Christina Stiles Archive

  • Dark Deeds in Freeport This mega-adventure/anthology clocks in at 82 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2/3 of a page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 77 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Disclaimer: I was a patron of this book. I was in no way associated with the production of this book, though.   Sometimes, books seem cursed – most often, surprisingly, when the feature Lovecraftian themes and this was no different: Long-delayed, the adventure finally arrived when I had all but forgotten about it. I read and ran it, but then…it fell between the virtual cracks of my own hard drive, languishing…until this day.   […]

    Dark Deeds in Freeport

    Dark Deeds in Freeport This mega-adventure/anthology clocks in at 82 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2/3 of a page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 77 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Disclaimer: I was a patron of this book. I was in no way associated with the production of this book, though.   Sometimes, books seem cursed – most often, surprisingly, when the feature Lovecraftian themes and this was no different: Long-delayed, the adventure finally arrived when I had all but forgotten about it. I read and ran it, but then…it fell between the virtual cracks of my own hard drive, languishing…until this day.   […]

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  • Bosun’s Booty: Extras for Journeys to the West This expansion for Journeys to the West clocks in at 37 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/patron-list, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The first new piece of content would be the island Astiharha – shaped like an eye, with the portal of shadow in the middle, this exotic locale not only sports quarreling (shadow) fey, but also e.g. elemental creatures, a castle of sand that is modified daily and a truly odd bazaar – complete with settlement statblock. We also are introduced to the benevolent pixie rogue and his malevolent boogeyman foil, a powerful […]

    Bosun’s Booty: Extras for Journeys to the West

    Bosun’s Booty: Extras for Journeys to the West This expansion for Journeys to the West clocks in at 37 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/patron-list, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The first new piece of content would be the island Astiharha – shaped like an eye, with the portal of shadow in the middle, this exotic locale not only sports quarreling (shadow) fey, but also e.g. elemental creatures, a castle of sand that is modified daily and a truly odd bazaar – complete with settlement statblock. We also are introduced to the benevolent pixie rogue and his malevolent boogeyman foil, a powerful […]

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  • Rise of the Drow   This massive tome of a module is 494 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page designer signatures, 1 blank page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages ToC,2 pages of SRD, 2 pages of backer-lists, 12 pages of advertisements (all in the back), 1 page back cover, leaving us with 469 pages of content…that’s A LOT, so I’ll better get going!   First, let me preface this review with a disclaimer: I reviewed the original Rise of the Drow-trilogy back in the day, and it already was a very good array of modules then. When this kickstarter happened, I was asked to be a stretch-goal and I agreed. I did receive compensation for […]

    EZG reviews Rise of the Drow

    Rise of the Drow   This massive tome of a module is 494 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page designer signatures, 1 blank page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages ToC,2 pages of SRD, 2 pages of backer-lists, 12 pages of advertisements (all in the back), 1 page back cover, leaving us with 469 pages of content…that’s A LOT, so I’ll better get going!   First, let me preface this review with a disclaimer: I reviewed the original Rise of the Drow-trilogy back in the day, and it already was a very good array of modules then. When this kickstarter happened, I was asked to be a stretch-goal and I agreed. I did receive compensation for […]

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  • Industry game designer and editor Christina Stiles has launched an IndieGoGo project aimed at getting more women and children involved in the tabletop gaming hobby: Medusa’s Guide for Gamer Girls. The book (currently being outlined) will assume no prior knowledge of rpgs, so it will cover what tabletop rpgs are and what types of games are out there. Additionally, it will offer advice on how to make games more welcoming to women, how to find a gaming group, how to deal with problems that arise with fellow players during gaming, and how to transition from player to Game Master. A chapter or two will also be spent on tips for getting into the gaming industry as a freelancer or publisher, […]

    Medusa’s Guide for Gamer Girls on IndieGoGo

    Industry game designer and editor Christina Stiles has launched an IndieGoGo project aimed at getting more women and children involved in the tabletop gaming hobby: Medusa’s Guide for Gamer Girls. The book (currently being outlined) will assume no prior knowledge of rpgs, so it will cover what tabletop rpgs are and what types of games are out there. Additionally, it will offer advice on how to make games more welcoming to women, how to find a gaming group, how to deal with problems that arise with fellow players during gaming, and how to transition from player to Game Master. A chapter or two will also be spent on tips for getting into the gaming industry as a freelancer or publisher, […]

