John Ling Archive

  • The Sinking: Locks of the Panopticon (Revised edition) This installment of the Sinking-mini-modules clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players will want to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right! With a massive bounty on their heads, courtesy of the Trypus Acadamae, the PCs hopefully have managed to flee the city once again towards their refugee camp, where blood senator Vulgrax may actually prove helpful with the help of the information the PCs have uncovered – […]

    The Sinking: Locks of the Panopticon (Revised edition)

    The Sinking: Locks of the Panopticon (Revised edition) This installment of the Sinking-mini-modules clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players will want to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right! With a massive bounty on their heads, courtesy of the Trypus Acadamae, the PCs hopefully have managed to flee the city once again towards their refugee camp, where blood senator Vulgrax may actually prove helpful with the help of the information the PCs have uncovered – […]

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  • Demoncall Pit   This module clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial/SRD, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? There we go! The Cellend family has been haunted by a prophecy most dread – according to the premonitions, one of their scions was destined to one day initiate a demonic apocalypse of “opening the worldwound”-level of catastrophe. Unlike many a stereotypical plot like this, though, the family took counter-measures -prohibiting careers as arcane casters, instead focusing on virtue, bringing forth paladins galore over the ages. Alas, as often, the […]

    Demoncall Pit

    Demoncall Pit   This module clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial/SRD, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? There we go! The Cellend family has been haunted by a prophecy most dread – according to the premonitions, one of their scions was destined to one day initiate a demonic apocalypse of “opening the worldwound”-level of catastrophe. Unlike many a stereotypical plot like this, though, the family took counter-measures -prohibiting careers as arcane casters, instead focusing on virtue, bringing forth paladins galore over the ages. Alas, as often, the […]

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  • The Sinking: Locks of the Panopticon This installment of the Sinking-mini-modules clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players will want to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right! With a massive bounty on their heads, courtesy of the Trypus Acadamae, the PCs hopefully have managed to flee the city once again towards their refugee camp, where blood senator Vulgrax may actually prove helpful with the help of the information the PCs have uncovered – the PCs […]

    The Sinking: Locks of the Panopticon

    The Sinking: Locks of the Panopticon This installment of the Sinking-mini-modules clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players will want to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right! With a massive bounty on their heads, courtesy of the Trypus Acadamae, the PCs hopefully have managed to flee the city once again towards their refugee camp, where blood senator Vulgrax may actually prove helpful with the help of the information the PCs have uncovered – the PCs […]

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  • Dunes of Desolation This massive book clocks in at 193 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive array of 188 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So “Dunes of Desolation”, hmm? This pdf’s name would be considered audacious when used by most publishers -“Desert of Desolation” as a boxed set made some of my most precious, fondest memories back in the day – the glorious maze, the sky-boat at the pyramid’s top, the logical, cool social sandbox at the oasis, the sheer level of detail, the sea of glass – this beast had so much going for it. So how […]

    Dunes of Desolation

    Dunes of Desolation This massive book clocks in at 193 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive array of 188 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So “Dunes of Desolation”, hmm? This pdf’s name would be considered audacious when used by most publishers -“Desert of Desolation” as a boxed set made some of my most precious, fondest memories back in the day – the glorious maze, the sky-boat at the pyramid’s top, the logical, cool social sandbox at the oasis, the sheer level of detail, the sea of glass – this beast had so much going for it. So how […]

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  • Razor Coast 546 pages, 1 page front cover (by Wayne Reynolds), 1 page editorial, 3 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page dedication, 5 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover. That leaves 534 pages. 534. Pages. It’s been a long time since Razor Coast has been released and there’s a reason my review took this long. First of all, let me preface this with a disclaimer: I can’t, by any means, be truly neutral regarding Razor Coast. I just can’t. you see, there would be no Endzeitgeist without this book. It was Razor Coast that made me excited enough about a book to actually end my online abstinence and register at Sinister Adventures back in the day. I […]

    Razor Coast

    Razor Coast 546 pages, 1 page front cover (by Wayne Reynolds), 1 page editorial, 3 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page dedication, 5 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover. That leaves 534 pages. 534. Pages. It’s been a long time since Razor Coast has been released and there’s a reason my review took this long. First of all, let me preface this with a disclaimer: I can’t, by any means, be truly neutral regarding Razor Coast. I just can’t. you see, there would be no Endzeitgeist without this book. It was Razor Coast that made me excited enough about a book to actually end my online abstinence and register at Sinister Adventures back in the day. I […]

