N. Jolly Archive

  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: County Faire This installment of the damn cool “Letters from the Flaming Crab”-series of oddball, unconventional pdfs clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 16 pages of content so let’s take a look!   This pdf addresses a concern I have encountered in my games a couple of times, and from what I’ve heard, I am not alone. You see, my games tend to be pretty serious affairs and feature some darker themes; as such, faires and circuses tend to result in…ehem…unpleasant adventures…to the point where my players have become suitably paranoid regarding county faires…which feeds into the law of diminishing returns.   […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: County Faire

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: County Faire This installment of the damn cool “Letters from the Flaming Crab”-series of oddball, unconventional pdfs clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 16 pages of content so let’s take a look!   This pdf addresses a concern I have encountered in my games a couple of times, and from what I’ve heard, I am not alone. You see, my games tend to be pretty serious affairs and feature some darker themes; as such, faires and circuses tend to result in…ehem…unpleasant adventures…to the point where my players have become suitably paranoid regarding county faires…which feeds into the law of diminishing returns.   […]

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  • Samurai of Porphyra This installment of the Porphyran class-option series clocks in at 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 27 pages of content, though it should be noted that the content is formatted for A5 (6” by 9”). So what do we get?   The samurai has always been a class defined by culture as much as by mechanics and as such, it is only suitable that this pdf begins with a contextualization of the samurai class within the framework of Porphyra….but after this brief piece of fluff, we begin with the first archetype almost immediately. This one would be the Blade of Two Minds, torn between the ideals of two […]

    Samurai of Porphyra

    Samurai of Porphyra This installment of the Porphyran class-option series clocks in at 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 27 pages of content, though it should be noted that the content is formatted for A5 (6” by 9”). So what do we get?   The samurai has always been a class defined by culture as much as by mechanics and as such, it is only suitable that this pdf begins with a contextualization of the samurai class within the framework of Porphyra….but after this brief piece of fluff, we begin with the first archetype almost immediately. This one would be the Blade of Two Minds, torn between the ideals of two […]

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  • Gunslingers of Porphyra This installment of the class-centric Porphyra-series clocks in at 39 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, though it should be mentioned that the file adheres to an A5/booklet-style size at approximately 6” by 9”. So, let’s take a look!   But before we do, I’ll have to ramble a bit about the Gunslinger. You see, when the class was released back in the day, I loved some of the design-decision. Grit-regains rewarded players for doing cool things and the class looked pretty neat. In play, though, several issues soon became apparent. The first of these would pertain lack of player choice: There simply is […]

    Gunslingers of Porphyra

    Gunslingers of Porphyra This installment of the class-centric Porphyra-series clocks in at 39 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, though it should be mentioned that the file adheres to an A5/booklet-style size at approximately 6” by 9”. So, let’s take a look!   But before we do, I’ll have to ramble a bit about the Gunslinger. You see, when the class was released back in the day, I loved some of the design-decision. Grit-regains rewarded players for doing cool things and the class looked pretty neat. In play, though, several issues soon became apparent. The first of these would pertain lack of player choice: There simply is […]

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  • Legendary Classes: Eternal Mage This installment of the Legendary Classes-series clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this eternal mage guy? The class gets d6 HD, 2+Int mod skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and suffer from arcane spell failure when wearing armor (and gain no proficiencies there). They also get 1/2 BAB-progression and good Will-saves – so, we have the classic full caster chassis, right?   Kind of. Spellcasting is radically different. Eternal mages draw their spells from the wizard spell list and are spontaneous casters – as such, Charisma is their governing […]

    Legendary Classes: Eternal Mage

    Legendary Classes: Eternal Mage This installment of the Legendary Classes-series clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this eternal mage guy? The class gets d6 HD, 2+Int mod skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and suffer from arcane spell failure when wearing armor (and gain no proficiencies there). They also get 1/2 BAB-progression and good Will-saves – so, we have the classic full caster chassis, right?   Kind of. Spellcasting is radically different. Eternal mages draw their spells from the wizard spell list and are spontaneous casters – as such, Charisma is their governing […]

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  • Kineticists of Porphyra III The third of the kineticist-supplements in the …of Porphyra-line clocks in at 66 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of content, leaving us with 62 pages, though these are in the digest-like A5 (9” by 6”)-format, but if the previous two books were any indications, this will be chock full with hard crunch…so let’s not waste any time and dive right in!   In case you were wondering – this review is based on V.4 of the file.   After a brief discussion on kineticists and their interaction with the overall world, we are introduced to the selection of the archetypes herein – let’s start with the racial one: The Elemental Brethren, […]

    Kineticists of Porphyra III

    Kineticists of Porphyra III The third of the kineticist-supplements in the …of Porphyra-line clocks in at 66 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of content, leaving us with 62 pages, though these are in the digest-like A5 (9” by 6”)-format, but if the previous two books were any indications, this will be chock full with hard crunch…so let’s not waste any time and dive right in!   In case you were wondering – this review is based on V.4 of the file.   After a brief discussion on kineticists and their interaction with the overall world, we are introduced to the selection of the archetypes herein – let’s start with the racial one: The Elemental Brethren, […]

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  • Kineticists of Porphyra II The second of the massive expansions for the kineticist-class clocks in at 59 pages (as before, in the one-column, digest-like format), 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 55 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on V.4 of the file.   After a brief introduction on kineticism in Porphyra, we dive right into the first archetype, the Divine Conduit, who must be good-aligned, gets an aura of good and replaces the 1st level infusion with the exclusive universal wild talent kinetic smite: For accepting 1 burn, as a swift action, you may declare a target within 60 ft. as the target of […]

    Kineticists of Porphyra II

    Kineticists of Porphyra II The second of the massive expansions for the kineticist-class clocks in at 59 pages (as before, in the one-column, digest-like format), 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 55 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on V.4 of the file.   After a brief introduction on kineticism in Porphyra, we dive right into the first archetype, the Divine Conduit, who must be good-aligned, gets an aura of good and replaces the 1st level infusion with the exclusive universal wild talent kinetic smite: For accepting 1 burn, as a swift action, you may declare a target within 60 ft. as the target of […]

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  • Kineticists of Porphyra The first of the much lauded Kineticist of Porphyra-books clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 46 pages of content – however, you should be aware that the layout for this book is that of a single-column one, with the obvious intent of being printed out in A5 (or paperback) content, which means that there is a bit less content herein than you’d expect from the page-count. However, there is still A LOT of ground to cover, so let’s take a look, shall we? Oh, one, more thing – this review is based on the fifth iteration of the book, just in case you were […]

    Kineticists of Porphyra

    Kineticists of Porphyra The first of the much lauded Kineticist of Porphyra-books clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 46 pages of content – however, you should be aware that the layout for this book is that of a single-column one, with the obvious intent of being printed out in A5 (or paperback) content, which means that there is a bit less content herein than you’d expect from the page-count. However, there is still A LOT of ground to cover, so let’s take a look, shall we? Oh, one, more thing – this review is based on the fifth iteration of the book, just in case you were […]

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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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