Eric Morton Archive

  • Animal Races: Dawn of the Cerapod This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Where the carnosaurians were the rulers and warriors of the perished empire of lizards, the cerapods were the artisans and farmers, humble and domestic – but they fell alongside their empire… This does not mean, however, that you can’t play them! The pdf provides information on various subtypes, from bird-feet to bone-heads and horn-heads and beyond, including the professions they were most likely to follow and, as always, provides full age. height and weight tables for […]

    Animal Races: Dawn of the Cerapod

    Animal Races: Dawn of the Cerapod This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Where the carnosaurians were the rulers and warriors of the perished empire of lizards, the cerapods were the artisans and farmers, humble and domestic – but they fell alongside their empire… This does not mean, however, that you can’t play them! The pdf provides information on various subtypes, from bird-feet to bone-heads and horn-heads and beyond, including the professions they were most likely to follow and, as always, provides full age. height and weight tables for […]

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  • Animal Races: Dawn of the Carnosaur This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once, a great and terrible empire existed, one ruled by the saurians – but it fell and so did the carnosaurians, who resemble humanoid carnivorous reptiles (surprise!) – in an interesting take on the T-Rex stereotype, only inbred royals were supposedly afflicted with small arms…and yes, this shows awareness of recent discoveries, including mentioning of plumes. Society and relationships with other races are covered alongside detailed age, height and weight tables.   Carnosaurians may be medium […]

    Animal Races: Dawn of the Carnosaur

    Animal Races: Dawn of the Carnosaur This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once, a great and terrible empire existed, one ruled by the saurians – but it fell and so did the carnosaurians, who resemble humanoid carnivorous reptiles (surprise!) – in an interesting take on the T-Rex stereotype, only inbred royals were supposedly afflicted with small arms…and yes, this shows awareness of recent discoveries, including mentioning of plumes. Society and relationships with other races are covered alongside detailed age, height and weight tables.   Carnosaurians may be medium […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Swan This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The fluff of the swan clans, as presented herein, is a stroke of genius – taking the majesty of the creature, tying it to a religion of reincarnation and a tendency towards diplomacy and the consorting with powerful entities, and we have a thoroughly unique outlook, tied with fey and phoenix, that made me excited to see what the racial traits offer.   And here, we already have a great idea – samsaran subtype, +2 to […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Swan

    Animal Races: Clan of the Swan This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The fluff of the swan clans, as presented herein, is a stroke of genius – taking the majesty of the creature, tying it to a religion of reincarnation and a tendency towards diplomacy and the consorting with powerful entities, and we have a thoroughly unique outlook, tied with fey and phoenix, that made me excited to see what the racial traits offer.   And here, we already have a great idea – samsaran subtype, +2 to […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Raven This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ravens are among my favorite birds in real life – their intelligence and aesthetic appeal to me on a basic level. The Clan of the Raven’s members do share the traits associated with their real life brethren – known for an interest in education and the gathering of knowledge, including a pretty shady reputation, perhaps stemming from their uncommon assertion of death being just a station of the migratory lifestyle that is inherent in their culture […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Raven

    Animal Races: Clan of the Raven This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ravens are among my favorite birds in real life – their intelligence and aesthetic appeal to me on a basic level. The Clan of the Raven’s members do share the traits associated with their real life brethren – known for an interest in education and the gathering of knowledge, including a pretty shady reputation, perhaps stemming from their uncommon assertion of death being just a station of the migratory lifestyle that is inherent in their culture […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Raptor This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment of the Animal Races-series with a compelling piece of prose describing one of the ritualistic dances the members of the Raptor Clan perform before diving right into the usual physical appearance, age, height and weight tables etc. Members of the Raptor Clans are humanoid with the shapechanger and Garuda-subtype and may be either medium (+2 Dex , -2 Str) or Small (same attributes + size bonuses), regular base speed (30 ft. medium, […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Raptor

