Ben Kent Archive

  • Campaign Backdrops: Hills & Mountains This installment of Raging Swan Press’ Campaign Backdrops-compilations clocks in at 115 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with an impressive 108 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being a compilation of material, we begin this massive book with a handy list of statblcoks by CR with the respective page number for easy reference obviously included. Beyond that, the pdf provides advice for novice GMs on how to read statblocks and an extensive acknowledgement of author bios – I mention the latter primarily since I consider this aspect to be great and […]

    Campaign Backdrops: Hills & Mountains

    Campaign Backdrops: Hills & Mountains This installment of Raging Swan Press’ Campaign Backdrops-compilations clocks in at 115 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with an impressive 108 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being a compilation of material, we begin this massive book with a handy list of statblcoks by CR with the respective page number for easy reference obviously included. Beyond that, the pdf provides advice for novice GMs on how to read statblocks and an extensive acknowledgement of author bios – I mention the latter primarily since I consider this aspect to be great and […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Random Wilderness Encounters This massive compilation clocks in at no less than 141 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page of advertisement, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 134 (!!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, first of all, I have to commend the fact that this massive compilation actually sports short author bios for all contributing authors – generating awareness and reputations for authors is pretty important in my book. Beyond the ToC listing ELs and XP-values, we receive a massive 3-page table of statblocks by CR, which range from none (for e.g. […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Random Wilderness Encounters

    GM’s Miscellany: Random Wilderness Encounters This massive compilation clocks in at no less than 141 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page of advertisement, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 134 (!!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, first of all, I have to commend the fact that this massive compilation actually sports short author bios for all contributing authors – generating awareness and reputations for authors is pretty important in my book. Beyond the ToC listing ELs and XP-values, we receive a massive 3-page table of statblocks by CR, which range from none (for e.g. […]

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  • The Barbarian Reforged The second of TPK Games’ redesigns of base classes clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so let’s dive into these guys – the reforged barbarian receives much the same stuff you know from the base class – but with some modifications. First of which would be the addition of survival and stealth to his class skill list, which makes sense to me – lore is rife with suspicious barbarians that prowl the less civilized lands. In an uncommon twist, ref-saves have been upgraded to a medium progression – while not […]

    The Barbarian Reforged

    The Barbarian Reforged The second of TPK Games’ redesigns of base classes clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so let’s dive into these guys – the reforged barbarian receives much the same stuff you know from the base class – but with some modifications. First of which would be the addition of survival and stealth to his class skill list, which makes sense to me – lore is rife with suspicious barbarians that prowl the less civilized lands. In an uncommon twist, ref-saves have been upgraded to a medium progression – while not […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing This massive tome clocks in at 399 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 3 pages of short author bios (which should be included in any roleplaying game supplement – seriously, help the talented folk that craft these books get all the recognition they can!), 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 388 (!!!) pages of content, making this one of the longest books I’ve ever reviewed, so let’s take a look, shall we?   When I reviewed “Shadowed Keep of the Borderlands” and similar adventures by Raging Swan Press (if you haven’t checked […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing

    GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing This massive tome clocks in at 399 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 3 pages of short author bios (which should be included in any roleplaying game supplement – seriously, help the talented folk that craft these books get all the recognition they can!), 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 388 (!!!) pages of content, making this one of the longest books I’ve ever reviewed, so let’s take a look, shall we?   When I reviewed “Shadowed Keep of the Borderlands” and similar adventures by Raging Swan Press (if you haven’t checked […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Tribes Most Foul This collection of Ranging Swan Press’ superb Tribes Most Foul-series is 65 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page info about the designers, 1 page advice on reading statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 57 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this book with a table of statblocks by CR (Including the page numbers) and then, get a tribal name generator: 100 descriptors, which are then supplemented by one of 4 characteristics: These may either be a body part, geographical, weapon/armor or animal/monster. Each of these sample characteristics gets a 50-entry-table and for DMs […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Tribes Most Foul

