Tabletop Gaming

  • Bloodforge Infusions: Feathers and Fur The second installment of the Bloodforge Infusions-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, ½ a page ToC, ½ a page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this one with a brief recap of the subtypes introduced in the big Bloodforge book before diving into the first race presented within, which would be one that really makes sense to me – the entoli, born from the union of sirens and maenads (still a race from Ultimate Psionics I really enjoy); the write-up does include notes on their appearance as well as their demeanor, and mechanics-wise, they get […]

    Bloodforge Infusions: Feathers and Fur

    Bloodforge Infusions: Feathers and Fur The second installment of the Bloodforge Infusions-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, ½ a page ToC, ½ a page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this one with a brief recap of the subtypes introduced in the big Bloodforge book before diving into the first race presented within, which would be one that really makes sense to me – the entoli, born from the union of sirens and maenads (still a race from Ultimate Psionics I really enjoy); the write-up does include notes on their appearance as well as their demeanor, and mechanics-wise, they get […]

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  • Black Dogs ‘zine #3 (OSR) The third installment of the Black Dogs‘ zine clocks in at 51 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page blank, 1 page ToC, 2 pages editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 45 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment of the Black Dogs-‘zine with a brief call for submissions and editors – considering how installment #2’s rules-language fared, I really hope someone will volunteer/that the author improves in that regard. We also learn about future plans for the ‘zine.   In this installment, the focus lies on adventure locale creation, and thus, we begin with a summary […]

    Black Dogs ‘zine #3 (OSR)

    Black Dogs ‘zine #3 (OSR) The third installment of the Black Dogs‘ zine clocks in at 51 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page blank, 1 page ToC, 2 pages editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 45 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment of the Black Dogs-‘zine with a brief call for submissions and editors – considering how installment #2’s rules-language fared, I really hope someone will volunteer/that the author improves in that regard. We also learn about future plans for the ‘zine.   In this installment, the focus lies on adventure locale creation, and thus, we begin with a summary […]

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  • Legendary Shifter This player-facing class book/class redesign clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 24 pages of content, though it should be noted that, as always, legendary Games has stuffed a TON of content within these pages, so let’s take a look!   Wait. Before we do, I need to fully disclose one fact. To say that I don’t like the shifter class would be a frickin’ understatement. After all the shapeshifting classes I’ve reviewed, the class was the blandest, more bring implementation of the concept I could possibly fathom. It’s one of my least favorite PFRPG […]

    Legendary Shifter

    Legendary Shifter This player-facing class book/class redesign clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 24 pages of content, though it should be noted that, as always, legendary Games has stuffed a TON of content within these pages, so let’s take a look!   Wait. Before we do, I need to fully disclose one fact. To say that I don’t like the shifter class would be a frickin’ understatement. After all the shapeshifting classes I’ve reviewed, the class was the blandest, more bring implementation of the concept I could possibly fathom. It’s one of my least favorite PFRPG […]

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  • Fever-Dreaming Marlinko (OSR) The second big Hill Cantons-book clocks in at 72 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 66 pages of content, laid out in the classic digest (A5-ish) standard, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreons, to be undertaken at my convenience. I do own the print version of this booklet and my review is primarily based on the print version. I did also consult the pdf.   Content-wise, I probably should state that if you’re a super-devout Christian, one particular aspect of the supplement *may* potentially offend you; it also contains profanity. I found it hilarious, […]

    Fever-Dreaming Marlinko (OSR)

    Fever-Dreaming Marlinko (OSR) The second big Hill Cantons-book clocks in at 72 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 66 pages of content, laid out in the classic digest (A5-ish) standard, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreons, to be undertaken at my convenience. I do own the print version of this booklet and my review is primarily based on the print version. I did also consult the pdf.   Content-wise, I probably should state that if you’re a super-devout Christian, one particular aspect of the supplement *may* potentially offend you; it also contains profanity. I found it hilarious, […]

