Tabletop Gaming

  • Wrath of the River King This module clocks in at 66 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page backer-thanks/introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 60 pages, so let’s take a look!   My review is mainly based on the print version, though I also had access to the electronic version.   This is an adventure-review and as such, it contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . Okay, so before we begin: This is one of the modules that perfectly encapsulates what sets Midgard apart from your run-of-the-mill fantasy setting, for its begin in the small village of Riverbend is steeped in the feudal structures […]

    Wrath of the River King

    Wrath of the River King This module clocks in at 66 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page backer-thanks/introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 60 pages, so let’s take a look!   My review is mainly based on the print version, though I also had access to the electronic version.   This is an adventure-review and as such, it contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . Okay, so before we begin: This is one of the modules that perfectly encapsulates what sets Midgard apart from your run-of-the-mill fantasy setting, for its begin in the small village of Riverbend is steeped in the feudal structures […]

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  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: Dinosaur Companions This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab-series clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 18.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf, as always in the series, with the reproduced letter from the planes-hopping vessel UCS Flaming Crab, which has obviously landed, at least for now, in a dinosaur-filled world!  More than that, however, the pdf begins with a really handy index that dinosaur aficionados will very much adore: A massive table that lists the dinosaurs released for PFRPG in alphabetical order, with CR, size, environment, whether they make animal companion or familiars…and […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Dinosaur Companions

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Dinosaur Companions This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab-series clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 18.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf, as always in the series, with the reproduced letter from the planes-hopping vessel UCS Flaming Crab, which has obviously landed, at least for now, in a dinosaur-filled world!  More than that, however, the pdf begins with a really handy index that dinosaur aficionados will very much adore: A massive table that lists the dinosaurs released for PFRPG in alphabetical order, with CR, size, environment, whether they make animal companion or familiars…and […]

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  • Esoterrorists: Six Packed (GUMSHOE) This adventure for Esoterrorists clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page references, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs around? Great! Our take centers on the machinations of two individuals, namely George Bingham and Fred Seymore, Ulster Loyalist Defense Force loyalists who seek to re-incite the hostilities in Northern Ireland by means of terrorism. With their group recently losing most members due to disillusionment, the two have killed the son of an IRA member, one Jeremy O’Leary – […]

    Esoterrorists: Six Packed (GUMSHOE)

    Esoterrorists: Six Packed (GUMSHOE) This adventure for Esoterrorists clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page references, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs around? Great! Our take centers on the machinations of two individuals, namely George Bingham and Fred Seymore, Ulster Loyalist Defense Force loyalists who seek to re-incite the hostilities in Northern Ireland by means of terrorism. With their group recently losing most members due to disillusionment, the two have killed the son of an IRA member, one Jeremy O’Leary – […]

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  • Amazing Weapons, Armor, and Equipment for 5th Edition Fantasy (5e) This item-book clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf was moved forward in my review-queue as a prioritized review at teh request of my patreons.   One thing I really enjoy about 5e would be the assumption that magic weapons and equipment is rarer and more wondrous. Conversely, this does carry some issues when looking at the equipment available for low- to mid-level characters, though, namely that the pretty restrictive array of tools and weaponry available restricts the customization options […]

    Amazing Weapons, Armor, and Equipment for 5th Edition Fantasy (5e)

    Amazing Weapons, Armor, and Equipment for 5th Edition Fantasy (5e) This item-book clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf was moved forward in my review-queue as a prioritized review at teh request of my patreons.   One thing I really enjoy about 5e would be the assumption that magic weapons and equipment is rarer and more wondrous. Conversely, this does carry some issues when looking at the equipment available for low- to mid-level characters, though, namely that the pretty restrictive array of tools and weaponry available restricts the customization options […]

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  • Hybrid Class: Armjack This hybrid class clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The armjack hybrid class presented here represents a hybrid of bard and fighter that gets a d10 HD, 6 + Int-mod skills per level, proficiency with simple and martial weapons, all armors and shields, including tower shields. The armjack gets a full BAB-progression as well as good Ref- and Will-save progression.   The armjack is a hybrid of bard and fighter and thus begins play with cry to arms, a variant of bardic performance that is started as a standard action and then maintained as a […]

