D&D 5e Archive

  • Book of Heroes: Heroic Fighter Archetypes (5e) (Priority Review) This installment of the Book of Heroes-series clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreon supporters.   As you could deduce from the cover, this book contains a new slew of martial archetypes for the fighter, so what do we get? Well, the first would be the knowledge guardian, who gets to choose two skills chosen from Arcana, History, Investigation, Nature and Religion, gaining proficiency […]

    Book of Heroes: Heroic Fighter Archetypes (5e) (Priority Review)

    Book of Heroes: Heroic Fighter Archetypes (5e) (Priority Review) This installment of the Book of Heroes-series clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreon supporters.   As you could deduce from the cover, this book contains a new slew of martial archetypes for the fighter, so what do we get? Well, the first would be the knowledge guardian, who gets to choose two skills chosen from Arcana, History, Investigation, Nature and Religion, gaining proficiency […]

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  • Fosc Anansi: Shadow of the Spider Goddess (OSR/5e) (Patreon Request) This module covers 50 pages, with two additional pages devoted to the Lands of Lunacy character sheet for OSR and 5e, respectively; this page count already excludes front- and backend matter and editorial. My review is based on the hardcover version of the module. I do not own the electronic iteration. The hardcover does not have the name on the spine, in spite of sufficient space, but considering the striking, white cover and art-direction of the book, it stands out on the shelf.   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, and as such was moved up in my reviewing queue.   I’d like to ask something of you: […]

    Fosc Anansi: Shadow of the Spider Goddess (OSR/5e) (Patreon Request)

    Fosc Anansi: Shadow of the Spider Goddess (OSR/5e) (Patreon Request) This module covers 50 pages, with two additional pages devoted to the Lands of Lunacy character sheet for OSR and 5e, respectively; this page count already excludes front- and backend matter and editorial. My review is based on the hardcover version of the module. I do not own the electronic iteration. The hardcover does not have the name on the spine, in spite of sufficient space, but considering the striking, white cover and art-direction of the book, it stands out on the shelf.   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, and as such was moved up in my reviewing queue.   I’d like to ask something of you: […]

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  • Those Dam Goblins! (Revised Edition) (OSR/5e) This adventure clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, 2 pages Land of Lunacy character sheet (one OSR, one 5e), leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience. While the module does have ties to the Lands of Lunacy meta-setting/template, you do not need aforementioned supplement to run this – these ties are very subdued and tenuous at best. The review is based on the pdf. I do not own the print version.   Before I get ahead, I should note that one […]

    Those Dam Goblins! (Revised Edition) (OSR/5e)

    Those Dam Goblins! (Revised Edition) (OSR/5e) This adventure clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, 2 pages Land of Lunacy character sheet (one OSR, one 5e), leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience. While the module does have ties to the Lands of Lunacy meta-setting/template, you do not need aforementioned supplement to run this – these ties are very subdued and tenuous at best. The review is based on the pdf. I do not own the print version.   Before I get ahead, I should note that one […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Feigrvidr 2.0 (5e) The 5e-iteration of the expanded 2.0-version of the supplement depicting the village of Feigrvidr is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   If the name of this village does sound like quasi-Norse, there is a reason for that “feigr” refers to “near death” and has connotations with Odin’s trances; “viðr” means wood – and indeed, this village would make a perfect addition to a mountainous region: Nestled in the headlands of the forbidding Titan Peaks, Svingal Halfbeard and his renegade band of (mostly) dwarven […]

    Village Backdrop: Feigrvidr 2.0 (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Feigrvidr 2.0 (5e) The 5e-iteration of the expanded 2.0-version of the supplement depicting the village of Feigrvidr is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   If the name of this village does sound like quasi-Norse, there is a reason for that “feigr” refers to “near death” and has connotations with Odin’s trances; “viðr” means wood – and indeed, this village would make a perfect addition to a mountainous region: Nestled in the headlands of the forbidding Titan Peaks, Svingal Halfbeard and his renegade band of (mostly) dwarven […]

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  • FlexTale Encounter Generator 1.0 (PFRPG/5e) The FlexTale Encounter Generator 1.0 clocks in at 92 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages colophon (including backer thanks), 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page information about the studio, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 85 pages of content- 5 of these pages include some explanations of concepts Infinium Game Studios books use, including explanations of boxed text colors, etc. – which are, for this book, less relevant, and probably here for the sake of the book template, and to establish the notion of 4 different general power-levels, as indicated by differently-colored icons. An icon with a red box with white swords indicates the highest level version, while a white one with […]

