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  • The Town of Brighton This little pdf clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The town of Brighton was founded by the explorer Jandor Windsong almost 400 years ago and is under the auspice of the crown of Bryndell. Situated in fertile, flat farmland it features the tower of the wizard Alhoon and is now the home of slightly more than 3000 souls. To the west of the town, the fungal-infested forest and quartz laden mountains are homes to ogres and similarly dread creatures, providing ample adventuring potential…particularly since, in the […]

    The Town of Brighton

    The Town of Brighton This little pdf clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The town of Brighton was founded by the explorer Jandor Windsong almost 400 years ago and is under the auspice of the crown of Bryndell. Situated in fertile, flat farmland it features the tower of the wizard Alhoon and is now the home of slightly more than 3000 souls. To the west of the town, the fungal-infested forest and quartz laden mountains are homes to ogres and similarly dread creatures, providing ample adventuring potential…particularly since, in the […]

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  • Crimson Dragon Slayer 1.11 This one-hour game-version of Crimson Dragon Slayer clocks in at 11 pages -all content, no frills.   So what is this? Intended for relative novices to the game, this is a stripped down version of the regular Crimson Dragon Slayer-rules, with a different focus – where the regular version features a goofy, over-the-top and awesome metal attitude, this one emphasizes dark science-fantasy as a default assumed genre. The pdf explains the basics of roleplaying and the system, which is ridiculously easy.   The basis for this is VSD6-system: A roll of 1 is a critical failure, a roll of 2 a failure, a roll of 3 mostly failure, 4 = mostly success, 5 = success and […]

    Crimson Dragon Slayer 1.11 (OSR)

    Crimson Dragon Slayer 1.11 This one-hour game-version of Crimson Dragon Slayer clocks in at 11 pages -all content, no frills.   So what is this? Intended for relative novices to the game, this is a stripped down version of the regular Crimson Dragon Slayer-rules, with a different focus – where the regular version features a goofy, over-the-top and awesome metal attitude, this one emphasizes dark science-fantasy as a default assumed genre. The pdf explains the basics of roleplaying and the system, which is ridiculously easy.   The basis for this is VSD6-system: A roll of 1 is a critical failure, a roll of 2 a failure, a roll of 3 mostly failure, 4 = mostly success, 5 = success and […]

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  • Wayfinder #15 This magazine from fans, for fans, clocks in at 84 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 78 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, first, before we do…let me ask you why you’re still reading this instead of downloading this right now. The Wayfinder magazine is FREE, costs absolutely ZILCH and contains evocative, unique material. Even if you don’t play Pathfinder, the excellent artwork tends to make the magazine a great download to just print out and use the art as handouts. So yes, I do believe that you should download all of them right now.   That being said, while I […]

    Wayfinder #15

    Wayfinder #15 This magazine from fans, for fans, clocks in at 84 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 78 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, first, before we do…let me ask you why you’re still reading this instead of downloading this right now. The Wayfinder magazine is FREE, costs absolutely ZILCH and contains evocative, unique material. Even if you don’t play Pathfinder, the excellent artwork tends to make the magazine a great download to just print out and use the art as handouts. So yes, I do believe that you should download all of them right now.   That being said, while I […]

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  • Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR) This massive rule-book clocks in at 144 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page list of tables (important!), 6 pages of supporter-thanks, 1 page legal appendix, 1 page note-space, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ähem. I feel old. 😉 This is my birthday-review, my present from myself to myself, so please bear with me regarding the obvious deviation from my usual standard regarding reviewing. Kidding aside regarding age and the like…when I started playing, believe it or not, you young ‘uns, the game didn’t have that much to do with math. Sure, we needed it. […]

    Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR)

    Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR) This massive rule-book clocks in at 144 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page list of tables (important!), 6 pages of supporter-thanks, 1 page legal appendix, 1 page note-space, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ähem. I feel old. 😉 This is my birthday-review, my present from myself to myself, so please bear with me regarding the obvious deviation from my usual standard regarding reviewing. Kidding aside regarding age and the like…when I started playing, believe it or not, you young ‘uns, the game didn’t have that much to do with math. Sure, we needed it. […]