    Hybrid Class: Armjack

    Hybrid Class: Armjack This hybrid class clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The armjack hybrid class presented here represents a hybrid of bard and fighter that gets a d10 HD, 6 + Int-mod skills per level, proficiency with simple and martial weapons, all armors and shields, including tower shields. The armjack gets a full BAB-progression as well as good Ref- and Will-save progression.   The armjack is a hybrid of bard and fighter and thus begins play with cry to arms, a variant of bardic performance that is started as a standard action and then maintained as a […]

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  • Character Options: Oracle This pdf clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 a page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 6.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin after a brief introductory passage with three oracle mysteries, the first of which would be “Giant World” – the class skills added here would be Intimidate, Perception and Knowledge (nature), with the bonus spells running the gamut from giant forms to enlarge person. The revelations available allow you to increase size (and weight!) of unattended items at touch temporarily, a Brew potion and later, heroes’ feast-duplicating cauldron, making an extradimensional giant’s home that scales in potency, gain greater resilience (Toughness, Great Fortitude, Improved Great Fortitude) and, pretty […]

    Character Options: Oracle

    Character Options: Oracle This pdf clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 a page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 6.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin after a brief introductory passage with three oracle mysteries, the first of which would be “Giant World” – the class skills added here would be Intimidate, Perception and Knowledge (nature), with the bonus spells running the gamut from giant forms to enlarge person. The revelations available allow you to increase size (and weight!) of unattended items at touch temporarily, a Brew potion and later, heroes’ feast-duplicating cauldron, making an extradimensional giant’s home that scales in potency, gain greater resilience (Toughness, Great Fortitude, Improved Great Fortitude) and, pretty […]

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  • Campaign Elements: The Giggling Deep (DCC) This installment of the Campaign Elements-series of set-pieces/modules/environments for DCC clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, ~1/2 page editorial, 1.5 pages SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pages are A5-sized (6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on one sheet of paper if you print it out.   All right, this being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only judges around? Great! So, somewhere in a complex of your choosing, there is a stone cap, bedecked with runes. Via brains or brawn, read magic or […]

    Campaign Elements: The Giggling Deep (DCC)

    Campaign Elements: The Giggling Deep (DCC) This installment of the Campaign Elements-series of set-pieces/modules/environments for DCC clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, ~1/2 page editorial, 1.5 pages SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pages are A5-sized (6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on one sheet of paper if you print it out.   All right, this being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only judges around? Great! So, somewhere in a complex of your choosing, there is a stone cap, bedecked with runes. Via brains or brawn, read magic or […]

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  • Trail of the Apprentice This massive book clocks in at 295 pages; 292 if you take away editorial, foreword, etc.   Now, if you’re new to Trail of the Apprentice: This is basically a campaign that strives to teach new gamers, both players and GMs, the ropes – for Pathfinder’s beginner’s rules or those provided for 5e D&D, it is intended as an experience of the basics of adventuring. Theme-wise, it is a campaign intended for family gaming night and as such is significantly less “dark” or “scary” than some other published modules – as a whole, I believe that kids ages 8+ should not experience any issues in this campaign, unless they are particularly sensitive. Conversely, if your kids […]

    Trail of the Apprentice

    Trail of the Apprentice This massive book clocks in at 295 pages; 292 if you take away editorial, foreword, etc.   Now, if you’re new to Trail of the Apprentice: This is basically a campaign that strives to teach new gamers, both players and GMs, the ropes – for Pathfinder’s beginner’s rules or those provided for 5e D&D, it is intended as an experience of the basics of adventuring. Theme-wise, it is a campaign intended for family gaming night and as such is significantly less “dark” or “scary” than some other published modules – as a whole, I believe that kids ages 8+ should not experience any issues in this campaign, unless they are particularly sensitive. Conversely, if your kids […]

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  • Trail of the Apprentice V: The Wizard’s Dungeon The final installment of the Trail of the Apprentice-series clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 55 pages of content. To this, we can add a nice 12-page (already minus front cover/editorial) art-and-map-folio, which contains GM and player maps as well as a version sans grid and the original pieces of art for hand-out purposes. Neato!   As always, Trail of the Apprentice is made for family game night and with the express purpose of teaching new groups of players and GMs […]

