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  • 5E Mini-Dungeon: The Garden of Death (5e) This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a 5E-mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM. Oh, and the series now comes in an archive that also contains…*drumroll* a .jpg-version of the map, in both GM and player-friendly versions!   Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is, a helpful tool in the GM’s arsenal. Got that? Great!   This […]

    5E Mini-Dungeon: The Garden of Death (5e)

    5E Mini-Dungeon: The Garden of Death (5e) This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a 5E-mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM. Oh, and the series now comes in an archive that also contains…*drumroll* a .jpg-version of the map, in both GM and player-friendly versions!   Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is, a helpful tool in the GM’s arsenal. Got that? Great!   This […]

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  • Mini-Dungeon: The Garden of Death This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM. Oh, and the series now comes in an archive that also contains…*drumroll* a .jpg-version of the map! Yeah, that’s pretty amazing! Better yet: GM-friendly version of the jpg’s included as well!   Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is. Got that? Great!   This being […]

    Mini-Dungeon: The Garden of Death

    Mini-Dungeon: The Garden of Death This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM. Oh, and the series now comes in an archive that also contains…*drumroll* a .jpg-version of the map! Yeah, that’s pretty amazing! Better yet: GM-friendly version of the jpg’s included as well!   Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is. Got that? Great!   This being […]

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  • Death Frost Doom (OSR) This module clocks in at 66 pages (obviously!), 1 page front cover, 1 page logo, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page dead sign, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 60 pages, so let’s take a look!   This review was sponsored by one of my generous patreons, who supplied the means to acquire this book for a review at my leisure. My review is mostly based on the hardcover-version of the module, though I have also consulted the pdf and checked its functionality. The review is based on the fourth printing of the module, annotated and expanded by Zak S..   First things first: This is a very dark module. If you can’t […]

    Death Frost Doom (OSR)

    Death Frost Doom (OSR) This module clocks in at 66 pages (obviously!), 1 page front cover, 1 page logo, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page dead sign, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 60 pages, so let’s take a look!   This review was sponsored by one of my generous patreons, who supplied the means to acquire this book for a review at my leisure. My review is mostly based on the hardcover-version of the module, though I have also consulted the pdf and checked its functionality. The review is based on the fourth printing of the module, annotated and expanded by Zak S..   First things first: This is a very dark module. If you can’t […]

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  • Death-Slaves of Eternity (DCC) This massive adventure clocks in at 80 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a MASSIVE 76 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, first of all, this is a funnel (0 level adventure) and as such, the review will contain SPOILERS later…but it also is a bit more than that: The adventure actually has quite a bit of interesting supplemental material, so let’s start by discussing that: One of the appendices contains various curses for plundering the dead; there is a nice 100-entry-strong loot-table for judges and we can find a d30-table of magic items, which include enchanted gladiatorial paint, magic […]

    Death-Slaves of Eternity (DCC)

    Death-Slaves of Eternity (DCC) This massive adventure clocks in at 80 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a MASSIVE 76 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, first of all, this is a funnel (0 level adventure) and as such, the review will contain SPOILERS later…but it also is a bit more than that: The adventure actually has quite a bit of interesting supplemental material, so let’s start by discussing that: One of the appendices contains various curses for plundering the dead; there is a nice 100-entry-strong loot-table for judges and we can find a d30-table of magic items, which include enchanted gladiatorial paint, magic […]

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  • No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides (OSR) This collection of 3 loosely-linked modules clocks in at 38 pages, front and back cover are contained in a separate pdf and so are the 4 pages of maps and the 2-page handout (more on that below). It should be noted that the page-size assumed would be a5 (6” by 9”) and that you can, provided you have good eyesight, jam 4 pages on one A4-page when printing this out.   All right, so, the 3 modules herein are set in the capital letter ODD town of Pembrooktonshire; while the companion-book depicting a gazillion of weird and strange characters is not required to run these, it does add to the general experience…but […]

    No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides (OSR)

    No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides (OSR) This collection of 3 loosely-linked modules clocks in at 38 pages, front and back cover are contained in a separate pdf and so are the 4 pages of maps and the 2-page handout (more on that below). It should be noted that the page-size assumed would be a5 (6” by 9”) and that you can, provided you have good eyesight, jam 4 pages on one A4-page when printing this out.   All right, so, the 3 modules herein are set in the capital letter ODD town of Pembrooktonshire; while the companion-book depicting a gazillion of weird and strange characters is not required to run these, it does add to the general experience…but […]

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  • U03: Death Comes to Stoneholme The third of the underworld-adventures set in the dwarven city of Stoneholme clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 48 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   While it is not required to have played “Dark Days in Stoneholme” and “Murder in Stoneholme” to enjoy this module, I strongly suggest doing so, for this adds a) more player-investment and b) more gravitas to the module’s plot.   Since I played the module as Part III of this series of adventures, the following review will contain minor SPOILERS for the previous modules as well as, obviously, SPOILERS for this […]

    U03: Death Comes to Stoneholme

    U03: Death Comes to Stoneholme The third of the underworld-adventures set in the dwarven city of Stoneholme clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 48 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   While it is not required to have played “Dark Days in Stoneholme” and “Murder in Stoneholme” to enjoy this module, I strongly suggest doing so, for this adds a) more player-investment and b) more gravitas to the module’s plot.   Since I played the module as Part III of this series of adventures, the following review will contain minor SPOILERS for the previous modules as well as, obviously, SPOILERS for this […]

