Margherita Tramontano Archive

  • The Culinary Magic Cookbook This massive book clocks in at 117 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page photography credits/KS-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page dedication, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 107 pages of content, so let’s take a look! There is one peculiarity you should be aware of: This book does not have the standard dimensions of RPG-books, instead sporting the somewhat landscape-like format that most of my cookbooks have – this makes it work pretty smoothly in the kitchen without adding chaos to the cooking book shelf. It also means that there is a surprising amount of content to be found within the pages of this book – more […]

    The Culinary Magic Cookbook

    The Culinary Magic Cookbook This massive book clocks in at 117 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page photography credits/KS-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page dedication, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 107 pages of content, so let’s take a look! There is one peculiarity you should be aware of: This book does not have the standard dimensions of RPG-books, instead sporting the somewhat landscape-like format that most of my cookbooks have – this makes it work pretty smoothly in the kitchen without adding chaos to the cooking book shelf. It also means that there is a surprising amount of content to be found within the pages of this book – more […]

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  • Everyman Options: Shaman Spirits This Everyman options book clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, on the 16 pages within this pdf, we will find a grand total of 16 new shaman spirits – one on each page, with every single page chock-full with crunch, so what exactly do we find?   Well, as the pdf acknowledges, shaman spirits are, design-paradigm-wise, modeled after mysteries, with hexes sprinkled in. As such, the pdf does contain a few shaman spirits that are based on previous design paradigms. To note one theme that really […]

    Everyman Options: Shaman Spirits

    Everyman Options: Shaman Spirits This Everyman options book clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, on the 16 pages within this pdf, we will find a grand total of 16 new shaman spirits – one on each page, with every single page chock-full with crunch, so what exactly do we find?   Well, as the pdf acknowledges, shaman spirits are, design-paradigm-wise, modeled after mysteries, with hexes sprinkled in. As such, the pdf does contain a few shaman spirits that are based on previous design paradigms. To note one theme that really […]

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  • Hybrid Classes Vol. III – Heroes of Wonder The third compilation of hybrid classes by Wayward Rogues Publishing  clocks in at 69 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreons, to be undertaken at my convenience.   Now, as before, this represents a compilation of previously released hybrid classes, with new content added. I have previously discussed most of these in excessive detail, so I’m going to point you towards my reviews of the individual classes, should you be interested in them. Otherwise, I’m going to focus on whether or not they […]

    Hybrid Classes Vol. III – Heroes of Wonder

    Hybrid Classes Vol. III – Heroes of Wonder The third compilation of hybrid classes by Wayward Rogues Publishing  clocks in at 69 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreons, to be undertaken at my convenience.   Now, as before, this represents a compilation of previously released hybrid classes, with new content added. I have previously discussed most of these in excessive detail, so I’m going to point you towards my reviews of the individual classes, should you be interested in them. Otherwise, I’m going to focus on whether or not they […]

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  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: Gnomes v.s Gremlins This installment of the delightfully oddball „Letters from the Flaming Crab“-series clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, as always, we begin with the charming frame narrative, wherein mister J Gray finds a letter from the planes- and world-hopping UCS Flaming Crab, providing a nice and flavorful introduction to the two races contained within this pdf, the first of which would be the gyrenomes. They are not affected by wanderlust and instead focused on insatiable curiosity, with a propensity for knowledge and tech. Sounds familiar? Yeah, they are somewhat […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Gnomes v.s Gremlins

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Gnomes v.s Gremlins This installment of the delightfully oddball „Letters from the Flaming Crab“-series clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, as always, we begin with the charming frame narrative, wherein mister J Gray finds a letter from the planes- and world-hopping UCS Flaming Crab, providing a nice and flavorful introduction to the two races contained within this pdf, the first of which would be the gyrenomes. They are not affected by wanderlust and instead focused on insatiable curiosity, with a propensity for knowledge and tech. Sounds familiar? Yeah, they are somewhat […]

