shadow Archive

  • The Master of Forms Expanded – Shadow and Darkness This expansion for the absolutely AWESOME Master of Forms base class clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The master of forms class is a genius elemental martial arts system that provides diverging tricks, with each element playing differently…so, how does the new element shadow fare? Well, for one, the master of forms in the shadow stance immediately enters an element’s stance when performing a non-shadow form, allowing for the flexible transition from shadow to another element. The pdf contains two secret arts associated with shadow: All-encompassing shadows lets him choose three wild […]

    The Master of Forms Expanded – Shadow and Darkness

    The Master of Forms Expanded – Shadow and Darkness This expansion for the absolutely AWESOME Master of Forms base class clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The master of forms class is a genius elemental martial arts system that provides diverging tricks, with each element playing differently…so, how does the new element shadow fare? Well, for one, the master of forms in the shadow stance immediately enters an element’s stance when performing a non-shadow form, allowing for the flexible transition from shadow to another element. The pdf contains two secret arts associated with shadow: All-encompassing shadows lets him choose three wild […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Shadow This installment of the mythic monsters-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always, this installment of Mythic Monsters with supplemental material – this time around, we get something rather uncommon, namely a complete mythic redesign of a prestige class, namely the shadowdancer. Now if you’ve been following my reviews, you’ll probably have noticed that I don’t have a particular high opinion of any of the […]

    Mythic Monsters: Shadow

    Mythic Monsters: Shadow This installment of the mythic monsters-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always, this installment of Mythic Monsters with supplemental material – this time around, we get something rather uncommon, namely a complete mythic redesign of a prestige class, namely the shadowdancer. Now if you’ve been following my reviews, you’ll probably have noticed that I don’t have a particular high opinion of any of the […]

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  • 101 Shadow and Darkness Spells The fourth installment of Dave Paul’s thematic spell-collections clocks in at 47 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 42 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf was moved forward in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   We begin this supplement with a piece of information that makes you appreciate the things to come – namely, a list of diverse lighting conditions – 8, to be precise. Does this terminology seem overly complicated to you? It’s actually not – it simply codifies what’s already out there in proper terms. The darkness you can […]

    101 Shadow and Darkness Spells

    101 Shadow and Darkness Spells The fourth installment of Dave Paul’s thematic spell-collections clocks in at 47 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 42 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf was moved forward in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   We begin this supplement with a piece of information that makes you appreciate the things to come – namely, a list of diverse lighting conditions – 8, to be precise. Does this terminology seem overly complicated to you? It’s actually not – it simply codifies what’s already out there in proper terms. The darkness you can […]

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  • Shadows over Vathak: Colonies – Silhouette of a Shadow The first module set in Vathak, this pdf clocks in at a pretty impressive 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 56 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But before we do – here’s a warning: This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players will wish to jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? We begin this module with several key-components: For one, a sidebox on the fragility of 1st level characters explains that more action-oriented groups may want to run this […]

    Shadows over Vathak: Colonies – Silhouette of a Shadow

    Shadows over Vathak: Colonies – Silhouette of a Shadow The first module set in Vathak, this pdf clocks in at a pretty impressive 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 56 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But before we do – here’s a warning: This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players will wish to jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? We begin this module with several key-components: For one, a sidebox on the fragility of 1st level characters explains that more action-oriented groups may want to run this […]

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  • Search for Lost Legacy III: By Shadow’s Grasp The third installment of the Search for Lost Legacy adventure arc clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being an adventure-review, the following obviously contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? Great! So, at the end of the module, the PCs began traversing an underground river towards the third level of the dungeon and thus, this module kicks off with an encounter of a duergar expedition force, including full stats for a vessel, the Ironkeel. […]

    Search for Lost Legacy III: By Shadow’s Grasp

    Search for Lost Legacy III: By Shadow’s Grasp The third installment of the Search for Lost Legacy adventure arc clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being an adventure-review, the following obviously contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? Great! So, at the end of the module, the PCs began traversing an underground river towards the third level of the dungeon and thus, this module kicks off with an encounter of a duergar expedition force, including full stats for a vessel, the Ironkeel. […]

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  • Path of Shadows   This freshman offering of Ascension Games clocks in at 81 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 75 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Disclaimer: This book went up in my review-queue do to me receiving a dead tree copy and not having to print everything out. My review’s verdict was in no way influenced by receiving this copy.   Ah, shadow magic – scarcely a concept in 3.X has been so prominent and yet so utterly ill-defined and mechanically sucky. Thankfully, 3pps have a knack for singling out such systems and then developing […]

    Path of Shadows

    Path of Shadows   This freshman offering of Ascension Games clocks in at 81 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 75 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Disclaimer: This book went up in my review-queue do to me receiving a dead tree copy and not having to print everything out. My review’s verdict was in no way influenced by receiving this copy.   Ah, shadow magic – scarcely a concept in 3.X has been so prominent and yet so utterly ill-defined and mechanically sucky. Thankfully, 3pps have a knack for singling out such systems and then developing […]

