#1 Archive

  • The Dragon Horde #1 (OSR) This ‘zine clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1page ToC, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   So, first things first – this publication’s name is not a typo, but a joke. While hoard/horde is indeed one of the most common homophone errors I encounter, this time it’s no error. As for the rules-sets employed, the publication sports both 0e/1e stats and B/X-stats for the monsters included in the start – these would be a leech man, and a halfling/elf racial mix. Both are decent, if not spectacular critters. Both […]

    The Dragon Horde #1 (OSR)

    The Dragon Horde #1 (OSR) This ‘zine clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1page ToC, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   So, first things first – this publication’s name is not a typo, but a joke. While hoard/horde is indeed one of the most common homophone errors I encounter, this time it’s no error. As for the rules-sets employed, the publication sports both 0e/1e stats and B/X-stats for the monsters included in the start – these would be a leech man, and a halfling/elf racial mix. Both are decent, if not spectacular critters. Both […]

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  • The Level 1 Creature Generator (OSR) This pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with instructions, which are simple enough – you see, each of the tables here contains a matrix of 4 columns and 10 rows – these generally span 2 pages per table. You roll a d4 to determine the column, a d10 to determine the row. Simple, nice. With the entries differing in density and complexity, the respective font-size varies from what looks like regular sized 10 or 11pt (not good at differentiating those) to pretty large letters, so if you’ve got issues […]

    The Level 1 Creature Generator (OSR)

    The Level 1 Creature Generator (OSR) This pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with instructions, which are simple enough – you see, each of the tables here contains a matrix of 4 columns and 10 rows – these generally span 2 pages per table. You roll a d4 to determine the column, a d10 to determine the row. Simple, nice. With the entries differing in density and complexity, the respective font-size varies from what looks like regular sized 10 or 11pt (not good at differentiating those) to pretty large letters, so if you’ve got issues […]

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  • Stonehell Dungeon Supplement #1: The Brigand Caves (OSR) The first expansion of Stonehell clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Stonehell dungeon books were donated by one of my patreon supporters for my edification, with the note that I can review them, if I’d like to. Since I am a bit OCD, I have decided to cover the supplements as well. So here we go!   So, this pdf depicts the brigand caves on the surface-level of the mega-dungeon; as such, my brief discussion of the supplement contains minor SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump ahead to the conclusion.   […]

    Stonehell Dungeon Supplement #1: The Brigand Caves (OSR)

    Stonehell Dungeon Supplement #1: The Brigand Caves (OSR) The first expansion of Stonehell clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Stonehell dungeon books were donated by one of my patreon supporters for my edification, with the note that I can review them, if I’d like to. Since I am a bit OCD, I have decided to cover the supplements as well. So here we go!   So, this pdf depicts the brigand caves on the surface-level of the mega-dungeon; as such, my brief discussion of the supplement contains minor SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump ahead to the conclusion.   […]

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  • Galaxy Pirates: Personas Folio #1 (SFRPG) This first collection of NPCs clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested to be moved up in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons   So, the first thing you’ll notice when opening this collection of NPCs would be that we do not get just NPC/Alien Archive-ish entries – this book depicts fully fleshed out characters. The second thing you’ll note would be that the presentation of said characters deviates somewhat from what we’re accustomed to see in Starfinder.   Take Jad Vanta, […]

    Galaxy Pirates: Personas Folio #1 (SFRPG)

    Galaxy Pirates: Personas Folio #1 (SFRPG) This first collection of NPCs clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested to be moved up in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons   So, the first thing you’ll notice when opening this collection of NPCs would be that we do not get just NPC/Alien Archive-ish entries – this book depicts fully fleshed out characters. The second thing you’ll note would be that the presentation of said characters deviates somewhat from what we’re accustomed to see in Starfinder.   Take Jad Vanta, […]

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  • Level Drain #1: The Pillars of Pang (DCC) This is the first installment of releases by Level Drain, a collective of creative people living with mental illness, and comes with a heartfelt dedication. The pdf clocks in at 2 pages of content, with only a small paragraph of SRD-information.   The module itself adheres very much to a one-page dungeon aesthetic, including an isometric map – and a surprising amount of information jammed onto the page. The adventure depicted here is suitable for 0-level and 1st level groups.   The following contains SPOILERS. Only judges should keep reading. … .. . Only judges around?   The presentation adheres to a stark aesthetic, with white boxes, a black background, and the […]

