Mike Welham Archive

  • Village Backdrop: Silver Bluff This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 11 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 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Silver Bluff is a mining town with a twist – sprung up as little more than a better camp, it began in a promising manner…but then, the mine’s silver started to run out. At danger +30, you pretty much immediately realize that the local population did not take kindly to these changes and the ramshackle ethnic composition alongside the lack of a governing body mean that this is very much a […]

    Village Backdrop: Silver Bluff

    Village Backdrop: Silver Bluff This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 11 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 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Silver Bluff is a mining town with a twist – sprung up as little more than a better camp, it began in a promising manner…but then, the mine’s silver started to run out. At danger +30, you pretty much immediately realize that the local population did not take kindly to these changes and the ramshackle ethnic composition alongside the lack of a governing body mean that this is very much a […]

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  • 20 Things #8: Cultist’s Lair (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The 8th installment of the system-neutral dressing-series by Raging Swan press wastes no time and begins with 10 cultists with a personality – from affable halfling couples to scarred dagger-wielders performing “sacred” duties or sheltered wives finding “purpose” in a cult, the characters provided indeed have personality – they are, obviously, system-neutral and thus stat-free, but should be considered to be worthwhile, nice write-ups of persons and worthy angles […]

    20 Things #8: Cultist’s Lair (system neutral)

    20 Things #8: Cultist’s Lair (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The 8th installment of the system-neutral dressing-series by Raging Swan press wastes no time and begins with 10 cultists with a personality – from affable halfling couples to scarred dagger-wielders performing “sacred” duties or sheltered wives finding “purpose” in a cult, the characters provided indeed have personality – they are, obviously, system-neutral and thus stat-free, but should be considered to be worthwhile, nice write-ups of persons and worthy angles […]

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  • Bite Me! Wererats This installment of the Bite Me!-series clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we take a look at wererats, now reimagined as part of the Bite Me!-series. They get +2 Dex and Con, -2 Wis, the two bloods racial feature (making you count as a parent race as well as a shapeshifter for purposes of being affected by effects), low-light vision, +2 to Perception and Survival. Beast Form works is presented in a rather precise wording construct that takes temporary hit points, equipment and the […]

    Bite Me! Wererats

    Bite Me! Wererats This installment of the Bite Me!-series clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we take a look at wererats, now reimagined as part of the Bite Me!-series. They get +2 Dex and Con, -2 Wis, the two bloods racial feature (making you count as a parent race as well as a shapeshifter for purposes of being affected by effects), low-light vision, +2 to Perception and Survival. Beast Form works is presented in a rather precise wording construct that takes temporary hit points, equipment and the […]

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  • Mythic Module Monsters: Rune Lords 5 This inexpensive little pdf clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts the beasts in the mega-dungeon-centric issue of the first AP into mythic iterations.   The lowest power-level here is CR 5/MR 2, the ercinee to be more precise: The critter can use mythic power to increase its light to blinding levels, spatter nearby foes with luminous fluid and lull foes  into sleep or screech them into confusion. Solid! The CR 10/MR […]

    Mythic Module Monsters: Rune Lords 5

    Mythic Module Monsters: Rune Lords 5 This inexpensive little pdf clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts the beasts in the mega-dungeon-centric issue of the first AP into mythic iterations.   The lowest power-level here is CR 5/MR 2, the ercinee to be more precise: The critter can use mythic power to increase its light to blinding levels, spatter nearby foes with luminous fluid and lull foes  into sleep or screech them into confusion. Solid! The CR 10/MR […]

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  • Campaign Backdrops: Hills & Mountains This installment of Raging Swan Press’ Campaign Backdrops-compilations clocks in at 115 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with an impressive 108 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being a compilation of material, we begin this massive book with a handy list of statblcoks by CR with the respective page number for easy reference obviously included. Beyond that, the pdf provides advice for novice GMs on how to read statblocks and an extensive acknowledgement of author bios – I mention the latter primarily since I consider this aspect to be great and […]

    Campaign Backdrops: Hills & Mountains

    Campaign Backdrops: Hills & Mountains This installment of Raging Swan Press’ Campaign Backdrops-compilations clocks in at 115 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with an impressive 108 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being a compilation of material, we begin this massive book with a handy list of statblcoks by CR with the respective page number for easy reference obviously included. Beyond that, the pdf provides advice for novice GMs on how to read statblocks and an extensive acknowledgement of author bios – I mention the latter primarily since I consider this aspect to be great and […]

