s the heir of Obsidian Twilight – a campaign-setting that gloriously failed just about all my expectations. Still, LPJr Design improved so vastly that I joined, with a somewhat hopeful anticipation, the Kickstarter to make Obsidian Apocalypse, the sequel. Kind of. For, while there is a default setting kind of assumed, Obsidian Apocalypse now is less of a campaign setting, but rather an extremely versatile toolbox for to scavenge from. So after the […]

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  • [This is part of a series of articles, the first of which is here] As the weekend continued at Tekkocon 2014, I noticed no shortage of TekkoShodown players but gamers of all types were welcome across the board!   Video Gamers The video game room at Tekkocon 2014 was not one to disappoint; there we plenty of tournaments (which are all tallied and covered live; find more info here) and no shortage of opponents! A Dance Dance Revolution set-up (with heavy duty metal controllers) dominated the game room’s center, with a LAN hub for Call of Duty clustered behind it. One half of the room had several projection screens all rocking old school good times with a catalog of different games and arcade joysticks, a Rock Band area, […]

    TekkoCon 2014 – For the Gamers

    [This is part of a series of articles, the first of which is here] As the weekend continued at Tekkocon 2014, I noticed no shortage of TekkoShodown players but gamers of all types were welcome across the board!   Video Gamers The video game room at Tekkocon 2014 was not one to disappoint; there we plenty of tournaments (which are all tallied and covered live; find more info here) and no shortage of opponents! A Dance Dance Revolution set-up (with heavy duty metal controllers) dominated the game room’s center, with a LAN hub for Call of Duty clustered behind it. One half of the room had several projection screens all rocking old school good times with a catalog of different games and arcade joysticks, a Rock Band area, […]

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  •   Tekkocon is Pittsburgh’s annual Japanese Pop Culture convention, filled with events at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center—it is not to be missed. This is the 12th incarnation of the convention and as far as I could tell, the best yet; there were plenty of attendees, staff members, and activities for the enthusiasts. Asking around it became clear that with each year, Tekkocon becomes bigger and faster; to that end, they enjoyed a 20% influx of pre-registration for 2014. Overwhelmingly though, virtually everyone I talked to (guest or staff) noted one thing as the most outstanding attribute about TekkoCon—the sense of community (which, one astute interviewee coined aptly as a “clubhouse mentality”). Congoers (of which there were more than […]

    Tekkocon 2014 – A Fan-Community Convention

      Tekkocon is Pittsburgh’s annual Japanese Pop Culture convention, filled with events at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center—it is not to be missed. This is the 12th incarnation of the convention and as far as I could tell, the best yet; there were plenty of attendees, staff members, and activities for the enthusiasts. Asking around it became clear that with each year, Tekkocon becomes bigger and faster; to that end, they enjoyed a 20% influx of pre-registration for 2014. Overwhelmingly though, virtually everyone I talked to (guest or staff) noted one thing as the most outstanding attribute about TekkoCon—the sense of community (which, one astute interviewee coined aptly as a “clubhouse mentality”). Congoers (of which there were more than […]

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  • Companions of the Firmament This book is 188 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page KS-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with182 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Full Disclosure: This review is mostly based on the Hardcover of the book, which I got for backing the Kickstarter. With just a minimum delay and communication throughout the process, I might add. I was in no way affiliated with the production of this book.   That out of the way… Before you click on another page due to the book’s price: WAIT. Just a second, okay? Please read on, I guarantee you won’t regret […]

    Companions of the Firmament

    Companions of the Firmament This book is 188 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page KS-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with182 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Full Disclosure: This review is mostly based on the Hardcover of the book, which I got for backing the Kickstarter. With just a minimum delay and communication throughout the process, I might add. I was in no way affiliated with the production of this book.   That out of the way… Before you click on another page due to the book’s price: WAIT. Just a second, okay? Please read on, I guarantee you won’t regret […]

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  •   This weekend I’m a press guest of Pittsburghs #1 anime convention—Tekkocon! The events began tonight and continue through Sunday, running the gamut from LARPs to movie showings to card games and everything in between. Every staff member I’ve met thus far has been wonderfully helpful and they’ve really put together a top-notch crew for this year’s convention, held down at the waterfront in the spacious David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Later this week we’ll have more about the convention—a solid rundown of the video game tournaments, interviews with celebrity guests, and some of the story behind the formation of the magnificent 2014 gathering—but in doing the rounds today I found something that people need to know about immediately: TekkoShodown. […]

