Christina Stiles Presents Archive

  • Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides – Rock Bottom This installment of Rogue Genius Games series depicting taverns clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look…   …or rather, let me go on a slight tangent: We all know the place, or at least, anyone who has lived in a town of a certain size does: There always is this one bar that, by any rights, should no longer exist. You always see the same failed existences shamble in and out of it and it exudes a palpable aura of desperation, sadness and tears. And if you’re like me, […]

    Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides – Rock Bottom

    Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides – Rock Bottom This installment of Rogue Genius Games series depicting taverns clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look…   …or rather, let me go on a slight tangent: We all know the place, or at least, anyone who has lived in a town of a certain size does: There always is this one bar that, by any rights, should no longer exist. You always see the same failed existences shamble in and out of it and it exudes a palpable aura of desperation, sadness and tears. And if you’re like me, […]

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  • Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes III – Psionic Repositories The third installment in Rich Howard’s Mundane No More-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1.5 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   After getting massive information on research, recipes and making dungeon guides in the superb first book, adding concise rules for special material in book 2 , now we tackle the psionic component – or don’t. For yes, this pdf has information on how to *not* use the repositories herein with psionics, so even those disliking psionics have something to enjoy.   First of […]

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes III – Psionic Repositories

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes III – Psionic Repositories The third installment in Rich Howard’s Mundane No More-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1.5 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   After getting massive information on research, recipes and making dungeon guides in the superb first book, adding concise rules for special material in book 2 , now we tackle the psionic component – or don’t. For yes, this pdf has information on how to *not* use the repositories herein with psionics, so even those disliking psionics have something to enjoy.   First of […]

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  • Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes II – The Lands Beyond This expansion to Rich Howard’s Mundane No More-pdf on research rules and tomes clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ARD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf kicks off with a minor errata of book 1 (which, in my opinion, has nothing to do in the pdf-age -why not simply update the original file?), but oh well.   So what does the book contain – well, to cut a long story short, we receive 4 different sample tomes, including background stories etc. – which would be […]

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes II – The Lands Beyond

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes II – The Lands Beyond This expansion to Rich Howard’s Mundane No More-pdf on research rules and tomes clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ARD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf kicks off with a minor errata of book 1 (which, in my opinion, has nothing to do in the pdf-age -why not simply update the original file?), but oh well.   So what does the book contain – well, to cut a long story short, we receive 4 different sample tomes, including background stories etc. – which would be […]

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  • Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes This pdf clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I’m a bibliophile and utterly OCD when it comes to the topic – take away my reading material, and I start becoming grumpy – fast. I become slightly concerned whenever either my regular non-RPG-book-pile or my pdf-pile shrinks to below ten unread works. Hence it should come as no surprise that my game somehow reflects this – observers have jested that my game sports an inordinate amount of reading when compared to most PFRPG-games and this […]

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes This pdf clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I’m a bibliophile and utterly OCD when it comes to the topic – take away my reading material, and I start becoming grumpy – fast. I become slightly concerned whenever either my regular non-RPG-book-pile or my pdf-pile shrinks to below ten unread works. Hence it should come as no surprise that my game somehow reflects this – observers have jested that my game sports an inordinate amount of reading when compared to most PFRPG-games and this […]

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  • Minor Artifact: Book of Eight Restful Retreats This pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 a page editorial (including author bio – nice!), 1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   If you’ve read the title, you’ll have an inkling of what this is about – a book that is an artifact holds images, rendered in lavish detail -these offer direct portals to luxurious retreats for the hounded adventurer in the guise of different demiplanes. The author should be commended here – the crunch of the artifact is rock-solid – from taking items from the retreats to smuggling persons and items, the rules of this tome are […]

    Minor Artifact: Book of Eight Restful Retreats

    Minor Artifact: Book of Eight Restful Retreats This pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 a page editorial (including author bio – nice!), 1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   If you’ve read the title, you’ll have an inkling of what this is about – a book that is an artifact holds images, rendered in lavish detail -these offer direct portals to luxurious retreats for the hounded adventurer in the guise of different demiplanes. The author should be commended here – the crunch of the artifact is rock-solid – from taking items from the retreats to smuggling persons and items, the rules of this tome are […]

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  • Gingerbread Golem Swarm This pdf is 2 pages long – 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page content – so what do we get?   Essentially, we get Jeff Lee creating a Gingerbread Golem Swarm that clocks in at a nasty CR 7. Not only are these menaces immune to magic (and swarms that are immune to magic are a PAIN), they may vomit liquid gingerbread on victims, potentially encasing them in gingerbread and suffocating them – funny, yet also potentially very dark: Two thumbs up – also due to the proposed alternate rule with a weakness to bite attacks.   Conclusion: One page, not much space to make editing mistakes (though I didn’t notice any here and time has shown that […]

