John Bennett Archive

  • GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops This compilation of Rgaing Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed and well-received Village Backdrop-series is a massive 101 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page author-bios (read those, fellow gamers – if only so you remember who wrote your favorite supplements), 1 page ToC, 1 page advice for novice DMs on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 91 pages of content – so let’s get this on, shall we?   Well, first of all, we kick off this massive compilation with a list of all the statblocks in this book and the respective villages in which the beings reside – thus […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops This compilation of Rgaing Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed and well-received Village Backdrop-series is a massive 101 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page author-bios (read those, fellow gamers – if only so you remember who wrote your favorite supplements), 1 page ToC, 1 page advice for novice DMs on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 91 pages of content – so let’s get this on, shall we?   Well, first of all, we kick off this massive compilation with a list of all the statblocks in this book and the respective villages in which the beings reside – thus […]

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  • It Came From the Stars Campaign Guide Full disclosure: I was a patron of this kickstarter, but I did not contribute anything to this book. When this review refers to the dead tree version, I mean by that the limited edition full color hard-cover. It should also be mentioned that this kickstarter massively over-delivered, providing MUCH more content than was promised.   The pdf of this massive book is 135 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 131 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick this pdf off with player-races that set an appropriately weird theme for the whole book, first […]

    It Came From the Stars: Campaign Guide

    It Came From the Stars Campaign Guide Full disclosure: I was a patron of this kickstarter, but I did not contribute anything to this book. When this review refers to the dead tree version, I mean by that the limited edition full color hard-cover. It should also be mentioned that this kickstarter massively over-delivered, providing MUCH more content than was promised.   The pdf of this massive book is 135 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 131 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick this pdf off with player-races that set an appropriately weird theme for the whole book, first […]

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  • It Came From the Stars Extras The Extra-pdf for “It Came From the Stars” is 34 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with exactly 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick this off with a new base-class, the Untouchable, who gets d8, 4+Int skills per level, no armor or weapon proficiency,3/4 BAB-progression, up to +5 AC, CMB and CMD while unarmored and unencumbered and have all good saves. Being touched by the weirdness, the Untouchable is surrounded by a nimbus that provides torch-like illumination and negates your need to eat, but also makes it impossible to trigger, ingest or gain any benefit […]

    It Came from the Stars: Extras (PDF)

    It Came From the Stars Extras The Extra-pdf for “It Came From the Stars” is 34 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with exactly 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick this off with a new base-class, the Untouchable, who gets d8, 4+Int skills per level, no armor or weapon proficiency,3/4 BAB-progression, up to +5 AC, CMB and CMD while unarmored and unencumbered and have all good saves. Being touched by the weirdness, the Untouchable is surrounded by a nimbus that provides torch-like illumination and negates your need to eat, but also makes it impossible to trigger, ingest or gain any benefit […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Ruins This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Few locales capture the eye of adventurers as much as ruins – with the promise of old secrets buried, of treasure and a sense of historicity bleeding from them and telling indirect supplemental stories, ruins are an integral part of the roleplaying-tropes. Making, and more importantly, keeping them interesting over the years, though, would be a challenge – and it’s here this pdf comes in.   If you’re like me, you had this happen […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Ruins

    Wilderness Dressing: Ruins This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Few locales capture the eye of adventurers as much as ruins – with the promise of old secrets buried, of treasure and a sense of historicity bleeding from them and telling indirect supplemental stories, ruins are an integral part of the roleplaying-tropes. Making, and more importantly, keeping them interesting over the years, though, would be a challenge – and it’s here this pdf comes in.   If you’re like me, you had this happen […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Oakhurst This installment of the Village Backdrops-line is  13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice for novice DMs on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Oakhurst lies nestled deep within the tangled forest and its remote location has not only attracted those hiding from authorities, but has also resulted in inbreeding to the brink of madness – insular and hostile in nature, the fact that ears decorate the wall behind the bar of the town’s inn should come off as a not-too-subtle hint that people “don’t like […]

    Village Backdrops: Oakhurst

    Village Backdrop: Oakhurst This installment of the Village Backdrops-line is  13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice for novice DMs on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Oakhurst lies nestled deep within the tangled forest and its remote location has not only attracted those hiding from authorities, but has also resulted in inbreeding to the brink of madness – insular and hostile in nature, the fact that ears decorate the wall behind the bar of the town’s inn should come off as a not-too-subtle hint that people “don’t like […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Hosford This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Hosford is the second village located in the FREE Lonely Coast mini-campaign-setting by Raging Swan Press, which I’d wholeheartedly recommend you check out – I never regretted downloading that one. Location-wise, Hosford lies between the village of Swallowfeld (also available) and the as-of-yet not covered town of Wolverton, the largest settlement of the lonely coast. Hosford once sported a mine, but careless […]