    TekkoShodown – A Real-Time Massively Multiplayer CCG

      This weekend I’m a press guest of Pittsburghs #1 anime convention—Tekkocon! The events began tonight and continue through Sunday, running the gamut from LARPs to movie showings to card games and everything in between. Every staff member I’ve met thus far has been wonderfully helpful and they’ve really put together a top-notch crew for this year’s convention, held down at the waterfront in the spacious David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Later this week we’ll have more about the convention—a solid rundown of the video game tournaments, interviews with celebrity guests, and some of the story behind the formation of the magnificent 2014 gathering—but in doing the rounds today I found something that people need to know about immediately: TekkoShodown. […]

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  • Typically, I am not a man of favourites; so please, understand the significance when I tell you that this game was the single most awe inspiring item I played back at the EuroGamer Expo. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, I am going to tell you of Incus Games’ Three Monkeys. Senses Of the many senses that we posses, do you not believe it odd that the only sense we truly depend on with games is sight? Granted, we often use our sense of sound, but much of the time the sound isn’t truly required to play the game to it’s full. The occasional exception being games where you often find yourself stopping and listening for nearby enemies, in an attempt to […]

    Three Monkeys

    Typically, I am not a man of favourites; so please, understand the significance when I tell you that this game was the single most awe inspiring item I played back at the EuroGamer Expo. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, I am going to tell you of Incus Games’ Three Monkeys. Senses Of the many senses that we posses, do you not believe it odd that the only sense we truly depend on with games is sight? Granted, we often use our sense of sound, but much of the time the sound isn’t truly required to play the game to it’s full. The occasional exception being games where you often find yourself stopping and listening for nearby enemies, in an attempt to […]

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  • Psionics Augmented Vol. I In a display of superb customer-service, Dreamscarred Press offers the bonus-content scored from the Ultimate Psionics-hardcover-compilation-book as its own pdf, so let’s take a look, shall we? This pdf is 78 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 75 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this supplement with new races, first of which would be the Forgeborn – Half-constructs (the type is reprinted from the ARG) that have been engineered from people blended with what seem to be mineralized growths – thankfully setting them distinctly apart from the huge array of different construct races already available for PFRPG. […]

    Psionics Augmented Vol. I

    Psionics Augmented Vol. I In a display of superb customer-service, Dreamscarred Press offers the bonus-content scored from the Ultimate Psionics-hardcover-compilation-book as its own pdf, so let’s take a look, shall we? This pdf is 78 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 75 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this supplement with new races, first of which would be the Forgeborn – Half-constructs (the type is reprinted from the ARG) that have been engineered from people blended with what seem to be mineralized growths – thankfully setting them distinctly apart from the huge array of different construct races already available for PFRPG. […]

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  • Hello folks! I swear, I have been toiling away on some brilliant material for AdventureAWeek.com  but there are always more designs to build, ideas to implement and opportunities within Pathfinder to innovate the ruleset. Liber Influxus Communis: the Book of Collective Influence is emblematic of that concept. Amora Game has collected some amazing designers (many already with their Paizo achievement badge and an RPG Superstar!) and (best of all, obviously), it’s got two major contributions from me. The project reached the funding goal in just under a week and there’s still a little time left to jump on board! I’m just going to talk about the two classes I’m responsible for, designs that have been brewing in my head for quite a […]

    [Kickstarter] Liber Influxus Communis!

    Hello folks! I swear, I have been toiling away on some brilliant material for AdventureAWeek.com  but there are always more designs to build, ideas to implement and opportunities within Pathfinder to innovate the ruleset. Liber Influxus Communis: the Book of Collective Influence is emblematic of that concept. Amora Game has collected some amazing designers (many already with their Paizo achievement badge and an RPG Superstar!) and (best of all, obviously), it’s got two major contributions from me. The project reached the funding goal in just under a week and there’s still a little time left to jump on board! I’m just going to talk about the two classes I’m responsible for, designs that have been brewing in my head for quite a […]

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

    The Rise of Geek Bars: Dungeons & Drafts

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

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  • Popular Dungeons & Dragons Lore and Intense Strategic Gameplay Available Now on iPhone or iPad Playdek, a leading mobile video games publisher, and Wizards of the Coast , a subsidiary of Hasbro, and leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer, today announced the release of the highly-anticipated  Lords of Waterdeep on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Available on the App Store, Lords of Waterdeep is a stunning digital adaptation of the award-winning Dungeons & Dragons strategic board game. In Lords of Waterdeep, two to five players assume the role of masked Lords controlling the intriguing city of Waterdeep, one of the most beautiful yet dangerous port cities in the Forgotten Realms. The Lords’ identity remains secret during gameplay so strengths won’t be visible to opponents. The […]

    LORDS OF WATERDEEP COMES TO iOS!

