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The One Ring - Journeys and Maps
by Adrian S. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
Date Added: 11/30/2016 04:08:59
The One Ring - Journeys and Maps Whilst the 'maps' aspect of the title might be the draw card for many players, there is certainly more to this product. The maps are of good resolution on a computer screen, but you will need a very good printer to get the best value from them. As someone who already owns maps (and an atlas) of Middle-Earth, it was the 35-page booklet that was of more interest. In this slim volume, we are treated to a host of plot hooks based on terrain type that vary immensely. It is very obvious that a lot of development was invested in this section as the hooks do not read like standard fantasy but instead take the time to link to the flavour of Tolkien's world. Many are based on familiar touchstones so that those new to Middle-Earth can easily grasp the idea - but those with a 'veteran' appreciation can certainly expand on the ideas and link to deeper lore if desired. Next is a section on ships and the sea for those - like the Elves - who hear the call of the waves and wish to send their ow...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Automata Run Amok
by Customer Name Withheld
Publisher: Dwarven Automata
Date Added: 11/29/2016 20:00:45
Automata Run Amok Here's the meat of my biased review, excerpted from my blog [here](http://followmeanddie.com/2016/11/28/mini-review-auto-
mata-run-amok-by-john-carlson/ ). John is the DM of our Wednesday night Roll20 AD&D campaign. Our group had opportunity to see the PDF before the art and make suggestions. Finally, we had a look before the PDF was released for final comments and typo spotting. What I liked: The art and layout is sharp. There is vocabulary to learn. The table of contents is hyperlinked. There is a one page isometric map of the tower showing how each level fits, and each section on each level has the level map. On the following page it completes a DM Quick Reference Sheet with a timeline tracker, options in case of party retreat, and lose ends and future opportunities. New monsters are stated out with a checklist for the DM to keep track of them. There are suggestions for how to deal with the various puzzles/challenges present in each level. There is a table to genera...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Black Pudding #1
by David O.
Publisher: Random Order Creations
Date Added: 11/29/2016 19:43:56
Black Pudding #1 This is an excellent and fun product. It makes the 16 year old in me want to play D&D (Labyrinth Lord) again. It would be great fun to run a campaign with all the classes in this zine. As fun as this is, it is a meaty product with lots and lots of play valure. I'm looking forward to more Black Pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Asian Archetypes: Martial
by Vladimir C.
Publisher: Legendary Games
Date Added: 11/29/2016 19:01:24
Asian Archetypes: Martial I have been a fan of all things Asian since I started karate when I was a kid. Later, I discovered Kung Fu cinema by way of the free Dragon Fist RPG by TSR and the internet back in the day. Where I come from, Kung Fu movies beyond Bruce Lee’s are unheard of. When I started playing Pathfinder, I was completely dazed by the monk. As a matter of fact, my first 3rd edition character was also a monk. However, it wasn’t until much later that class option like archetypes or even new classes started to come out. Among the best 3rd party content, I found The Way of Ki. This was the beginning of a long distance, one sided, platonic love for Legendary Games. Their products are amazing: the crunch is top-notch and balanced, the fluff is evocative and the art is amazing, but such quality comes with a fair price that I simply cannot follow. Even then I have bought all the Far East adventure path plug-ins and not once have I been disappointed. Enough preamble, So what do we have here? As the na...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Hero Kids - Fantasy Adventure - Curse of the Shadow Walkers
by Neil M.
Publisher: Hero Forge Games
Date Added: 11/29/2016 17:06:13
Hero Kids - Fantasy Adventure - Curse of the Shadow Walkers Hero Kids is the first tabletop rpg for both my 6 year old daughter and I. Loving it so far and it is a great, easy to understand entry point for a hobby that I have always felt too overwhelmed to really try to get into. This is our second adventure in the Brecken Vale so far, and we both had a great time. When the werewolf turned at the end, she hit it a few times, but refused to deliver the final blow. Instead, on each turn, she tried to talk to it and remind it who it was. The first couple of times, I (to a bit of embarrassment) didn't catch on that I should be encouraging this, and had the wolf mindlessly keep attacking her hero. But she held to her game plan, and I eveuntually clued in and assigned an ability test to her action, which she passed, getting the wolf to take the wolfsbane on it's own. A bit of a cliche, but it played out very cool, and made me one heck of a proud dad. Thanks for this, and keep em coming....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
CC1 Calidar, Beyond the Skies
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Calidar Publishing
Date Added: 11/29/2016 14:08:11
CC1 Calidar, Beyond the Skies Bruce Heard, formerly of TSR and of Mystara and "Voyage of the Princess Ark" fame has been working on his new world Calidar for a little bit now. I reviewed the premier product, Calidar in Stranger Skies, a while back and I really loved it. I have used bits and pieces of this world in my own games now for a couple of years; building up to something a little bigger. The great thing about Calidar, and what Bruce is doing with it, is it can be added to any game world or campaign with only a little bit of fuss. OR you can go whole hog with it and have it as your game world. The newest book out, Calidar, Beyond the Skies, really helps with either plan. Ethics in Game Reviewing: I received a copy of hard bound book in exchange for a fair review. All links are affiliate sponsored links. Further disclosure: I was planning on reviewing this anyway, I just moved it up a little bit. Calidar, Beyond the Skies is part campaign book, part cultural reference and part guide to gods. T...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Best Friends, Protocol One-Sheet
by Patrick H.
