Pierre van Rooden Archive

  • GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing This massive tome clocks in at 399 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 3 pages of short author bios (which should be included in any roleplaying game supplement – seriously, help the talented folk that craft these books get all the recognition they can!), 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 388 (!!!) pages of content, making this one of the longest books I’ve ever reviewed, so let’s take a look, shall we?   When I reviewed “Shadowed Keep of the Borderlands” and similar adventures by Raging Swan Press (if you haven’t checked […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing

    GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing This massive tome clocks in at 399 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 3 pages of short author bios (which should be included in any roleplaying game supplement – seriously, help the talented folk that craft these books get all the recognition they can!), 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 388 (!!!) pages of content, making this one of the longest books I’ve ever reviewed, so let’s take a look, shall we?   When I reviewed “Shadowed Keep of the Borderlands” and similar adventures by Raging Swan Press (if you haven’t checked […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Legends II The second Dungeon Dressing installment featuring legends is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of legends, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this pdf with 10 legends about lost treasures (wrongly headed by a d20 -as are all tables herein) – take the potion of permanent invisibility and its unhappy, now mad first imbiber. Or what about a magic armor that protects from all blows, but did not save the wearer from being eaten by otyughs. D10 famed adventurers also get their own legends – From Ley Blude, the seductress […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Legends II

    Dungeon Dressing: Legends II The second Dungeon Dressing installment featuring legends is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of legends, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this pdf with 10 legends about lost treasures (wrongly headed by a d20 -as are all tables herein) – take the potion of permanent invisibility and its unhappy, now mad first imbiber. Or what about a magic armor that protects from all blows, but did not save the wearer from being eaten by otyughs. D10 famed adventurers also get their own legends – From Ley Blude, the seductress […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Legends This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Unlike most installments the Dungeon Dressing-series, we kick this pdf off with half a page of expertly written IC-narration before we get some advice on general legend-crafting.   Unlike most Dungeon Dressings, we essentially get full-blown legends, which, while generic in detail, are evocative in their content – take one of the 10 lost treasure-related legends: Take Lady Du Pon’s enchanted Bread Basket that turned those illegitimately partaking in its […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Legends

    Dungeon Dressing: Legends This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Unlike most installments the Dungeon Dressing-series, we kick this pdf off with half a page of expertly written IC-narration before we get some advice on general legend-crafting.   Unlike most Dungeon Dressings, we essentially get full-blown legends, which, while generic in detail, are evocative in their content – take one of the 10 lost treasure-related legends: Take Lady Du Pon’s enchanted Bread Basket that turned those illegitimately partaking in its […]

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  • TRIBES Anthology III The third in Raging Swan’s print collections of critically-acclaimed TRIBES-supplements is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page author bios/foreword, 2 pages ToC by TRIBE (containing a short poem for each tribe), 1 page statblocks by CR, 1 page SRD, 1 page advice on reading statblocks for novice DMs as well as 1 page back cover, leaving us with 103 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   Following the maxim of usability, we start with compiled lists of feats (including the information where it can be found), compiled alternate class and race features, a table for new monsters & templates as well as a table containing […]

    TRIBES Anthology III

    TRIBES Anthology III The third in Raging Swan’s print collections of critically-acclaimed TRIBES-supplements is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page author bios/foreword, 2 pages ToC by TRIBE (containing a short poem for each tribe), 1 page statblocks by CR, 1 page SRD, 1 page advice on reading statblocks for novice DMs as well as 1 page back cover, leaving us with 103 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   Following the maxim of usability, we start with compiled lists of feats (including the information where it can be found), compiled alternate class and race features, a table for new monsters & templates as well as a table containing […]

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