Thurston Hillman Archive

  • Occult Adventures This massive hardcover clocks in at a whopping 271 pages, though 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC and 1/3rd of a page decrease that down to 267 2/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, before we do, let me  deal with the confusion for a second that this review undoubtedly will cause. Yes, I usually only do 3pp material. This has several reasons: For one, I want to showcase the fringe of gaming, the evocative books that push the envelope. Secondly, I’m not particularly affluent, to say the least and want to reward the publishers that do send me their books. Well, I obviously *HAVE* to get the […]

    Occult Adventures

    Occult Adventures This massive hardcover clocks in at a whopping 271 pages, though 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC and 1/3rd of a page decrease that down to 267 2/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, before we do, let me  deal with the confusion for a second that this review undoubtedly will cause. Yes, I usually only do 3pp material. This has several reasons: For one, I want to showcase the fringe of gaming, the evocative books that push the envelope. Secondly, I’m not particularly affluent, to say the least and want to reward the publishers that do send me their books. Well, I obviously *HAVE* to get the […]

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  • Beasts of Legend: Beasts of the East This bestiary by Legendary Games/Jade Regent-plug-in clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get herein? The oomphteenth version of the Yuki-no-onna? Nope, this is a bestiary of Legendary Games, after all. In an interesting take on the concept of monsters, this supplement begins by talking a bit about the real-world inspirations of some of these creatures…and guess what? They are more […]

    Beasts of Legend: Beasts of the East

    Beasts of Legend: Beasts of the East This bestiary by Legendary Games/Jade Regent-plug-in clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get herein? The oomphteenth version of the Yuki-no-onna? Nope, this is a bestiary of Legendary Games, after all. In an interesting take on the concept of monsters, this supplement begins by talking a bit about the real-world inspirations of some of these creatures…and guess what? They are more […]

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  • Treasury of the Pharaohs The first installment of Legendary Games Mummy Mask-plug-ins clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages introduction/how-to-use, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As has become the tradition in Legendary Games treasury-supplements, which contain items suitable for the respective APs, this one begins with a handy table of items by price, this time ranging from 900 gp to artifact-level…so let’s not waste much time and dive right into this!   We begin this supplement with 4 different armors – the first of which would be the slick hide armor made […]

    Treasury of the Pharaohs

    Treasury of the Pharaohs The first installment of Legendary Games Mummy Mask-plug-ins clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages introduction/how-to-use, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As has become the tradition in Legendary Games treasury-supplements, which contain items suitable for the respective APs, this one begins with a handy table of items by price, this time ranging from 900 gp to artifact-level…so let’s not waste much time and dive right into this!   We begin this supplement with 4 different armors – the first of which would be the slick hide armor made […]

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  • Zeitgeist #8: Diaspora The 8th installment of the (so far!) legendary Zeitgeist-saga clocks in at 99 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 94 pages of content, so let’s take a look at whether this installment can keep up the stunning momentum of the saga!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS, including some minor ones for previous modules in the saga. Potential players of this massive AP should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? “Memory is identity, identity is memory.” – Julian Barnes. No words would fit better the premise of this module, wherein Zeitgeist changes paces once […]

    Zeitgeist #8: Diaspora

    Zeitgeist #8: Diaspora The 8th installment of the (so far!) legendary Zeitgeist-saga clocks in at 99 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 94 pages of content, so let’s take a look at whether this installment can keep up the stunning momentum of the saga!   This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS, including some minor ones for previous modules in the saga. Potential players of this massive AP should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? “Memory is identity, identity is memory.” – Julian Barnes. No words would fit better the premise of this module, wherein Zeitgeist changes paces once […]

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  • Zeitgeist: Act One – The Investigation Begins The massive collection of the first Act of the Zeitgeist AP clocks in at 559 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 6 pages of ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 549 pages of content.   So let’s…wait. Let me get this straight – this is the compiled version of the first 5 Zeitgeist-adventures PLUS Crypta Hereticarum, Player’s Guide and Campaign Guide; It also includes (with 2 hick-ups) cleaned up nomenclature regarding elves/eladrin high/wood elves that resulted from conversion. All of these components are simply glorious – 5 stars + seal of approval badassery in its truest form. I’ve also reviewed all of the modules, so if […]

    Zeitgeist: Act One – The Investigation Begins

    Zeitgeist: Act One – The Investigation Begins The massive collection of the first Act of the Zeitgeist AP clocks in at 559 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 6 pages of ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 549 pages of content.   So let’s…wait. Let me get this straight – this is the compiled version of the first 5 Zeitgeist-adventures PLUS Crypta Hereticarum, Player’s Guide and Campaign Guide; It also includes (with 2 hick-ups) cleaned up nomenclature regarding elves/eladrin high/wood elves that resulted from conversion. All of these components are simply glorious – 5 stars + seal of approval badassery in its truest form. I’ve also reviewed all of the modules, so if […]

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  • Zeitgeist #5 – Cauldron-Born The latest installment of EN Publishing’s Zeitgeist-AP clocks in at 95 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 90 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   It’s been too long since I took a look at one of the Zeitgeist-modules, but before I do, here the obligatory warning – this review contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … No, really. Jump to the conclusion. … Only DMs left? Good. This adventure is the conclusion of the first act of the epic ZEITGEIST-saga, and as such, provides guidance of running it stand-alone (or the first campaign-act […]

    Zeitgeist #5 – Cauldron-Born

    Zeitgeist #5 – Cauldron-Born The latest installment of EN Publishing’s Zeitgeist-AP clocks in at 95 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 90 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   It’s been too long since I took a look at one of the Zeitgeist-modules, but before I do, here the obligatory warning – this review contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … No, really. Jump to the conclusion. … Only DMs left? Good. This adventure is the conclusion of the first act of the epic ZEITGEIST-saga, and as such, provides guidance of running it stand-alone (or the first campaign-act […]

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  • The Sinking: The Freedom Gambit This installment of the Sinking-mini-modules clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 11 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!   Blood Senator Vulgrax is getting too close. For the last weeks, the senator has been doing his best coming closer to the truth and finding a way to infiltrate the sinkhole. The Lazarites, on whose inquisitions he cracked down and the Trypus Academy are fed up with the […]

    The Sinking: The Freedom Gambit

    The Sinking: The Freedom Gambit This installment of the Sinking-mini-modules clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 11 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!   Blood Senator Vulgrax is getting too close. For the last weeks, the senator has been doing his best coming closer to the truth and finding a way to infiltrate the sinkhole. The Lazarites, on whose inquisitions he cracked down and the Trypus Academy are fed up with the […]

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