    FlexTale Encounter Generator 1.0 (PFRPG/5e)

    FlexTale Encounter Generator 1.0 (PFRPG/5e) The FlexTale Encounter Generator 1.0 clocks in at 92 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages colophon (including backer thanks), 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page information about the studio, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 85 pages of content- 5 of these pages include some explanations of concepts Infinium Game Studios books use, including explanations of boxed text colors, etc. – which are, for this book, less relevant, and probably here for the sake of the book template, and to establish the notion of 4 different general power-levels, as indicated by differently-colored icons. An icon with a red box with white swords indicates the highest level version, while a white one with […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Hopespyre 2.0 (5e) The supplement depicting the village of Hopespyre, available for the first time for 5e, is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   The expanded edition of Hopespyre includes plenty of the things we have come to expect from the series: We get information on local lore, notes on the appearances and dressing habits of villagers, flavor-centric write-ups of key NPCs, some rumors to unearth, etc. The write-up for the village does feature a proper general marketplace section, with price properly adjusted for 5e. One […]

    Village Backdrop: Hopespyre 2.0 (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Hopespyre 2.0 (5e) The supplement depicting the village of Hopespyre, available for the first time for 5e, is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   The expanded edition of Hopespyre includes plenty of the things we have come to expect from the series: We get information on local lore, notes on the appearances and dressing habits of villagers, flavor-centric write-ups of key NPCs, some rumors to unearth, etc. The write-up for the village does feature a proper general marketplace section, with price properly adjusted for 5e. One […]

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  • Brindlemarsh (OSR/5e) The second adventure in the Brindle-series clocks in at 39 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience.   So, first things first: This, unlike the previous module in the series, is a dual-system adventure, with stats and rules intended for both OSR and 5e-games; the OSR-rules employed are OSRIC, in case you were wondering. The module is intended for 3-5 character of 4th to 5th level, and it is an old-school module: You can’t just hack and slash through it and hope you’ll live to tell the […]

    Brindlemarsh (OSR/5e) (Patreon Request)

    Brindlemarsh (OSR/5e) The second adventure in the Brindle-series clocks in at 39 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience.   So, first things first: This, unlike the previous module in the series, is a dual-system adventure, with stats and rules intended for both OSR and 5e-games; the OSR-rules employed are OSRIC, in case you were wondering. The module is intended for 3-5 character of 4th to 5th level, and it is an old-school module: You can’t just hack and slash through it and hope you’ll live to tell the […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Arcmoor (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   The village of Arcmoor in its 5e iteration is included in its entirety in the Dwellers Amid Bones-adventure, word for word – so if you want this plus the adventure, get that version instead.   Arcmoor as a settlement has its origins steeped in conflict – it is the place where the hero Therald Arcmoor fell, commemorating the final battle between the civilized races and the orcs of the severed ear […]

    Village Backdrop: Arcmoor (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Arcmoor (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   The village of Arcmoor in its 5e iteration is included in its entirety in the Dwellers Amid Bones-adventure, word for word – so if you want this plus the adventure, get that version instead.   Arcmoor as a settlement has its origins steeped in conflict – it is the place where the hero Therald Arcmoor fell, commemorating the final battle between the civilized races and the orcs of the severed ear […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Carillon (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   You’ll hear Carillon before you see it. You’ll hear its bells, set on top of the bell tower, and arriving, you’ll hear the ever-present chimes ringing in, what many a traveler, would dub a deafening (or at least grating) cacophony. Yet, the folks of Carillon are happy, prosperous people, which reflected in the appearances and dressing habits, which are included alongside the nomenclature.   Apart from the noise, Carillon seems like […]

    Village Backdrop: Carillon (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Carillon (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   You’ll hear Carillon before you see it. You’ll hear its bells, set on top of the bell tower, and arriving, you’ll hear the ever-present chimes ringing in, what many a traveler, would dub a deafening (or at least grating) cacophony. Yet, the folks of Carillon are happy, prosperous people, which reflected in the appearances and dressing habits, which are included alongside the nomenclature.   Apart from the noise, Carillon seems like […]

