Steven d. Russell Archive

  • 10 Barbarian Magic Items This installment of Rite Publishing’s 10-X-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with two new special qualities: Armor and shields may benefit from the +2 bonus equivalent adversity’s bulwark enchantment, which allows for the immediate action-based expenditure of 6 rounds of rage to reroll a save against a debilitating condition (excluding death), affliction, charm or compulsion. The barbarian must take the second result. If the barbarian also has the eater of magic rage power, he gains temporary hit points equal to the originating creature’s CR that stack […]

    10 Barbarian Magic Items

    10 Barbarian Magic Items This installment of Rite Publishing’s 10-X-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with two new special qualities: Armor and shields may benefit from the +2 bonus equivalent adversity’s bulwark enchantment, which allows for the immediate action-based expenditure of 6 rounds of rage to reroll a save against a debilitating condition (excluding death), affliction, charm or compulsion. The barbarian must take the second result. If the barbarian also has the eater of magic rage power, he gains temporary hit points equal to the originating creature’s CR that stack […]

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  • The Secrets of the Taskshaper (13th Age) This adaptation of the taskshaper class to the 13th Age rule-set clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the taskshaper? In case you are not familiar with the exceedingly awesome background of the class – it is one of the most challenging classes to GM for in PFRPG, defined by the option to basically shapechange and poach abilities from monsters, a class suffused with great background info: You see, as the in-character prose that guides you through this pdf makes amply clear, the taskshaper is […]

    The Secrets of the Taskshaper (13th Age)

    The Secrets of the Taskshaper (13th Age) This adaptation of the taskshaper class to the 13th Age rule-set clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the taskshaper? In case you are not familiar with the exceedingly awesome background of the class – it is one of the most challenging classes to GM for in PFRPG, defined by the option to basically shapechange and poach abilities from monsters, a class suffused with great background info: You see, as the in-character prose that guides you through this pdf makes amply clear, the taskshaper is […]

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  • In the Company of Unicorns This installment of Rite Publishing’s series of racial sourcebooks clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, this time around, it’s unicorns – but what type? Well, obviously not the classic arcane mysticism of the middle ages that equated the unicorn with Jesus Christ – but neither is this just a rehash of the classic, noble trope, though this does feature in the equation. The unicorns, or re’em as they call […]

    In the Company of Unicorns

    In the Company of Unicorns This installment of Rite Publishing’s series of racial sourcebooks clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, this time around, it’s unicorns – but what type? Well, obviously not the classic arcane mysticism of the middle ages that equated the unicorn with Jesus Christ – but neither is this just a rehash of the classic, noble trope, though this does feature in the equation. The unicorns, or re’em as they call […]

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  • The Secrets of the Divine: Death, Justice, Healing & Madness The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s books detailing the unique pantheon of Questhaven along the unique servants of the respective deities clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now if you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the basic summary: The deities in Questhaven are peculiar in that their true names are not spoken – instead, they have aliases like “Our Shifting Oracle of Genius” or “Their Mistress of Madness,” with the precise epithet depending on your personal relationship with the deity. The deities sport […]

    The Secrets of the Divine: Death, Justice, Healing & Madness

    The Secrets of the Divine: Death, Justice, Healing & Madness The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s books detailing the unique pantheon of Questhaven along the unique servants of the respective deities clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now if you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the basic summary: The deities in Questhaven are peculiar in that their true names are not spoken – instead, they have aliases like “Our Shifting Oracle of Genius” or “Their Mistress of Madness,” with the precise epithet depending on your personal relationship with the deity. The deities sport […]

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  • Pathways #54 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Pathways clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 12 pages advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I usually don’t do free books anymore, but since a patreon asked me to cover the current Pathways, here we go.   After Dave Paul’s well-written editorial, we begin with Rite Publishing’s mastermind Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time around the CR+2 dread phantom armor template, which is, in the tradition of templates with the “dread” prefix, an actually badass, properly deadly version of the concept featured, including a dread curse to negate armor and equipment-based bonuses…OUCH!   […]

    Pathways #54

    Pathways #54 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Pathways clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 12 pages advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I usually don’t do free books anymore, but since a patreon asked me to cover the current Pathways, here we go.   After Dave Paul’s well-written editorial, we begin with Rite Publishing’s mastermind Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time around the CR+2 dread phantom armor template, which is, in the tradition of templates with the “dread” prefix, an actually badass, properly deadly version of the concept featured, including a dread curse to negate armor and equipment-based bonuses…OUCH!   […]

