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The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil (5th Edition Fantasy- OSR)
by Justin I.
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
Date Added: 05/27/2016 13:42:54
The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil (5th Edition Fantasy- OSR) Originally posted on my blog, Halls of the Nephilim (www.punverse.blogspot.com) The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil is a level 4-6 fantasy adventure by Kevin Watson. It is part one of the Hauntings of Hastur series. I own one of the print OSR/5E kickstarter copies as well as OSR/5E pdf and the Pathfinder pdf. Having to do with Hastur, the adventure obviously has a dark feel to it, but it's definitely not too dark or weird to be added to a standard D&D game. The adventure could be placed on the outskirts of any fantasy kingdom with little work. While I've not ran through it, I really like it. The author has included a great mix of well-balanced combat and non-combat encounters. While there are definitely times you have to fight, parley is important too. A majority of the foes faced by the party will be human. This surprised me considering Hastur's involvement, but given the plot, it does make sense. I hope to see more eldritch horrors in part two. The pdf's come with an...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
H3 Pyramid of Shadows (4e)
by Scott S.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 05/27/2016 12:58:34
H3 Pyramid of Shadows (4e) Great adventure with a lot of details focused on intense confrontations and combat. While there are opportunities for a DM to build in more role-playing into the scenarios provided, the basic story line is a more straight forward dungeon crawl. I am actually using this as a 5E D&D caimpaign using the full H-series for my son with 5 characters (including 4 NPCs I run for him), so I am doing a lot of work to prepare and run this so my experience will be different than a true adult D&D game. However, as I'm reading through the materials I could see this being a lot of fun for adults too!...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Ninth World Bestiary
by chris b.
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Date Added: 05/27/2016 12:40:12
The Ninth World Bestiary Monte cook games, numenera and this booklet itself is superb. Artwork makes every item breathe and live in your imagination. The ideas and craftsmanship excel . Worth ten times the price tag .

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Librarian Hybrid Class
by Robert L.
Publisher: Wayward Rogues Publishing
Date Added: 05/27/2016 11:15:52
Librarian Hybrid Class Really enjoy this class. Not only is the presentation very well done the writing is solid. The class seems very balanced and I kind of can't wait for one of my current PF characters to die so I can roll one up! Really, really like this class. I didn't give it full marks only because I ahven't had a chance to play it and it might have a hard time fitting into a party, but it has enough versatility to find an excellent support role.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Diversity Dungeons : Worldbuilding & Game Design in the Safe Space Age
by Stuart N.
Publisher: Postmortem Studios
Date Added: 05/27/2016 07:25:12
Diversity Dungeons : Worldbuilding & Game Design in the Safe Space Age **Pros:** A well laid out, thoughtful and interesting read, covering some particularly difficult areas to address with nuance when world-building. It discusses race, gender, sexuality and infirmity, in general terms and in more detail looking at fantasy, modern and the SF genres (while noting that these often provide ways of exploring real world themes through proxies). I liked the idea of social consequences related to these areas, and the recognition that these consequences could be overcome during the course of an ongoing campaign. **Cons:** Trying to make attributes conform to reality is, in my opinion, a wasted effort. And the discussion of how male and female stat blocks should differ was unhelpful. The later sections of the book, which reference some of the author's own experiences were less useful to me, but I can appreciate its use as a salutory lesson. **Overall: ** From a world-building point-of-view, I did find this book quite interesting, particula...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
V20 Dread Names, Red List
by Joseph P.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 05/27/2016 07:07:05
V20 Dread Names, Red List The two things that really stood out to me here where the writing, which seemed all over the place, unfocused, and to leave out a great deal of important information, and the general hodge-podge nature. Many of the subjects just didn't seem worthy of being on the "Top 10 Most Wanted", and there is a great deal of over-the-top munchkinism from the earliest books. Like with most V20 books, it goes out of it's way to ignore or undo some of the great things from Revised era, though this one has no issue imagining that their own version is better. I had issues trying to read through most of the NPCs, as they just seemed to jump around a lot and also often just seemed way too out there, not really grounded in being believable, even within a fantastical setting. A lot of words that say very little, but that's a trend I'm seeing a lot more as V20 continues. The material on the Alastors, campaign and story ideas, etc. . . is pretty good, and probably the best sections of the book, bu...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
V20 The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal’Mahe’Ra
by Joseph P.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 05/27/2016 06:46:43
V20 The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal’Mahe’Ra The writing in this book felt very stale, and it's another one of the V20 line that just didn't feel like Vampire the Masquerade to me, but rather like a combination of someone's personal campaign ideas and a semi generic supplement. I would say really only about 1/4 of the book is really about the Tal'Mahe'Ra, with pretty large portions essentially being Bloodline (Clan?) Book Baali, material on Lilith cults that really just don't seem to fit much, and then a large, but still no too fleshed out section on the other game lines in the Tal'Mahe'Ra. In the end it really comes off as a huge hodge-podge of material that doesn't really seem to fit together or mean to really even go together. It also goes out of its way to remove all of the great things from Revised, while at the same time making the reader even LESS clear on what the heck the Sect is or actually does, or why we should care. One of the big selling points for me early on was the idea about infiltration rules and ideas, whic...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
The Mists of Akuma - Tsukumogami
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Storm Bunny Studios
Date Added: 05/27/2016 04:49:10
The Mists of Akuma - Tsukumogami An Endzeitgeist.com review This second of the FREE preview-pdfs for Mike Myler & Storm Bunny Studios' cooperation clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page KS-summary, leaving us with 4 pages of content, though one of these is devoted to the nice maps of Soburin, the continent of Mists of Akuma. So, what do we get in these pages? The reply is simple: 4 of the eponymous tsukumogani monstrosities! What are tsukumogami? Well, in case you didn't know - on the 100th birthday of an item, there is a chance it may awaken to sentience - with sometimes, though not often, dire consequences. Hence rules for appeasing these creatures and some nice adventure hooks and the impact of these beings on the game-world are covered first. The monsters herein would be: -The akunomōfu (challenge 5) are soiled sheets of former soldiers, possessed by a malign intellect and capable of performing multiattacks and smothering victims, making good use of 5e's exhaust...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Cthulhu Boss Stats
by Lee E.
Publisher: 00Games
Date Added: 05/26/2016 20:41:04
Cthulhu Boss Stats Yet another amazingly well written offering by these guys. Definitely will be keeping my eye out for more to come