    Village Backdrops: Hosford

    Village Backdrop: Hosford This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Hosford is the second village located in the FREE Lonely Coast mini-campaign-setting by Raging Swan Press, which I’d wholeheartedly recommend you check out – I never regretted downloading that one. Location-wise, Hosford lies between the village of Swallowfeld (also available) and the as-of-yet not covered town of Wolverton, the largest settlement of the lonely coast. Hosford once sported a mine, but careless […]

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  • TRIBES Anthology III The third in Raging Swan’s print collections of critically-acclaimed TRIBES-supplements is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page author bios/foreword, 2 pages ToC by TRIBE (containing a short poem for each tribe), 1 page statblocks by CR, 1 page SRD, 1 page advice on reading statblocks for novice DMs as well as 1 page back cover, leaving us with 103 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   Following the maxim of usability, we start with compiled lists of feats (including the information where it can be found), compiled alternate class and race features, a table for new monsters & templates as well as a table containing […]

    TRIBES Anthology III

    TRIBES Anthology III The third in Raging Swan’s print collections of critically-acclaimed TRIBES-supplements is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page author bios/foreword, 2 pages ToC by TRIBE (containing a short poem for each tribe), 1 page statblocks by CR, 1 page SRD, 1 page advice on reading statblocks for novice DMs as well as 1 page back cover, leaving us with 103 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   Following the maxim of usability, we start with compiled lists of feats (including the information where it can be found), compiled alternate class and race features, a table for new monsters & templates as well as a table containing […]

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  • Hej everybody! Today I’ll take a look at ZSP’s latest two Tattlebox-releases!   Tattlebox: The Dungeon Depths   The latest installment of ZSP’s tattlebox-series is 18 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1/3 page of editorial, 2.5 pages of advertisement and 1/2 a page SRD, leaving us with 13 2/3 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   This pdf kicks off with John Bennett, who introduces us to Gormaduc, an interesting concept: Essentially, the idea behind this dungeon-level-concept is that dungeons can use a garbage-level where all the refuse, litter, etc. goes. Inhabited by otyughs, kobolds and ghouls the concept is introduced to enterprising DMs to develop and introduce to their dungeons as they see fit. The entry […]

    EZG reviews Tattlebox: Dungeon Depths & Wishbreaker, a Tale of the Shaitan

    Hej everybody! Today I’ll take a look at ZSP’s latest two Tattlebox-releases!   Tattlebox: The Dungeon Depths   The latest installment of ZSP’s tattlebox-series is 18 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1/3 page of editorial, 2.5 pages of advertisement and 1/2 a page SRD, leaving us with 13 2/3 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   This pdf kicks off with John Bennett, who introduces us to Gormaduc, an interesting concept: Essentially, the idea behind this dungeon-level-concept is that dungeons can use a garbage-level where all the refuse, litter, etc. goes. Inhabited by otyughs, kobolds and ghouls the concept is introduced to enterprising DMs to develop and introduce to their dungeons as they see fit. The entry […]

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  •   Perhaps you plan to run the Skull and Shackles adventure path, perhaps you’re a fan of Freeport or similar settings – no matter, today, I’ll take a look at some of the finest supplements 3pps have to offer to enrich your swashbuckling experience! We’ll start the reign of piratey products with Zombie Sky Press’   Tattlebox #3 – A Pirate’s Life  This installment of Tattlebox is 20 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 1/2 pages advertisement, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 16 1/3 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   This episode of Zombie Sky Press’ Tattlebox-series is completely devoted to the topic of pirates, making it an ideal candidate for insertion into a given […]

    EZG reviews a piratey Smorgasbord

      Perhaps you plan to run the Skull and Shackles adventure path, perhaps you’re a fan of Freeport or similar settings – no matter, today, I’ll take a look at some of the finest supplements 3pps have to offer to enrich your swashbuckling experience! We’ll start the reign of piratey products with Zombie Sky Press’   Tattlebox #3 – A Pirate’s Life  This installment of Tattlebox is 20 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 1/2 pages advertisement, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 16 1/3 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   This episode of Zombie Sky Press’ Tattlebox-series is completely devoted to the topic of pirates, making it an ideal candidate for insertion into a given […]

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