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  • Lovecraft Fantasy Gaming Toolkit This pdf clocks in at 70 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC,2 pages of SRD, 1 page blank, leaving us with a massive 65 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so lovecraftian horror =/= lovecraftian fantasy. We need to get that out of the way right from the bat. When I’m playing CoC and ToC, I lean towards a more purist bent and tend to prefer investigation-heavy, deadly scenarios, where, more often than not, everyone dies or becomes insane, even if they win. This is not for everyone, though; most of my players prefer a less bleak perspective.   The pulpy side of those aforementioned systems never was really something […]

    Lovecraft Fantasy Gaming Toolkit

    Lovecraft Fantasy Gaming Toolkit This pdf clocks in at 70 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC,2 pages of SRD, 1 page blank, leaving us with a massive 65 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so lovecraftian horror =/= lovecraftian fantasy. We need to get that out of the way right from the bat. When I’m playing CoC and ToC, I lean towards a more purist bent and tend to prefer investigation-heavy, deadly scenarios, where, more often than not, everyone dies or becomes insane, even if they win. This is not for everyone, though; most of my players prefer a less bleak perspective.   The pulpy side of those aforementioned systems never was really something […]

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  • Playable Monsters Vol. I – Fantasy Iconics & Mythology This pdf clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of artist/writer-contact-info and 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, after some general discussions on how to handle monstrous PCs and parties, we dive pretty much straight into the respective races, which cover a brief physical description, some minor information on society, relations with other races and alignment/religion preferences as well as how the race interacts with adventurers. After that, we get the racial traits…and that’s pretty much it. If you were looking for traits or alternate racial traits to customize […]

    Playable Monsters Vol. I – Fantasy Iconics & Mythology

    Playable Monsters Vol. I – Fantasy Iconics & Mythology This pdf clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of artist/writer-contact-info and 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, after some general discussions on how to handle monstrous PCs and parties, we dive pretty much straight into the respective races, which cover a brief physical description, some minor information on society, relations with other races and alignment/religion preferences as well as how the race interacts with adventurers. After that, we get the racial traits…and that’s pretty much it. If you were looking for traits or alternate racial traits to customize […]

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  • Between Chains and Starlight This book by Space Potato Productions is 228 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages about the book, 2 pages ToC, 1 page blank inside the back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a whopping 218 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this setting’s introduction with a flavor-text in character that gives us a brief (and surprisingly well-written) run-down of the setting: Essentially, it was not an AI that led to this dystopian future, but rather mankind’s own potential for less than savory practices: In a vast war, a significant amount of planets was destroyed and made uninhabitable […]

    Between Chains and Starlight

    Between Chains and Starlight This book by Space Potato Productions is 228 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages about the book, 2 pages ToC, 1 page blank inside the back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a whopping 218 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this setting’s introduction with a flavor-text in character that gives us a brief (and surprisingly well-written) run-down of the setting: Essentially, it was not an AI that led to this dystopian future, but rather mankind’s own potential for less than savory practices: In a vast war, a significant amount of planets was destroyed and made uninhabitable […]

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  • No mortal man has ever heard the ancient saying: “One beard to rule them all, one beard to find them, one beard to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.” But it still rings true to this day. In fact these dwarves, and their beards, threaten to cause a dark envy to creep up from the depths of Mordor itself and consume any man who lingers too long in their presence. That being said, here are the top five Dwarf beards from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.   Gloin Gloin’s beard is as matchless as they come. I’ve had a lot of friends with great beards, but nothing that rivals the immaculate metal clad beard-ness that is Gloin’s […]

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Beard Envy

    No mortal man has ever heard the ancient saying: “One beard to rule them all, one beard to find them, one beard to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.” But it still rings true to this day. In fact these dwarves, and their beards, threaten to cause a dark envy to creep up from the depths of Mordor itself and consume any man who lingers too long in their presence. That being said, here are the top five Dwarf beards from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.   Gloin Gloin’s beard is as matchless as they come. I’ve had a lot of friends with great beards, but nothing that rivals the immaculate metal clad beard-ness that is Gloin’s […]

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  • Superior Synergy: Fantasy (PFRPG version)   This pdf is 73 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving 69 pages of content, so let’s check this out! If you’re anything like me, you breathed a sigh of relief when PFRPG got rid of skill synergies. They were clunky, overtly complicated and often forgotten. In summary, I don’t know a single player or DM who actually liked how they worked. Now that I’ve established that, let me assure you that the skill synergies herein work nothing like those in the 3.X-days of old, instead providing us with a wholly original system: Essentially, you can opt to modify skill checks […]

