David Paul Archive

  • Pathways #54 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Pathways clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 12 pages advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I usually don’t do free books anymore, but since a patreon asked me to cover the current Pathways, here we go.   After Dave Paul’s well-written editorial, we begin with Rite Publishing’s mastermind Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time around the CR+2 dread phantom armor template, which is, in the tradition of templates with the “dread” prefix, an actually badass, properly deadly version of the concept featured, including a dread curse to negate armor and equipment-based bonuses…OUCH!   […]

    Pathways #54

    Pathways #54 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Pathways clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 12 pages advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I usually don’t do free books anymore, but since a patreon asked me to cover the current Pathways, here we go.   After Dave Paul’s well-written editorial, we begin with Rite Publishing’s mastermind Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time around the CR+2 dread phantom armor template, which is, in the tradition of templates with the “dread” prefix, an actually badass, properly deadly version of the concept featured, including a dread curse to negate armor and equipment-based bonuses…OUCH!   […]

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  • Pathways #53 The 53rd installment of Pathways, Rite Publishing’s free e-zine, clocks in at 53 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Note: I usually don’t review free material any more, but was explicitly asked to take a look at the current Pathways-issues by one of my patreons.   As has become the tradition with Pathways, we begin with Dave Paul’s editorial before moving on to the template of this month. This time around, Steven D. Russell Provides basically a creature that is a living execution-machine – including lethal hangman’s noose! These constructs are nasty. Nice template! […]

    Pathways #53

    Pathways #53 The 53rd installment of Pathways, Rite Publishing’s free e-zine, clocks in at 53 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Note: I usually don’t review free material any more, but was explicitly asked to take a look at the current Pathways-issues by one of my patreons.   As has become the tradition with Pathways, we begin with Dave Paul’s editorial before moving on to the template of this month. This time around, Steven D. Russell Provides basically a creature that is a living execution-machine – including lethal hangman’s noose! These constructs are nasty. Nice template! […]

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  • Pathways #52 The 52nd installment of Rite Publishing’s free monthly e-zine Pathways clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, so let’s take a look!     As per the tradition of Pathways, we begin with David Paul’s editorial and then, a new template crafted by Steven D. Russell and an accompanying sample creature. This time around, we get the walking wasteland CR+2 template, which renders creatures truly toxic/putrid – healing-impediment and spoiled foods and drinks, courtesy of these beast’s auras, accompany them like the noxious, poisonous clouds that never stray far from them – oh, and the very attacks of […]

    Pathways #52

    Pathways #52 The 52nd installment of Rite Publishing’s free monthly e-zine Pathways clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, so let’s take a look!     As per the tradition of Pathways, we begin with David Paul’s editorial and then, a new template crafted by Steven D. Russell and an accompanying sample creature. This time around, we get the walking wasteland CR+2 template, which renders creatures truly toxic/putrid – healing-impediment and spoiled foods and drinks, courtesy of these beast’s auras, accompany them like the noxious, poisonous clouds that never stray far from them – oh, and the very attacks of […]

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  • Pathways #51 The 51st issue of Rite Publishing’s monthly FREE e-zine Pathways clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 11 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always, with an editorial – and a note: Beyond some issues being PWYW, you can now support Pathways via its own patreon and this issue is the first that is thus enhanced – we actually get more content! As has become the tradition with the series, we start this issue with Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time the CR+2 False Idol. The template (and sample creature, a Leukodaemon) is pretty […]

    Pathways #51

    Pathways #51 The 51st issue of Rite Publishing’s monthly FREE e-zine Pathways clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 11 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always, with an editorial – and a note: Beyond some issues being PWYW, you can now support Pathways via its own patreon and this issue is the first that is thus enhanced – we actually get more content! As has become the tradition with the series, we start this issue with Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time the CR+2 False Idol. The template (and sample creature, a Leukodaemon) is pretty […]