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  • Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides – Hair of the Dog The second Wayside is 10 pages long, 1page front cover/introduction, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   “Hair of the Dog” is not only the name of this pdf, but also of the titular hostel provided in the pages of this pdf. Situated in a mining town or similarly rough and tumble area, this hostel…actually is a nice place to be -from brews to lizard meat, the fare offered is actually not only edible, but even rather nice-tasting – just take a look at the menu provided for the place in the pdf! And that in spite of being led […]

    Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides – Hair of the Dog

    Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides – Hair of the Dog The second Wayside is 10 pages long, 1page front cover/introduction, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   “Hair of the Dog” is not only the name of this pdf, but also of the titular hostel provided in the pages of this pdf. Situated in a mining town or similarly rough and tumble area, this hostel…actually is a nice place to be -from brews to lizard meat, the fare offered is actually not only edible, but even rather nice-tasting – just take a look at the menu provided for the place in the pdf! And that in spite of being led […]

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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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  • MA5: Beyond the Ghostlight Reef This module is 22 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of adventure, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this product with one massive box – since it was originally designed to be run at conventions, scaling advice for stronger tables is given in the beginning for stronger tables/groups before we delve into the meat of the module.   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.   Still here? Set in the coastal city of Friula, the adventure has the PCs being hired by a member of the Bibliotori – hoarders and […]

    MA5: Beyond the Ghostlight Reef

    MA5: Beyond the Ghostlight Reef This module is 22 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of adventure, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this product with one massive box – since it was originally designed to be run at conventions, scaling advice for stronger tables is given in the beginning for stronger tables/groups before we delve into the meat of the module.   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.   Still here? Set in the coastal city of Friula, the adventure has the PCs being hired by a member of the Bibliotori – hoarders and […]

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  • This Indiegogo campaign is a “virtual bake sale,” designed to raise funds to allow a group of industry freelancers and reviewers to attend Gen Con. In addition to the original creatives supported by the initial goal, the campaign hopes to get enough money to send prolific reviewers Endzeitgeist and KTFish to the Con – a well-deserved perk for their tireless efforts to inform gamers about what’s killer vs. what’s filler (and help publishers see where their products could use some improvement). The main drive is to get out word about the $25 “PDF bundle” reward, which gives supports a collection of more than 75 PDFs from dozens of companies, with a value greater than $400! The image above shows just […]

    $400 worth of Role-playing Game PDFs for just $25!

    This Indiegogo campaign is a “virtual bake sale,” designed to raise funds to allow a group of industry freelancers and reviewers to attend Gen Con. In addition to the original creatives supported by the initial goal, the campaign hopes to get enough money to send prolific reviewers Endzeitgeist and KTFish to the Con – a well-deserved perk for their tireless efforts to inform gamers about what’s killer vs. what’s filler (and help publishers see where their products could use some improvement). The main drive is to get out word about the $25 “PDF bundle” reward, which gives supports a collection of more than 75 PDFs from dozens of companies, with a value greater than $400! The image above shows just […]

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  • Greetings gaming fans! There’s currently an IndieGoGo project going on to get some industry gaming pros to GenCon (or PaizoCon), where they can network, run games, and meet the fans. I know what you are saying: “Why should I send someone else to GenCon when I can’t afford to get there myself?” Understood. Money is tight. We all know that. However, note that many of the 3PP publishers want to SEE these folks (Christina Stiles, Owen K.C. Stephens, and Amanda Hamon) succeed. We want it so much, in fact, that we have all banded together with other individuals to initially offer up 52 pdfs to make it happen. For a mere $25, you can get this expanding bundle here. But […]

    Help RPG Authors and Top Reviewers ENDZEITGEIST and KTFISH7 get to GEN CON 2013!

