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  • B24: Young Minds This module clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC,1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module, like Colin Stricklin’s previous offerings in the series, takes place in the city of Hordenheim, which is…let’s say, peculiar. If you have missed the excellent “Death & Taxes” and “For Rent, Lease and Conquest“, I’d strongly suggest getting them.  The form a kind of unofficial trilogy and while they all are self-contained, their collective does paint a very interesting picture of the city.   All right, this being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to […]

    B24: Young Minds

    B24: Young Minds This module clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC,1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module, like Colin Stricklin’s previous offerings in the series, takes place in the city of Hordenheim, which is…let’s say, peculiar. If you have missed the excellent “Death & Taxes” and “For Rent, Lease and Conquest“, I’d strongly suggest getting them.  The form a kind of unofficial trilogy and while they all are self-contained, their collective does paint a very interesting picture of the city.   All right, this being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to […]

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  • Kemonomimi – Moe Options This little expansion for Amora Game’s Moe races clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, for one, we begin with alternate racial traits – three universal ones would be provided; the affinity with the respective animals can be replaced with affinity with creatures of the kami subtype; similarly, another exchange allows for kemonomimi who have an easier time dealing with oni. Thirdly, low-light vision may be replaced with 60 ft. darkvision, but at the cost of being dazzled in bright lights.   Akaimimi with Wisdom scores of 11+ may replace racial skills and insightful […]

    Kemonomimi – Moe Options

    Kemonomimi – Moe Options This little expansion for Amora Game’s Moe races clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, for one, we begin with alternate racial traits – three universal ones would be provided; the affinity with the respective animals can be replaced with affinity with creatures of the kami subtype; similarly, another exchange allows for kemonomimi who have an easier time dealing with oni. Thirdly, low-light vision may be replaced with 60 ft. darkvision, but at the cost of being dazzled in bright lights.   Akaimimi with Wisdom scores of 11+ may replace racial skills and insightful […]

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  • Mythic Mini: Feats of Cunning All right, you know the deal by now, right? 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page content, so let’s go!   -Brilliant Planner: Your plan can fund up to 500 gp per character level and only takes a single full-round action to initiate. When you expend one use of mythic power and 10 gp from your fund, you may include up to 8 hours of unskilled, nondangerous labor in the plan. VERY cool!   -Brilliant Spell Preparation: You can fill slots left open as a move action and may set aside spell slots of any level you can cast. By expending one mythic power when preparing spells, you may leave open […]

    Mythic Mini: Feats of Cunning

    Mythic Mini: Feats of Cunning All right, you know the deal by now, right? 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page content, so let’s go!   -Brilliant Planner: Your plan can fund up to 500 gp per character level and only takes a single full-round action to initiate. When you expend one use of mythic power and 10 gp from your fund, you may include up to 8 hours of unskilled, nondangerous labor in the plan. VERY cool!   -Brilliant Spell Preparation: You can fill slots left open as a move action and may set aside spell slots of any level you can cast. By expending one mythic power when preparing spells, you may leave open […]

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  • Mythic Mini: Intrigue Magic Feats All right, you know the deal by now, right? 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page content, so let’s go!   -Cartogramancer: Find a location within 50 miles; if you exceed the DC by 10, 20 miles instead; if you exceed the DC by 20, you can narrow that down to 5 miles. Additionally, you may expend mythic power as part of making the Knowledge (geography) check, you receive 3 locations at roughly the appropriate distance instead of one. If you fail the check, you retain the mythic power.   -Conceal Spell: You add mythic tier to the DC to notice your spellcasting, regardless of skill used to set the DC. […]

    Mythic Mini: Intrigue Magic Feats

    Mythic Mini: Intrigue Magic Feats All right, you know the deal by now, right? 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page content, so let’s go!   -Cartogramancer: Find a location within 50 miles; if you exceed the DC by 10, 20 miles instead; if you exceed the DC by 20, you can narrow that down to 5 miles. Additionally, you may expend mythic power as part of making the Knowledge (geography) check, you receive 3 locations at roughly the appropriate distance instead of one. If you fail the check, you retain the mythic power.   -Conceal Spell: You add mythic tier to the DC to notice your spellcasting, regardless of skill used to set the DC. […]