Publisher: post world games
Date Added: 11/29/2016 10:55:54
Best Friends, Protocol One-Sheet This game: Creepy, quirky, fun. Protocol system: Pretty good! Feels a little bit like Final Girl, a little bit like the story components of Savage Worlds (i.e. without all that math). Quick & easy.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Tweaks
by Patrick H.
Publisher: Rarr! I'm A Monster Publishing
Date Added: 11/29/2016 10:54:10
Tweaks Competent & functional. Contains just enough setting, plus a few vague story prompts; enough to go on but you can do whatever you want with it. One flaw: Characters start with an amount of money between $111 and $444, which is *maybe* enough to buy one upgrade. So it's either street-level teenage shenanigans, or you'll want to make some allowances for starting equipment.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Orc Hospital, Protocol Game Series 55
by Patrick H.
Publisher: post world games
Date Added: 11/29/2016 10:51:48
Orc Hospital, Protocol Game Series 55 This game: Exactly as weird as you think it will be. A delight. Protocol system: Pretty good! Feels a little bit like Final Girl, a little bit like the story components of Savage Worlds (i.e. without all that math). Quick & easy.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Schoolgirl RPG
by Patrick H.
Publisher: Yaruki Zero Games
Date Added: 11/29/2016 10:49:43
Schoolgirl RPG Well, it does what it says on the tin, I'll give it that.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
HOT CHICKS: The Roleplaying Game
by Patrick H.
Publisher: Dakkar Unlimited
Date Added: 11/29/2016 10:47:22
HOT CHICKS: The Roleplaying Game I know what you're thinking! You're thinking, "This must be so bad it's good!" Nope. Sorry.

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Septimus
by Patrick H.
Publisher: West End Games
Date Added: 11/29/2016 10:44:56
Septimus Ugh. I tried. I really did. But after 90 pages of setting that's presented like you're supposed to already know the history, I couldn't take it anymore. Or maybe it's the fact that nearly every enumeration is sevenfold. Think I'm kidding? The Seventh Empire has existed for seven centuries and is divided into seven regions. After fighting a war on seven fronts, it's dying, so people are heading for this mysterious alien Dyson Sphere they've just found, which has seven planets orbiting within it and was colonized by a group of humans who promptly built seven cities. The name of the Dyson Sphere? *Septimus*. Also, if the Dyson Sphere is 1AU from its star, which is established very firmly, how are there seven habitable planets within the half-AU they have left to move? I don't normally insist on good science in a science fiction setting because it's fiction, but if you're going to give me all these measurements, don't expect me to overlook that they don't make sense....

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Doll
by Patrick H.
Publisher: Ginger Goat
Date Added: 11/29/2016 10:34:51
Doll Okay, I need to acquire a creepy doll to take to cons with me so I can get in as much of this game as possible. Trust me, you will get *way* more than $4 worth of fun from this game, as long as you're willing to obey rule #1: Play in public.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Exalted 3rd Edition Charm Cards (Set 2)
by Jürgen C.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 11/29/2016 10:10:43
Exalted 3rd Edition Charm Cards (Set 2) Although Charm Cards are a very good idea, the way these Charm Cards are done is kind of a missed opportunity. Currently I´m judging with having the pdf only, it may be not as drastic in the PoD version. The cards are simply the Charms copied onto cards in a small font. If the Charm is especially lengthy this text is abbreviated and followed by the sentence "See the full text of this Charm on page ...". Also the depicted Cards with the Ability name on it are at least not part of the pdf. There you have only a full page sized cover with "Charm Cards Set One". Additionally every last page of an ability has blank card spaces, so that a new ability does start at the top of a page. Don´t know how that gets sorted out in the PoD deck, but I imagine a lot of cutting scrap. Also I´d advise against printing them yourself, because the design is going right to the edge, so you´d have to be very precise in your cutting in order to have good looking cards. Please note also that these cards do ...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Exalted 3rd Edition Charm Cards (Set 3)
by Jürgen C.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 11/29/2016 10:10:28
Exalted 3rd Edition Charm Cards (Set 3) Although Charm Cards are a very good idea, the way these Charm Cards are done is kind of a missed opportunity. Currently I´m judging with having the pdf only, it may be not as drastic in the PoD version. The cards are simply the Charms copied onto cards in a small font. If the Charm is especially lengthy this text is abbreviated and followed by the sentence "See the full text of this Charm on page ...". Also the depicted Cards with the Ability name on it are at least not part of the pdf. There you have only a full page sized cover with "Charm Cards Set One". Additionally every last page of an ability has blank card spaces, so that a new ability does start at the top of a page. Don´t know how that gets sorted out in the PoD deck, but I imagine a lot of cutting scrap. Also I´d advise against printing them yourself, because the design is going right to the edge, so you´d have to be very precise in your cutting in order to have good looking cards. Please note also that these cards do ...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
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