James Edward Raggi IV Archive

  • Slügs! (OSR) This little supplement clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page inside of back cover (both sporting neat b/w-artworks), 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a non-prioritized review at the request of my patreons. The review is mainly based on the softcover of the book, which I obtained at Gencon 2016, though I have also consulted the PWYW-pdf.   It should be noted that this is a gonzo-pdf for adults – slügs are giant slugs (because everything is better with a metal-umlaut!) […]

    Slügs! (OSR)

    Slügs! (OSR) This little supplement clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page inside of back cover (both sporting neat b/w-artworks), 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a non-prioritized review at the request of my patreons. The review is mainly based on the softcover of the book, which I obtained at Gencon 2016, though I have also consulted the PWYW-pdf.   It should be noted that this is a gonzo-pdf for adults – slügs are giant slugs (because everything is better with a metal-umlaut!) […]

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  • The Doom-Cave of the Crystal-Headed Children (OSR) This module clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial/ToC,  leaving us with 55 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is mostly based on the physical version of the book (36 pages – layout was redone for the pdf!), which was kindly provided by one of my friends/supporters. It was thus moved up in my queue as a nonprioritized review. The physical version of the module comes with a detachable cover – on the inside is the full-color map of the dungeon featured within this module.   There are a couple of different things you need to know about this […]

    The Doom-Cave of the Crystal-Headed Children (OSR)

    The Doom-Cave of the Crystal-Headed Children (OSR) This module clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial/ToC,  leaving us with 55 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is mostly based on the physical version of the book (36 pages – layout was redone for the pdf!), which was kindly provided by one of my friends/supporters. It was thus moved up in my queue as a nonprioritized review. The physical version of the module comes with a detachable cover – on the inside is the full-color map of the dungeon featured within this module.   There are a couple of different things you need to know about this […]

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  • Better Than Any Man (OSR) This module clocks in at an epic 180 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page internet resources, leaving us with 174 pages of content. Now, it should be noted that the pdf is longer than the physical version – and the space is used VERY well: We get ALL combat statistics collated in the appendix; a spell-index, a magic item index; reference-resources…and, really cool: Both the overview map of the region and all the maps are collected in the back – and, in a really amazing offering, all top-down dungeon-maps can be rendered player-friendly, courtesy of the layered pdf – HUGE kudos there! Furthermore, we get player-handouts and a […]

    Better Than Any Man (OSR)

    Better Than Any Man (OSR) This module clocks in at an epic 180 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page internet resources, leaving us with 174 pages of content. Now, it should be noted that the pdf is longer than the physical version – and the space is used VERY well: We get ALL combat statistics collated in the appendix; a spell-index, a magic item index; reference-resources…and, really cool: Both the overview map of the region and all the maps are collected in the back – and, in a really amazing offering, all top-down dungeon-maps can be rendered player-friendly, courtesy of the layered pdf – HUGE kudos there! Furthermore, we get player-handouts and a […]

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  • Death Frost Doom (OSR) This module clocks in at 66 pages (obviously!), 1 page front cover, 1 page logo, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page dead sign, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 60 pages, so let’s take a look!   This review was sponsored by one of my generous patreons, who supplied the means to acquire this book for a review at my leisure. My review is mostly based on the hardcover-version of the module, though I have also consulted the pdf and checked its functionality. The review is based on the fourth printing of the module, annotated and expanded by Zak S..   First things first: This is a very dark module. If you can’t […]

    Death Frost Doom (OSR)

    Death Frost Doom (OSR) This module clocks in at 66 pages (obviously!), 1 page front cover, 1 page logo, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page dead sign, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 60 pages, so let’s take a look!   This review was sponsored by one of my generous patreons, who supplied the means to acquire this book for a review at my leisure. My review is mostly based on the hardcover-version of the module, though I have also consulted the pdf and checked its functionality. The review is based on the fourth printing of the module, annotated and expanded by Zak S..   First things first: This is a very dark module. If you can’t […]

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  • Green Devil Face #5 (OSR) The fifth installment of Green Devil Face clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover,  leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look! It should be noted that the layout of this pdf makes it possible to fit up to 4 pages on a sheet of paper, being generally intended for an A5/ 6” by 9”-standard.   We begin this pdf with “A Rather Unfair Trap” -a pool of water with a submerged cage containing a ruby. Touching the ruby switches places, potentially drowning the victim. Such a victim then slowly dissolves and the liquid changes the brain into a new ruby.   Next up are two d30-tables – one […]

    Green Devil Face #5 (OSR)

