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  • Whispers of the Dark Mother #6: Beasts of Bright Mountain The finale for the roller-coaster-ride that is the „Whispers of the Dark Mother“-series clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always in the series, we get a fully detailed deity-write-up: The Creator, the neutral nature-deity of Celmae, is depicted – 6 domains…and no subdomains? Weird.   Cartography-wise, we get 2 player-friendly encounter-maps, which is pretty nice – though there are no full-page versions, which makes their use a bit annoying. Similar things hold true for the dungeon maps, though it should be noted […]

    Whispers of the Dark Mother #6: Beasts of Bright Mountain

    Whispers of the Dark Mother #6: Beasts of Bright Mountain The finale for the roller-coaster-ride that is the „Whispers of the Dark Mother“-series clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always in the series, we get a fully detailed deity-write-up: The Creator, the neutral nature-deity of Celmae, is depicted – 6 domains…and no subdomains? Weird.   Cartography-wise, we get 2 player-friendly encounter-maps, which is pretty nice – though there are no full-page versions, which makes their use a bit annoying. Similar things hold true for the dungeon maps, though it should be noted […]

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  • Places of Power: Oleander’s Sanctuary (PFRPG/5e/SNE)   Hej everyone!   I got the chance to contribute to Raging Swan Press‘s impressive Places of Power-series and my little installment, “Oleander’s Sanctuary,” has just hit sites!   So, what is this little booklet about? Well, let me ramble a second. Animal companions have been a tried and true tradition in our roleplaying games, but their depiction in game isn’t perfect. Gaming systems tend to depict them as extensions of the character’s performance capabilities and to be fair: That’s pretty much what they are!   However, when compared to the novels etc. set in roleplaying game worlds or when contrasted to how we behave towards our own animals in real life, there is […]

    Places of Power: Oleander’s Sanctuary (PFRPG/5e/SNE)

    Places of Power: Oleander’s Sanctuary (PFRPG/5e/SNE)   Hej everyone!   I got the chance to contribute to Raging Swan Press‘s impressive Places of Power-series and my little installment, “Oleander’s Sanctuary,” has just hit sites!   So, what is this little booklet about? Well, let me ramble a second. Animal companions have been a tried and true tradition in our roleplaying games, but their depiction in game isn’t perfect. Gaming systems tend to depict them as extensions of the character’s performance capabilities and to be fair: That’s pretty much what they are!   However, when compared to the novels etc. set in roleplaying game worlds or when contrasted to how we behave towards our own animals in real life, there is […]

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  • Tome of Beasts (5e) This gargantuan tome of monsters clocks in at a massive 433 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial/thanks, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with a mind-boggling 424 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on the second version of the book and was moved up in my review queue at the request of numerous readers.   Well, wait…before we do, please bear with me as I embark on a little tangent. As I’m typing this, D&D 5e is a relatively young system, a phenomenon I like to call “B1BS” – Bland 1st Bestiary Syndrome. […]

    Tome of Beasts (5e)

    Tome of Beasts (5e) This gargantuan tome of monsters clocks in at a massive 433 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial/thanks, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with a mind-boggling 424 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on the second version of the book and was moved up in my review queue at the request of numerous readers.   Well, wait…before we do, please bear with me as I embark on a little tangent. As I’m typing this, D&D 5e is a relatively young system, a phenomenon I like to call “B1BS” – Bland 1st Bestiary Syndrome. […]

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  • Beasts of Legend: Beasts of the East This bestiary by Legendary Games/Jade Regent-plug-in clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get herein? The oomphteenth version of the Yuki-no-onna? Nope, this is a bestiary of Legendary Games, after all. In an interesting take on the concept of monsters, this supplement begins by talking a bit about the real-world inspirations of some of these creatures…and guess what? They are more […]

    Beasts of Legend: Beasts of the East

    Beasts of Legend: Beasts of the East This bestiary by Legendary Games/Jade Regent-plug-in clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get herein? The oomphteenth version of the Yuki-no-onna? Nope, this is a bestiary of Legendary Games, after all. In an interesting take on the concept of monsters, this supplement begins by talking a bit about the real-world inspirations of some of these creatures…and guess what? They are more […]

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  • Cerulean Seas: Beasts of the Boundless Blue This bestiary of aquatic (and water/swamp etc.)-themed creatures is 294 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial/KS-thanks, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank inside of th4 back cover and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 286 pages of content, so let’s take a…   …what? 286 pages?? O_O Oh boy, that’s a lot ground to cover, so let’s get started! Emily E. Kusbisz’s introduction explains what to expect from this book: First of all, all races introduced by Cerulean Seas-books get their own entries and the book also contains ALL Cerulean Seas-creatures contained in the various bestiary-chapters of the respective books released so far – several […]

    Cerulean Seas: Beasts of the Boundless Blue

    Cerulean Seas: Beasts of the Boundless Blue This bestiary of aquatic (and water/swamp etc.)-themed creatures is 294 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial/KS-thanks, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank inside of th4 back cover and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 286 pages of content, so let’s take a…   …what? 286 pages?? O_O Oh boy, that’s a lot ground to cover, so let’s get started! Emily E. Kusbisz’s introduction explains what to expect from this book: First of all, all races introduced by Cerulean Seas-books get their own entries and the book also contains ALL Cerulean Seas-creatures contained in the various bestiary-chapters of the respective books released so far – several […]

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  • Beasts of Legend: Coldwood Codex This bestiary for the Kingmaker-AP is 35 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First, we get a page of introductory text and after that we dive in – here’s a peculiarity of the book: Each entry of a monster comes with a one-page massive full color artwork as well as a read-aloud text to properly portray it, offering essentially some awesome hand-outs to show the players. And we kick off with the CR 13 Amadans – saggy, somewhat maggot/mole-like fey that can only be seen by those under a curse: As these disturbing […]

    Beasts of Legend: Coldwood Codex

    Beasts of Legend: Coldwood Codex This bestiary for the Kingmaker-AP is 35 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First, we get a page of introductory text and after that we dive in – here’s a peculiarity of the book: Each entry of a monster comes with a one-page massive full color artwork as well as a read-aloud text to properly portray it, offering essentially some awesome hand-outs to show the players. And we kick off with the CR 13 Amadans – saggy, somewhat maggot/mole-like fey that can only be seen by those under a curse: As these disturbing […]

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  • Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nation This pdf is 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside of the front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/Monsters by CR, 1 page back cover, 1 blank page inside the back cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements. That leaves 28 pages of monsters. -Addanc (CR7): A cross between a crocodile and a beaver, this could be goofy, but actually works. Death Roll (Ex) is a cool ability. -Autumn Death (CR 8): A deadly undead creature with autumnal abilities. Has two cool signature abilities. -Avowed Reaver (CR 5):Touched by elemental powers, this is a set of 4 CR+2 templates in one. -Bog Scum (CR13): Aquatic, climbing deadly ooze. […]

    Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations & Monsters of the Shadow Plane

    Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nation This pdf is 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside of the front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/Monsters by CR, 1 page back cover, 1 blank page inside the back cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements. That leaves 28 pages of monsters. -Addanc (CR7): A cross between a crocodile and a beaver, this could be goofy, but actually works. Death Roll (Ex) is a cool ability. -Autumn Death (CR 8): A deadly undead creature with autumnal abilities. Has two cool signature abilities. -Avowed Reaver (CR 5):Touched by elemental powers, this is a set of 4 CR+2 templates in one. -Bog Scum (CR13): Aquatic, climbing deadly ooze. […]

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