Guide Archive

  • Thunderscape: Iron Guard Field Guide This class expansion for Thunderscape’s classes clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, first things first: This is an expansion for the Golemoid and Thunder Scout classes – as such, I assume familiarity with both classes in this review. If in doubt, consult the campaign setting to freshen up regarding their mechanics.   After a well-written piece of introductory fiction, but there is more to this: As the name implies, there are intrinsic connections to the setting’s flavor here: The class options are tied, flavor-wise, to […]

    Thunderscape: Iron Guard Field Guide

    Thunderscape: Iron Guard Field Guide This class expansion for Thunderscape’s classes clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, first things first: This is an expansion for the Golemoid and Thunder Scout classes – as such, I assume familiarity with both classes in this review. If in doubt, consult the campaign setting to freshen up regarding their mechanics.   After a well-written piece of introductory fiction, but there is more to this: As the name implies, there are intrinsic connections to the setting’s flavor here: The class options are tied, flavor-wise, to […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Starships, Stations and Salvage Guide (SFRPG) This massive book clocks in at 176 pages, 1 page front cover,1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction,1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 170 pages, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, this supplement begins with new spaceship frames, beginning with anthropomorphic/zoomorphic spaceship frames ranging from Tiny to Medium; the supplement notes that the Tiny frame acts as a power armor in the character scale – but, unless I am sorely mistaken, Starfinder’s core rules do not have power armor as a codified entity; this may be intentional, though, as […]

    Starships, Stations and Salvage Guide (SFRPG)

    Starships, Stations and Salvage Guide (SFRPG) This massive book clocks in at 176 pages, 1 page front cover,1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction,1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 170 pages, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, this supplement begins with new spaceship frames, beginning with anthropomorphic/zoomorphic spaceship frames ranging from Tiny to Medium; the supplement notes that the Tiny frame acts as a power armor in the character scale – but, unless I am sorely mistaken, Starfinder’s core rules do not have power armor as a codified entity; this may be intentional, though, as […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Shadows over Vathak: Gamemaster’s Guide to Ina’oth This GM’s Guide to the region of Ina’oth clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 58 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First things first: While this does not require the Player’s Guide to Ina’oth, it is interesting to note that there is no overlap between them per se – the two guides have been crafted to complement each other, which is a big plus as far as I’m concerned. Instead of getting an unredacted version of the Player’s Guide, we get basically a massive amount of new material and a glimpse behind the […]

    Shadows over Vathak: Gamemaster’s Guide to Ina’oth

    Shadows over Vathak: Gamemaster’s Guide to Ina’oth This GM’s Guide to the region of Ina’oth clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 58 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First things first: While this does not require the Player’s Guide to Ina’oth, it is interesting to note that there is no overlap between them per se – the two guides have been crafted to complement each other, which is a big plus as far as I’m concerned. Instead of getting an unredacted version of the Player’s Guide, we get basically a massive amount of new material and a glimpse behind the […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Shadows over Vathak: Hauntlings Enhanced Racial Guide The second enhanced racial guide for the Shadows Over Vathak setting clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, hauntlings are easily one of my favorite races of Shadows Over Vathak, and after a brief introductory text, we get information on the race in general, then regarding races and their take on religion, nomenclature, etc. – in case you did not know, these fellows are basically those touched by spirits. And yes, we get an age, height and weight table. Hauntlings get +2 […]

    Shadows over Vathak: Hauntlings Enhanced Racial Guide

    Shadows over Vathak: Hauntlings Enhanced Racial Guide The second enhanced racial guide for the Shadows Over Vathak setting clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, hauntlings are easily one of my favorite races of Shadows Over Vathak, and after a brief introductory text, we get information on the race in general, then regarding races and their take on religion, nomenclature, etc. – in case you did not know, these fellows are basically those touched by spirits. And yes, we get an age, height and weight table. Hauntlings get +2 […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Player’s Guide to Kaidan The Player’s Guide to Kaidan clocks in at 61 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page patron list, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 55 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Before we begin, it should also be noted that I am somewhat of a Japanophile and love the Japanese horror tradition that this setting’s down to earth, gritty themes evoke. I was a backer of the Kickstarter that created this book, and, back in the day, I bugged Steven D. Russell (Rest […]