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  • Freebooter’s Guide to the Razor Coast This player’s guide for Razor Coast is 98 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 92 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off the Freebooter’s Guide with an overview of the races and their respective roles in Razor Coast – including rather the central conflict between the pirateish settlers and the Tulita, the indigenous people of the Razor Coast. A lot of flavor is devoted to depicting these ethnicities, but we also get new races, two to be precise: The first would be the Dajobasu, Tulita cursed (or blessed) by the […]

    The Freebooter’s Guide to the Razor Coast

    Freebooter’s Guide to the Razor Coast This player’s guide for Razor Coast is 98 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 92 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off the Freebooter’s Guide with an overview of the races and their respective roles in Razor Coast – including rather the central conflict between the pirateish settlers and the Tulita, the indigenous people of the Razor Coast. A lot of flavor is devoted to depicting these ethnicities, but we also get new races, two to be precise: The first would be the Dajobasu, Tulita cursed (or blessed) by the […]

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  • Razor Coast: Fire As She Bears This system for naval combat is 98 pages long, 1 page front cover, 4 pages of advertisement, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page ToC and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 88 pages of content.   So here we are – by now the third naval combat system for Pathfinder – after Paizo’s system fell flat of my expectations and after EN Publishing’s book thoroughly disappointed me, let’s see whether this supplement can do the trick!   We kick off this sourcebook, as is only prudent, with an explanation of the terminology used as well as a handy diagram that explains how a ship is positioned in relation to the wind. In order […]

    Razor Coast: Fire As She Bears

    Razor Coast: Fire As She Bears This system for naval combat is 98 pages long, 1 page front cover, 4 pages of advertisement, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page ToC and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 88 pages of content.   So here we are – by now the third naval combat system for Pathfinder – after Paizo’s system fell flat of my expectations and after EN Publishing’s book thoroughly disappointed me, let’s see whether this supplement can do the trick!   We kick off this sourcebook, as is only prudent, with an explanation of the terminology used as well as a handy diagram that explains how a ship is positioned in relation to the wind. In order […]

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  • Unusual Suspects This pdf is 105 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial/foreword, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 97 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   NPCs are the fodder of a given campaign and a DM, at least in my opinion, should have names and NPCs galore in the ready when designing a given campaign, providing a vibrant backdrop for PCs to interact with – and this pdf endeavors to provide NPCs in that vein – from the humble to the deadly.   Generally, the massive NPC-collection provides us with 3 general types of environments – Town, travel and Tunnel – each taking about one third of […]

    Unusual Suspects

    Unusual Suspects This pdf is 105 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial/foreword, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 97 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   NPCs are the fodder of a given campaign and a DM, at least in my opinion, should have names and NPCs galore in the ready when designing a given campaign, providing a vibrant backdrop for PCs to interact with – and this pdf endeavors to provide NPCs in that vein – from the humble to the deadly.   Generally, the massive NPC-collection provides us with 3 general types of environments – Town, travel and Tunnel – each taking about one third of […]

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  •   Fractured Phylactery    This module is 54 pages long,  1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page back cover, leaving a total of 50 pages of adventure so let’s check this out!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion!   All right, still here? Leander d’Arstand is not your everyday lich – in fact, the undead creature was rather smart and modified the standard phylactery-ritual to split his phylactery into 4 parts and scattered them subsequently to the elemental planes. Half a millennium has come and gone and the tide of years has eroded Leander’s resolve to exist, nourishing a subtle death wish. Now, he depends […]

    Fractured Phylactery

      Fractured Phylactery    This module is 54 pages long,  1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page back cover, leaving a total of 50 pages of adventure so let’s check this out!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion!   All right, still here? Leander d’Arstand is not your everyday lich – in fact, the undead creature was rather smart and modified the standard phylactery-ritual to split his phylactery into 4 parts and scattered them subsequently to the elemental planes. Half a millennium has come and gone and the tide of years has eroded Leander’s resolve to exist, nourishing a subtle death wish. Now, he depends […]

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