    Level Drain #1: The Pillars of Pang (DCC)

    Level Drain #1: The Pillars of Pang (DCC) This is the first installment of releases by Level Drain, a collective of creative people living with mental illness, and comes with a heartfelt dedication. The pdf clocks in at 2 pages of content, with only a small paragraph of SRD-information.   The module itself adheres very much to a one-page dungeon aesthetic, including an isometric map – and a surprising amount of information jammed onto the page. The adventure depicted here is suitable for 0-level and 1st level groups.   The following contains SPOILERS. Only judges should keep reading. … .. . Only judges around?   The presentation adheres to a stark aesthetic, with white boxes, a black background, and the […]

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  • Mystic Pangolin #1 (system-neutral/OSR) The first installment of this ‘zine clocks in at 54 pages, though front and back cover have been provided on one page for a wrap-around style. 1 page is devoted to editorial, 1 to the ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement (annoyingly in the middle), 1 page adventure cover, leaving us with a pretty massive 48 pages of content, laid out for 6’’ by 9’’ (A5).   So, this is one OSR-‘zine that uses the Swords & Wizardry-rules as the default rule-set, and as always, conversion is pretty simple. It should be noted that this does offer quite a few system neutral articles that are useful, regardless of system used.   We begin this supplement […]

    Mystic Pangolin #1 (system-neutral/OSR)

    Mystic Pangolin #1 (system-neutral/OSR) The first installment of this ‘zine clocks in at 54 pages, though front and back cover have been provided on one page for a wrap-around style. 1 page is devoted to editorial, 1 to the ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement (annoyingly in the middle), 1 page adventure cover, leaving us with a pretty massive 48 pages of content, laid out for 6’’ by 9’’ (A5).   So, this is one OSR-‘zine that uses the Swords & Wizardry-rules as the default rule-set, and as always, conversion is pretty simple. It should be noted that this does offer quite a few system neutral articles that are useful, regardless of system used.   We begin this supplement […]

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  • The Undercroft #1 (OSR) The first installment of this ‘zine clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content; the electronic version also includes a 4 page cover-file, which sports 1 page front and back cover and 2 pages of maps. I do own the physical copy of this ‘zine, and it is a surprisingly nice, saddle-stitched pamphlet (both electronic and print version are 6’’ by 9’’/A5), with red covers – stark, paper-quality wise nice, particularly considering the low asking price.   My review is thus primarily based on the print version, though I have taken the electronic version into account as well. It should also be noted that this is […]

    The Undercroft #1 (OSR)

    The Undercroft #1 (OSR) The first installment of this ‘zine clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content; the electronic version also includes a 4 page cover-file, which sports 1 page front and back cover and 2 pages of maps. I do own the physical copy of this ‘zine, and it is a surprisingly nice, saddle-stitched pamphlet (both electronic and print version are 6’’ by 9’’/A5), with red covers – stark, paper-quality wise nice, particularly considering the low asking price.   My review is thus primarily based on the print version, though I have taken the electronic version into account as well. It should also be noted that this is […]

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  • Vacant Ritual Assembly #1 (OSR) The first installment of this OSR-zine for LotFP clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of introduction/editorial/recommended reading/watching, 1 page advertisement/back cover, leaving us with 20 pages of content, laid out for pamphlet-size (A5, 6’’ by 9’’).   The reviews of this series of ‘zines were requested by one of my patreons.   The first thing you’ll notice past the introduction is a black background, with white letters – this stark contrast ties in well with a visual element depicting a white, smeared ankh, which also is an indicator that there is an entry to the mythical ghoul market nearby, a means to access this strange hub of dark transactions, where […]

    Vacant Ritual Assembly #1 (OSR)

    Vacant Ritual Assembly #1 (OSR) The first installment of this OSR-zine for LotFP clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of introduction/editorial/recommended reading/watching, 1 page advertisement/back cover, leaving us with 20 pages of content, laid out for pamphlet-size (A5, 6’’ by 9’’).   The reviews of this series of ‘zines were requested by one of my patreons.   The first thing you’ll notice past the introduction is a black background, with white letters – this stark contrast ties in well with a visual element depicting a white, smeared ankh, which also is an indicator that there is an entry to the mythical ghoul market nearby, a means to access this strange hub of dark transactions, where […]

