Matthew J. Hanson Archive

  • Broken Earth Campaign Setting This massive tome clocks in at 195 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 191 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First of all – what is Broken Earth? the easy answer would be that it is a post-nuclear campaign setting for Pathfinder, set in an Allotopia (an alternate reality of our own world for non-literature mayors) – this means that no magic is assumed to exist per se, though adding in rare magic would be no issue at all.   Now the book kicks off with a vast array of crunch – from new races (ape-men and synthetic humanoids) and then receive […]

    Broken Earth Campaign Setting

    Broken Earth Campaign Setting This massive tome clocks in at 195 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 191 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First of all – what is Broken Earth? the easy answer would be that it is a post-nuclear campaign setting for Pathfinder, set in an Allotopia (an alternate reality of our own world for non-literature mayors) – this means that no magic is assumed to exist per se, though adding in rare magic would be no issue at all.   Now the book kicks off with a vast array of crunch – from new races (ape-men and synthetic humanoids) and then receive […]

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  • Zeitgeist: Act One – The Investigation Begins The massive collection of the first Act of the Zeitgeist AP clocks in at 559 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 6 pages of ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 549 pages of content.   So let’s…wait. Let me get this straight – this is the compiled version of the first 5 Zeitgeist-adventures PLUS Crypta Hereticarum, Player’s Guide and Campaign Guide; It also includes (with 2 hick-ups) cleaned up nomenclature regarding elves/eladrin high/wood elves that resulted from conversion. All of these components are simply glorious – 5 stars + seal of approval badassery in its truest form. I’ve also reviewed all of the modules, so if […]

    Zeitgeist: Act One – The Investigation Begins

    Zeitgeist: Act One – The Investigation Begins The massive collection of the first Act of the Zeitgeist AP clocks in at 559 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 6 pages of ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 549 pages of content.   So let’s…wait. Let me get this straight – this is the compiled version of the first 5 Zeitgeist-adventures PLUS Crypta Hereticarum, Player’s Guide and Campaign Guide; It also includes (with 2 hick-ups) cleaned up nomenclature regarding elves/eladrin high/wood elves that resulted from conversion. All of these components are simply glorious – 5 stars + seal of approval badassery in its truest form. I’ve also reviewed all of the modules, so if […]

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  • Broken Earth Player’s Guide This supplement is 55 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 51 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So what is Broken Earth? It is, essentially, a post-apocalyptic setting on our very own planet earth – the Great War has passed, and now the world is changed. Thus, one can assume a bunch of differences from traditional Pathfinder fantasy campaigns. So let’s skip the basic introduction and its flavor for now and focus on the options available for character generation, shall we? First of all, it is recommended you use hero points as per the APG – why will become […]

    Broken Earth Player’s Guide

    Broken Earth Player’s Guide This supplement is 55 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 51 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So what is Broken Earth? It is, essentially, a post-apocalyptic setting on our very own planet earth – the Great War has passed, and now the world is changed. Thus, one can assume a bunch of differences from traditional Pathfinder fantasy campaigns. So let’s skip the basic introduction and its flavor for now and focus on the options available for character generation, shall we? First of all, it is recommended you use hero points as per the APG – why will become […]

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  • It’s steampunk-conspiracy-time again!   Zeitgeist III – Digging for Lies The third part of En Publishing’s steampunk-AP is 99 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 94 pages of content, so let’s check this out! This being a review of an investigation-heavy adventure, this review contains SPOILERS for both this module and its two predecessors. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? After the rather trademark smart and complex narrative of Zeitgeist has been expanded and the adventure sketched (which includes a new form of madness and a feat to benefit slightly from insane clarities) we’ll return to the matter […]

    Digging for Lies

    It’s steampunk-conspiracy-time again!   Zeitgeist III – Digging for Lies The third part of En Publishing’s steampunk-AP is 99 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 94 pages of content, so let’s check this out! This being a review of an investigation-heavy adventure, this review contains SPOILERS for both this module and its two predecessors. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? After the rather trademark smart and complex narrative of Zeitgeist has been expanded and the adventure sketched (which includes a new form of madness and a feat to benefit slightly from insane clarities) we’ll return to the matter […]

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  •   Advanced Encounters: Alternate Objectives   This pdf is 40 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 2 pages advertisement, leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   This pdf seeks to provide us with aims in encounters that go beyond destroying enemy resistance and after a short introduction to the subject matter at hand, we delve right into general categories that help you design objectives like the ones featured in this book yourself. For example, achieve encounters are based on skill checks and things PCs want to do, potentially interlaced with multiple steps to final success. Escape is also covered and rather interesting: Some sample […]

    EZG reviews Advanced Encounters: Alternate Objectives

      Advanced Encounters: Alternate Objectives   This pdf is 40 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 2 pages advertisement, leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   This pdf seeks to provide us with aims in encounters that go beyond destroying enemy resistance and after a short introduction to the subject matter at hand, we delve right into general categories that help you design objectives like the ones featured in this book yourself. For example, achieve encounters are based on skill checks and things PCs want to do, potentially interlaced with multiple steps to final success. Escape is also covered and rather interesting: Some sample […]

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