Dead Archive

  • Dead God Excavation (OSR) This module clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of Kort’thalis glyph, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, first things first: This module was made for Crimson Dragon Slayer, using Venger’s FREE rules-lite dark fantasy rules. The adventure itself, is in presentation, very much an old-school module, in that it eschews read-aloud text and the like for the most part – there is a box provided for a key scene. When using said rules, a brief table for some effects a cleric might have on unearthly creatures is a potent angle. 4 rumors and 4 reasons for the PCs to arrive […]

    Dead God Excavation (OSR)

    Dead God Excavation (OSR) This module clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of Kort’thalis glyph, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, first things first: This module was made for Crimson Dragon Slayer, using Venger’s FREE rules-lite dark fantasy rules. The adventure itself, is in presentation, very much an old-school module, in that it eschews read-aloud text and the like for the most part – there is a box provided for a key scene. When using said rules, a brief table for some effects a cleric might have on unearthly creatures is a potent angle. 4 rumors and 4 reasons for the PCs to arrive […]

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  • A Thousand Dead Babies (NGR/OSR) The second of Zzarchov Kowolski’s self-published dual-format NGR/OSR-adventures clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreons.   So, let’s talk about the pink elephant in the room first. The title is basically a gigantic trigger warning.  This module is NOT about killing infants or the like, quite to the contrary. However, it deals with a really sadistic, high-impact conundrum that involves, well, babies. If infanticide by bad guys and the like are not something your group can handle, then don’t even bother. It goes without saying that […]

    A Thousand Dead Babies (NGR/OSR)

    A Thousand Dead Babies (NGR/OSR) The second of Zzarchov Kowolski’s self-published dual-format NGR/OSR-adventures clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreons.   So, let’s talk about the pink elephant in the room first. The title is basically a gigantic trigger warning.  This module is NOT about killing infants or the like, quite to the contrary. However, it deals with a really sadistic, high-impact conundrum that involves, well, babies. If infanticide by bad guys and the like are not something your group can handle, then don’t even bother. It goes without saying that […]

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  • The Ferryport Adventures: The Dead Gulch This is the second part of the “Return of the Fey”-AP set in the world of Dark Return (previously known by the elven name, Uteria) and clocks in at 99 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 94 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   It should be noted, though, that not all parts of this book are module-material; the final 26 pages are devoted to the “Tome of the Arts” – a guide to magic in the setting. If you are not interesting in that, please skip below to the review.   Since this aspect is pretty […]

    The Ferryport Adventures: The Dead Gulch

    The Ferryport Adventures: The Dead Gulch This is the second part of the “Return of the Fey”-AP set in the world of Dark Return (previously known by the elven name, Uteria) and clocks in at 99 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 94 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   It should be noted, though, that not all parts of this book are module-material; the final 26 pages are devoted to the “Tome of the Arts” – a guide to magic in the setting. If you are not interesting in that, please skip below to the review.   Since this aspect is pretty […]

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  • The Dark Totem Pt.2: The Dead Dragon’s Den The revised edition of the Dark Totem Pt 2 is 51 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 48 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   If you have avoided Rocks Fall Games so far – rest assured that this has NOTHING in common with their first offerings. Following on the heels of the excellent revision of the First Dark Totem module, we actually get new maps, content etc. in this one as well – and yes, even artwork. That out of the way, this review necessarily contains SPOILERS.   Still here? All right! The PCs […]

    The Dark Totem Pt.2: The Dead Dragon’s Den

    The Dark Totem Pt.2: The Dead Dragon’s Den The revised edition of the Dark Totem Pt 2 is 51 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 48 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   If you have avoided Rocks Fall Games so far – rest assured that this has NOTHING in common with their first offerings. Following on the heels of the excellent revision of the First Dark Totem module, we actually get new maps, content etc. in this one as well – and yes, even artwork. That out of the way, this review necessarily contains SPOILERS.   Still here? All right! The PCs […]

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  • Recently, I spent a LOT of time contemplating why rogues are less popular in my group than e.g. rangers and stumbled into making a mechanical analysis of the class. The results were quite enlightening and explained well why there’s a vast thread on the Paizo-boards on how they are underpowered. Fast-forward. newcomer Drop Dead Studios recently impressed me with the best take of a crafting-centric-class I’ve seen for any iteration of d20 so far as their freshman offering (The Artisan, if you don’t know) and after that, they went on to release a book originally funded via kickstarter to “fix” the rogue. Do they succeed at this endeavor? Let’s take a look!   Rogue Glory This pdf is 63 pages […]

    Rogue Glory

    Recently, I spent a LOT of time contemplating why rogues are less popular in my group than e.g. rangers and stumbled into making a mechanical analysis of the class. The results were quite enlightening and explained well why there’s a vast thread on the Paizo-boards on how they are underpowered. Fast-forward. newcomer Drop Dead Studios recently impressed me with the best take of a crafting-centric-class I’ve seen for any iteration of d20 so far as their freshman offering (The Artisan, if you don’t know) and after that, they went on to release a book originally funded via kickstarter to “fix” the rogue. Do they succeed at this endeavor? Let’s take a look!   Rogue Glory This pdf is 63 pages […]

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