    GM’s Miscellany: Tribes Most Foul This collection of Ranging Swan Press’ superb Tribes Most Foul-series is 65 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page info about the designers, 1 page advice on reading statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 57 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this book with a table of statblocks by CR (Including the page numbers) and then, get a tribal name generator: 100 descriptors, which are then supplemented by one of 4 characteristics: These may either be a body part, geographical, weapon/armor or animal/monster. Each of these sample characteristics gets a 50-entry-table and for DMs […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops This compilation of Rgaing Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed and well-received Village Backdrop-series is a massive 101 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page author-bios (read those, fellow gamers – if only so you remember who wrote your favorite supplements), 1 page ToC, 1 page advice for novice DMs on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 91 pages of content – so let’s get this on, shall we?   Well, first of all, we kick off this massive compilation with a list of all the statblocks in this book and the respective villages in which the beings reside – thus […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops This compilation of Rgaing Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed and well-received Village Backdrop-series is a massive 101 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page author-bios (read those, fellow gamers – if only so you remember who wrote your favorite supplements), 1 page ToC, 1 page advice for novice DMs on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 91 pages of content – so let’s get this on, shall we?   Well, first of all, we kick off this massive compilation with a list of all the statblocks in this book and the respective villages in which the beings reside – thus […]

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  • Tribes Most Foul: Orcs The second installment of the “Tribes Most Foul”-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As the first installment in the series, this one introduces us to new tribes, 3 to be precise. The first of these are the orcs of the bear’s hide – more in touch with serenity and calmer, but no less aggressive, these orcs coexist with owlbears and their less magical kin and we also get a full tribal roster, […]

    Tribes Most Foul: Orcs

    Tribes Most Foul: Orcs The second installment of the “Tribes Most Foul”-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As the first installment in the series, this one introduces us to new tribes, 3 to be precise. The first of these are the orcs of the bear’s hide – more in touch with serenity and calmer, but no less aggressive, these orcs coexist with owlbears and their less magical kin and we also get a full tribal roster, […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Bridges This pdf is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/introduction, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Following the tradition of the Dungeon Dressing-line, we kick this pdf off with information on bridges and their construction, thankfully including information on drawbridges, rope bridges (including stats to break them) etc. – of course also including DCs to traverse narrow bridges. The pdf provides 43 characteristics and interesting they are indeed – take bridges crafted from web-spell-like magic or gentle reposed huge creatures that serve as macabre bridges and we’re in for a great variety.   […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Bridges

    Dungeon Dressing: Bridges This pdf is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/introduction, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Following the tradition of the Dungeon Dressing-line, we kick this pdf off with information on bridges and their construction, thankfully including information on drawbridges, rope bridges (including stats to break them) etc. – of course also including DCs to traverse narrow bridges. The pdf provides 43 characteristics and interesting they are indeed – take bridges crafted from web-spell-like magic or gentle reposed huge creatures that serve as macabre bridges and we’re in for a great variety.   […]

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  • TRIBES Anthology III The third in Raging Swan’s print collections of critically-acclaimed TRIBES-supplements is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page author bios/foreword, 2 pages ToC by TRIBE (containing a short poem for each tribe), 1 page statblocks by CR, 1 page SRD, 1 page advice on reading statblocks for novice DMs as well as 1 page back cover, leaving us with 103 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   Following the maxim of usability, we start with compiled lists of feats (including the information where it can be found), compiled alternate class and race features, a table for new monsters & templates as well as a table containing […]

    TRIBES Anthology III

    TRIBES Anthology III The third in Raging Swan’s print collections of critically-acclaimed TRIBES-supplements is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page author bios/foreword, 2 pages ToC by TRIBE (containing a short poem for each tribe), 1 page statblocks by CR, 1 page SRD, 1 page advice on reading statblocks for novice DMs as well as 1 page back cover, leaving us with 103 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   Following the maxim of usability, we start with compiled lists of feats (including the information where it can be found), compiled alternate class and race features, a table for new monsters & templates as well as a table containing […]

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