PDG Archive

  • Death-Slaves of Eternity (DCC) This massive adventure clocks in at 80 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a MASSIVE 76 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, first of all, this is a funnel (0 level adventure) and as such, the review will contain SPOILERS later…but it also is a bit more than that: The adventure actually has quite a bit of interesting supplemental material, so let’s start by discussing that: One of the appendices contains various curses for plundering the dead; there is a nice 100-entry-strong loot-table for judges and we can find a d30-table of magic items, which include enchanted gladiatorial paint, magic […]

    Death-Slaves of Eternity (DCC)

    Death-Slaves of Eternity (DCC) This massive adventure clocks in at 80 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a MASSIVE 76 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, first of all, this is a funnel (0 level adventure) and as such, the review will contain SPOILERS later…but it also is a bit more than that: The adventure actually has quite a bit of interesting supplemental material, so let’s start by discussing that: One of the appendices contains various curses for plundering the dead; there is a nice 100-entry-strong loot-table for judges and we can find a d30-table of magic items, which include enchanted gladiatorial paint, magic […]

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  • Caster Prestige Archetypes: Riftwarden This installment of the Caster Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 2.25 pages of SRD, leaving us with about 4.75 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are these? In case you are not familiar with the concept, a prestige archetype represents a way to not have to take a prestige class; after 3.X’s flood, many players and GMs were justifiably tired of the concept…something that is also represented within the design of some PrCs out there. Worse in my opinion, the 3.X flood killed the “prestige”-aspect – the PrCs felt more like kits that could only be taken later, to use a 2nd edition analogue. PFRPG […]

    Caster Prestige Archetypes: Riftwarden

    Caster Prestige Archetypes: Riftwarden This installment of the Caster Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 2.25 pages of SRD, leaving us with about 4.75 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are these? In case you are not familiar with the concept, a prestige archetype represents a way to not have to take a prestige class; after 3.X’s flood, many players and GMs were justifiably tired of the concept…something that is also represented within the design of some PrCs out there. Worse in my opinion, the 3.X flood killed the “prestige”-aspect – the PrCs felt more like kits that could only be taken later, to use a 2nd edition analogue. PFRPG […]

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  • Mesmerists of Porphyra This pdf clocks in at 39 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD (though one has a spell-line from the previous page), leaving us with 35 pages of content. It should be noted that these sport an A5-style (6” by 9”) booklet-like layout, which allows you to comfortably fit 4 pages on a given sheet of paper if you print them out.   After a brief introduction, we begin with the massive assortment of archetypes featured within these pages, beginning with the arcane manipulator, who does not receive any armor or shield proficiencies and suffers from spell failure when using the like. The archetype treats the spells gained as prepared arcane spells […]

    Mesmerists of Porphyra

    Mesmerists of Porphyra This pdf clocks in at 39 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD (though one has a spell-line from the previous page), leaving us with 35 pages of content. It should be noted that these sport an A5-style (6” by 9”) booklet-like layout, which allows you to comfortably fit 4 pages on a given sheet of paper if you print them out.   After a brief introduction, we begin with the massive assortment of archetypes featured within these pages, beginning with the arcane manipulator, who does not receive any armor or shield proficiencies and suffers from spell failure when using the like. The archetype treats the spells gained as prepared arcane spells […]

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  • Encounter Pages IV This pdf clocks in at an impressive 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a pretty weighty 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This pdf contains a total of 15 detailed encounters to throw at your players and spice up traveling, with every single one of them featuring an impressive, well-done full-color picture of the respective adversaries featured. CR-wise, we have 3 CR 3, 1 CR 4, 2 CR 5, 1 CR 6, 1 CR 7, 2 CR 8 and one encounter each for the CRs ranging from 9 to 13 herein, situating the pdf, level-range-wise, in the low- to medium level-range. The encounters all feature suggested environments […]

