Rafael Chandler Archive

  • Narcosa (OSR) This massive book clocks in at 108 pages, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page weird glyphs, leaving us with 104 pages of content. The full-color cover artwork is included as a jpg and the scale-less map is also included thus. I own the softcover print version of this book, which sports the map as a back cover, just fyi. I will base my review mostly on the print version. While there is also a hardcover version, I do not own it.   This review was sponsored by one of my generous patreons, to be undertaken at my leisure.   “Someone has read Carcosa!” Ouch, ouch, ouch…hey, I promised I’ll use that quote! Anyways, this book […]

    Narcosa (OSR)

    Narcosa (OSR) This massive book clocks in at 108 pages, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page weird glyphs, leaving us with 104 pages of content. The full-color cover artwork is included as a jpg and the scale-less map is also included thus. I own the softcover print version of this book, which sports the map as a back cover, just fyi. I will base my review mostly on the print version. While there is also a hardcover version, I do not own it.   This review was sponsored by one of my generous patreons, to be undertaken at my leisure.   “Someone has read Carcosa!” Ouch, ouch, ouch…hey, I promised I’ll use that quote! Anyways, this book […]

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  • Bad Myrmidon (OSR) This module clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page encouragement, leaving us with 48 pages of content. These have been formatted for booklet-size (A5 or, approximately 6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on a given sheet of paper. I tried it and the text remained legible. The PoD-version sports the hex-map, which in the pdf is inside, on the back, in color.   Why encouragement? Well, yes, this module was originally penned for the benefit of Mandy Morbid, with artwork by Gennifer Bone and Wayne Snyder, cartography by Dyson Logos and content mainly by Rafael Chandler, though James Edward Raggi IV did write one […]

    Bad Myrmidon (OSR)

    Bad Myrmidon (OSR) This module clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page encouragement, leaving us with 48 pages of content. These have been formatted for booklet-size (A5 or, approximately 6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on a given sheet of paper. I tried it and the text remained legible. The PoD-version sports the hex-map, which in the pdf is inside, on the back, in color.   Why encouragement? Well, yes, this module was originally penned for the benefit of Mandy Morbid, with artwork by Gennifer Bone and Wayne Snyder, cartography by Dyson Logos and content mainly by Rafael Chandler, though James Edward Raggi IV did write one […]

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  • SlaughterGrid (OSR) This module clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page inspirational music (which partially reads like a metal playlist I’d make – including favorites of mine like Amorphis, Enslaved, Nile and Shape of Despair – metalheads, check it out!), 2 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 41 pages of content. The pdf is accompanied by jpg versions of the maps featured herein as well as jpgs of the graphical representation of a puzzle featured in this pdf. Front and back cover in full color all included as jpgs as well.   All right, so if Neoplastic Press’ superb Teratic Tome (Seriously, check it out – it’s PWYW for […]

    SlaughterGrid (OSR)

    SlaughterGrid (OSR) This module clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page inspirational music (which partially reads like a metal playlist I’d make – including favorites of mine like Amorphis, Enslaved, Nile and Shape of Despair – metalheads, check it out!), 2 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 41 pages of content. The pdf is accompanied by jpg versions of the maps featured herein as well as jpgs of the graphical representation of a puzzle featured in this pdf. Front and back cover in full color all included as jpgs as well.   All right, so if Neoplastic Press’ superb Teratic Tome (Seriously, check it out – it’s PWYW for […]

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  • Teratic Tome (OSR) The pdf of this massive book clocks in at 118 pages, 2 pages of editorial, 1 alphabetical list of monsters, 2 pages of art-credit, 1 page author bio, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 110 pages of content. My review is mostly based on the hardcover print version, but more on that in the conclusion.   First a word of warning: This is a tome of MONSTERS in the literal sense of the word; the creatures herein are not for the faint of heart and the target demographic of this book would obviously be adults. The artworks do contain gruesome nightmare fuel, the text mentions explicit and gory details and the pdf does feature […]

    Teratic Tome (OSR)

    Teratic Tome (OSR) The pdf of this massive book clocks in at 118 pages, 2 pages of editorial, 1 alphabetical list of monsters, 2 pages of art-credit, 1 page author bio, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 110 pages of content. My review is mostly based on the hardcover print version, but more on that in the conclusion.   First a word of warning: This is a tome of MONSTERS in the literal sense of the word; the creatures herein are not for the faint of heart and the target demographic of this book would obviously be adults. The artworks do contain gruesome nightmare fuel, the text mentions explicit and gory details and the pdf does feature […]

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  • Obscene Serpent Religion (OSR) This little pdf clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, the trope of the serpent cult is probably one of the oldest and most tired ones out there; throughout the pulp genre, horror, etc., serpents and snakes are one of the creepy go-to-critters for evil cults, rivaled only by spiders and bats. At one point, I was surprised to come to the realization that “Is evil, worships snakes”…well, does not really make for a good rationale if you take a closer look.   This is where this book comes in […]