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  • The Manor #1 (OSR) The first of the OSR-zines of the Manor-series clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement,  leaving us with 19 pages of content, laid out for digest size (6’# by 9’’/A5), meaning that you can fit up to 4 of these pages on a sheet of paper when printing them out.   The material herein assumes a silver standard and assumes a generic OSR-system, claiming no explicit compatibility with one of them. Presentation-wise, we get ascending AC, no differentiation between melee damage-types. Slightly odd: While certain terrain features note the type of save required to resist a given effect, creature statblocks don’t note this. That being said, it is […]

    The Manor #1 (OSR)

    The Manor #1 (OSR) The first of the OSR-zines of the Manor-series clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement,  leaving us with 19 pages of content, laid out for digest size (6’# by 9’’/A5), meaning that you can fit up to 4 of these pages on a sheet of paper when printing them out.   The material herein assumes a silver standard and assumes a generic OSR-system, claiming no explicit compatibility with one of them. Presentation-wise, we get ascending AC, no differentiation between melee damage-types. Slightly odd: While certain terrain features note the type of save required to resist a given effect, creature statblocks don’t note this. That being said, it is […]

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  • Wizardzine #1 – The Aquatic Issue (OSR) This e-zine clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page space for notes, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 43 pages of content. It should be noted that, as in most OSR-supplements, the pages are formatted for booklet-size (6’’ by 9’’, A5), which means that you can fit up to 4 pages on a given sheet of paper when printing this out. Personally, I’d at least contemplate getting the softcover PoD – I based most of review on that. All righty, let’s take a look!   Ah, one more thing, in case that’s relevant to you: The OSR-engine employed […]

    Wizardzine #1 – The Aquatic Issue (OSR)

    Wizardzine #1 – The Aquatic Issue (OSR) This e-zine clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page space for notes, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 43 pages of content. It should be noted that, as in most OSR-supplements, the pages are formatted for booklet-size (6’’ by 9’’, A5), which means that you can fit up to 4 pages on a given sheet of paper when printing this out. Personally, I’d at least contemplate getting the softcover PoD – I based most of review on that. All righty, let’s take a look!   Ah, one more thing, in case that’s relevant to you: The OSR-engine employed […]

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  • Mythic Module Monsters – Red Throne 1 The first installment of the series of little pdfs providing mythic versions for the monsters originally featured in the bestiary sections of Curse of the Crimson Throne clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages, so let’s take a look!   We begin with the Mythic Devilfish at CR 5/MR 2, who infuses tainted blood that can render nonevil creatures sickened and it also gains reactive camouflage and can increase the miss-chances it gets from it via mythic power expenditure. Really cool, though this guy will be familiar if you already have Mythic Monsters: Sea Monsters.   At the same CR/MR, […]

    Mythic Module Monsters – Red Throne 1

    Mythic Module Monsters – Red Throne 1 The first installment of the series of little pdfs providing mythic versions for the monsters originally featured in the bestiary sections of Curse of the Crimson Throne clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages, so let’s take a look!   We begin with the Mythic Devilfish at CR 5/MR 2, who infuses tainted blood that can render nonevil creatures sickened and it also gains reactive camouflage and can increase the miss-chances it gets from it via mythic power expenditure. Really cool, though this guy will be familiar if you already have Mythic Monsters: Sea Monsters.   At the same CR/MR, […]

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

    Treasures and Trinkets: Treasure Hoards #1 (5e)

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

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  • Green Devil Face #1 (OSR) The first installment of the Green Devil Face magazine clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page editorial/introduction, leaving 20 pages of content – and in case you were wondering: The cover etc. is its own pdf contained in the folder.   So, what is this? As the author tells us, this was originally a project called “Fantasy Fucking Vietnam”; it is, unlike what most people will associate with Lamentations of the Flame Princess, obviously and very intentionally a satire…and it is a massive module…a dungeon, to be more precise. 59 rooms strong and ready to rock for  OSR-games. There is no key-less, player-friendly version of the b/w-map, but considering the price-point, I am okay with […]

