The Lost Lands Archive

  • Lost Lore: Horses of the Wild This installment of the Lost Lore-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content!   Okay, so I wanted to start this review with a Richard III-quote…but alas, the pdf already did that. What does it sport? Well, for one, it sports basic light horse stats…and 5 variants of light horses, specifically bred for different tasks and with mechanically-relevant repercussions. The heavy horse receives a similar treatment, mind you – and a horse can make all the difference: A steed of proper pedigree can help you dealing with nobility and certain breeds can make the difference between life and death, […]

    Lost Lore: Horses of the Wild

    Lost Lore: Horses of the Wild This installment of the Lost Lore-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content!   Okay, so I wanted to start this review with a Richard III-quote…but alas, the pdf already did that. What does it sport? Well, for one, it sports basic light horse stats…and 5 variants of light horses, specifically bred for different tasks and with mechanically-relevant repercussions. The heavy horse receives a similar treatment, mind you – and a horse can make all the difference: A steed of proper pedigree can help you dealing with nobility and certain breeds can make the difference between life and death, […]

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  • Lost Lore: The Portalist This supplement of Frog God Games’ Lost Lore-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What is the portalist? The simple reply would be that it is a new base-class that gets d10, full BAB-progression, 4+Int mod skills per level, good Ref-saves, proficiency with simple and light as well as single-handed martial weapons and light armor, but not shields. Portalists receive +1 to initiative at 1st level, increasing this bonus by +1 at 7th level and ever 4 levels thereafter, but their signature trick, obvious, is the eponymous ability to create portals.   A portalist […]

    Lost Lore: The Portalist

    Lost Lore: The Portalist This supplement of Frog God Games’ Lost Lore-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What is the portalist? The simple reply would be that it is a new base-class that gets d10, full BAB-progression, 4+Int mod skills per level, good Ref-saves, proficiency with simple and light as well as single-handed martial weapons and light armor, but not shields. Portalists receive +1 to initiative at 1st level, increasing this bonus by +1 at 7th level and ever 4 levels thereafter, but their signature trick, obvious, is the eponymous ability to create portals.   A portalist […]

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  • Cyclopean Deeps Volume II The second tome of Matt Finch’s massive subterranean sandbox clocks in at 250 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 244 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, before we do, let me reiterate for a second what this is and what it means: Well, on the obvious side, this is the second part of the massive Cyclopean Deeps-mega-adventure-sandbox, which, per default, is situated even below the dungeon of Rappan Athuk in the Lost Lands campaign setting – but, quite frankly, there is no place in any given campaign setting you conceivably couldn’t plug this into […]

    Cyclopean Deeps Volume II

    Cyclopean Deeps Volume II The second tome of Matt Finch’s massive subterranean sandbox clocks in at 250 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 244 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, before we do, let me reiterate for a second what this is and what it means: Well, on the obvious side, this is the second part of the massive Cyclopean Deeps-mega-adventure-sandbox, which, per default, is situated even below the dungeon of Rappan Athuk in the Lost Lands campaign setting – but, quite frankly, there is no place in any given campaign setting you conceivably couldn’t plug this into […]

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  • The Lost City of Barakus This massive mega-adventure clocks in at 176 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 170 pages of adventure, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should instead read the Player’s Guide and/or jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, so in case you’re wondering: This is the update of the classic, Ennie-award winning campaign supplement/mega-adventure. The basics are as follows: We have a massive city, Endhome; we have a vast stretch of wilderness surrounding it. The players are here. Go. This is pretty much the textbook definition of a […]

    The Lost City of Barakus

    The Lost City of Barakus This massive mega-adventure clocks in at 176 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 170 pages of adventure, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should instead read the Player’s Guide and/or jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, so in case you’re wondering: This is the update of the classic, Ennie-award winning campaign supplement/mega-adventure. The basics are as follows: We have a massive city, Endhome; we have a vast stretch of wilderness surrounding it. The players are here. Go. This is pretty much the textbook definition of a […]