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  • Hybrid Class: Luminary This hybrid class clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial 2/3 of a page SRD, leaving us with 9 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The luminary class, chassis-wise, receives d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and light armor and also receives 3/4 BAB-progression as well as good Ref- and Will-saves. The luminary receives spontaneous spellcasting governed by Charisma, with maximum spell level being 6th. His spells are drawn from the mesmerist list.   The luminary’s signature tool and skill set would be occult photography – they begin play with a camera obscura that requires access to an alchemist lab to properly […]

    Hybrid Class: Luminary

    Hybrid Class: Luminary This hybrid class clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial 2/3 of a page SRD, leaving us with 9 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The luminary class, chassis-wise, receives d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and light armor and also receives 3/4 BAB-progression as well as good Ref- and Will-saves. The luminary receives spontaneous spellcasting governed by Charisma, with maximum spell level being 6th. His spells are drawn from the mesmerist list.   The luminary’s signature tool and skill set would be occult photography – they begin play with a camera obscura that requires access to an alchemist lab to properly […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven (5e) 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!   Shroudhaven is a foreboding place – nestled within a valley that is defined by not having seen proper sunlight due to the eponymous shroud above the village, the place greets travelers with signs proclaiming that law-breakers will be eaten and that necromancers are forbidden around here. Yeah, you probably can see where that goes, right? Indeed, beyond mannerisms and exquisite artisanship that could hearken to the genesis of the place, with […]

    Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven (5e) 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!   Shroudhaven is a foreboding place – nestled within a valley that is defined by not having seen proper sunlight due to the eponymous shroud above the village, the place greets travelers with signs proclaiming that law-breakers will be eaten and that necromancers are forbidden around here. Yeah, you probably can see where that goes, right? Indeed, beyond mannerisms and exquisite artisanship that could hearken to the genesis of the place, with […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven (system neutral) 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!   Shroudhaven is a foreboding place – nestled within a valley that is defined by not having seen proper sunlight due to the eponymous shroud above the village, the place greets travelers with signs proclaiming that law-breakers will be eaten and that necromancers are forbidden around here. Yeah, you probably can see where that goes, right? Indeed, beyond mannerisms and exquisite artisanship that could hearken to the genesis of the place, […]

    Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven (system neutral)

    Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven (system neutral) 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!   Shroudhaven is a foreboding place – nestled within a valley that is defined by not having seen proper sunlight due to the eponymous shroud above the village, the place greets travelers with signs proclaiming that law-breakers will be eaten and that necromancers are forbidden around here. Yeah, you probably can see where that goes, right? Indeed, beyond mannerisms and exquisite artisanship that could hearken to the genesis of the place, […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven 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!   Shroudhaven is a foreboding place – nestled within a valley that is defined by not having seen proper sunlight due to the eponymous shroud above the village, the place greets travelers with signs proclaiming that law-breakers will be eaten and that necromancers are forbidden around here. Yeah, you probably can see where that goes, right? Indeed, beyond mannerisms and exquisite artisanship that could hearken to the genesis of the place, with the […]

    Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven

    Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven 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!   Shroudhaven is a foreboding place – nestled within a valley that is defined by not having seen proper sunlight due to the eponymous shroud above the village, the place greets travelers with signs proclaiming that law-breakers will be eaten and that necromancers are forbidden around here. Yeah, you probably can see where that goes, right? Indeed, beyond mannerisms and exquisite artisanship that could hearken to the genesis of the place, with the […]

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  • Eldritch Ghost Hunter Hybrid Class This hybrid class clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, the eldritch ghost hunter, chassis-wise, receives d8 HD, 6 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple and martial weapons, as well as hand crossbows, long bow, repeating crossbow, short bow and the deity’s favored weapon. Wait. On a nitpick: It’s “longbow” and “shortbow”, not “long bow” and “short bow”; but more weirdly, those are already included in the martial weapon proficiency, so what happened here? Cut-copy-paste oversight? Or was the martial weapon proficiency supposed to cover […]

    Eldritch Ghost Hunter Hybrid Class

    Eldritch Ghost Hunter Hybrid Class This hybrid class clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, the eldritch ghost hunter, chassis-wise, receives d8 HD, 6 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple and martial weapons, as well as hand crossbows, long bow, repeating crossbow, short bow and the deity’s favored weapon. Wait. On a nitpick: It’s “longbow” and “shortbow”, not “long bow” and “short bow”; but more weirdly, those are already included in the martial weapon proficiency, so what happened here? Cut-copy-paste oversight? Or was the martial weapon proficiency supposed to cover […]

