Mike Welham Archive

  • Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0 (5e) The 5e-version of the expanded 2.0-version of the supplement depicting the village of Idyll is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   As always with Raging Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed Village Backdrop-series, we are introduced to a sample town herein, local nomenclature, market place-information on magic items for sale, some sample lore to be unearthed via ability score checks and, obviously, some rumors and adventure hooks. The DCs of checks throughout have been properly adjusted for 5e’s bounded accuracy paradigm, and the marketplace section has […]

    Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0 (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0 (5e) The 5e-version of the expanded 2.0-version of the supplement depicting the village of Idyll is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   As always with Raging Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed Village Backdrop-series, we are introduced to a sample town herein, local nomenclature, market place-information on magic items for sale, some sample lore to be unearthed via ability score checks and, obviously, some rumors and adventure hooks. The DCs of checks throughout have been properly adjusted for 5e’s bounded accuracy paradigm, and the marketplace section has […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0 (PF2) The expanded 2.0-version of the supplement depicting the village of Idyll is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   As always with Raging Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed Village Backdrop-series, we are introduced to a sample town herein, local nomenclature, market place-information on magic items for sale, some sample lore to be unearthed via Diplomacy-checks and, obviously, some rumors and adventure hooks. Positive: Pathfinder 2nd edition’s more realistic economy, and the design-paradigms regarding degrees of success in research have been properly implemented in this context. Minor […]

    Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0 (PF2)

    Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0 (PF2) The expanded 2.0-version of the supplement depicting the village of Idyll is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   As always with Raging Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed Village Backdrop-series, we are introduced to a sample town herein, local nomenclature, market place-information on magic items for sale, some sample lore to be unearthed via Diplomacy-checks and, obviously, some rumors and adventure hooks. Positive: Pathfinder 2nd edition’s more realistic economy, and the design-paradigms regarding degrees of success in research have been properly implemented in this context. Minor […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0 (OSR) The OSR-version of the expanded 2.0-version of the supplement depicting the village of Idyll is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   As always with Raging Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed Village Backdrop-series, we are introduced to a sample town herein, local nomenclature, market place-information on magic items for sale (which have been properly adjusted for old-school gaming’s decreased power-levels), some sample lore to be unearthed via roleplaying, as befitting of the OSR-version, and, obviously, some rumors and adventure hooks. Speaking of which: References to classes […]

    Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0 (OSR)

    Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0 (OSR) The OSR-version of the expanded 2.0-version of the supplement depicting the village of Idyll is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   As always with Raging Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed Village Backdrop-series, we are introduced to a sample town herein, local nomenclature, market place-information on magic items for sale (which have been properly adjusted for old-school gaming’s decreased power-levels), some sample lore to be unearthed via roleplaying, as befitting of the OSR-version, and, obviously, some rumors and adventure hooks. Speaking of which: References to classes […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0 The expanded 2.0-version of the supplement depicting the village of Idyll is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   As always with Raging Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed Village Backdrop-series, we are introduced to a sample town herein, local nomenclature, market place-information on magic items for sale, some sample lore to be unearthed via Knowledge-checks and, obviously, some rumors and adventure hooks. Oddly, the settlement statblock information present in the original iteration of the village has been cut.   On the plus-side of things, we have two […]

    Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0

    Village Backdrop: Idyll 2.0 The expanded 2.0-version of the supplement depicting the village of Idyll is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   As always with Raging Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed Village Backdrop-series, we are introduced to a sample town herein, local nomenclature, market place-information on magic items for sale, some sample lore to be unearthed via Knowledge-checks and, obviously, some rumors and adventure hooks. Oddly, the settlement statblock information present in the original iteration of the village has been cut.   On the plus-side of things, we have two […]

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  • Along the Twisting Way: The Faerie Ring Player’s Guide (Patreon Request) This massive player’s guide clocks in at 173 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page blank, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of ToC, 1 page reference explanation, 1 page end matter, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 160 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Important disclosure: I did both development and some major rewrites for this book, though I did not work on even close to everything herein. I am covering this book because one of my patreon supporters requested this. Due to me contributing to this book, I will try to […]

    Along the Twisting Way: The Faerie Ring Player’s Guide (Patreon Request)

    Along the Twisting Way: The Faerie Ring Player’s Guide (Patreon Request) This massive player’s guide clocks in at 173 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page blank, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of ToC, 1 page reference explanation, 1 page end matter, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 160 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Important disclosure: I did both development and some major rewrites for this book, though I did not work on even close to everything herein. I am covering this book because one of my patreon supporters requested this. Due to me contributing to this book, I will try to […]

