Michael Curtis Archive

  • Stonehell Dungeon #2: Into the Heart of Hell (OSR) The second part of the massive Stonehell mega-dungeon clocks in at 162 pages, not counting covers, editorial and index.   The Stonehell dungeon books were donated by one of my patreon supporters for my edification, with the note that I can review them, if I’d like to. It’s time to also get the second part done, and once more dive deeply into this massive complex.   I assume familiarity with my review of the first part of Stonehell in this review; rules-wise, this is designed for Labyrinth Lord, but conversion to other OSR rules is pretty simple. More so than even the first part of this massive mega-dungeon, this book requires […]

    Stonehell Dungeon #2: Into the Heart of Hell (OSR)

    Stonehell Dungeon #2: Into the Heart of Hell (OSR) The second part of the massive Stonehell mega-dungeon clocks in at 162 pages, not counting covers, editorial and index.   The Stonehell dungeon books were donated by one of my patreon supporters for my edification, with the note that I can review them, if I’d like to. It’s time to also get the second part done, and once more dive deeply into this massive complex.   I assume familiarity with my review of the first part of Stonehell in this review; rules-wise, this is designed for Labyrinth Lord, but conversion to other OSR rules is pretty simple. More so than even the first part of this massive mega-dungeon, this book requires […]

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  • Emirikol was framed! (DCC) This adventure clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters.   Judges: Do NOT show the cover or name of the module to the PCs/players! In a pretty dumb decision, the title is a spoiler. -.- The pdf does contain basically a DCC-version of a spell to alter the visage of targets. (level 2, fyi)   The adventure is intended for 6 4th-level characters, and a well-rounded group is very much recommended. While dangerous, the module […]

    Emirikol was framed! (DCC)

    Emirikol was framed! (DCC) This adventure clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters.   Judges: Do NOT show the cover or name of the module to the PCs/players! In a pretty dumb decision, the title is a spoiler. -.- The pdf does contain basically a DCC-version of a spell to alter the visage of targets. (level 2, fyi)   The adventure is intended for 6 4th-level characters, and a well-rounded group is very much recommended. While dangerous, the module […]

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  • Stonehell Dungeon #1: Down Night-Haunted Halls (OSR) The first part of the massive two-part mega-dungeon Stonehell clocks in at 128 pages of content, though it should be noted that editorial, index, how to use etc. are not included in that number.   The Stonehell dungeon books were donated by one of my patreon supporters for my edification, with the note that I can review them, if I’d like to. That time has finally come.   Stonehell is a mega-dungeon, obviously, and it is deliberately designed to be capable of carrying a whole campaign, from the lowest levels to the highest echelons. It is intended for use with Labyrinth Lord, and can be converted to most other OSR-games with minimal fuss. […]

    Stonehell Dungeon #1: Down Night-Haunted Halls (OSR)

    Stonehell Dungeon #1: Down Night-Haunted Halls (OSR) The first part of the massive two-part mega-dungeon Stonehell clocks in at 128 pages of content, though it should be noted that editorial, index, how to use etc. are not included in that number.   The Stonehell dungeon books were donated by one of my patreon supporters for my edification, with the note that I can review them, if I’d like to. That time has finally come.   Stonehell is a mega-dungeon, obviously, and it is deliberately designed to be capable of carrying a whole campaign, from the lowest levels to the highest echelons. It is intended for use with Labyrinth Lord, and can be converted to most other OSR-games with minimal fuss. […]

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  • Stonehell Dungeon Supplement #2: Buried Secrets (OSR) The second optional expansion for the massive Stonehell mega-dungeon clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Stonehell dungeon books were donated by one of my patreon supporters for my edification, with the note that I can review them, if I’d like to. Since I am a bit OCD, I have decided to cover the supplements as well. So here we go!   This book contains two optional dungeons that are presented in a more classic manner, as well as a new sub-level for Stonehell. Said sub-level may be accessed from e.g. level 1C, and […]