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  • The Jötunfolk: Descended from Death This racial supplement depicts the Jötunfolk race as employed in the Rhûne campaign setting. It clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/preface, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After the Ragnarök clock began its inexorable countdown to the end of days, the jötunfolk started roaming the lands; discarded and unwanted children of the Thrall Lords, exposed to jötunstones, these children were changed in the womb to be born into the shape of half-giants. Increased fertility of the land was the first sign of the influence of jötunstones- it seemed like a golden age in the waiting – but then the […]

    The Jötunfolk: Descended from Death

    The Jötunfolk: Descended from Death This racial supplement depicts the Jötunfolk race as employed in the Rhûne campaign setting. It clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/preface, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After the Ragnarök clock began its inexorable countdown to the end of days, the jötunfolk started roaming the lands; discarded and unwanted children of the Thrall Lords, exposed to jötunstones, these children were changed in the womb to be born into the shape of half-giants. Increased fertility of the land was the first sign of the influence of jötunstones- it seemed like a golden age in the waiting – but then the […]

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  • Death to Alignment This supplement clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, ~1 page of artist contacts, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 39 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with 1 page of opening fiction before diving right into the nit and grit of this book’s lofty goal – abolishing a system deeply ingrained in d20 and its derivatives. And, much like the author, I absolutely LOATHE the alignment-system. I consider it poison for portraying complex characters and have abolished it in my non-playtest games for more than 10 years. It took a lot of work to get there – but can this book take this effort and burden […]

    Death to Alignment

    Death to Alignment This supplement clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, ~1 page of artist contacts, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 39 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with 1 page of opening fiction before diving right into the nit and grit of this book’s lofty goal – abolishing a system deeply ingrained in d20 and its derivatives. And, much like the author, I absolutely LOATHE the alignment-system. I consider it poison for portraying complex characters and have abolished it in my non-playtest games for more than 10 years. It took a lot of work to get there – but can this book take this effort and burden […]

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  • The Secrets of the Divine: Death, Justice, Healing & Madness The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s books detailing the unique pantheon of Questhaven along the unique servants of the respective deities clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now if you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the basic summary: The deities in Questhaven are peculiar in that their true names are not spoken – instead, they have aliases like “Our Shifting Oracle of Genius” or “Their Mistress of Madness,” with the precise epithet depending on your personal relationship with the deity. The deities sport […]

    The Secrets of the Divine: Death, Justice, Healing & Madness

    The Secrets of the Divine: Death, Justice, Healing & Madness The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s books detailing the unique pantheon of Questhaven along the unique servants of the respective deities clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now if you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the basic summary: The deities in Questhaven are peculiar in that their true names are not spoken – instead, they have aliases like “Our Shifting Oracle of Genius” or “Their Mistress of Madness,” with the precise epithet depending on your personal relationship with the deity. The deities sport […]

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  • B17: Death & Taxes This module is 46 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC (plus settlement statblock), 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 40 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being a review of an adventure module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right! The city of Hordenheim is a dangerous place – situated at crossroads, everything from nasty humanoids to power-mad wizards and pillaging armies makes its way through the area. Maintaining a careful neutrality, the city has been plagued for some time by its often violent guests […]

    B17: Death & Taxes

    B17: Death & Taxes This module is 46 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC (plus settlement statblock), 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 40 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being a review of an adventure module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right! The city of Hordenheim is a dangerous place – situated at crossroads, everything from nasty humanoids to power-mad wizards and pillaging armies makes its way through the area. Maintaining a careful neutrality, the city has been plagued for some time by its often violent guests […]

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  • Today I’m taking a look at TPK Games‘ latest offering in their Infamous Adversary-line, Urizen the Bleak Lord. However, since the character is based of the Death Knight-class by Super Genius Games, I’ll first take a look at the    Genius Guide to the Death Knight   This pdf is 17 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving 15 1/3 pages of content, so what exactly do we get? Basically, the Death Knight is a new 20-level variant alternate base-class of the Antipaladin. To be more precise, it’s a rather major overhaul and thus feels rather distinct, but let me start with the basics: Death Knights get d10, 2+ Int skills per level, good BAB, […]

    Urizen, the Bleak Lord and the Genius Guide to the Death Knight

    Today I’m taking a look at TPK Games‘ latest offering in their Infamous Adversary-line, Urizen the Bleak Lord. However, since the character is based of the Death Knight-class by Super Genius Games, I’ll first take a look at the    Genius Guide to the Death Knight   This pdf is 17 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving 15 1/3 pages of content, so what exactly do we get? Basically, the Death Knight is a new 20-level variant alternate base-class of the Antipaladin. To be more precise, it’s a rather major overhaul and thus feels rather distinct, but let me start with the basics: Death Knights get d10, 2+ Int skills per level, good BAB, […]

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  •   You might know that I’m a sucker for all things Scandinavian and that vikings have a special place in my heart from my involvement in Open Design’s Northlands. I’m happy to introduce you to 3 nice modules today that take place in the frozen North, Frog God Games’   Northlands Saga I – Vengeance of the Long Serpent   This adventure is 24 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 3 pages of advertisements, leaving 17 pages of adventure, so let’s check it out, shall we? I’ve been quite involved in OD’s “Northlands” and have, I confess, an infatuation with sagas, Scandinavian culture and customs and have studied Scandinavian Literature […]

    Northlands Saga I – III

      You might know that I’m a sucker for all things Scandinavian and that vikings have a special place in my heart from my involvement in Open Design’s Northlands. I’m happy to introduce you to 3 nice modules today that take place in the frozen North, Frog God Games’   Northlands Saga I – Vengeance of the Long Serpent   This adventure is 24 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 3 pages of advertisements, leaving 17 pages of adventure, so let’s check it out, shall we? I’ve been quite involved in OD’s “Northlands” and have, I confess, an infatuation with sagas, Scandinavian culture and customs and have studied Scandinavian Literature […]

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