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  • The Mists of Akuma – Imperial Dragons (5e) The fourth free preview-pdf for Mists of Akuma clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page list of things to expect, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, one of which, as always, is devoted to the continent of Soburin, so let’s take a look!   After a gorgeous art and proverb, we dive into the wonderfully crafted prose that details the history and nature of Imperial dragons – and no, they’re not conveniently color-coded. The pdf’s crunchy meat supplementing this prose would be three sample dragons – the wyrmling underworld dragon (challenge 6) that gets a nasty multiattack, necrotic breath and frightful […]

    The Mists of Akuma – Imperial Dragons (5e)

    The Mists of Akuma – Imperial Dragons (5e) The fourth free preview-pdf for Mists of Akuma clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page list of things to expect, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, one of which, as always, is devoted to the continent of Soburin, so let’s take a look!   After a gorgeous art and proverb, we dive into the wonderfully crafted prose that details the history and nature of Imperial dragons – and no, they’re not conveniently color-coded. The pdf’s crunchy meat supplementing this prose would be three sample dragons – the wyrmling underworld dragon (challenge 6) that gets a nasty multiattack, necrotic breath and frightful […]

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  • The Mists of Akuma – Martial Arts Feats (5e) This FREE preview-file for the Mists of Akuma-setting clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page summary of the setting, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages, though one of these is devoted to the map of the Soburin continent, so let’s take a look!   The pdf  begins with 5 new feats: Metallic Elementalist Warlocks are aligned with the seasonal patron and have an interesting mechanic – they can pay gold to empower their spells, with precise effects depending on the spell’s school (nice!) that being said, the secondary benefit may be overshooting the target a bit – upon hitting a foe with […]

    The Mists of Akuma – Martial Arts Feats (5e)

    The Mists of Akuma – Martial Arts Feats (5e) This FREE preview-file for the Mists of Akuma-setting clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page summary of the setting, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages, though one of these is devoted to the map of the Soburin continent, so let’s take a look!   The pdf  begins with 5 new feats: Metallic Elementalist Warlocks are aligned with the seasonal patron and have an interesting mechanic – they can pay gold to empower their spells, with precise effects depending on the spell’s school (nice!) that being said, the secondary benefit may be overshooting the target a bit – upon hitting a foe with […]

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  • The Mists of Akuma – Tsukumogami (5e) This second of the FREE preview-pdfs for Mike Myler & Storm Bunny Studios’ cooperation clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page KS-summary, leaving us with 4 pages of content, though one of these is devoted to the nice maps of Soburin, the continent of Mists of Akuma.   So, what do we get in these pages? The reply is simple: 4 of the eponymous tsukumogani monstrosities! What are tsukumogami? Well, in case you didn’t know – on the 100th birthday of an item, there is a chance it may awaken to sentience – with sometimes, though not often, dire consequences. Hence rules for […]

    The Mists of Akuma – Tsukumogami (5e)

    The Mists of Akuma – Tsukumogami (5e) This second of the FREE preview-pdfs for Mike Myler & Storm Bunny Studios’ cooperation clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page KS-summary, leaving us with 4 pages of content, though one of these is devoted to the nice maps of Soburin, the continent of Mists of Akuma.   So, what do we get in these pages? The reply is simple: 4 of the eponymous tsukumogani monstrosities! What are tsukumogami? Well, in case you didn’t know – on the 100th birthday of an item, there is a chance it may awaken to sentience – with sometimes, though not often, dire consequences. Hence rules for […]

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  • The Mists of Akuma Primer (5e) This primer for Mike Myler’s Mists of Akuma-setting clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page sales-pitch for the kickstarter – so what do we get in here?   Okay, this is pitched as eastern fantasy noir steampunk for 5th edition – basically what would happen if you took the eagerly anticipated Steampunk Musha and infused a hefty dose of Ravenloft with more emphasis on the fantastic. After a brief page of introductory prose, we get the one component that may alone very much justify downloading this primer: The Mists of Akuma. These would basically be a variant of the mists of Ravenloft crossed with […]

