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GM's Monthly Miscellany: April 2015
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/21/2016 10:04:56

Out of 15 pages, 11 are the content. A mixture if items in this monthy miscellany. It has GM advice on designing unique magical items, Dilath's Hold at a Glance (Drow), Elven Town (2 pages), Red Talon village (2 pages), and GM advice on wondrous items. Some of the artwork dotted throughout is fairly good. Best of all, it's free!



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Dungeon Dressing: Wells
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/21/2016 09:38:15

Out of 11 pages, 7 are the content. This PDF covers wells this time. Very similar in outlay to Dungeon Dressing Walls, and DD chests.

Tablel A (2 pages), gives you characteristics & appearance, which covers getting the water, and water quality, common characteristics, climbing & falling into wells, and a d100 chart.

Table B (2 pages), give you dressing & features, and a d100 chart. Table C: traps & tricks (P6), covers 3 types of well, suffocating and water quality.

Page 7 has a rather gruesome picture of corpses around a well; which reminds me of the first LOTR film when the Fellowship are in Moria, and some foolish 'Took' drops a bucket down the well.

At £1.96/$2.45, it's a good addition to the Dungeon Dressing series.



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Thanks very much, Stephen. I'm glad you enjoyed the book and the artwork. I think Matt Morrow did a cracking job with that well picture.
Dungeon Dressing: Walls
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/21/2016 09:23:06

Out of 11 pages, 8 are the content. Tablel A (2 pages), gives you characteristics & appearance, which covers construction and function, and a d100 chart.

Table B (2 pages), give you dressing & features, and a d100 chart. Table C: traps & tricks (P6) are rather unpleasant for the unwary.

Page 9 has a rather quaint 'ye olde school' picture of a 'priestly figure' peering through the door key hole, as if he were spying, so to speak. At £1.96/$2.45, it's rather good; as it addresses a part of the dungeon that is rarely 'used', so to speak.



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Dungeon Dressing: Sarcophagi
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/21/2016 08:50:21

At 13 pages, 7 pages are the content. Like the Dungeon Dressing: Chests, the content headings are very similar: Tablel A (2 pages), gives you characteristics & appearance, which covers construction, types of sarcophagi, cairns, terrain effects. Table B (2 pages), give you dressing & features. Table C: traps & tricks. Table D gives you haunts, which is rather nice :-)

At £1.96/$2.45, it's quite good, as it adds some extra details to the location/dungeon.



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Thank you for this review, Stephen. I much appreciate your time and I'm glad you liked the book!
Dungeon Dressing: Chests
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/21/2016 08:36:31

A 13 page PDF, of which, 7 pages are the content. Tablel A (2 pages), gives you characteristics & appearance, which covers construction, volume, weight & cost, opening the chest, and chests in combat. Table B (2 pages), give you dressing & features. Table C: traps & tricks. The last page of the contents, gives you a variant monster.

At £1.96/$2.45, it's pretty good.



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Cartomancy 4:Conway Class Starbase
Publisher: Stygian Fox
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/15/2016 08:30:11

There is a PDF, JPG, and TIF of this space station. JPG & TIF: 4961x3508 There are 3 layers: Superstructure, Reference and Base (PDF). At 40 pence/50 cents, it's worth the purchase.



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Stellar Evolution Advanced Play Set
Publisher: Cascade Studios
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/13/2016 06:49:53

This PDF is 8 pages, out of which, 7 are the content.

It contain 3 pages of play grids (pages 3, 4, & 5), which are VERy ink intensive. Pages 6 & 7 are the various terrain counters; and p8 are the Command Cards. Command Cards: these are grey in colour, which may be somewhat ink intensive.

The pages are clearly printed, and colourful.

Best of all, it's free.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Ephemeris
Publisher: Nomadic Delirium Press
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/02/2016 08:09:52

At 332 pages, 297 are the content. When trying to get a review or rwo for Ephemeris; I found this one: https://youtu.be/NQS6mRd- kdzQ I do agree with most of what he says (Tetsubo57). Editing: font size ok. Perhaps saved 20-30 pages by condensing some of the example classes shown (possible.)

Combat rounds are 10 seconds long. Weapons have a damage factor, which is multiplied by the difference between the attack and defence rolls.

The Arbonix to me do seem somewhat wierd, with 2 rows of 'nipples' on their chest to 'float'.

The system shouldn't be too hard to 'home rule' by GMs, if they wish to make changes for their campaign or scenario(s) they are running.

If you prefer using D6 instead of D20 for OGl; Ephemeris should do pretty much ok.

At £4.00/$4.99, it's serviceable.



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Into the Darkness: Map 4
Publisher: Crooked Staff Publishing
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/04/2016 13:19:21

This contains a few files (zipped).

One is a 14 page PDF (12 are the content); 7 being normal map sections with a background, the other is 'printer friendly', no background. Another file is 4 pages (2 being the content). One page has the full map and some lines for notes, while the second pages is lined for more notes (as each section is numbered).

