System neutral Archive

  • Village Backdrop: Y’taris (system neutral) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Y’taris is a village born of convenience: In the bleak and desolate harshness of the Broken mountains, there is a stone circle crafted as a silent witness to the confluence of ley lines here; a nexus of power that brings pilgrims galore to these desolate shores. Here, angles have fought, fey have roamed, apocalyptic cults have tried to enact their genocidal fantasies…and right now, another type of ill has befallen […]

    Village Backdrop: Y’taris (system neutral)

    Village Backdrop: Y’taris (system neutral) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Y’taris is a village born of convenience: In the bleak and desolate harshness of the Broken mountains, there is a stone circle crafted as a silent witness to the confluence of ley lines here; a nexus of power that brings pilgrims galore to these desolate shores. Here, angles have fought, fey have roamed, apocalyptic cults have tried to enact their genocidal fantasies…and right now, another type of ill has befallen […]

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

    The Starship from Hell (system-neutral)

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

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  • Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven (system neutral) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Shroudhaven is a foreboding place – nestled within a valley that is defined by not having seen proper sunlight due to the eponymous shroud above the village, the place greets travelers with signs proclaiming that law-breakers will be eaten and that necromancers are forbidden around here. Yeah, you probably can see where that goes, right? Indeed, beyond mannerisms and exquisite artisanship that could hearken to the genesis of the place, […]

    Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven (system neutral)

    Village Backdrop: Shroudhaven (system neutral) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement!   Shroudhaven is a foreboding place – nestled within a valley that is defined by not having seen proper sunlight due to the eponymous shroud above the village, the place greets travelers with signs proclaiming that law-breakers will be eaten and that necromancers are forbidden around here. Yeah, you probably can see where that goes, right? Indeed, beyond mannerisms and exquisite artisanship that could hearken to the genesis of the place, […]

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  • Snow White Digital Art and Map Pack All right, I usually don’t cover packages like this, but here, I consider it to be justified. This art & map pack consists of an archive containing no less than 1.2 GBs of high-res .tif files.   Upon unpacking the archive, you’ll be presented with 3 general folders – one containing Snow White Artwork, one that features the cartography and one for the puzzles. Let me elaborate: Inside the artwork folder, you’ll find sub-folders for flora, fauna, items, locations and NPCs – including three variations of Catsle Morsain in fall, winter and summer, the stunning rendition of the water fall of Pondy Falls, the plants and weird animals of the haunted forest (including […]

    Snow White Digital Art and Map Pack

    Snow White Digital Art and Map Pack All right, I usually don’t cover packages like this, but here, I consider it to be justified. This art & map pack consists of an archive containing no less than 1.2 GBs of high-res .tif files.   Upon unpacking the archive, you’ll be presented with 3 general folders – one containing Snow White Artwork, one that features the cartography and one for the puzzles. Let me elaborate: Inside the artwork folder, you’ll find sub-folders for flora, fauna, items, locations and NPCs – including three variations of Catsle Morsain in fall, winter and summer, the stunning rendition of the water fall of Pondy Falls, the plants and weird animals of the haunted forest (including […]

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  • People of Pembrooktonshire (OSR/system-neutral) This pdf clocks in at 44 pages, with about 1/2 page being devoted to the editorial, leaving us with 43 1/2 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pdf is made with the assumption of A5 (6” by9”) booklet-size. I printed out 4 pages on a given A4-sized page. While this is possible, I only recommend this option to people with good eyesight –  the pdf is crammed to the brim with text and thus, my dead tree iteration became somewhat strenuous to read. If in doubt, print it out regularly.   While intended as the companion book to the “No Dignity in Death”-adventures, the content herein is useful beyond the confines of […]

    People of Pembrooktonshire (OSR/system-neutral)

    People of Pembrooktonshire (OSR/system-neutral) This pdf clocks in at 44 pages, with about 1/2 page being devoted to the editorial, leaving us with 43 1/2 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pdf is made with the assumption of A5 (6” by9”) booklet-size. I printed out 4 pages on a given A4-sized page. While this is possible, I only recommend this option to people with good eyesight –  the pdf is crammed to the brim with text and thus, my dead tree iteration became somewhat strenuous to read. If in doubt, print it out regularly.   While intended as the companion book to the “No Dignity in Death”-adventures, the content herein is useful beyond the confines of […]

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

    Roll XX: Double Damage (system-neutral)

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

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

    Roll XX (system-neutral)

