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DDIA05 Storm King's Thunder: A Great Upheaveal (5e)
by Randy A.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 08/18/2017 08:39:54
DDIA05 Storm King's Thunder: A Great Upheaveal (5e) Storm King's Thunder was an excellent season for Adventurer's League and A Great Upheaveal is an excellent introduction to that season. Fighting goblins, orcs, ogres, cultists, and meeting the first giant of the season are all great lead-ins. There is a good mix of RP and combat opportunities, as well as some good treasure and storyline hooks for later on in the season. The only down side, in my opinion, is this adventure doesn't include the stats for the most of the creatures you encounter, requiring you to have them accessible by some other means. That in itself doesn't preclude this from being a great adventure, however!...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Castle Falkenstein: The Ability Variations
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
Date Added: 08/18/2017 06:05:14
Castle Falkenstein: The Ability Variations An Endzeitgeist.com review This supplemental rules-pdf for Castle Falkenstein clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ ½ page of SRD, leaving us with 8.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look! So, after a brief framing narration by Tom Olam (which resurfaces in the respective sub-chapters), we begin with the first of several tweaks to the base engine of Castle Falkenstein – in this instance, we’re introduced to the Specialization variant: Instead of general Ability capabilities, the system allows you to take a Good or Great ability and trade it in for Specializations, a number equal to ½ the value of the traded ability, with Good being worth 3, Great being worth 4 specializations. Specializations can be applied to any Ability in which the character is Poor or Average – the specialization increases the Ability by one step for the purpose of performing Feats that relate to the Specialization in question. Thankfully, a massive table (greater than 1 page!) prov...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
A Friend in Need 5E
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Playground Adventures
Date Added: 08/18/2017 06:02:34
A Friend in Need 5E An Endzeitgeist.com review This module clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This review was moved forward on my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons. First of all, before I go into details: This module is intended for a younger audience - basically, this is intended to be a very kid-friendly module. To be more precise, for the age-range of about ~ 6 years. I ran the module in my playtest with a mixed group spanning the ages of 4 - 11 and the players that had most fun were those in the lower ages, so personally, I'd suggest this approximately for ages 4 - 8. The adventure does take into account the changed requirements of the target demographic - namely by calling out when a good time for a break would be, when to guide them by incorporating suggestions into your "What do you do?"-qu...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Husk: Wrath of the Swarm
by Neal H.
Publisher: Tricky Troll Games
Date Added: 08/17/2017 23:46:21
Husk: Wrath of the Swarm Husk is a great addition to Savage Worlds. It is exactly what it advertises: A brief description of the setting, character creation in the setting, an adventure generator, NPCs and monsters. There's no fluff or fiction to get in the way, just the muscle and bones of the sandbox game world for a GM and players to put the skin on as they please. While just the core rules are required, having the Horror or Science Fiction books would be helpful. Although Husk is intended to be only 23 pages, I'd love to see more material for this setting in the future. I hope that this will be just the first entry in a series of short setting books in the same style....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Monarchies of Mau Early Access
by Customer Name Withheld
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 08/17/2017 23:22:43
Monarchies of Mau Early Access I really love what they have done with the 5th ed rules. it seems they trimmed all the outdated stuff that somehow stayed in D&D, and added in some great story friendly rules ( like drop the useless alighnments, and replace it with personality traits, which you actually get rewarded for roleplayimg them). The magic system makes so much more sense with how they use spell sots (it is pretty much magic points by another name). They use a reward system similar to insparation, but has more uses. There are several othere streamline rules that makes the game a better version of 5th ed (IMHO). just like Pugmire, I am very fasinated with the post-appocolypic fantasy setting, where animals have evolved after mankind had vanished. it does not have pre-gens (character creation is really easy tho) or an adventure, but for $2 this game is a total steal! ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Cosmic Odyssey: Service Bots and Synthetic Companions
by James E.
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
Date Added: 08/17/2017 23:19:54
Cosmic Odyssey: Service Bots and Synthetic Companions *Disclaimer:* I received a free copy of this product for the purpose of this review. This is a 62-page, full-color product - and as the name implies, it's all about Service Bots and their place in a science fantasy games. Service Bots are notably distinct from androids, another rather artificial race, in that they're less independent and generally more available to those with the ability to buy them. In other words, if your character wants a robot butler or sparring companion (or even love interest), you're probably in the right place. The book opens with a discussion on the role and history of Service Bots, Artificial Intelligence vs Autonomous Intelligence, and so on. There are also some guidelines on how they should generally behave, including that they are not autonomous and generally need direction from others to function properly. Among other things, this helps stop SBs from infringing on character classes who specialize in creating artificial companions, and these are limi...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Cosmic Odyssey: Pirates of the Starstream
by James E.
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
Date Added: 08/17/2017 22:50:33
Cosmic Odyssey: Pirates of the Starstream *Disclaimer:* I received a free copy of this product for the purpose of this review. This is a 52-page, full-color product - and as the cover notes, it's one of the first Starfinder-compatible releases! Let's get right into the meat of this, shall we? Pirates of the Starstream is broken into five major sections. The first section is largely historical, with some history on pirates and a sample pirate code that characters may wish to follow. This is only two pages, and serves mainly as an introduction to the rest of the book. The next section is focused on player options, starting with two new themes. The Brute (+Str) is good at treating deadly wounds, using improvised or nonproficient weapons, and staying conscious after they've taken damage, while the Rogue (+Cha) is good at changing attitudes, using skills they haven't trained in, and finding friends. Following this are three new archetypes - which, remember, can be taken by pretty much any character. (Of course, some cha...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Battle For The Purple Islands
by Eric F.