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  • Mythic Module Monsters – Rune Lords 1 This inexpensive 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!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts these beasts featured in the by now legendary first RotRL, the first Pathfinder installment ever, into mythic versions.   The first critter herein would be the CR 5/MR 2 Attic Whisperer – and one look at the critter makes clear that this is no hack job: White a morale-sapping aura of decrepitude, fast healing while within debris-laden areas and claws […]

    Mythic Module Monsters – Rune Lords 1

    Mythic Module Monsters – Rune Lords 1 This inexpensive 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!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts these beasts featured in the by now legendary first RotRL, the first Pathfinder installment ever, into mythic versions.   The first critter herein would be the CR 5/MR 2 Attic Whisperer – and one look at the critter makes clear that this is no hack job: White a morale-sapping aura of decrepitude, fast healing while within debris-laden areas and claws […]

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  • Adventure Quarterly #7 The 7th installment of Rite Publishing’s quarterly magazine, their spiritual heir to Dungeon, if you will, clocks in at 63 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 57 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, this installment begins with a brief editorial by Robert N- Emerson before diving into the modules, but let’s take a look at the supplemental material first. Why? Because it is extremely useful: Steven D. Russell provides an article that helps structuring PC subplots in your campaign…and he has a 100-entry-strong table of Pre-Butt Kicking One Liners. This table is incredibly awesome: […]

    Adventure Quarterly #7

    Adventure Quarterly #7 The 7th installment of Rite Publishing’s quarterly magazine, their spiritual heir to Dungeon, if you will, clocks in at 63 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 57 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, this installment begins with a brief editorial by Robert N- Emerson before diving into the modules, but let’s take a look at the supplemental material first. Why? Because it is extremely useful: Steven D. Russell provides an article that helps structuring PC subplots in your campaign…and he has a 100-entry-strong table of Pre-Butt Kicking One Liners. This table is incredibly awesome: […]

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  • 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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  • I loot the bag of holding! (PFRPG/system-neutral) The latest installment in Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a massive table of no less than 100 pieces of adventuring gear – and, in case you’re wondering, they very much may be system-neutral and less crunchy that you could expect – but they *are* cool and diverse: A folding ladder, sticks that obscure the immediate area in purple smoke, camouflage nets for other biomes, differently colored sticks of chalk, dented breastplates – […]

    I loot the bag of holding! (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    I loot the bag of holding! (PFRPG/system-neutral) The latest installment in Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a massive table of no less than 100 pieces of adventuring gear – and, in case you’re wondering, they very much may be system-neutral and less crunchy that you could expect – but they *are* cool and diverse: A folding ladder, sticks that obscure the immediate area in purple smoke, camouflage nets for other biomes, differently colored sticks of chalk, dented breastplates – […]

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  • Advanced Races Compendium This massive book clocks in at 338 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1.5 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal328.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Wait a second, though – A quick glance at the list of developers for this book will show you that I worked on this. I am writing this article since I was explicitly asked to by my readers. That being said, considering the sheer size of this book and my own involvement, I will not provide a point by point analysis of the content and also will refrain from adding a final […]

    Advanced Races Compendium

    Advanced Races Compendium This massive book clocks in at 338 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1.5 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal328.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Wait a second, though – A quick glance at the list of developers for this book will show you that I worked on this. I am writing this article since I was explicitly asked to by my readers. That being said, considering the sheer size of this book and my own involvement, I will not provide a point by point analysis of the content and also will refrain from adding a final […]

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  • Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting This massive campaign setting clocks in at 214 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 219 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Porphyra…Purple Duck Games’ in-house setting is massive, it’s regional (and extremely crunchy) player’s guide clocking in regularly at 60+ pages…and unlike most campaign settings, this world was not crowdfunded…it just slowly, steadily, came to be…which is an impressive feat in my book. Anyways, Porphyra’s details and unique components are many and have been suffusing Purple Duck Games-supplements for years: Whether it’s the unique mini-game arabakmpsi, the lovecraft gaming toolkit or other offerings – never obtrusive, but the […]

    Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting

    Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting This massive campaign setting clocks in at 214 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 219 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Porphyra…Purple Duck Games’ in-house setting is massive, it’s regional (and extremely crunchy) player’s guide clocking in regularly at 60+ pages…and unlike most campaign settings, this world was not crowdfunded…it just slowly, steadily, came to be…which is an impressive feat in my book. Anyways, Porphyra’s details and unique components are many and have been suffusing Purple Duck Games-supplements for years: Whether it’s the unique mini-game arabakmpsi, the lovecraft gaming toolkit or other offerings – never obtrusive, but the […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Mesoamerica 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, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment of the Mythic Monsters-series with an unconventional offering – while the couatl has already been covered in Guardians of Good, this installment features the 10-level Plumed Servant-PrC that gets 1/2 BAB-progression and Will-save progression, 2+Int skills per level, 6/10 levels arcane spellcasting progression. Requiring 5 ranks in various skills and 2nd level […]

    Mythic Monsters: Mesoamerica

    Mythic Monsters: Mesoamerica 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, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment of the Mythic Monsters-series with an unconventional offering – while the couatl has already been covered in Guardians of Good, this installment features the 10-level Plumed Servant-PrC that gets 1/2 BAB-progression and Will-save progression, 2+Int skills per level, 6/10 levels arcane spellcasting progression. Requiring 5 ranks in various skills and 2nd level […]

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  • Starfall Okay, this plug-in for Iron Gods…wait. Scratch that. This is basically no plug-in, it’s a damn huge expansion. Starfall clocks in at 76 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover,  leaving us with 69 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended for 13th level characters, who should, in the process of this module, gain about 1.5 levels worth of XP. The pdf provides two technological items, the photon pistol (with stun and kill-settings) and the radiation suit and sports, creature-wise, the toadhemoth, which would be a CR 14 variant of the froghemoth. A mythic creature, the Qomok, first […]

    Starfall

    Starfall Okay, this plug-in for Iron Gods…wait. Scratch that. This is basically no plug-in, it’s a damn huge expansion. Starfall clocks in at 76 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover,  leaving us with 69 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended for 13th level characters, who should, in the process of this module, gain about 1.5 levels worth of XP. The pdf provides two technological items, the photon pistol (with stun and kill-settings) and the radiation suit and sports, creature-wise, the toadhemoth, which would be a CR 14 variant of the froghemoth. A mythic creature, the Qomok, first […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Egypt 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, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf, as has become the tradition, with supplemental material – which, this time around, would actually be mythic upgrades for two class options: The first would a mythic modification of the archaeologist bard archetype – though, to nitpick, the wording of some class feature could be a bit of streamlining – one ability, […]

    Mythic Monsters: Egypt

    Mythic Monsters: Egypt 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, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf, as has become the tradition, with supplemental material – which, this time around, would actually be mythic upgrades for two class options: The first would a mythic modification of the archaeologist bard archetype – though, to nitpick, the wording of some class feature could be a bit of streamlining – one ability, […]

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  • I Loot the Druid’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this dressing-file once again with a massive 100-entry table of outfits for the deceased druids – from silken robes made from exotic purple moth-silk to leafy branches that are alive, nature itself provides, appropriately, a diverse array of cool entries. Beyond these, vinegar-like smelling rags, boy scout-style achievement studded robes, 101-Dalmation-robes or capes that buzz liek dragonfly wings – this table is not just good…it’s superb and breathes […]

    I Loot the Druid’s Body! (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    I Loot the Druid’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this dressing-file once again with a massive 100-entry table of outfits for the deceased druids – from silken robes made from exotic purple moth-silk to leafy branches that are alive, nature itself provides, appropriately, a diverse array of cool entries. Beyond these, vinegar-like smelling rags, boy scout-style achievement studded robes, 101-Dalmation-robes or capes that buzz liek dragonfly wings – this table is not just good…it’s superb and breathes […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Norse 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, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, we begin this installment of mythic monsters not with feats or the like – no, we begin this with a pretty glorious array of monster options – namely 3 templates. It should be noted that both this series’ installment on giants and colossal threats work exceedingly well with these: Two are relatively simple: The MR […]

    Mythic Monsters: Norse

    Mythic Monsters: Norse 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, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, we begin this installment of mythic monsters not with feats or the like – no, we begin this with a pretty glorious array of monster options – namely 3 templates. It should be noted that both this series’ installment on giants and colossal threats work exceedingly well with these: Two are relatively simple: The MR […]