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  • Legendary Planet VII: To Kill A Star The final installment of the Legendary Planet AP clocks in at 172 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction (which also contains notes on assumed power-level, etc.), 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD ,1  page back cover, leaving us with 161 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, I was a backer of the kickstarter for Legendary Planet, but I was not involved in the creation of this book. This brings me to a big, important note: You see, the kickstarter back then barely made the funding required for this final module – and under that premise, […]

    Legendary Planet VII: To Kill A Star

    Legendary Planet VII: To Kill A Star The final installment of the Legendary Planet AP clocks in at 172 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction (which also contains notes on assumed power-level, etc.), 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD ,1  page back cover, leaving us with 161 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, I was a backer of the kickstarter for Legendary Planet, but I was not involved in the creation of this book. This brings me to a big, important note: You see, the kickstarter back then barely made the funding required for this final module – and under that premise, […]

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  • Legendary Planet VI: Mind Tyrants of the Merciless Moons The sixth installment of the Legendary Planet AP clocks in at 100 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 89 pages of content.   As always: I was a kickstarter backer of the Legendary Planet AP, but not in any way involved in the creation of this AP.   One should also note that the book comes with something amazing that should be industry standard: The book comes with an extra-pdf, a massive art and map folio that clocks in at 43 pages […]

    Legendary Planet VI: Mind Tyrants of the Merciless Moons

    Legendary Planet VI: Mind Tyrants of the Merciless Moons The sixth installment of the Legendary Planet AP clocks in at 100 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 89 pages of content.   As always: I was a kickstarter backer of the Legendary Planet AP, but not in any way involved in the creation of this AP.   One should also note that the book comes with something amazing that should be industry standard: The book comes with an extra-pdf, a massive art and map folio that clocks in at 43 pages […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   When infamous pirate captain Vayla Hollan (fully presented in the fluff-centric style of the series; one of two NPCs getting this treatment) met her match in a particularly nasty storm, she barely managed to steer her vessel, the eponymous “Kerwyn’s Pride”, into the relatively safe Ballisco Bay. Here, she found opportunity – three baronies vying for supremacy and control over the water-based trade routes. Instead of simply making her ship seaworthy […]

    Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride

    Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   When infamous pirate captain Vayla Hollan (fully presented in the fluff-centric style of the series; one of two NPCs getting this treatment) met her match in a particularly nasty storm, she barely managed to steer her vessel, the eponymous “Kerwyn’s Pride”, into the relatively safe Ballisco Bay. Here, she found opportunity – three baronies vying for supremacy and control over the water-based trade routes. Instead of simply making her ship seaworthy […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   When infamous pirate captain Vayla Hollan (fully presented in the fluff-centric style of the series; one of two NPCs getting this treatment) met her match in a particularly nasty storm, she barely managed to steer her vessel, the eponymous “Kerwyn’s Pride”, into the relatively safe Ballisco Bay. Here, she found opportunity – three baronies vying for supremacy and control over the water-based trade routes. Instead of simply making her ship […]

    Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   When infamous pirate captain Vayla Hollan (fully presented in the fluff-centric style of the series; one of two NPCs getting this treatment) met her match in a particularly nasty storm, she barely managed to steer her vessel, the eponymous “Kerwyn’s Pride”, into the relatively safe Ballisco Bay. Here, she found opportunity – three baronies vying for supremacy and control over the water-based trade routes. Instead of simply making her ship […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride (system neutral) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   When infamous pirate captain Vayla Hollan (fully presented in the fluff-centric style of the series; one of two NPCs getting this treatment) met her match in a particularly nasty storm, she barely managed to steer her vessel, the eponymous “Kerwyn’s Pride”, into the relatively safe Ballisco Bay. Here, she found opportunity – three baronies vying for supremacy and control over the water-based trade routes. Instead of simply making her […]

    Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride (system neutral)

    Village Backdrop: Kerwyn’s Pride (system neutral) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   When infamous pirate captain Vayla Hollan (fully presented in the fluff-centric style of the series; one of two NPCs getting this treatment) met her match in a particularly nasty storm, she barely managed to steer her vessel, the eponymous “Kerwyn’s Pride”, into the relatively safe Ballisco Bay. Here, she found opportunity – three baronies vying for supremacy and control over the water-based trade routes. Instead of simply making her […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Victory Elm This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Standing amid gently roiling hills, Victory Elm derives its name from the massive tree that gives the village its name; goats graze on the hills, though the absence of any other tree nearby may seem odd to some. While a few hill giants remain nearby, the village has attempted to entice the creation of additional settlements to make the place less remote, but so far to no avail. The PFRPG version […]