    Trail of the Apprentice V: The Wizard’s Dungeon

    Trail of the Apprentice V: The Wizard’s Dungeon The final installment of the Trail of the Apprentice-series clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 55 pages of content. To this, we can add a nice 12-page (already minus front cover/editorial) art-and-map-folio, which contains GM and player maps as well as a version sans grid and the original pieces of art for hand-out purposes. Neato!   As always, Trail of the Apprentice is made for family game night and with the express purpose of teaching new groups of players and GMs […]

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  • Mini-Dungeon: Peril at the Lamiak’s Bridge 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. This one does not come with a .tif extra map, just fyi. Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is. Got that? Great!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion. … .. . Still […]

    Mini-Dungeon: Peril at the Lamiak’s Bridge

    Mini-Dungeon: Peril at the Lamiak’s Bridge 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. This one does not come with a .tif extra map, just fyi. Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is. Got that? Great!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion. … .. . Still […]

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  • Psionics Augmented: Mind and Soul This installment of Dreamscarred Press’ Psioncis Augmented-series clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a welcome and well-explained discussion of the basic differences between psionics and psychic magic: As noted by yours truly before, psionics are drawn from an internal power, while psychic magic channels effects and draws its potency from an external source of power – but beyond that, the pdf goes on to discuss the interaction of both and the potential that can be drawn from their interaction in both narrative and mechanical terms, […]

    Psionics Augmented: Mind and Soul

    Psionics Augmented: Mind and Soul This installment of Dreamscarred Press’ Psioncis Augmented-series clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a welcome and well-explained discussion of the basic differences between psionics and psychic magic: As noted by yours truly before, psionics are drawn from an internal power, while psychic magic channels effects and draws its potency from an external source of power – but beyond that, the pdf goes on to discuss the interaction of both and the potential that can be drawn from their interaction in both narrative and mechanical terms, […]

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  • Tower of the Stargazer (OSR) This module clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page b/w-version of the cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though these pages are A5-booklet-sized (6” by 9”), which means you can fit about 4 of them on a given sheet of paper, provided your eyesight is good enough.   This review is based primarily on the print-version with new layout from 2014, though I took the electronic version for reference purposes.   So, first things first: This is intended as an introductory module…perhaps not necessarily for gaming as such (more on that later),but for LotFP’s distinct style of design.  […]

    Tower of the Stargazer (OSR)

    Tower of the Stargazer (OSR) This module clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page b/w-version of the cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though these pages are A5-booklet-sized (6” by 9”), which means you can fit about 4 of them on a given sheet of paper, provided your eyesight is good enough.   This review is based primarily on the print-version with new layout from 2014, though I took the electronic version for reference purposes.   So, first things first: This is intended as an introductory module…perhaps not necessarily for gaming as such (more on that later),but for LotFP’s distinct style of design.  […]

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  • Advancing with Class: The Witch This installment of the Advancing with Class-series clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages fo content, so let’s take a look!   All right, after a brief and solid piece of introductory prose, we begin with 5 different patrons, with 3 being tied to fey, one representing a more scholarly bent and one being an antithesis of winter. More interesting than these (though their spell selection is pretty interesting) would be the metric ton of hexes that can be found herein, which are further categorized by theme – Eldritch, Fey, General and Shadow would […]

    Advancing with Class: The Witch

    Advancing with Class: The Witch This installment of the Advancing with Class-series clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages fo content, so let’s take a look!   All right, after a brief and solid piece of introductory prose, we begin with 5 different patrons, with 3 being tied to fey, one representing a more scholarly bent and one being an antithesis of winter. More interesting than these (though their spell selection is pretty interesting) would be the metric ton of hexes that can be found herein, which are further categorized by theme – Eldritch, Fey, General and Shadow would […]

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  • Legendary Assassins This supplement clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The assassin-PrC has captured the minds of gamers and GMs alike ever since its 2nd edition kit…but, alas, if there is one thing that holds true for the concept, it’s that its rules-representation standard in 3.X and, subsequently, the Pathfinder-iteration, just don’t do the job that well. The pathfinder PrC is hampered by having been released at a very early stage […]

    Legendary Assassins

    Legendary Assassins This supplement clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The assassin-PrC has captured the minds of gamers and GMs alike ever since its 2nd edition kit…but, alas, if there is one thing that holds true for the concept, it’s that its rules-representation standard in 3.X and, subsequently, the Pathfinder-iteration, just don’t do the job that well. The pathfinder PrC is hampered by having been released at a very early stage […]

