Occult Adventures-compatible Archive

  • The Genius Guide to Homophone Spells This Genius Guide clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, after a brief and humorous introduction, we move right on to the spells in question – which btw. do take the occult classes, ACG classes etc. into account regarding their availability. The first of these would be Ade, which generates a refreshing beverage that quenches thirst for a day and prevents needing to succeed Constitution checks to avoid nonlethal damage from thirst. At 1st level, that trivializes travel hazards a bit early…and as an aside, personally, I become more thirsty when […]

    The Genius Guide to Homophone Spells

    The Genius Guide to Homophone Spells This Genius Guide clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, after a brief and humorous introduction, we move right on to the spells in question – which btw. do take the occult classes, ACG classes etc. into account regarding their availability. The first of these would be Ade, which generates a refreshing beverage that quenches thirst for a day and prevents needing to succeed Constitution checks to avoid nonlethal damage from thirst. At 1st level, that trivializes travel hazards a bit early…and as an aside, personally, I become more thirsty when […]

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  • Psionics Augmented: Occultists This installment of the occult branch of Psionics Augmented clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, we begin with a brief introduction to the matter at hand, including how to handle campaigns that feature both psionics and psychic magic – and, as a personal aside, designer Forrest heck’s observations regarding the occultist range true with me as well. When I read Occult Adventures back in the day for the first time, I wasn’t immediately smitten by the class – it took a more careful analysis to really appreciate it and by […]

    Psionics Augmented: Occultists

    Psionics Augmented: Occultists This installment of the occult branch of Psionics Augmented clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always, we begin with a brief introduction to the matter at hand, including how to handle campaigns that feature both psionics and psychic magic – and, as a personal aside, designer Forrest heck’s observations regarding the occultist range true with me as well. When I read Occult Adventures back in the day for the first time, I wasn’t immediately smitten by the class – it took a more careful analysis to really appreciate it and by […]

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  • In the Company of Aberrations This installment of Rite Publishing’s „In the Company of…“-series of playable monsters clocks in at 55 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a MASSIVE 51 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was move up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   We begin with a letter, framing the narrative that suffuses the pdf in the tradition of Rite Publishing supplements; the letter is one of resignation this time around, speaking of the horrors that were encountered, and indeed, the formula of the in-character description of the race that makes this series […]

    In the Company of Aberrations

    In the Company of Aberrations This installment of Rite Publishing’s „In the Company of…“-series of playable monsters clocks in at 55 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a MASSIVE 51 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was move up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   We begin with a letter, framing the narrative that suffuses the pdf in the tradition of Rite Publishing supplements; the letter is one of resignation this time around, speaking of the horrors that were encountered, and indeed, the formula of the in-character description of the race that makes this series […]

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  • Everyman Minis: Deific Passengers This Everyman Mini clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 3.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All righty, first things first: You need Paranormal Adventures to use this pdf. The content herein represents an expansion for the Vessel class – think of these guys basically as the equivalent of the Demons and Angels from the Supernatural TV Series, with more control for the person hosting them. The class basically represents beings that are possessed by so-called passengers.   A big and intentional hole in the portfolio of the class, at least as far as I’m concerned, is […]

    Everyman Minis: Deific Passengers

    Everyman Minis: Deific Passengers This Everyman Mini clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 3.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All righty, first things first: You need Paranormal Adventures to use this pdf. The content herein represents an expansion for the Vessel class – think of these guys basically as the equivalent of the Demons and Angels from the Supernatural TV Series, with more control for the person hosting them. The class basically represents beings that are possessed by so-called passengers.   A big and intentional hole in the portfolio of the class, at least as far as I’m concerned, is […]

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  • Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Passion This Everyman Mini clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All righty, we begin this Everyman Mini with a brief introduction and a new 8th level spell, which would be symbol of debauchery: This duplicates symbol of death, but instead affects the targets with reckless infatuation, treating creatures that they have healthy relationships as objects of desire, attempting to stay as close to as many of them as possible, using their actions to engage in consenting and relaxing activities. These are so taxing that they potentially prevent the regaining of […]

    Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Passion

    Everyman Minis: Mysteries of Passion This Everyman Mini clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All righty, we begin this Everyman Mini with a brief introduction and a new 8th level spell, which would be symbol of debauchery: This duplicates symbol of death, but instead affects the targets with reckless infatuation, treating creatures that they have healthy relationships as objects of desire, attempting to stay as close to as many of them as possible, using their actions to engage in consenting and relaxing activities. These are so taxing that they potentially prevent the regaining of […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – The Psychemist This hybrid class clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, the psychemist would be a hybrid of alchemist and medium and chassis-wise, gets d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and light and medium armor, but not shields. The class gets a ¾ BAB-progression as well as good Will-saves.   The psychemist is defined by using occult alchemy, which theme-wise, is based on the harnessing of spirits and their energy. Psychemists may use spell-trigger items if they are included on the class’s list, but not […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – The Psychemist

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – The Psychemist This hybrid class clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, the psychemist would be a hybrid of alchemist and medium and chassis-wise, gets d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and light and medium armor, but not shields. The class gets a ¾ BAB-progression as well as good Will-saves.   The psychemist is defined by using occult alchemy, which theme-wise, is based on the harnessing of spirits and their energy. Psychemists may use spell-trigger items if they are included on the class’s list, but not […]

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  • Witches of Porphyra This installment of Purple Duck Games‘ player-centric „of Porphyra“-series clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 46 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pages are formatted for digest-size (6’’ by 9’’ or A5) and thus, you can fit up to 4 of them on a given sheet of paper when printing this out.   All righty, as always, we begin with an array of archetypes, the first of which would be the blooded hag – this one has Charisma as the governing spellcasting attribute, gets spontaneous casting and instead of a patron, the archetype chooses a bloodline, gaining the bloodline’s spells […]

    Witches of Porphyra

    Witches of Porphyra This installment of Purple Duck Games‘ player-centric „of Porphyra“-series clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 46 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pages are formatted for digest-size (6’’ by 9’’ or A5) and thus, you can fit up to 4 of them on a given sheet of paper when printing this out.   All righty, as always, we begin with an array of archetypes, the first of which would be the blooded hag – this one has Charisma as the governing spellcasting attribute, gets spontaneous casting and instead of a patron, the archetype chooses a bloodline, gaining the bloodline’s spells […]

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  • Asian Archetypes: Martial This collection of archetypes clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisements, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of content – it should be noted that these are tightly packed, though!   All righty, we’re starting with the bloodrider cavalier, but in order to understand it, I think it may be prudent to mention the mounted combat-follow-up feats that complement it: Mounted Skirmish lets your mount make a double movement and lets you perform a ranged or melee attack at one point during the movement, with the […]

    Asian Archetypes: Martial

    Asian Archetypes: Martial This collection of archetypes clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisements, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of content – it should be noted that these are tightly packed, though!   All righty, we’re starting with the bloodrider cavalier, but in order to understand it, I think it may be prudent to mention the mounted combat-follow-up feats that complement it: Mounted Skirmish lets your mount make a double movement and lets you perform a ranged or melee attack at one point during the movement, with the […]

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  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: Ioun Artifacts This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ioun stones are magic items near and dear to my heart; and, after the usual, well-written framing narrative penned on the world-hopping UCS Flaming Crab, the pdf makes one thing clear – the ioun stones herein are not priced; they are intended to have the proper GM-control and they should represent unique treasure. They all clock in at either CL 12 or, most of the time, CL 20 – which may be closer to how […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Ioun Artifacts

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Ioun Artifacts This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ioun stones are magic items near and dear to my heart; and, after the usual, well-written framing narrative penned on the world-hopping UCS Flaming Crab, the pdf makes one thing clear – the ioun stones herein are not priced; they are intended to have the proper GM-control and they should represent unique treasure. They all clock in at either CL 12 or, most of the time, CL 20 – which may be closer to how […]

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  • Tides of War: Bard/X Feats This collection of multiclass-feats for bard-multiclasses clocks in at 6 ages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   All righty, after a brief introduction, we go through the feats alphabetically – you know the drill!   -Acting Over Action: Extra Performance is added to the list of bonus feats; alternatively, you can learn a bardic masterpiece you meet the prereqs instead.   -Bursting With Knowledge: Levels from a Knowledge (all) class skill class stack with bard levels for bardic knowledge.   -Cantrip Conversion: […]