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

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  • Book of Lairs Map Pack (system neutral) This massive pdf contains 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 52 pages, so what do we get?   In short, we get cartography from the Robert Brookes, Liz Courts, Jason Engle, Alyssa Faden, Todd Gamble, Sean Macdonald, Alex Moore, Jon Pintar, Tommi Salama – intended originally for the Book of Lairs (review forthcoming!), the maps within this tome can be used for just about any fantastic environment and the maps differ in two crucial ways:   Number one: If you’re familiar with the names listed, you’ll note that they are pretty much synonymous with great cartography. I am not engaging in hyperbole when I’m saying that they […]

    Book of Lairs Map Pack (system neutral)

    Book of Lairs Map Pack (system neutral) This massive pdf contains 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 52 pages, so what do we get?   In short, we get cartography from the Robert Brookes, Liz Courts, Jason Engle, Alyssa Faden, Todd Gamble, Sean Macdonald, Alex Moore, Jon Pintar, Tommi Salama – intended originally for the Book of Lairs (review forthcoming!), the maps within this tome can be used for just about any fantastic environment and the maps differ in two crucial ways:   Number one: If you’re familiar with the names listed, you’ll note that they are pretty much synonymous with great cartography. I am not engaging in hyperbole when I’m saying that they […]

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  • 20 Things #8: Cultist’s Lair (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The 8th installment of the system-neutral dressing-series by Raging Swan press wastes no time and begins with 10 cultists with a personality – from affable halfling couples to scarred dagger-wielders performing “sacred” duties or sheltered wives finding “purpose” in a cult, the characters provided indeed have personality – they are, obviously, system-neutral and thus stat-free, but should be considered to be worthwhile, nice write-ups of persons and worthy angles […]

    20 Things #8: Cultist’s Lair (system neutral)

    20 Things #8: Cultist’s Lair (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The 8th installment of the system-neutral dressing-series by Raging Swan press wastes no time and begins with 10 cultists with a personality – from affable halfling couples to scarred dagger-wielders performing “sacred” duties or sheltered wives finding “purpose” in a cult, the characters provided indeed have personality – they are, obviously, system-neutral and thus stat-free, but should be considered to be worthwhile, nice write-ups of persons and worthy angles […]

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  • 20 Things #7: Haunted House (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with two types of haunted houses and themes – one of the collections of dressing focus on 10 things you’d find in a burned-out house, and the second 10 things would pertain plague houses – both of these entries are very flavorful and complement the pdf very well: Soot-wrapped bones or bloody, cloth-sacked packages certainly put a chill on my spine.   Don’t want to run with […]

    20 Things #7: Haunted House (system neutral)

    20 Things #7: Haunted House (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with two types of haunted houses and themes – one of the collections of dressing focus on 10 things you’d find in a burned-out house, and the second 10 things would pertain plague houses – both of these entries are very flavorful and complement the pdf very well: Soot-wrapped bones or bloody, cloth-sacked packages certainly put a chill on my spine.   Don’t want to run with […]

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  • 20 Things #6: Ancient Necropolis (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This installment of the system-neutral iteration of small 20 Things-pdfs starts with a nice 10-entry strong little table of things you can loot from the body of a tomb raider who met his match within the confines of the necropolis. But how did the unfortunates perish? Well, perhaps they ran afoul of one of the 20 curses featured within the pdf – and these deserve special mention, for they, […]

    20 Things #6: Ancient Necropolis (system neutral)

    20 Things #6: Ancient Necropolis (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This installment of the system-neutral iteration of small 20 Things-pdfs starts with a nice 10-entry strong little table of things you can loot from the body of a tomb raider who met his match within the confines of the necropolis. But how did the unfortunates perish? Well, perhaps they ran afoul of one of the 20 curses featured within the pdf – and these deserve special mention, for they, […]

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  • 20 Things #5: Subterranean Mine (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Mining is dangerous – much more so in a fantasy world and thus, we begin this entry of the 20-things series with 12, cool perils to be encountered while exploring mines  -from boarded up holes in the floor to sticky webbing, impregnable darkness and wide, underground streams, the pdf sports an intriguing array of nice potential set-pieces and challenges…or just dressing, depending on your generosity as the GM.   […]

    20 Things #5: Subterranean Mine (system neutral)

    20 Things #5: Subterranean Mine (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Mining is dangerous – much more so in a fantasy world and thus, we begin this entry of the 20-things series with 12, cool perils to be encountered while exploring mines  -from boarded up holes in the floor to sticky webbing, impregnable darkness and wide, underground streams, the pdf sports an intriguing array of nice potential set-pieces and challenges…or just dressing, depending on your generosity as the GM.   […]