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  • Race Options: Dwarves This little pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with ~7.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so we begin this pdf with a ton of alternate racial traits to customize dwarves – unless I have miscounted, a total of 12 such alternate racial traits is included. Nice touch: The base racial stats of the race have been reprinted here for your convenience, but more interestingly, the pdf contains 3 suggestions for racial subtypes and which respective alternate racial traits to use to epitomize them, sporting some nice fluff as supplemental material.   All right, so what do these alternate racial traits cover? Well, […]

    Race Options: Dwarves

    Race Options: Dwarves This little pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with ~7.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so we begin this pdf with a ton of alternate racial traits to customize dwarves – unless I have miscounted, a total of 12 such alternate racial traits is included. Nice touch: The base racial stats of the race have been reprinted here for your convenience, but more interestingly, the pdf contains 3 suggestions for racial subtypes and which respective alternate racial traits to use to epitomize them, sporting some nice fluff as supplemental material.   All right, so what do these alternate racial traits cover? Well, […]

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  • Cults of Celmae: The Ashen King The first pdf depicting the diverse cults of the Celmae-setting (also known as Shattered Skies), clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The believer’s of the Ashen King’s creed hold the conviction that the cataclysm that shattered the lands of Celmae, the central, original catastrophe of the setting, was but a means of staving off a yet worse apocalypse. Worshiped, unsurprisingly, by the duergar and similar underworld-dwelling creatures, the creed  of the Ashen King, fully reproduced here, begins with the words: “We follow the shadowed path of He […]

    Cults of Celmae: The Ashen King

    Cults of Celmae: The Ashen King The first pdf depicting the diverse cults of the Celmae-setting (also known as Shattered Skies), clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The believer’s of the Ashen King’s creed hold the conviction that the cataclysm that shattered the lands of Celmae, the central, original catastrophe of the setting, was but a means of staving off a yet worse apocalypse. Worshiped, unsurprisingly, by the duergar and similar underworld-dwelling creatures, the creed  of the Ashen King, fully reproduced here, begins with the words: “We follow the shadowed path of He […]

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  • Last Gasp (5e) This module clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages for this module for 6th-level characters, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended to be run in Midgard’s Southlands, though arguably, it can be transported with ease into just about any desert-themed environment that can feature a lost tomb. Even the desert-fluff can arguably be eliminated by refluffing the module.   All right, you know the deal – this being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still around? Great!  So, this module begins pretty much […]

    Last Gasp (5e)

    Last Gasp (5e) This module clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages for this module for 6th-level characters, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended to be run in Midgard’s Southlands, though arguably, it can be transported with ease into just about any desert-themed environment that can feature a lost tomb. Even the desert-fluff can arguably be eliminated by refluffing the module.   All right, you know the deal – this being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still around? Great!  So, this module begins pretty much […]

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  • I loot the minion’s body! This installment of the “I loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the first dressing table herein contains keepsakes and sports no less than 100 of them: From small stones taken from invaded and destroyed castles to pointed fangs that ostensibly may have once belonged to a vampire to stuffed kid’s bears and miniature urns…or betrothal tokens, there is a tint of sentimentality and storytelling potential inherent in these, making them fitting and, as a whole, a well-crafted table that can tell little […]

    I loot the minion’s body!

    I loot the minion’s body! This installment of the “I loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the first dressing table herein contains keepsakes and sports no less than 100 of them: From small stones taken from invaded and destroyed castles to pointed fangs that ostensibly may have once belonged to a vampire to stuffed kid’s bears and miniature urns…or betrothal tokens, there is a tint of sentimentality and storytelling potential inherent in these, making them fitting and, as a whole, a well-crafted table that can tell little […]

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  • Treasures & Trinkets: I loot the minion’s body! (system neutral) This installment of the “I loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the first dressing table herein contains keepsakes and sports no less than 100 of them: From small stones taken from invaded and destroyed castles to pointed fangs that ostensibly may have once belonged to a vampire to stuffed kid’s bears and miniature urns…or betrothal tokens, there is a tint of sentimentality and storytelling potential inherent in these, making them fitting and, as a whole, a well-crafted […]