    Greetings gaming fans! There’s currently an IndieGoGo project going on to get some industry gaming pros to GenCon (or PaizoCon), where they can network, run games, and meet the fans. I know what you are saying: “Why should I send someone else to GenCon when I can’t afford to get there myself?” Understood. Money is tight. We all know that. However, note that many of the 3PP publishers want to SEE these folks (Christina Stiles, Owen K.C. Stephens, and Amanda Hamon) succeed. We want it so much, in fact, that we have all banded together with other individuals to initially offer up 52 pdfs to make it happen. For a mere $25, you can get this expanding bundle here. But […]

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  • Midgard Legends This supplement is 50 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page intro/patrons, 1/2 a page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 44 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Humans have a desire for legends – they speak on some primal level to our own failings, to our dreams, hopes and aspirations and incite us to be the best we can. They daunt us with impossible tasks, offer symbolic and iconic obstacles, warn us away from the vortex of sins and destructive behaviors and touch us by speaking to the archetypical topics of our existence. In roleplaying games, however, this all too often translates into […]

    Midgard Legends

    Midgard Legends This supplement is 50 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page intro/patrons, 1/2 a page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 44 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Humans have a desire for legends – they speak on some primal level to our own failings, to our dreams, hopes and aspirations and incite us to be the best we can. They daunt us with impossible tasks, offer symbolic and iconic obstacles, warn us away from the vortex of sins and destructive behaviors and touch us by speaking to the archetypical topics of our existence. In roleplaying games, however, this all too often translates into […]

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  • Journeys to the West This supplement/adventure anthology is 139 pages long, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/kickstarter-backer-list,  1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us 132 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This being a combined campaign supplement and adventure anthology, we delve first into a kind of hub for the explorations the PCs are sure to embark upon when utilizing the content from these pages: Barsella, the City at the end of the world in the Midgard setting is the last true fleck of civilization before the Western Ocean and as such an interesting place indeed – a combination of colonial outpost, trading town and […]

    Journeys to the West

    Journeys to the West This supplement/adventure anthology is 139 pages long, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/kickstarter-backer-list,  1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us 132 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This being a combined campaign supplement and adventure anthology, we delve first into a kind of hub for the explorations the PCs are sure to embark upon when utilizing the content from these pages: Barsella, the City at the end of the world in the Midgard setting is the last true fleck of civilization before the Western Ocean and as such an interesting place indeed – a combination of colonial outpost, trading town and […]

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  • Today is a day to celebrate, at least for me: This review commemorates my review no. 1000 on Paizo, so thank you so much for reading my reviews, commenting on them and offering constructive criticism as well as placing trust in my verdicts: I bow to you ladies and gentlemen! Midgard Campaign Setting   This massive pdf is 298 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page patron list, 3 pages ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 289 pages of content.   This review is based on both the pdf for formal page-count etc. as well as the GORGEOUS full-color hardcover patron edition of the book – number 26 […]

    Midgard Campaign Setting (EZG review #1000)

    Today is a day to celebrate, at least for me: This review commemorates my review no. 1000 on Paizo, so thank you so much for reading my reviews, commenting on them and offering constructive criticism as well as placing trust in my verdicts: I bow to you ladies and gentlemen! Midgard Campaign Setting   This massive pdf is 298 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page patron list, 3 pages ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 289 pages of content.   This review is based on both the pdf for formal page-count etc. as well as the GORGEOUS full-color hardcover patron edition of the book – number 26 […]

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  • Hej everybody, Some of you might already know me, I go by the name endzeitgeist on the Paizo-boards and several other nerd-related ones and I have quite a bunch of reviews under my belt. With Open Design‘s anthology “Streets of Zobeck” winning an ennie, I figured it would be a good candidate for my first contribution to NERD TREK. Without further ado:   Streets of Zobeck This urban noir adventure anthology set in the by now legendary clockwork city of Zobeck is 94 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 blank page and 1 page back cover, leaving 88 pages of content, so let’s follow Ben McFarland’s advice and get gritty […]

    Streets of Zobeck

    Hej everybody, Some of you might already know me, I go by the name endzeitgeist on the Paizo-boards and several other nerd-related ones and I have quite a bunch of reviews under my belt. With Open Design‘s anthology “Streets of Zobeck” winning an ennie, I figured it would be a good candidate for my first contribution to NERD TREK. Without further ado:   Streets of Zobeck This urban noir adventure anthology set in the by now legendary clockwork city of Zobeck is 94 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 blank page and 1 page back cover, leaving 88 pages of content, so let’s follow Ben McFarland’s advice and get gritty […]

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