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  • Pathways #50 The 50th installment of Rite Publishing’s FREE e-zine clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial/ToC, leaving us with 30 pages of free content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We begin this installment with David Paul’s editorial recapping the journey of the magazine so far before we are introduced to Steven D. Russell’s new template – the grandmaster creature. At CR +4, it renders the target lawful and allows for the creature in question to assemble a cabal of creatures that can be teleported to the grandmaster creature by uttering their name. When calling the cabal, the grandmaster also receives a significant buff -better […]

    Pathways #50

    Pathways #50 The 50th installment of Rite Publishing’s FREE e-zine clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial/ToC, leaving us with 30 pages of free content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We begin this installment with David Paul’s editorial recapping the journey of the magazine so far before we are introduced to Steven D. Russell’s new template – the grandmaster creature. At CR +4, it renders the target lawful and allows for the creature in question to assemble a cabal of creatures that can be teleported to the grandmaster creature by uttering their name. When calling the cabal, the grandmaster also receives a significant buff -better […]

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  • As you may have noticed, real life’s been busy – so I’m trying to catch up to the backlog and hence, I had to make a decision – while usually, I write full reviews for Pathways-issues, this time, I’ll just give you brief bullet points for each issue – they’re free, after all, so go and download them and judge for yourself!   Pathwayys #36 Highlights: Great time-themed template by Steven D. Russell (wished it had synergy with RGG’s Time Thief, though), psionic red grindylow by Elton Robb, great rakshasa monk by Creighton Broadhurst   Flaws: Formatting of my Top Ten-list a bit awakward.   Final verdict: 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.       Pathways #37 Highlights: Ruination […]

    EZG Bullet Point-reviews #1: Pathways #36, #37, #38, #39

    As you may have noticed, real life’s been busy – so I’m trying to catch up to the backlog and hence, I had to make a decision – while usually, I write full reviews for Pathways-issues, this time, I’ll just give you brief bullet points for each issue – they’re free, after all, so go and download them and judge for yourself!   Pathwayys #36 Highlights: Great time-themed template by Steven D. Russell (wished it had synergy with RGG’s Time Thief, though), psionic red grindylow by Elton Robb, great rakshasa monk by Creighton Broadhurst   Flaws: Formatting of my Top Ten-list a bit awakward.   Final verdict: 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.       Pathways #37 Highlights: Ruination […]

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  • Pathways #35 This installment of Rite free Pathways-e-zine is 40 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 9 pages of advertisement and 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After David Paul’s editorial gives us a run-down of the contents of this issue and the options contained herein, we are introduced to Steven D. Russell’s template for this issue, the Chine creature at CR +3. Essentially, these beings hail from worlds where science (and intelligent constructs) have started assimilating everything. Studded with a massive hardness of 20 and fast healing – which is a bit odd, since usually construct creatures (apart from animated objects) get a DR – […]

    Pathways #35

    Pathways #35 This installment of Rite free Pathways-e-zine is 40 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 9 pages of advertisement and 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After David Paul’s editorial gives us a run-down of the contents of this issue and the options contained herein, we are introduced to Steven D. Russell’s template for this issue, the Chine creature at CR +3. Essentially, these beings hail from worlds where science (and intelligent constructs) have started assimilating everything. Studded with a massive hardness of 20 and fast healing – which is a bit odd, since usually construct creatures (apart from animated objects) get a DR – […]

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  • Pathways #34 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Free E-zine Pathways is 38 pages long, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so elt’s take a look!   We kick this off with an almost sadistic teaser by editor Dave Paul – his first adventure is coming and what he’s telling so far, it’s gonna be…unconventional. One word: Ettincommunicationbreakdown. Want to know more,? Read for yourself!   Steven D. Russell, master of templates and overlord of Rite Publishing has a template for us – this time at CR +3, the envious creature: These beings may not only change shape, counter-scry, and get feats, skills etc. of the […]

    Pathways #34

    Pathways #34 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Free E-zine Pathways is 38 pages long, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so elt’s take a look!   We kick this off with an almost sadistic teaser by editor Dave Paul – his first adventure is coming and what he’s telling so far, it’s gonna be…unconventional. One word: Ettincommunicationbreakdown. Want to know more,? Read for yourself!   Steven D. Russell, master of templates and overlord of Rite Publishing has a template for us – this time at CR +3, the envious creature: These beings may not only change shape, counter-scry, and get feats, skills etc. of the […]

