Open Design Archive

  • Journeys to the West This supplement/adventure anthology is 139 pages long, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/kickstarter-backer-list,  1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us 132 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This being a combined campaign supplement and adventure anthology, we delve first into a kind of hub for the explorations the PCs are sure to embark upon when utilizing the content from these pages: Barsella, the City at the end of the world in the Midgard setting is the last true fleck of civilization before the Western Ocean and as such an interesting place indeed – a combination of colonial outpost, trading town and […]

    Journeys to the West

    Journeys to the West This supplement/adventure anthology is 139 pages long, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/kickstarter-backer-list,  1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us 132 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This being a combined campaign supplement and adventure anthology, we delve first into a kind of hub for the explorations the PCs are sure to embark upon when utilizing the content from these pages: Barsella, the City at the end of the world in the Midgard setting is the last true fleck of civilization before the Western Ocean and as such an interesting place indeed – a combination of colonial outpost, trading town and […]

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  • Are you up for some naval goodness? Why not take a look at   Pirates of the Western Ocean This companion-tome to the Kobold Press-project “Journeys to the West” is 48 pages long,  1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with  43 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   The pdf kicks off with memorable NPCs to add to your campaign, for example Ernst “Goldtooth” Galway (Rogue[Pirate] 13), who hides a grim secret, Evain “Sea-Bellows” Saol, a Sea Singer and his druidess gnome wife Ré Saol – pirates that actually can be considered a reliable good guy. Or take Keng Hakon, archivist/oracle from Kathay, whose […]

    Pirates of the Western Ocean

    Are you up for some naval goodness? Why not take a look at   Pirates of the Western Ocean This companion-tome to the Kobold Press-project “Journeys to the West” is 48 pages long,  1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with  43 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   The pdf kicks off with memorable NPCs to add to your campaign, for example Ernst “Goldtooth” Galway (Rogue[Pirate] 13), who hides a grim secret, Evain “Sea-Bellows” Saol, a Sea Singer and his druidess gnome wife Ré Saol – pirates that actually can be considered a reliable good guy. Or take Keng Hakon, archivist/oracle from Kathay, whose […]

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  • Today I’ll take a look at the first Kobold Press Player’s Guide, the   Player’s Guide to the Crossroads   The first in the Player’s Guide-series for Kobold Press’ Midgard Campaign Setting is 36 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s check this out! Tantalizingly hinted at in the Zobeck Gazetteer, I was looking forward quite a bit to this Player’s Guide and let me say here that I’m a huge fan of good player’s guides as I hate giving my players access to all the delicious plot hooks and pieces of information usually contained in a campaign setting or e.g. city setting book like the […]

    Midgard Player’s Guide: Crossroads

    Today I’ll take a look at the first Kobold Press Player’s Guide, the   Player’s Guide to the Crossroads   The first in the Player’s Guide-series for Kobold Press’ Midgard Campaign Setting is 36 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s check this out! Tantalizingly hinted at in the Zobeck Gazetteer, I was looking forward quite a bit to this Player’s Guide and let me say here that I’m a huge fan of good player’s guides as I hate giving my players access to all the delicious plot hooks and pieces of information usually contained in a campaign setting or e.g. city setting book like the […]

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  • Hej everybody, today I’ll take a look at Kobold Press’ series of mini-bestiaries of sin-themed critters!     Monsters of Sin I – Avarice This mini-bestiary is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a total of 6 pages content, so let’s take a look what Ryan A. Costello has created here! After a short discussion on the nature of 7 deadly sins, we delve right into a CR+0 simple template to create avaricious creature that can once per day heal themselves via the consumption of valuables. The first creature, at CR 12, is the hoard golem – born from the greed of dragons, this massive construct can […]

    EZG reviews the Monsters of Sin-series

    Hej everybody, today I’ll take a look at Kobold Press’ series of mini-bestiaries of sin-themed critters!     Monsters of Sin I – Avarice This mini-bestiary is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a total of 6 pages content, so let’s take a look what Ryan A. Costello has created here! After a short discussion on the nature of 7 deadly sins, we delve right into a CR+0 simple template to create avaricious creature that can once per day heal themselves via the consumption of valuables. The first creature, at CR 12, is the hoard golem – born from the greed of dragons, this massive construct can […]

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  • Today is a day to celebrate, at least for me: This review commemorates my review no. 1000 on Paizo, so thank you so much for reading my reviews, commenting on them and offering constructive criticism as well as placing trust in my verdicts: I bow to you ladies and gentlemen! Midgard Campaign Setting   This massive pdf is 298 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page patron list, 3 pages ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 289 pages of content.   This review is based on both the pdf for formal page-count etc. as well as the GORGEOUS full-color hardcover patron edition of the book – number 26 […]

