Jacob Trier Archive

  • Purple Duck Storeroom: More Magic Pants! This installment of Purple Duck games’ short, inexpensive experimental pdfs clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   In case you missed my review on the first magic pants supplement: Yes, these pdfs invent a leg-slot. Yes, they are cognizant of this. Yes, the authors probably have collected the 3 unique leggings in the Baldur’s Gate saga….and yes, I consider the idea well worth it. So here are more pants!   The first of the pants is the bell-bottoms allows the wielder to perform secondary kick attacks that have the thundering quality and 1/day duplicate shout…though unfortunately, […]

    Purple Duck Storeroom: More Magic Pants!

    Purple Duck Storeroom: More Magic Pants! This installment of Purple Duck games’ short, inexpensive experimental pdfs clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   In case you missed my review on the first magic pants supplement: Yes, these pdfs invent a leg-slot. Yes, they are cognizant of this. Yes, the authors probably have collected the 3 unique leggings in the Baldur’s Gate saga….and yes, I consider the idea well worth it. So here are more pants!   The first of the pants is the bell-bottoms allows the wielder to perform secondary kick attacks that have the thundering quality and 1/day duplicate shout…though unfortunately, […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops III This installment of Raging Swan Press’ groundbreaking, critically acclaimed GM’s Miscellany-series clocks in at 101 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC (including statblocks by CR-table), 1 page author-bios (which, frankly, more books should feature!), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 93 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This review was moved up on my review-queue as a prioritized review at the behest of my patreons.   If you don’t know at this point what the Village Backdrops-series is, let me enlighten you: Village backdrops are small pdfs, each detailing a fully mapped village (in this […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops III

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops III This installment of Raging Swan Press’ groundbreaking, critically acclaimed GM’s Miscellany-series clocks in at 101 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC (including statblocks by CR-table), 1 page author-bios (which, frankly, more books should feature!), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 93 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This review was moved up on my review-queue as a prioritized review at the behest of my patreons.   If you don’t know at this point what the Village Backdrops-series is, let me enlighten you: Village backdrops are small pdfs, each detailing a fully mapped village (in this […]

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  • Places of Power: The Fragrant Tower The first installment of Raging Swan Press’ new Places of Power-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this series with essentially a breakdown of the demographics of the tower, a list of notable NPCs, a marketplace-section and a brief run-down of the respective areas on one page – formatting-wise, this adheres very much to the concise presentation established in other Raging Swan Press-supplements, which is a good thing in my book.   So why is this tower called “fragrant”? Simple: The lore-section the […]

    Places of Power: The Fragrant Tower

    Places of Power: The Fragrant Tower The first installment of Raging Swan Press’ new Places of Power-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this series with essentially a breakdown of the demographics of the tower, a list of notable NPCs, a marketplace-section and a brief run-down of the respective areas on one page – formatting-wise, this adheres very much to the concise presentation established in other Raging Swan Press-supplements, which is a good thing in my book.   So why is this tower called “fragrant”? Simple: The lore-section the […]

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  • Purple Duck Storeroom: Magic Pants! This pdf clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This statement by grandmaster crunch Owen K.C. Stephens could have come from a review of yours truly as well: “Know your item slots. Don’t just invent them. Best to avoid magic pants.”, to briefly paraphrase the comment that spawned this supplement – so yes, here, we tread in the glorious tradition of the Baldur’s Gate-saga’s easter-egg and get magical pants, though admittedly more balanced ones than the ridiculously OP item we got via the pantalon-transmuter.   So, this pdf introduces the leg-slot, where one […]

    Purple Duck Storeroom: Magic Pants!

    Purple Duck Storeroom: Magic Pants! This pdf clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This statement by grandmaster crunch Owen K.C. Stephens could have come from a review of yours truly as well: “Know your item slots. Don’t just invent them. Best to avoid magic pants.”, to briefly paraphrase the comment that spawned this supplement – so yes, here, we tread in the glorious tradition of the Baldur’s Gate-saga’s easter-egg and get magical pants, though admittedly more balanced ones than the ridiculously OP item we got via the pantalon-transmuter.   So, this pdf introduces the leg-slot, where one […]

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  • Village Backdrops: Aldwater This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Aldwater is immediately set apart by the map it sports – you see immediately an uncommon village on raised platforms, situated where the Blackraven Creek runs off into the Deepmire Marshes, with one bridge connecting the platforms with an island containing a labyrinth, which doubles as a final resting place for the village’s ancestors. navigating the labyrinth has been the providence of the spiritspeaker of the town since time immemorial.   Against this […]