    Animal Races: Clan of the Raptor This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment of the Animal Races-series with a compelling piece of prose describing one of the ritualistic dances the members of the Raptor Clan perform before diving right into the usual physical appearance, age, height and weight tables etc. Members of the Raptor Clans are humanoid with the shapechanger and Garuda-subtype and may be either medium (+2 Dex , -2 Str) or Small (same attributes + size bonuses), regular base speed (30 ft. medium, […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Rabbit This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The generally peaceful members of Clan rabbit are therians – generally disorganized and benevolent ones, but yeah. Like some other clans, rabbits may elect to be either medium (+2 Dex, -2 Str) or small (same attributes, but size modifications included), gain the ratfolk subtype, low-light vision, scent, +1 natural armor (which scales up to +2 at 10th level) and a primary slam attack at 1d4 (1d3 for small rabbits). They may choose from 4 racial heritages: […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Rabbit

    Animal Races: Clan of the Rabbit This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The generally peaceful members of Clan rabbit are therians – generally disorganized and benevolent ones, but yeah. Like some other clans, rabbits may elect to be either medium (+2 Dex, -2 Str) or small (same attributes, but size modifications included), gain the ratfolk subtype, low-light vision, scent, +1 natural armor (which scales up to +2 at 10th level) and a primary slam attack at 1d4 (1d3 for small rabbits). They may choose from 4 racial heritages: […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Frog This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The frog (and newt)-clans presented in this installment as the most civilized of boggards, once again, are presented in the trademark level of detail and believability one expects from Eric Morton’s writing at this point. The supplement does cover both the intriguing psychology with distinct differentiations in aptitude and calling between parents and offspring and the resulting deviations of social structures from the default create a society familiar, yet alien.   Racial trait-wise, members of the […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Frog

    Animal Races: Clan of the Frog This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The frog (and newt)-clans presented in this installment as the most civilized of boggards, once again, are presented in the trademark level of detail and believability one expects from Eric Morton’s writing at this point. The supplement does cover both the intriguing psychology with distinct differentiations in aptitude and calling between parents and offspring and the resulting deviations of social structures from the default create a society familiar, yet alien.   Racial trait-wise, members of the […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Pig This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The members of the pig clan may be medium (+2 Cha, -2 Dex) or small (+2 Cha, -2 Str) and have the orc subtype, normal speed (30 feet if medium, 20 feet if small), low-light vision, scent, natural armor +1 (scaling up to +2 at 10th level), a primary natural bite at 1d4 (1d3 for small pigs) and an array of 5 different racial heritages. Boar Clan nets +2 to Con and allows for Porcine Heritage […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Pig

    Animal Races: Clan of the Pig This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The members of the pig clan may be medium (+2 Cha, -2 Dex) or small (+2 Cha, -2 Str) and have the orc subtype, normal speed (30 feet if medium, 20 feet if small), low-light vision, scent, natural armor +1 (scaling up to +2 at 10th level), a primary natural bite at 1d4 (1d3 for small pigs) and an array of 5 different racial heritages. Boar Clan nets +2 to Con and allows for Porcine Heritage […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Turtle This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Not one to shirk obvious and established tropes, the clan of the turtle, as defined herein, is a surprisingly lawful cadre of individuals that have taken to sewers and shadows, providing shelter for the downtrodden and hunted, as an aptly-written piece of introductory prose establishes. Members of the clan of the turtle may be either medium (+2 Con, -2 Dex) or small ( +2 Con, -2 Str), are reptilians with the slow and steady quality, low-light […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Turtle

    Animal Races: Clan of the Turtle This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Not one to shirk obvious and established tropes, the clan of the turtle, as defined herein, is a surprisingly lawful cadre of individuals that have taken to sewers and shadows, providing shelter for the downtrodden and hunted, as an aptly-written piece of introductory prose establishes. Members of the clan of the turtle may be either medium (+2 Con, -2 Dex) or small ( +2 Con, -2 Str), are reptilians with the slow and steady quality, low-light […]

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  • Liber Influxus Communis: The Book of Collective Influence This massive book clocks in at 184 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page KS-thanks-list, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 177 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Disclaimer: I was a backer of the kickstarter for this project, but was in no other way involved with the creation of this book.   After a brief introduction and one pages summing up the starting gold, we dive into the massive array of classes herein – the reason why this review took forever to get done. So expect one epic-length monster of a review here!   The […]