    EZG reviews Superior Synergy: Fantasy (PFRPG Version)

    Superior Synergy: Fantasy (PFRPG version)   This pdf is 73 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving 69 pages of content, so let’s check this out! If you’re anything like me, you breathed a sigh of relief when PFRPG got rid of skill synergies. They were clunky, overtly complicated and often forgotten. In summary, I don’t know a single player or DM who actually liked how they worked. Now that I’ve established that, let me assure you that the skill synergies herein work nothing like those in the 3.X-days of old, instead providing us with a wholly original system: Essentially, you can opt to modify skill checks […]

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  • Hello all, and welcome back to War Duke’s table-top miniatures review. I know this was supposed to have been a monthly article, but in between having to move recently, worrying with my dad’s surgery, dealing with an impacted wisdom tooth *and* the holiday rat-race, I haven’t had much time to get this thing done. So without further adieu, let’s get this show back on the road and in proper form. WD: I’d like to start by welcoming our guest Matthew Solarz, whom I recently reviewed in part one of this discussion; covering his CenterStage Miniatures product line. Thank you Matt for taking the time out to speak with us here at Nerd-Trek. MS: Thanks for your interest in CSM! WD: […]

    Warduke’s Table-Top Miniatures Review – Center Stage pt.2

    Hello all, and welcome back to War Duke’s table-top miniatures review. I know this was supposed to have been a monthly article, but in between having to move recently, worrying with my dad’s surgery, dealing with an impacted wisdom tooth *and* the holiday rat-race, I haven’t had much time to get this thing done. So without further adieu, let’s get this show back on the road and in proper form. WD: I’d like to start by welcoming our guest Matthew Solarz, whom I recently reviewed in part one of this discussion; covering his CenterStage Miniatures product line. Thank you Matt for taking the time out to speak with us here at Nerd-Trek. MS: Thanks for your interest in CSM! WD: […]

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  • Amethyst Renaissance This massive pdf is 399 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page Index, 1 page SRDs and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a whopping 391 pages of content, so let’s check this out! I’ll just come out and say it: I’m not familiar with any old iterations of the Amethyst-setting, thus I can’t draw any direct comparisons. What is Amethyst then? Essentially it is a what-if scenario of vast ambitions: What would happen if a logical fantasy setting, with all its consequences, with its magic etc., was thrust upon our technological world. Not a black/white dichotomy, nor a stylized version of fantasy. The […]

    Amethyst Renaissance

    Amethyst Renaissance This massive pdf is 399 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page Index, 1 page SRDs and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a whopping 391 pages of content, so let’s check this out! I’ll just come out and say it: I’m not familiar with any old iterations of the Amethyst-setting, thus I can’t draw any direct comparisons. What is Amethyst then? Essentially it is a what-if scenario of vast ambitions: What would happen if a logical fantasy setting, with all its consequences, with its magic etc., was thrust upon our technological world. Not a black/white dichotomy, nor a stylized version of fantasy. The […]

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  • Here is the Skyrim trailer we have been waiting for! The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is due for release on 11-11-11 by Bethesda Softworks and I for one cannot get enough of the details that have been released for this game. This trailer finally contains some actual footage of the game in action. This trailer blew me away! Here’s the good stuff, stop listening to me ramble on and get on with it! Please share this with your friends on Facebook and take a minute to “Like” us while you’re at it! Thanks for supporting NERDTREK.com! How is my Xbox going to handle the load on the poorly designed GPU chips without bursting into flames? No matter, I have ordered […]

    Skyrim Trailer – This is what we’ve been waiting for!

    Here is the Skyrim trailer we have been waiting for! The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is due for release on 11-11-11 by Bethesda Softworks and I for one cannot get enough of the details that have been released for this game. This trailer finally contains some actual footage of the game in action. This trailer blew me away! Here’s the good stuff, stop listening to me ramble on and get on with it! Please share this with your friends on Facebook and take a minute to “Like” us while you’re at it! Thanks for supporting NERDTREK.com! How is my Xbox going to handle the load on the poorly designed GPU chips without bursting into flames? No matter, I have ordered […]

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