    Encounter Pages IV

    Encounter Pages IV This pdf clocks in at an impressive 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a pretty weighty 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This pdf contains a total of 15 detailed encounters to throw at your players and spice up traveling, with every single one of them featuring an impressive, well-done full-color picture of the respective adversaries featured. CR-wise, we have 3 CR 3, 1 CR 4, 2 CR 5, 1 CR 6, 1 CR 7, 2 CR 8 and one encounter each for the CRs ranging from 9 to 13 herein, situating the pdf, level-range-wise, in the low- to medium level-range. The encounters all feature suggested environments […]

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  • Rod of Wonder This pdf clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 19 pages  content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get here? Well, we receive a massive new and revised rod of wonder – and it is MASSIVE. How massive? You roll 1d1000. (3 d10s or 1d10 + 1d% – the pdf does explain that)…and guess what? The entries actually often sport sub-options! When you roll that you summon an animal, for example, you roll 1d10 and look at what exact animal you’ll summon. The chaotic nature of the item is btw. also represented by the DCs being different: But how long is […]

    Rod of Wonder

    Rod of Wonder This pdf clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 19 pages  content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get here? Well, we receive a massive new and revised rod of wonder – and it is MASSIVE. How massive? You roll 1d1000. (3 d10s or 1d10 + 1d% – the pdf does explain that)…and guess what? The entries actually often sport sub-options! When you roll that you summon an animal, for example, you roll 1d10 and look at what exact animal you’ll summon. The chaotic nature of the item is btw. also represented by the DCs being different: But how long is […]

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  • Caster Prestige Archetypes: False Priest This installment of the Caster Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1.5 pages SRD, 1 page blank, leaving us with 5.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are these? In case you are not familiar with the concept, a prestige archetype represents a way to not have to take a prestige class; after 3.X’s flood, many players and GMs were justifiably tired of the concept…something that is also represented within the design of some PrCs out there. Worse in my opinion, the 3.X flood killed the “prestige”-aspect – the PrCs felt more like kits that could only be taken later, to use a 2nd edition […]

    Caster Prestige Archetypes: False Priest

    Caster Prestige Archetypes: False Priest This installment of the Caster Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1.5 pages SRD, 1 page blank, leaving us with 5.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are these? In case you are not familiar with the concept, a prestige archetype represents a way to not have to take a prestige class; after 3.X’s flood, many players and GMs were justifiably tired of the concept…something that is also represented within the design of some PrCs out there. Worse in my opinion, the 3.X flood killed the “prestige”-aspect – the PrCs felt more like kits that could only be taken later, to use a 2nd edition […]

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  • Caster Prestige Archetypes: Davirat This installment of the Caster Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1.5 pages SRD, leaving us with 4.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are these? In case you are not familiar with the concept, a prestige archetype represents a way to not have to take a prestige class; after 3.X’s flood, many players and GMs were justifiably tired of the concept…something that is also represented within the design of some PrCs out there. Worse in my opinion, the 3.X flood killed the “prestige”-aspect – the PrCs felt more like kits that could only be taken later, to use a 2nd edition analogue. PFRPG has partially […]

    Caster Prestige Archetypes: Davirat

    Caster Prestige Archetypes: Davirat This installment of the Caster Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1.5 pages SRD, leaving us with 4.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are these? In case you are not familiar with the concept, a prestige archetype represents a way to not have to take a prestige class; after 3.X’s flood, many players and GMs were justifiably tired of the concept…something that is also represented within the design of some PrCs out there. Worse in my opinion, the 3.X flood killed the “prestige”-aspect – the PrCs felt more like kits that could only be taken later, to use a 2nd edition analogue. PFRPG has partially […]

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  • Caster Prestige Archetype: Darkfire Adept This installment of the Caster Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are these? In case you are not familiar with the concept, a prestige archetype represents a way to not have to take a prestige class; after 3.X’s flood, many players and GMs were justifiably tired of the concept…something that is also represented within the design of some PrCs out there. Worse in my opinion, the 3.X flood killed the “prestige”-aspect – the PrCs felt more like kits that could only be taken later, to use a 2nd edition analogue. PFRPG has […]

