Jason Owen Black Archive

  • The Colossal Creatures Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 91 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 87 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so there are a couple of things to note from the get-go; number one would be that this bestiary, if the page-count and low price point was not sufficient indicator enough for you, does not feature original artworks. I mention this because I know that it’s relevant as far as creatures are concerned for some folks; the interior artwork is a blending of b/w stock art and public domain pieces. As someone who always values content over shiny visuals, I have […]

    The Colossal Creatures Bestiary

    The Colossal Creatures Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 91 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 87 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so there are a couple of things to note from the get-go; number one would be that this bestiary, if the page-count and low price point was not sufficient indicator enough for you, does not feature original artworks. I mention this because I know that it’s relevant as far as creatures are concerned for some folks; the interior artwork is a blending of b/w stock art and public domain pieces. As someone who always values content over shiny visuals, I have […]

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  • 101 Spells for the Common Man This supplement clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we get a rather nice list of spells by suggested profession – want to know which spells work for doctors and artisans? There’s a list here, and each occupation lists the respective spells by spell level. The spells only cover the spell-levels from 0th to 2nd, focusing on magic for the common man, as befitting of a magical society. If that seems inconvenient to you, fret not, for the supplement also provides spell-lists by class, which btw. […]

    101 Spells for the Common Man

    101 Spells for the Common Man This supplement clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we get a rather nice list of spells by suggested profession – want to know which spells work for doctors and artisans? There’s a list here, and each occupation lists the respective spells by spell level. The spells only cover the spell-levels from 0th to 2nd, focusing on magic for the common man, as befitting of a magical society. If that seems inconvenient to you, fret not, for the supplement also provides spell-lists by class, which btw. […]

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  • Vs. Moon Men (VsM Engine) This game based on the VsM Engine clocks in at 56 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 51 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 patreon supporters.   Okay, so, as far as the tone is concerned, Vs. Moon Men taps into a genre I absolutely adore – early silver screen alien panic classic cinema and science-fiction; you know it – the classic 50s, 60s and, to an extent, 70s-aesthetic, still deeply infused with a sense of optimism and naïveté, […]

    Vs. Moon Men (VsM Engine)

    Vs. Moon Men (VsM Engine) This game based on the VsM Engine clocks in at 56 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 51 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 patreon supporters.   Okay, so, as far as the tone is concerned, Vs. Moon Men taps into a genre I absolutely adore – early silver screen alien panic classic cinema and science-fiction; you know it – the classic 50s, 60s and, to an extent, 70s-aesthetic, still deeply infused with a sense of optimism and naïveté, […]

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  • Vs. Ghosts Adventure: The Talking Board (VsM Engine) This mini-adventure for Vs. Ghosts clocks in at 2 pages, 1 page content, 1 page editorial/SRD/Etc., so let’s take a look!   This being a mini-module, I do not expect epic storylines or intricate plots – I’ll review this for what it is, namely a short sidetrek. As such, the module doesn’t offer in-depth details and should be considered to be more of a sketch to be fleshed out further.   This being an adventure review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only Ghostmasters around? Great! First things first – this becomes much cooler with a prop: Get an Ouija board – […]

    Vs. Ghosts Adventure: The Talking Board (VsM Engine)

    Vs. Ghosts Adventure: The Talking Board (VsM Engine) This mini-adventure for Vs. Ghosts clocks in at 2 pages, 1 page content, 1 page editorial/SRD/Etc., so let’s take a look!   This being a mini-module, I do not expect epic storylines or intricate plots – I’ll review this for what it is, namely a short sidetrek. As such, the module doesn’t offer in-depth details and should be considered to be more of a sketch to be fleshed out further.   This being an adventure review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only Ghostmasters around? Great! First things first – this becomes much cooler with a prop: Get an Ouija board – […]

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