swords & wizardry Archive

  • The Lost Lands: Borderland Provinces (PFRPG/OSR (S&W)/D&D 5e) This massive book clocks in at 269 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal 262 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review.   All right, so we have been to the Sundered Kingdoms and taken in all the sights and cults…but this is something different. While situated in the adjacent region to aforementioned adventure-collection, we actually have a massive setting sourcebook. As such, the tome begins […]

    The Lost Lands: Borderland Provinces (PFRPG/OSR (S&W)/D&D 5e)

    The Lost Lands: Borderland Provinces (PFRPG/OSR (S&W)/D&D 5e) This massive book clocks in at 269 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal 262 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review.   All right, so we have been to the Sundered Kingdoms and taken in all the sights and cults…but this is something different. While situated in the adjacent region to aforementioned adventure-collection, we actually have a massive setting sourcebook. As such, the tome begins […]

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  • Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR) This massive rule-book clocks in at 144 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page list of tables (important!), 6 pages of supporter-thanks, 1 page legal appendix, 1 page note-space, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ähem. I feel old. 😉 This is my birthday-review, my present from myself to myself, so please bear with me regarding the obvious deviation from my usual standard regarding reviewing. Kidding aside regarding age and the like…when I started playing, believe it or not, you young ‘uns, the game didn’t have that much to do with math. Sure, we needed it. […]

    Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR)

    Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR) This massive rule-book clocks in at 144 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page list of tables (important!), 6 pages of supporter-thanks, 1 page legal appendix, 1 page note-space, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ähem. I feel old. 😉 This is my birthday-review, my present from myself to myself, so please bear with me regarding the obvious deviation from my usual standard regarding reviewing. Kidding aside regarding age and the like…when I started playing, believe it or not, you young ‘uns, the game didn’t have that much to do with math. Sure, we needed it. […]

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  • Cyclopean Deeps Vol. I The first book of the two-part Cyclopean Deeps-Saga clocks in at 198 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 192 pages of content, so let’s check this out, shall we?   So, let’s, for now, process as spoiler-free as possible: Do you remember the Dungeoneer’s Survival Guide released for 2nd edition (1e AD&D, if you count that way…)? It’s a timeless classic indeed and showcases a significant component of what I consider flawed with most modern underdark/underworld modules. Let me describe it from this venue – have you ever been spelunking? There is an appeal to the hobby that […]

    Cyclopean Deeps Vol. I

    Cyclopean Deeps Vol. I The first book of the two-part Cyclopean Deeps-Saga clocks in at 198 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 192 pages of content, so let’s check this out, shall we?   So, let’s, for now, process as spoiler-free as possible: Do you remember the Dungeoneer’s Survival Guide released for 2nd edition (1e AD&D, if you count that way…)? It’s a timeless classic indeed and showcases a significant component of what I consider flawed with most modern underdark/underworld modules. Let me describe it from this venue – have you ever been spelunking? There is an appeal to the hobby that […]

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  • Rappan Athuk Expansions Volume I This massive book of expansion-levels for Rappan Athuk clocks in at 165 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page back cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 159 pages of content, so let’s take a look…   …but before, let me say one thing – this review is my Razor Coast. This review crashed and burned (!!!) times, with all data gone; Once on my laptop, once due to my mobile HD being stolen and once due to my desktop PC’s HD crashing. I’ve literally written this review 3 times, only to have it crash before I had the chance to back it up. So let’s get this posted […]

    Rappan Athuk Expansions Volume I

    Rappan Athuk Expansions Volume I This massive book of expansion-levels for Rappan Athuk clocks in at 165 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page back cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 159 pages of content, so let’s take a look…   …but before, let me say one thing – this review is my Razor Coast. This review crashed and burned (!!!) times, with all data gone; Once on my laptop, once due to my mobile HD being stolen and once due to my desktop PC’s HD crashing. I’ve literally written this review 3 times, only to have it crash before I had the chance to back it up. So let’s get this posted […]

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  • Heart of the Razor This expansion anthology of 4 adventures to enhance Razor Coast clocks in at 162 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages char-sheet, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 152 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being a review of an adventure-anthology, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here?   First of the adventures would be Richard Pett’s “Angry Waters” for 10th level characters – which could be summed up in the words “Quest for Eldorado,” at least on a superficial level. The PCs are recruited by one […]

    Heart of the Razor

    Heart of the Razor This expansion anthology of 4 adventures to enhance Razor Coast clocks in at 162 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages char-sheet, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 152 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This being a review of an adventure-anthology, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here?   First of the adventures would be Richard Pett’s “Angry Waters” for 10th level characters – which could be summed up in the words “Quest for Eldorado,” at least on a superficial level. The PCs are recruited by one […]

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  • Hex Crawl Classics: Shattered Empire This installment of John M. Stater’s Hex Crawl-series is 52 long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 ½ pages of SRD, leaving us with 46 ½ pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-sandbox, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   When Emperor Brodred passed away, he did suspect that trouble would follow – but not the extent. His daughters, the princesses Petal, Peahen and Pearl started immediately quarreling. And now, the whole empire is falling into all-out anarchy – both lavishly-mapped pages of hex-crawling areas of the empire provided. Hence, we also start the pdf with an […]

    Hex Crawl Classics: Shattered Empire

    Hex Crawl Classics: Shattered Empire This installment of John M. Stater’s Hex Crawl-series is 52 long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 ½ pages of SRD, leaving us with 46 ½ pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-sandbox, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   When Emperor Brodred passed away, he did suspect that trouble would follow – but not the extent. His daughters, the princesses Petal, Peahen and Pearl started immediately quarreling. And now, the whole empire is falling into all-out anarchy – both lavishly-mapped pages of hex-crawling areas of the empire provided. Hence, we also start the pdf with an […]