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
DDAL04-03 The Executioner (5e)
by James R.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 05/26/2016 20:19:52
DDAL04-03 The Executioner (5e) Basically unfinished, nigh unplayable, on rails to a degree almost never seen in any for sale adventure, with immense amounts of grammatical, spelling, and other typing errors, and a conculuted plot.

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Storyteller's Thesaurus
by Brian G.
Publisher: Troll Lord Games
Date Added: 05/26/2016 20:00:47
Storyteller's Thesaurus Sounded good, but left me scratching my head. I understand that unlike other thesauruses this is organized by categories. After reading how some of the entries would be familiar I was disappointed to discover how all too common many of the entries were. The use of an online dictionary/thesaurus can easily be more expansive than this limited 500+ page PDF is. Sorry, but I do not find this worth the price and it is definitely NOT the book you’ve been waiting for!

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Firefly Echoes of War: Thrillin' Heroics
by Tim B.
Publisher: Margaret Weis Productions
Date Added: 05/26/2016 13:16:17
Firefly Echoes of War: Thrillin' Heroics A neuronphaser.com review. Echoes of War – Thrillin’ Heroics is aimed at starters — and makes a couple missteps for it — but it couldn’t possibly have nailed the ‘Verse any better. It’s also surprisingly complete for an "introductory" product. **It has:** > The first round of Firefly RPG PDFs, which includes the entire Serenity Crew as well as the adventures (“Episodes”) Wedding Planners, Shooting Fish, Friends in Low Places, and Freedom Flyer. > A pretty complete overview of the rules plus 12 Crewmember Archetypes, so you could easily play your own character aside from the crew of Serenity and handle any situation that would come up in an RPG. > The “look and feel” of the ‘Verse in all its glory: the scenarios veer across the spectrum from being playful hijinks to serious life-and-death gunfights, much like the show. > The open-ended nature of the scenarios make it easy to tailor, and most offer more than enough open space to stop them from feeling like a railroad, but still...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
DSA5 - Offenbarung des Himmels (PDF) als Download kaufen
by Marco v. D.
Publisher: Ulisses Spiele
Date Added: 05/26/2016 12:28:52
DSA5 - Offenbarung des Himmels (PDF) als Download kaufen Auf den ersten Blick eine farbige und wertige Aufmachung, dazu eine Geschichte, die mit einem schönen Detektivabenteuer lockt ... oder doch nicht? Wo fange ich an? Ich spiele P&P Rollenspiele seit den frühen 80er Jahren, angefangen mit "MIDGARD" sowie einigen englischsprachigen Systemen und kurz bevor "Das Schwarze Auge" das Licht der Welt erblickt hat. Aber was macht Rollenspiel eigentlich aus? Für mich Kreativität, Spontaneität und Improvisation, mit denen ich eine Rolle spiele. Ich erzähle, erlebe, erfahre und erschaffe zusammen mit meinen Spielern ein interessantes und spannendes Abenteuer, das sich vor unseren Augen entwickelt! Selbstverständlich habe ich damals auch angefangen DSA zu spielen, aber dann ebenso bald wieder damit aufgehört. Neben den damals noch ziemlich problematischen Regeln waren aber die Abenteuer der eigentliche Hauptgrund dafür. Warum war das so? Alle Abenteuer von DSA hatten vor allem eines gemeinsam: Es waren absolut starre Gebilde, die wie auf Schi...

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Diversity Dungeons : Worldbuilding & Game Design in the Safe Space Age
by Shane B.
Publisher: Postmortem Studios
Date Added: 05/26/2016 12:03:46
Diversity Dungeons : Worldbuilding & Game Design in the Safe Space Age The author feigns conscientiousness in matters of race, gender, and the like, yet clearly has a divisive right-wing agenda. The content is not nearly as instructive as it pretends to be where it attempts to address inclusion and diversity. It reads more like a guidebook for racists and sexists on how to deal with uppity liberals in their gaming group.

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Into the Frozen Waste (3.0)
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 05/26/2016 07:50:55
Into the Frozen Waste (3.0) A trip into the frozen trackless wildernesses of the north are not to everyone's taste, but for those willing to brave the cold and other dangers, the rewards can be rich! The DM's background explains what is going on, and says that - as is often the case in this series - the adventure maps are modified versions of ones originally published in the Map-a-Week feature on the Wizards of the Coast website. They are reproduced here, as although links to the originals are provided, they're not there any more. Several hooks are provided to get the party involved. A druid called Agarathar, who likes exploring and mapping, is putting together a trading expedition and would welcome the company. Or maybe they've heard rumours about a sorcerer who lives on the roof of the world but who is helpful to those who seek him out. There are various ways of getting them into the right place. The adventure itself consists of five encounters and the exploration of the sorcerer's base, but everything st...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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