    Stonehell Dungeon Supplement #2: Buried Secrets (OSR)

    Stonehell Dungeon Supplement #2: Buried Secrets (OSR) The second optional expansion for the massive Stonehell mega-dungeon clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Stonehell dungeon books were donated by one of my patreon supporters for my edification, with the note that I can review them, if I’d like to. Since I am a bit OCD, I have decided to cover the supplements as well. So here we go!   This book contains two optional dungeons that are presented in a more classic manner, as well as a new sub-level for Stonehell. Said sub-level may be accessed from e.g. level 1C, and […]

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  • Stonehell Dungeon Supplement #1: The Brigand Caves (OSR) The first expansion of Stonehell clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Stonehell dungeon books were donated by one of my patreon supporters for my edification, with the note that I can review them, if I’d like to. Since I am a bit OCD, I have decided to cover the supplements as well. So here we go!   So, this pdf depicts the brigand caves on the surface-level of the mega-dungeon; as such, my brief discussion of the supplement contains minor SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump ahead to the conclusion.   […]

    Stonehell Dungeon Supplement #1: The Brigand Caves (OSR)

    Stonehell Dungeon Supplement #1: The Brigand Caves (OSR) The first expansion of Stonehell clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Stonehell dungeon books were donated by one of my patreon supporters for my edification, with the note that I can review them, if I’d like to. Since I am a bit OCD, I have decided to cover the supplements as well. So here we go!   So, this pdf depicts the brigand caves on the surface-level of the mega-dungeon; as such, my brief discussion of the supplement contains minor SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump ahead to the conclusion.   […]

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  • The Old God’s Return (DCC) The first holiday adventure for DCC clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages. These are laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), making this a booklet, rather than a regularly-sized DCC-module.   This review was requested by a supporter of my patreon, to be undertaken at my convenience.   This module is intended for level 1 characters, and can be completed in a single session, making it suitable for e.g. oneshots or convention-style gaming. As far as DCC is concerned, it is a challenging module, but does not rank among the most difficult ones. Character death is a […]

    The Old God’s Return (DCC)

    The Old God’s Return (DCC) The first holiday adventure for DCC clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages. These are laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), making this a booklet, rather than a regularly-sized DCC-module.   This review was requested by a supporter of my patreon, to be undertaken at my convenience.   This module is intended for level 1 characters, and can be completed in a single session, making it suitable for e.g. oneshots or convention-style gaming. As far as DCC is concerned, it is a challenging module, but does not rank among the most difficult ones. Character death is a […]

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  • Goodman Games Gen Con 2014 Program Book (DCC/COC/MA) This program book clocks in at a massive 100 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page autograph page, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 96 pages, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by one of my patreons, to be undertaken at your convenience.   On the inside of the front cover, we’ll get the Gen Con luck chart, which has been modified for this year – overlaps are there, but yeah. Since Gen Con 2014’s over, this probably won’t be a factor to decide whether you get this.   Now, the first major section of the booklet is an “Age of Cthulhu” scenario, “Transatlantic […]

    Goodman Games Gen Con 2014 Program Book (DCC/COC/MA)

    Goodman Games Gen Con 2014 Program Book (DCC/COC/MA) This program book clocks in at a massive 100 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page autograph page, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 96 pages, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by one of my patreons, to be undertaken at your convenience.   On the inside of the front cover, we’ll get the Gen Con luck chart, which has been modified for this year – overlaps are there, but yeah. Since Gen Con 2014’s over, this probably won’t be a factor to decide whether you get this.   Now, the first major section of the booklet is an “Age of Cthulhu” scenario, “Transatlantic […]

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  • The Sinister Sutures of the Sempstress (DCC) The second Halloween adventure for DCC clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2/3 of a page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look! It should be noted that this adventure is laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on a sheet of paper when printing this.   This review was requested and sponsored by one of my patreons.   Unlike the previous Halloween-module “They Served Brandolyn Red”, this one begins at the lofty level of 6. It is strongly suggested to have a well-rounded group of characters […]