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  • Heroes of the Birdman Mountains This installment of Purple Duck Games’ regional player’s guides clocks in at 57 pages, one page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 54 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief piece of introductory fluff, we are introduced to the races prevalent within the birdman mountain region – which, obviously, consists of a bunch of bird-like races. Now here is a bit of a catch that GMs should be aware of: The races like harpies herein often sport 1st level unassisted flight; when they do, however, they are balanced versus the strix race. Now I *generally* am a big opponent of unassisted flight at […]

    Heroes of the Birdman Mountains

    Heroes of the Birdman Mountains This installment of Purple Duck Games’ regional player’s guides clocks in at 57 pages, one page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 54 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief piece of introductory fluff, we are introduced to the races prevalent within the birdman mountain region – which, obviously, consists of a bunch of bird-like races. Now here is a bit of a catch that GMs should be aware of: The races like harpies herein often sport 1st level unassisted flight; when they do, however, they are balanced versus the strix race. Now I *generally* am a big opponent of unassisted flight at […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Plants This installment of the mythic monsters-series clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   So, plants…to me, they always are the most creepy critters out there. I don’t know why, but fungi and plants, perhaps due to my allergies and their overt and covert means of causing harm, always felt truly disturbing to me. Similarly, a fascination with herbalism is immediately catered to by this pdf, for we begin with […]

    Mythic Monsters: Plants

    Mythic Monsters: Plants This installment of the mythic monsters-series clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   So, plants…to me, they always are the most creepy critters out there. I don’t know why, but fungi and plants, perhaps due to my allergies and their overt and covert means of causing harm, always felt truly disturbing to me. Similarly, a fascination with herbalism is immediately catered to by this pdf, for we begin with […]

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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 Backdrops: Idyll 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   As always with Raging Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed Village Backdrop-series, we are introduced to a sample town herein, complete with settlements statblock, 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.   A brief glimpse at the village map shows that the settlement is close to a little stream – and, frankly, if “idyll” as a name evokes pastoral […]

    Village Backdrops: Idyll

    Village Backdrops: Idyll 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   As always with Raging Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed Village Backdrop-series, we are introduced to a sample town herein, complete with settlements statblock, 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.   A brief glimpse at the village map shows that the settlement is close to a little stream – and, frankly, if “idyll” as a name evokes pastoral […]

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  • Wayfinder #14 The 14th issue of the eminent Wayfinder fanzine, by fans, for fans, clocks in at 80 pages, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 6 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 70 massive pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay. This is NOT a review in the traditional sense. Why? Because I am NOT going to analyze piece by piece, content by content everything featured herein – with a book as dense as Wayfinder #14, this would bloat the review to a level that would benefit no one, considering its free availability. What I’ll be doing instead, is first telling you a bit about Wayfinder…and what it means to me.   […]

    Wayfinder #14

    Wayfinder #14 The 14th issue of the eminent Wayfinder fanzine, by fans, for fans, clocks in at 80 pages, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 6 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 70 massive pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay. This is NOT a review in the traditional sense. Why? Because I am NOT going to analyze piece by piece, content by content everything featured herein – with a book as dense as Wayfinder #14, this would bloat the review to a level that would benefit no one, considering its free availability. What I’ll be doing instead, is first telling you a bit about Wayfinder…and what it means to me.   […]

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  • Pathways #54 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Pathways clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 12 pages advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I usually don’t do free books anymore, but since a patreon asked me to cover the current Pathways, here we go.   After Dave Paul’s well-written editorial, we begin with Rite Publishing’s mastermind Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time around the CR+2 dread phantom armor template, which is, in the tradition of templates with the “dread” prefix, an actually badass, properly deadly version of the concept featured, including a dread curse to negate armor and equipment-based bonuses…OUCH!   […]

    Pathways #54

    Pathways #54 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Pathways clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 12 pages advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I usually don’t do free books anymore, but since a patreon asked me to cover the current Pathways, here we go.   After Dave Paul’s well-written editorial, we begin with Rite Publishing’s mastermind Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time around the CR+2 dread phantom armor template, which is, in the tradition of templates with the “dread” prefix, an actually badass, properly deadly version of the concept featured, including a dread curse to negate armor and equipment-based bonuses…OUCH!   […]