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  • Prestige Archetypes: Shadow Monk This installment of the Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, ~1/2 a page of editorial, leaving us with 5 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First question – what are prestige archetypes? Well, they are essentially a breakdown of a regular PrC into a full-blown 20-level spanning class – so no, these classes don’t necessarily mean that you’ll have a universal archetype (wouldn’t have worked in this context, I think), instead providing a retooled playing experience so you don’t have to work your way up to the PrC via classes you don’t want to play. So that’s definitely a pro-side. On the con-side, *personally*, […]

    Prestige Archetypes: Shadow Monk

    Prestige Archetypes: Shadow Monk This installment of the Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, ~1/2 a page of editorial, leaving us with 5 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First question – what are prestige archetypes? Well, they are essentially a breakdown of a regular PrC into a full-blown 20-level spanning class – so no, these classes don’t necessarily mean that you’ll have a universal archetype (wouldn’t have worked in this context, I think), instead providing a retooled playing experience so you don’t have to work your way up to the PrC via classes you don’t want to play. So that’s definitely a pro-side. On the con-side, *personally*, […]

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  • Servants of Shadow: 5 Necromancy-themed Races This massive racial book by TPK Games clocks in at 67 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving a massive 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As has become the tradition with TPK Games’ race books, we kick off with a short introduction by the author and then an expertly-written fluffy introduction, which this time around works also as a kind of origin myth. After that, we’re introduced to the Mortiss, the dead that have escaped from Nergal’s underworld – and from the get-go, the design is interesting: Being essentially the dead, they hail from a variety of species and still, the designer […]

    Servants of Shadow: 5 Necromancy-themed Races

    Servants of Shadow: 5 Necromancy-themed Races This massive racial book by TPK Games clocks in at 67 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving a massive 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As has become the tradition with TPK Games’ race books, we kick off with a short introduction by the author and then an expertly-written fluffy introduction, which this time around works also as a kind of origin myth. After that, we’re introduced to the Mortiss, the dead that have escaped from Nergal’s underworld – and from the get-go, the design is interesting: Being essentially the dead, they hail from a variety of species and still, the designer […]

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  • Lords of Gossamer & Shadow (Diceless) This massive sourcebook for Erick Wujcik’s Diceless system is 168 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page list of patronage/Kickstarter-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 163 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Born from Amber Dicelss Roleplaying, LoGaS depicts a setting which, unsurprisingly, makes use of countless worlds – the Gossamer worlds, made real by ethereal, true power. These countless worlds are connected to another via the Grand Staircase, an unfathomably huge staircase that features countless doors leading to countless gossamer worlds. Behind the screen, the forces of eidolon and umbra wage war eternal – eidolon being the force of […]

    Lords of Gossamer & Shadow (Diceless)

    Lords of Gossamer & Shadow (Diceless) This massive sourcebook for Erick Wujcik’s Diceless system is 168 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page list of patronage/Kickstarter-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 163 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Born from Amber Dicelss Roleplaying, LoGaS depicts a setting which, unsurprisingly, makes use of countless worlds – the Gossamer worlds, made real by ethereal, true power. These countless worlds are connected to another via the Grand Staircase, an unfathomably huge staircase that features countless doors leading to countless gossamer worlds. Behind the screen, the forces of eidolon and umbra wage war eternal – eidolon being the force of […]

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  • Courts of the Shadow Fey This mega-module is 130 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 123 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This mega-module Kobold-in-Chief Wolfgang Baur was originally released for D&D 4th edition, but I can’t comment on that once since I don’t have it – I only have the PFRPG-conversion done by ennie-award winning designer Ben McFarland. That being said – I’ll break my usual format for adventure-reviews – to pieces. I’m not going to go through this step-by-step – the review would become redundant fast and extremely long to boot. Instead […]

    Courts of the Shadow Fey

    Courts of the Shadow Fey This mega-module is 130 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 123 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This mega-module Kobold-in-Chief Wolfgang Baur was originally released for D&D 4th edition, but I can’t comment on that once since I don’t have it – I only have the PFRPG-conversion done by ennie-award winning designer Ben McFarland. That being said – I’ll break my usual format for adventure-reviews – to pieces. I’m not going to go through this step-by-step – the review would become redundant fast and extremely long to boot. Instead […]

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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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  • Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nation This pdf is 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside of the front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/Monsters by CR, 1 page back cover, 1 blank page inside the back cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements. That leaves 28 pages of monsters. -Addanc (CR7): A cross between a crocodile and a beaver, this could be goofy, but actually works. Death Roll (Ex) is a cool ability. -Autumn Death (CR 8): A deadly undead creature with autumnal abilities. Has two cool signature abilities. -Avowed Reaver (CR 5):Touched by elemental powers, this is a set of 4 CR+2 templates in one. -Bog Scum (CR13): Aquatic, climbing deadly ooze. […]

    Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations & Monsters of the Shadow Plane

    Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nation This pdf is 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside of the front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/Monsters by CR, 1 page back cover, 1 blank page inside the back cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements. That leaves 28 pages of monsters. -Addanc (CR7): A cross between a crocodile and a beaver, this could be goofy, but actually works. Death Roll (Ex) is a cool ability. -Autumn Death (CR 8): A deadly undead creature with autumnal abilities. Has two cool signature abilities. -Avowed Reaver (CR 5):Touched by elemental powers, this is a set of 4 CR+2 templates in one. -Bog Scum (CR13): Aquatic, climbing deadly ooze. […]

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