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  • Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. II: Designing and Running Adventures (DCC/almost system-neutral) The second booklet of essays and thoughts by the eponymous Raven Crowking (aka Daniel J. Bishop) clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank, leaving us with 50 pages, though these are made for the a5 (6” by 9”-standard) – you can fit 4 of them on a sheet of paper if you’re like me and tend to print things out.   We begin this pdf with the basics and, even if one is an experienced judge, it may help to recap the steps: 1) Brainstorm. In the beginning, there was the idea. Simple […]

    Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. II: Designing and Running Adventures (DCC/almost system-neutral)

    Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. II: Designing and Running Adventures (DCC/almost system-neutral) The second booklet of essays and thoughts by the eponymous Raven Crowking (aka Daniel J. Bishop) clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank, leaving us with 50 pages, though these are made for the a5 (6” by 9”-standard) – you can fit 4 of them on a sheet of paper if you’re like me and tend to print things out.   We begin this pdf with the basics and, even if one is an experienced judge, it may help to recap the steps: 1) Brainstorm. In the beginning, there was the idea. Simple […]

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  • The Esoterror Summoning Guide (GUMSHOE) This expansion book for The Esoterrorists (which is also useful for other GUMSHOE-games) clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 41 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, first things first – since I’m trying to help retain this review’s usefulness for folks not familiar with esoterrorists: The idea of this horror-game is pretty much brilliant. The PCs are part of a conspiracy, the Ordo Veritatis – and it is actually a benign one. You see, our world sports a membrane that separates us from the Outer Dark, a place of chaotic and infinite possibilities, pretty much all of which are […]

    The Esoterror Summoning Guide (GUMSHOE)

    The Esoterror Summoning Guide (GUMSHOE) This expansion book for The Esoterrorists (which is also useful for other GUMSHOE-games) clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 41 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, first things first – since I’m trying to help retain this review’s usefulness for folks not familiar with esoterrorists: The idea of this horror-game is pretty much brilliant. The PCs are part of a conspiracy, the Ordo Veritatis – and it is actually a benign one. You see, our world sports a membrane that separates us from the Outer Dark, a place of chaotic and infinite possibilities, pretty much all of which are […]

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  • Mythic Mini: Clever Combat Feats II All right, you know the deal by now, right? 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial (also contains 2 feats) , 1 page content, so let’s go!   -Lightning Draw: +2 to atk and damage with the first attack of a Lightning Draw weapon before the end of the turn. Only one weapon gets the benefit, if more are drawn. If you expend one mythic power, it costs no panache and the target is flat-footed versus the attack that receives the bonus. Nice.   -Measure Foe: Increase bonuses granted by base feat by +1, learn about twice as many combat feats. If you expend mythic power and use Sense Motive after only […]

    Mythic Mini: Clever Combat Feats II

    Mythic Mini: Clever Combat Feats II All right, you know the deal by now, right? 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial (also contains 2 feats) , 1 page content, so let’s go!   -Lightning Draw: +2 to atk and damage with the first attack of a Lightning Draw weapon before the end of the turn. Only one weapon gets the benefit, if more are drawn. If you expend one mythic power, it costs no panache and the target is flat-footed versus the attack that receives the bonus. Nice.   -Measure Foe: Increase bonuses granted by base feat by +1, learn about twice as many combat feats. If you expend mythic power and use Sense Motive after only […]

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  • Mythic Mini: Clever Combat Feats All right, you know the deal by now, right? 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page content, so let’s go!   -But a Scratch: You can use the feat with ranged crits and the DC is reduced the farther the attacker is away. Shaken duration increases by +1 round per 2 mythic tier. I assume a minimum of 1, but am not sure here. However, being critically hit thereafter or subject to an ability that deals more than 1/5th of your maximum HP end the effect. 1/5th max HP is a petty inelegant benchmark cap here.   -Cat and Mouse: When not attempting a riposte with the regular feat, the dodge […]

    Mythic Mini: Clever Combat Feats

    Mythic Mini: Clever Combat Feats All right, you know the deal by now, right? 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page content, so let’s go!   -But a Scratch: You can use the feat with ranged crits and the DC is reduced the farther the attacker is away. Shaken duration increases by +1 round per 2 mythic tier. I assume a minimum of 1, but am not sure here. However, being critically hit thereafter or subject to an ability that deals more than 1/5th of your maximum HP end the effect. 1/5th max HP is a petty inelegant benchmark cap here.   -Cat and Mouse: When not attempting a riposte with the regular feat, the dodge […]