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  • Pathways #53 The 53rd installment of Pathways, Rite Publishing’s free e-zine, clocks in at 53 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Note: I usually don’t review free material any more, but was explicitly asked to take a look at the current Pathways-issues by one of my patreons.   As has become the tradition with Pathways, we begin with Dave Paul’s editorial before moving on to the template of this month. This time around, Steven D. Russell Provides basically a creature that is a living execution-machine – including lethal hangman’s noose! These constructs are nasty. Nice template! […]

    Pathways #53

    Pathways #53 The 53rd installment of Pathways, Rite Publishing’s free e-zine, clocks in at 53 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Note: I usually don’t review free material any more, but was explicitly asked to take a look at the current Pathways-issues by one of my patreons.   As has become the tradition with Pathways, we begin with Dave Paul’s editorial before moving on to the template of this month. This time around, Steven D. Russell Provides basically a creature that is a living execution-machine – including lethal hangman’s noose! These constructs are nasty. Nice template! […]

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  • Gossamer Options: Characters (Diceless) This MASSIVE book for Lords of Gossamer and Shadows clocks in at 73 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with a colossal 69 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What began as a reverse design based on the art that was available via the deck funded via LoGaS’ KS soon became this massive book – and oh boy. But let me begin differently: What’s the one thing you need to crunch in LoGaS, the one thing that takes time out of your GM’s day that does not pertain weaving the most awesome stories you can conceive? Yes, that would be statblocks for NPCs. […]

    Gossamer Options: Characters (Diceless)

    Gossamer Options: Characters (Diceless) This MASSIVE book for Lords of Gossamer and Shadows clocks in at 73 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with a colossal 69 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What began as a reverse design based on the art that was available via the deck funded via LoGaS’ KS soon became this massive book – and oh boy. But let me begin differently: What’s the one thing you need to crunch in LoGaS, the one thing that takes time out of your GM’s day that does not pertain weaving the most awesome stories you can conceive? Yes, that would be statblocks for NPCs. […]

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  • Pathways #52 The 52nd installment of Rite Publishing’s free monthly e-zine Pathways clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, so let’s take a look!     As per the tradition of Pathways, we begin with David Paul’s editorial and then, a new template crafted by Steven D. Russell and an accompanying sample creature. This time around, we get the walking wasteland CR+2 template, which renders creatures truly toxic/putrid – healing-impediment and spoiled foods and drinks, courtesy of these beast’s auras, accompany them like the noxious, poisonous clouds that never stray far from them – oh, and the very attacks of […]

    Pathways #52

    Pathways #52 The 52nd installment of Rite Publishing’s free monthly e-zine Pathways clocks in at 50 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 12 pages of advertisement, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, so let’s take a look!     As per the tradition of Pathways, we begin with David Paul’s editorial and then, a new template crafted by Steven D. Russell and an accompanying sample creature. This time around, we get the walking wasteland CR+2 template, which renders creatures truly toxic/putrid – healing-impediment and spoiled foods and drinks, courtesy of these beast’s auras, accompany them like the noxious, poisonous clouds that never stray far from them – oh, and the very attacks of […]

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  • Pathways #51 The 51st issue of Rite Publishing’s monthly FREE e-zine Pathways clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 11 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always, with an editorial – and a note: Beyond some issues being PWYW, you can now support Pathways via its own patreon and this issue is the first that is thus enhanced – we actually get more content! As has become the tradition with the series, we start this issue with Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time the CR+2 False Idol. The template (and sample creature, a Leukodaemon) is pretty […]

    Pathways #51

    Pathways #51 The 51st issue of Rite Publishing’s monthly FREE e-zine Pathways clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 11 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always, with an editorial – and a note: Beyond some issues being PWYW, you can now support Pathways via its own patreon and this issue is the first that is thus enhanced – we actually get more content! As has become the tradition with the series, we start this issue with Steven D. Russell providing a new template, this time the CR+2 False Idol. The template (and sample creature, a Leukodaemon) is pretty […]

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  • 10 Angelic Magic Items This pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But before we dive into the subject matter, let’s make a few basics clear – for one, while these items are intended to be used in conjunction with Rite Publishing’s “In the Company of Angels,” I’m going to try to rate it as its own autonomous supplement. Secondly, like all RiP-books detailing items in the 10-series, you actually get much more than 10 items: Quite a few items come in different versions, with the distinction being made between lesser, standard and greater versions […]