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  • The Lost City of Barakus Player’s Guide This book clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so let’s get this right out of the way – this one will be brief – why? Because this is a player’s guide and it’s the school of book that is all about the fluff: We thus begin this player’s guide with the PCs entering the city of Endhome – a massive settlement and one of the key locations of the massive “Lost City of Barakus”-mega-adventure. As befitting of people arriving at such a place, […]

    The Lost City of Barakus Player’s Guide (system agnostic)

    The Lost City of Barakus Player’s Guide This book clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so let’s get this right out of the way – this one will be brief – why? Because this is a player’s guide and it’s the school of book that is all about the fluff: We thus begin this player’s guide with the PCs entering the city of Endhome – a massive settlement and one of the key locations of the massive “Lost City of Barakus”-mega-adventure. As befitting of people arriving at such a place, […]

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  • Rogues in Remballo This FREE adventure clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may want to jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs left? Great! This pdf kicks off with essentially a highly detailed gazetteer of the city of Remballo, which is, btw., fully mapped in nice b/w-cartography. A pronunciation guide for the name, a full settlement statblock – all there. Relevant for this adventure would be to know that Remballo is essentially the home-base of the powerful Borgandy family, who is big in finances […]

    Rogues in Remballo

    Rogues in Remballo This FREE adventure clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may want to jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs left? Great! This pdf kicks off with essentially a highly detailed gazetteer of the city of Remballo, which is, btw., fully mapped in nice b/w-cartography. A pronunciation guide for the name, a full settlement statblock – all there. Relevant for this adventure would be to know that Remballo is essentially the home-base of the powerful Borgandy family, who is big in finances […]

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  • The Sword of Air The massive mega-adventure clocks in at 522 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of obituary-slots (this is FGG we’re talking about) and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 514 pages of content, so let’s dive in…   …but wait, before we do, let me reiterate something: This is not simply a massive module, this is a linchpin, a relic finally realized. For as long as I’ve been reading Necromancer Games (and later, Frog God Games-modules), I’ve seen those tantalizing hints, time and again, supplemented by this nasty, trademark “Coming Soon.” Anticipation continued to build up – for years. When FGG was created, published Slumbering Tsar, […]

    The Sword of Air

    The Sword of Air The massive mega-adventure clocks in at 522 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of obituary-slots (this is FGG we’re talking about) and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 514 pages of content, so let’s dive in…   …but wait, before we do, let me reiterate something: This is not simply a massive module, this is a linchpin, a relic finally realized. For as long as I’ve been reading Necromancer Games (and later, Frog God Games-modules), I’ve seen those tantalizing hints, time and again, supplemented by this nasty, trademark “Coming Soon.” Anticipation continued to build up – for years. When FGG was created, published Slumbering Tsar, […]

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  • Quests of Doom – Adventures Worth Winning This massive book clocks in at 312 pages, not including the covers. Of these pages, 1 is reserved for notes, 1 for the editorial, 1 for the ToC and two for the SRD, leaving us with o less than 307 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But before we dive into the matter at hand, let us first define what this book actually is – a kind of celebration of a series that was nicked in its bloom due to various reasons – I’m, of course, talking about “Demons & Devils” and “Vampires & Liches”, the two module compilations released back in the day by Necromancer Games for 3:X. In […]

    Quests of Doom – Adventures Worth Winning

    Quests of Doom – Adventures Worth Winning This massive book clocks in at 312 pages, not including the covers. Of these pages, 1 is reserved for notes, 1 for the editorial, 1 for the ToC and two for the SRD, leaving us with o less than 307 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But before we dive into the matter at hand, let us first define what this book actually is – a kind of celebration of a series that was nicked in its bloom due to various reasons – I’m, of course, talking about “Demons & Devils” and “Vampires & Liches”, the two module compilations released back in the day by Necromancer Games for 3:X. In […]

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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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