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  • Places of Power: The Mistfall Refuge This installment of the Places of Power-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of 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!   Averin Steelhammer and his dwarven clan did not have the best of times – driven from their ancestral lands by a horde of demons (guess they dug too deep), they aimlessly wandered the foreboding Greyspire Mountains – until they found the echoing cliffs of the eponymous mistfall refuge, etched with protective runes and magical obfuscation, the enterprising dwarves figured it would be a perfect place to start anew – turns out […]

    Places of Power: The Mistfall Refuge

    Places of Power: The Mistfall Refuge This installment of the Places of Power-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of 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!   Averin Steelhammer and his dwarven clan did not have the best of times – driven from their ancestral lands by a horde of demons (guess they dug too deep), they aimlessly wandered the foreboding Greyspire Mountains – until they found the echoing cliffs of the eponymous mistfall refuge, etched with protective runes and magical obfuscation, the enterprising dwarves figured it would be a perfect place to start anew – turns out […]

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  • 10 Monsters – A Basic Bestiary Volume I This little bestiary clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/monsters by type/CR, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with the blessed ring at CR 6 – an immobile ring of Large mushrooms that may not move…but it *can* spray devastating bursts of acid at foes. After entering the ring, it generates a dome to rest in, so yeah, sniping into camp is impeded as well. Sounds like your average adventuring nightmare? Nope, for there is a twist: These plants are actually good, can detect alignments and only assault evil creatures – they represent […]

    10 Monsters – A Basic Bestiary Volume I

    10 Monsters – A Basic Bestiary Volume I This little bestiary clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/monsters by type/CR, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with the blessed ring at CR 6 – an immobile ring of Large mushrooms that may not move…but it *can* spray devastating bursts of acid at foes. After entering the ring, it generates a dome to rest in, so yeah, sniping into camp is impeded as well. Sounds like your average adventuring nightmare? Nope, for there is a twist: These plants are actually good, can detect alignments and only assault evil creatures – they represent […]

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  • Cultures of Celmae: Brynnyn This first installment of the Cultures of Celmae-series 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 of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, one of the aspects in my home-game that came from my deep love for the Sword & Sorcery-genre, it would be unique ability-score arrays and racial traits for different ethnicities – thus, I am pretty happy to see this pdf add mechanical relevance to a culture. The culture depicted herein would be the Brynnyn, who have carved a civilization from the valleys of the central continent. A hardy folk, their rules-modification provides a bonus […]

    Cultures of Celmae: Brynnyn

    Cultures of Celmae: Brynnyn This first installment of the Cultures of Celmae-series 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 of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, one of the aspects in my home-game that came from my deep love for the Sword & Sorcery-genre, it would be unique ability-score arrays and racial traits for different ethnicities – thus, I am pretty happy to see this pdf add mechanical relevance to a culture. The culture depicted herein would be the Brynnyn, who have carved a civilization from the valleys of the central continent. A hardy folk, their rules-modification provides a bonus […]

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  • Mythic Mini: Feats of Diplomacy All right, you know the deal by now, right? 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page content, so let’s go!   -Call Truce: Add mythic tier to Diplomacy checks made; on a failure, you may not use Diplomacy again with a creature entreated with for 1d4 minutes rather than hours; during the round you are calling a truce, you gain the defense bonuses of total defense as well as +1/2 tier to saves versus mind-affecting effects. For mythic power expenditure, you can use it with creatures with whom you do not share a language as well as gaining + tier to Bluff, Linguistics and Sense Motive to communicate across the language […]

    Mythic Mini: Feats of Diplomacy

    Mythic Mini: Feats of Diplomacy All right, you know the deal by now, right? 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page content, so let’s go!   -Call Truce: Add mythic tier to Diplomacy checks made; on a failure, you may not use Diplomacy again with a creature entreated with for 1d4 minutes rather than hours; during the round you are calling a truce, you gain the defense bonuses of total defense as well as +1/2 tier to saves versus mind-affecting effects. For mythic power expenditure, you can use it with creatures with whom you do not share a language as well as gaining + tier to Bluff, Linguistics and Sense Motive to communicate across the language […]

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  • Past Lives: Secrets of Reincarnation This pdf clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Reincarnation in d20 and its derivatives, ultimately (and undeservedly so) often boils down in relevance to being a subpar version of returning the dead to live and a plot contrivance. This pdf’s mission-statement is to change this. Formatting-wise, this is achieved via the introduction of a so-called past-life profile – and no, that is NO chosen by the player. A past life profile conveys a series of bonuses to a […]