    Green Devil Face #5 (OSR) The fifth installment of Green Devil Face clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover,  leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look! It should be noted that the layout of this pdf makes it possible to fit up to 4 pages on a sheet of paper, being generally intended for an A5/ 6” by 9”-standard.   We begin this pdf with “A Rather Unfair Trap” -a pool of water with a submerged cage containing a ruby. Touching the ruby switches places, potentially drowning the victim. Such a victim then slowly dissolves and the liquid changes the brain into a new ruby.   Next up are two d30-tables – one […]

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  • Green Devil Face #4 (OSR) The fourth installment of LotFP’s Green Devil face e-zine clocks in at a massive 73 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 68 (!!!) pages of content. It should be noted that the pdf adheres to roughly an A5-layout (6” by 9”), which means you can fit about 4 pages on a given sheet of paper when printing this, provided your eyes are good enough.   We begin with a brief class, the Knight of Science (as featured in No Dignity in Death/The People of Pembrooktonshire), who gains d8 HD (d10 in advanced edition games). They are immune to charm, sleep, hold or cold spells (hold or […]

    Green Devil Face #4 (OSR)

    Green Devil Face #4 (OSR) The fourth installment of LotFP’s Green Devil face e-zine clocks in at a massive 73 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 68 (!!!) pages of content. It should be noted that the pdf adheres to roughly an A5-layout (6” by 9”), which means you can fit about 4 pages on a given sheet of paper when printing this, provided your eyes are good enough.   We begin with a brief class, the Knight of Science (as featured in No Dignity in Death/The People of Pembrooktonshire), who gains d8 HD (d10 in advanced edition games). They are immune to charm, sleep, hold or cold spells (hold or […]

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  • Bad Myrmidon (OSR) This module clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page encouragement, leaving us with 48 pages of content. These have been formatted for booklet-size (A5 or, approximately 6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on a given sheet of paper. I tried it and the text remained legible. The PoD-version sports the hex-map, which in the pdf is inside, on the back, in color.   Why encouragement? Well, yes, this module was originally penned for the benefit of Mandy Morbid, with artwork by Gennifer Bone and Wayne Snyder, cartography by Dyson Logos and content mainly by Rafael Chandler, though James Edward Raggi IV did write one […]

    Bad Myrmidon (OSR)

    Bad Myrmidon (OSR) This module clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page encouragement, leaving us with 48 pages of content. These have been formatted for booklet-size (A5 or, approximately 6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on a given sheet of paper. I tried it and the text remained legible. The PoD-version sports the hex-map, which in the pdf is inside, on the back, in color.   Why encouragement? Well, yes, this module was originally penned for the benefit of Mandy Morbid, with artwork by Gennifer Bone and Wayne Snyder, cartography by Dyson Logos and content mainly by Rafael Chandler, though James Edward Raggi IV did write one […]

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  • Weird New World (OSR) This module/sandbox clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 60 pages of content, though these pages are formatted for the A5 (6” by 9” booklet)-size, which means you can pretty easily fit 4 pages of content on one sheet of paper when you’re printing this out.   All right, so this represents pretty much one of the experiences where I got a book merely for completion’s sake. The title “Weird New World” did not appeal to me and neither did the cover…but I am very much happy that I did get this book.   So, what is this? In short, it is a depiction of a fantastic version […]

    Weird New World (OSR)

    Weird New World (OSR) This module/sandbox clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 60 pages of content, though these pages are formatted for the A5 (6” by 9” booklet)-size, which means you can pretty easily fit 4 pages of content on one sheet of paper when you’re printing this out.   All right, so this represents pretty much one of the experiences where I got a book merely for completion’s sake. The title “Weird New World” did not appeal to me and neither did the cover…but I am very much happy that I did get this book.   So, what is this? In short, it is a depiction of a fantastic version […]

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  • Tower of the Stargazer (OSR) This module clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page b/w-version of the cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though these pages are A5-booklet-sized (6” by 9”), which means you can fit about 4 of them on a given sheet of paper, provided your eyesight is good enough.   This review is based primarily on the print-version with new layout from 2014, though I took the electronic version for reference purposes.   So, first things first: This is intended as an introductory module…perhaps not necessarily for gaming as such (more on that later),but for LotFP’s distinct style of design.  […]

    Tower of the Stargazer (OSR)

    Tower of the Stargazer (OSR) This module clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page b/w-version of the cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though these pages are A5-booklet-sized (6” by 9”), which means you can fit about 4 of them on a given sheet of paper, provided your eyesight is good enough.   This review is based primarily on the print-version with new layout from 2014, though I took the electronic version for reference purposes.   So, first things first: This is intended as an introductory module…perhaps not necessarily for gaming as such (more on that later),but for LotFP’s distinct style of design.  […]