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  • 20 Things #4: Smuggler’s Lair (system-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so we begin this installment of the 20-Things-series with things that can be found in a smuggler’s storeroom – and they are sufficiently diverse: From quality brandy to scrolls of animate dead (may annoy purists who want total system neutrality) to barrels filled with sand and strange eggs, the good are pretty cool. However, there is something slightly inconsistent here: Some of the entries feature gold values, while […]

    20 Things #4: Smuggler’s Lair (system-neutral)

    20 Things #4: Smuggler’s Lair (system-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so we begin this installment of the 20-Things-series with things that can be found in a smuggler’s storeroom – and they are sufficiently diverse: From quality brandy to scrolls of animate dead (may annoy purists who want total system neutrality) to barrels filled with sand and strange eggs, the good are pretty cool. However, there is something slightly inconsistent here: Some of the entries feature gold values, while […]

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  • 20 Things #3: Wizard’s Tower (system-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with 20 weird magical effects you can encounter in a wizard’s tower – from beautifully-crafted illusions instead of tapestries to light-weighted objects starting to float, this selection is evocative and fun and, as supplemental material, sundials, impossible slender flagpoles and similar things are evocative, though system-neutrality purists may be annoyed by the reference to detect magic.   A total of 20 odd spell components and pouches […]

    20 Things #3: Wizard’s Tower (system-neutral)

    20 Things #3: Wizard’s Tower (system-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with 20 weird magical effects you can encounter in a wizard’s tower – from beautifully-crafted illusions instead of tapestries to light-weighted objects starting to float, this selection is evocative and fun and, as supplemental material, sundials, impossible slender flagpoles and similar things are evocative, though system-neutrality purists may be annoyed by the reference to detect magic.   A total of 20 odd spell components and pouches […]

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  • 20 Things #2: Looting the Body (system-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Looting the bodies of creatures is its own series in Raging Swan press’ product roster, but this does not mean that we can’t use more of these, right? Right! So, we begin with the remnants of 20 adventurers to loot, which sport healing potions, wooden scroll cases full of dungeon maps, trapmaker’s kits – quite a few different entries that provide a sufficient diversity.   Beyond these, the pdf […]

    20 Things #2: Looting the Body (system-neutral)

    20 Things #2: Looting the Body (system-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Looting the bodies of creatures is its own series in Raging Swan press’ product roster, but this does not mean that we can’t use more of these, right? Right! So, we begin with the remnants of 20 adventurers to loot, which sport healing potions, wooden scroll cases full of dungeon maps, trapmaker’s kits – quite a few different entries that provide a sufficient diversity.   Beyond these, the pdf […]

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  • 20 Things #1: Seedy Tavern (system-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this dressing-file with a selection of 20 different seedy tavern patrons you can find in a seedy tavern. The respective individuals are presented with their name, followed by an alignment abbreviation, gender and race…though some of the entries, oddly, feature class names and levels as well, while others don’t even though worn armor mentioned etc. would point towards an adventuring career. Drinking, boisterous dwarves, ancient gnome-beggars nicknamed “Filth” […]

    20 Things #1: Seedy Tavern (system-neutral)

    20 Things #1: Seedy Tavern (system-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this dressing-file with a selection of 20 different seedy tavern patrons you can find in a seedy tavern. The respective individuals are presented with their name, followed by an alignment abbreviation, gender and race…though some of the entries, oddly, feature class names and levels as well, while others don’t even though worn armor mentioned etc. would point towards an adventuring career. Drinking, boisterous dwarves, ancient gnome-beggars nicknamed “Filth” […]

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  • Lords of Gossamer & Shadows Icon and Icon NPCs Decks (Diceless/system-neutral) And now for something complete different!   This was moved up my review-queue due to me receiving a physical copy of the product in question.   From the get-go, I was positively surprised – not sure if it’s due to a change in policy on behalf of OBS or not, but the cards I received arrived in absolutely pristine condition, contained in hard-shell plastic cases, which prevented any creases or other unpleasant surprises.   Beyond that, this deck of cards is massive and contains a selection of US Poker-Size 2.5” x 3.5 ” cards with round corners. The card-stock paper is high-quality and employs a 305 gsm matte and […]

    Lords of Gossamer & Shadows Icon and Icon NPCs Decks (Diceless/system-neutral)

    Lords of Gossamer & Shadows Icon and Icon NPCs Decks (Diceless/system-neutral) And now for something complete different!   This was moved up my review-queue due to me receiving a physical copy of the product in question.   From the get-go, I was positively surprised – not sure if it’s due to a change in policy on behalf of OBS or not, but the cards I received arrived in absolutely pristine condition, contained in hard-shell plastic cases, which prevented any creases or other unpleasant surprises.   Beyond that, this deck of cards is massive and contains a selection of US Poker-Size 2.5” x 3.5 ” cards with round corners. The card-stock paper is high-quality and employs a 305 gsm matte and […]

