(almost) system-neutral Archive

  • Dispatches from the Raven Crowking IV – Megadungeons and Campaigns (DCC/almost system neutral) The fourth of Daniel J. Bishop‘s Dispatches on the nature of gaming, structures etc. clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 46 pages of content. These pages are laid out for digest-size (A5 or 6’’ by 9’’) and thus, you can fit up to 4 of them on a given sheet of paper if your eye-sight’s good enough and you need to conserve ink/toner.   We begin this installment with a historic recap of the concept of a mega-dungeon – in both the context of Appendix N, literature and, well, gaming – similarly, […]

    Dispatches from the Raven Crowking IV – Megadungeons and Campaigns (DCC/almost system neutral)

    Dispatches from the Raven Crowking IV – Megadungeons and Campaigns (DCC/almost system neutral) The fourth of Daniel J. Bishop‘s Dispatches on the nature of gaming, structures etc. clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 46 pages of content. These pages are laid out for digest-size (A5 or 6’’ by 9’’) and thus, you can fit up to 4 of them on a given sheet of paper if your eye-sight’s good enough and you need to conserve ink/toner.   We begin this installment with a historic recap of the concept of a mega-dungeon – in both the context of Appendix N, literature and, well, gaming – similarly, […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: I loot the Body! This compilation of the „I Loot the Body!”-series (easily one of my favorite series-titles ever) clocks in at 56 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/how to use, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 49 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this compilation with a helpful reminder/summary of how one can use treasure – foreshadowing, abilities, etc. – this is a handy reminder to bear in mind, for sure – but more importantly, it contextualizes the material presented within this book: We *all* have read supplement upon supplement, where those critters that the PCs mow down by […]

    GM’s Miscellany: I loot the Body!

    GM’s Miscellany: I loot the Body! This compilation of the „I Loot the Body!”-series (easily one of my favorite series-titles ever) clocks in at 56 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/how to use, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 49 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this compilation with a helpful reminder/summary of how one can use treasure – foreshadowing, abilities, etc. – this is a handy reminder to bear in mind, for sure – but more importantly, it contextualizes the material presented within this book: We *all* have read supplement upon supplement, where those critters that the PCs mow down by […]

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  • Vornheim: The Complete City Kit (OSR/almost system neutral) This book is 64 pages long, with one page credits…and we actually get MORE out of the book than its 64 pages. How does that work? Well, let me elaborate.   This pdf is based on the second edition, primarily the print edition. It has received pretty much a selection of awards. So why review this now? Because all reviews I found did not really prepare me for what this book actually brings to the table.   So let’s start with the obvious: This book is radically and systematically designed to make use of the features of the physicality of the medium book. The hardcover comes with a sleeve and on the […]

    Vornheim: The Complete City Kit (OSR/almost system neutral)

    Vornheim: The Complete City Kit (OSR/almost system neutral) This book is 64 pages long, with one page credits…and we actually get MORE out of the book than its 64 pages. How does that work? Well, let me elaborate.   This pdf is based on the second edition, primarily the print edition. It has received pretty much a selection of awards. So why review this now? Because all reviews I found did not really prepare me for what this book actually brings to the table.   So let’s start with the obvious: This book is radically and systematically designed to make use of the features of the physicality of the medium book. The hardcover comes with a sleeve and on the […]

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  • Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. III: Building the Sandbox (DCC) The third collection of essays on game design by Daniel J. Bishop, intended primarily, but by far not exclusively, for the DCC RPG, clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 54 pages of content, though it should be noted that this book’s layout is intended for A5 (6” by 9”)-booklets and, as such, you can fit up to 4 of these pages on one sheet, provided your eyesight is good.   Please read the whole review, not just a paragraph or two. This is going somewhere.   All right, so…the topic is the sandbox and […]

    Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. III: Building the Sandbox (DCC)

    Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. III: Building the Sandbox (DCC) The third collection of essays on game design by Daniel J. Bishop, intended primarily, but by far not exclusively, for the DCC RPG, clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 54 pages of content, though it should be noted that this book’s layout is intended for A5 (6” by 9”)-booklets and, as such, you can fit up to 4 of these pages on one sheet, provided your eyesight is good.   Please read the whole review, not just a paragraph or two. This is going somewhere.   All right, so…the topic is the sandbox and […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing II The second GM’s Miscellany-book containing Urban Dressings clocks in at a mighty 121 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 114 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But wait, before we do: Let’s rewind the clock for a second, shall we? The ardent reader may have noticed that GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing and Dungeon Dressing are on my EZG Essential list; the books also shared my number 1 best book spot in 2014…so if I consider these books so great, how come I never got as excited about the first GM’s Miscellany: […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing II

    GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing II The second GM’s Miscellany-book containing Urban Dressings clocks in at a mighty 121 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 114 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But wait, before we do: Let’s rewind the clock for a second, shall we? The ardent reader may have noticed that GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing and Dungeon Dressing are on my EZG Essential list; the books also shared my number 1 best book spot in 2014…so if I consider these books so great, how come I never got as excited about the first GM’s Miscellany: […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Marsh Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We take a step on the soggy soil of a town in a ague-infested stretch of land  -and as we do so, we look at a 100-entry strong table that tells us exactly what we can see and hear: From the dark, we may see red, bulbous eyes watching us, as frogs lend their cacophony to the dismal creaking evoked by the dilapidated state of the town. Boardwalks show […]

    Urban Dressing: Marsh Town

    Urban Dressing: Marsh Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We take a step on the soggy soil of a town in a ague-infested stretch of land  -and as we do so, we look at a 100-entry strong table that tells us exactly what we can see and hear: From the dark, we may see red, bulbous eyes watching us, as frogs lend their cacophony to the dismal creaking evoked by the dilapidated state of the town. Boardwalks show […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I The first collection of the 20-things blogposts clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page author bios/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 59 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, before we start – you can get the content in this book on Raging Swan Press’ blog – Creighton publishes new small tables in regular intervals there, so if money’s tight, that may be an option. At the same time, though, you’d miss out on an extremely handy book. Let me reiterate: If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, it won’t […]

    GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I The first collection of the 20-things blogposts clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page author bios/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 59 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, before we start – you can get the content in this book on Raging Swan Press’ blog – Creighton publishes new small tables in regular intervals there, so if money’s tight, that may be an option. At the same time, though, you’d miss out on an extremely handy book. Let me reiterate: If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, it won’t […]

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  • I loot the Cleric’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This installment of the I loot the body-series begins with a 100-entry strong table of diverse outfits for clerics: From unusually large powdered wigs to strange brimmed hats, undershirts embroidered to look like ribs and bones (hey, I have one of those!) to thick cloaks of wool covered in angelic feathers and pauldrons denoting church hierarchy – there is an appropriately varied selection of unique vestments here.   The second […]

    I loot the Cleric’s Body! (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    I loot the Cleric’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This installment of the I loot the body-series begins with a 100-entry strong table of diverse outfits for clerics: From unusually large powdered wigs to strange brimmed hats, undershirts embroidered to look like ribs and bones (hey, I have one of those!) to thick cloaks of wool covered in angelic feathers and pauldrons denoting church hierarchy – there is an appropriately varied selection of unique vestments here.   The second […]

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  • I Loot the Druid’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this dressing-file once again with a massive 100-entry table of outfits for the deceased druids – from silken robes made from exotic purple moth-silk to leafy branches that are alive, nature itself provides, appropriately, a diverse array of cool entries. Beyond these, vinegar-like smelling rags, boy scout-style achievement studded robes, 101-Dalmation-robes or capes that buzz liek dragonfly wings – this table is not just good…it’s superb and breathes […]

    I Loot the Druid’s Body! (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    I Loot the Druid’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this dressing-file once again with a massive 100-entry table of outfits for the deceased druids – from silken robes made from exotic purple moth-silk to leafy branches that are alive, nature itself provides, appropriately, a diverse array of cool entries. Beyond these, vinegar-like smelling rags, boy scout-style achievement studded robes, 101-Dalmation-robes or capes that buzz liek dragonfly wings – this table is not just good…it’s superb and breathes […]

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  • I loot the Wizard’s Body! (PFRPG/System-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with a massive table of 100 different wizard pouches and the thing to find are curious indeed – crossword puzzles in foreign languages, partially knit socks, sealed bins of beard balm, holy symbols, colored chalk, ropes made from impossible smooth substances – from the odd and quirky to the foreboding and weird, this table is great.   The second table sports a wide variety of […]