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  • Hammers of the God (OSR) This massive module clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,  leaving us with 84 pages – these are A5-sized (6” by 9”) and thus, you can fit up to 4 on a given sheet of paper when printing them out. The font-size is appropriate when doing so, mind you, so no undue straining of the eyes.   All right, it’s a trope as old as fantasy gaming (older, in fact!) – the dwarven empire/civilization that crumbles. We’ve seen that before, right? Well, as it happens to be, the PCs have come into the possession of a map, which will lead them straight to one of the lost places where dwarves […]

    Hammers of the God (OSR)

    Hammers of the God (OSR) This massive module clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,  leaving us with 84 pages – these are A5-sized (6” by 9”) and thus, you can fit up to 4 on a given sheet of paper when printing them out. The font-size is appropriate when doing so, mind you, so no undue straining of the eyes.   All right, it’s a trope as old as fantasy gaming (older, in fact!) – the dwarven empire/civilization that crumbles. We’ve seen that before, right? Well, as it happens to be, the PCs have come into the possession of a map, which will lead them straight to one of the lost places where dwarves […]

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  • The Grinding Gear (OSR) This module clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 27 pages of content. However, the maps are 4 extra pages in a separate pdf and the module also comes with a handy 3-page GM-cheat-sheet. With the exception of the maps in the separate pdf, these pages generally are formatted for an A5-paper-size (6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 of the pages on one A4 sheet of paper, though your eyesight should be good if you opt for that option.   Okay, this module is called “Grinding Gear.” It’s penned by James Edward Raggi IV and is released by LotFP. From the cover, I […]

    The Grinding Gear (OSR)

    The Grinding Gear (OSR) This module clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 27 pages of content. However, the maps are 4 extra pages in a separate pdf and the module also comes with a handy 3-page GM-cheat-sheet. With the exception of the maps in the separate pdf, these pages generally are formatted for an A5-paper-size (6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 of the pages on one A4 sheet of paper, though your eyesight should be good if you opt for that option.   Okay, this module is called “Grinding Gear.” It’s penned by James Edward Raggi IV and is released by LotFP. From the cover, I […]

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  • People of Pembrooktonshire (OSR/system-neutral) This pdf clocks in at 44 pages, with about 1/2 page being devoted to the editorial, leaving us with 43 1/2 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pdf is made with the assumption of A5 (6” by9”) booklet-size. I printed out 4 pages on a given A4-sized page. While this is possible, I only recommend this option to people with good eyesight –  the pdf is crammed to the brim with text and thus, my dead tree iteration became somewhat strenuous to read. If in doubt, print it out regularly.   While intended as the companion book to the “No Dignity in Death”-adventures, the content herein is useful beyond the confines of […]

    People of Pembrooktonshire (OSR/system-neutral)

    People of Pembrooktonshire (OSR/system-neutral) This pdf clocks in at 44 pages, with about 1/2 page being devoted to the editorial, leaving us with 43 1/2 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pdf is made with the assumption of A5 (6” by9”) booklet-size. I printed out 4 pages on a given A4-sized page. While this is possible, I only recommend this option to people with good eyesight –  the pdf is crammed to the brim with text and thus, my dead tree iteration became somewhat strenuous to read. If in doubt, print it out regularly.   While intended as the companion book to the “No Dignity in Death”-adventures, the content herein is useful beyond the confines of […]

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  • No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides (OSR) This collection of 3 loosely-linked modules clocks in at 38 pages, front and back cover are contained in a separate pdf and so are the 4 pages of maps and the 2-page handout (more on that below). It should be noted that the page-size assumed would be a5 (6” by 9”) and that you can, provided you have good eyesight, jam 4 pages on one A4-page when printing this out.   All right, so, the 3 modules herein are set in the capital letter ODD town of Pembrooktonshire; while the companion-book depicting a gazillion of weird and strange characters is not required to run these, it does add to the general experience…but […]

    No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides (OSR)

    No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides (OSR) This collection of 3 loosely-linked modules clocks in at 38 pages, front and back cover are contained in a separate pdf and so are the 4 pages of maps and the 2-page handout (more on that below). It should be noted that the page-size assumed would be a5 (6” by 9”) and that you can, provided you have good eyesight, jam 4 pages on one A4-page when printing this out.   All right, so, the 3 modules herein are set in the capital letter ODD town of Pembrooktonshire; while the companion-book depicting a gazillion of weird and strange characters is not required to run these, it does add to the general experience…but […]