    Tides of War: Bard/X Feats

    Tides of War: Bard/X Feats This collection of multiclass-feats for bard-multiclasses clocks in at 6 ages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   All righty, after a brief introduction, we go through the feats alphabetically – you know the drill!   -Acting Over Action: Extra Performance is added to the list of bonus feats; alternatively, you can learn a bardic masterpiece you meet the prereqs instead.   -Bursting With Knowledge: Levels from a Knowledge (all) class skill class stack with bard levels for bardic knowledge.   -Cantrip Conversion: […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Possessed This hybrid class clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page RSD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The possessed is a hybrid of medium and witch and gains. Chassis-wise, d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons, light armor and light shields (interesting differentiation that we don’t see often). Armor heavier than light imposes spell failure chance. The possessed casts arcane spells drawn from the custom spell-list of the class. The class is a full caster, gaining access to all 9 spell levels and casts spells spontaneously, with Charisma as governing spellcasting attribute. The class […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Possessed

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Possessed This hybrid class clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page RSD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The possessed is a hybrid of medium and witch and gains. Chassis-wise, d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons, light armor and light shields (interesting differentiation that we don’t see often). Armor heavier than light imposes spell failure chance. The possessed casts arcane spells drawn from the custom spell-list of the class. The class is a full caster, gaining access to all 9 spell levels and casts spells spontaneously, with Charisma as governing spellcasting attribute. The class […]

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  • Hybrid Class: Vessel This Hybrid Class clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 23 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the vessel? In short, it is a hybrid class of the medium and the oracle, but that is not really enough to adequately describe it. Chassis-wise, the class gets ¾ BAB-progression, good Will-saves, d8 HD, proficiency with simple weapons, light and medium armor and 4 + Int skills per level. Vessels start drawing spells from both medium and cleric spell-lists, starting at 4th level,  casting them as psychic spells which are governed by Charisma as spellcasting attribute. As you will have noted, they […]

    Hybrid Class: Vessel

    Hybrid Class: Vessel This Hybrid Class clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 23 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the vessel? In short, it is a hybrid class of the medium and the oracle, but that is not really enough to adequately describe it. Chassis-wise, the class gets ¾ BAB-progression, good Will-saves, d8 HD, proficiency with simple weapons, light and medium armor and 4 + Int skills per level. Vessels start drawing spells from both medium and cleric spell-lists, starting at 4th level,  casting them as psychic spells which are governed by Charisma as spellcasting attribute. As you will have noted, they […]

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  • Dimensionist Hybrid Class This hybrid class clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the dimensionist? Well, it is a hybrid class of kinteicist and witch; chassis-wise, it receives d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and light armor and may cast dimensionist spells while in light armor without suffering arcane spell failure. The dimensionist gets spellcasting of up to 6th level and employs Intelligence as governing spellcasting attribute. As an Int-based caster, the dimensionist must prepare her spells in advance and spells are taken from custom […]

    Dimensionist Hybrid Class

    Dimensionist Hybrid Class This hybrid class clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the dimensionist? Well, it is a hybrid class of kinteicist and witch; chassis-wise, it receives d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and light armor and may cast dimensionist spells while in light armor without suffering arcane spell failure. The dimensionist gets spellcasting of up to 6th level and employs Intelligence as governing spellcasting attribute. As an Int-based caster, the dimensionist must prepare her spells in advance and spells are taken from custom […]

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  • Deadly Gardens: Star Blossom This installment of the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 2/3 of a page SRD, leaving us with 3 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf, as always, includes a couple of magic items -the ambusher’s cape sports a colony of chameleon-style lichen and increases miss chance for its wearers – pretty cool! The second item would be the urchin star -a morningstar made of driftwood and an alchemically-hardened sea urchin that can poison targets! Really cool visuals here!!   The pdf also contains 6 natural items: Achiaierai oil can be burned to generate noxious fumes, while behir horn powder can add some serious electricity to […]