    Midgard Campaign Setting (EZG review #1000)

    Today is a day to celebrate, at least for me: This review commemorates my review no. 1000 on Paizo, so thank you so much for reading my reviews, commenting on them and offering constructive criticism as well as placing trust in my verdicts: I bow to you ladies and gentlemen! Midgard Campaign Setting   This massive pdf is 298 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page patron list, 3 pages ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 289 pages of content.   This review is based on both the pdf for formal page-count etc. as well as the GORGEOUS full-color hardcover patron edition of the book – number 26 […]

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  • Today I’ll be taking a look at the planar source book of Open Design,   Dark Roads and Golden Hells   This pdf is 111 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a total of 106 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Disclaimer: I was a patron of this project, but didn’t contribute due to time-concerns.   All right cutter, I see you’re rather clueless about them’s roads, so here’s the chant: The pdf kicks off with a rather interesting treatise on the nature of planes, making the outer planes essentially a foundation spawned from the soul essence of beings, entwined with an ever-swelling tide […]

    Dark Roads & Golden Hells – and Shadow Planes & Pocket Worlds

    Today I’ll be taking a look at the planar source book of Open Design,   Dark Roads and Golden Hells   This pdf is 111 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a total of 106 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Disclaimer: I was a patron of this project, but didn’t contribute due to time-concerns.   All right cutter, I see you’re rather clueless about them’s roads, so here’s the chant: The pdf kicks off with a rather interesting treatise on the nature of planes, making the outer planes essentially a foundation spawned from the soul essence of beings, entwined with an ever-swelling tide […]

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  • Tales of the Old Margreve   This adventure anthology/sourcebook is 113 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 107 pages of content, so let’s take a look at it!   The anthology sets the mood immediately via a two-page short fable about fey and beer and offers thus a great lead-in to the gazetteer-section on the Margreve, the ancient forest of Midgard, where both the wonder, strangeness, creepiness and awe of the forest come back to live and intermingle with the cruel Germanic and Slavic folktales. Both attitudes of the folk, their old ways and rites and customs and the global powers of the forest are […]

    Tales of the Old Margreve + web-enhancement

    Tales of the Old Margreve   This adventure anthology/sourcebook is 113 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 107 pages of content, so let’s take a look at it!   The anthology sets the mood immediately via a two-page short fable about fey and beer and offers thus a great lead-in to the gazetteer-section on the Margreve, the ancient forest of Midgard, where both the wonder, strangeness, creepiness and awe of the forest come back to live and intermingle with the cruel Germanic and Slavic folktales. Both attitudes of the folk, their old ways and rites and customs and the global powers of the forest are […]

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  • Northlands This pdf is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial/ToC , 1 page patron list, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a whopping 109 pages for the Northlands, so let’s check it out!   Disclaimer: I was a patron for this project and contributed my fair share of material to the book. Additionally, I’m working with Scandinavian literature and culture as one of my day-jobs, probably not making me the most unbiased of potential reviewers in this instance, but I’ll try to remain as critical, nitpicky and obnoxious as in my other reviews.   Now that that’s out of the way, let’s check it out! Northlands is a sourcebook for the North, to […]

    Northlands + web-enhancement

    Northlands This pdf is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial/ToC , 1 page patron list, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a whopping 109 pages for the Northlands, so let’s check it out!   Disclaimer: I was a patron for this project and contributed my fair share of material to the book. Additionally, I’m working with Scandinavian literature and culture as one of my day-jobs, probably not making me the most unbiased of potential reviewers in this instance, but I’ll try to remain as critical, nitpicky and obnoxious as in my other reviews.   Now that that’s out of the way, let’s check it out! Northlands is a sourcebook for the North, to […]

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  •  Sunken Empires This book/pdf is 82 pages, 1 page front cover (in the dead-tree version blank inside), 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover. That leaves 77 pages of content. Disclaimer: I was a patron of this project but due to real life, didn’t contribute that much to this project. The pdf is full-color with some b/w artwork here and there, while the dead-tree version is b/w. The book kicks off with an informative 2-page introduction to the creation of the aboleth as a monster by David “Zeb” Cook, its original creator. Then, we get a chapter of 8 pages on lost cities in real world myths and legends, namely Atlantis (D’uh), Lemuria and […]

    Sunken Empires + web-enhancement

     Sunken Empires This book/pdf is 82 pages, 1 page front cover (in the dead-tree version blank inside), 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover. That leaves 77 pages of content. Disclaimer: I was a patron of this project but due to real life, didn’t contribute that much to this project. The pdf is full-color with some b/w artwork here and there, while the dead-tree version is b/w. The book kicks off with an informative 2-page introduction to the creation of the aboleth as a monster by David “Zeb” Cook, its original creator. Then, we get a chapter of 8 pages on lost cities in real world myths and legends, namely Atlantis (D’uh), Lemuria and […]