    The Mists of Akuma Primer (5e)

    The Mists of Akuma Primer (5e) This primer for Mike Myler’s Mists of Akuma-setting clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page sales-pitch for the kickstarter – so what do we get in here?   Okay, this is pitched as eastern fantasy noir steampunk for 5th edition – basically what would happen if you took the eagerly anticipated Steampunk Musha and infused a hefty dose of Ravenloft with more emphasis on the fantastic. After a brief page of introductory prose, we get the one component that may alone very much justify downloading this primer: The Mists of Akuma. These would basically be a variant of the mists of Ravenloft crossed with […]

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  • Deadly Gardens Extra: Natural Items (D&D 5e) This FREE pdf (included in regular Deadly Gardens, just fyi!) clocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 1.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are natural items? They are basically parts of creatures vanquished, in some cases specifically treated. The harvesting of these items is pretty simple – all are based on Intelligence, though the precise skill used diverges from creature to creature. Beasts can be harvested via Intelligence (Nature), while most creatures can be harvested via Intelligence (Religion) and Intelligence (Arcana). Slightly odd to my eyes: Oozes are harvested via Intelligence (Investigation) – though that makes sense, if you […]

    Deadly Gardens Extra: Natural Items (D&D 5e)

    Deadly Gardens Extra: Natural Items (D&D 5e) This FREE pdf (included in regular Deadly Gardens, just fyi!) clocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 1.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are natural items? They are basically parts of creatures vanquished, in some cases specifically treated. The harvesting of these items is pretty simple – all are based on Intelligence, though the precise skill used diverges from creature to creature. Beasts can be harvested via Intelligence (Nature), while most creatures can be harvested via Intelligence (Religion) and Intelligence (Arcana). Slightly odd to my eyes: Oozes are harvested via Intelligence (Investigation) – though that makes sense, if you […]

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  • The Rangers of Uteria This FREE little supplement clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page (gorgeous) front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so the first thing you’ll notice is…well, as Uteria is an E8-setting, the ranger class depicted herein sports 8 levels. The second thing you’ll notice is a modified list of ranger favored enemies…and one crucial change: Spellcasting works differently in Uteria and hence, the class gains no spellcasting progression – instead, it gains mana – based on Dexterity. Ranger with Dex<=14 get the first mana point at 5th level and can reach up to 4, while those with […]

    The Rangers of Uteria

    The Rangers of Uteria This FREE little supplement clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page (gorgeous) front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so the first thing you’ll notice is…well, as Uteria is an E8-setting, the ranger class depicted herein sports 8 levels. The second thing you’ll notice is a modified list of ranger favored enemies…and one crucial change: Spellcasting works differently in Uteria and hence, the class gains no spellcasting progression – instead, it gains mana – based on Dexterity. Ranger with Dex<=14 get the first mana point at 5th level and can reach up to 4, while those with […]

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  • Suzerain This massive book clocks in at 186 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of SRD, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page of back cover, leaving us with a massive 177 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, this book has two sections – one for players and one for GMs – it should be noted that the player’s version, the Suzerain Continuum Guide, can be considered a massive teaser for this book – and it’s FREE! So yeah, you can take a look at what this book offers by downloading that one.   But back to what this book offers, shall we? Suzerain, in a nut-shell, can be […]

    Suzerain

    Suzerain This massive book clocks in at 186 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of SRD, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page of back cover, leaving us with a massive 177 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, this book has two sections – one for players and one for GMs – it should be noted that the player’s version, the Suzerain Continuum Guide, can be considered a massive teaser for this book – and it’s FREE! So yeah, you can take a look at what this book offers by downloading that one.   But back to what this book offers, shall we? Suzerain, in a nut-shell, can be […]