    Deadly Gardens: Star Blossom

    Deadly Gardens: Star Blossom This installment of the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 2/3 of a page SRD, leaving us with 3 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf, as always, includes a couple of magic items -the ambusher’s cape sports a colony of chameleon-style lichen and increases miss chance for its wearers – pretty cool! The second item would be the urchin star -a morningstar made of driftwood and an alchemically-hardened sea urchin that can poison targets! Really cool visuals here!!   The pdf also contains 6 natural items: Achiaierai oil can be burned to generate noxious fumes, while behir horn powder can add some serious electricity to […]

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  • Deadly Gardens: Dream Weed This installment of the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 2/3 of a page SRD, leaving us with 3 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf, as always, includes a couple of magic items – the first of these would be the low-cost accursed thorns – really cool magical caltrops that temporarily affect the unfortunates with a deforming curse, halving their land speed. The second item would be the silvered apple, which detects nearby lycanthropes and may be eaten to temporarily silver the unarmed and natural attacks of the person consuming it. Nice!   Also included in the deal would be 6 natural items, including tatzlwyrm […]

    Deadly Gardens: Dream Weed

    Deadly Gardens: Dream Weed This installment of the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 2/3 of a page SRD, leaving us with 3 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf, as always, includes a couple of magic items – the first of these would be the low-cost accursed thorns – really cool magical caltrops that temporarily affect the unfortunates with a deforming curse, halving their land speed. The second item would be the silvered apple, which detects nearby lycanthropes and may be eaten to temporarily silver the unarmed and natural attacks of the person consuming it. Nice!   Also included in the deal would be 6 natural items, including tatzlwyrm […]

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  • Racial Prestige: Kyubi Paragon This installment of the Racial Prestige-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   If you’re somewhat of a Japanophile, you’ll certainly appreciate the pdf specifying the origin of the word “kyubi” as a bastardization stemming from “kyuubi no kitsune” – and btw., if you’re looking the currently by far best take on the kitsune race as a proper race with options galore, be sure to check out the Dynastic Races Compendium.   Anyways, let’s move […]

    Racial Prestige: Kyubi Paragon

    Racial Prestige: Kyubi Paragon This installment of the Racial Prestige-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   If you’re somewhat of a Japanophile, you’ll certainly appreciate the pdf specifying the origin of the word “kyubi” as a bastardization stemming from “kyuubi no kitsune” – and btw., if you’re looking the currently by far best take on the kitsune race as a proper race with options galore, be sure to check out the Dynastic Races Compendium.   Anyways, let’s move […]

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  • Everyman Minis: Yroometji (Kangaroofolk) This installment of the Everyman Minis-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review. Furthermore, I received an advance copy in order to have the review done on release day.   So, what are the Yroometji? Kangaroo-folk. They gain +2 Con and Cha, -2 Int, are Medium, get low-light vision, +2 to Acrobatics made to jump (and are always treated as having a running start, +1 natural AC and a natural slam attack (cosmetic complaint – you need to resort […]

    Everyman Minis: Yroometji (Kangaroofolk)

    Everyman Minis: Yroometji (Kangaroofolk) This installment of the Everyman Minis-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review. Furthermore, I received an advance copy in order to have the review done on release day.   So, what are the Yroometji? Kangaroo-folk. They gain +2 Con and Cha, -2 Int, are Medium, get low-light vision, +2 to Acrobatics made to jump (and are always treated as having a running start, +1 natural AC and a natural slam attack (cosmetic complaint – you need to resort […]

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  • Everyman Minis: Kumiho This Everyman mini clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, first things first: After the introduction, we learn what a kumiho is – in the context of the game, it is a take on the fox spirit that is neither benevolent, nor malevolent, blending the different takes on the trope from real world mythology.   The Kumiho is also something you should FEAR. It is Tiny. You’ll stop laughing once you take a look at the impressive defensive capabilities of this CR 17 shapechanging magical beast that can stop time, has […]

    Everyman Minis: Kumiho

    Everyman Minis: Kumiho This Everyman mini clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, first things first: After the introduction, we learn what a kumiho is – in the context of the game, it is a take on the fox spirit that is neither benevolent, nor malevolent, blending the different takes on the trope from real world mythology.   The Kumiho is also something you should FEAR. It is Tiny. You’ll stop laughing once you take a look at the impressive defensive capabilities of this CR 17 shapechanging magical beast that can stop time, has […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Forever Dark This expansion to the Veranthea campaign setting clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 79 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this massive pdf represents the underdark sourcebook for the world of Veranthea, which, as you undoubtedly have surmised by now, is called “The Forever Dark” in this setting. We begin the survey of these realms with a general list of the peculiarities of the place, including the ever-present darkness, animals having an instinctual fear of the place, shifting mazes, Trekth remnants (represented by a variety of hyperlinked traps and then proceed to […]