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  • Borderland Provinces: Player’s Guide (system-neutral) This book clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what kind of player’s guide is this? The answer is simple: It’s the type of guide you read because you want to read it. The theme is relatively simple – instead of just confronting players with a dry synopsis of the respective regions, this pdf is written to emulate a collection of letters/correspondences and documents of characters that are traveling the borderland provinces that will be the adventuring location for the players. The intriguing component with this approach is that […]

    Borderland Provinces: Player’s Guide (system-neutral)

    Borderland Provinces: Player’s Guide (system-neutral) This book clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what kind of player’s guide is this? The answer is simple: It’s the type of guide you read because you want to read it. The theme is relatively simple – instead of just confronting players with a dry synopsis of the respective regions, this pdf is written to emulate a collection of letters/correspondences and documents of characters that are traveling the borderland provinces that will be the adventuring location for the players. The intriguing component with this approach is that […]

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  • Borderland Provinces: Journey Generator (system neutral) This supplement clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, 3/4 of a page blank, leaving us with 16 1/4 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   One central component of any sandbox campaign worth its salt is the component of the journey – whether because wine and wenches await in a far-off place or because something needs to be delivered – whether a secret missive, a caravan or something altogether different. The problem that a GM does have here is that it is hard to come up with meaning full journeys – enter this book and its […]

    Borderland Provinces: Journey Generator (system-neutral)

    Borderland Provinces: Journey Generator (system neutral) This supplement clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, 3/4 of a page blank, leaving us with 16 1/4 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   One central component of any sandbox campaign worth its salt is the component of the journey – whether because wine and wenches await in a far-off place or because something needs to be delivered – whether a secret missive, a caravan or something altogether different. The problem that a GM does have here is that it is hard to come up with meaning full journeys – enter this book and its […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing II The second GM’s Miscellany-book containing Urban Dressings clocks in at a mighty 121 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 114 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But wait, before we do: Let’s rewind the clock for a second, shall we? The ardent reader may have noticed that GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing and Dungeon Dressing are on my EZG Essential list; the books also shared my number 1 best book spot in 2014…so if I consider these books so great, how come I never got as excited about the first GM’s Miscellany: […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing II

    GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing II The second GM’s Miscellany-book containing Urban Dressings clocks in at a mighty 121 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 114 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But wait, before we do: Let’s rewind the clock for a second, shall we? The ardent reader may have noticed that GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing and Dungeon Dressing are on my EZG Essential list; the books also shared my number 1 best book spot in 2014…so if I consider these books so great, how come I never got as excited about the first GM’s Miscellany: […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Thornhill (System-neutral edition) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Thornhill, so let’s take a look!   The village of Thornhill is situated at the border of a vast marsh, to be more precise on an island encircled by deep, sluggish waters and surrounded by an ancient, yet formidable stockade of old timbers – the only access point to the village being one bridge. At least without access to boats!   We get 8 short entries of notable folks, describing the dramatis personae […]

    Village Backdrop: Thornhill (System-neutral edition)

    Village Backdrop: Thornhill (System-neutral edition) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Thornhill, so let’s take a look!   The village of Thornhill is situated at the border of a vast marsh, to be more precise on an island encircled by deep, sluggish waters and surrounded by an ancient, yet formidable stockade of old timbers – the only access point to the village being one bridge. At least without access to boats!   We get 8 short entries of notable folks, describing the dramatis personae […]

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  • Tales from the Tabletop: Year One (Comic) Okay, now for something completely different: This book clocks in at 60 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 7 pages advertisement (unless I’ve miscounted, 1 page back cover, leaving 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look! So how does this book work out? Well, basically, AAW Games publishes Jacob Blackmon’s art and leaves speech bubbles open for the fans to fill – the funniest of the respective lines are collected in this book, with the respective authors of the lines credited, including the runner-ups, so even if you dislike one, you certainly will find a smile among the alternatives. So this, ultimately, is a product of our community…and it […]

    Tales from the Tabletop: Year One (Comic)

    Tales from the Tabletop: Year One (Comic) Okay, now for something completely different: This book clocks in at 60 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 7 pages advertisement (unless I’ve miscounted, 1 page back cover, leaving 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look! So how does this book work out? Well, basically, AAW Games publishes Jacob Blackmon’s art and leaves speech bubbles open for the fans to fill – the funniest of the respective lines are collected in this book, with the respective authors of the lines credited, including the runner-ups, so even if you dislike one, you certainly will find a smile among the alternatives. So this, ultimately, is a product of our community…and it […]