    Village Backdrop: Victory Elm

    Village Backdrop: Victory Elm This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Standing amid gently roiling hills, Victory Elm derives its name from the massive tree that gives the village its name; goats graze on the hills, though the absence of any other tree nearby may seem odd to some. While a few hill giants remain nearby, the village has attempted to entice the creation of additional settlements to make the place less remote, but so far to no avail. The PFRPG version […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Victory Elm (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Standing amid gently roiling hills, Victory Elm derives its name from the massive tree that gives the village its name; goats graze on the hills, though the absence of any other tree nearby may seem odd to some. While a few hill giants remain nearby, the village has attempted to entice the creation of additional settlements to make the place less remote, but so far to no avail. The items […]

    Village Backdrop: Victory Elm (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Victory Elm (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Standing amid gently roiling hills, Victory Elm derives its name from the massive tree that gives the village its name; goats graze on the hills, though the absence of any other tree nearby may seem odd to some. While a few hill giants remain nearby, the village has attempted to entice the creation of additional settlements to make the place less remote, but so far to no avail. The items […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Victory Elm (system neutral) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Standing amid gently roiling hills, Victory Elm derives its name from the massive tree that gives the village its name; goats graze on the hills, though the absence of any other tree nearby may seem odd to some. While a few hill giants remain nearby, the village has attempted to entice the creation of additional settlements to make the place less remote, but so far to no avail. The […]

    Village Backdrop: Victory Elm (system neutral)

    Village Backdrop: Victory Elm (system neutral) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Standing amid gently roiling hills, Victory Elm derives its name from the massive tree that gives the village its name; goats graze on the hills, though the absence of any other tree nearby may seem odd to some. While a few hill giants remain nearby, the village has attempted to entice the creation of additional settlements to make the place less remote, but so far to no avail. The […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Edgewood 2.0 (system neutral) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, one of which is a pretty epic b/w-map of mythic Gloamhold and surrounding area, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Edgewood can pretty much be a somewhat isolated town, though not excessively so; it lies at the edge of the Shadetimber woods, and it is subject to woes. Founded roughly a hundred years ago, it wasn’t affected by major upheavals since its founding, but in spite of this, the town hasn’t seen much population growth since […]

    Village Backdrop: Edgewood 2.0 (system neutral)

    Village Backdrop: Edgewood 2.0 (system neutral) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, one of which is a pretty epic b/w-map of mythic Gloamhold and surrounding area, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Edgewood can pretty much be a somewhat isolated town, though not excessively so; it lies at the edge of the Shadetimber woods, and it is subject to woes. Founded roughly a hundred years ago, it wasn’t affected by major upheavals since its founding, but in spite of this, the town hasn’t seen much population growth since […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Edgewood 2.0 (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, one of which is a pretty epic b/w-map of mythic Gloamhold and surrounding area, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Edgewood can pretty much be a somewhat isolated town, though not excessively so; it lies at the edge of the Shadetimber woods, and it is subject to woes. Founded roughly a hundred years ago, it wasn’t affected by major upheavals since its founding, but in spite of this, the town hasn’t seen much population growth since the […]

    Village Backdrop: Edgewood 2.0 (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Edgewood 2.0 (5e) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, one of which is a pretty epic b/w-map of mythic Gloamhold and surrounding area, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Edgewood can pretty much be a somewhat isolated town, though not excessively so; it lies at the edge of the Shadetimber woods, and it is subject to woes. Founded roughly a hundred years ago, it wasn’t affected by major upheavals since its founding, but in spite of this, the town hasn’t seen much population growth since the […]

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  • The Colossal Creatures Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 91 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 87 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so there are a couple of things to note from the get-go; number one would be that this bestiary, if the page-count and low price point was not sufficient indicator enough for you, does not feature original artworks. I mention this because I know that it’s relevant as far as creatures are concerned for some folks; the interior artwork is a blending of b/w stock art and public domain pieces. As someone who always values content over shiny visuals, I have […]

    The Colossal Creatures Bestiary

    The Colossal Creatures Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 91 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 87 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so there are a couple of things to note from the get-go; number one would be that this bestiary, if the page-count and low price point was not sufficient indicator enough for you, does not feature original artworks. I mention this because I know that it’s relevant as far as creatures are concerned for some folks; the interior artwork is a blending of b/w stock art and public domain pieces. As someone who always values content over shiny visuals, I have […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Celtic This installment of the Mythic Monsters-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, though it should be noted that we get quite a lot of text per page.   This review was, funnily enough, requested by a patreon supporter to be moved up in my reviewing queue – and it was the only mythic book that had, prior to that, not (yet) been requested, so this, in a way, makes the completionist in me grin. […]