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  • Vathak Terrors: Cured of Ursatur This little bestiary clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a brief introduction of the context of Ina’Oth and the deadly Plague of Shadows that ravages these lands…and the results of the methods to combat the plagues that sweep Ursatur.   The children of vinari healer Anna Schafer still haunt the places, constituting the first critter within, Anna’s Forgotten, a CR 13 undead. Born from the desperate attempts to find a cure from experimentation on children, the canonization of the good Dr as a Saint of […]

    Vathak Terrors: Cured of Ursatur

    Vathak Terrors: Cured of Ursatur This little bestiary clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a brief introduction of the context of Ina’Oth and the deadly Plague of Shadows that ravages these lands…and the results of the methods to combat the plagues that sweep Ursatur.   The children of vinari healer Anna Schafer still haunt the places, constituting the first critter within, Anna’s Forgotten, a CR 13 undead. Born from the desperate attempts to find a cure from experimentation on children, the canonization of the good Dr as a Saint of […]

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  • Rogues of Porphyra This installment of the player-facing „…of Porphyra“-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 30 pages of content – and yes, regular-sized pages!   This book is intended with both the classic and unchained rogue in mind, using brown text to denote content devised for the unchained rogue. The pdf begins by acknowledging the issues the rogue class has, and the ones that the unchained rogue class has. The author does offer some introductory advice for the player, and then begins to present basically fixes for the rogue and unchained rogue class, the first of which would be alternate key abilities, which allow the rogue […]

    Rogues of Porphyra

    Rogues of Porphyra This installment of the player-facing „…of Porphyra“-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 30 pages of content – and yes, regular-sized pages!   This book is intended with both the classic and unchained rogue in mind, using brown text to denote content devised for the unchained rogue. The pdf begins by acknowledging the issues the rogue class has, and the ones that the unchained rogue class has. The author does offer some introductory advice for the player, and then begins to present basically fixes for the rogue and unchained rogue class, the first of which would be alternate key abilities, which allow the rogue […]

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  • Faces of Vathak: Survivors This collection of NPCs clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages, so let’s take a look!   The NPC statblocks within are, ultimately, NPC-Codex style stats for general themes, with the first page providing an overview of the NPCs by CR. It should be noted, however, that these stats are not exactly standard critters, providing a relatively complex array in some cases. They also come with a brief flavor description each, and the artworks featured are clever, often using public domain art that has been twisted in certain ways – I adore this, as it provides a sense of strange […]

    Faces of Vathak: Survivors

    Faces of Vathak: Survivors This collection of NPCs clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages, so let’s take a look!   The NPC statblocks within are, ultimately, NPC-Codex style stats for general themes, with the first page providing an overview of the NPCs by CR. It should be noted, however, that these stats are not exactly standard critters, providing a relatively complex array in some cases. They also come with a brief flavor description each, and the artworks featured are clever, often using public domain art that has been twisted in certain ways – I adore this, as it provides a sense of strange […]

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  • Secret Societies of Vathak: The People of Ash This supplement depicting one of Vathak’s secret organizations clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The huantlings of Vathak that believe that they have been granted their strange state of existence by virtue of fire hold the grimoires The Litany of Ashes in particularly high regards, searching for purpose in the book as well as the fragmented memories of their fire-stained past. Those that follow this creed of fire and ash are known as the People of Ash, and as such, the organization itself mirrors the diverse social […]

    Secret Societies of Vathak: The People of Ash

    Secret Societies of Vathak: The People of Ash This supplement depicting one of Vathak’s secret organizations clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The huantlings of Vathak that believe that they have been granted their strange state of existence by virtue of fire hold the grimoires The Litany of Ashes in particularly high regards, searching for purpose in the book as well as the fragmented memories of their fire-stained past. Those that follow this creed of fire and ash are known as the People of Ash, and as such, the organization itself mirrors the diverse social […]