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  • Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Autumn This Everyman mini clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages fo SRD, leaving us with two pages of content, so let’s take a look!   One the introductory page, we also receive a new spell, namely hibernate, which clocks in at 6th level for druid, shaman and psychic, 4th level for mesmerists. It is a magical sleep effect that causes the touched target to go into hibernation. Nice: The target may be awoken with repeated, vigorous aid another actions or by the passing of seasons.   Now, the main meat of this mini, obviously, is devoted to the new autumn mystery featured within. This mystery adds Fly, Knowledge […]

    Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Autumn

    Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Autumn This Everyman mini clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages fo SRD, leaving us with two pages of content, so let’s take a look!   One the introductory page, we also receive a new spell, namely hibernate, which clocks in at 6th level for druid, shaman and psychic, 4th level for mesmerists. It is a magical sleep effect that causes the touched target to go into hibernation. Nice: The target may be awoken with repeated, vigorous aid another actions or by the passing of seasons.   Now, the main meat of this mini, obviously, is devoted to the new autumn mystery featured within. This mystery adds Fly, Knowledge […]

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  • Orphic Hybrid Class This hybrid of psychic and barbarian clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The orphic gains d10 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, full BAB-progression, good Fort-saves and proficiency with simple and martial weapons, light and medium armor and shields, excluding tower shields. Starting at 4th level, they gain Charisma-based spontaneous spellcasting, drawn from the medium’s spell-list. They begin play with knacks (I assume drawn from the medium list as well.) and fast movement (+10 ft. movement while not wearing anything heavier than medium armor and not carrying a heavy […]

    Orphic Hybrid Class

    Orphic Hybrid Class This hybrid of psychic and barbarian clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The orphic gains d10 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, full BAB-progression, good Fort-saves and proficiency with simple and martial weapons, light and medium armor and shields, excluding tower shields. Starting at 4th level, they gain Charisma-based spontaneous spellcasting, drawn from the medium’s spell-list. They begin play with knacks (I assume drawn from the medium list as well.) and fast movement (+10 ft. movement while not wearing anything heavier than medium armor and not carrying a heavy […]

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  • Everyman Minis: Motherly Options This installment of the Everyman Minis-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, while this pdf is called “motherly” options, it should be noted that this is very much a parental book – one that takes the potential of adventurers with families and the resulting dynamics into account – so yeah, non-female characters can similarly benefit from the options presented herein.   The first of these would be the caretaker bard archetype, who is defined by 3 alternate bardic performances. The first replaces inspire courage and nets a single d10 […]

    Everyman Minis: Motherly Options

    Everyman Minis: Motherly Options This installment of the Everyman Minis-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, while this pdf is called “motherly” options, it should be noted that this is very much a parental book – one that takes the potential of adventurers with families and the resulting dynamics into account – so yeah, non-female characters can similarly benefit from the options presented herein.   The first of these would be the caretaker bard archetype, who is defined by 3 alternate bardic performances. The first replaces inspire courage and nets a single d10 […]

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  • Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Summer This Everyman Mini clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This Everyman Mini begins, as they all do, with a nice, brief introduction page that also contains, this time around, a new spell, namely the wall of light – this represents a blinding curtain of light (closing eyes can negate the blindness, unless passing through), and the wall is particularly potent versus creatures from the plane of shadow. Nice visuals! (Yeah, groan-worthy reviewer-pun. I know.)   The main meat of the mini is taken up, surprise, by the summer mystery, […]

    Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Summer

    Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Summer This Everyman Mini clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This Everyman Mini begins, as they all do, with a nice, brief introduction page that also contains, this time around, a new spell, namely the wall of light – this represents a blinding curtain of light (closing eyes can negate the blindness, unless passing through), and the wall is particularly potent versus creatures from the plane of shadow. Nice visuals! (Yeah, groan-worthy reviewer-pun. I know.)   The main meat of the mini is taken up, surprise, by the summer mystery, […]