    10 Angelic Magic Items

    10 Angelic Magic Items This pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But before we dive into the subject matter, let’s make a few basics clear – for one, while these items are intended to be used in conjunction with Rite Publishing’s “In the Company of Angels,” I’m going to try to rate it as its own autonomous supplement. Secondly, like all RiP-books detailing items in the 10-series, you actually get much more than 10 items: Quite a few items come in different versions, with the distinction being made between lesser, standard and greater versions […]

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  • Pathways #50 The 50th installment of Rite Publishing’s FREE e-zine clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial/ToC, leaving us with 30 pages of free content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We begin this installment with David Paul’s editorial recapping the journey of the magazine so far before we are introduced to Steven D. Russell’s new template – the grandmaster creature. At CR +4, it renders the target lawful and allows for the creature in question to assemble a cabal of creatures that can be teleported to the grandmaster creature by uttering their name. When calling the cabal, the grandmaster also receives a significant buff -better […]

    Pathways #50

    Pathways #50 The 50th installment of Rite Publishing’s FREE e-zine clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial/ToC, leaving us with 30 pages of free content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We begin this installment with David Paul’s editorial recapping the journey of the magazine so far before we are introduced to Steven D. Russell’s new template – the grandmaster creature. At CR +4, it renders the target lawful and allows for the creature in question to assemble a cabal of creatures that can be teleported to the grandmaster creature by uttering their name. When calling the cabal, the grandmaster also receives a significant buff -better […]

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  • In the Company of Angels This massive installment of the “In the Company of…”-series clocks in at 57 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 54 pages of content – quite a bunch, so let’s dive in!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   As you may know, the “In the Company of..”-series is devoted to making high concept, monstrous races viable options for PCs and this one tackles angels, out of all creatures. I very much like this concept and, following the standard of Rite Publishing books, the introduction to the race is delivered in glorious in-character […]

    In the Company of Angels

    In the Company of Angels This massive installment of the “In the Company of…”-series clocks in at 57 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 54 pages of content – quite a bunch, so let’s dive in!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   As you may know, the “In the Company of..”-series is devoted to making high concept, monstrous races viable options for PCs and this one tackles angels, out of all creatures. I very much like this concept and, following the standard of Rite Publishing books, the introduction to the race is delivered in glorious in-character […]

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  • Adventure Quarterly #6 The sixth installment of Rite Publishing’s spiritual heir of the Dungeon magazine clocks in at 72 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than a massive 67 pages of content – quite a huge array, so let’s take a look!   As always, we begin the issue with a nice editorial by Robert N. Emerson before jumping into the meat of the respective modules. This being a review of an adventure-based magazine, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? Great! The first module herein takes us back into the iconic […]

    Adventure Quarterly #6

    Adventure Quarterly #6 The sixth installment of Rite Publishing’s spiritual heir of the Dungeon magazine clocks in at 72 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than a massive 67 pages of content – quite a huge array, so let’s take a look!   As always, we begin the issue with a nice editorial by Robert N. Emerson before jumping into the meat of the respective modules. This being a review of an adventure-based magazine, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? Great! The first module herein takes us back into the iconic […]

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  • Faces of the Tarnished Souk – An NPC Collection This massive book clocks in at no less than 323 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 314 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved ahead in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Well, first of all, I will deviate from my usual take on detailed analysis of the individual pieces of content herein -why? Because that would take AGES and bloat this review beyond the page-count where this would have any semblance of help for anyone of my readers. Beyond […]

    Faces of the Tarnished Souk – An NPC Collection

    Faces of the Tarnished Souk – An NPC Collection This massive book clocks in at no less than 323 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 314 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved ahead in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Well, first of all, I will deviate from my usual take on detailed analysis of the individual pieces of content herein -why? Because that would take AGES and bloat this review beyond the page-count where this would have any semblance of help for anyone of my readers. Beyond […]

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  • The Secrets of the Iron Titan (Revised Edition) This installment of Rite Publishing’s “Secrets of..:”-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As with almost all Rite Publishing books, we are introduced to the matter at hand in immersive in-character prose, here provided by Captain Timothy Woodman – who recounts a tale of high-adventure, of infiltrating the courts of the fey and facing off against a dread golem of legendary proportion. Losing all limbs to the creature, the captain volunteered for the transformation into an Iron Titan. The complex procedure and its repercussions for the […]