    Veranthea Codex: Forever Dark

    Veranthea Codex: Forever Dark This expansion to the Veranthea campaign setting clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 79 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this massive pdf represents the underdark sourcebook for the world of Veranthea, which, as you undoubtedly have surmised by now, is called “The Forever Dark” in this setting. We begin the survey of these realms with a general list of the peculiarities of the place, including the ever-present darkness, animals having an instinctual fear of the place, shifting mazes, Trekth remnants (represented by a variety of hyperlinked traps and then proceed to […]

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  • Corruption Codex This pdf clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/ToC, 5 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so if you’ve read my review of the Horror Adventures hardcore, you will have noted that I am slightly ambivalent regarding the corruption system taking away player control at high level; I also noted that this aspect could be eliminated from the respective corruptions with a minimum of fuss, making that a definite mechanical strength for tweaking the corruptions in question. Now, I will not hold it against this pdf that it mirrors the design-paradigm of the Horror Adventures corruptions, […]

    Corruption Codex

    Corruption Codex This pdf clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/ToC, 5 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so if you’ve read my review of the Horror Adventures hardcore, you will have noted that I am slightly ambivalent regarding the corruption system taking away player control at high level; I also noted that this aspect could be eliminated from the respective corruptions with a minimum of fuss, making that a definite mechanical strength for tweaking the corruptions in question. Now, I will not hold it against this pdf that it mirrors the design-paradigm of the Horror Adventures corruptions, […]

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  • Horror Adventures This massive hardcover clocks in at 255 pages – if you take away editorial, index, etc., you still arrive at 249 pages of content, which is A LOT.   I was gifted a copy of this book for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review. My review is based on the hardcover of this book.   Now, the first thing I’d ask you to do, is to read the series of Miscellaneous Musings I wrote on horror gaming in general. Or least the last one. Why? Because it is my firm conviction that one has to establish realistic expectations in order to review a book such as this.   Here is Part I. Here is Part II. […]

    Horror Adventures

    Horror Adventures This massive hardcover clocks in at 255 pages – if you take away editorial, index, etc., you still arrive at 249 pages of content, which is A LOT.   I was gifted a copy of this book for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review. My review is based on the hardcover of this book.   Now, the first thing I’d ask you to do, is to read the series of Miscellaneous Musings I wrote on horror gaming in general. Or least the last one. Why? Because it is my firm conviction that one has to establish realistic expectations in order to review a book such as this.   Here is Part I. Here is Part II. […]

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  • Fabulous Archetypes This pdf clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 1/3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 9 2/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look! It should be noted that the pages are formatted and laid out for a 6” by 9” booklet standard, which means you can fit up to 4 of these pages on a given sheet of paper if your eyesight is good enough to cope with the letter-size.   We begin with a brief Yeats-quote as well as a short definition of what “fabulous” means within the context of this pdf before moving on to the unicorn rider cavalier archetype, who is locked into good alignment and a properly statted […]

    Fabulous Archetypes

    Fabulous Archetypes This pdf clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 1/3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 9 2/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look! It should be noted that the pages are formatted and laid out for a 6” by 9” booklet standard, which means you can fit up to 4 of these pages on a given sheet of paper if your eyesight is good enough to cope with the letter-size.   We begin with a brief Yeats-quote as well as a short definition of what “fabulous” means within the context of this pdf before moving on to the unicorn rider cavalier archetype, who is locked into good alignment and a properly statted […]

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  • Hypercorps 2099 – F.A.M.O.T.H. This massive expansion for the Hypercorps 2099-rules clocks in at 70 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   In case you didn’t know: FAMOTH stands for “Failures and Merits of the Hypernet” – what is the hypernet? Well, think of it as basically the Hypercorps-version of the Matrix, virtual reality on speed. Rules-wise, the hypernet operates as a plane of its own, with alternate time, variable gravity and, surprise, the region is highly morphic. Without the Matrix Magician feat, a character can’t use magic here (which eliminates a whole […]

    Hypercorps 2099 – F.A.M.O.T.H.