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  • One Night Stands: Curse of the Shadowhold This pdf is 24 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page SRD, 4 pages of advertisement, leaving us with only 16 pages of content – not much, but let’s see whether the module holds up!   This being a review of an adventure, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? The module begins when the PCs, in the border-town Nerimar, manage to save an elven ranger named Sarim Oakleaf from some thugs – he has journeyed to Nerimar to request aid for a particularly insular elven enclave located in a notoriously shadowy, dark forest.   Following […]

    One Night Stands: Curse of the Shadowhold

    One Night Stands: Curse of the Shadowhold This pdf is 24 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page SRD, 4 pages of advertisement, leaving us with only 16 pages of content – not much, but let’s see whether the module holds up!   This being a review of an adventure, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? The module begins when the PCs, in the border-town Nerimar, manage to save an elven ranger named Sarim Oakleaf from some thugs – he has journeyed to Nerimar to request aid for a particularly insular elven enclave located in a notoriously shadowy, dark forest.   Following […]

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  • One Night Stands – Scorned I’m posting this on the 26th of June and astute readers might deduce from what I still haven’t reviewed that this pdf isn’t due on my schedule until next week. Well, as an early birthday present from me to myself (tomorrow, I’ll be a year older once again…), I’ll review only excellent pdfs today. This is one of them! This adventure is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following review contains SPOILERS, potential players are advised to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? […]

    One Night Stands: Scorned

    One Night Stands – Scorned I’m posting this on the 26th of June and astute readers might deduce from what I still haven’t reviewed that this pdf isn’t due on my schedule until next week. Well, as an early birthday present from me to myself (tomorrow, I’ll be a year older once again…), I’ll review only excellent pdfs today. This is one of them! This adventure is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following review contains SPOILERS, potential players are advised to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? […]

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  • The Mires of Mourning This module is 24 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s check it out!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? Morninghaven sanatorium, constructed in the heart of the Creeping Mire, founded by the church of Mitra and headed by the prestigious Osterklieg family had for some time had its reputation decline, even as a place to lock up the criminally insane. When Baronet Wilbane Osterklieg fell from favor, his presumed sizable fortune was never found. Now, for 30 […]

    Saturday Night Special: The Mires of Mourning

    The Mires of Mourning This module is 24 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s check it out!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   All right, still here? Morninghaven sanatorium, constructed in the heart of the Creeping Mire, founded by the church of Mitra and headed by the prestigious Osterklieg family had for some time had its reputation decline, even as a place to lock up the criminally insane. When Baronet Wilbane Osterklieg fell from favor, his presumed sizable fortune was never found. Now, for 30 […]

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  • Saturday Night Specials: Ice Tower of Salka This module is 28 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 3 pages of advertisements, leaving us with a total of 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right! This module depicts a crawl into an uncommon locale – when the Zemeth ice-flow swallowed the tower of the notorious sorceress known as the Salka 60 years ago, her riches (and twisted experiments) were deemed lost – unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on the perspective), a crack has been found that makes […]

    Saturday Night Special: Ice Tower of Salka

    Saturday Night Specials: Ice Tower of Salka This module is 28 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 3 pages of advertisements, leaving us with a total of 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right! This module depicts a crawl into an uncommon locale – when the Zemeth ice-flow swallowed the tower of the notorious sorceress known as the Salka 60 years ago, her riches (and twisted experiments) were deemed lost – unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on the perspective), a crack has been found that makes […]

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  •   You might know that I’m a sucker for all things Scandinavian and that vikings have a special place in my heart from my involvement in Open Design’s Northlands. I’m happy to introduce you to 3 nice modules today that take place in the frozen North, Frog God Games’   Northlands Saga I – Vengeance of the Long Serpent   This adventure is 24 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 3 pages of advertisements, leaving 17 pages of adventure, so let’s check it out, shall we? I’ve been quite involved in OD’s “Northlands” and have, I confess, an infatuation with sagas, Scandinavian culture and customs and have studied Scandinavian Literature […]

    Northlands Saga I – III

      You might know that I’m a sucker for all things Scandinavian and that vikings have a special place in my heart from my involvement in Open Design’s Northlands. I’m happy to introduce you to 3 nice modules today that take place in the frozen North, Frog God Games’   Northlands Saga I – Vengeance of the Long Serpent   This adventure is 24 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 3 pages of advertisements, leaving 17 pages of adventure, so let’s check it out, shall we? I’ve been quite involved in OD’s “Northlands” and have, I confess, an infatuation with sagas, Scandinavian culture and customs and have studied Scandinavian Literature […]

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  •   Today I’m going to take a look at the second half of the Splinters of Faith Saga, starting with   Splinters of Faith VI – Morning of Tears This pdf is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, leaving 25 pages of content, so let’s check it out!   This being an adventure-review, the following text contains SPOILERS. Potential players might want to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right!   This installment of “Splinters of Faith” brings us to the Monastery of World Sundering, where a passive, Illmater-like god was once worshiped – before the monastery was swallowed by a now receding glacier, […]

    Splinters of Faith VI – X

      Today I’m going to take a look at the second half of the Splinters of Faith Saga, starting with   Splinters of Faith VI – Morning of Tears This pdf is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of advertisements, 1 page SRD, leaving 25 pages of content, so let’s check it out!   This being an adventure-review, the following text contains SPOILERS. Potential players might want to jump to the conclusion.   Still here? All right!   This installment of “Splinters of Faith” brings us to the Monastery of World Sundering, where a passive, Illmater-like god was once worshiped – before the monastery was swallowed by a now receding glacier, […]

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