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  • Shunned Valley of the Three Tombs (5e) This module clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page designer’s foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so what do we get here? The module is situated in the region around Gloamhold, the Duchy of Ashlar, and the module assumes Dulwich as a starting point, though that settlement is not necessarily required; in fact, it is depicted in a fully functional manner herein, including maps and the like. Even traveling events while on the road are accounted for, and the write up of […]

    Shunned Valley of the Three Tombs (5e)

    Shunned Valley of the Three Tombs (5e) This module clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page designer’s foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so what do we get here? The module is situated in the region around Gloamhold, the Duchy of Ashlar, and the module assumes Dulwich as a starting point, though that settlement is not necessarily required; in fact, it is depicted in a fully functional manner herein, including maps and the like. Even traveling events while on the road are accounted for, and the write up of […]

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  • The Corwyn Catacombs (5e) The freshman offering by Magnificent Creations clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy of the adventure; the print copy is saddle-stitched, uses matter paper for the cover and thick, glossy paper inside, and generally feels professional in its presentation. I have also consulted the pdf-version for this review.   Okay, so the module is nominally set on the continent of Tyllia – a part of the continent’s map is included in the appendix, including a table that lists the […]

    The Corwyn Catacombs (5e) (Patreon Request)

    The Corwyn Catacombs (5e) The freshman offering by Magnificent Creations clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy of the adventure; the print copy is saddle-stitched, uses matter paper for the cover and thick, glossy paper inside, and generally feels professional in its presentation. I have also consulted the pdf-version for this review.   Okay, so the module is nominally set on the continent of Tyllia – a part of the continent’s map is included in the appendix, including a table that lists the […]

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  • Marathon of Heroes (5e) (Patreon Request) This adventure clocks in at 36 pages of content, sans front cover, editorial, etc. My review of the module is based on the softcover; I don’t own the pdf and thus can’t comment on its virtues or lack thereof.   This review was requested by one of my patreon supporters, who sent me the print version, to be undertaken at my convenience.   This is an adventure for 4-6 5th level characters, and it makes use of the concepts presented in the Lands of Lunacy Campaign Guide. The supplement includes a character sheet, but it should be noted that the skills and the lines to write them down aren’t properly aligned.   Okay, here […]

    Marathon of Heroes (5e) (Patreon Request)

    Marathon of Heroes (5e) (Patreon Request) This adventure clocks in at 36 pages of content, sans front cover, editorial, etc. My review of the module is based on the softcover; I don’t own the pdf and thus can’t comment on its virtues or lack thereof.   This review was requested by one of my patreon supporters, who sent me the print version, to be undertaken at my convenience.   This is an adventure for 4-6 5th level characters, and it makes use of the concepts presented in the Lands of Lunacy Campaign Guide. The supplement includes a character sheet, but it should be noted that the skills and the lines to write them down aren’t properly aligned.   Okay, here […]

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  • Mystery at Ravenrock (5e) (Patreon Request) The 5e-iteration of this adventure clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD,1  page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters.   All right, so, first things first – this is the second of James Thomas’ modules dealing with the frontier’s region of Ravenreach. The module focuses on a very Borderlands-ish feel and should slot seamlessly into such regions – or e.g. the River Kingdoms in Golarion. Of course, you can also use it in the Lost Lands-setting without any hassle. The […]

    Mystery at Ravenrock (5e) (Patreon Request)

    Mystery at Ravenrock (5e) (Patreon Request) The 5e-iteration of this adventure clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD,1  page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters.   All right, so, first things first – this is the second of James Thomas’ modules dealing with the frontier’s region of Ravenreach. The module focuses on a very Borderlands-ish feel and should slot seamlessly into such regions – or e.g. the River Kingdoms in Golarion. Of course, you can also use it in the Lost Lands-setting without any hassle. The […]

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  • Sinners’ Manor (5e) This brief adventure module clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 17 pages of content. No SRD is included, which is odd.   This module is a mansion-crawl and comes with player-friendly versions of the manor’s map, which note their grids, but no scale; the usual 5 x 5 feet would make it very cramped indeed. The module also contains paper-minis – both in full-color and as b/w-drawings. The b/w-drawings are vastly superior; while it shows that the author is no accomplished illustrator, they work. The garish full-color versions…don’t. Still, kudos for the inclusion of, in particular, the b/w-versions. The pdf comes with internal hyperlinks, which is helpful – […]