    Mythic Monsters: Celtic

    Mythic Monsters: Celtic This installment of the Mythic Monsters-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, though it should be noted that we get quite a lot of text per page.   This review was, funnily enough, requested by a patreon supporter to be moved up in my reviewing queue – and it was the only mythic book that had, prior to that, not (yet) been requested, so this, in a way, makes the completionist in me grin. […]

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  • Deadly Gardens Collection This massive collection of the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 76 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 70 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Deadly Gardens-series has, so far, provided quite a smattering of plant-creatures and related material, and this book collects the material in a handy compilation. From the get-go, we can see that this is not simply all the pdfs tacked together – the content has been reorganized in a sensible manner.   We begin the book with 4 new feats, which center around a couple of crucial […]

    Deadly Gardens Collection

    Deadly Gardens Collection This massive collection of the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 76 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 70 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Deadly Gardens-series has, so far, provided quite a smattering of plant-creatures and related material, and this book collects the material in a handy compilation. From the get-go, we can see that this is not simply all the pdfs tacked together – the content has been reorganized in a sensible manner.   We begin the book with 4 new feats, which center around a couple of crucial […]

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  • 101 Spells for the Common Man This supplement clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we get a rather nice list of spells by suggested profession – want to know which spells work for doctors and artisans? There’s a list here, and each occupation lists the respective spells by spell level. The spells only cover the spell-levels from 0th to 2nd, focusing on magic for the common man, as befitting of a magical society. If that seems inconvenient to you, fret not, for the supplement also provides spell-lists by class, which btw. […]

    101 Spells for the Common Man

    101 Spells for the Common Man This supplement clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we get a rather nice list of spells by suggested profession – want to know which spells work for doctors and artisans? There’s a list here, and each occupation lists the respective spells by spell level. The spells only cover the spell-levels from 0th to 2nd, focusing on magic for the common man, as befitting of a magical society. If that seems inconvenient to you, fret not, for the supplement also provides spell-lists by class, which btw. […]

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  • Campaign Backdrops: Caves & Caverns This massive compilation clocks in at 165 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1.5 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page foreword, 1 page advice on reading statblocks, leaving us with 155.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so, on the half page that is left by the ToC, we get a handy list of random encounters by EL, as well as a list of statblocks by type, followed by a statblock by CR-list – this makes, obviously, navigation much smoother for the GM.   But what do we get exactly in this one? Well, for one, we have […]

    Campaign Backdrops: Caves & Caverns

    Campaign Backdrops: Caves & Caverns This massive compilation clocks in at 165 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1.5 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page foreword, 1 page advice on reading statblocks, leaving us with 155.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so, on the half page that is left by the ToC, we get a handy list of random encounters by EL, as well as a list of statblocks by type, followed by a statblock by CR-list – this makes, obviously, navigation much smoother for the GM.   But what do we get exactly in this one? Well, for one, we have […]

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  • Imperiums Campaign Guide: Plight of the Tuatha (5e) Okay, so this massive supplement clocks in at 292 pages of content, not taking the editorial, etc. into account. I’ve had this book for a while, and it is, to make that clear from the get-go, an incredibly dense book – I have rewritten this review twice now, because I never was totally happy with how the review turned out; it either bloated or remained too superficial, so here goes – hope this iteration does provide the guidance you require.   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving this book in print in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.   So, first thing first – […]

    Imperiums Campaign Guide: Plight of the Tuatha (5e)

    Imperiums Campaign Guide: Plight of the Tuatha (5e) Okay, so this massive supplement clocks in at 292 pages of content, not taking the editorial, etc. into account. I’ve had this book for a while, and it is, to make that clear from the get-go, an incredibly dense book – I have rewritten this review twice now, because I never was totally happy with how the review turned out; it either bloated or remained too superficial, so here goes – hope this iteration does provide the guidance you require.   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving this book in print in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.   So, first thing first – […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Monstrous Lairs I (system neutral) This compilation of the Monstrous Lair-series clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page foreword, 1 page ToC and how to use the book, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 44 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   At this point, I do believe that you’re familiar with the series – each entry includes 7 d10-tables, which feature approaches to the respective locale; the second table depicts what’s currently happening as the PCs stumble into the lair; we get two dressing tables – one for major, and one for minor features, and similarly, a table for sample […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Monstrous Lairs I (system neutral)

