wilderness Archive

  • GM’s Miscellany: Random Wilderness Encounters This massive compilation clocks in at no less than 141 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page of advertisement, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 134 (!!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, first of all, I have to commend the fact that this massive compilation actually sports short author bios for all contributing authors – generating awareness and reputations for authors is pretty important in my book. Beyond the ToC listing ELs and XP-values, we receive a massive 3-page table of statblocks by CR, which range from none (for e.g. […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Random Wilderness Encounters

    GM’s Miscellany: Random Wilderness Encounters This massive compilation clocks in at no less than 141 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page of advertisement, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 134 (!!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, first of all, I have to commend the fact that this massive compilation actually sports short author bios for all contributing authors – generating awareness and reputations for authors is pretty important in my book. Beyond the ToC listing ELs and XP-values, we receive a massive 3-page table of statblocks by CR, which range from none (for e.g. […]

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  • Random Encounters: Wilderness II This pdf clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (with statblocks by CR), 1 page author bios (nice!), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Now this is a collection of encounters that resulted from Raging Swan Press’ open call for freelancers by various authors and come with +/- 1 EL scaling information. The encounters herein can easily be plugged into a given campaign, so from here on SPOILERS will show up. If you’re a player, please jump to the conclusion.   The first encounter fits perfectly into the desolation […]

    Random Encounters: Wilderness II

    Random Encounters: Wilderness II This pdf clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (with statblocks by CR), 1 page author bios (nice!), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Now this is a collection of encounters that resulted from Raging Swan Press’ open call for freelancers by various authors and come with +/- 1 EL scaling information. The encounters herein can easily be plugged into a given campaign, so from here on SPOILERS will show up. If you’re a player, please jump to the conclusion.   The first encounter fits perfectly into the desolation […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing This massive compilation of Raging Swan Press’ Wilderness Dressing-series clocks in at a massive 159 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than a massive 152 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so you know the deal, right? I did reviews for all the constituent files of the wilderness dressing-series and I don’t like repeating myself over and over, so if e.g. the exact content of what the installment on “Snow & Ice” or “So what’s the Pirate Ship like, anyways?” intrigue you – just check out my reviews for those, all […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing

    GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing This massive compilation of Raging Swan Press’ Wilderness Dressing-series clocks in at a massive 159 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than a massive 152 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so you know the deal, right? I did reviews for all the constituent files of the wilderness dressing-series and I don’t like repeating myself over and over, so if e.g. the exact content of what the installment on “Snow & Ice” or “So what’s the Pirate Ship like, anyways?” intrigue you – just check out my reviews for those, all […]

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  • Random Encounters: Wilderness This pdf clocks in at a weighty 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page advice of how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick this pdf off at a list of statblocks by CR, encounters by terrain, by EL (spanning the gamut from EL 2 to 12) and by designers. Wait, what? Yes, for this pdf is the child of Raging Swan Press’ freelancer call and as such offers us the winners of said contest. Hence, I will provide the author alongside the discussion of the encounter. Got that? All right! […]

    Random Encounters: Wilderness

    Random Encounters: Wilderness This pdf clocks in at a weighty 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page advice of how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick this pdf off at a list of statblocks by CR, encounters by terrain, by EL (spanning the gamut from EL 2 to 12) and by designers. Wait, what? Yes, for this pdf is the child of Raging Swan Press’ freelancer call and as such offers us the winners of said contest. Hence, I will provide the author alongside the discussion of the encounter. Got that? All right! […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Snow & Ice This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Without much ado, we jump right into the first massive table, one 100-entry-spanning beast of minor events to liven up the explorations of your PCs in the frigid north or wintry realms – from gathering lemmings staring at frozen rivers to frost wights sitting around fires, mastodon families crossing and fissures, there are a lot of different events awaiting your rolling of the bones here.   The second massive 100-entry table features […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Snow & Ice

    Wilderness Dressing: Snow & Ice This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Without much ado, we jump right into the first massive table, one 100-entry-spanning beast of minor events to liven up the explorations of your PCs in the frigid north or wintry realms – from gathering lemmings staring at frozen rivers to frost wights sitting around fires, mastodon families crossing and fissures, there are a lot of different events awaiting your rolling of the bones here.   The second massive 100-entry table features […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Castles This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Soooo. Castles – while a general first idea would liken them to fortified bastions breathing medieval air, the truth is that this término ombrellone contains more than fairy-tale castles, but also smaller fortified manors, chapels with living spaces and similar structures – hence the first table of small castles, with a total of 50 entries depicting a wide variety of them, even including lighthouses, star-shaped fortresses emblazoned with tiger and dragon carvings.   The […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Castles