    Green Devil Face #1 (OSR)

    Green Devil Face #1 (OSR) The first installment of the Green Devil Face magazine clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page editorial/introduction, leaving 20 pages of content – and in case you were wondering: The cover etc. is its own pdf contained in the folder.   So, what is this? As the author tells us, this was originally a project called “Fantasy Fucking Vietnam”; it is, unlike what most people will associate with Lamentations of the Flame Princess, obviously and very intentionally a satire…and it is a massive module…a dungeon, to be more precise. 59 rooms strong and ready to rock for  OSR-games. There is no key-less, player-friendly version of the b/w-map, but considering the price-point, I am okay with […]

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  • Mythic Module Monsters – Rune Lords 1 This inexpensive little pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts these beasts featured in the by now legendary first RotRL, the first Pathfinder installment ever, into mythic versions.   The first critter herein would be the CR 5/MR 2 Attic Whisperer – and one look at the critter makes clear that this is no hack job: White a morale-sapping aura of decrepitude, fast healing while within debris-laden areas and claws […]

    Mythic Module Monsters – Rune Lords 1

    Mythic Module Monsters – Rune Lords 1 This inexpensive little pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts these beasts featured in the by now legendary first RotRL, the first Pathfinder installment ever, into mythic versions.   The first critter herein would be the CR 5/MR 2 Attic Whisperer – and one look at the critter makes clear that this is no hack job: White a morale-sapping aura of decrepitude, fast healing while within debris-laden areas and claws […]

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  • After School Adventures: Adventures in Wonderland #1 – Chasing the White Rabbit The first After School Adventure with an Alice in Wonderland-theme clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   First of all – this is the first of a series of 5 adventures that bring new players up to level 5; as written, it is intended to get PCs halfway to level 2. However, since the module as such is basically defined by its nature as a kind of minigame, this book can […]

    After School Adventures: Adventures in Wonderland #1 – Chasing the White Rabbit

    After School Adventures: Adventures in Wonderland #1 – Chasing the White Rabbit The first After School Adventure with an Alice in Wonderland-theme clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   First of all – this is the first of a series of 5 adventures that bring new players up to level 5; as written, it is intended to get PCs halfway to level 2. However, since the module as such is basically defined by its nature as a kind of minigame, this book can […]

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  • Sidebar #1: Shields as Cover This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ sidebar-series clocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 1 page of content, so what does it…   …no, I’m not gonna insult your intelligence by summing up a premise that can be read in the title of this pdf as  a rhetorical question.   I loathe how shields work in PFRPG. Their bonuses are paltry and often, the benefits cannot stand up to similar benefits granted by more massive weapons and over all, shields always felt to me like they did not do their job: We all know the iconic images of characters covering between shields to weather dragon’s breath or […]

    Sidebar #1: Shields as Cover

    Sidebar #1: Shields as Cover This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ sidebar-series clocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 1 page of content, so what does it…   …no, I’m not gonna insult your intelligence by summing up a premise that can be read in the title of this pdf as  a rhetorical question.   I loathe how shields work in PFRPG. Their bonuses are paltry and often, the benefits cannot stand up to similar benefits granted by more massive weapons and over all, shields always felt to me like they did not do their job: We all know the iconic images of characters covering between shields to weather dragon’s breath or […]

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  • Darkwood Adventure Arc #1 – The Deft and the Deadly This massive module clocks in at 163 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a damn impressive 157 pages of content – so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, first of all, let me address something – this review took pretty long to get done and this pdf, while relatively easily converted to any campaign setting, has its own implicit world called Vaard – the supplemental material presented in the detailed appendices provides a new deity-write-up as well as information on the general locations in pretty extensive detail. Darkwood Town, provided with statblock, a […]

    Darkwood Adventure Arc #1 – The Deft and the Deadly

    Darkwood Adventure Arc #1 – The Deft and the Deadly This massive module clocks in at 163 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a damn impressive 157 pages of content – so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, first of all, let me address something – this review took pretty long to get done and this pdf, while relatively easily converted to any campaign setting, has its own implicit world called Vaard – the supplemental material presented in the detailed appendices provides a new deity-write-up as well as information on the general locations in pretty extensive detail. Darkwood Town, provided with statblock, a […]

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