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  • Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Entrance to the Forest Maze This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got […]

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Entrance to the Forest Maze

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Entrance to the Forest Maze This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got […]

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  • Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Campsite in the Haunted Forest This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got […]

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Campsite in the Haunted Forest

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Campsite in the Haunted Forest This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got […]

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  • Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Army Surgeons This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great! […]

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Army Surgeons

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Army Surgeons This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great! […]

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  • Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Spirit Bottle This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great! […]

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Spirit Bottle

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Spirit Bottle This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great! […]

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  • Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Fitcher’s This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great!   This […]

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Fitcher’s

    Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: Fitcher’s This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.   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. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module. Got that? Great!   This […]

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  • Bosco’s Spell Compendium: Cantrips and Orisons This little FREE pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2.5 pages of SRD, 1 page odd drawing, 1 page variant cover, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Beyond the obligatory spell-list by class (including Shaman), Bosco’s spells have a peculiarity: The spells herein can be used for spell failure equivalents – each spell herein has the base spell in parentheses. If the spell has a target, there is a 33% chance it targets the caster, 34% – 66% targets a random creature, 67%-100% means the original target is subjected to the effect. The pdf suggests a 50% chance for casting […]

    Bosco’s Spell Compendium: Cantrips and Orisons

    Bosco’s Spell Compendium: Cantrips and Orisons This little FREE pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2.5 pages of SRD, 1 page odd drawing, 1 page variant cover, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Beyond the obligatory spell-list by class (including Shaman), Bosco’s spells have a peculiarity: The spells herein can be used for spell failure equivalents – each spell herein has the base spell in parentheses. If the spell has a target, there is a 33% chance it targets the caster, 34% – 66% targets a random creature, 67%-100% means the original target is subjected to the effect. The pdf suggests a 50% chance for casting […]

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  • Wayfinder #14 The 14th issue of the eminent Wayfinder fanzine, by fans, for fans, clocks in at 80 pages, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 6 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 70 massive pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay. This is NOT a review in the traditional sense. Why? Because I am NOT going to analyze piece by piece, content by content everything featured herein – with a book as dense as Wayfinder #14, this would bloat the review to a level that would benefit no one, considering its free availability. What I’ll be doing instead, is first telling you a bit about Wayfinder…and what it means to me.   […]

    Wayfinder #14

    Wayfinder #14 The 14th issue of the eminent Wayfinder fanzine, by fans, for fans, clocks in at 80 pages, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 6 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 70 massive pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay. This is NOT a review in the traditional sense. Why? Because I am NOT going to analyze piece by piece, content by content everything featured herein – with a book as dense as Wayfinder #14, this would bloat the review to a level that would benefit no one, considering its free availability. What I’ll be doing instead, is first telling you a bit about Wayfinder…and what it means to me.   […]

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  • Pathways #54 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Pathways clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 12 pages advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I usually don’t do free books anymore, but since a patreon asked me to cover the current Pathways, here we go.   After Dave Paul’s well-written editorial, we begin with Rite Publishing’s mastermind Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time around the CR+2 dread phantom armor template, which is, in the tradition of templates with the “dread” prefix, an actually badass, properly deadly version of the concept featured, including a dread curse to negate armor and equipment-based bonuses…OUCH!   […]

    Pathways #54

    Pathways #54 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Pathways clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 12 pages advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I usually don’t do free books anymore, but since a patreon asked me to cover the current Pathways, here we go.   After Dave Paul’s well-written editorial, we begin with Rite Publishing’s mastermind Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time around the CR+2 dread phantom armor template, which is, in the tradition of templates with the “dread” prefix, an actually badass, properly deadly version of the concept featured, including a dread curse to negate armor and equipment-based bonuses…OUCH!   […]

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  • Three Swordsmen (OSR) This FREE little pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page editorial, leaving 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with a nice introduction to the matter at hand and then are introduced to the Templar Knight. These guys must be lawful and may deflect an amount of damage equal to his level plus the sword’s enhancement, but the decision to deflect the attack must be made before the results of the damage-roll are made known. If the fighter also reconsecrates and reforges his sword in a ceremony, the character may also add his Strength-modifier to the amount of damage deflected.   1/day, he may also sway the undecided, up to character […]