    Caster Prestige Archetype: Darkfire Adept

    Caster Prestige Archetype: Darkfire Adept This installment of the Caster Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are these? In case you are not familiar with the concept, a prestige archetype represents a way to not have to take a prestige class; after 3.X’s flood, many players and GMs were justifiably tired of the concept…something that is also represented within the design of some PrCs out there. Worse in my opinion, the 3.X flood killed the “prestige”-aspect – the PrCs felt more like kits that could only be taken later, to use a 2nd edition analogue. PFRPG has […]

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  • Bloodragers of Porphyra This installment of Purple Duck Games’ “…of Porphyra”-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 27 pages of content, though you should be aware that the pdf is formatted for A5-booklet-size (6” by9”) and thus allows you to fit up to 4 of these pages on a given sheet of A4-paper.   All right, let’s begin with the new archetypes contained here, the first of which would be the Beast Brother, who gains his 1st level bloodline power at 4th level, the 4th level bloodline power at 8th level, the 8th level bloodline power at 12th level, the 12th level bloodline power at 15th level […]

    Bloodragers of Porphyra

    Bloodragers of Porphyra This installment of Purple Duck Games’ “…of Porphyra”-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 27 pages of content, though you should be aware that the pdf is formatted for A5-booklet-size (6” by9”) and thus allows you to fit up to 4 of these pages on a given sheet of A4-paper.   All right, let’s begin with the new archetypes contained here, the first of which would be the Beast Brother, who gains his 1st level bloodline power at 4th level, the 4th level bloodline power at 8th level, the 8th level bloodline power at 12th level, the 12th level bloodline power at 15th level […]

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  • Swashbucklers of Porphyra This installment of the “…of Porphyra”-series clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 27 pages of content, though, as always, they are formatted for an A5-booklet (6” by 9”) size – you can fit about 4 pages on a sheet of paper.   All right, so let’s take a look at what the swashbucklers get here! The first archetype would be the Acrobatic Swordsman, who receives a modified deed list that provides a scaling bonus to Acrobatics to move around -making the swashbuckler…you know…actually halfway competent at swashbuckling! Sure, this may eliminate menacing swordplay, but things get cooler at 3rd level, where acrobatic twist allows […]

    Swashbucklers of Porphyra

    Swashbucklers of Porphyra This installment of the “…of Porphyra”-series clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 27 pages of content, though, as always, they are formatted for an A5-booklet (6” by 9”) size – you can fit about 4 pages on a sheet of paper.   All right, so let’s take a look at what the swashbucklers get here! The first archetype would be the Acrobatic Swordsman, who receives a modified deed list that provides a scaling bonus to Acrobatics to move around -making the swashbuckler…you know…actually halfway competent at swashbuckling! Sure, this may eliminate menacing swordplay, but things get cooler at 3rd level, where acrobatic twist allows […]

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  • Psychic Disciplines of Porphyra This installment of the “of Porphyra”-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, though they’re formatted for A5 (6” by 9” size), which means you can fit 4 of these pages on one sheet of paper if you’re printing this out.   All right, so let’s take a look at these psychic disciplines!   The first discipline herein would be the aura discipline, with phrenic pool governed by Wisdom. A slight complaint here – it would have been nice to have the bonus spells with superscript indicators of their sourcebooks, but oh well. The discipline allows the psychic to glow at-will, using phrenic […]

    Psychic Disciplines of Porphyra

    Psychic Disciplines of Porphyra This installment of the “of Porphyra”-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, though they’re formatted for A5 (6” by 9” size), which means you can fit 4 of these pages on one sheet of paper if you’re printing this out.   All right, so let’s take a look at these psychic disciplines!   The first discipline herein would be the aura discipline, with phrenic pool governed by Wisdom. A slight complaint here – it would have been nice to have the bonus spells with superscript indicators of their sourcebooks, but oh well. The discipline allows the psychic to glow at-will, using phrenic […]

