Volume Archive

  • Artifacts & Artifice Volume II This massive hardcover clocks in at 378 pages of content, already disregarding front-end matter and the like – that’s the content.   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a hardcover print copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased, critical review. My review is based on the hardcopy – I do not own the pdf-iteration.   This book shares a lot of its basic assumptions with the first volume, but there are also plenty of differences. We’ll begin with recapping the components that are the same. Feel free to skip ahead below, if you’re already familiar with the general set-up of these tomes.   BASICS: The first […]

    Artifacts & Artifice Volume II

    Artifacts & Artifice Volume II This massive hardcover clocks in at 378 pages of content, already disregarding front-end matter and the like – that’s the content.   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a hardcover print copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased, critical review. My review is based on the hardcopy – I do not own the pdf-iteration.   This book shares a lot of its basic assumptions with the first volume, but there are also plenty of differences. We’ll begin with recapping the components that are the same. Feel free to skip ahead below, if you’re already familiar with the general set-up of these tomes.   BASICS: The first […]

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  • Axes & Orcs Compendium Volume I – Non-Human & Monster Classes (OSR) This supplement clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 21 pages of content, laid out for 6’’ by 9’’/A5, so let’s take a look!   This supplement is intended for generic OSR, and does not subscribe to a single rules-set, which can be a bit of a detriment, considering how the power-levels of e.g. B/X and OSRIC can diverge, so that’s something to bear in mind. “Skill”-like abilities are noted as x-in-6-chances, with initiative and surprise being assumed to have ascending values; similarly, saving throw bonuses are noted with plusses, with the classes doing something relatively smart, namely referencing e.g. […]

    Axes & Orcs Compendium Volume I – Non-Human & Monster Classes (OSR)

    Axes & Orcs Compendium Volume I – Non-Human & Monster Classes (OSR) This supplement clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 21 pages of content, laid out for 6’’ by 9’’/A5, so let’s take a look!   This supplement is intended for generic OSR, and does not subscribe to a single rules-set, which can be a bit of a detriment, considering how the power-levels of e.g. B/X and OSRIC can diverge, so that’s something to bear in mind. “Skill”-like abilities are noted as x-in-6-chances, with initiative and surprise being assumed to have ascending values; similarly, saving throw bonuses are noted with plusses, with the classes doing something relatively smart, namely referencing e.g. […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I The first collection of the 20-things blogposts clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page author bios/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 59 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, before we start – you can get the content in this book on Raging Swan Press’ blog – Creighton publishes new small tables in regular intervals there, so if money’s tight, that may be an option. At the same time, though, you’d miss out on an extremely handy book. Let me reiterate: If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, it won’t […]

    GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I The first collection of the 20-things blogposts clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page author bios/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 59 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, before we start – you can get the content in this book on Raging Swan Press’ blog – Creighton publishes new small tables in regular intervals there, so if money’s tight, that may be an option. At the same time, though, you’d miss out on an extremely handy book. Let me reiterate: If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, it won’t […]

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  • Playable Monsters Vol. I – Fantasy Iconics & Mythology This pdf clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of artist/writer-contact-info and 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, after some general discussions on how to handle monstrous PCs and parties, we dive pretty much straight into the respective races, which cover a brief physical description, some minor information on society, relations with other races and alignment/religion preferences as well as how the race interacts with adventurers. After that, we get the racial traits…and that’s pretty much it. If you were looking for traits or alternate racial traits to customize […]

    Playable Monsters Vol. I – Fantasy Iconics & Mythology

    Playable Monsters Vol. I – Fantasy Iconics & Mythology This pdf clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of artist/writer-contact-info and 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, after some general discussions on how to handle monstrous PCs and parties, we dive pretty much straight into the respective races, which cover a brief physical description, some minor information on society, relations with other races and alignment/religion preferences as well as how the race interacts with adventurers. After that, we get the racial traits…and that’s pretty much it. If you were looking for traits or alternate racial traits to customize […]

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