    Sinners’ Manor (5e)

    Sinners’ Manor (5e) This brief adventure module clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 17 pages of content. No SRD is included, which is odd.   This module is a mansion-crawl and comes with player-friendly versions of the manor’s map, which note their grids, but no scale; the usual 5 x 5 feet would make it very cramped indeed. The module also contains paper-minis – both in full-color and as b/w-drawings. The b/w-drawings are vastly superior; while it shows that the author is no accomplished illustrator, they work. The garish full-color versions…don’t. Still, kudos for the inclusion of, in particular, the b/w-versions. The pdf comes with internal hyperlinks, which is helpful – […]

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  • Gibbous Moon (5e) The 5e-conversion of Gibbous Moon clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/author bios, 1 page foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a page providing an introduction, we receive a new and rather well-drawn one-page illustration of the approach to the module’s main adventure site. Barlow, introduced first in the PFRPG-collector’s edition revision of the module, has also been included in this 5e-conversion. What is Barlow, you ask? Well, essentially, the module comes with a full-blown Village Backdrop-style sample village for your convenience – and I mean that; Barlow is […]

    Gibbous Moon (5e)

    Gibbous Moon (5e) The 5e-conversion of Gibbous Moon clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/author bios, 1 page foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a page providing an introduction, we receive a new and rather well-drawn one-page illustration of the approach to the module’s main adventure site. Barlow, introduced first in the PFRPG-collector’s edition revision of the module, has also been included in this 5e-conversion. What is Barlow, you ask? Well, essentially, the module comes with a full-blown Village Backdrop-style sample village for your convenience – and I mean that; Barlow is […]

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  • 5E Menagerie: Trash Gryphon (5e) This mini-pdf clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content.   One of these pages is devoted to a one-page iteration of the nice full-color artwork, while the other contains the rules-relevant material and background.   In 5e, Trash Gryphons are challenge 0 Tiny monstrosities that actually are a variety of different entities that combine the traits of mammals and birds; the most commonly-known one is raven/raccoon, but pigeon/rat or jay-squirrel hybrids exist as well. An alternate ability that lets them use skunk musk is provided. Good news: the statblock of the 5e-version works, though the features like Keen Sight are only bolded, and […]

    5E Menagerie: Trash Gryphon (5e)

    5E Menagerie: Trash Gryphon (5e) This mini-pdf clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content.   One of these pages is devoted to a one-page iteration of the nice full-color artwork, while the other contains the rules-relevant material and background.   In 5e, Trash Gryphons are challenge 0 Tiny monstrosities that actually are a variety of different entities that combine the traits of mammals and birds; the most commonly-known one is raven/raccoon, but pigeon/rat or jay-squirrel hybrids exist as well. An alternate ability that lets them use skunk musk is provided. Good news: the statblock of the 5e-version works, though the features like Keen Sight are only bolded, and […]

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  • Pixies on Parade (5e) (Patreon Request) The 5e-version of this module clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up on my review-queue as a prioritized review at the behest of my patreon supporters.   I playtested this module with a group of kids, which spans the ages 4 – 11 since this is a kid-friendly module and as such needs to be tested regarding its best age-range – the tabs on my homepage contain the suggested range I’d most recommend this for. Sidebars mention e.g. cartoon violence and how to depict it; […]

    Pixies on Parade (5e) (Patreon Request)

    Pixies on Parade (5e) (Patreon Request) The 5e-version of this module clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up on my review-queue as a prioritized review at the behest of my patreon supporters.   I playtested this module with a group of kids, which spans the ages 4 – 11 since this is a kid-friendly module and as such needs to be tested regarding its best age-range – the tabs on my homepage contain the suggested range I’d most recommend this for. Sidebars mention e.g. cartoon violence and how to depict it; […]

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  • Crypt of the Science-Wizard (5e) The first publication of Skeeter Green Publishing clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 38 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange of a fair and unbiased review. I have consulted both the pdf and the print version for the review.   So, let’s start with the first thing you’ll notice upon opening the module: The covers are sturdy and detachable and hold a massive map of the main adventure area; […]

    Crypt of the Science-Wizard (5e)