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  • Monstrous Bloodlines for Sorcerors V This pdf clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, though it should be noted that these are formatted for booklet-size (A5, or 6” by 9”), which allows you to fit comfortably 4 pages on one sheet of A4 paper, if your eyesight’s good enough.   All right, bloodlines…so what do we get? The first bloodline herein would be “animal”, which receives Handel Animal as class skill, beast shapes and aspects etc. as bonus spells, quicker casting of spells that summon animals. Additionally, the sorceror gets scaling claws (which, while not specifically noting their category, are otherwise precise), increased speed, […]

    Monstrous Bloodlines for Sorcerors V

    Monstrous Bloodlines for Sorcerors V This pdf clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, though it should be noted that these are formatted for booklet-size (A5, or 6” by 9”), which allows you to fit comfortably 4 pages on one sheet of A4 paper, if your eyesight’s good enough.   All right, bloodlines…so what do we get? The first bloodline herein would be “animal”, which receives Handel Animal as class skill, beast shapes and aspects etc. as bonus spells, quicker casting of spells that summon animals. Additionally, the sorceror gets scaling claws (which, while not specifically noting their category, are otherwise precise), increased speed, […]

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  • Campaign Elements – Goblins of the Faerie Wood (DCC) This installment of the Campaign Elements series of modules/sites/set-pieces to introduce into a given campaign clocks in at 37 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 a page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 33.5 pages of content, though these pages are formatted for A5-sized (6” by 9”) book, which means you can, provided your eyesight is good enough, jam up to 4 pages on one sheet of paper if you’re printing this out.   This being pretty much an adventure-location-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only judges around? Great! The goblins presented here are small humanoids, accomplished miners […]

    Campaign Elements – Goblins of the Faerie Wood (DCC)

    Campaign Elements – Goblins of the Faerie Wood (DCC) This installment of the Campaign Elements series of modules/sites/set-pieces to introduce into a given campaign clocks in at 37 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 a page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 33.5 pages of content, though these pages are formatted for A5-sized (6” by 9”) book, which means you can, provided your eyesight is good enough, jam up to 4 pages on one sheet of paper if you’re printing this out.   This being pretty much an adventure-location-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only judges around? Great! The goblins presented here are small humanoids, accomplished miners […]

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  • Hybrid Class: Armjack This hybrid class clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The armjack hybrid class presented here represents a hybrid of bard and fighter that gets a d10 HD, 6 + Int-mod skills per level, proficiency with simple and martial weapons, all armors and shields, including tower shields. The armjack gets a full BAB-progression as well as good Ref- and Will-save progression.   The armjack is a hybrid of bard and fighter and thus begins play with cry to arms, a variant of bardic performance that is started as a standard action and then maintained as a […]

    Hybrid Class: Armjack

    Hybrid Class: Armjack This hybrid class clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The armjack hybrid class presented here represents a hybrid of bard and fighter that gets a d10 HD, 6 + Int-mod skills per level, proficiency with simple and martial weapons, all armors and shields, including tower shields. The armjack gets a full BAB-progression as well as good Ref- and Will-save progression.   The armjack is a hybrid of bard and fighter and thus begins play with cry to arms, a variant of bardic performance that is started as a standard action and then maintained as a […]

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  • Campaign Elements: The Giggling Deep (DCC) This installment of the Campaign Elements-series of set-pieces/modules/environments for DCC clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, ~1/2 page editorial, 1.5 pages SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pages are A5-sized (6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on one sheet of paper if you print it out.   All right, this being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only judges around? Great! So, somewhere in a complex of your choosing, there is a stone cap, bedecked with runes. Via brains or brawn, read magic or […]

    Campaign Elements: The Giggling Deep (DCC)

    Campaign Elements: The Giggling Deep (DCC) This installment of the Campaign Elements-series of set-pieces/modules/environments for DCC clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, ~1/2 page editorial, 1.5 pages SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pages are A5-sized (6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on one sheet of paper if you print it out.   All right, this being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only judges around? Great! So, somewhere in a complex of your choosing, there is a stone cap, bedecked with runes. Via brains or brawn, read magic or […]

