Black Archive

  • Night’s Black Agents (GUMSHOE) Night’s Black Agents, as a hardcover, is a massive 232 page-book, with 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, which leaves us with 227 pages of content – so let’s take a look!   Wait for a second – before we do: Yes, this means I’m branching out into GUMSHOE, at least occasionally. Why? Well, I actually got Night’s Black Agents as a present from a friend of mine (thanks, Paco!) and had been playing with it for quite some time. Before I get into the nit and grit, let’s start with a brief discussion of GUMSHOE, the engine of this RPG.   The system you’re probably most likely to know the engine from would […]

    Night’s Black Agents (GUMSHOE)

    Night’s Black Agents (GUMSHOE) Night’s Black Agents, as a hardcover, is a massive 232 page-book, with 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, which leaves us with 227 pages of content – so let’s take a look!   Wait for a second – before we do: Yes, this means I’m branching out into GUMSHOE, at least occasionally. Why? Well, I actually got Night’s Black Agents as a present from a friend of mine (thanks, Paco!) and had been playing with it for quite some time. Before I get into the nit and grit, let’s start with a brief discussion of GUMSHOE, the engine of this RPG.   The system you’re probably most likely to know the engine from would […]

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  • Genius Adventures: The Black Skull Laughs This genius adventure clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? This is, layout-wise – the most boring dungeon imaginable -10 identically-sized rooms connected by 30-ft-corridors. That’s it. And yes, this is by design. The complex herein depicts a minor dwarven way station turned doom-laden crypt, recently disturbed, as per the tradition by bandits – who unleashed the so-called Black Skull. Now to clear this place and claim its […]

    Genius Adventures: The Black Skull Laughs

    Genius Adventures: The Black Skull Laughs This genius adventure clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? This is, layout-wise – the most boring dungeon imaginable -10 identically-sized rooms connected by 30-ft-corridors. That’s it. And yes, this is by design. The complex herein depicts a minor dwarven way station turned doom-laden crypt, recently disturbed, as per the tradition by bandits – who unleashed the so-called Black Skull. Now to clear this place and claim its […]

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  • Gossamer Worlds: The Black (Diceless) This installment of the evocative Gossamer Worlds-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what is The Black? The Black is a vast universe of thousands of high-scifi empires, galaxies-spanning confederations and empires, a realm where terra-forming and faster-than-light-travel are a dime a dozen among the civilized races; A realm where a powerful, immortal space-pharaoh has fleets of black pyramid-shaped ships at his beck and call, each of which can blast whole planets asunder. It is a realm where lobster-like xenobiologists and Nietzeschean centaur-like species abound, where a viral/fungoid psychic infection may depopulate whole planets.   […]

    Gossamer Worlds: The Black (Diceless)

    Gossamer Worlds: The Black (Diceless) This installment of the evocative Gossamer Worlds-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what is The Black? The Black is a vast universe of thousands of high-scifi empires, galaxies-spanning confederations and empires, a realm where terra-forming and faster-than-light-travel are a dime a dozen among the civilized races; A realm where a powerful, immortal space-pharaoh has fleets of black pyramid-shaped ships at his beck and call, each of which can blast whole planets asunder. It is a realm where lobster-like xenobiologists and Nietzeschean centaur-like species abound, where a viral/fungoid psychic infection may depopulate whole planets.   […]

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  • Lucien’s Guide to the Black Files If you read this review, one of the following is true:   1. You’re me. Hello, handsome devil! 2. I have shared this information with you – don’t screw this up! 3.You have stolen this homepage – I have been notified of your identity and location. 4. You have killed me. Good for you, but you have eliminated the ward that left a whole bunch of nastiness in check. 5. I have died and you took up my mantle – good for you, but I hope I’ve had the chance to provide the keys, because I wasn’t joking in 4. … This intro mirrors (in less vivid prose) how this guide begins – to […]

    Lucien’s Guide to the Black Files (Diceless)

    Lucien’s Guide to the Black Files If you read this review, one of the following is true:   1. You’re me. Hello, handsome devil! 2. I have shared this information with you – don’t screw this up! 3.You have stolen this homepage – I have been notified of your identity and location. 4. You have killed me. Good for you, but you have eliminated the ward that left a whole bunch of nastiness in check. 5. I have died and you took up my mantle – good for you, but I hope I’ve had the chance to provide the keys, because I wasn’t joking in 4. … This intro mirrors (in less vivid prose) how this guide begins – to […]

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  • CE 2 -The Black Goat This mini-module is 12 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being a review of a mini-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here?   The Pass of the Black Goat is home to two weird types of humanoids – the fox-like Pellas Troth and the elephant-eared Mahmat Troth – which are mortal enemies, though they both worship the same concept, Silence, under the auspice of the mysterious, sphinx-like and utterly silent black goat.   Attuned to silence, the Mahmat Troth can hear those approaching from a mile […]

    CE 2 -The Black Goat

    CE 2 -The Black Goat This mini-module is 12 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being a review of a mini-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here?   The Pass of the Black Goat is home to two weird types of humanoids – the fox-like Pellas Troth and the elephant-eared Mahmat Troth – which are mortal enemies, though they both worship the same concept, Silence, under the auspice of the mysterious, sphinx-like and utterly silent black goat.   Attuned to silence, the Mahmat Troth can hear those approaching from a mile […]

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  • The gentleman I spoke with on the phone called this the “techiest” fan that Honeywell makes, and he was right, well kind of. When this arrived on my porch I immediately wondered how much assembly would be required.  I’m not a big fan of “buy this, then you get to build it!”  I would rather if I pay full price for something that it come pre-assembled, but obviously for shipping reasons this wouldn’t be very prudent as things get broken in transit.  We pulled all the bits out and began to assemble the fan without reading the instructions, because what man reads instructions?  It took a little longer to assemble than I would have liked, but after a couple attempted […]

    Honeywell’s “techiest” Fan

    The gentleman I spoke with on the phone called this the “techiest” fan that Honeywell makes, and he was right, well kind of. When this arrived on my porch I immediately wondered how much assembly would be required.  I’m not a big fan of “buy this, then you get to build it!”  I would rather if I pay full price for something that it come pre-assembled, but obviously for shipping reasons this wouldn’t be very prudent as things get broken in transit.  We pulled all the bits out and began to assemble the fan without reading the instructions, because what man reads instructions?  It took a little longer to assemble than I would have liked, but after a couple attempted […]

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