    Crypt of the Science-Wizard (5e) The first publication of Skeeter Green Publishing clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 38 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange of a fair and unbiased review. I have consulted both the pdf and the print version for the review.   So, let’s start with the first thing you’ll notice upon opening the module: The covers are sturdy and detachable and hold a massive map of the main adventure area; […]

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  • The Bogey of Brindle (5e) This first installment of the Brindle-series clocks in at 34 pages if you disregard front cover, editorial, etc. I noticed that neither iteration of the adventure features an SRD, but that just as an aside. Important for the purpose of this review: I own the perfect-bound print softcover of the OSR-version, and the pdf of the 5e-version; I assume that the properties of one version hold true for the other and vice versa.   The difficulty of the module is very much contingent on how good the players are in old-school thinking, i.e. unconventional problem-solving of potential combat scenarios. Groups unaccustomed to that way of tackling a module may die the death of a thousand […]

    The Bogey of Brindle (5e)

    The Bogey of Brindle (5e) This first installment of the Brindle-series clocks in at 34 pages if you disregard front cover, editorial, etc. I noticed that neither iteration of the adventure features an SRD, but that just as an aside. Important for the purpose of this review: I own the perfect-bound print softcover of the OSR-version, and the pdf of the 5e-version; I assume that the properties of one version hold true for the other and vice versa.   The difficulty of the module is very much contingent on how good the players are in old-school thinking, i.e. unconventional problem-solving of potential combat scenarios. Groups unaccustomed to that way of tackling a module may die the death of a thousand […]

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  • Bloodlines & Black Magic: Whispers & Rumors Issue #3 (O7/5e) The third installment of the little ‚zine devoted to supplemental material for the amazing Bloodlines & Black Magic setting/campaign-hack/system-tweak clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   While the header and tags also designate this as 5e on my homepage, it should be noted that the 5e-material is just one character, and that this character has not been built with standard 5e-NPC-rules and acts as a kind of preview for the 5e-version of Bloodlines & Black Magic.   All righty, so, we begin this supplement with a new creature penned by Tim […]

    Bloodlines & Black Magic: Whispers & Rumors Issue #3 (O7/5e)

    Bloodlines & Black Magic: Whispers & Rumors Issue #3 (O7/5e) The third installment of the little ‚zine devoted to supplemental material for the amazing Bloodlines & Black Magic setting/campaign-hack/system-tweak clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   While the header and tags also designate this as 5e on my homepage, it should be noted that the 5e-material is just one character, and that this character has not been built with standard 5e-NPC-rules and acts as a kind of preview for the 5e-version of Bloodlines & Black Magic.   All righty, so, we begin this supplement with a new creature penned by Tim […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Blackhill Gaol (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Blackhill Gaol once was a one-way-trip – the place was conceived as a forced labor camp for debtors, for political prisoners, for the wicked – for those that were to never be free again. As such, the village was constructed in a pretty remote area that is known for being pretty darn dangerous. The prisoners, alas, revolted against their overseers in a coup masterminded by Lady Ephael Areva (who now […]

    Village Backdrop: Blackhill Gaol (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Blackhill Gaol (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Blackhill Gaol once was a one-way-trip – the place was conceived as a forced labor camp for debtors, for political prisoners, for the wicked – for those that were to never be free again. As such, the village was constructed in a pretty remote area that is known for being pretty darn dangerous. The prisoners, alas, revolted against their overseers in a coup masterminded by Lady Ephael Areva (who now […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   When infamous pirate captain Vayla Hollan (fully presented in the fluff-centric style of the series; one of two NPCs getting this treatment) met her match in a particularly nasty storm, she barely managed to steer her vessel, the eponymous “Kerwyn’s Pride”, into the relatively safe Ballisco Bay. Here, she found opportunity – three baronies vying for supremacy and control over the water-based trade routes. Instead of simply making her ship […]

    Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   When infamous pirate captain Vayla Hollan (fully presented in the fluff-centric style of the series; one of two NPCs getting this treatment) met her match in a particularly nasty storm, she barely managed to steer her vessel, the eponymous “Kerwyn’s Pride”, into the relatively safe Ballisco Bay. Here, she found opportunity – three baronies vying for supremacy and control over the water-based trade routes. Instead of simply making her ship […]