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  • Odditional Materials (OSR) This collection of supplemental materials and hacks for Into the Odd comes as a 39-page pdf, 1 page of which is devoted to the editorial; the rest is content, as the cover and wrap-around cover are presented as .jpgs. The pages, as most of the time for OSR-type supplements, are laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), though printing multiple pages on a single sheet of paper is not recommended here: The pages have pretty wide borders for map-excerpts, commentary, supplemental information or the like – or some white space. The exception here would be the final hack within, which is really making use of its allotted space, cramming a TON of information onto the page.   […]

    Odditional Materials (OSR)

    Odditional Materials (OSR) This collection of supplemental materials and hacks for Into the Odd comes as a 39-page pdf, 1 page of which is devoted to the editorial; the rest is content, as the cover and wrap-around cover are presented as .jpgs. The pages, as most of the time for OSR-type supplements, are laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), though printing multiple pages on a single sheet of paper is not recommended here: The pages have pretty wide borders for map-excerpts, commentary, supplemental information or the like – or some white space. The exception here would be the final hack within, which is really making use of its allotted space, cramming a TON of information onto the page.   […]

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  • Into the Odd (OSR) This roleplaying game/sourcebook clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 46 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by one of my patreons, to be undertaken at my convenience.   All right, I’ve already referenced this little RPG in quite a few of my reviews of rules lite systems, so it’s high time I covered this one!   Now, the game’s chassis is remarkably simple in its presentation, though the game does indeed work best for roleplaying game veterans. The extremely condensed presentation makes explanation and grasping the […]

    Into the Odd (OSR)

    Into the Odd (OSR) This roleplaying game/sourcebook clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 46 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by one of my patreons, to be undertaken at my convenience.   All right, I’ve already referenced this little RPG in quite a few of my reviews of rules lite systems, so it’s high time I covered this one!   Now, the game’s chassis is remarkably simple in its presentation, though the game does indeed work best for roleplaying game veterans. The extremely condensed presentation makes explanation and grasping the […]

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  • Starfarer’s Codex: Toonimancy (SFRPG) This installment of the Starfarer’s Codex-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, the introduction specifies that technomancers can access magic tied t more than physical technology, mentioning search engines (digimancy), dubthurgy and spamorcery. Damn, now I really want a spamorcery-specialist! Anyways, younger technomancers (and those nerdy/young at heart) enjoy toonimancy, drawing upon concepts popularized by cartoons. This write up also mentions the Tooninomicon. It often comes in physical versions and contains this warning, in dozens of languages: “Warning! You are not B. Bunny!” Oh yeah? Yeah!   Anyways, we get […]

    Starfarer’s Codex: Toonimancy (SFRPG)

    Starfarer’s Codex: Toonimancy (SFRPG) This installment of the Starfarer’s Codex-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, the introduction specifies that technomancers can access magic tied t more than physical technology, mentioning search engines (digimancy), dubthurgy and spamorcery. Damn, now I really want a spamorcery-specialist! Anyways, younger technomancers (and those nerdy/young at heart) enjoy toonimancy, drawing upon concepts popularized by cartoons. This write up also mentions the Tooninomicon. It often comes in physical versions and contains this warning, in dozens of languages: “Warning! You are not B. Bunny!” Oh yeah? Yeah!   Anyways, we get […]

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  • Star Log.DELUXE: Starfarer Grafts (SFRPG) This extra-long installment of the Star Log-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 8.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, this one is something completely different.  Everyman Gaming and Rogue Genius Games have been at the vanguard of Starfinder content from the get-go; the massive Starfarer’s Companion book would be one such example. Now, here’s the thing – quite a lot of the releases of the companies managed to predate the Alien Archive, which means that NPC/Monster-creation couldn’t be taken into account.   Well, this book remedies that for quite a wide variety of different sources. To be […]

    Star Log.DELUXE: Starfarer Grafts (SFRPG)