    The Secrets of the Iron Titan (Revised Edition)

    The Secrets of the Iron Titan (Revised Edition) This installment of Rite Publishing’s “Secrets of..:”-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As with almost all Rite Publishing books, we are introduced to the matter at hand in immersive in-character prose, here provided by Captain Timothy Woodman – who recounts a tale of high-adventure, of infiltrating the courts of the fey and facing off against a dread golem of legendary proportion. Losing all limbs to the creature, the captain volunteered for the transformation into an Iron Titan. The complex procedure and its repercussions for the […]

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  • The Secrets of the Iron Titan This installment of Rite Publishing’s “Secrets of..:”-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As with almost all Rite Publishing books, we are introduced to the matter at hand in immersive in-character prose, here provided by Captain Timothy Woodman – who recounts a tale of high-adventure, of infiltrating the courts of the fey and facing off against a dread golem of legendary proportion. Losing all limbs to the creature, the captain volunteered for the transformation into an Iron Titan. The complex procedure and its repercussions for the body and […]

    The Secrets of the Iron Titan

    The Secrets of the Iron Titan This installment of Rite Publishing’s “Secrets of..:”-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As with almost all Rite Publishing books, we are introduced to the matter at hand in immersive in-character prose, here provided by Captain Timothy Woodman – who recounts a tale of high-adventure, of infiltrating the courts of the fey and facing off against a dread golem of legendary proportion. Losing all limbs to the creature, the captain volunteered for the transformation into an Iron Titan. The complex procedure and its repercussions for the body and […]

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  • The Secrets of the Divine: Adventure, Earth, Magic & Water The second book detailing the diverse faiths and churches of Questhaven, the much-anticipated city of adventurers that doubles as Rite Publishing’s default setting, clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 27 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The first of the deities (and associated churches) presented herein would be Our Grandfather of Water and Wave -within this write-up, we are introduced not only to this deity and the reason Questhaven does not field a standing navy, but also receive new feats – for example, significant bonus damage against foes significantly larger than […]

    The Secrets of the Divine: Adventure, Earth, Magic & Water

    The Secrets of the Divine: Adventure, Earth, Magic & Water The second book detailing the diverse faiths and churches of Questhaven, the much-anticipated city of adventurers that doubles as Rite Publishing’s default setting, clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 27 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The first of the deities (and associated churches) presented herein would be Our Grandfather of Water and Wave -within this write-up, we are introduced not only to this deity and the reason Questhaven does not field a standing navy, but also receive new feats – for example, significant bonus damage against foes significantly larger than […]

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  • 10 Wizard Magic Items (Revised Edition) This pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always with Rite Publishing’s 10-items-series, the first thing you may wish to know is that you actually receive much more bang for buck than the 10 items promised on the cover – quite a few of the items herein come in a bunch of variations – e.g. a lesser, standard and greater version with increasing power. Now another peculiarity established by the series would be that this improved versions do not simply provide numerical escalations of bonuses, but […]

    10 Wizard Magic Items (Revised Edition)

    10 Wizard Magic Items (Revised Edition) This pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always with Rite Publishing’s 10-items-series, the first thing you may wish to know is that you actually receive much more bang for buck than the 10 items promised on the cover – quite a few of the items herein come in a bunch of variations – e.g. a lesser, standard and greater version with increasing power. Now another peculiarity established by the series would be that this improved versions do not simply provide numerical escalations of bonuses, but […]

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  • 10 Wizard Magic Items This pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always with Rite Publishing’s 10-items-series, the first thing you may wish to know is that you actually receive much more bang for buck than the 10 items promised on the cover – quite a few of the items herein come in a bunch of variations – e.g. a lesser, standard and greater version with increasing power. Now another peculiarity established by the series would be that this improved versions do not simply provide numerical escalations of bonuses, but instead provide […]

    10 Wizard Magic Items

    10 Wizard Magic Items This pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As always with Rite Publishing’s 10-items-series, the first thing you may wish to know is that you actually receive much more bang for buck than the 10 items promised on the cover – quite a few of the items herein come in a bunch of variations – e.g. a lesser, standard and greater version with increasing power. Now another peculiarity established by the series would be that this improved versions do not simply provide numerical escalations of bonuses, but instead provide […]