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  • Green Devil Face #3 (OSR)abisgroup.ru The third installment of the Green Devil Face magazine clocks in at 15 pages, the first page of which would be devoted to editorial + introduction, leaving us with 14 pages, so let’s take a look!   Alfred John Dalziel begins with an interesting pool that regrows lost limbs – but, in the case of anything but a neutral adventurer, the limb has the opposite alignment of its owner, which may result in confusion. It is also suggested to make the save potentially penalizes, depending on the amount regrown. Yeah, call be cynical, but been there, done that.   Andreas Davour has a neat, sadistic little trap: A harmless room, non-descript, really, with a treasure […]

    Green Devil Face #3 (OSR)

    Green Devil Face #3 (OSR)abisgroup.ru The third installment of the Green Devil Face magazine clocks in at 15 pages, the first page of which would be devoted to editorial + introduction, leaving us with 14 pages, so let’s take a look!   Alfred John Dalziel begins with an interesting pool that regrows lost limbs – but, in the case of anything but a neutral adventurer, the limb has the opposite alignment of its owner, which may result in confusion. It is also suggested to make the save potentially penalizes, depending on the amount regrown. Yeah, call be cynical, but been there, done that.   Andreas Davour has a neat, sadistic little trap: A harmless room, non-descript, really, with a treasure […]

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  • Green Devil Face #2 (OSR) The second installment of the Green Devil Face e-zine clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page editorial/introduction – the cover-artwork and similar shenanigans is its own pdf…so what do we get this time around?   Well, something rather different – not a dungeon, but rather than that, trap-rooms! The first would be the eyes of Parsifur and Dunsane, penned by Kent. It should be noted that the following contains SPOILERS for the traps/encounters herein – only referees should read further. … .. . Okay, so the first room is shaped like a cathedral and is EVIL: A troll thing, friendly enough, wants to paint the characters…and when he does, the character is imprisoned in the […]

    Green Devil Face #2 (OSR)

    Green Devil Face #2 (OSR) The second installment of the Green Devil Face e-zine clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page editorial/introduction – the cover-artwork and similar shenanigans is its own pdf…so what do we get this time around?   Well, something rather different – not a dungeon, but rather than that, trap-rooms! The first would be the eyes of Parsifur and Dunsane, penned by Kent. It should be noted that the following contains SPOILERS for the traps/encounters herein – only referees should read further. … .. . Okay, so the first room is shaped like a cathedral and is EVIL: A troll thing, friendly enough, wants to paint the characters…and when he does, the character is imprisoned in the […]

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  • Green Devil Face #1 (OSR) The first installment of the Green Devil Face magazine clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page editorial/introduction, leaving 20 pages of content – and in case you were wondering: The cover etc. is its own pdf contained in the folder.   So, what is this? As the author tells us, this was originally a project called “Fantasy Fucking Vietnam”; it is, unlike what most people will associate with Lamentations of the Flame Princess, obviously and very intentionally a satire…and it is a massive module…a dungeon, to be more precise. 59 rooms strong and ready to rock for  OSR-games. There is no key-less, player-friendly version of the b/w-map, but considering the price-point, I am okay with […]

    Green Devil Face #1 (OSR)

    Green Devil Face #1 (OSR) The first installment of the Green Devil Face magazine clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page editorial/introduction, leaving 20 pages of content – and in case you were wondering: The cover etc. is its own pdf contained in the folder.   So, what is this? As the author tells us, this was originally a project called “Fantasy Fucking Vietnam”; it is, unlike what most people will associate with Lamentations of the Flame Princess, obviously and very intentionally a satire…and it is a massive module…a dungeon, to be more precise. 59 rooms strong and ready to rock for  OSR-games. There is no key-less, player-friendly version of the b/w-map, but considering the price-point, I am okay with […]

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  • Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Roleplaying Core Book: Rules and Magic (OSR) This massive core rule book clocks in at 176 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 167 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on the version of the rule book that *does* have the artwork.   Wait, before we do, a general disclaimer: This book has an 18+ mature content warning. Now personally, I wasn’t offended by any imagery here, but your mileage may vary. The artworks contained herein feature copious […]

    Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Roleplaying Core Book: Rules and Magic (OSR)

    Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Roleplaying Core Book: Rules and Magic (OSR) This massive core rule book clocks in at 176 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 167 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on the version of the rule book that *does* have the artwork.   Wait, before we do, a general disclaimer: This book has an 18+ mature content warning. Now personally, I wasn’t offended by any imagery here, but your mileage may vary. The artworks contained herein feature copious […]

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