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  • Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Spring This Everyman Mini clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All righty! As always, we begin this Everyman mini with a brief introduction and on the same page, we can find the Verdant Spell feat, which is a metamagic feat that increases the spell slot used by 2 levels and makes the targeted plant creatures susceptible to mind-affecting effects.   After this, we move on to the main meat of the mini, which would be the spring mystery. This one nets Handle Animal, Heal, Knowledge (nature) and Survival as class […]

    Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Spring

    Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Spring This Everyman Mini clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All righty! As always, we begin this Everyman mini with a brief introduction and on the same page, we can find the Verdant Spell feat, which is a metamagic feat that increases the spell slot used by 2 levels and makes the targeted plant creatures susceptible to mind-affecting effects.   After this, we move on to the main meat of the mini, which would be the spring mystery. This one nets Handle Animal, Heal, Knowledge (nature) and Survival as class […]

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  • Yggdrasil Fanzine #1: Dark Magic This fanzine for Kobold Press‘ Midgard setting clocks in at 95 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 9 pages of advertisements (many of which are half-pages), 1 page SRD, leaving us with 83 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   It should be noted that I usually don’t review free e-zines, but this was requested as a non-prioritized review by my patreons and, well, I listen to them. This book being FREE itself constitutes a definite plus for this book, so if something I tell you about strikes your fancy, please do check this out.   After a brief introduction by both Wolfgang Baur and Morgan Boehringer, we begin with Curtis […]

    Yggdrasil Fanzine #1: Dark Magic

    Yggdrasil Fanzine #1: Dark Magic This fanzine for Kobold Press‘ Midgard setting clocks in at 95 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 9 pages of advertisements (many of which are half-pages), 1 page SRD, leaving us with 83 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   It should be noted that I usually don’t review free e-zines, but this was requested as a non-prioritized review by my patreons and, well, I listen to them. This book being FREE itself constitutes a definite plus for this book, so if something I tell you about strikes your fancy, please do check this out.   After a brief introduction by both Wolfgang Baur and Morgan Boehringer, we begin with Curtis […]

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  • Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Passion This Everyman Mini clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All righty, we begin this Everyman Mini with a brief introduction and a new 8th level spell, which would be symbol of debauchery: This duplicates symbol of death, but instead affects the targets with reckless infatuation, treating creatures that they have healthy relationships as objects of desire, attempting to stay as close to as many of them as possible, using their actions to engage in consenting and relaxing activities. These are so taxing that they potentially prevent the regaining of […]

    Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Passion

    Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Passion This Everyman Mini clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All righty, we begin this Everyman Mini with a brief introduction and a new 8th level spell, which would be symbol of debauchery: This duplicates symbol of death, but instead affects the targets with reckless infatuation, treating creatures that they have healthy relationships as objects of desire, attempting to stay as close to as many of them as possible, using their actions to engage in consenting and relaxing activities. These are so taxing that they potentially prevent the regaining of […]

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  • Everyman Mini: Childhood Feats This installment of the Everyman Minis-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages of SRD, leaving us with two pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, first of all – these feats are intended for use with the extremely impressive Childhood Adventures-sourcebook. If you don’t already have it, consider getting it.   The focus in this installment would, obviously, be feats with the Child-descriptor, though two story feats can also be found herein – you know these undoubtedly from Ultimate Campaign. And yes, I am a pronounced fan of the concept. Child-feats, just btw., come with a proper maturation benefit that is pretty much analogue with […]

    Everyman Mini: Childhood Feats

    Everyman Mini: Childhood Feats This installment of the Everyman Minis-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages of SRD, leaving us with two pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, first of all – these feats are intended for use with the extremely impressive Childhood Adventures-sourcebook. If you don’t already have it, consider getting it.   The focus in this installment would, obviously, be feats with the Child-descriptor, though two story feats can also be found herein – you know these undoubtedly from Ultimate Campaign. And yes, I am a pronounced fan of the concept. Child-feats, just btw., come with a proper maturation benefit that is pretty much analogue with […]