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  • While I usually review PFRPG-related products, I’m also a huge fan of CoC and ToC and thus, today I’m going to take a look at one of the strangest cthulhu-related adventure anthologies I’ve ever read,   The Red Eye of Azathoth  This pdf is 108 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving 103 pages of content, so let’s check this scenarios out!   The anthology of adventures begins with a prologue depicting the rather complex plotlines that span a millennium and that will have your investigators struggling against terrible odds…and die. A couple of times. For one of the basic ideas of the anthology is that […]

    Red Eye of Azathoth

    While I usually review PFRPG-related products, I’m also a huge fan of CoC and ToC and thus, today I’m going to take a look at one of the strangest cthulhu-related adventure anthologies I’ve ever read,   The Red Eye of Azathoth  This pdf is 108 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving 103 pages of content, so let’s check this scenarios out!   The anthology of adventures begins with a prologue depicting the rather complex plotlines that span a millennium and that will have your investigators struggling against terrible odds…and die. A couple of times. For one of the basic ideas of the anthology is that […]

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  • Hej everybody, Some of you might already know me, I go by the name endzeitgeist on the Paizo-boards and several other nerd-related ones and I have quite a bunch of reviews under my belt. With Open Design‘s anthology “Streets of Zobeck” winning an ennie, I figured it would be a good candidate for my first contribution to NERD TREK. Without further ado:   Streets of Zobeck This urban noir adventure anthology set in the by now legendary clockwork city of Zobeck is 94 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 blank page and 1 page back cover, leaving 88 pages of content, so let’s follow Ben McFarland’s advice and get gritty […]

    Streets of Zobeck

    Hej everybody, Some of you might already know me, I go by the name endzeitgeist on the Paizo-boards and several other nerd-related ones and I have quite a bunch of reviews under my belt. With Open Design‘s anthology “Streets of Zobeck” winning an ennie, I figured it would be a good candidate for my first contribution to NERD TREK. Without further ado:   Streets of Zobeck This urban noir adventure anthology set in the by now legendary clockwork city of Zobeck is 94 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 blank page and 1 page back cover, leaving 88 pages of content, so let’s follow Ben McFarland’s advice and get gritty […]

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  • The Expanded Shaman marks the second book in Open Designs’ New Paths series. Anyone paying attention is well aware of how well received the first installment (The Spell Less Ranger) was, and what type of pressure that places upon this book right off the bat. Question here then is, did Marc Radle have another bullet in the chamber? So let us take a look. Weighing in at 16 pages, with 10 pages of new material, 2 sheets for tracking wild shape and a spirit guide, cover, OGL, credit and ad (which would not fully load in my version of this PDF). Artwork is handled by the talented Rick Hershey, as those familiar with his style can easily recognize from the […]

    Open Design’s New Paths 2: Expanded Shaman

    The Expanded Shaman marks the second book in Open Designs’ New Paths series. Anyone paying attention is well aware of how well received the first installment (The Spell Less Ranger) was, and what type of pressure that places upon this book right off the bat. Question here then is, did Marc Radle have another bullet in the chamber? So let us take a look. Weighing in at 16 pages, with 10 pages of new material, 2 sheets for tracking wild shape and a spirit guide, cover, OGL, credit and ad (which would not fully load in my version of this PDF). Artwork is handled by the talented Rick Hershey, as those familiar with his style can easily recognize from the […]

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  • Weighing in at 15 pages (Front cover -1 page, credit/PID – 1 page, 2 pages of tracking sheets, OGL) we’ve got roughly 10 pages of new material here to work with. A spell-less Ranger….this class has long been plagued by the fact that whereas any class tossing spells about is kinda cool in its own right, the iconic characters who inspired this particular class were men existing by their own skill, and their ability to utilize the lands around them to some amazing feats. I’ve seen a few attempts to go spell-less with a ranger in the past, and it has always come out looking very much like a pigeon-holed fighter….so let us take a look and see if Mr. […]

    Open Design’s New Path – The Expanded Spell-less Ranger

    Weighing in at 15 pages (Front cover -1 page, credit/PID – 1 page, 2 pages of tracking sheets, OGL) we’ve got roughly 10 pages of new material here to work with. A spell-less Ranger….this class has long been plagued by the fact that whereas any class tossing spells about is kinda cool in its own right, the iconic characters who inspired this particular class were men existing by their own skill, and their ability to utilize the lands around them to some amazing feats. I’ve seen a few attempts to go spell-less with a ranger in the past, and it has always come out looking very much like a pigeon-holed fighter….so let us take a look and see if Mr. […]

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