    Player’s Guide to Kaidan

    Player’s Guide to Kaidan The Player’s Guide to Kaidan clocks in at 61 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page patron list, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 55 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Before we begin, it should also be noted that I am somewhat of a Japanophile and love the Japanese horror tradition that this setting’s down to earth, gritty themes evoke. I was a backer of the Kickstarter that created this book, and, back in the day, I bugged Steven D. Russell (Rest […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Rogue’s Field Guide to Rare Races This massive book clocks in at 283 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover/designation of product identity, leaving us with 277 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested to be moved up in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review.   We begin with a brief framing device that is mirrored in the end of the pdf, with notes by “The Rogue”, the eponymous explorer that comments the text and provides the respective surveys, as well as the lead designer.   As you could glean from the title, this book is concerned with unique and strange […]

    Rogue’s Field Guide to Rare Races

    Rogue’s Field Guide to Rare Races This massive book clocks in at 283 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover/designation of product identity, leaving us with 277 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested to be moved up in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review.   We begin with a brief framing device that is mirrored in the end of the pdf, with notes by “The Rogue”, the eponymous explorer that comments the text and provides the respective surveys, as well as the lead designer.   As you could glean from the title, this book is concerned with unique and strange […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Fantastical Creatures and How to Survive Them: A Student’s Guide for Adventure and Study This massive bestiary clocks in at 130 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 124 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement, true to its premise, with an in-character introduction – this book is very much crafted as a kind of field notebook of creatures, with prose featured as a framing device and Winterlynn Graysun, graduate of Windfell Academy, as the narrative voice framing the content herein.   Which brings me to something to bear in mind: This bestiary is […]

    Fantastical Creatures and How to Survive Them: A Student’s Guide for Adventure and Study

    Fantastical Creatures and How to Survive Them: A Student’s Guide for Adventure and Study This massive bestiary clocks in at 130 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 124 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement, true to its premise, with an in-character introduction – this book is very much crafted as a kind of field notebook of creatures, with prose featured as a framing device and Winterlynn Graysun, graduate of Windfell Academy, as the narrative voice framing the content herein.   Which brings me to something to bear in mind: This bestiary is […]

    Continue Reading...

  • The Gamemaster’s Guide to Kaidan This massive tome clocks in at 221 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 216 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review. Furthermore, I was a backer of the KS that made this book. I was not in any way involved in the production of this book.   However, there is one thing you need to know: I am a Japanophile of sorts and as such, I am predisposed to liking this book.   But what exactly is Kaidan? The short answer, obviously, would be “A Japanese […]

    The Gamemaster’s Guide to Kaidan

    The Gamemaster’s Guide to Kaidan This massive tome clocks in at 221 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 216 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review. Furthermore, I was a backer of the KS that made this book. I was not in any way involved in the production of this book.   However, there is one thing you need to know: I am a Japanophile of sorts and as such, I am predisposed to liking this book.   But what exactly is Kaidan? The short answer, obviously, would be “A Japanese […]

    Continue Reading...

  • What Lies Beyond Reason Campaign Guide This massive Campaign Guide/companion tome for the “What Lies Beyond Reason”-AP clocks in at an impressive 137 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page KS-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a far and unbiased review.   Well, first of all, let us define what this book represents: This is basically a GM Guide, a deluxe-expansion edition for the AP that, while not strictly necessary, does greatly enhance the experience, […]

    What Lies Beyond Reason Campaign Guide

    What Lies Beyond Reason Campaign Guide This massive Campaign Guide/companion tome for the “What Lies Beyond Reason”-AP clocks in at an impressive 137 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page KS-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a far and unbiased review.   Well, first of all, let us define what this book represents: This is basically a GM Guide, a deluxe-expansion edition for the AP that, while not strictly necessary, does greatly enhance the experience, […]

    Continue Reading...

  • What Lies Beyond Reason Campaign Guide (5e) This massive Campaign Guide/companion tome for the “What Lies Beyond Reason”-AP clocks in at an impressive 138 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page KS-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 131 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a far and unbiased review.   Well, first of all, let us define what this book represents: This is basically a GM Guide, a deluxe-expansion edition for the AP that, while not strictly necessary, does greatly enhance the […]

    What Lies Beyond Reason Campaign Guide (5e)

    What Lies Beyond Reason Campaign Guide (5e) This massive Campaign Guide/companion tome for the “What Lies Beyond Reason”-AP clocks in at an impressive 138 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page KS-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 131 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a far and unbiased review.   Well, first of all, let us define what this book represents: This is basically a GM Guide, a deluxe-expansion edition for the AP that, while not strictly necessary, does greatly enhance the […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Gloamhold Campaign Guide (system neutral) This campaign guide clocks in at 60 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 52 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, this would be a new regional sourcebook by Raging Swan Press, but of a different kind than what you’ve seen before in the Lonely Coast. Beyond the obvious scope that is evident from the page-count, the focus is different – you see, Gloamhold is very much a mega-dungeon sourcebook, but it is […]