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  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: Dinosaur Companions This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab-series clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 18.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf, as always in the series, with the reproduced letter from the planes-hopping vessel UCS Flaming Crab, which has obviously landed, at least for now, in a dinosaur-filled world!  More than that, however, the pdf begins with a really handy index that dinosaur aficionados will very much adore: A massive table that lists the dinosaurs released for PFRPG in alphabetical order, with CR, size, environment, whether they make animal companion or familiars…and […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Dinosaur Companions

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Dinosaur Companions This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab-series clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 18.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf, as always in the series, with the reproduced letter from the planes-hopping vessel UCS Flaming Crab, which has obviously landed, at least for now, in a dinosaur-filled world!  More than that, however, the pdf begins with a really handy index that dinosaur aficionados will very much adore: A massive table that lists the dinosaurs released for PFRPG in alphabetical order, with CR, size, environment, whether they make animal companion or familiars…and […]

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  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: Her Story This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the theme here? Well, beyond the obligatory letter from our favorite plane-hopping ship, the book covers historical women and translates components associated with their lives into PFRPG-mechanics – but we also are introduced to the basics of their respective stories, as the eponymous title suggests.   The first of these women would be none other than Countess Elizabeth Báthory and the pdf begins with a thematically appropriate inquisition that allows the inquisitor […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Her Story

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Her Story This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the theme here? Well, beyond the obligatory letter from our favorite plane-hopping ship, the book covers historical women and translates components associated with their lives into PFRPG-mechanics – but we also are introduced to the basics of their respective stories, as the eponymous title suggests.   The first of these women would be none other than Countess Elizabeth Báthory and the pdf begins with a thematically appropriate inquisition that allows the inquisitor […]

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  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: Here there be (tiny) Dragons This installment of Flaming Crab Games’ experimental “Letters from the Flaming Crab”-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 12 pages of content!   Once again, we begin this supplement with a letter from the planes-and world-hopping vessel, kindly salvaged and expanded upon by the team and made available for public consumption by this channel…so what dragons are introduced here?   The first creature we find in these pages would be the CR 3 coral dragon – aquatic dragons somewhat akin to the poisonous coral fishes, capable of squirting forth jets of poisonous acid. And yes, there is a rather gorgeous […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Here there be (tiny) Dragons

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Here there be (tiny) Dragons This installment of Flaming Crab Games’ experimental “Letters from the Flaming Crab”-series clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 12 pages of content!   Once again, we begin this supplement with a letter from the planes-and world-hopping vessel, kindly salvaged and expanded upon by the team and made available for public consumption by this channel…so what dragons are introduced here?   The first creature we find in these pages would be the CR 3 coral dragon – aquatic dragons somewhat akin to the poisonous coral fishes, capable of squirting forth jets of poisonous acid. And yes, there is a rather gorgeous […]

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  • Wayfinder #14 The 14th issue of the eminent Wayfinder fanzine, by fans, for fans, clocks in at 80 pages, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 6 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 70 massive pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay. This is NOT a review in the traditional sense. Why? Because I am NOT going to analyze piece by piece, content by content everything featured herein – with a book as dense as Wayfinder #14, this would bloat the review to a level that would benefit no one, considering its free availability. What I’ll be doing instead, is first telling you a bit about Wayfinder…and what it means to me.   […]

    Wayfinder #14

    Wayfinder #14 The 14th issue of the eminent Wayfinder fanzine, by fans, for fans, clocks in at 80 pages, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 6 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 70 massive pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay. This is NOT a review in the traditional sense. Why? Because I am NOT going to analyze piece by piece, content by content everything featured herein – with a book as dense as Wayfinder #14, this would bloat the review to a level that would benefit no one, considering its free availability. What I’ll be doing instead, is first telling you a bit about Wayfinder…and what it means to me.   […]

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