    GM’s Miscellany: Monstrous Lairs I (system neutral) This compilation of the Monstrous Lair-series clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page foreword, 1 page ToC and how to use the book, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 44 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   At this point, I do believe that you’re familiar with the series – each entry includes 7 d10-tables, which feature approaches to the respective locale; the second table depicts what’s currently happening as the PCs stumble into the lair; we get two dressing tables – one for major, and one for minor features, and similarly, a table for sample […]

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  • Monstrous Lair: Ogre Cave (system neutral) This installment of the Monstrous Lairs-pdfs clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Sometimes, you just need a bit of dressing for a wayside encounter – or something specific to a monster type. Finding appropriate entries can be rough, and so, this series attempts to remedy this shortcoming on 2 pages, with a total of 7 d10-tables.   In this installment, we take a look at Ogres and their cavernous living spaces: The first table allows us to describe the approach to the lair, which […]

    Monstrous Lair: Ogre Cave (system neutral)

    Monstrous Lair: Ogre Cave (system neutral) This installment of the Monstrous Lairs-pdfs clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Sometimes, you just need a bit of dressing for a wayside encounter – or something specific to a monster type. Finding appropriate entries can be rough, and so, this series attempts to remedy this shortcoming on 2 pages, with a total of 7 d10-tables.   In this installment, we take a look at Ogres and their cavernous living spaces: The first table allows us to describe the approach to the lair, which […]

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  • Monstrous Lair: Owlbear Nest (system neutral) The first of the Monstrous Lairs-pdfs clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Sometimes, you just need a bit of dressing for a wayside encounter – or something specific to a monster type. Finding appropriate entries can be rough, and so, this series attempts to remedy this shortcoming on 2 pages, with a total of 7 d10-tables.   In this installment, we take a look at Owlbears and their nests: The first table allows us to describe the approach to the lair, including deep furrows […]

    Monstrous Lair: Owlbear Nest (system neutral)

    Monstrous Lair: Owlbear Nest (system neutral) The first of the Monstrous Lairs-pdfs clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Sometimes, you just need a bit of dressing for a wayside encounter – or something specific to a monster type. Finding appropriate entries can be rough, and so, this series attempts to remedy this shortcoming on 2 pages, with a total of 7 d10-tables.   In this installment, we take a look at Owlbears and their nests: The first table allows us to describe the approach to the lair, including deep furrows […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: The Thingonomicon (system neutral) This massive compilation clocks in at 188 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 179 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested as a prioritized review by my patreon supporters and moved up in my reviewing queue accordingly   First of all, this supplement has got to have one of the coolest names ever – kudos there! In case you did not notice, this one represents a compilation of Raging Swan Press’ first 25 installments of the #20 Things-series of dressing files.   This means it […]

    GM’s Miscellany: The Thingonomicon (system neutral)

    GM’s Miscellany: The Thingonomicon (system neutral) This massive compilation clocks in at 188 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 179 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested as a prioritized review by my patreon supporters and moved up in my reviewing queue accordingly   First of all, this supplement has got to have one of the coolest names ever – kudos there! In case you did not notice, this one represents a compilation of Raging Swan Press’ first 25 installments of the #20 Things-series of dressing files.   This means it […]

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  • Languard Locations: High City This installment of the Languard Locations series, which details the different districts of the city of Languard in more detail, clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We have taken a look at where the unfortunate dwell, so let’s move to the other side of the Svart that almost bisects the town, let us take a look at where Languard’s elite dwells – and as such, we begin with an overview of the noble families of Languard, supplement by a half-page b/w-artwork. This section is followed by […]

    Languard Locations: High City

    Languard Locations: High City This installment of the Languard Locations series, which details the different districts of the city of Languard in more detail, clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We have taken a look at where the unfortunate dwell, so let’s move to the other side of the Svart that almost bisects the town, let us take a look at where Languard’s elite dwells – and as such, we begin with an overview of the noble families of Languard, supplement by a half-page b/w-artwork. This section is followed by […]

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  • Languard Locations: High City (5e) This installment of the Languard Locations series, which details the different districts of the city of Languard in more detail, clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We have taken a look at where the unfortunate dwell, so let’s move to the other side of the Svart that almost bisects the town, let us take a look at where Languard’s elite dwells – and as such, we begin with an overview of the noble families of Languard, supplement by a half-page b/w-artwork. This section is followed […]

    Languard Locations: High City (5e)

    Languard Locations: High City (5e) This installment of the Languard Locations series, which details the different districts of the city of Languard in more detail, clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We have taken a look at where the unfortunate dwell, so let’s move to the other side of the Svart that almost bisects the town, let us take a look at where Languard’s elite dwells – and as such, we begin with an overview of the noble families of Languard, supplement by a half-page b/w-artwork. This section is followed […]

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