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  • Tangible Taverns: Tuffy’s Good Time Palace This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   There are taverns you enter and *know* immediately that you just have gone to the wrong side of town: Tuffy’s is such a place. Paint peels from various surfaces, glass and food and other debris litter the floor, as scantily-clad women dance on some tables, while a female dwarf with cold blue eyes gazes directly at the PCs. Strangely, some people seem to come and go through a door behind the bar, while the various pickled […]

    Tangible Taverns: Tuffy’s Good Time Palace (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    Tangible Taverns: Tuffy’s Good Time Palace This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   There are taverns you enter and *know* immediately that you just have gone to the wrong side of town: Tuffy’s is such a place. Paint peels from various surfaces, glass and food and other debris litter the floor, as scantily-clad women dance on some tables, while a female dwarf with cold blue eyes gazes directly at the PCs. Strangely, some people seem to come and go through a door behind the bar, while the various pickled […]

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  • I loot the bag of holding! (PFRPG/system-neutral) The latest installment in Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a massive table of no less than 100 pieces of adventuring gear – and, in case you’re wondering, they very much may be system-neutral and less crunchy that you could expect – but they *are* cool and diverse: A folding ladder, sticks that obscure the immediate area in purple smoke, camouflage nets for other biomes, differently colored sticks of chalk, dented breastplates – […]

    I loot the bag of holding! (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    I loot the bag of holding! (PFRPG/system-neutral) The latest installment in Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the…”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a massive table of no less than 100 pieces of adventuring gear – and, in case you’re wondering, they very much may be system-neutral and less crunchy that you could expect – but they *are* cool and diverse: A folding ladder, sticks that obscure the immediate area in purple smoke, camouflage nets for other biomes, differently colored sticks of chalk, dented breastplates – […]

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  • I loot the Cleric’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This installment of the I loot the body-series begins with a 100-entry strong table of diverse outfits for clerics: From unusually large powdered wigs to strange brimmed hats, undershirts embroidered to look like ribs and bones (hey, I have one of those!) to thick cloaks of wool covered in angelic feathers and pauldrons denoting church hierarchy – there is an appropriately varied selection of unique vestments here.   The second […]

    I loot the Cleric’s Body! (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    I loot the Cleric’s Body! This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This installment of the I loot the body-series begins with a 100-entry strong table of diverse outfits for clerics: From unusually large powdered wigs to strange brimmed hats, undershirts embroidered to look like ribs and bones (hey, I have one of those!) to thick cloaks of wool covered in angelic feathers and pauldrons denoting church hierarchy – there is an appropriately varied selection of unique vestments here.   The second […]

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  • Review/Miscellaneous Musings: The Dracula Dossier – Dracula Unredacted (System-neutral/GUMSHOE) This massive hardcover clocks in at 476 pages (489 in pdf form, with cover etc. being counted among the pages), so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.   In a nut-shell, this is a twist of the original Dracula-novel as penned by Bram Stoker, with annotations. “I don’t need to read that, I know Dracula’s story already!” – I can see this impulse in at least some readers out there. You’d be wrong, for the text actually has been expanded by roughly 1/5 – 1/4 of its size, with […]

    Review/Miscellaneous Musings: The Dracula Dossier – Dracula Unredacted (System-neutral/GUMSHOE)

    Review/Miscellaneous Musings: The Dracula Dossier – Dracula Unredacted (System-neutral/GUMSHOE) This massive hardcover clocks in at 476 pages (489 in pdf form, with cover etc. being counted among the pages), so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.   In a nut-shell, this is a twist of the original Dracula-novel as penned by Bram Stoker, with annotations. “I don’t need to read that, I know Dracula’s story already!” – I can see this impulse in at least some readers out there. You’d be wrong, for the text actually has been expanded by roughly 1/5 – 1/4 of its size, with […]

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  • I loot the Wizard’s Body! (PFRPG/System-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with a massive table of 100 different wizard pouches and the thing to find are curious indeed – crossword puzzles in foreign languages, partially knit socks, sealed bins of beard balm, holy symbols, colored chalk, ropes made from impossible smooth substances – from the odd and quirky to the foreboding and weird, this table is great.   The second table sports a wide variety of […]

    I loot the Wizard’s Body! (PFRPG/System-neutral)

    I loot the Wizard’s Body! (PFRPG/System-neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with a massive table of 100 different wizard pouches and the thing to find are curious indeed – crossword puzzles in foreign languages, partially knit socks, sealed bins of beard balm, holy symbols, colored chalk, ropes made from impossible smooth substances – from the odd and quirky to the foreboding and weird, this table is great.   The second table sports a wide variety of […]

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