    Popular Dungeons & Dragons Lore and Intense Strategic Gameplay Available Now on iPhone or iPad Playdek, a leading mobile video games publisher, and Wizards of the Coast , a subsidiary of Hasbro, and leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer, today announced the release of the highly-anticipated  Lords of Waterdeep on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Available on the App Store, Lords of Waterdeep is a stunning digital adaptation of the award-winning Dungeons & Dragons strategic board game. In Lords of Waterdeep, two to five players assume the role of masked Lords controlling the intriguing city of Waterdeep, one of the most beautiful yet dangerous port cities in the Forgotten Realms. The Lords’ identity remains secret during gameplay so strengths won’t be visible to opponents. The […]

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  • Genre(s): Fantasy, D&D, Forgotten Realms Format: Paperback, Kindle, MP3 CD, Hardback, Audible Publisher: Wizards of the Coast Description: The Sundering is a multi-author series that takes place in the storied setting of the Forgotten Realms. The opening book in this series was authored by none other than R.A. Salvatore, so you know the folks over at Wizards of the Coast mean business. Erevis Cale, the chosen of Mask has a son; a son that has inherited his all of his father’s shadowy traits and none of his father’s shadowy tendencies. This alone wouldn’t merit much of a tale if it were not for Mephistopheles and his need to erase anything Cale at any cost. Lucky for Cale and his son […]

    The Godborn: The Sundering Book II by Paul S. Kemp

    Genre(s): Fantasy, D&D, Forgotten Realms Format: Paperback, Kindle, MP3 CD, Hardback, Audible Publisher: Wizards of the Coast Description: The Sundering is a multi-author series that takes place in the storied setting of the Forgotten Realms. The opening book in this series was authored by none other than R.A. Salvatore, so you know the folks over at Wizards of the Coast mean business. Erevis Cale, the chosen of Mask has a son; a son that has inherited his all of his father’s shadowy traits and none of his father’s shadowy tendencies. This alone wouldn’t merit much of a tale if it were not for Mephistopheles and his need to erase anything Cale at any cost. Lucky for Cale and his son […]

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  • Does this image excite you or annoy you? In the last few years Kickstarter has drastically changed the way publishers in the RPG industry operate. Before Kickstarter companies had to rely on pre-sales, PDF sales, or outside investments in order to get a product into print. Then Kickstarter came around and hesitantly a few RPG companies tried it out with wild success. Luke Crane, from Kickstarter, said that the gaming industry was quickly gaining on the entertainment industry in terms of dollars per backers. And in 2012, Kickstarter was know for the Year of the Game. Kickstarter allowed the publisher to free up that personal risk of long term savings of funds to getting the product out quickly to fans […]

    When is a Kickstarter just a pre-order and when is it more?

    Does this image excite you or annoy you? In the last few years Kickstarter has drastically changed the way publishers in the RPG industry operate. Before Kickstarter companies had to rely on pre-sales, PDF sales, or outside investments in order to get a product into print. Then Kickstarter came around and hesitantly a few RPG companies tried it out with wild success. Luke Crane, from Kickstarter, said that the gaming industry was quickly gaining on the entertainment industry in terms of dollars per backers. And in 2012, Kickstarter was know for the Year of the Game. Kickstarter allowed the publisher to free up that personal risk of long term savings of funds to getting the product out quickly to fans […]

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  •   Genere(s): Mystery, Ghost Story, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Classic horror, Steampunk Format: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook Publisher: Pyr Description: The assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840 altered history as we know it. After this vicious killing, a group of influential men including King George, Prince Albert and others have received supernatural advice. This advice has had a significant impact on the progress of the empire and is coming from the sprit of a dead mystic by the name of Abdu El Yezdi. All of this is well and good until someone starts abducting important scientists, surgeons, and engineers right before a major treaty with the newly formed Greater German Confederation. To make things even worse, Abdu El Yezdi has gone silent: […]

    Book Review: The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi

      Genere(s): Mystery, Ghost Story, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Classic horror, Steampunk Format: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook Publisher: Pyr Description: The assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840 altered history as we know it. After this vicious killing, a group of influential men including King George, Prince Albert and others have received supernatural advice. This advice has had a significant impact on the progress of the empire and is coming from the sprit of a dead mystic by the name of Abdu El Yezdi. All of this is well and good until someone starts abducting important scientists, surgeons, and engineers right before a major treaty with the newly formed Greater German Confederation. To make things even worse, Abdu El Yezdi has gone silent: […]