    Star Log.DELUXE: Starfarer Grafts (SFRPG) This extra-long installment of the Star Log-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 8.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, this one is something completely different.  Everyman Gaming and Rogue Genius Games have been at the vanguard of Starfinder content from the get-go; the massive Starfarer’s Companion book would be one such example. Now, here’s the thing – quite a lot of the releases of the companies managed to predate the Alien Archive, which means that NPC/Monster-creation couldn’t be taken into account.   Well, this book remedies that for quite a wide variety of different sources. To be […]

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  • Starfarer’s Codex: Legacy Gunslinger (SFRPG) This installment of the Starfarer’s Codex-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, the first thing you’ll notice regarding these class options, is that gunslinging herein is not limited to the options of a new class; instead, there is a variety of ways to get the respective gunslinging tricks you want. Operatives may choose the gunslinger specialization, which has Intimidate and Perception as associated skills and allows for the use of Perception to make trick attacks. As a specialization exploit, you can choose any gunslinger ability of 9th level or […]

    Starfarer’s Codex: Legacy Gunslinger (SFRPG)

    Starfarer’s Codex: Legacy Gunslinger (SFRPG) This installment of the Starfarer’s Codex-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, the first thing you’ll notice regarding these class options, is that gunslinging herein is not limited to the options of a new class; instead, there is a variety of ways to get the respective gunslinging tricks you want. Operatives may choose the gunslinger specialization, which has Intimidate and Perception as associated skills and allows for the use of Perception to make trick attacks. As a specialization exploit, you can choose any gunslinger ability of 9th level or […]

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  • Star Log.EM: Magic Hacks (SFRPG) This installment of the Star Log.EM-series clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As before, we have a nice little flavorful contextualization of the subject matter in the Xa-Osoro system, noting the influence of the “Cult of .//ALL”, which I considered to be rather inspiring.   The pdf sports 3 different 2nd level hacks; Arcing Charge lets you expend an unused spell slot as a move action to charge a weapon, transforming its damage to inflict electricity damage. Nice catch: The weapons, if targeting KAC, still do so. If it does not have […]

    Star Log.EM: Magic Hacks (SFRPG)

    Star Log.EM: Magic Hacks (SFRPG) This installment of the Star Log.EM-series clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As before, we have a nice little flavorful contextualization of the subject matter in the Xa-Osoro system, noting the influence of the “Cult of .//ALL”, which I considered to be rather inspiring.   The pdf sports 3 different 2nd level hacks; Arcing Charge lets you expend an unused spell slot as a move action to charge a weapon, transforming its damage to inflict electricity damage. Nice catch: The weapons, if targeting KAC, still do so. If it does not have […]

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  • 20 Things: Townsfolk & Villagers (system neutral) This installment of the #20 Things-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!   Okay, this one is slightly more straightforward than most installments of the series, focusing exclusively, as the title promises, on folks you can meet in smaller settlements – we get one page devoted to one type of person, which makes sense from an organization paradigm and makes sure you find what you’re looking for quickly and without much hassle. As always in this series, suggested alignments are noted in brackets alongside […]

    20 Things: Townsfolk & Villagers (system neutral)

    20 Things: Townsfolk & Villagers (system neutral) This installment of the #20 Things-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!   Okay, this one is slightly more straightforward than most installments of the series, focusing exclusively, as the title promises, on folks you can meet in smaller settlements – we get one page devoted to one type of person, which makes sense from an organization paradigm and makes sure you find what you’re looking for quickly and without much hassle. As always in this series, suggested alignments are noted in brackets alongside […]

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  • Legendary Gunslingers This installment of the player-centric/class redesign books clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 27 pages of content – as always for Legendary Games, these pages are packed with materials, so rest assured that there’s a LOT of content within!   Now, I’ve been pretty vocal about the copious issues that the gunslinger class has, so let’s start with the big selling point of this pdf – the Legendary Gunslinger base class. Now, in an interesting aside, the pdf already shows a level of care […]