    Treasures & Trinkets: I loot the minion’s body! (system neutral)

    Treasures & Trinkets: I loot the minion’s body! (system neutral) This installment of the “I loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the first dressing table herein contains keepsakes and sports no less than 100 of them: From small stones taken from invaded and destroyed castles to pointed fangs that ostensibly may have once belonged to a vampire to stuffed kid’s bears and miniature urns…or betrothal tokens, there is a tint of sentimentality and storytelling potential inherent in these, making them fitting and, as a whole, a well-crafted […]

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  • The Dragon’s Hoard: Rings, Rods, and Staves The second of Flaming Crab Games’ magic item-pdfs clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin without much ado with 16 new rings – and ALL of them receive their own b/w-artwork – with one exception that has a black-red-artwork…don’t know why – I think the b/w-version would have been a better aesthetic choice there…but I digress. The first ring is a winner: Anchor rings look like a bland dimensional anchor spell in a can…until you realize that you can throw your magical anchor at a creature who already teleported away. […]

    The Dragon’s Hoard: Rings, Rods, and Staves

    The Dragon’s Hoard: Rings, Rods, and Staves The second of Flaming Crab Games’ magic item-pdfs clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin without much ado with 16 new rings – and ALL of them receive their own b/w-artwork – with one exception that has a black-red-artwork…don’t know why – I think the b/w-version would have been a better aesthetic choice there…but I digress. The first ring is a winner: Anchor rings look like a bland dimensional anchor spell in a can…until you realize that you can throw your magical anchor at a creature who already teleported away. […]

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  • I Loot the Warrior’s Body! This installment of the “I loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, we begin with a massive table of 100 entries that covers armor and outfits that add an AMAZING depth of detail to the respective entries: From bulky bronze armor weighing a whopping 150 pounds to holy symbols emblazoned on the respective armor to seashells added, from armor fashioned to look like hezrous, the diversity or theme is here, but it is supplemented by entries that take the whole table one step […]

    I Loot the Warrior’s Body!

    I Loot the Warrior’s Body! This installment of the “I loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, we begin with a massive table of 100 entries that covers armor and outfits that add an AMAZING depth of detail to the respective entries: From bulky bronze armor weighing a whopping 150 pounds to holy symbols emblazoned on the respective armor to seashells added, from armor fashioned to look like hezrous, the diversity or theme is here, but it is supplemented by entries that take the whole table one step […]

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  • Treasures & Trinkets: I Loot the Warrior’s Body! (system neutral) This installment of the “I loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, we begin with a massive table of 100 entries that covers armor and outfits that add an AMAZING depth of detail to the respective entries: From bulky bronze armor weighing a whopping 150 pounds to holy symbols emblazoned on the respective armor to seashells added, from armor fashioned to look like hezrous, the diversity or theme is here. The amazing mechanical options some of these entries […]

    Treasures & Trinkets: I Loot the Warrior’s Body! (system neutral)

    Treasures & Trinkets: I Loot the Warrior’s Body! (system neutral) This installment of the “I loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, we begin with a massive table of 100 entries that covers armor and outfits that add an AMAZING depth of detail to the respective entries: From bulky bronze armor weighing a whopping 150 pounds to holy symbols emblazoned on the respective armor to seashells added, from armor fashioned to look like hezrous, the diversity or theme is here. The amazing mechanical options some of these entries […]

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  • Deadly Gardens: Catchweed This installment of the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 a page SRD/editorial, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment of Deadly Gardens with the twigman fetish, which can generate a wooden construct, which then may be directed by the user to attack and otherwise idles. I like this item per se very much, though the interaction of the item with save-prompting spells and effects make it a bit flawed – I assume auto-failure, but I’m not sure.   The pdf also features two terrain types: Razor Shale is EXTREMELY hard to climb and requires similarly high Ref-saves to prevent taking […]

    Deadly Gardens: Catchweed

    Deadly Gardens: Catchweed This installment of the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 a page SRD/editorial, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment of Deadly Gardens with the twigman fetish, which can generate a wooden construct, which then may be directed by the user to attack and otherwise idles. I like this item per se very much, though the interaction of the item with save-prompting spells and effects make it a bit flawed – I assume auto-failure, but I’m not sure.   The pdf also features two terrain types: Razor Shale is EXTREMELY hard to climb and requires similarly high Ref-saves to prevent taking […]