    Gloamhold Campaign Guide (system neutral)

    Gloamhold Campaign Guide (system neutral) This campaign guide clocks in at 60 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 52 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, this would be a new regional sourcebook by Raging Swan Press, but of a different kind than what you’ve seen before in the Lonely Coast. Beyond the obvious scope that is evident from the page-count, the focus is different – you see, Gloamhold is very much a mega-dungeon sourcebook, but it is […]

    Continue Reading...

  • The Guide to the Cult of Shub-Niggurath This pdf clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, first of all, we begin with a history of the deity and origins – which brings me to a crucial point: The Shub-Niggurath presented herein does differ a bit from the depictions in traditional Lovecraftiana; in case you’re not that familiar with Shattered Skies campaign setting, the brief description would be that it represents a fantasy setting that employs the mythos as one of its governing leitmotifs. However, unlike the horror-themed settings and games, […]

    The Guide to the Cult of Shub-Niggurath

    The Guide to the Cult of Shub-Niggurath This pdf clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, first of all, we begin with a history of the deity and origins – which brings me to a crucial point: The Shub-Niggurath presented herein does differ a bit from the depictions in traditional Lovecraftiana; in case you’re not that familiar with Shattered Skies campaign setting, the brief description would be that it represents a fantasy setting that employs the mythos as one of its governing leitmotifs. However, unlike the horror-themed settings and games, […]

    Continue Reading...

  • The Rhûne: Dawn of Twilight Campaign Guide This massive campaign guide clocks in at 356 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page dedication, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page backer list, 3 pages of ToC, 1 page session sheet (also included as a separate pdf), 2 pages of char sheet (similarly included and form-fillable), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with343 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Urgh. This took forever. What you’re reading is my 5th attempt at writing this review. No, I am not kidding. 4 times I wrote this and ended up not being happy with the tone, the focus. This is a hard book to review, so please bear with […]

    The Rhûne: Dawn of Twilight Campaign Guide

    The Rhûne: Dawn of Twilight Campaign Guide This massive campaign guide clocks in at 356 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page dedication, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page backer list, 3 pages of ToC, 1 page session sheet (also included as a separate pdf), 2 pages of char sheet (similarly included and form-fillable), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with343 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Urgh. This took forever. What you’re reading is my 5th attempt at writing this review. No, I am not kidding. 4 times I wrote this and ended up not being happy with the tone, the focus. This is a hard book to review, so please bear with […]

    Continue Reading...

  • The World of Synnibarr 3rd edition: The Ultimate Adventurers Guide I 3.06 This massive pdf clocks in at 172 pages, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page foreword, 2 pages of backer-thanks, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 166 pages of content. Two of these pages are devoted to char-sheets. One page contains basically a GM cheat-sheet and the pdf comes with a massive index of 10 pages, which actually helps navigating the massive book.   This review was commissioned by my patreons as a prioritized review.   So, Synnibarr. Yeah. I know. We all have read the reviews of the previous editions, know it to be an incredibly crunch-dense and somewhat obtuse system. So how does this edition fare? Well, […]

    The World of Synnibarr 3rd edition: The Ultimate Adventurers Guide I 3.06

    The World of Synnibarr 3rd edition: The Ultimate Adventurers Guide I 3.06 This massive pdf clocks in at 172 pages, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page foreword, 2 pages of backer-thanks, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 166 pages of content. Two of these pages are devoted to char-sheets. One page contains basically a GM cheat-sheet and the pdf comes with a massive index of 10 pages, which actually helps navigating the massive book.   This review was commissioned by my patreons as a prioritized review.   So, Synnibarr. Yeah. I know. We all have read the reviews of the previous editions, know it to be an incredibly crunch-dense and somewhat obtuse system. So how does this edition fare? Well, […]

    Continue Reading...