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  • Pathways #33 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s “Pay what you want”-e-zine Pathways is 49 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 10 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   David Paul’s editorial this time around poses an interesting question – since Pathways has gone from free to “Pay what you want” (which is semi-free/dependent on your appreciation of the magazine), he asks what YOU would like to see and you would pay for seeing the respective content.   After that, we are introduced to Steven D. Russell, aka “Grandmaster of Templates”/Rite Overlord’s template for the issue – the CR +3 Kingkiller […]

    Pathways #33

    Pathways #33 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s “Pay what you want”-e-zine Pathways is 49 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 10 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   David Paul’s editorial this time around poses an interesting question – since Pathways has gone from free to “Pay what you want” (which is semi-free/dependent on your appreciation of the magazine), he asks what YOU would like to see and you would pay for seeing the respective content.   After that, we are introduced to Steven D. Russell, aka “Grandmaster of Templates”/Rite Overlord’s template for the issue – the CR +3 Kingkiller […]

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  • Pathways #32 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s “Pay-what-you-want”-e-zine is 41 pages long, 1 page front cover, 10 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As has become the tradition with Pathways-magazines, David Paul kicks off this issue, this time asking for homebrews of monsters, where the PCs are not your usual guys – so have you created a scenario à la e.g. Hans Cumming’s “Wings of Twilight”? If so, drop him a line!   Steven D. Russell’s template of the month would be the Tempest-creature at CR +1 to 3 depending on HD. Exclusively CN or CE, these beings come not only […]

    Pathways #32

    Pathways #32 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s “Pay-what-you-want”-e-zine is 41 pages long, 1 page front cover, 10 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As has become the tradition with Pathways-magazines, David Paul kicks off this issue, this time asking for homebrews of monsters, where the PCs are not your usual guys – so have you created a scenario à la e.g. Hans Cumming’s “Wings of Twilight”? If so, drop him a line!   Steven D. Russell’s template of the month would be the Tempest-creature at CR +1 to 3 depending on HD. Exclusively CN or CE, these beings come not only […]

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  • Pathways #31 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s Pay-what-you-want e-zine is 44 pages long, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC and 1 page SRD, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   David Paul mentions some supplements and muses on monsters in this issue kicking-off editorial before we are introduced to this issue’s template by Steven D. Russell, the CR +2 undead jesters may emit deadly cackles and send foes crushing to the ground, helplessly laughing. Rather nasty: They may throw cards on foes, with the effects duplicating the dreaded deck of many things – this creature should be used rarely and wisely, since the results from this […]

    Pathways #31

    Pathways #31 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s Pay-what-you-want e-zine is 44 pages long, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC and 1 page SRD, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   David Paul mentions some supplements and muses on monsters in this issue kicking-off editorial before we are introduced to this issue’s template by Steven D. Russell, the CR +2 undead jesters may emit deadly cackles and send foes crushing to the ground, helplessly laughing. Rather nasty: They may throw cards on foes, with the effects duplicating the dreaded deck of many things – this creature should be used rarely and wisely, since the results from this […]

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  • Pathways #30 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s e-zine is 41 pages long, 1 page front cover, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC and 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this e-zine with David Paul’s editorial, providing an after Gencon-report for guys like yours truly who couldn’t attend as well as pointing towards some great offerings out there.   This issue’s sample creature should tickle a soft spot of all aficionados of Lovecraftian terrors and weirdness with the many-angled creature: Clocking in at CR +1, these creatures can be confused by mundane tasks and may actually transmit the depersonalization-insanity when being looked at (provided […]

    Pathways #30

    Pathways #30 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s e-zine is 41 pages long, 1 page front cover, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC and 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this e-zine with David Paul’s editorial, providing an after Gencon-report for guys like yours truly who couldn’t attend as well as pointing towards some great offerings out there.   This issue’s sample creature should tickle a soft spot of all aficionados of Lovecraftian terrors and weirdness with the many-angled creature: Clocking in at CR +1, these creatures can be confused by mundane tasks and may actually transmit the depersonalization-insanity when being looked at (provided […]