    Gingerbread Golem Swarm

    Gingerbread Golem Swarm This pdf is 2 pages long – 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page content – so what do we get?   Essentially, we get Jeff Lee creating a Gingerbread Golem Swarm that clocks in at a nasty CR 7. Not only are these menaces immune to magic (and swarms that are immune to magic are a PAIN), they may vomit liquid gingerbread on victims, potentially encasing them in gingerbread and suffocating them – funny, yet also potentially very dark: Two thumbs up – also due to the proposed alternate rule with a weakness to bite attacks.   Conclusion: One page, not much space to make editing mistakes (though I didn’t notice any here and time has shown that […]

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  • Flesh Golem Variants The first pdf of Christina Stiles’ solo-venture into publishing presents concepts by the author-group “4 Horsemen” – consisting of Dan Dillon (Death), Gillian Fraser (War), Steven Helt (Famine) and Stephen Rowe (Pestilence). The pdf clocks in at 8 pages, with 1 page being taken up by editorial/SRD, so let’s take a look at those creatures:   The first adversary herein is the CR 8 Crawling Horror – think “Human Centipede as a golem. Also rather disturbing – up to a point, sufficient damage via piercing or slashing damage may actually split the adversary, resulting in a battle versus two of their ilk. Paradoxically, this makes the smaller versions hit better (size reduction resulting in -1 less penalty […]

    Flesh Golem Variants

    Flesh Golem Variants The first pdf of Christina Stiles’ solo-venture into publishing presents concepts by the author-group “4 Horsemen” – consisting of Dan Dillon (Death), Gillian Fraser (War), Steven Helt (Famine) and Stephen Rowe (Pestilence). The pdf clocks in at 8 pages, with 1 page being taken up by editorial/SRD, so let’s take a look at those creatures:   The first adversary herein is the CR 8 Crawling Horror – think “Human Centipede as a golem. Also rather disturbing – up to a point, sufficient damage via piercing or slashing damage may actually split the adversary, resulting in a battle versus two of their ilk. Paradoxically, this makes the smaller versions hit better (size reduction resulting in -1 less penalty […]

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  • Christina Stiles Presents: Cackle of the Gnolls This pdf is 13 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 11 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this pdf with a short discussion on gnoll society as well as their racial attributes -which follow the ARG-entry at +2 Str, +2 Con, +1 natural armor and darkvision 60 ft and gnoll weapon familiarity. – and yes, in contrast to the ARG, we really get a glimpse at gnoll culture here as well as extensive information on race relations and the important age. height and weight-tables.   We also get an array of 11 different alternate racial traits […]

    Christina Stiles Presents: Cackle of the Gnolls

    Christina Stiles Presents: Cackle of the Gnolls This pdf is 13 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 11 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this pdf with a short discussion on gnoll society as well as their racial attributes -which follow the ARG-entry at +2 Str, +2 Con, +1 natural armor and darkvision 60 ft and gnoll weapon familiarity. – and yes, in contrast to the ARG, we really get a glimpse at gnoll culture here as well as extensive information on race relations and the important age. height and weight-tables.   We also get an array of 11 different alternate racial traits […]

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  • Christina Stiles Presents: Ultimate Options – Minor and Major Drawbacks This pdf is 7 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 5 1/3 of a pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Ultimate Campaign (btw. imho, while not perfect, one of my favorite crunch-books released by Paizo so far) has introduced drawbacks and the minor drawbacks herein are on par with those from  that book, i.e. taking one allows you to get an extra trait. Now if you’re like, me, you’ve been at the same time loving and hating their inclusion. Why? Because I was already using 4 Wind Fantasy Gaming’s Flaws from Player’s Options – Flaws and their […]

    Christina Stiles Presents: Ultimate Options – Minor and Major Drawbacks

    Christina Stiles Presents: Ultimate Options – Minor and Major Drawbacks This pdf is 7 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 5 1/3 of a pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Ultimate Campaign (btw. imho, while not perfect, one of my favorite crunch-books released by Paizo so far) has introduced drawbacks and the minor drawbacks herein are on par with those from  that book, i.e. taking one allows you to get an extra trait. Now if you’re like, me, you’ve been at the same time loving and hating their inclusion. Why? Because I was already using 4 Wind Fantasy Gaming’s Flaws from Player’s Options – Flaws and their […]

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  • Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides – Didjer’s Crab House This supplement is 20 pages long, 1 page front cover/foreword, 1 page SRD/editorial, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being the first in the Waysides-series, it kicks off with an introduction on what to expect from the series – and Didjer’s tavern is just the first – coming with a nice map in b/w and with grid (and, unfortunately, the annoying numbers) as well as copious information on the seedy staff catering to scrupulous clientele. As a major plus, the wayside comes with a menu table – which I applaud. What I don’t consider as neat is that the description of the victuals unfortunately […]

    Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides – Didjer’s Crab House

    Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides – Didjer’s Crab House This supplement is 20 pages long, 1 page front cover/foreword, 1 page SRD/editorial, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being the first in the Waysides-series, it kicks off with an introduction on what to expect from the series – and Didjer’s tavern is just the first – coming with a nice map in b/w and with grid (and, unfortunately, the annoying numbers) as well as copious information on the seedy staff catering to scrupulous clientele. As a major plus, the wayside comes with a menu table – which I applaud. What I don’t consider as neat is that the description of the victuals unfortunately […]

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