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  • Drow of Porphyra: The Strivog, the Bone Drow This installment of the series depicting the diverse drow cultures of the patchwork planet Porphyra clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   One note first: This depicts a capital letters EVIL drow culture and as such contains some mature themes (hence no PFRPG-logo) – it’s not grimdark and won’t shock kids in their puberty, but sensitive small kids shouldn’t read this. If you need guidance: If your kids love Conan or enjoy reading darker stuff, they’ll be fine.   On a far-off planet, at one point, the elves were […]

    Drow of Porphyra: The Strivog, the Bone Drow

    Drow of Porphyra: The Strivog, the Bone Drow This installment of the series depicting the diverse drow cultures of the patchwork planet Porphyra clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   One note first: This depicts a capital letters EVIL drow culture and as such contains some mature themes (hence no PFRPG-logo) – it’s not grimdark and won’t shock kids in their puberty, but sensitive small kids shouldn’t read this. If you need guidance: If your kids love Conan or enjoy reading darker stuff, they’ll be fine.   On a far-off planet, at one point, the elves were […]

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  • Adventure Avenue: A Plague of Paucity This little module clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page patreon-recognition, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 36 pages of content, though it should be noted that these adhere to the A5-size-standard (6” by 9”) and as such, you can fit up to 4 on any given sheet of paper when printing them out.   This is a module for 2nd level characters, set in the Last Kingdom region of the patchwork planet of Porphyra, though adaption to other settings should be relatively easy, particularly in the context of Rokugan or a similarly slightly Asian-tinged environment. The ratfolk of the Last Kingdom have thrown off the […]

    Adventure Avenue: A Plague of Paucity

    Adventure Avenue: A Plague of Paucity This little module clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page patreon-recognition, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 36 pages of content, though it should be noted that these adhere to the A5-size-standard (6” by 9”) and as such, you can fit up to 4 on any given sheet of paper when printing them out.   This is a module for 2nd level characters, set in the Last Kingdom region of the patchwork planet of Porphyra, though adaption to other settings should be relatively easy, particularly in the context of Rokugan or a similarly slightly Asian-tinged environment. The ratfolk of the Last Kingdom have thrown off the […]

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  • Clerics of Porphyra This installment of the “…of Porphyra”-series clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page editorial, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 32 pages of content, though these are A5 (6” by 9”)-sized and thus, you can fit up to 4 of the pages comfortably on one sheet of paper.   All right, we begin this supplement with several new archetypes, the first of which would be the betrothed, sown to celibacy and being wed to the deity’s principles. These characters receive just one domain,  but receives a bonded ring as a bonded object for divine casting. These guys may also forego a +1d6 progression of channel energy in lieu of receiving a teamwork feat […]

    Clerics of Porphyra

    Clerics of Porphyra This installment of the “…of Porphyra”-series clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page editorial, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 32 pages of content, though these are A5 (6” by 9”)-sized and thus, you can fit up to 4 of the pages comfortably on one sheet of paper.   All right, we begin this supplement with several new archetypes, the first of which would be the betrothed, sown to celibacy and being wed to the deity’s principles. These characters receive just one domain,  but receives a bonded ring as a bonded object for divine casting. These guys may also forego a +1d6 progression of channel energy in lieu of receiving a teamwork feat […]

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  • Psychopomp Ushers of Porphyra This pdf depicting the deity-level psychopomps found on the patchwork planet of Porphyra clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages, so let’s take a look!   But what are these psychopomp ushers exactly? Well, the closest analogue would be empyrian lords, dukes of hell, arch-demons…you know, quasi-divine, extremely powerful outsiders. The concept is so simple and makes sense – subordinates to the Queen of Death, these beings allow for a nice array of customization regarding different types of takes of the concept of the shepherd/usher of souls and agents of death.   The interaction of these powerful entities with both the elemental lords […]

