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  • Shadowlands: Tarina, Spiral of Sin This massive city-sourcebook clocks in at 70 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1/2 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 62.5 pages of content, so let’s return to the world of Sæmyyr!   Wait, what? Well, it’s arguably been a while and this book has slipped somewhat between the cracks of my reviewing folder, but let’s recapitulate, all right? Beyond being the setting of the Gates of Tarina-adventure, the eponymous city is an important jigsaw piece in the panorama of the Shadowlands, also known as Sæmyyr.   The world of Sæmyyr’s ambition […]

    Shadowlands: Tarina, Spiral of Sin

    Shadowlands: Tarina, Spiral of Sin This massive city-sourcebook clocks in at 70 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1/2 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 62.5 pages of content, so let’s return to the world of Sæmyyr!   Wait, what? Well, it’s arguably been a while and this book has slipped somewhat between the cracks of my reviewing folder, but let’s recapitulate, all right? Beyond being the setting of the Gates of Tarina-adventure, the eponymous city is an important jigsaw piece in the panorama of the Shadowlands, also known as Sæmyyr.   The world of Sæmyyr’s ambition […]

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  • Shadowlands: Secrets of the Tainted Adventure Arc This module is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover,1 page SRD, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 blank pages, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   All right, still here? So what are the “tainted”? Essentially, the Tainted are the downtrodden of the big cities, those rejected that live underground, ins ewers, at the fringes of society. As a group they may select one of the 6 exclusive traits herein – all of which deliver what one would expect, i.e. minor bonuses/class skills or circumstantial bonuses when underground/fighting in cramped quarters. We also are introduced […]

    Shadowlands: Secrets of the Tainted Adventure Arc

    Shadowlands: Secrets of the Tainted Adventure Arc This module is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover,1 page SRD, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 blank pages, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   All right, still here? So what are the “tainted”? Essentially, the Tainted are the downtrodden of the big cities, those rejected that live underground, ins ewers, at the fringes of society. As a group they may select one of the 6 exclusive traits herein – all of which deliver what one would expect, i.e. minor bonuses/class skills or circumstantial bonuses when underground/fighting in cramped quarters. We also are introduced […]

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  • Shadowlands: Gates of Tarina This module is 56 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside the front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 3 blank pages, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 45 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Still here? All right! First of all – this module is intended for use with the Tarina Guidebook – which, more than a year after this module has come out is nowhere to be seen, so I’ll treat this hypothetical book as if it did not exist and ignore any reference to it.   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential […]

    Shadowlands: Gates of Tarina

    Shadowlands: Gates of Tarina This module is 56 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside the front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 3 blank pages, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 45 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Still here? All right! First of all – this module is intended for use with the Tarina Guidebook – which, more than a year after this module has come out is nowhere to be seen, so I’ll treat this hypothetical book as if it did not exist and ignore any reference to it.   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential […]

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  • Shadowlands: Carthica’s Pride This module is 28 pages long, 1 page front cover, 3 pages editorial, 2 pages ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover and 3 additional blank pages between acts, leaving us with 16 pages of content – FREE content, I might add, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here?   When the two thieves Jhaari and Atharius returned to Tarina loaded from their last adventure, they started spending gold for the good life almost immediately – and made a fateful decision. When stumbling home, they crossed paths with a very intoxicated noble named Carthica […]

    Shadowlands: Carthica’s Pride

    Shadowlands: Carthica’s Pride This module is 28 pages long, 1 page front cover, 3 pages editorial, 2 pages ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover and 3 additional blank pages between acts, leaving us with 16 pages of content – FREE content, I might add, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here?   When the two thieves Jhaari and Atharius returned to Tarina loaded from their last adventure, they started spending gold for the good life almost immediately – and made a fateful decision. When stumbling home, they crossed paths with a very intoxicated noble named Carthica […]

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  • Shadowlands Conversion Guide This free guide is an introduction to the Shadowlands setting and clocks in at 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 blank page and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The guide is divided into two sections, with the first being appropriate for players as well as DMs and the second intended for DMs only – so let’s take a look, what we are offered. And…BAM: two-page spread of Jonathan Robert’s cartography is the first thing you’ll see – damn impressive every time I see one of his gorgeous works.   The world of Sæmyyr is a […]

    Shadowlands Conversion Guide

    Shadowlands Conversion Guide This free guide is an introduction to the Shadowlands setting and clocks in at 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 blank page and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The guide is divided into two sections, with the first being appropriate for players as well as DMs and the second intended for DMs only – so let’s take a look, what we are offered. And…BAM: two-page spread of Jonathan Robert’s cartography is the first thing you’ll see – damn impressive every time I see one of his gorgeous works.   The world of Sæmyyr is a […]

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