    Village Backdrops: Aldwater

    Village Backdrops: Aldwater This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Aldwater is immediately set apart by the map it sports – you see immediately an uncommon village on raised platforms, situated where the Blackraven Creek runs off into the Deepmire Marshes, with one bridge connecting the platforms with an island containing a labyrinth, which doubles as a final resting place for the village’s ancestors. navigating the labyrinth has been the providence of the spiritspeaker of the town since time immemorial.   Against this […]

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  • Vathak Grimoires: Echoes of the Final Heartbeat The second Vathak Grimoire clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1/2 a page blank, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Echoes of the Final Heartbeat, firstly, would be a new, dread grimoire – and one that has a more evocative and distinct (and more detailed) fluff-introduction than the first installment of the series, with the grimoire’s grim origin story providing a first and rather interesting hint at the things to come – written in blood to the point of complete self-destruction, this tome indeed is the dread testament of its creator. So, can […]

    Vathak Grimoires: Echoes of the Final Heartbeat

    Vathak Grimoires: Echoes of the Final Heartbeat The second Vathak Grimoire clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1/2 a page blank, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Echoes of the Final Heartbeat, firstly, would be a new, dread grimoire – and one that has a more evocative and distinct (and more detailed) fluff-introduction than the first installment of the series, with the grimoire’s grim origin story providing a first and rather interesting hint at the things to come – written in blood to the point of complete self-destruction, this tome indeed is the dread testament of its creator. So, can […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Random Wilderness Encounters This massive compilation clocks in at no less than 141 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page of advertisement, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 134 (!!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, first of all, I have to commend the fact that this massive compilation actually sports short author bios for all contributing authors – generating awareness and reputations for authors is pretty important in my book. Beyond the ToC listing ELs and XP-values, we receive a massive 3-page table of statblocks by CR, which range from none (for e.g. […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Random Wilderness Encounters

    GM’s Miscellany: Random Wilderness Encounters This massive compilation clocks in at no less than 141 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page of advertisement, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 134 (!!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, first of all, I have to commend the fact that this massive compilation actually sports short author bios for all contributing authors – generating awareness and reputations for authors is pretty important in my book. Beyond the ToC listing ELs and XP-values, we receive a massive 3-page table of statblocks by CR, which range from none (for e.g. […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Fulhurst Moors This Village Backdrop clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What once was a lush forest inhabited by brutal savages, is now a desolate windswept moor where the waters of Blackraven Creek burrow into the acidic, infertile soil. Haunted by will-o’-wisps attracted in times long gone by, the plain is now home to peat-diggers – a harsh folk that reflects the unpleasant environment they live in. Unbeknownst to them, one greedy individual has struck a pact with the dread will-o’-wisps and the resulting tragedies have fostered an atmosphere of […]

    Village Backdrop: Fulhurst Moors

    Village Backdrop: Fulhurst Moors This Village Backdrop clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What once was a lush forest inhabited by brutal savages, is now a desolate windswept moor where the waters of Blackraven Creek burrow into the acidic, infertile soil. Haunted by will-o’-wisps attracted in times long gone by, the plain is now home to peat-diggers – a harsh folk that reflects the unpleasant environment they live in. Unbeknownst to them, one greedy individual has struck a pact with the dread will-o’-wisps and the resulting tragedies have fostered an atmosphere of […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing This massive compilation of Urban Dressing-content clocks in at 239 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page statblocks by CR, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 2 pages of author bios (yay for those – seriously, more books should have them to generate name recognition), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 228 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, so this massive book contains the originally free tavern game Dragon and the Thief, So what’s it Called Anyway, So what’s for Sale, Anyway I +II, So what’s the Tavern Like, Anyway I+II, random […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing

    GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing This massive compilation of Urban Dressing-content clocks in at 239 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page statblocks by CR, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 2 pages of author bios (yay for those – seriously, more books should have them to generate name recognition), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 228 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, so this massive book contains the originally free tavern game Dragon and the Thief, So what’s it Called Anyway, So what’s for Sale, Anyway I +II, So what’s the Tavern Like, Anyway I+II, random […]

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  • Random Encounters: Wilderness This pdf clocks in at a weighty 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page advice of how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick this pdf off at a list of statblocks by CR, encounters by terrain, by EL (spanning the gamut from EL 2 to 12) and by designers. Wait, what? Yes, for this pdf is the child of Raging Swan Press’ freelancer call and as such offers us the winners of said contest. Hence, I will provide the author alongside the discussion of the encounter. Got that? All right! […]

    Random Encounters: Wilderness

    Random Encounters: Wilderness This pdf clocks in at a weighty 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page advice of how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick this pdf off at a list of statblocks by CR, encounters by terrain, by EL (spanning the gamut from EL 2 to 12) and by designers. Wait, what? Yes, for this pdf is the child of Raging Swan Press’ freelancer call and as such offers us the winners of said contest. Hence, I will provide the author alongside the discussion of the encounter. Got that? All right! […]

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