Knowledge Archive

  • Knowledge Illuminates (OSR) The freshman offering by Tim Shorts clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 24 pages, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’, which means you can fit up to 24 pages on a given sheet of paper when printing this out – provided your eyes are good enough, that is.   Now, the rule-set employed here is Sword & Wizardry, the pdf assumes silver standard and the pdf assumes a skill challenge-like system more in line with new school gaming – d20 + character level + attribute bonus – simple and concise.   The pdf includes a few pieces of supplemental content: The […]

    Knowledge Illuminates (OSR)

    Knowledge Illuminates (OSR) The freshman offering by Tim Shorts clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 24 pages, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’, which means you can fit up to 24 pages on a given sheet of paper when printing this out – provided your eyes are good enough, that is.   Now, the rule-set employed here is Sword & Wizardry, the pdf assumes silver standard and the pdf assumes a skill challenge-like system more in line with new school gaming – d20 + character level + attribute bonus – simple and concise.   The pdf includes a few pieces of supplemental content: The […]

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  • Monster Knowledge Cards II So…I’m going to break my usual format for reviewing here and instead take a look at a deck of cards.   Yes, cards. But what do they contain? Essentially, as the name suggest, Monster Lore – one feature absent (probably for space-reasons) from Paizo’s bestiaries. These cards seek to remedy the absence of DC for knowledge checks about the creatures your PCs will encounter. 4 DCs are given per card, one at DC 10, one at DC 15, one at DC 20 and one at DC 25. Alternatively, these DCs could be added to the monster’s CR for a more complex formula or modified further due to rarity etc.   At the top of each card, […]

    GM’s Aid IX: Monster Knowledge Cards II

    Monster Knowledge Cards II So…I’m going to break my usual format for reviewing here and instead take a look at a deck of cards.   Yes, cards. But what do they contain? Essentially, as the name suggest, Monster Lore – one feature absent (probably for space-reasons) from Paizo’s bestiaries. These cards seek to remedy the absence of DC for knowledge checks about the creatures your PCs will encounter. 4 DCs are given per card, one at DC 10, one at DC 15, one at DC 20 and one at DC 25. Alternatively, these DCs could be added to the monster’s CR for a more complex formula or modified further due to rarity etc.   At the top of each card, […]

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