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  • Deadly Gardens: Blood Rose Swarm (5e) The 5th edition conversion of the Blood Rose Swarm Deadly Gardens-installment clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment with 4 different alchemical items: Calming pollen that can render plant creatures dormant for short periods, water purification drops and an oil that causes plant creatures to gain resistance to bludgeoning and piercing damage. (Erroneously called “damage resistance” in a minor nomenclature nitpick.) As something to keep in mind for GMs – with only a base price of 40 gp, this oil should not be available for campaigns featuring plant PCs – in the […]

    Deadly Gardens: Blood Rose Swarm (5e)

    Deadly Gardens: Blood Rose Swarm (5e) The 5th edition conversion of the Blood Rose Swarm Deadly Gardens-installment clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment with 4 different alchemical items: Calming pollen that can render plant creatures dormant for short periods, water purification drops and an oil that causes plant creatures to gain resistance to bludgeoning and piercing damage. (Erroneously called “damage resistance” in a minor nomenclature nitpick.) As something to keep in mind for GMs – with only a base price of 40 gp, this oil should not be available for campaigns featuring plant PCs – in the […]

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  • Playable Monsters for 5th Edition (5e) The 5e-version of Quasar Knight Enterprises’ take on playable monsters clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page of artist contacts, 1 page of writer info, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, after some general discussions on how to handle monstrous PCs and parties, we dive pretty much straight into the respective races, which cover a brief physical description, some minor information on society, relations with other races and alignment/religion preferences as well as how the race interacts with adventurers before diving into the respective racial traits – on a nitpicky formatting side, […]

    Playable Monsters for 5th Edition (5e)

    Playable Monsters for 5th Edition (5e) The 5e-version of Quasar Knight Enterprises’ take on playable monsters clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page of artist contacts, 1 page of writer info, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, after some general discussions on how to handle monstrous PCs and parties, we dive pretty much straight into the respective races, which cover a brief physical description, some minor information on society, relations with other races and alignment/religion preferences as well as how the race interacts with adventurers before diving into the respective racial traits – on a nitpicky formatting side, […]

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  • Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e) This pdf depicting pistols for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a 1  on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 […]

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e) (Revised Edition)

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e) This pdf depicting pistols for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a 1  on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 […]

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  • In the Company of Dragons (5e) The conversion to 5e of the massive book on playable dragons clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, which leaves us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, so the first thing you need to know as a 5th edition player – the In the Company of…-series started off as a PFRPG-exclusive line of unusual races that codified monstrous races as balanced player options, often utilizing a class to represent progression into becoming a proper full-blown member of that race. This class was optional and thus allowed you to play the race sans progressing in […]

    In the Company of Dragons (5e)

    In the Company of Dragons (5e) The conversion to 5e of the massive book on playable dragons clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, which leaves us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, so the first thing you need to know as a 5th edition player – the In the Company of…-series started off as a PFRPG-exclusive line of unusual races that codified monstrous races as balanced player options, often utilizing a class to represent progression into becoming a proper full-blown member of that race. This class was optional and thus allowed you to play the race sans progressing in […]

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  • The Mists of Akuma Primer (5e) This primer for Mike Myler’s Mists of Akuma-setting clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page sales-pitch for the kickstarter – so what do we get in here?   Okay, this is pitched as eastern fantasy noir steampunk for 5th edition – basically what would happen if you took the eagerly anticipated Steampunk Musha and infused a hefty dose of Ravenloft with more emphasis on the fantastic. After a brief page of introductory prose, we get the one component that may alone very much justify downloading this primer: The Mists of Akuma. These would basically be a variant of the mists of Ravenloft crossed with […]

    The Mists of Akuma Primer (5e)

    The Mists of Akuma Primer (5e) This primer for Mike Myler’s Mists of Akuma-setting clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page sales-pitch for the kickstarter – so what do we get in here?   Okay, this is pitched as eastern fantasy noir steampunk for 5th edition – basically what would happen if you took the eagerly anticipated Steampunk Musha and infused a hefty dose of Ravenloft with more emphasis on the fantastic. After a brief page of introductory prose, we get the one component that may alone very much justify downloading this primer: The Mists of Akuma. These would basically be a variant of the mists of Ravenloft crossed with […]

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  • Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e) This pdf depicting pistols for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a 1  on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 […]

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e)

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e) This pdf depicting pistols for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a 1  on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 […]

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  • Deadly Gardens: Phoenix Lily (D&D 5e) The 5e-conversion of the Phoenix Lily clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD/editorial, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction to the subject matter at hand, we are introduced to two magic items: The uncommon specimen jar, which conserves 1/2 cubic foot of material, preserving it. (Yes, including information on putting things inside or drawing forth items.) and the second being the very rare fecund totem: Vegetation within 600 feet of the totem becomes overgrown as if affected by plant growth, which is btw. not italicized in the pdf. The totem also grants all plant creatures +2 hit points […]

    Deadly Gardens: Phoenix Lily (D&D 5e)

    Deadly Gardens: Phoenix Lily (D&D 5e) The 5e-conversion of the Phoenix Lily clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD/editorial, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction to the subject matter at hand, we are introduced to two magic items: The uncommon specimen jar, which conserves 1/2 cubic foot of material, preserving it. (Yes, including information on putting things inside or drawing forth items.) and the second being the very rare fecund totem: Vegetation within 600 feet of the totem becomes overgrown as if affected by plant growth, which is btw. not italicized in the pdf. The totem also grants all plant creatures +2 hit points […]

