Call to Arms Archive

  • Call to Arms: Tomes of Power (Revised Edition) This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 44 pages,1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial/introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 38 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Knowledge is power. This sentence has become a bit of a cliché. Okay, it *IS* a huge cliché. It is true nonetheless. From Latin to runes, language as a means of transporting knowledge in a written form is exceedingly powerful and ideas, ultimately, are the most powerful weapons of all.   As has become the tradition with the Call to Arms-series, we thus begin the pdf with a complex array of […]

    Call to Arms: Tomes of Power (Revised Edition)

    Call to Arms: Tomes of Power (Revised Edition) This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 44 pages,1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial/introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 38 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Knowledge is power. This sentence has become a bit of a cliché. Okay, it *IS* a huge cliché. It is true nonetheless. From Latin to runes, language as a means of transporting knowledge in a written form is exceedingly powerful and ideas, ultimately, are the most powerful weapons of all.   As has become the tradition with the Call to Arms-series, we thus begin the pdf with a complex array of […]

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  • Call to Arms: Javelins and Throwing Spears This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a fluffy introduction, we dive right into a brief history of the javelin and similar throwing spears and their use throughout history, acting as complimentary means of softening up the foe or for skirmish tactics; following these observations, we distinguish between light and heavy javelins, with light javelins being designated as the standard as depicted in PFRPG; and just because javelins were auxiliary weapons in real life […]

    Call to Arms: Javelins and Throwing Spears

    Call to Arms: Javelins and Throwing Spears This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a fluffy introduction, we dive right into a brief history of the javelin and similar throwing spears and their use throughout history, acting as complimentary means of softening up the foe or for skirmish tactics; following these observations, we distinguish between light and heavy javelins, with light javelins being designated as the standard as depicted in PFRPG; and just because javelins were auxiliary weapons in real life […]

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  • Call to Arms: The Magic Satchel This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover/editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, first of all, we begin, as always, with a bit of flavor-text and the history of the “bigger on the inside” idea that has accompanied mankind from Santa Claus to Doctor Who – and it shows awareness of a possible reason for the initial introduction of the classic bag of holding into the context of the games we know and love.   I feel obliged to go on a little digression: As you may have noticed, I can be a bit […]

    Call to Arms: The Magic Satchel

    Call to Arms: The Magic Satchel This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover/editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, first of all, we begin, as always, with a bit of flavor-text and the history of the “bigger on the inside” idea that has accompanied mankind from Santa Claus to Doctor Who – and it shows awareness of a possible reason for the initial introduction of the classic bag of holding into the context of the games we know and love.   I feel obliged to go on a little digression: As you may have noticed, I can be a bit […]

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  • Call to Arms: Bracers of Armor This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 3/4 page blank, leaving us with 12 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this smaller installment of the Call to Arms-series with a brief summary of bracers versus vambraces in the context of both reality and the game system, including a brief history of bracers in game. The pdf then goes on to provide a new mundane item, the archery bracers, which make sense from a simulationalist position – seeing how the bowstring may hit the unprotected string, lack of bracers can be translated to a penalty to subsequent […]

    Call to Arms: Bracers of Armor

    Call to Arms: Bracers of Armor This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 3/4 page blank, leaving us with 12 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this smaller installment of the Call to Arms-series with a brief summary of bracers versus vambraces in the context of both reality and the game system, including a brief history of bracers in game. The pdf then goes on to provide a new mundane item, the archery bracers, which make sense from a simulationalist position – seeing how the bowstring may hit the unprotected string, lack of bracers can be translated to a penalty to subsequent […]

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  • Call to Arms: Ropes This colossal installment of Fat Goblin Games’ Call to Arms-series clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 60 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief page of flavor text, we dive into a brief history of ropes and how they’re used – the first thing you’ll notice when thinking about ropes and their use is that, much like fire, the PFRPG-system isn’t that precise regarding the peculiarities of the respective ropes – when applicable, the pdf reprints rules, clarifies them and expands them…so the first thing you’ll notice is a huge […]

    Call to Arms: Ropes

    Call to Arms: Ropes This colossal installment of Fat Goblin Games’ Call to Arms-series clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 60 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief page of flavor text, we dive into a brief history of ropes and how they’re used – the first thing you’ll notice when thinking about ropes and their use is that, much like fire, the PFRPG-system isn’t that precise regarding the peculiarities of the respective ropes – when applicable, the pdf reprints rules, clarifies them and expands them…so the first thing you’ll notice is a huge […]

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  • Call to Arms: Fireworks and Primitive Firearms This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 63 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 3/4 of a page blank, leaving us with a massive 60 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always with the series, we begin with a contextualization of the respective type of weaponry, both in the context of our real world and the fantastic worlds our RPGs work in – and it is interesting and certainly worth a read, as it not only highlights the differences between firework-weaponry and firearms in game, but also elaborates on little known weapon categories like the handgonne and yes, the pdf acknowledges the potential […]

    Call to Arms: Fireworks and Primitive Firearms

    Call to Arms: Fireworks and Primitive Firearms This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 63 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 3/4 of a page blank, leaving us with a massive 60 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always with the series, we begin with a contextualization of the respective type of weaponry, both in the context of our real world and the fantastic worlds our RPGs work in – and it is interesting and certainly worth a read, as it not only highlights the differences between firework-weaponry and firearms in game, but also elaborates on little known weapon categories like the handgonne and yes, the pdf acknowledges the potential […]

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  • Call to Arms: Torch and Flame This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 39 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, I never thought I’d be one time in my career be reviewing a 40-page pdf that focuses on flames and torches. So what do we get? Well, following the at this time slowly arising standard of the series, we begin with a well-researched recapitulation of the history of fire as tool and weapon – as much as that is feasibly possible, mind you. For such a basic process, and one obviously popularized and charged with symbolic significance by the […]