    Hypercorps 2099 – F.A.M.O.T.H. This massive expansion for the Hypercorps 2099-rules clocks in at 70 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   In case you didn’t know: FAMOTH stands for “Failures and Merits of the Hypernet” – what is the hypernet? Well, think of it as basically the Hypercorps-version of the Matrix, virtual reality on speed. Rules-wise, the hypernet operates as a plane of its own, with alternate time, variable gravity and, surprise, the region is highly morphic. Without the Matrix Magician feat, a character can’t use magic here (which eliminates a whole […]

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  • Psionics Augmented: Host of Heroes This installment of the Occult branch of Psionics Augmented clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages introduction (which also contains notes on how to handle psionics and psychic magic in the same game, themes, etc.), 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 10 pages of content, though it should be noted that two pages are devoted to reference material, ensuring that you get the most out of this and have all required material in one place – kudos!   The host of heroes is an archetype for the aegis base class, but one so massive, it can basically be called a class of its own. The […]

    Psionics Augmented: Host of Heroes

    Psionics Augmented: Host of Heroes This installment of the Occult branch of Psionics Augmented clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages introduction (which also contains notes on how to handle psionics and psychic magic in the same game, themes, etc.), 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 10 pages of content, though it should be noted that two pages are devoted to reference material, ensuring that you get the most out of this and have all required material in one place – kudos!   The host of heroes is an archetype for the aegis base class, but one so massive, it can basically be called a class of its own. The […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil 2.0 This revised expansion to the evocative Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 52 pages of content, 1 page of front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 47 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion with a brief history of the veil. But what is the veil? The far North of Veranthea’s oceans contain a colossal screaming maelstrom, a twisted wall of winds that stretches for as far as the eye can see. Most sane captains avoid the massive hazard, but time and again, the foolhardy and unfortunate are drawn into the veil…and those that survive find themselves in […]

    Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil 2.0

    Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil 2.0 This revised expansion to the evocative Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 52 pages of content, 1 page of front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 47 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion with a brief history of the veil. But what is the veil? The far North of Veranthea’s oceans contain a colossal screaming maelstrom, a twisted wall of winds that stretches for as far as the eye can see. Most sane captains avoid the massive hazard, but time and again, the foolhardy and unfortunate are drawn into the veil…and those that survive find themselves in […]

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  • Dynastic Races Compendium This MASSIVE sourcebook clocks in at 165 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial/ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1.5 pages of KS-backer-thanks, leaving us with 152.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, what is this? Well, first of all, this would be a massive sourcebook that takes 4 races of the PFRPG-game and provides the details we always craved; two of these have been covered before – namely the Kitsune and Samsarans, in their respective compendiums – if I am not mistaken, […]

    Dynastic Races Compendium

    Dynastic Races Compendium This MASSIVE sourcebook clocks in at 165 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial/ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1.5 pages of KS-backer-thanks, leaving us with 152.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, what is this? Well, first of all, this would be a massive sourcebook that takes 4 races of the PFRPG-game and provides the details we always craved; two of these have been covered before – namely the Kitsune and Samsarans, in their respective compendiums – if I am not mistaken, […]

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  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: World Tree This installment of the impressive “Letters from the Flaming Crab”-series clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, before you’re asking – this is not a straight rehash of the classic idea of the world tree as known from Norse myths and the like; instead, we have a contextualization of the idea within the reality of the game. Touched by the dryad Endainne, the oak that was to grow into the colossal tree featured herein would grow, however, to proportions only dwarfed by the cosmic tree of said myths – at […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: World Tree

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: World Tree This installment of the impressive “Letters from the Flaming Crab”-series clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, before you’re asking – this is not a straight rehash of the classic idea of the world tree as known from Norse myths and the like; instead, we have a contextualization of the idea within the reality of the game. Touched by the dryad Endainne, the oak that was to grow into the colossal tree featured herein would grow, however, to proportions only dwarfed by the cosmic tree of said myths – at […]

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