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  • Deadly Gardens Extra: Natural Items (D&D 5e) This FREE pdf (included in regular Deadly Gardens, just fyi!) clocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 1.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are natural items? They are basically parts of creatures vanquished, in some cases specifically treated. The harvesting of these items is pretty simple – all are based on Intelligence, though the precise skill used diverges from creature to creature. Beasts can be harvested via Intelligence (Nature), while most creatures can be harvested via Intelligence (Religion) and Intelligence (Arcana). Slightly odd to my eyes: Oozes are harvested via Intelligence (Investigation) – though that makes sense, if you […]

    Deadly Gardens Extra: Natural Items (D&D 5e)

    Deadly Gardens Extra: Natural Items (D&D 5e) This FREE pdf (included in regular Deadly Gardens, just fyi!) clocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 1.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are natural items? They are basically parts of creatures vanquished, in some cases specifically treated. The harvesting of these items is pretty simple – all are based on Intelligence, though the precise skill used diverges from creature to creature. Beasts can be harvested via Intelligence (Nature), while most creatures can be harvested via Intelligence (Religion) and Intelligence (Arcana). Slightly odd to my eyes: Oozes are harvested via Intelligence (Investigation) – though that makes sense, if you […]

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  • Shattered Heart #4: Crucible of Faith The (for now) final installment of the superb Shattered Heart-saga clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 43 pages of content, so let’s take a look and answer the question whether this installment managed to retain the ridiculously high quality of the first three parts of the series!   This being an adventure-review, the following text contains MASSIVE SPOILERS. Potential players should not read ahead and jump to the conclusion instead. … .. . Still here? Only GMs around? Great! So the worst is done, right? I mean, this powerful paladin has been establishing an outpost […]

    Shattered Heart #4: Crucible of Faith

    Shattered Heart #4: Crucible of Faith The (for now) final installment of the superb Shattered Heart-saga clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 43 pages of content, so let’s take a look and answer the question whether this installment managed to retain the ridiculously high quality of the first three parts of the series!   This being an adventure-review, the following text contains MASSIVE SPOILERS. Potential players should not read ahead and jump to the conclusion instead. … .. . Still here? Only GMs around? Great! So the worst is done, right? I mean, this powerful paladin has been establishing an outpost […]

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  • Shattered Heart #2: The Temple of Jewels and Mirrors The second installment of Michael Allen’s saga about the fight over the soul of the halfling people of Piccolo clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 42 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players of this AP should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? After re-consecrating the subaqueous temple of the Goddess and potentially brokering a peace between the folk of Pembroke and the Vikmordere (or killing the intruders), there may be an angle for […]

    Shattered Heart #2: The Temple of Jewels and Mirrors

    Shattered Heart #2: The Temple of Jewels and Mirrors The second installment of Michael Allen’s saga about the fight over the soul of the halfling people of Piccolo clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 42 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players of this AP should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? After re-consecrating the subaqueous temple of the Goddess and potentially brokering a peace between the folk of Pembroke and the Vikmordere (or killing the intruders), there may be an angle for […]

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  • Shattered Heart #1: The Ties That Bind The first installment of the Shattered Heart-saga clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover – but before we dive in, let me ramble a bit:   Shattered Heart is the AP/Adventure Arc that was spawned from AAW Games’ Pathmaster-contest back in the day: Basically, both reviewers (me included) and sales of the top 5 modules decided who would get to write the final AP. While I did like Michael Allen’s pitch, I considered it pretty ambitious and ultimately not as awesome as others – it was my dear friend Joshua Gullion (Rest in peace…)who insisted, passionately, that […]

    Shattered Heart #1: The Ties That Bind

    Shattered Heart #1: The Ties That Bind The first installment of the Shattered Heart-saga clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover – but before we dive in, let me ramble a bit:   Shattered Heart is the AP/Adventure Arc that was spawned from AAW Games’ Pathmaster-contest back in the day: Basically, both reviewers (me included) and sales of the top 5 modules decided who would get to write the final AP. While I did like Michael Allen’s pitch, I considered it pretty ambitious and ultimately not as awesome as others – it was my dear friend Joshua Gullion (Rest in peace…)who insisted, passionately, that […]

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  • Wizards of the Coast today released the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide – everything players need to adventure in the Forgotten Realms on the exciting Sword Coast, home to the cities of Baldur’s Gate, Waterdeep, and Neverwinter! The Sword Coast Adventure’s Guide is available at retail stores for $39.95 beginning today. Designed for fifth edition of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game, the Sword Coast Adventurers Guide provides D&D fans with a wealth of detail on the places, cultures, and deities of northwestern Faerun. It is also a great way to catch up on recent events in the Forgotten Realms, to get background on the Rage of Demons storyline, and to learn the lore behind video games like Neverwinter and […]

    Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide

    Wizards of the Coast today released the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide – everything players need to adventure in the Forgotten Realms on the exciting Sword Coast, home to the cities of Baldur’s Gate, Waterdeep, and Neverwinter! The Sword Coast Adventure’s Guide is available at retail stores for $39.95 beginning today. Designed for fifth edition of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game, the Sword Coast Adventurers Guide provides D&D fans with a wealth of detail on the places, cultures, and deities of northwestern Faerun. It is also a great way to catch up on recent events in the Forgotten Realms, to get background on the Rage of Demons storyline, and to learn the lore behind video games like Neverwinter and […]

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