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Neath the Shadow #1 (zine)
Publisher: Crooked Staff Publishing
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/10/2018 04:52:23

The download includes one grey and one colour emag.

Out of 28 pages, 24 are the contents. The contents of this first AoS magazine are: The Hideout: A mini adventure set in a small cave system Filiki's Axe: A magical axe with random effects. Cavern Crawler: A new monster. Arengar's House: An encounter location and NPC. Oath rules. NPC name tables: Elf, Human and Dwarf male & female names. What the guards have to say: Conversations for the PCs to overhear.

The colour magazine includes some rather nice colour maps and art; while the grey emag has black & white art. Both are good.

At £1.47/$1.99, it's worth the price (and the candle).



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Neath the Shadow #3 (zine)
Publisher: Crooked Staff Publishing
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/24/2018 14:58:31

At 48 pages, 43 are the content. This issue's contents are: Elvish ancestry (generating Elven forebears for your PC). Welcome Guests (a scenario). Calendar and weather details for the Northern Realm. Beastling descriptions (random charts to describe the troops of The Enemy). Runes of Power (more magical items).

There are also 4 amps included in a separate folder. The cover is very nicely done.

At £.14/$2.99, it's worth a look.



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WHITE BOX ZOMBIES - A source book for SWORDS & WIZARDRY and all OSR games
Publisher: Bloat Games
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/07/2018 16:18:29

48 pages, 38 are the content. The 'variety' of different zombies are similar to Survive This! Demihuman zombies (P20-41): quite good.

ArtworK: from Survive this! But still looks good. Good piece on P4.

P18 (P19 PDF) errors?: 1: Truth is though, they are a lot of zombified children (should that be there are?). 2: It's up to your referee to decide if and when you run across. (Incomplete sentence?). Should that be 'when you run across them/zombie children?

Nice variant OSR rules for zombie 'apocalypse' setting.

For £0.96 (sale), £1.44; $1.34 (sale), $2.00: worth getting.



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ZWEIHÄNDER Grim and Perilous RPG - Core Book
Publisher: Grim & Perilous Studios
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/08/2017 07:42:35

A massive 692 paged (689 are the content). Pages 689-691 are blank note pages. I found a few typos (don't know if there's anymore): P268: Damage Condition Track: As character(s) carry their wounds over P342: until well after you would (have) concocted it P599: Crypt Skeleton: They (there) are also rumours

Stats/attributes are: Combat Bonus (CB), Brawn Bonus (BB), Agility Bonus (AB), Perception Bonus (PB), Intelligence Bonus (IB), Willpower Bonus (WB), Fellowship Bonus (FB).

Zweihander is a percentage based RPG.

Artwork: Good. Does remind me of WFRP 1st Ed artwork.

Action Points for combat (3AP per character).

There is a damage coondition track to show the players 'health dondition'. Healing: Elixir of Benefice: You positively move 3 steps up the damage condition track positively, but suffer 3 corruption. There's no easy magical healing in this game. Getting wounded is real bad.

Unlike other RPGs, your players are not powerful heroes, but normal townsfolk who have decided to take the risk of adventuring outside the safety of the walls to venture outside into the wilderness to hopefully return richer.

As a WFRP RPG clone, it's good. If you like a grim/dark RPG, it's worth the purchase (especially since it's on sale at the moment).



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5e x 5 Combat & Conditions
Publisher: Ken Wickham
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/11/2017 08:08:49

Out of 43 pages, 36 are the content. Page 5 is worth reading, as it gives you the 'first step into the ideas, etc, the 2 authors used to convert 5th edition (d20), into d100. P7 and 8 are the contents page, listing order of combat, movement, attacking, damage and healing, traps, conditions, diseases. Some pages can appear quite 'empty', as they only contain 2-5 lines.

For £0.76/$1.00, it's quite informative as a conversion.



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We hunt bugs
Publisher: Orcs Unlimited
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/13/2017 13:44:53

The PDF runs at 122 pages. Out of that, approximately 109 are the content.

The contents list is on page 7 (quite a few pages down). Your character (PC) creation, which starts on P17, not 15; has 3 abilities (Mental. Physical, Social). These vary depending on your class (Agent, Engineer, Grunt, Hunter), which also gives you skills, other, special skills, specialities, and perk. Perk: you get from being with a certain company (listed in the book). They also give you abilites, skills, and other, to add what you already have from your class.

The game rules are on Page 69 (not 67); page 69 tells you that you need D6's (so it's a D6 system). It's only 6's that count as successes. For example: melee combat: If you had a Physical of 3, and a Melee Combat of 3, you'd roll 6D6

No character sheet! I couldn't find it in the PDF.

Artwork: black & white, looks OK. I hope this is helpful.



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Creator Reply:
Thank you for the in depth review. After reading your review I found that the file that had been uploaded was an old working final and not meant to be the final. the proper file has been uploaded containing a character sheet and pages numbered properly. I hope you will try the game with the proper content and enjoy it.
Into the Darkness: Map 3
Publisher: Crooked Staff Publishing
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/10/2017 06:30:40

A well detailed dungeon/prison map. Complete with torture chair and rack (also complete with blood stains). The colour and level of detail is very good (flagstones, furniture, straw on the floor, etc).

Printer-friendly version as well. Very good for the price. A definite perchase.