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  • 10 Paladin Magic Items This pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this pdf with 2 new enchantments – harm’s way allowing you to intercept attacks on adjacent allies a limited amount of times per day, whereas the Patience enchantment is *very* interesting – it confers +2 to atk and +2d6 nonlethal damage if you or your allies do not execute the first attack in a combat encounter, thus rewarding *not* setting up a first strike ambush scenario. Cool way to reward paladins for behaving virtuously. That being said, on a […]

    10 Paladin Magic Items

    10 Paladin Magic Items This pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this pdf with 2 new enchantments – harm’s way allowing you to intercept attacks on adjacent allies a limited amount of times per day, whereas the Patience enchantment is *very* interesting – it confers +2 to atk and +2d6 nonlethal damage if you or your allies do not execute the first attack in a combat encounter, thus rewarding *not* setting up a first strike ambush scenario. Cool way to reward paladins for behaving virtuously. That being said, on a […]

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  • Adventure Quarterly #5 The fifth installment of Rite Publishing’s spiritual successor to Dungeon magazine clocks in at 73 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 68 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The editorial by Robert N. Emerson already shows and the subsequent adventures do as well – Rite Publishing’s Kickstarter to amp further up the quality of the magazine was a full success – beyond the full color art throughout this magazine, it is especially the cartography, which has benefited extremely – Rite Publishing overlord Steven D. Russell did not pinch any pennies budget-wise here: The cartography in this book is […]

    Adventure Quarterly #5

    Adventure Quarterly #5 The fifth installment of Rite Publishing’s spiritual successor to Dungeon magazine clocks in at 73 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 68 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The editorial by Robert N. Emerson already shows and the subsequent adventures do as well – Rite Publishing’s Kickstarter to amp further up the quality of the magazine was a full success – beyond the full color art throughout this magazine, it is especially the cartography, which has benefited extremely – Rite Publishing overlord Steven D. Russell did not pinch any pennies budget-wise here: The cartography in this book is […]

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  • As you may have noticed, real life’s been busy – so I’m trying to catch up to the backlog and hence, I had to make a decision – while usually, I write full reviews for Pathways-issues, this time, I’ll just give you brief bullet points for each issue – they’re free, after all, so go and download them and judge for yourself!   Pathwayys #36 Highlights: Great time-themed template by Steven D. Russell (wished it had synergy with RGG’s Time Thief, though), psionic red grindylow by Elton Robb, great rakshasa monk by Creighton Broadhurst   Flaws: Formatting of my Top Ten-list a bit awakward.   Final verdict: 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.       Pathways #37 Highlights: Ruination […]

    EZG Bullet Point-reviews #1: Pathways #36, #37, #38, #39

    As you may have noticed, real life’s been busy – so I’m trying to catch up to the backlog and hence, I had to make a decision – while usually, I write full reviews for Pathways-issues, this time, I’ll just give you brief bullet points for each issue – they’re free, after all, so go and download them and judge for yourself!   Pathwayys #36 Highlights: Great time-themed template by Steven D. Russell (wished it had synergy with RGG’s Time Thief, though), psionic red grindylow by Elton Robb, great rakshasa monk by Creighton Broadhurst   Flaws: Formatting of my Top Ten-list a bit awakward.   Final verdict: 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.       Pathways #37 Highlights: Ruination […]

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  • 1001 Spell Cards: 134 Magus Spells So this time we’ll once again do something completely different – let’s take a look at Rite Publishing’s Spell Card deck for the Magus! First of all – from where are these drawn? Well, know the magical magnum opus, the spellbook to end all spellbooks, 1001 spells? If not, then… I don’t know. It’s a superb tome that actually contains 1010 spells, but oh well.   Back to the deck – here we get the magus spells from that book, conveniently printed on nice US-Poker-sized cards. In the upper right corner, we get the respective spell’s level. The upper third of the card contains the spell’s header, whereas the lower 2/3rds contain the spell’s […]

    1001 Spell Cards: 134 Magus Spells

    1001 Spell Cards: 134 Magus Spells So this time we’ll once again do something completely different – let’s take a look at Rite Publishing’s Spell Card deck for the Magus! First of all – from where are these drawn? Well, know the magical magnum opus, the spellbook to end all spellbooks, 1001 spells? If not, then… I don’t know. It’s a superb tome that actually contains 1010 spells, but oh well.   Back to the deck – here we get the magus spells from that book, conveniently printed on nice US-Poker-sized cards. In the upper right corner, we get the respective spell’s level. The upper third of the card contains the spell’s header, whereas the lower 2/3rds contain the spell’s […]