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  • Pathways #29 This installment of Rite Publishing’s e-zine is 47 pages long, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of content, 1 page ToC,1 page SRD leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As always, we kick off this issue with David Paul’s editorial, which muses on the nature of rulership this time around, providing some interesting venues to pursue and develop – what separates problematic realms from good ones? All in all, a great call for PCs to get involved, to become politic in the context of a campaign.   This issue’s template from Rite Publishing’s overlord Steven D. Russell would be the CR+2 hiveskin creature, which comes with a sample CR […]

    Pathways #29

    Pathways #29 This installment of Rite Publishing’s e-zine is 47 pages long, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of content, 1 page ToC,1 page SRD leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As always, we kick off this issue with David Paul’s editorial, which muses on the nature of rulership this time around, providing some interesting venues to pursue and develop – what separates problematic realms from good ones? All in all, a great call for PCs to get involved, to become politic in the context of a campaign.   This issue’s template from Rite Publishing’s overlord Steven D. Russell would be the CR+2 hiveskin creature, which comes with a sample CR […]

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  • Pathways #28 This installment of RiP’s FREE monthly e-zine is 36 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 7 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   David Paul’s editorial gives some food for thought that has intrigued me to no small extent myself – the role guilds play in feudal society and the imho puzzling absence of them in many publications – as well as pointing you towards some appropriate supplements.   Steven D. Russell’s template of the issue is the Lostling template – at CR +2 the template represents creatures that got lost in the wilderness and have died of starvation or exposure to the […]

    Pathways #28

    Pathways #28 This installment of RiP’s FREE monthly e-zine is 36 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 7 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   David Paul’s editorial gives some food for thought that has intrigued me to no small extent myself – the role guilds play in feudal society and the imho puzzling absence of them in many publications – as well as pointing you towards some appropriate supplements.   Steven D. Russell’s template of the issue is the Lostling template – at CR +2 the template represents creatures that got lost in the wilderness and have died of starvation or exposure to the […]

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  • Pathways #27 The latest installment of Rite’s free e-zine Pathways is 39 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 12 pages of advertisements and 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This time around, David Paul’s editorial is about cool products (and free, linked spin-offs!), so I encourage you to check it out! After that, we’re introduced to the Watchman creature template by Steven D. Russell, whose sample CR 19 creature is lavishly illustrated on the cover by Keith Seymore. The template per se is rather cool, blending deadly gazes with vulnerabilities and clocking in at CR +2 – weirdly, though, one table that’s part of the template looks […]

    Pathways #27

    Pathways #27 The latest installment of Rite’s free e-zine Pathways is 39 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 12 pages of advertisements and 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This time around, David Paul’s editorial is about cool products (and free, linked spin-offs!), so I encourage you to check it out! After that, we’re introduced to the Watchman creature template by Steven D. Russell, whose sample CR 19 creature is lavishly illustrated on the cover by Keith Seymore. The template per se is rather cool, blending deadly gazes with vulnerabilities and clocking in at CR +2 – weirdly, though, one table that’s part of the template looks […]

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  • Pathways #26 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s FREE E-Zine Pathways is 41 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 10 pages advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look! After David Paul’s editorial, in which we get an inside glimpse at the things to come from RiP, we delve into this issue’s template by Steven D. Russell, the despiser creature, which clocks in at CR +2 and boy is this template EVIL: Geared towards planar weirdness, despiser creatures are essentially harbingers of madness and doom – they have a madness-inducing aura (including a new type of madness), can fold space and teleport others offensively into solid objects and also […]

    Pathways #26

    Pathways #26 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s FREE E-Zine Pathways is 41 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 10 pages advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look! After David Paul’s editorial, in which we get an inside glimpse at the things to come from RiP, we delve into this issue’s template by Steven D. Russell, the despiser creature, which clocks in at CR +2 and boy is this template EVIL: Geared towards planar weirdness, despiser creatures are essentially harbingers of madness and doom – they have a madness-inducing aura (including a new type of madness), can fold space and teleport others offensively into solid objects and also […]

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