Lucus Palosaari Archive

  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: Wheel of the Year This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 3/4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 10 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, we begin this installment with a brief letter from the planes- and worlds-jumping vessel called Flaming Crab before we dive into the respective cntent – though this time around, we really get creative. You see, as the pdf’s name implies, this is all about the wheel of the year, a concept probably rather familiar to those of you interested in mythology, pagan religions and the like – but before […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Wheel of the Year

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Wheel of the Year This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 3/4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 10 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, we begin this installment with a brief letter from the planes- and worlds-jumping vessel called Flaming Crab before we dive into the respective cntent – though this time around, we really get creative. You see, as the pdf’s name implies, this is all about the wheel of the year, a concept probably rather familiar to those of you interested in mythology, pagan religions and the like – but before […]

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  • Astonishing Races: Grippli This installment of Fat Goblin games’ Astonishing Races-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy.   Ah, Grippli…I have a soft spot for the race. If you never got how awesome they can be – take a look at user NobodysHome’s Serpent Skull-campaign journal on the Paizo boards. But beyond the hilarity and genius of said campaign, grippli as a race are interesting: Kinda cute, a bit naive and good […]

    Astonishing Races: Grippli

    Astonishing Races: Grippli This installment of Fat Goblin games’ Astonishing Races-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy.   Ah, Grippli…I have a soft spot for the race. If you never got how awesome they can be – take a look at user NobodysHome’s Serpent Skull-campaign journal on the Paizo boards. But beyond the hilarity and genius of said campaign, grippli as a race are interesting: Kinda cute, a bit naive and good […]

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  • Call to Arms: The Magic Satchel This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover/editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, first of all, we begin, as always, with a bit of flavor-text and the history of the “bigger on the inside” idea that has accompanied mankind from Santa Claus to Doctor Who – and it shows awareness of a possible reason for the initial introduction of the classic bag of holding into the context of the games we know and love.   I feel obliged to go on a little digression: As you may have noticed, I can be a bit […]

    Call to Arms: The Magic Satchel

    Call to Arms: The Magic Satchel This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover/editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, first of all, we begin, as always, with a bit of flavor-text and the history of the “bigger on the inside” idea that has accompanied mankind from Santa Claus to Doctor Who – and it shows awareness of a possible reason for the initial introduction of the classic bag of holding into the context of the games we know and love.   I feel obliged to go on a little digression: As you may have noticed, I can be a bit […]

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  • Call to Arms: Bracers of Armor This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 3/4 page blank, leaving us with 12 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this smaller installment of the Call to Arms-series with a brief summary of bracers versus vambraces in the context of both reality and the game system, including a brief history of bracers in game. The pdf then goes on to provide a new mundane item, the archery bracers, which make sense from a simulationalist position – seeing how the bowstring may hit the unprotected string, lack of bracers can be translated to a penalty to subsequent […]

    Call to Arms: Bracers of Armor

    Call to Arms: Bracers of Armor This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 3/4 page blank, leaving us with 12 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this smaller installment of the Call to Arms-series with a brief summary of bracers versus vambraces in the context of both reality and the game system, including a brief history of bracers in game. The pdf then goes on to provide a new mundane item, the archery bracers, which make sense from a simulationalist position – seeing how the bowstring may hit the unprotected string, lack of bracers can be translated to a penalty to subsequent […]

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  • Call to Arms: Fireworks and Primitive Firearms This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 63 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 3/4 of a page blank, leaving us with a massive 60 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always with the series, we begin with a contextualization of the respective type of weaponry, both in the context of our real world and the fantastic worlds our RPGs work in – and it is interesting and certainly worth a read, as it not only highlights the differences between firework-weaponry and firearms in game, but also elaborates on little known weapon categories like the handgonne and yes, the pdf acknowledges the potential […]

    Call to Arms: Fireworks and Primitive Firearms

    Call to Arms: Fireworks and Primitive Firearms This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 63 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 3/4 of a page blank, leaving us with a massive 60 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always with the series, we begin with a contextualization of the respective type of weaponry, both in the context of our real world and the fantastic worlds our RPGs work in – and it is interesting and certainly worth a read, as it not only highlights the differences between firework-weaponry and firearms in game, but also elaborates on little known weapon categories like the handgonne and yes, the pdf acknowledges the potential […]

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  • Call to Arms: Torch and Flame This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 39 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, I never thought I’d be one time in my career be reviewing a 40-page pdf that focuses on flames and torches. So what do we get? Well, following the at this time slowly arising standard of the series, we begin with a well-researched recapitulation of the history of fire as tool and weapon – as much as that is feasibly possible, mind you. For such a basic process, and one obviously popularized and charged with symbolic significance by the […]

    Call to Arms: Torch and Flame

    Call to Arms: Torch and Flame This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 39 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, I never thought I’d be one time in my career be reviewing a 40-page pdf that focuses on flames and torches. So what do we get? Well, following the at this time slowly arising standard of the series, we begin with a well-researched recapitulation of the history of fire as tool and weapon – as much as that is feasibly possible, mind you. For such a basic process, and one obviously popularized and charged with symbolic significance by the […]