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  • Trail of the Apprentice IV: The Oracle’s Test The fourth installment of the Trail of the Apprentice-series, designed to teach RPGs to both players and GMs alike, clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 43 pages of content. The pdf also comes with an art and map folio that clocks in at 27 pages (if you take front cover and editorial away), presenting the art as hand-outs as well as versions of the maps with and without grids, player-friendly and key-less  – kudos for that! Seriously, […]

    Trail of the Apprentice IV: The Oracle’s Test

    Trail of the Apprentice IV: The Oracle’s Test The fourth installment of the Trail of the Apprentice-series, designed to teach RPGs to both players and GMs alike, clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 43 pages of content. The pdf also comes with an art and map folio that clocks in at 27 pages (if you take front cover and editorial away), presenting the art as hand-outs as well as versions of the maps with and without grids, player-friendly and key-less  – kudos for that! Seriously, […]

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  • Drow of Porphyra: The Strivog, the Bone Drow This installment of the series depicting the diverse drow cultures of the patchwork planet Porphyra clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   One note first: This depicts a capital letters EVIL drow culture and as such contains some mature themes (hence no PFRPG-logo) – it’s not grimdark and won’t shock kids in their puberty, but sensitive small kids shouldn’t read this. If you need guidance: If your kids love Conan or enjoy reading darker stuff, they’ll be fine.   On a far-off planet, at one point, the elves were […]

    Drow of Porphyra: The Strivog, the Bone Drow

    Drow of Porphyra: The Strivog, the Bone Drow This installment of the series depicting the diverse drow cultures of the patchwork planet Porphyra clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   One note first: This depicts a capital letters EVIL drow culture and as such contains some mature themes (hence no PFRPG-logo) – it’s not grimdark and won’t shock kids in their puberty, but sensitive small kids shouldn’t read this. If you need guidance: If your kids love Conan or enjoy reading darker stuff, they’ll be fine.   On a far-off planet, at one point, the elves were […]

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  • Cultures of Celmae: Briranor This installment of the Cultures of Celmae-series clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The briranor, prior to the Shattering, were an isolated people, dwelling on the Emerald Isle (fully mapped in full color!) – a tribal people fighting as much amongst themselves as with the orcs. When the Shattering tore Celmae asunder, they faced titanic beasts and had to retreat, in unity, to the newly unearthed cities of ruins opened to the sky by the now floating landmasses. Occupying the remains of this erstwhile civilization, they tried to rebuild…but […]

    Cultures of Celmae: Briranor

    Cultures of Celmae: Briranor This installment of the Cultures of Celmae-series clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The briranor, prior to the Shattering, were an isolated people, dwelling on the Emerald Isle (fully mapped in full color!) – a tribal people fighting as much amongst themselves as with the orcs. When the Shattering tore Celmae asunder, they faced titanic beasts and had to retreat, in unity, to the newly unearthed cities of ruins opened to the sky by the now floating landmasses. Occupying the remains of this erstwhile civilization, they tried to rebuild…but […]

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  • Monster Classes: Giants and Reptiles This installment of Dreamscarred Press’ Monster Classes-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, a page containing only a bit of glossary, leaving us with ~10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? In one sentence: It’s Dreamscarred press providing the Savage Species type of “Play monsters”-rules for  the context of the Pathfinder roleplaying game. The pdf does acknowledge that this series (or even, individual installments) may not be for everyone – the fact is that most modules are humanocentric and thus, playing monsters can wreck havoc with the assumptions of a given game…more so than players are liable to anyways. […]

    Monster Classes: Giants and Reptiles

    Monster Classes: Giants and Reptiles This installment of Dreamscarred Press’ Monster Classes-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, a page containing only a bit of glossary, leaving us with ~10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? In one sentence: It’s Dreamscarred press providing the Savage Species type of “Play monsters”-rules for  the context of the Pathfinder roleplaying game. The pdf does acknowledge that this series (or even, individual installments) may not be for everyone – the fact is that most modules are humanocentric and thus, playing monsters can wreck havoc with the assumptions of a given game…more so than players are liable to anyways. […]

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