  • The Esoterror Summoning Guide (GUMSHOE) This expansion book for The Esoterrorists (which is also useful for other GUMSHOE-games) clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 41 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, first things first – since I’m trying to help retain this review’s usefulness for folks not familiar with esoterrorists: The idea of this horror-game is pretty much brilliant. The PCs are part of a conspiracy, the Ordo Veritatis – and it is actually a benign one. You see, our world sports a membrane that separates us from the Outer Dark, a place of chaotic and infinite possibilities, pretty much all of which are […]

    The Esoterror Summoning Guide (GUMSHOE)

    The Esoterror Summoning Guide (GUMSHOE) This expansion book for The Esoterrorists (which is also useful for other GUMSHOE-games) clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 41 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, first things first – since I’m trying to help retain this review’s usefulness for folks not familiar with esoterrorists: The idea of this horror-game is pretty much brilliant. The PCs are part of a conspiracy, the Ordo Veritatis – and it is actually a benign one. You see, our world sports a membrane that separates us from the Outer Dark, a place of chaotic and infinite possibilities, pretty much all of which are […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Fat Goblin Traveler’s Guide to Hell This massive book clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page of advertisement, leaving us with 52 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? Well, a travel guide – after a one-page frame narrative that acts as a fluffy red thread suffusing the pdf, we begin with the conception of hell…and it is not like what you’d expect. Instead of envisioning hell as a traditional plane that is separate from the world it is tied to, this pdf envisions a concept of hell closer akin to AAW Games’ HEL in their Aventyr-setting. […]

    Fat Goblin Traveler’s Guide to Hell

    Fat Goblin Traveler’s Guide to Hell This massive book clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page of advertisement, leaving us with 52 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? Well, a travel guide – after a one-page frame narrative that acts as a fluffy red thread suffusing the pdf, we begin with the conception of hell…and it is not like what you’d expect. Instead of envisioning hell as a traditional plane that is separate from the world it is tied to, this pdf envisions a concept of hell closer akin to AAW Games’ HEL in their Aventyr-setting. […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Explosives (5e) This pdf depicting rifles for 5e clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, a total of 1 page blank (at the end of the chapter, there’s some serious space left), leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we do not begin with the usual array of gun-explanations – no surprise, considering the different subject matter! Instead, we are introduced to a total of 4 grenades: Smoke grenades cost only 30 gp; stun grenades cost 50 and require a Con save (DC 13) to avoid being stunned (!!!) for 1d6 rounds, making them pretty powerful spam-items. […]

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Explosives (5e)

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Explosives (5e) This pdf depicting rifles for 5e clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, a total of 1 page blank (at the end of the chapter, there’s some serious space left), leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we do not begin with the usual array of gun-explanations – no surprise, considering the different subject matter! Instead, we are introduced to a total of 4 grenades: Smoke grenades cost only 30 gp; stun grenades cost 50 and require a Con save (DC 13) to avoid being stunned (!!!) for 1d6 rounds, making them pretty powerful spam-items. […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Machine Guns (5e) This pdf depicting rifles for 5e clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a natural 1 on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 rounds of ammo, but adds +1 damage die to the damage output of the weapon – 2d6 become […]

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Machine Guns (5e)

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Machine Guns (5e) This pdf depicting rifles for 5e clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a natural 1 on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 rounds of ammo, but adds +1 damage die to the damage output of the weapon – 2d6 become […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Shotguns (5e) This pdf depicting rifles for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we begin with the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a natural 1 on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 […]

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Shotguns (5e)

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Shotguns (5e) This pdf depicting rifles for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we begin with the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a natural 1 on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Rifles (5e) This pdf depicting rifles for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a natural 1 on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes […]

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Rifles (5e)

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Rifles (5e) This pdf depicting rifles for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a natural 1 on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Fin Starling’s Guide to Morsain This massive Player’s Guide/sourcebook clocks in at 55 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 51 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once upon a time, there was a massive, gorgeous hardcover that AAW Games made; so beautiful was the hardcover, it brought tears of joy to the eyes of many a GM out there as they marveled at the gorgeous artwork and the intricate details of the massive city of Morsain contained therein, as they read all the evocative ideas and plot-hooks that seemed to leap from the very page. But, alas, this massive mega-adventure had an issue – you […]

    Fin Starling’s Guide to Morsain

    Fin Starling’s Guide to Morsain This massive Player’s Guide/sourcebook clocks in at 55 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 51 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once upon a time, there was a massive, gorgeous hardcover that AAW Games made; so beautiful was the hardcover, it brought tears of joy to the eyes of many a GM out there as they marveled at the gorgeous artwork and the intricate details of the massive city of Morsain contained therein, as they read all the evocative ideas and plot-hooks that seemed to leap from the very page. But, alas, this massive mega-adventure had an issue – you […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e) This pdf depicting pistols for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a 1  on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 […]