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Into the Darkness: Map 2
Publisher: Crooked Staff Publishing
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/10/2017 06:18:10

A lovely add-on for the other map sections in the series. Very well detailed (stonework, 'furniture', etc). Certainly colourful. A printer-friendly version added as well.

I just hope my printer does it justice when it prints it (and the others in the series).



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Into the Darkness: Map 1
Publisher: Crooked Staff Publishing
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/10/2017 06:08:19

Yet another well made, colourful map for your PCs to explore Age of Shadows (or any other theme). It has an overlay section for the GM to place on the map, as the PCs encounter the area. There's even a printer-friendly section.

Well worth the purchase.



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Campaign Map 1 : The Northern Kingdom
Publisher: Crooked Staff Publishing
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/08/2017 06:49:07

I have to agree with the other reviewers, a surperbly made map. CSP has made this available in a 4 page, Jpeg, and poster versions (text or no text). You can use the no text versions for your own campaign, etc And they certainly print out well; very well indeed.

A number of the location names most definitely conjure up MERP/LotR sounding locales.

The level of detail to the map (rivers, mountains, villages, etc.) is very good.

At £1.14/$1.50, you'd be daft not to purchase this (for the AoS theme or your own).

A definite purchase.



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OSR
Publisher: Jonah Lemkins
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/27/2017 15:53:48

At 31 pages, 29 are the content.

The font is thematic for fantasy OSR (which is OK), but I found it quite difficult to read in certain parts: The equipment section for example, I wasn't sure if the Horse was 1G, 15g or 15S, as the font seemed to 'overwrap' a letter (S looked like g) for example.

The equipment section is a page (half of one page, and half of the next). Money: 20 Copper per 1 Silver. 35 Silver per 1 Gold. 'A person can eat for an entire month on 1 Gold'. Seems like coming back from a dungeon with 300-500 gold pieces, could make you rich enough to buy a village.

Armour (3 pieces): light (-2AC), heavy (-4AC), and a shield (-1AC). No medium armour. THACO as usual. Weapons, as expected coming from the original verson, all have 1d6 damage plus strength bonus.

Certainly takes me back to the 'old days'. I'd definitely mine other THACO material for extra equipment, monsters, etc.

You could leave the rules as they are; or add house rules. I'd add variable weapon damage, add the longbow, 2-handed weapons, add ranges for the bows and any other ranged weapons that may be added. I might add ascendining armour as an option. The magic-user is the usual 1 shot wonder. No offensive spell until P22 (Fireball, 3rd level). I thought fireball was AoE, not single target. The spell description sounds like firebolt. I'd add more offensive spells (ice, lightning, etc). I'd also let the magic-user find a wand (fire/ice/lightning bolt. 10-20 uses maybe), to make him/her more useful.

Artwork: OK. The usual fantasy artwork normally seen in other OSR material.

The bestiary has 4 monsters: Goblin, Bandit, Animated Skeleton, Small Drake).

Typos: p17 (Healing): "Afterwards, if you treat you wound," shoule be your wound.

P27 (Bestiary): Animated Skeleton only has 1 attribute numbered (Cha: 1); the other attributes have no number.

At 75 Pence/99c, it makes a good 'starting base' to add your house rules to, to add greater variety (recommended).



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Creator Reply:
Thanks for the review! This is a lot of good feedback. I'll try and implement some changes in the next few days. Thanks again!
Alien & Robot Class Design
Publisher: Brave Halfling Publishing
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/08/2017 17:05:25

At 7 pages, 5 are the content. The PDF is in two parts. Pages 1-2 are the alien class design. Pages 4-6 are the robot design. Very good for OSR sci-fi. At 0.99p/$1.28, it's well worth the purchase.



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X-plorers Centaur Class & Optional Rules
Publisher: BD Games
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/08/2017 16:03:58

Out of 14 pages, 11 are the content. Those eleven pages cover the new Centaur class (half person, half motorcycle), new rules for space combat, gravity, asteroids, and mines. A good X-plorers supplement. At 0.65p/0.84c, it's worth the purchase.



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SURVIVE THIS!! - Zombies! Zombie Master's Guide - PWYW
Publisher: Bloat Games
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/28/2017 15:45:18

Out of 28 pages, 21 are the content. Typos: p10: rewards survivors for in (survivors in) 5. This xp is giving (given). p11: act or (of) valour. p14: For that (what) is important. p21: However, for (all) STZ weapons. p22: types weapons (weapon types).

Artwork is pretty much OK. The ZMG give Zombie Master (GM), some options for things like initiative. Pages 22 & 23 give you melee and ranged weapons. P25 lists some armour (the max a player can have is +4). The PDF lists mending wounds, difficulty checks, house rules, etc.

Worth the purchase.



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SURVIVE THIS!! - Zombies! Survivor's Handbook - PWYW
Publisher: Bloat Games
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/28/2017 15:08:43

Out of 36 pages, 26 are the content. Typos: Fixer, p18 quickly access (assess), usuall (has) a backpack. p19: taking to (two) broken. p21: out (in the) woods, in discreet (a) place. p22: as (a) team, spotted twice. p27: that they (the) Slayer. kill the (a) number of zombies. p30: These choices such (should) be thought.

Players have 6 stats: Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Charisma, Survival. Survival: is used as survival points, re-rolls. Artwork: evocative of the theme.

Players start out with some money, but no equipment (find it, buy it, steal it). Some good classes. Worth the purchase.



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