    The Sinister Sutures of the Sempstress (DCC)

    The Sinister Sutures of the Sempstress (DCC) The second Halloween adventure for DCC clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2/3 of a page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look! It should be noted that this adventure is laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on a sheet of paper when printing this.   This review was requested and sponsored by one of my patreons.   Unlike the previous Halloween-module “They Served Brandolyn Red”, this one begins at the lofty level of 6. It is strongly suggested to have a well-rounded group of characters […]

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  • Goodman Games Gen Con 2013 Program Book (DCC/PFRPG) This Program Book, originally released as a means to connect to fans, was released as the first of its kind, for Gen Con 2013. It clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 65 pages of content, though not all of this would be directly usable gaming material.   For example, the first page is the luck chart – a funny and pretty cool idea: You roll on the chart upon purchasing the book at the booth and get some cool benefits. Okay, you can get freebies if your lucky…but perhaps, you’ll also need to provide bile for Harley Stroh’s inkwell… […]

    Goodman Games Gen Con 2013 Program Book (DCC/PFRPG)

    Goodman Games Gen Con 2013 Program Book (DCC/PFRPG) This Program Book, originally released as a means to connect to fans, was released as the first of its kind, for Gen Con 2013. It clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 65 pages of content, though not all of this would be directly usable gaming material.   For example, the first page is the luck chart – a funny and pretty cool idea: You roll on the chart upon purchasing the book at the booth and get some cool benefits. Okay, you can get freebies if your lucky…but perhaps, you’ll also need to provide bile for Harley Stroh’s inkwell… […]

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  • DCC Free RPG Day 2012 (DCC) This collection of modules clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page introduction/SRD, 2 pages mystery map contest (here, you could finish a map and write an adventure to win money), 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This booklet contains 2 adventures: Michael Curtis provides “The undulating Corruption” for level 5 characters, while the second module, “The Jeweler that dealt in Stardust” is penned by Harley Stroh and intended for level 3 characters. Both of the adventures sport a handy encounter table that lists the respective encounter type. The second page provides a fantastic b/w-handout that depicts […]

    DCC Free RPG Day 2012 (DCC)

    DCC Free RPG Day 2012 (DCC) This collection of modules clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page introduction/SRD, 2 pages mystery map contest (here, you could finish a map and write an adventure to win money), 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This booklet contains 2 adventures: Michael Curtis provides “The undulating Corruption” for level 5 characters, while the second module, “The Jeweler that dealt in Stardust” is penned by Harley Stroh and intended for level 3 characters. Both of the adventures sport a handy encounter table that lists the respective encounter type. The second page provides a fantastic b/w-handout that depicts […]

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  • Quests of Doom – Adventures Worth Winning This massive book clocks in at 312 pages, not including the covers. Of these pages, 1 is reserved for notes, 1 for the editorial, 1 for the ToC and two for the SRD, leaving us with o less than 307 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But before we dive into the matter at hand, let us first define what this book actually is – a kind of celebration of a series that was nicked in its bloom due to various reasons – I’m, of course, talking about “Demons & Devils” and “Vampires & Liches”, the two module compilations released back in the day by Necromancer Games for 3:X. In […]

    Quests of Doom – Adventures Worth Winning

    Quests of Doom – Adventures Worth Winning This massive book clocks in at 312 pages, not including the covers. Of these pages, 1 is reserved for notes, 1 for the editorial, 1 for the ToC and two for the SRD, leaving us with o less than 307 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But before we dive into the matter at hand, let us first define what this book actually is – a kind of celebration of a series that was nicked in its bloom due to various reasons – I’m, of course, talking about “Demons & Devils” and “Vampires & Liches”, the two module compilations released back in the day by Necromancer Games for 3:X. In […]

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