Robert Brookes Archive

  • Occult Adventures This massive hardcover clocks in at a whopping 271 pages, though 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC and 1/3rd of a page decrease that down to 267 2/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, before we do, let me  deal with the confusion for a second that this review undoubtedly will cause. Yes, I usually only do 3pp material. This has several reasons: For one, I want to showcase the fringe of gaming, the evocative books that push the envelope. Secondly, I’m not particularly affluent, to say the least and want to reward the publishers that do send me their books. Well, I obviously *HAVE* to get the […]

    Occult Adventures

    Occult Adventures This massive hardcover clocks in at a whopping 271 pages, though 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC and 1/3rd of a page decrease that down to 267 2/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, before we do, let me  deal with the confusion for a second that this review undoubtedly will cause. Yes, I usually only do 3pp material. This has several reasons: For one, I want to showcase the fringe of gaming, the evocative books that push the envelope. Secondly, I’m not particularly affluent, to say the least and want to reward the publishers that do send me their books. Well, I obviously *HAVE* to get the […]

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  • Treasury of the Machine This pdf containing items intended for the use with the Iron Gods-AP clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this book with a handy list of items by respective price, ranging from varies/50 GP to 180K gold/minor artifact-levels – quite a lot, so what can be found herein precisely? Well, we begin with the technological armor, the slipsuit, which enhances means to prevent being grappled or otherwise impeded. 3 forms of cybertech are provided thereafter – beginning with the amnesia tick and going […]

    Treasury of the Machine

    Treasury of the Machine This pdf containing items intended for the use with the Iron Gods-AP clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this book with a handy list of items by respective price, ranging from varies/50 GP to 180K gold/minor artifact-levels – quite a lot, so what can be found herein precisely? Well, we begin with the technological armor, the slipsuit, which enhances means to prevent being grappled or otherwise impeded. 3 forms of cybertech are provided thereafter – beginning with the amnesia tick and going […]

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  • Town Backdrop: Wolfsbane Hollow This installment of Raging Swan Press’ glorious Town Backdrop-series clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page author bios (including a handy list of stats by CR), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this book not with the town, like you’d expect – instead, we are introduced to a gazetteer of the surrounding region of Wolfbane Hollow: Fro Ashenblade Forest to the Dankwood, this pdf provides an interesting example from the get-go -namely that you *can* write multiple, inspiring short descriptions of forests and, with the wonders of […]

    Town Backdrop: Wolfsbane Hollow

    Town Backdrop: Wolfsbane Hollow This installment of Raging Swan Press’ glorious Town Backdrop-series clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page author bios (including a handy list of stats by CR), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this book not with the town, like you’d expect – instead, we are introduced to a gazetteer of the surrounding region of Wolfbane Hollow: Fro Ashenblade Forest to the Dankwood, this pdf provides an interesting example from the get-go -namely that you *can* write multiple, inspiring short descriptions of forests and, with the wonders of […]

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  • Mythic Minis: Feats of Toughness All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Bludgeoner: No penalty when using melee weapons to deal non-lethal damage. +1/2 tier damage when inflicting nonlethal damage with a bludgeoning weapon. On a crit, expend one mythic power to add the effects of Staggering Critical; at 6th tier, Stunning Critical. Nice one.   -Bolstered Resilience: DR applies to mythic tier attacks When it’s increased, it treats DR as DR/epic in addition to the normal requirements to overcome it. Spend mythic power to deal your DR as damage to the weapon that hit you, ignoring DR and hardness equal to your tier. […]

    Mythic Minis: Feats of Toughness

    Mythic Minis: Feats of Toughness All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Bludgeoner: No penalty when using melee weapons to deal non-lethal damage. +1/2 tier damage when inflicting nonlethal damage with a bludgeoning weapon. On a crit, expend one mythic power to add the effects of Staggering Critical; at 6th tier, Stunning Critical. Nice one.   -Bolstered Resilience: DR applies to mythic tier attacks When it’s increased, it treats DR as DR/epic in addition to the normal requirements to overcome it. Spend mythic power to deal your DR as damage to the weapon that hit you, ignoring DR and hardness equal to your tier. […]

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  • Mythic Minis: Goblin Feats All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Burn! Burn! Burn!: +1d4+tier fire damage when attacking with mundane and alchemical fire; also greatly increases saves vs. catching fire AND allowing you to expend mythic power to negate fire resistance or hardness. Nice one!   -Deafening Explosion: Adds deafening effect to your bombs, with splash damage deafening for shorter durations.   -Demoralizing Lash: It you hit a creature that is shaken, increase condition severity to frightened, with shaken following. Also increases the demoralize effect on adversaries witnessing your assault. Nice combo-potential.   -Fire Hand: Makes non-mythic foes always have to check versus […]