    Legendary Gunslingers

    Legendary Gunslingers This installment of the player-centric/class redesign books clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 27 pages of content – as always for Legendary Games, these pages are packed with materials, so rest assured that there’s a LOT of content within!   Now, I’ve been pretty vocal about the copious issues that the gunslinger class has, so let’s start with the big selling point of this pdf – the Legendary Gunslinger base class. Now, in an interesting aside, the pdf already shows a level of care […]

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  • Everyman Minis: Unchained Kangaroos Dire Edition This Everyman Mini actually clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, while nominally, this pdf does reference the Everyman Minis: Unchained Kangaroos and Yroometji, you don’t require either to make use of the majority of this pdf.   We begin this pdf with a new animal, the Procoptodon megafauna, whose critical kicks can cause Constitution damage and bleed. And yes, they are really effective for CR 3. Minor complaint: The senses-line notes “Perception +#”, which should be “Perception +7”; cosmetic, since the skills do note the proper value. The pdf also […]

    Everyman Minis: Unchained Kangaroos Dire Edition

    Everyman Minis: Unchained Kangaroos Dire Edition This Everyman Mini actually clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, while nominally, this pdf does reference the Everyman Minis: Unchained Kangaroos and Yroometji, you don’t require either to make use of the majority of this pdf.   We begin this pdf with a new animal, the Procoptodon megafauna, whose critical kicks can cause Constitution damage and bleed. And yes, they are really effective for CR 3. Minor complaint: The senses-line notes “Perception +#”, which should be “Perception +7”; cosmetic, since the skills do note the proper value. The pdf also […]

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  • Venommancer Hybrid Class This hybrid class clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by one of my patreons, to be undertaken at my leisure.   So, the venommancer is a hybrid of alchemist and kineticist and gets d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons plus bola, boomerang, flask thrower, needle glove, scorpion whip, shuriken, scythe, throwing syringe, wrist launcher and whip as well as light armor, but not with shields. They get ¾ BAB-progression, begin play with poison use and have good Fort- and Ref-saves. […]

    Venommancer Hybrid Class

    Venommancer Hybrid Class This hybrid class clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by one of my patreons, to be undertaken at my leisure.   So, the venommancer is a hybrid of alchemist and kineticist and gets d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons plus bola, boomerang, flask thrower, needle glove, scorpion whip, shuriken, scythe, throwing syringe, wrist launcher and whip as well as light armor, but not with shields. They get ¾ BAB-progression, begin play with poison use and have good Fort- and Ref-saves. […]

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  • Troika! RPG (OSR) This rules-lite RPG clocks in at 50 pages if you take away the front cover, TOC, and introduction; a simple character sheet is included in the deal. My review of this RPG system is based on the softcover print version, which is 6’’ by 9’’ (A5) in size. The cover of my print edition could be considered to be NSFW by particularly conservative standards, so please beware below – the review does sport a photo of the print copy below.   Now, while this RPG has been released by Melsonian Arts Council, it is not necessarily one we’d associate with classic OSR gaming in all but the most extensive of ways. Much like “Into the Odd” and […]

    Troika! RPG (OSR)

    Troika! RPG (OSR) This rules-lite RPG clocks in at 50 pages if you take away the front cover, TOC, and introduction; a simple character sheet is included in the deal. My review of this RPG system is based on the softcover print version, which is 6’’ by 9’’ (A5) in size. The cover of my print edition could be considered to be NSFW by particularly conservative standards, so please beware below – the review does sport a photo of the print copy below.   Now, while this RPG has been released by Melsonian Arts Council, it is not necessarily one we’d associate with classic OSR gaming in all but the most extensive of ways. Much like “Into the Odd” and […]

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  • 20 Things: Curio Shop & Pawnbrokers (system neutral) This installment of the #20 Things-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!   Curio shops are laces I really adore IRL – there is something I enjoy about the uncertainty they represent in our structured “everything-always-available” world that makes them appeal to me; in media, there are plenty of examples wherein curio shops and pawnbrokers represent plot points, angles and exciting environments. As such, it’s pretty odd that so few supplements capitalize on how cool these can be.   This pdf begins with […]