    Psychopomp Ushers of Porphyra

    Psychopomp Ushers of Porphyra This pdf depicting the deity-level psychopomps found on the patchwork planet of Porphyra clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages, so let’s take a look!   But what are these psychopomp ushers exactly? Well, the closest analogue would be empyrian lords, dukes of hell, arch-demons…you know, quasi-divine, extremely powerful outsiders. The concept is so simple and makes sense – subordinates to the Queen of Death, these beings allow for a nice array of customization regarding different types of takes of the concept of the shepherd/usher of souls and agents of death.   The interaction of these powerful entities with both the elemental lords […]

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  • Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. III: Building the Sandbox (DCC) The third collection of essays on game design by Daniel J. Bishop, intended primarily, but by far not exclusively, for the DCC RPG, clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 54 pages of content, though it should be noted that this book’s layout is intended for A5 (6” by 9”)-booklets and, as such, you can fit up to 4 of these pages on one sheet, provided your eyesight is good.   Please read the whole review, not just a paragraph or two. This is going somewhere.   All right, so…the topic is the sandbox and […]

    Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. III: Building the Sandbox (DCC)

    Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. III: Building the Sandbox (DCC) The third collection of essays on game design by Daniel J. Bishop, intended primarily, but by far not exclusively, for the DCC RPG, clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 54 pages of content, though it should be noted that this book’s layout is intended for A5 (6” by 9”)-booklets and, as such, you can fit up to 4 of these pages on one sheet, provided your eyesight is good.   Please read the whole review, not just a paragraph or two. This is going somewhere.   All right, so…the topic is the sandbox and […]

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  • Hybrid Class: Luminary This hybrid class clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial 2/3 of a page SRD, leaving us with 9 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The luminary class, chassis-wise, receives d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and light armor and also receives 3/4 BAB-progression as well as good Ref- and Will-saves. The luminary receives spontaneous spellcasting governed by Charisma, with maximum spell level being 6th. His spells are drawn from the mesmerist list.   The luminary’s signature tool and skill set would be occult photography – they begin play with a camera obscura that requires access to an alchemist lab to properly […]

    Hybrid Class: Luminary

    Hybrid Class: Luminary This hybrid class clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial 2/3 of a page SRD, leaving us with 9 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The luminary class, chassis-wise, receives d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and light armor and also receives 3/4 BAB-progression as well as good Ref- and Will-saves. The luminary receives spontaneous spellcasting governed by Charisma, with maximum spell level being 6th. His spells are drawn from the mesmerist list.   The luminary’s signature tool and skill set would be occult photography – they begin play with a camera obscura that requires access to an alchemist lab to properly […]

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  • Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. II: Designing and Running Adventures (DCC/almost system-neutral) The second booklet of essays and thoughts by the eponymous Raven Crowking (aka Daniel J. Bishop) clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank, leaving us with 50 pages, though these are made for the a5 (6” by 9”-standard) – you can fit 4 of them on a sheet of paper if you’re like me and tend to print things out.   We begin this pdf with the basics and, even if one is an experienced judge, it may help to recap the steps: 1) Brainstorm. In the beginning, there was the idea. Simple […]

    Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. II: Designing and Running Adventures (DCC/almost system-neutral)

    Dispatches from the Raven Crowking Vol. II: Designing and Running Adventures (DCC/almost system-neutral) The second booklet of essays and thoughts by the eponymous Raven Crowking (aka Daniel J. Bishop) clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank, leaving us with 50 pages, though these are made for the a5 (6” by 9”-standard) – you can fit 4 of them on a sheet of paper if you’re like me and tend to print things out.   We begin this pdf with the basics and, even if one is an experienced judge, it may help to recap the steps: 1) Brainstorm. In the beginning, there was the idea. Simple […]