    Three Swordsmen (OSR)

    Three Swordsmen (OSR) This FREE little pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page editorial, leaving 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with a nice introduction to the matter at hand and then are introduced to the Templar Knight. These guys must be lawful and may deflect an amount of damage equal to his level plus the sword’s enhancement, but the decision to deflect the attack must be made before the results of the damage-roll are made known. If the fighter also reconsecrates and reforges his sword in a ceremony, the character may also add his Strength-modifier to the amount of damage deflected.   1/day, he may also sway the undecided, up to character […]

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  • The Baleful Sorceror of Tsathag’kha (OSR) This free supplement clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a one-page introduction of the origin of the class. The baleful sorceror gets d6, may not wear armor and are proficient with daggers, short swords, sickles and scimitars. They may also use poison as a thief of the same level and may rebuke, command or destroy undead as a cleric of the same level. This sorceror learns one spell of a higher level every level, though more power can be gained via trafficking with dreaded Tsathag’Kha, putting that control in the GM’s hands. The sorceror may also try […]

    The Baleful Sorceror of Tsathag’kha (OSR)

    The Baleful Sorceror of Tsathag’kha (OSR) This free supplement clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a one-page introduction of the origin of the class. The baleful sorceror gets d6, may not wear armor and are proficient with daggers, short swords, sickles and scimitars. They may also use poison as a thief of the same level and may rebuke, command or destroy undead as a cleric of the same level. This sorceror learns one spell of a higher level every level, though more power can be gained via trafficking with dreaded Tsathag’Kha, putting that control in the GM’s hands. The sorceror may also try […]

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  • Pathways #52 The 52nd installment of Rite Publishing’s free monthly e-zine Pathways clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, so let’s take a look!     As per the tradition of Pathways, we begin with David Paul’s editorial and then, a new template crafted by Steven D. Russell and an accompanying sample creature. This time around, we get the walking wasteland CR+2 template, which renders creatures truly toxic/putrid – healing-impediment and spoiled foods and drinks, courtesy of these beast’s auras, accompany them like the noxious, poisonous clouds that never stray far from them – oh, and the very attacks of […]

    Pathways #52

    Pathways #52 The 52nd installment of Rite Publishing’s free monthly e-zine Pathways clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, so let’s take a look!     As per the tradition of Pathways, we begin with David Paul’s editorial and then, a new template crafted by Steven D. Russell and an accompanying sample creature. This time around, we get the walking wasteland CR+2 template, which renders creatures truly toxic/putrid – healing-impediment and spoiled foods and drinks, courtesy of these beast’s auras, accompany them like the noxious, poisonous clouds that never stray far from them – oh, and the very attacks of […]

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  • Pirate Aspects for the Animist Base Class This free expansion for the animist base class clocks in at 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, we begin with the parrot major aspect – and it’s hilarious. No, really. I mean it. The base ability makes you fluent in a language you have heard during the last week – but only in a squawking, parrot-like voice laced with pirate slang. Better yet, you can throw a barrage of squawking expletives and insults at foes to demoralize them. The more prominence in the ability, the more languages you get and the better you are at being a sailor. Higher prominence increases the […]

    Pirate Aspects for the Animist Base Class

    Pirate Aspects for the Animist Base Class This free expansion for the animist base class clocks in at 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, we begin with the parrot major aspect – and it’s hilarious. No, really. I mean it. The base ability makes you fluent in a language you have heard during the last week – but only in a squawking, parrot-like voice laced with pirate slang. Better yet, you can throw a barrage of squawking expletives and insults at foes to demoralize them. The more prominence in the ability, the more languages you get and the better you are at being a sailor. Higher prominence increases the […]