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  • The Secrets of the Divine: Pantheon, Love, Sky & Wright (Revised Edition) This massive pdf is 36 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So if you’ve been following Rite Publishing’s releases for some years like I have, you probably will have to have noticed by now the implicit setting of the books, Steven D. Russell’s much-anticipated Magnum Opus Questhaven. This supplement constitutes one of the releases that can be considered very much tied to the setting, with us getting an introduction to some of the deities of the setting and their servants. Thus, one […]

    The Secrets of the Divine: Pantheon, Love, Sky & Wright (Revised Edition)

    The Secrets of the Divine: Pantheon, Love, Sky & Wright (Revised Edition) This massive pdf is 36 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So if you’ve been following Rite Publishing’s releases for some years like I have, you probably will have to have noticed by now the implicit setting of the books, Steven D. Russell’s much-anticipated Magnum Opus Questhaven. This supplement constitutes one of the releases that can be considered very much tied to the setting, with us getting an introduction to some of the deities of the setting and their servants. Thus, one […]

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  • Pathways #35 This installment of Rite free Pathways-e-zine is 40 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 9 pages of advertisement and 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After David Paul’s editorial gives us a run-down of the contents of this issue and the options contained herein, we are introduced to Steven D. Russell’s template for this issue, the Chine creature at CR +3. Essentially, these beings hail from worlds where science (and intelligent constructs) have started assimilating everything. Studded with a massive hardness of 20 and fast healing – which is a bit odd, since usually construct creatures (apart from animated objects) get a DR – […]

    Pathways #35

    Pathways #35 This installment of Rite free Pathways-e-zine is 40 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 9 pages of advertisement and 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After David Paul’s editorial gives us a run-down of the contents of this issue and the options contained herein, we are introduced to Steven D. Russell’s template for this issue, the Chine creature at CR +3. Essentially, these beings hail from worlds where science (and intelligent constructs) have started assimilating everything. Studded with a massive hardness of 20 and fast healing – which is a bit odd, since usually construct creatures (apart from animated objects) get a DR – […]

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  • Pathways #34 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Free E-zine Pathways is 38 pages long, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so elt’s take a look!   We kick this off with an almost sadistic teaser by editor Dave Paul – his first adventure is coming and what he’s telling so far, it’s gonna be…unconventional. One word: Ettincommunicationbreakdown. Want to know more,? Read for yourself!   Steven D. Russell, master of templates and overlord of Rite Publishing has a template for us – this time at CR +3, the envious creature: These beings may not only change shape, counter-scry, and get feats, skills etc. of the […]

    Pathways #34

    Pathways #34 This installment of Rite Publishing’s Free E-zine Pathways is 38 pages long, 1 page front cover, 11 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so elt’s take a look!   We kick this off with an almost sadistic teaser by editor Dave Paul – his first adventure is coming and what he’s telling so far, it’s gonna be…unconventional. One word: Ettincommunicationbreakdown. Want to know more,? Read for yourself!   Steven D. Russell, master of templates and overlord of Rite Publishing has a template for us – this time at CR +3, the envious creature: These beings may not only change shape, counter-scry, and get feats, skills etc. of the […]

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  • Pathways #33 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s “Pay what you want”-e-zine Pathways is 49 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 10 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   David Paul’s editorial this time around poses an interesting question – since Pathways has gone from free to “Pay what you want” (which is semi-free/dependent on your appreciation of the magazine), he asks what YOU would like to see and you would pay for seeing the respective content.   After that, we are introduced to Steven D. Russell, aka “Grandmaster of Templates”/Rite Overlord’s template for the issue – the CR +3 Kingkiller […]

    Pathways #33

    Pathways #33 The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s “Pay what you want”-e-zine Pathways is 49 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 10 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   David Paul’s editorial this time around poses an interesting question – since Pathways has gone from free to “Pay what you want” (which is semi-free/dependent on your appreciation of the magazine), he asks what YOU would like to see and you would pay for seeing the respective content.   After that, we are introduced to Steven D. Russell, aka “Grandmaster of Templates”/Rite Overlord’s template for the issue – the CR +3 Kingkiller […]

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