    Past Lives: Secrets of Reincarnation

    Past Lives: Secrets of Reincarnation This pdf clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Reincarnation in d20 and its derivatives, ultimately (and undeservedly so) often boils down in relevance to being a subpar version of returning the dead to live and a plot contrivance. This pdf’s mission-statement is to change this. Formatting-wise, this is achieved via the introduction of a so-called past-life profile – and no, that is NO chosen by the player. A past life profile conveys a series of bonuses to a […]

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  • Campaign Backdrop: Marshes and Swamps This installation of the helpful environmental toolkit-compilations by Raging Swan Press clocks in at 87 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisements, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page stat blocks by CR, 2 pages of author bios, 1 page of advice for reading statblocks for novice GMs, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 76 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   Taking a cue from Raging Swan Press’ other, no less intriguing compilation books, this one features a table of all statblocks used herein by CR (spanning the range from CR 1/4 to 10) with accompanying page numbers and, as a nice service to […]

    Campaign Backdrop: Marshes and Swamps

    Campaign Backdrop: Marshes and Swamps This installation of the helpful environmental toolkit-compilations by Raging Swan Press clocks in at 87 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisements, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page stat blocks by CR, 2 pages of author bios, 1 page of advice for reading statblocks for novice GMs, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 76 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   Taking a cue from Raging Swan Press’ other, no less intriguing compilation books, this one features a table of all statblocks used herein by CR (spanning the range from CR 1/4 to 10) with accompanying page numbers and, as a nice service to […]

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  • Ultimate Occult This massive sourcebook clocks in at 150 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 145 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? This book basically represents a take on psionics, one that re-envisions it as using the psychic magic system. Basically, it lets you use psionics in a game that doesn’t, for whatever reasons, allow the use of Dreamscarred Press’ superb Ultimate Psionics. This endeavor is based, in short, on three base classes:   The Mentalist gets d6 HD, 2 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons, 1/2 BAB-progression, good Will-saves and Intelligence-governed prepared psychic spellcasting […]

    Ultimate Occult

    Ultimate Occult This massive sourcebook clocks in at 150 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 145 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? This book basically represents a take on psionics, one that re-envisions it as using the psychic magic system. Basically, it lets you use psionics in a game that doesn’t, for whatever reasons, allow the use of Dreamscarred Press’ superb Ultimate Psionics. This endeavor is based, in short, on three base classes:   The Mentalist gets d6 HD, 2 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons, 1/2 BAB-progression, good Will-saves and Intelligence-governed prepared psychic spellcasting […]

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  • Mini-Dungeon: Thelamos This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM. Oh, and the series now comes in an archive that also contains…*drumroll* a .tif-version of the map! Yeah, that’s pretty amazing   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 […]

    Mini-Dungeon: Thelamos

    Mini-Dungeon: Thelamos This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM. Oh, and the series now comes in an archive that also contains…*drumroll* a .tif-version of the map! Yeah, that’s pretty amazing   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 […]

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  • Mini-Dungeon: The Dreamer’s Shrine This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM. Oh, and the series now comes in an archive that also contains…*drumroll* a .tif-version of the map! Yeah, that’s pretty amazing   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 […]

    Mini-Dungeon: The Dreamer’s Shrine

    Mini-Dungeon: The Dreamer’s Shrine This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM. Oh, and the series now comes in an archive that also contains…*drumroll* a .tif-version of the map! Yeah, that’s pretty amazing   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 […]

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  • Xcrawl: Louisiana Rising (DCC) This Xcrawl-module clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 16 pages of content. It should be noted that both editorial and SRD are actually not the respective penultimate pages – relevant if you’re like me and tend to print out modules.   All right, before we dive into the nit and grit of this module for 3rd level characters, it should be noted that 100% of the sales go towards helping the flooded areas of Louisiana. While the shocking images of Katrina still are vivid in our memory, you may not necessarily know that the nameless, less catchy and media-marketable storms […]

    Xcrawl: Louisiana Rising (DCC)

    Xcrawl: Louisiana Rising (DCC) This Xcrawl-module clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 16 pages of content. It should be noted that both editorial and SRD are actually not the respective penultimate pages – relevant if you’re like me and tend to print out modules.   All right, before we dive into the nit and grit of this module for 3rd level characters, it should be noted that 100% of the sales go towards helping the flooded areas of Louisiana. While the shocking images of Katrina still are vivid in our memory, you may not necessarily know that the nameless, less catchy and media-marketable storms […]