    Wilderness Dressing: Castles This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Soooo. Castles – while a general first idea would liken them to fortified bastions breathing medieval air, the truth is that this término ombrellone contains more than fairy-tale castles, but also smaller fortified manors, chapels with living spaces and similar structures – hence the first table of small castles, with a total of 50 entries depicting a wide variety of them, even including lighthouses, star-shaped fortresses emblazoned with tiger and dragon carvings.   The […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Sea Voyages This installment of the wilderness dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf immediately kicks off with a massive table – shipboard events. Starting with petty thefts, strange signs burnt into the wood, crumbling steps on ladders (sabotage?) up to multiple entries featuring varied capricious weather peculiarities, we get a nice basic list. Now we all know sailors are a suspicious lot and hence the second table covers 50 omens – with entries spelling whether the omens bode weal or woe. Whale corpses, accompanying […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Sea Voyages

    Wilderness Dressing: Sea Voyages This installment of the wilderness dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf immediately kicks off with a massive table – shipboard events. Starting with petty thefts, strange signs burnt into the wood, crumbling steps on ladders (sabotage?) up to multiple entries featuring varied capricious weather peculiarities, we get a nice basic list. Now we all know sailors are a suspicious lot and hence the second table covers 50 omens – with entries spelling whether the omens bode weal or woe. Whale corpses, accompanying […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Swamps             This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Following the format of the wilderness-dressing series, we kick off with a massive 2-page table depicting minor events, a total of 100 different entries that include hunting sparrowhawks, deep pools cloaked by hallucinatory terrain and swarms of insects infested with filth fever. A solid table of nice entries.   After that, we’ll get to the swamp dressing-table of 100 entries- including drag-marks of slithering…things…(with Survival DCs), sucking mud […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Swamps

    Wilderness Dressing: Swamps             This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Following the format of the wilderness-dressing series, we kick off with a massive 2-page table depicting minor events, a total of 100 different entries that include hunting sparrowhawks, deep pools cloaked by hallucinatory terrain and swarms of insects infested with filth fever. A solid table of nice entries.   After that, we’ll get to the swamp dressing-table of 100 entries- including drag-marks of slithering…things…(with Survival DCs), sucking mud […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Hills This installment of the wilderness dressing-line is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/introduction, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Following the tradition of the wilderness dressing-line, we kick off with an extensive array of events to spice up your travelling experiences – 100 different minor events are featured in a massive table and range from squeaking cart-wheels accompanied by shouts to wild grapes that are the home of an aggressive bee swarm, abandoned camp sites (though the text reads “abandon[sic!] camp site” – a rare Raging Swan editing glitch) to frolicking grey squirrels […]

    Wilderness Dressings: Hills

    Wilderness Dressing: Hills This installment of the wilderness dressing-line is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/introduction, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Following the tradition of the wilderness dressing-line, we kick off with an extensive array of events to spice up your travelling experiences – 100 different minor events are featured in a massive table and range from squeaking cart-wheels accompanied by shouts to wild grapes that are the home of an aggressive bee swarm, abandoned camp sites (though the text reads “abandon[sic!] camp site” – a rare Raging Swan editing glitch) to frolicking grey squirrels […]

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  • SKYRIM Questions answered for our NERD TREK readers at PAX Prime 2011: Our time with Bethesda was limited so we couldn’t ask every question you submitted, but I think we did a pretty good job.   One of the guys from Bethesda told us that ours were the best string of questions by one media outlet he’s ever heard.  I credited the NERD TREK readers and he said he was very impressed.  Great job guys!  Here you go: Toney asked: Will there be Daedric Shrine quests? This question opened a can of worms.  Matt Carofano said that they have intentionally avoided confirming or denying this.  He said that they have NOT really talked about it yet.  Since the press demo […]

    Skyrim Answers from Bethesda!!

    SKYRIM Questions answered for our NERD TREK readers at PAX Prime 2011: Our time with Bethesda was limited so we couldn’t ask every question you submitted, but I think we did a pretty good job.   One of the guys from Bethesda told us that ours were the best string of questions by one media outlet he’s ever heard.  I credited the NERD TREK readers and he said he was very impressed.  Great job guys!  Here you go: Toney asked: Will there be Daedric Shrine quests? This question opened a can of worms.  Matt Carofano said that they have intentionally avoided confirming or denying this.  He said that they have NOT really talked about it yet.  Since the press demo […]

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