    Mythic Minis: Goblin Feats

    Mythic Minis: Goblin Feats All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Burn! Burn! Burn!: +1d4+tier fire damage when attacking with mundane and alchemical fire; also greatly increases saves vs. catching fire AND allowing you to expend mythic power to negate fire resistance or hardness. Nice one!   -Deafening Explosion: Adds deafening effect to your bombs, with splash damage deafening for shorter durations.   -Demoralizing Lash: It you hit a creature that is shaken, increase condition severity to frightened, with shaken following. Also increases the demoralize effect on adversaries witnessing your assault. Nice combo-potential.   -Fire Hand: Makes non-mythic foes always have to check versus […]

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  • Mythic Minis: Sorceror Feats All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Create Sanguine Elixir: You do not lose access to a bloodline power when making a sanguine elixir whose minimum level is less than tier; less than 2 x tier when expending mythic power. Imbibers may also delay the onset of the elixir’s effects by tier rounds; the drinker’s effective level would be your sorceror level or HD + 1/2 tier, whichever is lower. Damn cool one!   -Destructive Dispel: +1/2 tier to DC versus the stun; non-mythic creatures extend the stun/sickened duration to 1/2 tier rounds. When using an area dispel, expend mythic […]

    Mythic Minis: Sorceror Feats

    Mythic Minis: Sorceror Feats All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Create Sanguine Elixir: You do not lose access to a bloodline power when making a sanguine elixir whose minimum level is less than tier; less than 2 x tier when expending mythic power. Imbibers may also delay the onset of the elixir’s effects by tier rounds; the drinker’s effective level would be your sorceror level or HD + 1/2 tier, whichever is lower. Damn cool one!   -Destructive Dispel: +1/2 tier to DC versus the stun; non-mythic creatures extend the stun/sickened duration to 1/2 tier rounds. When using an area dispel, expend mythic […]

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  • Mythic Minis: Divine Feats All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Abundant Revelations: + 1/2 mythic tier uses of chosen revelation; You change the revelation to which this applies by spending 1 mythic power upon meditating to refresh your spellcasting ability.   -Channeled Revival: Adds healing for allies in range of the effect as if you had expended channel energy for this purpose. The target of the channeled revival does not receive this healing. Expend one use of mythic power and mythic breath of life the target. If you can cast breath of life, you can expend mythic power or an equal number of […]

    Mythic Minis: Divine Feats

    Mythic Minis: Divine Feats All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Abundant Revelations: + 1/2 mythic tier uses of chosen revelation; You change the revelation to which this applies by spending 1 mythic power upon meditating to refresh your spellcasting ability.   -Channeled Revival: Adds healing for allies in range of the effect as if you had expended channel energy for this purpose. The target of the channeled revival does not receive this healing. Expend one use of mythic power and mythic breath of life the target. If you can cast breath of life, you can expend mythic power or an equal number of […]

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  • Mythic Minis: Feats of the Sharpshooter All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Arc Slinger: Reduces range penalties with sling or sling staff by tier; Point Blank Shot bonuses extend to 50 ft. (80 ft. for sling staff); +5 ft. per tier. No penalty to atk or damage when using non-sling-bullet ammunition as long as size fits. 1 use of mythic power = +1/2 tier to damage for tier rounds.   -Casterbane Shot: Penalize concentration of targets hit by 1/2 tier for one round. Further increase concentration difficulty when readying an action or Snap Shooting casters, with mythic power expenditure to further increase the […]

    Mythic Minis: Feats of the Sharpshooter

    Mythic Minis: Feats of the Sharpshooter All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Arc Slinger: Reduces range penalties with sling or sling staff by tier; Point Blank Shot bonuses extend to 50 ft. (80 ft. for sling staff); +5 ft. per tier. No penalty to atk or damage when using non-sling-bullet ammunition as long as size fits. 1 use of mythic power = +1/2 tier to damage for tier rounds.   -Casterbane Shot: Penalize concentration of targets hit by 1/2 tier for one round. Further increase concentration difficulty when readying an action or Snap Shooting casters, with mythic power expenditure to further increase the […]

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  • Mythic Minis – Feats of Brutality All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Cleaving Finish: Adds second attack at -5 to the cleaving finish. Essentially an escalation.   -Improved Cleaving Finish: Adds a third attack to Cleaving Finish at -10.   -Close-Quarters Thrower: When you hit a foe with a thrown weapon while threatened, make a melee attack at a foe at your highest atk as a swift action. Solid for ninjas etc.   -Deadly Finish: When killing a target in melee or with ranged weapons, use clean blade path ability as a free action versus either a single foe within 30 ft. or […]

    Mythic Minis – Feats of Brutality

    Mythic Minis – Feats of Brutality All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Cleaving Finish: Adds second attack at -5 to the cleaving finish. Essentially an escalation.   -Improved Cleaving Finish: Adds a third attack to Cleaving Finish at -10.   -Close-Quarters Thrower: When you hit a foe with a thrown weapon while threatened, make a melee attack at a foe at your highest atk as a swift action. Solid for ninjas etc.   -Deadly Finish: When killing a target in melee or with ranged weapons, use clean blade path ability as a free action versus either a single foe within 30 ft. or […]

