Tom Knauss Archive

  • Hazardous Habitats: Grasslands (system agnostic) (Patreon Request) The second installment of the Hazardous Habitats-series clocks in at 47 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page advertisement, leaving us with 43 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters.   So, why did I denote this as system agnostic, rather than system neutral? While the vast majority of content herein can be applied and used in pretty much any roleplaying game system, there is a baseline of 5e-aesthetics underlying this, with saving throw references e.g. being based on ability scores.   Structurally, this is very much akin to the first Hazardous Habitats installment, only that this time […]

    Hazardous Habitats: Grasslands (system agnostic) (Patreon Request)

    Hazardous Habitats: Grasslands (system agnostic) (Patreon Request) The second installment of the Hazardous Habitats-series clocks in at 47 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page advertisement, leaving us with 43 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters.   So, why did I denote this as system agnostic, rather than system neutral? While the vast majority of content herein can be applied and used in pretty much any roleplaying game system, there is a baseline of 5e-aesthetics underlying this, with saving throw references e.g. being based on ability scores.   Structurally, this is very much akin to the first Hazardous Habitats installment, only that this time […]

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  • Hazardous Habitats: Desertlands (system agnostic) The first installment of the Hazardous Habitats-series clocks in at 39 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 2 pages yellow (back cover), leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters.   Okay, so what is this? Well, some of Frog God Games’ most criminally-underrated books for PFRPG was the series of “Perilous Vistas”-books, massive hardcovers, which included a ton of rules and information focusing on various biomes, with supplemental rules, monsters, and usually 3 to 4 adventures. Some of the adventures from these hardcovers have since […]

    Hazardous Habitats: Desertlands (system agnostic) (Patreon Request)

    Hazardous Habitats: Desertlands (system agnostic) The first installment of the Hazardous Habitats-series clocks in at 39 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 2 pages yellow (back cover), leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters.   Okay, so what is this? Well, some of Frog God Games’ most criminally-underrated books for PFRPG was the series of “Perilous Vistas”-books, massive hardcovers, which included a ton of rules and information focusing on various biomes, with supplemental rules, monsters, and usually 3 to 4 adventures. Some of the adventures from these hardcovers have since […]

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  • Quests of Doom: Fishers of Men This module clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages of module, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue as part of a series of requests by my patreon supporters.   Well, this module was originally penned as part of the criminally underrated series of environmental sourcebooks penned by Tom Knauss. To be more precise, this module originally was released as one of 3 modules in the “Marshes of Malice” swamp sourcebook, which I also own. Unlike the modules in “Mountains of Madness”, the […]

    Quests of Doom: Fishers of Men (Patreon Request)

    Quests of Doom: Fishers of Men This module clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages of module, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue as part of a series of requests by my patreon supporters.   Well, this module was originally penned as part of the criminally underrated series of environmental sourcebooks penned by Tom Knauss. To be more precise, this module originally was released as one of 3 modules in the “Marshes of Malice” swamp sourcebook, which I also own. Unlike the modules in “Mountains of Madness”, the […]

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  • Quests of Doom: The Hunter’s Game (Patreon Request) This module clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue as part of a series of requests by my patreon supporters.   So, “The Hunter’s Game” sounds familiar? Well, the module was originally penned as part of the criminally underrated series of environmental sourcebooks penned by Tom Knauss. To be more precise, this module originally was released as one of 3 modules in the “Marshes of Malice” swamp sourcebook, which I also own. […]

    Quests of Doom: The Hunter’s Game (Patreon Request)

    Quests of Doom: The Hunter’s Game (Patreon Request) This module clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue as part of a series of requests by my patreon supporters.   So, “The Hunter’s Game” sounds familiar? Well, the module was originally penned as part of the criminally underrated series of environmental sourcebooks penned by Tom Knauss. To be more precise, this module originally was released as one of 3 modules in the “Marshes of Malice” swamp sourcebook, which I also own. […]

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  • Quests of Doom: War of Shadows This module clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience – and I wouldn’t have reviewed this one usually. Why? Because the module is the final part of a series of adventures, which were first published in the criminally-underrated Mountains-sourcebook “Mountains of Madness.” Full disclosure: I was a backer of the KS to fund Mountains of Madness, since I genuinely consider the Perilous Vista books by Frog God Games to […]

    Quests of Doom: War of Shadows (Patreon Request)

    Quests of Doom: War of Shadows This module clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience – and I wouldn’t have reviewed this one usually. Why? Because the module is the final part of a series of adventures, which were first published in the criminally-underrated Mountains-sourcebook “Mountains of Madness.” Full disclosure: I was a backer of the KS to fund Mountains of Madness, since I genuinely consider the Perilous Vista books by Frog God Games to […]

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  • Quests of Doom: Between a Rock and a Charred Place This module clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 27 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience – and I wouldn’t have reviewed this one usually. Why? Because the module is the third part of a series of adventures, which were first published in the criminally-underrated Mountains-sourcebook “Mountains of Madness.” Full disclosure: I was a backer of the KS to fund Mountains of Madness, since I genuinely consider the Perilous Vista books by […]

    Quests of Doom: Between a Rock and a Charred Place (Patreon Request)

    Quests of Doom: Between a Rock and a Charred Place This module clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 27 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience – and I wouldn’t have reviewed this one usually. Why? Because the module is the third part of a series of adventures, which were first published in the criminally-underrated Mountains-sourcebook “Mountains of Madness.” Full disclosure: I was a backer of the KS to fund Mountains of Madness, since I genuinely consider the Perilous Vista books by […]