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  • Hypercorps 2099 – Hypernet This teaser for Hypercorps 2099 clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, there we go – Hypercorps 2099’s rendition of the matrix – so what do we get? We get No or light gravity, time passing on a 5 rounds equals 1 in regular time, infinite size and unreliable magic and ambient lighting. The Hypernet substitutes mental ability scores for physical ones and creatures sans a virtual rig take a penalty. When in the hypernet, robots are treated as eidolons and gain an array of interesting qualities – so yes, this […]

    Hypercorps 2099 – Hypernet

    Hypercorps 2099 – Hypernet This teaser for Hypercorps 2099 clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, there we go – Hypercorps 2099’s rendition of the matrix – so what do we get? We get No or light gravity, time passing on a 5 rounds equals 1 in regular time, infinite size and unreliable magic and ambient lighting. The Hypernet substitutes mental ability scores for physical ones and creatures sans a virtual rig take a penalty. When in the hypernet, robots are treated as eidolons and gain an array of interesting qualities – so yes, this […]

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  • Hypercorps 2099 – A R.I.P.E. Investment This free teaser for Hypercorps 2099 clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs left? Right! The organic soap corporation R.I.P.E. has a job-offering – and it sounds simple – but your fridge is empty and highjacking the shipment may be the more lucrative job offer – after the deal with Mr. Grey is concluded, a weird bird delivers a counter-offer (on an old piece […]

    Hypercorps 2099 – A R.I.P.E. Investment

    Hypercorps 2099 – A R.I.P.E. Investment This free teaser for Hypercorps 2099 clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs left? Right! The organic soap corporation R.I.P.E. has a job-offering – and it sounds simple – but your fridge is empty and highjacking the shipment may be the more lucrative job offer – after the deal with Mr. Grey is concluded, a weird bird delivers a counter-offer (on an old piece […]

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  • Hypercorps 2099 – Netjacker Base Class This free pdf for the Hypercorps 2099-KS clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The netjacker base class receives d6, 2+Int skills per level, 3/4 BAB-progression, good Ref and Will-saves and proficiency with simple weapons and one exotic weapon of their choice. They also are proficient with light and medium armors and 1st level netjacker begin play with an installed hyperjack and digiboard.   Netjackers are all about controlling robots – when in combat while controlling robots, they take a -3 penalty to AC, which is reduced by 1 at […]

    Hypercorps 2099 – Netjacker Base Class

    Hypercorps 2099 – Netjacker Base Class This free pdf for the Hypercorps 2099-KS clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The netjacker base class receives d6, 2+Int skills per level, 3/4 BAB-progression, good Ref and Will-saves and proficiency with simple weapons and one exotic weapon of their choice. They also are proficient with light and medium armors and 1st level netjacker begin play with an installed hyperjack and digiboard.   Netjackers are all about controlling robots – when in combat while controlling robots, they take a -3 penalty to AC, which is reduced by 1 at […]

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  • Remedial Tinkering: Rocket’s Red Glare This expansion for the tinker clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As the pdf observes, this pdf offers options for lower levels tinkers – though this time around, a minimum of 3rd level to get properly started. It should also be mentioned that this pdf links up with rules in the SUPERB tinker-expansion Happy Little Automatons, which every fan of the class should have.   We have three new invention types herein – compartments and fireworks. Compartment inventions are introduced to streamline the compartment-questions provided in previous installments that featured some sort of fuel/etc. Fireworks-inventions are […]

    Remedial Tinkering: Rocket’s Red Glare

    Remedial Tinkering: Rocket’s Red Glare This expansion for the tinker clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As the pdf observes, this pdf offers options for lower levels tinkers – though this time around, a minimum of 3rd level to get properly started. It should also be mentioned that this pdf links up with rules in the SUPERB tinker-expansion Happy Little Automatons, which every fan of the class should have.   We have three new invention types herein – compartments and fireworks. Compartment inventions are introduced to streamline the compartment-questions provided in previous installments that featured some sort of fuel/etc. Fireworks-inventions are […]

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