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  • Mythic Minis: Teamwork Feats All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Back to Back: Numerical escalation plus enemies provoke AoOs when flanking you when you’re with an ally who has this feat.   -Improved Back to Back: Better AC-bonus for each ally with the feat for 1 mythic power. Pretty weak, imho, despite its stacking potential.   -Cavalry Formation: Allows for overlap of squares of others for both rider and mount when charging. Also nets you a bonus when attacking a creature that was subjected to the charge of an ally with this feat. nice.   -Combat Medic: No AoO when using Heal while […]

    Mythic Minis: Teamwork Feats

    Mythic Minis: Teamwork Feats All right, you know the deal – 3 pages – 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, let’s go!   -Back to Back: Numerical escalation plus enemies provoke AoOs when flanking you when you’re with an ally who has this feat.   -Improved Back to Back: Better AC-bonus for each ally with the feat for 1 mythic power. Pretty weak, imho, despite its stacking potential.   -Cavalry Formation: Allows for overlap of squares of others for both rider and mount when charging. Also nets you a bonus when attacking a creature that was subjected to the charge of an ally with this feat. nice.   -Combat Medic: No AoO when using Heal while […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops II This compilation of Raging Swan Press’ critically acclaimed Village Backdrops-series clocks in at 95 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 87 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with an acknowledgment I wished more pdfs sported – author bios. I mean, come on, these are the people who make the supplements we love and generating some name recognition is definitely something I consider a positive thing. Beyond that, a handy table lists statblocks by CR, village and page, complete with […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops II

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops II This compilation of Raging Swan Press’ critically acclaimed Village Backdrops-series clocks in at 95 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 87 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with an acknowledgment I wished more pdfs sported – author bios. I mean, come on, these are the people who make the supplements we love and generating some name recognition is definitely something I consider a positive thing. Beyond that, a handy table lists statblocks by CR, village and page, complete with […]

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  • Demiplanes: The Frozen Cage This installment in Raging Swan Press’ new series detailing Demiplanes clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The demiplane know as the Frozen Cage is…surprise: A cage! *cicadas chirp* Yeah, I know. So an ancient, daemonic evil has been imprisoned Now, a recent incursion of the vile crusaders of the shattered sky has almost brought down the defenses of the Wardens of the Frozen Flame, guardians tasked to ensure that dread Shektelmatu remains bound.   In the frigid, lavishly mapped wasteland, which may have regular gravity, but also […]

    Demiplanes: The Frozen Cage

    Demiplanes: The Frozen Cage This installment in Raging Swan Press’ new series detailing Demiplanes clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The demiplane know as the Frozen Cage is…surprise: A cage! *cicadas chirp* Yeah, I know. So an ancient, daemonic evil has been imprisoned Now, a recent incursion of the vile crusaders of the shattered sky has almost brought down the defenses of the Wardens of the Frozen Flame, guardians tasked to ensure that dread Shektelmatu remains bound.   In the frigid, lavishly mapped wasteland, which may have regular gravity, but also […]

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  • Demiplanes: The Twilight Demesne This installment in Raging Swan Press’ new series detailing Demiplanes clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what is the Twilight Demesne? Well, the easy answer would be that it’s a truly dark forest – one wove from the Plane of Shadow and thus a fluif, self-contained place with normal gravity. Ingress and egress to the plane, planar traits (like enhanced light/darkness descriptor magic) and impeded magic – all covered.   Notable denizens and a lore-section as well as a 20-entry dressing table ensure that you have […]

    Demiplanes: The Twilight Demesne

    Demiplanes: The Twilight Demesne This installment in Raging Swan Press’ new series detailing Demiplanes clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what is the Twilight Demesne? Well, the easy answer would be that it’s a truly dark forest – one wove from the Plane of Shadow and thus a fluif, self-contained place with normal gravity. Ingress and egress to the plane, planar traits (like enhanced light/darkness descriptor magic) and impeded magic – all covered.   Notable denizens and a lore-section as well as a 20-entry dressing table ensure that you have […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Hjalward This Village Backdrop clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now Hjalward is a change pace for the series, for Hjalward is not only the moniker of a village, but also of a vast defensive fortification, with vast watchtowers and flying buttresses, erected in times long past by giants…or some other strange civilization.   Nowadays, not even a tenth of this engineering marvel remains and the village of Hjalward is located around one of these last remaining defensive fortifications. The attentive reader will immediately realize here that Raging Swan Press […]

    Village Backdrop: Hjalward

    Village Backdrop: Hjalward This Village Backdrop clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now Hjalward is a change pace for the series, for Hjalward is not only the moniker of a village, but also of a vast defensive fortification, with vast watchtowers and flying buttresses, erected in times long past by giants…or some other strange civilization.   Nowadays, not even a tenth of this engineering marvel remains and the village of Hjalward is located around one of these last remaining defensive fortifications. The attentive reader will immediately realize here that Raging Swan Press […]

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