    Liber Influxus Communis: The Book of Collective Influence

    Liber Influxus Communis: The Book of Collective Influence This massive book clocks in at 184 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page KS-thanks-list, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 177 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Disclaimer: I was a backer of the kickstarter for this project, but was in no other way involved with the creation of this book.   After a brief introduction and one pages summing up the starting gold, we dive into the massive array of classes herein – the reason why this review took forever to get done. So expect one epic-length monster of a review here!   The […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Bat This installment of the Animal Races-series clock in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Much like prior installments to this series, we herein receive rules for PCs belonging to one of the tightly and concisely-presented animal clans, with bat therians this time being the focus of attention. Bat clan therians may choose either to be small or medium, but both receive +2 Dex, -2 Str. Bat therians are humanoids with the dhampir subtype, low-light vision, +1 natural armor (upgrades to +2 at 10th level), a bite attack at one […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Bat

    Animal Races: Clan of the Bat This installment of the Animal Races-series clock in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Much like prior installments to this series, we herein receive rules for PCs belonging to one of the tightly and concisely-presented animal clans, with bat therians this time being the focus of attention. Bat clan therians may choose either to be small or medium, but both receive +2 Dex, -2 Str. Bat therians are humanoids with the dhampir subtype, low-light vision, +1 natural armor (upgrades to +2 at 10th level), a bite attack at one […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Bear (Revised Edition) This installment of the Animal Races-series clock in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Much like prior installments to this series, we herein receive rules for PCs belonging to one of the tightly and concisely-presented animal clans, with bear therians this time being the focus of attention.   Bear Clan therians are humanoids with the adlet subtype, have a base speed of 30 ft., scent, natural armor +1 (increasing to +2 at 10th level) and begin play with a natural primary bite attack one step in damage […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Bear (Revised Edition)

    Animal Races: Clan of the Bear (Revised Edition) This installment of the Animal Races-series clock in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Much like prior installments to this series, we herein receive rules for PCs belonging to one of the tightly and concisely-presented animal clans, with bear therians this time being the focus of attention.   Bear Clan therians are humanoids with the adlet subtype, have a base speed of 30 ft., scent, natural armor +1 (increasing to +2 at 10th level) and begin play with a natural primary bite attack one step in damage […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Deer This installment of the Animal Races-series clock in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Much like prior installments to this series, we herein receive rules for PCs belonging to one of the tightly and concisely-presented animal clans, with deer therians this time being the focus of attention. The first choice this highly modular therian race offers would be the size – medium or small. Medium deer receive +2 Wis, -2 Int. Small deer receive +2 Wis, -2 Str. medium deer have a base speed of 30 ft, small ones […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Deer

    Animal Races: Clan of the Deer This installment of the Animal Races-series clock in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Much like prior installments to this series, we herein receive rules for PCs belonging to one of the tightly and concisely-presented animal clans, with deer therians this time being the focus of attention. The first choice this highly modular therian race offers would be the size – medium or small. Medium deer receive +2 Wis, -2 Int. Small deer receive +2 Wis, -2 Str. medium deer have a base speed of 30 ft, small ones […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Raccoon This installment of the Animal Races-series clock in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Much like prior installments to this series, we herein receive rules for PCs belonging to one of the tightly and concisely-presented animal clans, with raccoons, badgers, skunks and wolverines, unique though they may be, being grouped into this installment.   Racial trait-wise, members of this clan can opt for medium size (and +2 Wis, -2 Cha) or small size (+2 Wis, -2 Str) and 30/20 ft. movement rate, conversely. They also receive low-light vision, scent, […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Raccoon

    Animal Races: Clan of the Raccoon This installment of the Animal Races-series clock in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Much like prior installments to this series, we herein receive rules for PCs belonging to one of the tightly and concisely-presented animal clans, with raccoons, badgers, skunks and wolverines, unique though they may be, being grouped into this installment.   Racial trait-wise, members of this clan can opt for medium size (and +2 Wis, -2 Cha) or small size (+2 Wis, -2 Str) and 30/20 ft. movement rate, conversely. They also receive low-light vision, scent, […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Bear This installment of the Animal Races-series clock in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Much like prior installments to this series, we herein receive rules for PCs belonging to one of the tightly and concisely-presented animal clans, with bear therians this time being the focus of attention.   Bear Clan therians are humanoids with the adlet subtype, have a base speed of 30 ft., scent, natural armor +1 (increasing to +2 at 10th level) and begin play with a natural primary bite attack one step in damage below what […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Bear