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  • 10 Monsters – A Basic Bestiary Volume I This little bestiary clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/monsters by type/CR, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with the blessed ring at CR 6 – an immobile ring of Large mushrooms that may not move…but it *can* spray devastating bursts of acid at foes. After entering the ring, it generates a dome to rest in, so yeah, sniping into camp is impeded as well. Sounds like your average adventuring nightmare? Nope, for there is a twist: These plants are actually good, can detect alignments and only assault evil creatures – they represent […]

    10 Monsters – A Basic Bestiary Volume I

    10 Monsters – A Basic Bestiary Volume I This little bestiary clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/monsters by type/CR, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with the blessed ring at CR 6 – an immobile ring of Large mushrooms that may not move…but it *can* spray devastating bursts of acid at foes. After entering the ring, it generates a dome to rest in, so yeah, sniping into camp is impeded as well. Sounds like your average adventuring nightmare? Nope, for there is a twist: These plants are actually good, can detect alignments and only assault evil creatures – they represent […]

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  • Vigilantes of Porphyra This installment in the Porphyran class option-series clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pages are A5 (6” by 9”)-booklet-sized, allowing you to print up to 4 of them on a standard A4/letterpack-page, so let’s take a look!   We begin with the dread pirate (somewhat unfortunately named – this is now the 4th class option I know that uses this name), who replaces seamless disguise with a +5 circumstance bonus to maintain his disguise, but does not apply the bonus to using vigilante talents while in social identity. Instead of 1st level’s social […]

    Vigilantes of Porphyra

    Vigilantes of Porphyra This installment in the Porphyran class option-series clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pages are A5 (6” by 9”)-booklet-sized, allowing you to print up to 4 of them on a standard A4/letterpack-page, so let’s take a look!   We begin with the dread pirate (somewhat unfortunately named – this is now the 4th class option I know that uses this name), who replaces seamless disguise with a +5 circumstance bonus to maintain his disguise, but does not apply the bonus to using vigilante talents while in social identity. Instead of 1st level’s social […]

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  • Psychic Class: The Overlord This class clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so the overlord class chassis consists of d10 HD, 2+ Int skills per level, proficiency with simple and martial weapons as well as all armors and shields, excluding tower shields. They gain full BAB-progression as well as good Fort- and Will-saves and at 4th level, he gains spontaneous Charisma-based spellcasting of up to 4th level, drawn from the bloodrager spell-list, though he casts the spells as psychic spells.   Overlords are somewhat powered by their own inflated sense of self-worth, and as such, at 1st level, they […]

    Psychic Class: The Overlord

    Psychic Class: The Overlord This class clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so the overlord class chassis consists of d10 HD, 2+ Int skills per level, proficiency with simple and martial weapons as well as all armors and shields, excluding tower shields. They gain full BAB-progression as well as good Fort- and Will-saves and at 4th level, he gains spontaneous Charisma-based spellcasting of up to 4th level, drawn from the bloodrager spell-list, though he casts the spells as psychic spells.   Overlords are somewhat powered by their own inflated sense of self-worth, and as such, at 1st level, they […]

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  • Heroes of the Hinterlands of Kesh This installment of the massive Porphyran player’s guides for the diverse regions of the patchwork planet  clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank, leaving us with a massive 58 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After the obligatory and well-written, evocative introductory prose that establishes leitmotifs for the region, we begin with taking stock of the races one can find within this illustrious region of the patchwork planet, beginning with a favorite of mine, namely the psionic elan – though they have been changed in a way that should make the race more palpable for low-powered games: While still aberrations, […]

    Heroes of the Hinterlands of Kesh

    Heroes of the Hinterlands of Kesh This installment of the massive Porphyran player’s guides for the diverse regions of the patchwork planet  clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank, leaving us with a massive 58 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After the obligatory and well-written, evocative introductory prose that establishes leitmotifs for the region, we begin with taking stock of the races one can find within this illustrious region of the patchwork planet, beginning with a favorite of mine, namely the psionic elan – though they have been changed in a way that should make the race more palpable for low-powered games: While still aberrations, […]

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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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