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  • Call to Arms: Pistols and Muskets This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page editorial/front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a significant 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once again, we begin the installment with aptly-written prose before being introduced to a brief history of the weapon in question, here firearms, and their impact upon warfare – with a caveat on how history obviously should not dictate the limits of your fantasy world. Still, I feel that this is as good a point as any to voice my complete and utter approval for these introductions: It is my firm belief that history and knowledge of such facts can […]

    Call to Arms: Pistols and Muskets

    Call to Arms: Pistols and Muskets This installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page editorial/front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a significant 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once again, we begin the installment with aptly-written prose before being introduced to a brief history of the weapon in question, here firearms, and their impact upon warfare – with a caveat on how history obviously should not dictate the limits of your fantasy world. Still, I feel that this is as good a point as any to voice my complete and utter approval for these introductions: It is my firm belief that history and knowledge of such facts can […]

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  • Call to Arms: Axes and Picks The second installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief paragraph of introductory prose, we are treated to a solid little introduction of the history of both axes and picks and their roles in warfare before we are introduced to the subject matter at hand – here, beginning with properly codified flint weapons, which, while fragile, may ignite flammable material when struck against metal – which is one of the trademark “Why hasn’t this been done before?”-moments I love in the series. Similarly, I am pretty sure that […]

    Call to Arms: Axes and Picks

    Call to Arms: Axes and Picks The second installment of the Call to Arms-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief paragraph of introductory prose, we are treated to a solid little introduction of the history of both axes and picks and their roles in warfare before we are introduced to the subject matter at hand – here, beginning with properly codified flint weapons, which, while fragile, may ignite flammable material when struck against metal – which is one of the trademark “Why hasn’t this been done before?”-moments I love in the series. Similarly, I am pretty sure that […]

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  • Call to Arms: Mantles of Power This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ Call to Arms series is a massive, huge beast of 94 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 88 pages of content – that’s A LOT, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, we begin this installment of Call to Arms with a breakdown of what mantles are. Sounds strange? Well, it quite frankly shouldn’t be considered to be strange. Think about it – there is more to a mantle than just the cloth and material from which it was woven – as the pdf aptly demonstrates, wearing a […]

    Call to Arms: Mantles of Power

    Call to Arms: Mantles of Power This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ Call to Arms series is a massive, huge beast of 94 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 88 pages of content – that’s A LOT, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, we begin this installment of Call to Arms with a breakdown of what mantles are. Sounds strange? Well, it quite frankly shouldn’t be considered to be strange. Think about it – there is more to a mantle than just the cloth and material from which it was woven – as the pdf aptly demonstrates, wearing a […]

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  • Carnival of Sinners This massive book clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 46 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Carnivals are awesome…and creepy. The blending of the alien and the familiar, the oscillation of bright light and deepest shadows fascinate, entice. I distinctly recall a sense of kinship when I first saw the more weirder performances and the sense of freedom implied in such a life, despite the hardships, resonates with me on a primal level. In roleplaying games, specifically the various iterations I’ve played, I did ten to enjoy the modules and supplements dealing with […]

    Carnival of Sinners

    Carnival of Sinners This massive book clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 46 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Carnivals are awesome…and creepy. The blending of the alien and the familiar, the oscillation of bright light and deepest shadows fascinate, entice. I distinctly recall a sense of kinship when I first saw the more weirder performances and the sense of freedom implied in such a life, despite the hardships, resonates with me on a primal level. In roleplaying games, specifically the various iterations I’ve played, I did ten to enjoy the modules and supplements dealing with […]

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  • Call to Arms: Ten-Foot Poles This pdf clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, in case you’re not 100% sure – yes, this is an April’s Fools product. And yes, I’m reviewing it in August. Sad, but better late than never, right? So this begins with a basic, humorous introduction of poles – both in the game worlds and in real life. Let me go on a slight tangent here: If you do not know 10-foot-poles, they are perhaps the source of more anecdotes and prevented PC-death in old-school gaming than any other item. They […]

    Call to Arms: Ten-Foot Poles

    Call to Arms: Ten-Foot Poles This pdf clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, in case you’re not 100% sure – yes, this is an April’s Fools product. And yes, I’m reviewing it in August. Sad, but better late than never, right? So this begins with a basic, humorous introduction of poles – both in the game worlds and in real life. Let me go on a slight tangent here: If you do not know 10-foot-poles, they are perhaps the source of more anecdotes and prevented PC-death in old-school gaming than any other item. They […]

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  • Sidebar #1: Shields as Cover This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ sidebar-series clocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 1 page of content, so what does it…   …no, I’m not gonna insult your intelligence by summing up a premise that can be read in the title of this pdf as  a rhetorical question.   I loathe how shields work in PFRPG. Their bonuses are paltry and often, the benefits cannot stand up to similar benefits granted by more massive weapons and over all, shields always felt to me like they did not do their job: We all know the iconic images of characters covering between shields to weather dragon’s breath or […]

    Sidebar #1: Shields as Cover

    Sidebar #1: Shields as Cover This installment of Fat Goblin Games’ sidebar-series clocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 1 page of content, so what does it…   …no, I’m not gonna insult your intelligence by summing up a premise that can be read in the title of this pdf as  a rhetorical question.   I loathe how shields work in PFRPG. Their bonuses are paltry and often, the benefits cannot stand up to similar benefits granted by more massive weapons and over all, shields always felt to me like they did not do their job: We all know the iconic images of characters covering between shields to weather dragon’s breath or […]

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