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  • Steam on the Horizon Genere(s): Adventure, Steampunk, Sci-Fi Format: Paperback Publisher: SteamyGirl Publishing Description: When the boiler explodes on the airship Lucky Lady, killing three men, first mate Gavin Roberts finds himself in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful men in Europe. Sir Cornelius Smothers, an iron-fisted shipping tycoon, has lost his youngest son in the boiler explosion and he holds Roberts responsible for the accident. Determined to rescue both the Lucky Lady and his own name, Roberts negotiates a deal with Smothers to purchase the ruined airship within three years, a bargain which promises certain death if he defaults. Renaming his crippled airship The Horizon, Roberts begins to rebuild her with the help of an eccentric inventor […]

    Book Review: Steam on the Horzion: Aether Saga Volume 1 by Melissa Ann Conroy

    Steam on the Horizon Genere(s): Adventure, Steampunk, Sci-Fi Format: Paperback Publisher: SteamyGirl Publishing Description: When the boiler explodes on the airship Lucky Lady, killing three men, first mate Gavin Roberts finds himself in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful men in Europe. Sir Cornelius Smothers, an iron-fisted shipping tycoon, has lost his youngest son in the boiler explosion and he holds Roberts responsible for the accident. Determined to rescue both the Lucky Lady and his own name, Roberts negotiates a deal with Smothers to purchase the ruined airship within three years, a bargain which promises certain death if he defaults. Renaming his crippled airship The Horizon, Roberts begins to rebuild her with the help of an eccentric inventor […]

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  • Genere(s): Action, Adventure, Bollywood, Superheros Publisher: Titan Books Description: Aman Sen is smart, young, ambitious and going nowhere. He thinks this is because he doesn’t have the right connections–but then he gets off a plane from London to Delhi and discovers that he has turned into a communications demigod. Indeed, everyone on Aman’s flight now has extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires. Vir, a pilot, can now fly. Uzma, an aspiring Bollywood actress, now possesses infinite charisma. And then there’s Jai, an indestructible one-man army with a good old-fashioned goal — to rule the world! Aman wants to ensure that their new powers aren’t wasted on costumed crime-fighting, celebrity endorsements, or reality television. He wants to heal the planet […]

    Book Review: Turbulence by Samit Basu

    Genere(s): Action, Adventure, Bollywood, Superheros Publisher: Titan Books Description: Aman Sen is smart, young, ambitious and going nowhere. He thinks this is because he doesn’t have the right connections–but then he gets off a plane from London to Delhi and discovers that he has turned into a communications demigod. Indeed, everyone on Aman’s flight now has extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires. Vir, a pilot, can now fly. Uzma, an aspiring Bollywood actress, now possesses infinite charisma. And then there’s Jai, an indestructible one-man army with a good old-fashioned goal — to rule the world! Aman wants to ensure that their new powers aren’t wasted on costumed crime-fighting, celebrity endorsements, or reality television. He wants to heal the planet […]

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  • Like most readers I get nervous when I see Official Novelizations of Movies. I get downright frightened when I have to review them, so heading into the Novelization of the recently released Pacific Rim I felt like I was getting ready to start break dancing in a mine field, a horrible, painful end wasn’t an if; it was a matter of when. Imagine how surprised I was when not only did I finish the book, but in reading it had actually made a poor life choice to stay up much later than I should have to cross that finish line. I say poor life choice not because of the quality of the book, but because waking up at 5:30 AM […]

    Book Review: Pacific Rim

    Like most readers I get nervous when I see Official Novelizations of Movies. I get downright frightened when I have to review them, so heading into the Novelization of the recently released Pacific Rim I felt like I was getting ready to start break dancing in a mine field, a horrible, painful end wasn’t an if; it was a matter of when. Imagine how surprised I was when not only did I finish the book, but in reading it had actually made a poor life choice to stay up much later than I should have to cross that finish line. I say poor life choice not because of the quality of the book, but because waking up at 5:30 AM […]

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  • AL 5: Stars in the Darkness The fifth module/adventure location for the Dungeon Crawl Classics-system, now released by Purple Duck Games and penned by Daniel J. Bishop, is 38 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages SRD, 1/2 a page advertisement, leaving us with 34 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being a review of an adventure-sandbox-locale, this review contains SPOILERS. Potential players will wish to jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? The world is suffering – the pdf kicks off with a list of 30 different entries that align a lucky star to each birth augur – why? Because the skies are in turmoil. One by one, the lucky stars […]

    AL 5: Stars in the Darkness

    AL 5: Stars in the Darkness The fifth module/adventure location for the Dungeon Crawl Classics-system, now released by Purple Duck Games and penned by Daniel J. Bishop, is 38 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages SRD, 1/2 a page advertisement, leaving us with 34 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being a review of an adventure-sandbox-locale, this review contains SPOILERS. Potential players will wish to jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? The world is suffering – the pdf kicks off with a list of 30 different entries that align a lucky star to each birth augur – why? Because the skies are in turmoil. One by one, the lucky stars […]

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