    20 Things: Curio Shop & Pawnbrokers (system neutral)

    20 Things: Curio Shop & Pawnbrokers (system neutral) This installment of the #20 Things-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!   Curio shops are laces I really adore IRL – there is something I enjoy about the uncertainty they represent in our structured “everything-always-available” world that makes them appeal to me; in media, there are plenty of examples wherein curio shops and pawnbrokers represent plot points, angles and exciting environments. As such, it’s pretty odd that so few supplements capitalize on how cool these can be.   This pdf begins with […]

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  • 20 Things: Ocean Voyage (system neutral) This installment of the #20 Things-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!   All righty, we begin this collection of dressing files with three pages that provide fluff-only write-ups for NPCs; these write-ups do mention alignments and classes, if any, and nomenclature adheres to old-school standards – thieves and magic-users instead of rogues and wizards. Old-school fans will certainly appreciate this. Now, the first page sports 6 different stowaways, which include a bored illusionist (who can make for a rather fun series of encounters…), a […]

    20 Things: Ocean Voyage (system neutral)

    20 Things: Ocean Voyage (system neutral) This installment of the #20 Things-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!   All righty, we begin this collection of dressing files with three pages that provide fluff-only write-ups for NPCs; these write-ups do mention alignments and classes, if any, and nomenclature adheres to old-school standards – thieves and magic-users instead of rogues and wizards. Old-school fans will certainly appreciate this. Now, the first page sports 6 different stowaways, which include a bored illusionist (who can make for a rather fun series of encounters…), a […]

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  • Wizards of the Coast is ready to throw down with Dungeon Mayhem, an easy-to-learn card game pitting the wits and brawn of a party of adventurers against each other. 2 to 4 players choose one of four decks modeled after characters in Dungeons & Dragons (barbarian, paladin, rogue, or wizard) and sling spells, daggers and, well,MAYHEM at each other until there’s only one left to claim the treasure. Look for Dungeon Mayhem in stores everywhere starting on November 16! “The colorful art style and fast pace makes Dungeon Mayhem perfect for introducing new fans to D&D,” said Nathan Stewart, director of D&D. “In the time it took me to dictate this quote to my underlings, I’ve already thrown two dagger cards […]

    Introducing Dungeon Mayhem – A Fast-paced Dungeons & Dragons Card Game Coming November 2018

    Wizards of the Coast is ready to throw down with Dungeon Mayhem, an easy-to-learn card game pitting the wits and brawn of a party of adventurers against each other. 2 to 4 players choose one of four decks modeled after characters in Dungeons & Dragons (barbarian, paladin, rogue, or wizard) and sling spells, daggers and, well,MAYHEM at each other until there’s only one left to claim the treasure. Look for Dungeon Mayhem in stores everywhere starting on November 16! “The colorful art style and fast pace makes Dungeon Mayhem perfect for introducing new fans to D&D,” said Nathan Stewart, director of D&D. “In the time it took me to dictate this quote to my underlings, I’ve already thrown two dagger cards […]

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  • King for a Day (system neutral) This mega-adventure clocks in at 304 pages if you take away editorial, credits, etc. – these are laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5) – though that page-count is for this version. The adventure comes with a second version intended for e-readers, which not only is much smaller regarding file-size, but which also sports pages per screen; kudos there. I own the softcover PoD-version of this adventure, and my review is primarily based on this version. The pdf version also features something pretty crucial – a bonus pdf that comes with no less than 31 pages (!!) of handouts, including faction glyphs, regional maps in color and b/w (the latter with regions and rivers […]

    King for a Day (system neutral)