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  • Quests of Doom: A Little Knowledge This module clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience – and I wouldn’t have reviewed this one usually. Why? Because the module is the second part of a series of adventures, which were first published in the criminally-underrated Mountains-sourcebook “Mountains of Madness.” Full disclosure: I was a backer of the KS to fund Mountains of Madness, since I genuinely consider the Perilous Vista books by Frog God Games to […]

    Quests of Doom: A Little Knowledge (Patreon Request)

    Quests of Doom: A Little Knowledge This module clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience – and I wouldn’t have reviewed this one usually. Why? Because the module is the second part of a series of adventures, which were first published in the criminally-underrated Mountains-sourcebook “Mountains of Madness.” Full disclosure: I was a backer of the KS to fund Mountains of Madness, since I genuinely consider the Perilous Vista books by Frog God Games to […]

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  • Quests of Doom: God of Ore This module clocks in at 37 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience – and I wouldn’t have reviewed this one usually. Why? Because the module is the first part of a series of adventures, which were first published in the criminally-underrated Mountains-sourcebook “Mountains of Madness.” Full disclosure: I was a backer of the KS to fund Mountains of Madness, since I genuinely consider the Perilous Vista books by Frog God Games to […]

    Quests of Doom: God of Ore (Patreon Request)

    Quests of Doom: God of Ore This module clocks in at 37 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience – and I wouldn’t have reviewed this one usually. Why? Because the module is the first part of a series of adventures, which were first published in the criminally-underrated Mountains-sourcebook “Mountains of Madness.” Full disclosure: I was a backer of the KS to fund Mountains of Madness, since I genuinely consider the Perilous Vista books by Frog God Games to […]

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  • Mountains of Madness This massive installment of the Perilous Vistas-series of books clocks in at 288 pages of pure content, not counting editorial, etc. This review is based on the hardcover version of the book, which is, quality-wise, on par with the high production values of Frog God Games hardcovers.   I backed the kickstarter that created this book, mainly because the previous two installments of this series of terrain-centric hardcovers have made my Top Ten-lists.   All right, I rambled on, in detail, about the origins of this series: the idea is simple, yet concise and fun: Highlight a given environment and really polish it and make it shine, make it feasible and unique for the purpose of adventuring. […]

    Mountains of Madness

    Mountains of Madness This massive installment of the Perilous Vistas-series of books clocks in at 288 pages of pure content, not counting editorial, etc. This review is based on the hardcover version of the book, which is, quality-wise, on par with the high production values of Frog God Games hardcovers.   I backed the kickstarter that created this book, mainly because the previous two installments of this series of terrain-centric hardcovers have made my Top Ten-lists.   All right, I rambled on, in detail, about the origins of this series: the idea is simple, yet concise and fun: Highlight a given environment and really polish it and make it shine, make it feasible and unique for the purpose of adventuring. […]

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  • Fields of Blood Fields of Blood is a massive sourcebook/adventure-book that clocks in at 221 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 216 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, first of all: What is this book? Simple: Fields of Blood is the latest terrain-centric hardcover-book by Frog God Games, a tome detailing perhaps the most neglected environment in adventuring and fiction in general, EVER. Plains. Don’t believe me? Well, name 3 fantastic stories that use plains for more than a backdrop for an epic clash of armies or for the flair they hold. I mean, there are copious desert-themed and mountain-themed modules […]

    Fields of Blood

    Fields of Blood Fields of Blood is a massive sourcebook/adventure-book that clocks in at 221 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 216 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, first of all: What is this book? Simple: Fields of Blood is the latest terrain-centric hardcover-book by Frog God Games, a tome detailing perhaps the most neglected environment in adventuring and fiction in general, EVER. Plains. Don’t believe me? Well, name 3 fantastic stories that use plains for more than a backdrop for an epic clash of armies or for the flair they hold. I mean, there are copious desert-themed and mountain-themed modules […]

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  • Dunes of Desolation This massive book clocks in at 193 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive array of 188 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So “Dunes of Desolation”, hmm? This pdf’s name would be considered audacious when used by most publishers -“Desert of Desolation” as a boxed set made some of my most precious, fondest memories back in the day – the glorious maze, the sky-boat at the pyramid’s top, the logical, cool social sandbox at the oasis, the sheer level of detail, the sea of glass – this beast had so much going for it. So how […]

    Dunes of Desolation

    Dunes of Desolation This massive book clocks in at 193 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive array of 188 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So “Dunes of Desolation”, hmm? This pdf’s name would be considered audacious when used by most publishers -“Desert of Desolation” as a boxed set made some of my most precious, fondest memories back in the day – the glorious maze, the sky-boat at the pyramid’s top, the logical, cool social sandbox at the oasis, the sheer level of detail, the sea of glass – this beast had so much going for it. So how […]

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  • Freebooter’s Guide to the Razor Coast This player’s guide for Razor Coast is 98 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 92 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off the Freebooter’s Guide with an overview of the races and their respective roles in Razor Coast – including rather the central conflict between the pirateish settlers and the Tulita, the indigenous people of the Razor Coast. A lot of flavor is devoted to depicting these ethnicities, but we also get new races, two to be precise: The first would be the Dajobasu, Tulita cursed (or blessed) by the […]

    The Freebooter’s Guide to the Razor Coast

    Freebooter’s Guide to the Razor Coast This player’s guide for Razor Coast is 98 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 92 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off the Freebooter’s Guide with an overview of the races and their respective roles in Razor Coast – including rather the central conflict between the pirateish settlers and the Tulita, the indigenous people of the Razor Coast. A lot of flavor is devoted to depicting these ethnicities, but we also get new races, two to be precise: The first would be the Dajobasu, Tulita cursed (or blessed) by the […]

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