Matthew J. Finch Archive

  • The Lost Lands: Borderland Provinces (PFRPG/OSR (S&W)/D&D 5e) This massive book clocks in at 269 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal 262 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review.   All right, so we have been to the Sundered Kingdoms and taken in all the sights and cults…but this is something different. While situated in the adjacent region to aforementioned adventure-collection, we actually have a massive setting sourcebook. As such, the tome begins […]

    The Lost Lands: Borderland Provinces (PFRPG/OSR (S&W)/D&D 5e)

    The Lost Lands: Borderland Provinces (PFRPG/OSR (S&W)/D&D 5e) This massive book clocks in at 269 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal 262 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review.   All right, so we have been to the Sundered Kingdoms and taken in all the sights and cults…but this is something different. While situated in the adjacent region to aforementioned adventure-collection, we actually have a massive setting sourcebook. As such, the tome begins […]

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  • Borderland Provinces: Player’s Guide (system-neutral) This book clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what kind of player’s guide is this? The answer is simple: It’s the type of guide you read because you want to read it. The theme is relatively simple – instead of just confronting players with a dry synopsis of the respective regions, this pdf is written to emulate a collection of letters/correspondences and documents of characters that are traveling the borderland provinces that will be the adventuring location for the players. The intriguing component with this approach is that […]

    Borderland Provinces: Player’s Guide (system-neutral)

    Borderland Provinces: Player’s Guide (system-neutral) This book clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what kind of player’s guide is this? The answer is simple: It’s the type of guide you read because you want to read it. The theme is relatively simple – instead of just confronting players with a dry synopsis of the respective regions, this pdf is written to emulate a collection of letters/correspondences and documents of characters that are traveling the borderland provinces that will be the adventuring location for the players. The intriguing component with this approach is that […]

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  • Borderland Provinces: Journey Generator (system neutral) This supplement clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, 3/4 of a page blank, leaving us with 16 1/4 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   One central component of any sandbox campaign worth its salt is the component of the journey – whether because wine and wenches await in a far-off place or because something needs to be delivered – whether a secret missive, a caravan or something altogether different. The problem that a GM does have here is that it is hard to come up with meaning full journeys – enter this book and its […]

    Borderland Provinces: Journey Generator (system-neutral)

    Borderland Provinces: Journey Generator (system neutral) This supplement clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, 3/4 of a page blank, leaving us with 16 1/4 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   One central component of any sandbox campaign worth its salt is the component of the journey – whether because wine and wenches await in a far-off place or because something needs to be delivered – whether a secret missive, a caravan or something altogether different. The problem that a GM does have here is that it is hard to come up with meaning full journeys – enter this book and its […]

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  • Borderland Provinces: Player’s Gazetteer (system-neutral) This booklet clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Borderland Provinces Player’s Guide took a rather brave and evocative step by focusing exclusively on the atmosphere created, on providing a book that conveys properly the unique flavor of the Borderland Provinces. At the same time, this book alone would some tables leave wanting the harsh facts, the  breakdown of the lands to be found in this illustrious region and notes on the history of the place – after all, when you have lived here for a while, you will […]

    Borderland Provinces: Player’s Gazetteer (system-neutral)

    Borderland Provinces: Player’s Gazetteer (system-neutral) This booklet clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Borderland Provinces Player’s Guide took a rather brave and evocative step by focusing exclusively on the atmosphere created, on providing a book that conveys properly the unique flavor of the Borderland Provinces. At the same time, this book alone would some tables leave wanting the harsh facts, the  breakdown of the lands to be found in this illustrious region and notes on the history of the place – after all, when you have lived here for a while, you will […]

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  • Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR) This massive rule-book clocks in at 144 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page list of tables (important!), 6 pages of supporter-thanks, 1 page legal appendix, 1 page note-space, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ähem. I feel old. 😉 This is my birthday-review, my present from myself to myself, so please bear with me regarding the obvious deviation from my usual standard regarding reviewing. Kidding aside regarding age and the like…when I started playing, believe it or not, you young ‘uns, the game didn’t have that much to do with math. Sure, we needed it. […]

    Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR)

    Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR) This massive rule-book clocks in at 144 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page list of tables (important!), 6 pages of supporter-thanks, 1 page legal appendix, 1 page note-space, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ähem. I feel old. 😉 This is my birthday-review, my present from myself to myself, so please bear with me regarding the obvious deviation from my usual standard regarding reviewing. Kidding aside regarding age and the like…when I started playing, believe it or not, you young ‘uns, the game didn’t have that much to do with math. Sure, we needed it. […]

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  • Cyclopean Deeps Vol. I The first book of the two-part Cyclopean Deeps-Saga clocks in at 198 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 192 pages of content, so let’s check this out, shall we?   So, let’s, for now, process as spoiler-free as possible: Do you remember the Dungeoneer’s Survival Guide released for 2nd edition (1e AD&D, if you count that way…)? It’s a timeless classic indeed and showcases a significant component of what I consider flawed with most modern underdark/underworld modules. Let me describe it from this venue – have you ever been spelunking? There is an appeal to the hobby that […]

    Cyclopean Deeps Vol. I

    Cyclopean Deeps Vol. I The first book of the two-part Cyclopean Deeps-Saga clocks in at 198 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 192 pages of content, so let’s check this out, shall we?   So, let’s, for now, process as spoiler-free as possible: Do you remember the Dungeoneer’s Survival Guide released for 2nd edition (1e AD&D, if you count that way…)? It’s a timeless classic indeed and showcases a significant component of what I consider flawed with most modern underdark/underworld modules. Let me describe it from this venue – have you ever been spelunking? There is an appeal to the hobby that […]

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  • Bill Webb’s Book of Dirty Tricks This book for the mean DM is 82 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 74 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So…Bill Webb has somewhat of a reputation for not only being FGG’s mastermind, but also for being a capable and deadly DM – one I didn’t yet have the honor to play with, but from what I’ve heard – wow. And this book, well, it contains some of his nastiest tricks – which makes for an interesting read, so let’s see if even jaded DMs like your truly can draw some neat tricks […]

    Bill Webb’s Book of Dirty Tricks

    Bill Webb’s Book of Dirty Tricks This book for the mean DM is 82 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 74 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So…Bill Webb has somewhat of a reputation for not only being FGG’s mastermind, but also for being a capable and deadly DM – one I didn’t yet have the honor to play with, but from what I’ve heard – wow. And this book, well, it contains some of his nastiest tricks – which makes for an interesting read, so let’s see if even jaded DMs like your truly can draw some neat tricks […]

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