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  • Hypercorps 2099: Thrillville or Killville? This module intended for use with the superhero/cyberpunk-toolkit Hypercorps 2099 clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page front cover sans logos etc., 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This is a module for PCs level 3 – 4, with a hyperscore of 3. The pdf contains a one-page cheat sheet explaining the use of hero points within the context of Hypercorps 2099, though I’d still strongly suggest getting the main book to run this if you’re interested in the module. Similarly, the module takes entirely place in the hypernet – […]

    Hypercorps 2099: Thrillville or Killville?

    Hypercorps 2099: Thrillville or Killville? This module intended for use with the superhero/cyberpunk-toolkit Hypercorps 2099 clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page front cover sans logos etc., 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This is a module for PCs level 3 – 4, with a hyperscore of 3. The pdf contains a one-page cheat sheet explaining the use of hero points within the context of Hypercorps 2099, though I’d still strongly suggest getting the main book to run this if you’re interested in the module. Similarly, the module takes entirely place in the hypernet – […]

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  • Hypercorps 2099: Specimens in Centralia This module clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page front cover artwork sans all the graphic elements, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, this is a module intended for use with the cyberpunk/superhero-rules in Hypercorps 2099 and as such, it is designed for characters level 3 -4, with a corresponding hyperscore of 3. The basics of hyperscore and hero point-interaction are provided on a 1-page GM-cheat-sheet, though I’d still strongly suggest playing this only with the main book in your hands.   The pdf does come with a […]

    Hypercorps 2099: Specimens in Centralia

    Hypercorps 2099: Specimens in Centralia This module clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page front cover artwork sans all the graphic elements, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, this is a module intended for use with the cyberpunk/superhero-rules in Hypercorps 2099 and as such, it is designed for characters level 3 -4, with a corresponding hyperscore of 3. The basics of hyperscore and hero point-interaction are provided on a 1-page GM-cheat-sheet, though I’d still strongly suggest playing this only with the main book in your hands.   The pdf does come with a […]

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  • Snow White Digital Art and Map Pack All right, I usually don’t cover packages like this, but here, I consider it to be justified. This art & map pack consists of an archive containing no less than 1.2 GBs of high-res .tif files.   Upon unpacking the archive, you’ll be presented with 3 general folders – one containing Snow White Artwork, one that features the cartography and one for the puzzles. Let me elaborate: Inside the artwork folder, you’ll find sub-folders for flora, fauna, items, locations and NPCs – including three variations of Catsle Morsain in fall, winter and summer, the stunning rendition of the water fall of Pondy Falls, the plants and weird animals of the haunted forest (including […]

    Snow White Digital Art and Map Pack

    Snow White Digital Art and Map Pack All right, I usually don’t cover packages like this, but here, I consider it to be justified. This art & map pack consists of an archive containing no less than 1.2 GBs of high-res .tif files.   Upon unpacking the archive, you’ll be presented with 3 general folders – one containing Snow White Artwork, one that features the cartography and one for the puzzles. Let me elaborate: Inside the artwork folder, you’ll find sub-folders for flora, fauna, items, locations and NPCs – including three variations of Catsle Morsain in fall, winter and summer, the stunning rendition of the water fall of Pondy Falls, the plants and weird animals of the haunted forest (including […]

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  • Winter’s Roar: Vikmordere Bestiary This bestiary, spawned as a stretch-goal to the “Into the Wintery Gale” mega-adventure, clocks in 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 57 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Sooo, I’ve seen A LOT of bestiaries in my years of roleplaying. If you’ve been following my reviews, you’ll by now know that the one thing I bemoan most about the current editions of the game would be that the respective creatures don’t have as much room to shine and be developed as they once had. Well, this bestiary does something interesting in that regard – each creature contained […]

    Winter’s Roar: Vikmordere Bestiary

    Winter’s Roar: Vikmordere Bestiary This bestiary, spawned as a stretch-goal to the “Into the Wintery Gale” mega-adventure, clocks in 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 57 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Sooo, I’ve seen A LOT of bestiaries in my years of roleplaying. If you’ve been following my reviews, you’ll by now know that the one thing I bemoan most about the current editions of the game would be that the respective creatures don’t have as much room to shine and be developed as they once had. Well, this bestiary does something interesting in that regard – each creature contained […]

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