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  • Azurth Adventure Digest #1 (5e) The first (and so far, alas, only) installment of this ‘zine depicting the lands of Azurth, a hilarious take on fantasy as seen through the lens of old-time Loony Toons/Tex Avery clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 30 pages, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   We begin this ‘zine with an introduction by the commodore Cogburn Steamalong, a navy captain who also happens to be a steam construct, and who proceeds to present comments on the material provided within. This character is also fully statted with a proper statblock; that being […]

    Azurth Adventure Digest #1 (5e)

    Azurth Adventure Digest #1 (5e) The first (and so far, alas, only) installment of this ‘zine depicting the lands of Azurth, a hilarious take on fantasy as seen through the lens of old-time Loony Toons/Tex Avery clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 30 pages, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   We begin this ‘zine with an introduction by the commodore Cogburn Steamalong, a navy captain who also happens to be a steam construct, and who proceeds to present comments on the material provided within. This character is also fully statted with a proper statblock; that being […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Victory Elm (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Standing amid gently roiling hills, Victory Elm derives its name from the massive tree that gives the village its name; goats graze on the hills, though the absence of any other tree nearby may seem odd to some. While a few hill giants remain nearby, the village has attempted to entice the creation of additional settlements to make the place less remote, but so far to no avail. The items […]

    Village Backdrop: Victory Elm (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Victory Elm (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Standing amid gently roiling hills, Victory Elm derives its name from the massive tree that gives the village its name; goats graze on the hills, though the absence of any other tree nearby may seem odd to some. While a few hill giants remain nearby, the village has attempted to entice the creation of additional settlements to make the place less remote, but so far to no avail. The items […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Ravens’ Cradle (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Raven’s Cradle is a prosperous farming community ruled by superstition and folklore; bandits are founded pecked to death nearby, and woe betide any who dare attempt to bring harm to this strange place. It may not be a surprise to veterans – but Raven’s Cradle makes for a pretty perfect fit for Ravenloft and similar settings/games that want to add a bit of folklore/horror in the vein of the Wicker […]

    Village Backdrop: Ravens’ Cradle (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Ravens’ Cradle (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Raven’s Cradle is a prosperous farming community ruled by superstition and folklore; bandits are founded pecked to death nearby, and woe betide any who dare attempt to bring harm to this strange place. It may not be a surprise to veterans – but Raven’s Cradle makes for a pretty perfect fit for Ravenloft and similar settings/games that want to add a bit of folklore/horror in the vein of the Wicker […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Gull’s Roost (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Gull’s Roost is a safe place where law abides –PCs are bound to be impressed by the beautiful village: Originally created as a summer resort for nobles to escape (akin to how e.g. the Viennese used to in real life) the summer’s stifling heat. Coated with mother-of-pearl and lavishly-painted, Gull’s Roost was doomed – it lured less than desirable entities, and a fort was erected to combat pirates and worse […]

    Village Backdrop: Gull’s Roost (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Gull’s Roost (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Gull’s Roost is a safe place where law abides –PCs are bound to be impressed by the beautiful village: Originally created as a summer resort for nobles to escape (akin to how e.g. the Viennese used to in real life) the summer’s stifling heat. Coated with mother-of-pearl and lavishly-painted, Gull’s Roost was doomed – it lured less than desirable entities, and a fort was erected to combat pirates and worse […]

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  • Villages of Ashlar (5e) This massive compilation of the villages situated in the Duchy of Ashlar clocks in at 71 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, in case you were wondering: the Duchy of Ashlar is the region that features Raging Swan Press’ Gloamhold dungeon, as well as several important locations – like the phenomenal city of Languard with its intricately detailed and amazing quarters, fully detailed in the City Backdrop and the associated Languard Locations-pdfs. The slightly smaller towns Dunstone and Dulwich, both featured in their Town Backdrops, can […]

    Villages of Ashlar (5e)

    Villages of Ashlar (5e) This massive compilation of the villages situated in the Duchy of Ashlar clocks in at 71 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, in case you were wondering: the Duchy of Ashlar is the region that features Raging Swan Press’ Gloamhold dungeon, as well as several important locations – like the phenomenal city of Languard with its intricately detailed and amazing quarters, fully detailed in the City Backdrop and the associated Languard Locations-pdfs. The slightly smaller towns Dunstone and Dulwich, both featured in their Town Backdrops, can […]

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