    Animal Races: Clan of the Bear This installment of the Animal Races-series clock in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Much like prior installments to this series, we herein receive rules for PCs belonging to one of the tightly and concisely-presented animal clans, with bear therians this time being the focus of attention.   Bear Clan therians are humanoids with the adlet subtype, have a base speed of 30 ft., scent, natural armor +1 (increasing to +2 at 10th level) and begin play with a natural primary bite attack one step in damage below what […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Cat This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this pdf with a superbly-written piece of in-character prose, provided by a feline therian, extolling the virtues and peculiarities of cats and their experience – for example the custom to measure time in 12-hour-cycles. The level of detail provided for the feline therians is up to all expectations – age, height and weight-table, relationships, adventuring – all covered.   Rules-wise, we receive two different attribute arrays – medium catfolk receive […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Cat

    Animal Races: Clan of the Cat This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this pdf with a superbly-written piece of in-character prose, provided by a feline therian, extolling the virtues and peculiarities of cats and their experience – for example the custom to measure time in 12-hour-cycles. The level of detail provided for the feline therians is up to all expectations – age, height and weight-table, relationships, adventuring – all covered.   Rules-wise, we receive two different attribute arrays – medium catfolk receive […]

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  • Animal Races: Clan of the Dog The first installment in Eric Morton’s Animal Races-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Clan of the Dog essentially encapsulates an array of therian humanoids of the adlet subtype that exhibit canine traits – race-trait wise, they receive either +2 Wis, -2 Int or +2 Wis, -2 Str – depending on whether size small or size medium is chosen, for both variants exist. Base speed clocks in at 0 feet for medium, 20 feet fr small member of the Clan of the Dog and these fellows […]

    Animal Races: Clan of the Dog

    Animal Races: Clan of the Dog The first installment in Eric Morton’s Animal Races-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Clan of the Dog essentially encapsulates an array of therian humanoids of the adlet subtype that exhibit canine traits – race-trait wise, they receive either +2 Wis, -2 Int or +2 Wis, -2 Str – depending on whether size small or size medium is chosen, for both variants exist. Base speed clocks in at 0 feet for medium, 20 feet fr small member of the Clan of the Dog and these fellows […]

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  • Convergent Paths: Students of Arcanum Archetypes This supplement is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a short summary of the content, we get a well-written piece of IC-prose introducing us to the Arcanum College of Wizardry, which serves as a thematic backdrop and unifying theme for these new options – each of the college’s prestigious houses featuring one specific area of expertise.   The first of said houses would be House Dweomerden, which specializes in utilitarian spells and replaces the scribe scroll feat and arcane school with a bonus spell slot that has to be […]

    Convergent Paths: Students of Arcanum Archetypes

    Convergent Paths: Students of Arcanum Archetypes This supplement is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a short summary of the content, we get a well-written piece of IC-prose introducing us to the Arcanum College of Wizardry, which serves as a thematic backdrop and unifying theme for these new options – each of the college’s prestigious houses featuring one specific area of expertise.   The first of said houses would be House Dweomerden, which specializes in utilitarian spells and replaces the scribe scroll feat and arcane school with a bonus spell slot that has to be […]

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  • So, into my greedy little hands came a copy of the newest addition to the #30 series from Rite publishing, #30 Variant Dragons….let’s just get something out of the way right up front, I love Dragons…period. I have loved them since childhood, and can accredit them as one of the themes that drew me to roleplaying, so there was no small amount of happiness on my part when I saw this PDF. Now, that we have that out of the way, and we all realize the pressure this innocent PDF is under to impress me and not destroy my faith in a certain breed of reptilian awesomeness…let us see what’s going on with the latest #30 offering shall we? Weighing […]

    Rite Publishing’s #30 Variant Dragons

    So, into my greedy little hands came a copy of the newest addition to the #30 series from Rite publishing, #30 Variant Dragons….let’s just get something out of the way right up front, I love Dragons…period. I have loved them since childhood, and can accredit them as one of the themes that drew me to roleplaying, so there was no small amount of happiness on my part when I saw this PDF. Now, that we have that out of the way, and we all realize the pressure this innocent PDF is under to impress me and not destroy my faith in a certain breed of reptilian awesomeness…let us see what’s going on with the latest #30 offering shall we? Weighing […]

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