    Obscene Serpent Religion (OSR)

    Obscene Serpent Religion (OSR) This little pdf clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, the trope of the serpent cult is probably one of the oldest and most tired ones out there; throughout the pulp genre, horror, etc., serpents and snakes are one of the creepy go-to-critters for evil cults, rivaled only by spiders and bats. At one point, I was surprised to come to the realization that “Is evil, worships snakes”…well, does not really make for a good rationale if you take a closer look.   This is where this book comes in […]

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  • The Starship from Hell (system-neutral) This pdf clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 39 pages of content, though these are formatted for the A5 (” by 9”)-size, which means you can comfortable fit 4 of these pages on a given sheet of A4/US-letterpack paper, making printing this out pretty economical.   Okay, confession time. I am one of the weirdos that had more fun watching Primer than with all of the Star Wars franchise combined. I’m a fan of hard scifi, you know, the “boring, talky” movies sans kewl explosions and space battles. At the same time, I am a big fan of Dr. Who and can derive […]

    The Starship from Hell (system-neutral)

    The Starship from Hell (system-neutral) This pdf clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 39 pages of content, though these are formatted for the A5 (” by 9”)-size, which means you can comfortable fit 4 of these pages on a given sheet of A4/US-letterpack paper, making printing this out pretty economical.   Okay, confession time. I am one of the weirdos that had more fun watching Primer than with all of the Star Wars franchise combined. I’m a fan of hard scifi, you know, the “boring, talky” movies sans kewl explosions and space battles. At the same time, I am a big fan of Dr. Who and can derive […]

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  • Roll XX: Double Damage (system-neutral) This pdf clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page foreword/how-to-use, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 27 pages of content – these pages are formatted for A5 (6” by 9”), which means you can comfortable fit 4 of them on one A4-page, should you elect to print this out.   So, what do we get this time around? In contrast to the first Roll XX-book, this one has a more limited scope: In general, the questions and answers are framed by an aesthetic that could be summed up as dark fantasy. The general formula has also evolved, if you will. Take a look at the […]

    Roll XX: Double Damage (system-neutral)

    Roll XX: Double Damage (system-neutral) This pdf clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page foreword/how-to-use, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 27 pages of content – these pages are formatted for A5 (6” by 9”), which means you can comfortable fit 4 of them on one A4-page, should you elect to print this out.   So, what do we get this time around? In contrast to the first Roll XX-book, this one has a more limited scope: In general, the questions and answers are framed by an aesthetic that could be summed up as dark fantasy. The general formula has also evolved, if you will. Take a look at the […]

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  • Roll XX (system-neutral) This massive book clocks in at 103 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,3 pages of ToC – leaving us with 98 pages of content. The pages themselves are designed for an A5 (6” by 9”)-standard and if you print it out, you can easily fit 4 pages on a given page.   So, this is one of those books that you don’t think you need – but sooner or later do. It is, in short, a massive GM-inspiration/dressing book, but unlike most: Where usually, you get pretty generic dressing to generate details, this book deals with questions and their answers: Basically, you look at one question, roll 1d20 and there you go. Or, well, you […]

    Roll XX (system-neutral)

    Roll XX (system-neutral) This massive book clocks in at 103 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,3 pages of ToC – leaving us with 98 pages of content. The pages themselves are designed for an A5 (6” by 9”)-standard and if you print it out, you can easily fit 4 pages on a given page.   So, this is one of those books that you don’t think you need – but sooner or later do. It is, in short, a massive GM-inspiration/dressing book, but unlike most: Where usually, you get pretty generic dressing to generate details, this book deals with questions and their answers: Basically, you look at one question, roll 1d20 and there you go. Or, well, you […]

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  • Don’t Walk in Winter Wood This game clocks in at 46 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of credits/thanks/reference, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 40 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? The simple answer would be that this is a cooperative, narrative, rules-light HORROR game set in a vaguely colonial setting in the United States. Society is one of rough and closely-knit, often isolated communities. Superstitions run wild and even well-meant belief may seem barbarous to us. Transportation is still mainly defined by equestrian means and print books are rare and expensive. AT night, it is still candles that are used to pierce the dark. Against said […]

    Don’t Walk in Winter Wood

    Don’t Walk in Winter Wood This game clocks in at 46 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of credits/thanks/reference, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 40 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? The simple answer would be that this is a cooperative, narrative, rules-light HORROR game set in a vaguely colonial setting in the United States. Society is one of rough and closely-knit, often isolated communities. Superstitions run wild and even well-meant belief may seem barbarous to us. Transportation is still mainly defined by equestrian means and print books are rare and expensive. AT night, it is still candles that are used to pierce the dark. Against said […]

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