    Call to Arms: Torch and Flame

    Call to Arms: Torch and Flame This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 39 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, I never thought I’d be one time in my career be reviewing a 40-page pdf that focuses on flames and torches. So what do we get? Well, following the at this time slowly arising standard of the series, we begin with a well-researched recapitulation of the history of fire as tool and weapon – as much as that is feasibly possible, mind you. For such a basic process, and one obviously popularized and charged with symbolic significance by the […]

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  • Call to Arms: Pistols and Muskets This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page editorial/front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a significant 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once again, we begin the installment with aptly-written prose before being introduced to a brief history of the weapon in question, here firearms, and their impact upon warfare – with a caveat on how history obviously should not dictate the limits of your fantasy world. Still, I feel that this is as good a point as any to voice my complete and utter approval for these introductions: It is my firm belief that history and knowledge of such facts can […]

    Call to Arms: Pistols and Muskets

    Call to Arms: Pistols and Muskets This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page editorial/front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a significant 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once again, we begin the installment with aptly-written prose before being introduced to a brief history of the weapon in question, here firearms, and their impact upon warfare – with a caveat on how history obviously should not dictate the limits of your fantasy world. Still, I feel that this is as good a point as any to voice my complete and utter approval for these introductions: It is my firm belief that history and knowledge of such facts can […]

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  • Call to Arms: Axes and Picks The second installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief paragraph of introductory prose, we are treated to a solid little introduction of the history of both axes and picks and their roles in warfare before we are introduced to the subject matter at hand – here, beginning with properly codified flint weapons, which, while fragile, may ignite flammable material when struck against metal – which is one of the trademark “Why hasn’t this been done before?”-moments I love in the series. Similarly, I am pretty sure that […]

    Call to Arms: Axes and Picks

    Call to Arms: Axes and Picks The second installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief paragraph of introductory prose, we are treated to a solid little introduction of the history of both axes and picks and their roles in warfare before we are introduced to the subject matter at hand – here, beginning with properly codified flint weapons, which, while fragile, may ignite flammable material when struck against metal – which is one of the trademark “Why hasn’t this been done before?”-moments I love in the series. Similarly, I am pretty sure that […]

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  • Call to Arms: Powders and Dust This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We begin, as has become the tradition with the Call to Arms-series, this supplement with a brief piece of in-character prose as well as a well-researched piece on the history of warfare regarding the particular instrument of destruction at hand – this time prefacing the whole book with the best-known quote of one of the most influential and, in my opinion, best epic poems of all time, […]

    Call to Arms: Powders and Dust

    Call to Arms: Powders and Dust This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We begin, as has become the tradition with the Call to Arms-series, this supplement with a brief piece of in-character prose as well as a well-researched piece on the history of warfare regarding the particular instrument of destruction at hand – this time prefacing the whole book with the best-known quote of one of the most influential and, in my opinion, best epic poems of all time, […]

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  • Call to Arms: Mantles of Power This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ Call to Arms series is a massive, huge beast of 94 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 88 pages of content – that’s A LOT, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, we begin this installment of Call to Arms with a breakdown of what mantles are. Sounds strange? Well, it quite frankly shouldn’t be considered to be strange. Think about it – there is more to a mantle than just the cloth and material from which it was woven – as the pdf aptly demonstrates, wearing a […]

    Call to Arms: Mantles of Power

    Call to Arms: Mantles of Power This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ Call to Arms series is a massive, huge beast of 94 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 88 pages of content – that’s A LOT, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, we begin this installment of Call to Arms with a breakdown of what mantles are. Sounds strange? Well, it quite frankly shouldn’t be considered to be strange. Think about it – there is more to a mantle than just the cloth and material from which it was woven – as the pdf aptly demonstrates, wearing a […]

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  • Call to Arms: Fantastic Technology This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ Call to Arms-series clocks in at a massive 46 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 39 pages of content so let’s take a look!   Now this book, obviously, expands on the content of the Technology Guide, so I expect familiarity with that material in this review.   This supplement begins with a piece of adept prose and recap on the significant influence technology has had on the development of our very society and there is a reason for that: Before we can take a look at how […]

    Call to Arms: Fantastic Technology

    Call to Arms: Fantastic Technology This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ Call to Arms-series clocks in at a massive 46 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 39 pages of content so let’s take a look!   Now this book, obviously, expands on the content of the Technology Guide, so I expect familiarity with that material in this review.   This supplement begins with a piece of adept prose and recap on the significant influence technology has had on the development of our very society and there is a reason for that: Before we can take a look at how […]

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  • Call to Arms: Ten-Foot Poles This pdf clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, in case you’re not 100% sure – yes, this is an April’s Fools product. And yes, I’m reviewing it in August. Sad, but better late than never, right? So this begins with a basic, humorous introduction of poles – both in the game worlds and in real life. Let me go on a slight tangent here: If you do not know 10-foot-poles, they are perhaps the source of more anecdotes and prevented PC-death in old-school gaming than any other item. They […]

    Call to Arms: Ten-Foot Poles

    Call to Arms: Ten-Foot Poles This pdf clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, in case you’re not 100% sure – yes, this is an April’s Fools product. And yes, I’m reviewing it in August. Sad, but better late than never, right? So this begins with a basic, humorous introduction of poles – both in the game worlds and in real life. Let me go on a slight tangent here: If you do not know 10-foot-poles, they are perhaps the source of more anecdotes and prevented PC-death in old-school gaming than any other item. They […]

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