Artwork: What can I say? Pleasant to the eye as usual. No disappointments here. This map pack with the other fantasy maps, and the sci-fi, zombie, maps, etc, are worth purchasing. Adding this to the sewers map pack will be interesting.

At £1.22/$1.50, well worth the purchase.



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Stellar Wind 2nd Edition
Publisher: Higher Dimension Games
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/04/2016 15:10:19

Out of 416 pages, 412 are the content, with 9 1/2 pages listing the content. It is colour throughout. The advanced rules (p400-p410): get your science calculator out! (some nice equations). The character stats are: Strength, Dexterity, Stamina (Con?), Intelligence, Willpower, and Charisma (sound familiar?)

Races: 7 in all (some lizard or bug-like), one is a cat/centaur, another liooks like Jabba the Hutt on a diet (looks funny). Another is a flying bug. All-in-all, they might seem pretty interesting for players to play, as there is enough data on each species to give players a general idea how they 'work'.

Backgrounds: 10. Barbarian, Engineering, Industry, Intelligence, Law Enforcement, Medicine, Merchant, Military, Outlaw, and Science. Reputation: Prefessiona, Criminal, and Military. Skills: 49, covering a wide area.

Equipment & weapon: some are restricted, and not too bad a selection.

It reminds me of 2300AD & Traveller.

Artwork: Some nice CGI artwork here and there throughout the PDF.

There are suplpements to 'improve or help' what is already in the main book: Spacecraft & character builder, and a PDF of forms which are free!

At £11.52/$14.95, it's quite good (and seems cheaper than others). Worth a look at.



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Fantasy Beer Name Generator
Publisher: Azukail Games
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/20/2016 07:42:48

At 7 pages, 6 are the content. P2 informs you how to use the tables. P3 & 4 give examples. Pages 5-7 are the tables.

The PDF is colour throughout, with pictures of steins/tankards/bottles.

Some of the results rolled can be somewhat amusing.

At 35 pence/46 cents, it's very much worth getting.



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Baptism of Fire 2
Publisher: TFP Games
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/06/2016 04:18:27

At 160 pages, 157 are the content. The Table of Contents are 3 pages long (which does cover a lot). All b&w with WW2 pictures throughout.

QRS (Quick Reference Sheets) and templates are at the back. The system uses d6's. It also uses commmand ranges (standard and maximum), based on leader type.

At £1.88/$2.51, it's worth looking at (quite detailed).



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Tyrannosapien: Creatures of the Apocalypse 11
Publisher: Outland Arts
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/04/2016 15:04:41

At 11 pages, 8 are the content. This beast looks like an oversized 'Velociraptor', of sorts; but the claws are at the front, not the back feet.

Size is approximately just under 13 feet high to just under 23 feet at max height. Page 3 gives a good size comparison of this large beast to a humanoid. You could very well get trampled.

Some heavy hardware would be needed to take this one down. Artwork is good for depicting the creature.

I'd hate to think of the carnage that a pack of these could do.

And best of all, it's free!



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The Hero's Journey Character Sheet
Publisher: Barrel Rider Games
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/04/2016 13:52:32

A two page character sheet with hand drawn artwork, giving it a 'ye olde' look to it. I'll likely use it in conjunction with my own version.

The 2 pages cover practically everything you'd need to make note of.

Worth a download: it's free.



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Fire, Blood, and Steam: A Game of Post-Apocalyptic Steampunk Adventure
Publisher: Lobopod Games
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/01/2016 05:11:35

Out of 43 pages, 39 are the content. Fire, Blood, and Steel (FBS), starts at page 4 with the table of contents.

Page 5 is an introduction to RPGs, page 6 is a synopsis of the theme/background of the game. After that, it goes strainght to character creation. You have basically 2 choices on race: human and lycanthrope/anthropomorphic (of which there are 3 types): Type 1 Lycanthrope is a permenant animal type (they cannot change from human to animal form). Type 2 Lycanthrope is able to change from external events. Type 3 can change at will.

Lycanthropes/anthropomorphic types can be bison, fox, hare, panther, moose, etc.

Abilities are left and right cranial which covers thinking and creativity. There is also Physical Fitness.

After that is Weapon Skill, then a list of non-weapon skills: Ballooning, Bluff, Silk Farming (of giant sipders), Artillery, Equestrian, Explosives, and Artisan skills (covers carpentry, blacksmith, Sculpting, mechanics, Gunsmith, swordsmith, Tanner). More could probably be added.

One page covers a small assortment of generic weapons (ranged and 1 melee: hatchet). More could be added. There is no armour list.

There is no mention in the PDF of what you need dice-wise until you get to page 20 (Combat). A d6 is needed! At least a minimum of 2d6 anyway. I cannot help but think it is somewhat bare/incomplete in some ways (weapons, skills, abilities, etc), but that's not to say it's not good. There's plenty for the GM and players to expand upon.

There are 2 character sheets (one coloured tan, the other is printer friendly). Apart from the printer friendly character sheet, the rest of the PDF has a tan brown background. A printer friendly version might have been nice. At £1.52/$2.00, it's OK. Worth a look.



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