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Wormskin Issue 1
Publisher: Necrotic Gnome Productions
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/24/2017 08:33:50

This series has scored a hit with every issue. One of the most useful features is the modularity of the content. You could play an entire game in the Dolmenwood or use various aspects of it to enhance pretty much any fantasty setting, from gritty low-magic to the highest of high fantasies. A particular highlight of this issue is the deep dive into fungus and the particularly excellent d30 table that accompanies. The root thing is also an eminently usable monster.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Wormskin Issue 1
Publisher: Necrotic Gnome Productions
by rowdy s. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/28/2016 16:34:27

I picked up a hardcopy of both issue one and two of Wormskin as I was impressed by the preview and the price was right. Having just got done reading them both, I'd say I was pretty happy with my purchase....with a couple of suggestions/ nit picks. 1) Both issues have information on drugs/ narcotics/ fungus effects/ compounds. As this magazine is covering a campaign setting, ok...sure, but how about just making that an issue of the mag unto itself? 2) Same with the Cat stuff. Now, I love cats and I thought the cat character class was cool, but again...how about doing ONE issue covering it all? 3) Going back to the Fungi of Dolenwood, there is a line saying that "roll on the enchantment table (see future issues of Wormskin)". I can NOT tell you how much that drives me crazy. If you refer to a table, it should be right there in the same book. So, when WILL we get that table?

Overall, I enjoyed the mag. Liked the Moss Dwarf, the art was well done and I did not notice a lot of typos. Looking forward to the next issue!

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
Hello, thanks for taking the time to write a review and glad to hear that you enjoyed the first two issues! I wanted to reply to a couple of the points you raised, just to explain a bit of the background around why we\'ve done things the way we have. Regarding the \"X will be detailed in a future issue\" references: we try to make each issue a stand-alone package, as far as possible, but it\'s in the nature of what we\'re doing (i.e. detailing a campaign setting over the course of many issues of a zine) that that\'s not always possible. There are always going to be loose ends or things which are left unexplained due to limited space. (That is, until we reach the hypothetical final issue of the zine, when everything that\'s going to be explained has been.) That said, thanks for giving this feedback! We\'ll certainly try our utmost to minimise such references, in the future. And regarding your point about combining related content -- the fungi and psychedelics, say -- into one issue: our aim is to collect a varied set of articles and types of content into each issue. There\'s a lot of stuff to include: hex descriptions, spells, classes, monsters, villages, random tables, etc. My feeling is that an issue with mixed types of content makes for a more interesting read than one which focuses solely on one. Again, \"your mileage may vary\", but that\'s the reasoning behind the choice. Thanks again for your feedback! (Issue three should be out in late June / early July, by the way, and will detail some more hexes and monsters, give some historical background info on the setting, and feature the first level of a dungeon in the wood.)
Wormskin Issue 1
Publisher: Necrotic Gnome Productions
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/03/2016 20:48:00

I bought this zine off the recommendation of Martin Ralya and holy crap I am so glad I did. The art is beautiful and the writing follows suit very nicely! Thought my OSR game of choice is Lamentations of the Flame Princess and the stats here are presented as Labyrinth Lord it's still all OSR so the heart is in the right place. I purchased the Print-On-Demand version and it is lovely. The size and quality are exactly what I would like for a POD zine with gorgeous color covers and a nice content level for the price. There are exactly three things that might be listed as cons:

  1. Very slight formatting error (although I'll be damned if I can find it now so no big deal)
  2. The fungus table has a reference to a future issue of Wormskin (I'm buying them all but a con for folks that just buy this one)
  3. I find the forest texture very difficult to read in print (print is grayscale, PDF is color)

That last one is the only real con for me but it's offset by having the pdf where the colors make the map just look dandy.

In addition to the pros of all of the articles being full of flavor and general awesome, I LOVED the fungus tables. Grimalkin are cool, Moss Dwarfs are rad, but I would buy this again just for the fungus table and its potential hooks.

Well done, y'all!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Wormskin Issue 1
Publisher: Necrotic Gnome Productions
by Ahimsa K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/12/2016 09:37:37

This seems to be just the beginning of a pretty cool setting. Some of the art is stunning and I don't use that word lightly. The Moss Dwarf is quite cool and something I want to play. (Their resistance to spoors alone can break a few adventures I can think of.) It seemed incongrous that they had minuses to using metal armor and weapons but could specilize in lock picking, which surely involves metal, but that's a pretty small quibble.

The list of Fungi is another resource with value for almost any game and is a great inclusion. The Fae cats I could take or leave, and I would have liked to see more than one monster included in the "Monsters in the Wood" section but overall this is really a cool ass thing.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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