    I loot the Wizard’s Body! (PFRPG/System-neutral)

    I loot the Wizard’s Body! (PFRPG/System-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with a massive table of 100 different wizard pouches and the thing to find are curious indeed – crossword puzzles in foreign languages, partially knit socks, sealed bins of beard balm, holy symbols, colored chalk, ropes made from impossible smooth substances – from the odd and quirky to the foreboding and weird, this table is great.   The second table sports a wide variety of […]

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  • I loot the Rogue’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right – after a brief, nice introduction to the subject matter, we dive right into the first table – which contains 50 sample rogue outfits that range from startling color-combinations to dark vests over white shirts…and e.g. goggles and gas-mask-like outfits for a surprisingly diverse assortment of evocative sample outfits.   Beyond these, rogues, perhaps more so than other classes, sport an important tool of the trade…and if you’re […]

    I loot the Rogue’s Body! (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    I loot the Rogue’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right – after a brief, nice introduction to the subject matter, we dive right into the first table – which contains 50 sample rogue outfits that range from startling color-combinations to dark vests over white shirts…and e.g. goggles and gas-mask-like outfits for a surprisingly diverse assortment of evocative sample outfits.   Beyond these, rogues, perhaps more so than other classes, sport an important tool of the trade…and if you’re […]

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  • I Loot the Body This little pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content!   So, we’ve all been there: The PCs kill a foe…and then, they try to loot the foe. It happens all the time. What do you do first? You run down the magic items and armor, describe them, then the magic jewelry…and this is where things become problematic: You describe a ring? Suddenly it may be of importance. That weird figurine? hmmm…may be more worth, right? This is pretty annoying, at least to me – it makes smuggling unique and relevant items into PC […]

    I Loot the Body

    I Loot the Body This little pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content!   So, we’ve all been there: The PCs kill a foe…and then, they try to loot the foe. It happens all the time. What do you do first? You run down the magic items and armor, describe them, then the magic jewelry…and this is where things become problematic: You describe a ring? Suddenly it may be of importance. That weird figurine? hmmm…may be more worth, right? This is pretty annoying, at least to me – it makes smuggling unique and relevant items into PC […]

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  • How to Game Master Like A Fucking Boss This book clocks in at a total of 124 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page (very detailed) index, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a pretty massive 119 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved on my review-list due to receiving a print-copy for the purpose of writing a critical, unbiased review.   So, this is pretty much a GM’s advice and trick book. I don’t review this type of book too often, and that has a reason: This may sound arrogant, when it certainly isn’t intended to be – I’m a pretty kickass GM. Almost all of my players have […]

    How to Game Master Like A Fucking Boss

    How to Game Master Like A Fucking Boss This book clocks in at a total of 124 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page (very detailed) index, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a pretty massive 119 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved on my review-list due to receiving a print-copy for the purpose of writing a critical, unbiased review.   So, this is pretty much a GM’s advice and trick book. I don’t review this type of book too often, and that has a reason: This may sound arrogant, when it certainly isn’t intended to be – I’m a pretty kickass GM. Almost all of my players have […]

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  •   Hej everybody, we all know and dread the question when PCs want to shop – until Raging Swan press set out to change it, that is! To commemorate their efforts, I figured, I’d provide a nice batch-review of the first 5 installments of the concept that sparked a whole line of products!   So what’s for sale, anyways? This pdf is 26 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside the front cover, 2 pages editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements, 1 page back cover, leaving 19 pages of content, so let’s check this pdf out! How many times have you as a DM despaired at a sudden return of the PCs to civilization to restock? […]

    EZG reviews So what’s for sale,anyways? I -V

      Hej everybody, we all know and dread the question when PCs want to shop – until Raging Swan press set out to change it, that is! To commemorate their efforts, I figured, I’d provide a nice batch-review of the first 5 installments of the concept that sparked a whole line of products!   So what’s for sale, anyways? This pdf is 26 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside the front cover, 2 pages editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements, 1 page back cover, leaving 19 pages of content, so let’s check this pdf out! How many times have you as a DM despaired at a sudden return of the PCs to civilization to restock? […]

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