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e) (Revised Edition)

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e) This pdf depicting pistols for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a 1  on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e) This pdf depicting pistols for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a 1  on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 […]

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e)

    Mortars & Miniguns: Zane’s Guide to Pistols (5e) This pdf depicting pistols for 5e clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page almost blank (only a small part of a sentence is on it, so I’m counting it as blank), leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we are introduced to the general gun rules herein: Basically, on a 1  on an attack roll, a weapon jams and can’t be used until you spend an action to clear it. Guns as portrayed here have a rate of fire –  a single shot is just that. A burst of fire consumes 3 […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes This massive book clocks in at 126 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page backer-thanks, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 113 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But first, before we do, let me mention something: This massive book is basically a compilation of material I have already reviewed…at least, for the most part: We have the lycanthrope-archetypes, the wereblooded races, the skindancers and the excellent advice/rules-book on actually playing lycanthropes and how to handle them in your campaign – I have already covered, in extensive detail, mind you, all of […]

    Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes

    Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes This massive book clocks in at 126 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page backer-thanks, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 113 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But first, before we do, let me mention something: This massive book is basically a compilation of material I have already reviewed…at least, for the most part: We have the lycanthrope-archetypes, the wereblooded races, the skindancers and the excellent advice/rules-book on actually playing lycanthropes and how to handle them in your campaign – I have already covered, in extensive detail, mind you, all of […]

    Continue Reading...

  • The Genius Guide to Variant Multiclassing Rules This massive Genius Guide clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 39 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Basically, each character in this system can choose a secondary class at 1st level and train in said class throughout the character’s career without giving up levels. Instead of the feats gained at 3rd, 7th, 11th, 15th and 19th level, the respective character gains class features from the secondary class. If used in conjunction with regular multiclassing, the character may not multiclass into this secondary class.   All right, in order to make this […]

    The Genius Guide to Variant Multiclassing Rules

    The Genius Guide to Variant Multiclassing Rules This massive Genius Guide clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 39 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Basically, each character in this system can choose a secondary class at 1st level and train in said class throughout the character’s career without giving up levels. Instead of the feats gained at 3rd, 7th, 11th, 15th and 19th level, the respective character gains class features from the secondary class. If used in conjunction with regular multiclassing, the character may not multiclass into this secondary class.   All right, in order to make this […]

    Continue Reading...

  • The Genius Guide to Simple Class Templates for Monsters This massive pdf clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review will deviate a bit from my usual style, namely because me tackling this book in it would just end up be extremely redundant and extremely boring – basically, what this pdf does is spare the GM a literal crap-ton of work. If your PCs and players are like mine, vanilla monsters will get curb-stomped left and right…and become boring pretty fast. The most obvious choice one has, beyond templates, would obviously be the […]

    The Genius Guide to Simple Class Templates for Monsters

    The Genius Guide to Simple Class Templates for Monsters This massive pdf clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review will deviate a bit from my usual style, namely because me tackling this book in it would just end up be extremely redundant and extremely boring – basically, what this pdf does is spare the GM a literal crap-ton of work. If your PCs and players are like mine, vanilla monsters will get curb-stomped left and right…and become boring pretty fast. The most obvious choice one has, beyond templates, would obviously be the […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Warrior Prestige Archetypes: Smuggler Guide This pdf of the Warrior Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/introduction (explaining the base concept of the series), 1.5 pages SRD, leaving us with 6.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What are Prestige Archetypes? Well, I reviewed the whole first series, so here’s the tl;dr-version: They are prestige classes blended with one (or more) base-class(es) to result in a new, 20-level-class – much like you had modified the base class with an archetype. Get it? Yeah, not a hard concept to grasp, is it? Now personally, I use Prestige Classes with an emphasis on the PRESTIGE-component, archetypes more like a career path, but […]

    Warrior Prestige Archetypes: Smuggler Guide

    Warrior Prestige Archetypes: Smuggler Guide This pdf of the Warrior Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/introduction (explaining the base concept of the series), 1.5 pages SRD, leaving us with 6.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What are Prestige Archetypes? Well, I reviewed the whole first series, so here’s the tl;dr-version: They are prestige classes blended with one (or more) base-class(es) to result in a new, 20-level-class – much like you had modified the base class with an archetype. Get it? Yeah, not a hard concept to grasp, is it? Now personally, I use Prestige Classes with an emphasis on the PRESTIGE-component, archetypes more like a career path, but […]

    Continue Reading...