    King for a Day (system neutral) This mega-adventure clocks in at 304 pages if you take away editorial, credits, etc. – these are laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5) – though that page-count is for this version. The adventure comes with a second version intended for e-readers, which not only is much smaller regarding file-size, but which also sports pages per screen; kudos there. I own the softcover PoD-version of this adventure, and my review is primarily based on this version. The pdf version also features something pretty crucial – a bonus pdf that comes with no less than 31 pages (!!) of handouts, including faction glyphs, regional maps in color and b/w (the latter with regions and rivers […]

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  • Loot Box of Wonder (SFRPG) This humble pdf 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!   This pdf was created for the Roll for Combat podcast, and this review was moved up in my queue, to be undertaken at my earliest convenience.   It should be noted that the majority of the pdf is laid out in a one-column standard, while the introductions and basic guidelines provided are laid out in a two-column standard.   So. Loot Boxes. They’re one reason I don’t play online games, are much maligned among game designers and players, and this pdf pokes fun at […]

    Loot Box of Wonder (SFRPG)

    Loot Box of Wonder (SFRPG) This humble pdf 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!   This pdf was created for the Roll for Combat podcast, and this review was moved up in my queue, to be undertaken at my earliest convenience.   It should be noted that the majority of the pdf is laid out in a one-column standard, while the introductions and basic guidelines provided are laid out in a two-column standard.   So. Loot Boxes. They’re one reason I don’t play online games, are much maligned among game designers and players, and this pdf pokes fun at […]

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  • 20 Things: Fallen Dwarven Hold (system neutral) This installment of the #20 Things-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!   In this installment, we take a look at dressing to flesh out a dwarven hold – and the “dwarven” is not just window dressing here: The first table features 10 workshop features that include anvils shaped like clenched fists, shelves cut into the living rock or intricate plans for a dwarven masterpiece, never realized. The plans may be works of art themselves, or they may well hold the potential for new […]

    20 Things: Fallen Dwarven Hold (system neutral)

    20 Things: Fallen Dwarven Hold (system neutral) This installment of the #20 Things-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!   In this installment, we take a look at dressing to flesh out a dwarven hold – and the “dwarven” is not just window dressing here: The first table features 10 workshop features that include anvils shaped like clenched fists, shelves cut into the living rock or intricate plans for a dwarven masterpiece, never realized. The plans may be works of art themselves, or they may well hold the potential for new […]

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  • Black Dogs ‘zine #2 (OSR) The second installment of the Black Dogs ‘zine clocks in at 47 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page blank, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages explanation/index and roadmap of what’s presented when, and one page is a call for English native speakers/editors. This leaves us with 39 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   Now, let’s recap for a second of what this ‘zine is and how it differs from most such supplements: Black Dogs is basically a cross between a collection of house-rules and a setting-hack; it is based on Lamentations of the Flame Princess […]

    Black Dogs ‘zine #2 (OSR)

    Black Dogs ‘zine #2 (OSR) The second installment of the Black Dogs ‘zine clocks in at 47 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page blank, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages explanation/index and roadmap of what’s presented when, and one page is a call for English native speakers/editors. This leaves us with 39 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   Now, let’s recap for a second of what this ‘zine is and how it differs from most such supplements: Black Dogs is basically a cross between a collection of house-rules and a setting-hack; it is based on Lamentations of the Flame Princess […]

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  • Demiplanes: Valhalla This Demiplanes-book clocks in at 59 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 54 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, the first thing I should note is this: I am super picky regarding my Norse lore; I have a degree in the field, can fluently read Norse, and I’m most of the time really pissed off when I see how adaptations to roleplaying games butcher the concept when trying to stay authentic. You see, the most common roleplaying games we […]

    Demiplanes: Valhalla

    Demiplanes: Valhalla This Demiplanes-book clocks in at 59 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 54 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, the first thing I should note is this: I am super picky regarding my Norse lore; I have a degree in the field, can fluently read Norse, and I’m most of the time really pissed off when I see how adaptations to roleplaying games butcher the concept when trying to stay authentic. You see, the most common roleplaying games we […]

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