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  • Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes This massive book clocks in at 126 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page backer-thanks, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 113 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But first, before we do, let me mention something: This massive book is basically a compilation of material I have already reviewed…at least, for the most part: We have the lycanthrope-archetypes, the wereblooded races, the skindancers and the excellent advice/rules-book on actually playing lycanthropes and how to handle them in your campaign – I have already covered, in extensive detail, mind you, all of […]

    Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes

    Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes This massive book clocks in at 126 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page backer-thanks, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 113 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But first, before we do, let me mention something: This massive book is basically a compilation of material I have already reviewed…at least, for the most part: We have the lycanthrope-archetypes, the wereblooded races, the skindancers and the excellent advice/rules-book on actually playing lycanthropes and how to handle them in your campaign – I have already covered, in extensive detail, mind you, all of […]

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  • Pathways #52 The 52nd installment of Rite Publishing’s free monthly e-zine Pathways clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, so let’s take a look!     As per the tradition of Pathways, we begin with David Paul’s editorial and then, a new template crafted by Steven D. Russell and an accompanying sample creature. This time around, we get the walking wasteland CR+2 template, which renders creatures truly toxic/putrid – healing-impediment and spoiled foods and drinks, courtesy of these beast’s auras, accompany them like the noxious, poisonous clouds that never stray far from them – oh, and the very attacks of […]

    Pathways #52

    Pathways #52 The 52nd installment of Rite Publishing’s free monthly e-zine Pathways clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, so let’s take a look!     As per the tradition of Pathways, we begin with David Paul’s editorial and then, a new template crafted by Steven D. Russell and an accompanying sample creature. This time around, we get the walking wasteland CR+2 template, which renders creatures truly toxic/putrid – healing-impediment and spoiled foods and drinks, courtesy of these beast’s auras, accompany them like the noxious, poisonous clouds that never stray far from them – oh, and the very attacks of […]

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  • Pathways #51 The 51st issue of Rite Publishing’s monthly FREE e-zine Pathways clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 11 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always, with an editorial – and a note: Beyond some issues being PWYW, you can now support Pathways via its own patreon and this issue is the first that is thus enhanced – we actually get more content! As has become the tradition with the series, we start this issue with Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time the CR+2 False Idol. The template (and sample creature, a Leukodaemon) is pretty […]

    Pathways #51

    Pathways #51 The 51st issue of Rite Publishing’s monthly FREE e-zine Pathways clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 11 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always, with an editorial – and a note: Beyond some issues being PWYW, you can now support Pathways via its own patreon and this issue is the first that is thus enhanced – we actually get more content! As has become the tradition with the series, we start this issue with Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time the CR+2 False Idol. The template (and sample creature, a Leukodaemon) is pretty […]

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  • Places of Power: The Prismatic Tower The second installment of Raging Swan Press’ new Places of Power-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Originally home to a cabal of wizards, the prismatic tower, situated atop Starreach Peak and made from glasslike material, the focus on color-based spellcasting practiced there has recently seen an influx, growing the population of inhabitants to 25. Following the standard established, the first page provides lore the PCs can research on the place, a list of notable folk and a marketplace-section – all at one glance.   […]

    Places of Power: The Prismatic Tower

    Places of Power: The Prismatic Tower The second installment of Raging Swan Press’ new Places of Power-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Originally home to a cabal of wizards, the prismatic tower, situated atop Starreach Peak and made from glasslike material, the focus on color-based spellcasting practiced there has recently seen an influx, growing the population of inhabitants to 25. Following the standard established, the first page provides lore the PCs can research on the place, a list of notable folk and a marketplace-section – all at one glance.   […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Animals This installment of the mythic monsters-series clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages hot to use/introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content – so let’s not waste any time!   The tradition of this series stipulates that we begin each of the supplements with a fun, customized offering that takes the respective nature of the installment into account – this time around, this would be a mixed entry regarding its focus, one that takes a crucial central component into account: Animals are hard […]

    Mythic Monsters: Animals

    Mythic Monsters: Animals This installment of the mythic monsters-series clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages hot to use/introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content – so let’s not waste any time!   The tradition of this series stipulates that we begin each of the supplements with a fun, customized offering that takes the respective nature of the installment into account – this time around, this would be a mixed entry regarding its focus, one that takes a crucial central component into account: Animals are hard […]

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