Mike Kimmel Archive

  • Campaign Backdrop: Forests & Woodlands This massive book clocks in at 109 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 102 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Taking a cue from Raging Swan Press’ other, no less intriguing compilation books, this one features a table of all statblocks used herein by CR (spanning the range from CR 1/4 to 14) with accompanying page numbers and, as a nice service to the talented authors involved, we get a page of author bios, which is great to see.   But what is this? Well, the short answer, as already hinted at, is […]

    Campaign Backdrop: Forests & Woodlands

    Campaign Backdrop: Forests & Woodlands This massive book clocks in at 109 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 102 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Taking a cue from Raging Swan Press’ other, no less intriguing compilation books, this one features a table of all statblocks used herein by CR (spanning the range from CR 1/4 to 14) with accompanying page numbers and, as a nice service to the talented authors involved, we get a page of author bios, which is great to see.   But what is this? Well, the short answer, as already hinted at, is […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops III This installment of Raging Swan Press’ groundbreaking, critically acclaimed GM’s Miscellany-series clocks in at 101 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC (including statblocks by CR-table), 1 page author-bios (which, frankly, more books should feature!), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 93 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This review was moved up on my review-queue as a prioritized review at the behest of my patreons.   If you don’t know at this point what the Village Backdrops-series is, let me enlighten you: Village backdrops are small pdfs, each detailing a fully mapped village (in this […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops III

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops III This installment of Raging Swan Press’ groundbreaking, critically acclaimed GM’s Miscellany-series clocks in at 101 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC (including statblocks by CR-table), 1 page author-bios (which, frankly, more books should feature!), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 93 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This review was moved up on my review-queue as a prioritized review at the behest of my patreons.   If you don’t know at this point what the Village Backdrops-series is, let me enlighten you: Village backdrops are small pdfs, each detailing a fully mapped village (in this […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Arrowhill This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Arrowhill is a frontier’s community – isolated near vast forests, it is not a first-generation frontier’s town. In fact, its very name is a constant reminder of the past -on the village’s hill, the forest’s last dire bear fell, pierced by arrows, rendering the village relatively safe…until, one fine day no longer than 13 months thereafter, the serpent reared its head – a half-elven druid who demands cruel, but predictable tribute, has even […]

    Village Backdrop: Arrowhill

    Village Backdrop: Arrowhill This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Arrowhill is a frontier’s community – isolated near vast forests, it is not a first-generation frontier’s town. In fact, its very name is a constant reminder of the past -on the village’s hill, the forest’s last dire bear fell, pierced by arrows, rendering the village relatively safe…until, one fine day no longer than 13 months thereafter, the serpent reared its head – a half-elven druid who demands cruel, but predictable tribute, has even […]

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  • From the Forge: 13 Evil Spells This little pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, what is this? The Freelance Forge can be considered a kind of think tank of game designers and this pdf constitutes one of their efforts. After a short, fluffy introduction, we dive right into the spells – so what do they do?   Well, first of all, they sport an iconic imagery – take the first spell, Blood Shackles, which causes not only damage to the target, but also binds it, with ½ your CL as an enhancement bonus to CMB/CMD […]

    From the Forge: 13 Evil Spells

    From the Forge: 13 Evil Spells This little pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, what is this? The Freelance Forge can be considered a kind of think tank of game designers and this pdf constitutes one of their efforts. After a short, fluffy introduction, we dive right into the spells – so what do they do?   Well, first of all, they sport an iconic imagery – take the first spell, Blood Shackles, which causes not only damage to the target, but also binds it, with ½ your CL as an enhancement bonus to CMB/CMD […]

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  • Leader of the Pack: Humanoids The first installment of LPJr Design’s “Leader of the Pack”-series is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Know the feeling? You’ve had your game derailed/a adventure idea, but no ready to go statblock for the boss of a tribe/group? Don’t want to slap on the advanced creature template on that sucker again? Well, Leader of the Pack is here to remedy that by providing boss-adversaries for roaming tribes, lieutenants etc. – this time, the focus being on humanoids:   Bugbears are the first humanoids covered herein, and the two characters provided herein would be a torture-master (fighter 2/ […]

    Leader of the Pack: Humanoids

    Leader of the Pack: Humanoids The first installment of LPJr Design’s “Leader of the Pack”-series is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Know the feeling? You’ve had your game derailed/a adventure idea, but no ready to go statblock for the boss of a tribe/group? Don’t want to slap on the advanced creature template on that sucker again? Well, Leader of the Pack is here to remedy that by providing boss-adversaries for roaming tribes, lieutenants etc. – this time, the focus being on humanoids:   Bugbears are the first humanoids covered herein, and the two characters provided herein would be a torture-master (fighter 2/ […]

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