Publisher: Kort'thalis Publishing
Date Added: 08/17/2017 20:22:40
Battle For The Purple Islands I have a very strong connections with The Islands of Purple Haunted Putrescence, its a very flexible & dangerous adventure location/setting from the warped mind of Venger Satanis. A gonzo science fantasy setting with liberal doses of 'R' rated sex, gore, & lots of mayhem. All of which collide with the concepts from H.P. Lovecraft's circle of Cthulhu mythos writers. But what are the islands themselves & the brand new factions, horrors, & the adventure kit? Wait what?! Didn't you know that the new Heavy Metal style magazine aesthetic adventure & expansion book The Battle For The Purple Islands has hit the shelves of Drivethrurpg "What are they? A forbidden sanctuary of weirdness in the middle of the ocean. Three large islands next to each other with dark purple sand, unbelievable creatures, and treasures untold. It’s a gonzo science fantasy paradise! You see, much of the dark forces reigning supreme over the purple islands were vanquished by adventuring heroes. They came, they...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Fate Adversary Toolkit
by Michael H.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 08/17/2017 19:27:18
Fate Adversary Toolkit Just hopped into the Fate Adversary Toolkit. A great smorgasbord of encounters and challenges which also fleshes out adversary oriented rules in a useful way. It displays Fate Fractal powerfully – everything can be a “character,” framing a powerfully useful reference work. It works well. Clock ticking down? This book gives you enough material to get things moving quickly – Fate newbies or anyone who really just doesn’t have time to work up a scenario now has a powderkeg of useful stuff at hand. Spice up your usage of Zones instead of just tossing them arbitrarily to the side (guess I’m the only one that’s ever done that, right?). Put your thugs, mooks, normals, and NPC-lite snacks to work for you a little more effectively. This book’s a great mentor. Keep the product at this caliber or higher and you’ve got a great line of materials which can make Faters pretty happy. I certainly am....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
108 Terrible Character Portraits
by Se t.
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
Date Added: 08/17/2017 18:20:29
108 Terrible Character Portraits This is a great collection of art for use in RPG-related documents. They're simple, so they don't impact the ability to print, and they add spice to something that otherwise would be blocks and blocks of text. The name of the product is very unfortunate. These are not terrible portraits (I know, it says that in the product description). These are GOOD portraits by 'A Terrible Idea'. A valuable resource.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Pirates of Drinax: Ship Encounters
by Fred W R.
Publisher: Mongoose
Date Added: 08/17/2017 11:23:08
Pirates of Drinax: Ship Encounters Overall, a useful resource. Still pricey for 31 pages, as Mongoose's latest offerings have been, which is why I can only award 4 stars. But this collection of ships, cargo, weapons, and backstory can be useful for any Traveller campaign, not just the Pirates of Drinax, so I do recommend picking it up.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Writing With Style: An Editor's Advice for RPG Writers
by Arto S.
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
Date Added: 08/17/2017 06:36:06
Writing With Style: An Editor's Advice for RPG Writers Excellent guide and while (or especially as) I'm not native in English I can benefit from this a whole lot in my own writing.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Places of Power: Raveneye Sanatorium
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
Date Added: 08/17/2017 04:05:44
Places of Power: Raveneye Sanatorium An Endzeitgeist.com review This installment of the Places of Power-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let's take a look! So, we all have presumably played an adventure in a Sanatorium, right? At least those of us who enjoy dark fantasy and roleplaying games will know the tropes at this point. There's a reason for that, and it is mainly due to reality and how we see sanatoriums and the treatment methods employed there - while, from our modern perspective, e.g. lobotomies may look barbaric, not so long ago, they were considered to be a fantastic, extremely humane form of treatment. The advances in medicine have colored our view of these facilities and that bleeds, of course, into the games we play. This modern notion of medicine has influenced and shaped the respective representations of sanatoriums in the fantasy games we play - which btw. is clos...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Places of Power: Raveneye Sanatorium (SNE)
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
Date Added: 08/17/2017 04:04:01
Places of Power: Raveneye Sanatorium (SNE) An Endzeitgeist.com review This installment of the Places of Power-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let's take a look! So, we all have presumably played an adventure in a Sanatorium, right? At least those of us who enjoy dark fantasy and roleplaying games will know the tropes at this point. There's a reason for that, and it is mainly due to reality and how we see sanatoriums and the treatment methods employed there - while, from our modern perspective, e.g. lobotomies may look barbaric, not so long ago, they were considered to be a fantastic, extremely humane form of treatment. The advances in medicine have colored our view of these facilities and that bleeds, of course, into the games we play. This modern notion of medicine has influenced and shaped the respective representations of sanatoriums in the fantasy games we play - which btw. is clos...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Places of Power: Raveneye Sanatorium (5e)
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
Date Added: 08/17/2017 04:02:14
Places of Power: Raveneye Sanatorium (5e) An Endzeitgeist.com review This installment of the Places of Power-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let's take a look! So, we all have presumably played an adventure in a Sanatorium, right? At least those of us who enjoy dark fantasy and roleplaying games will know the tropes at this point. There's a reason for that, and it is mainly due to reality and how we see sanatoriums and the treatment methods employed there - while, from our modern perspective, e.g. lobotomies may look barbaric, not so long ago, they were considered to be a fantastic, extremely humane form of treatment. The advances in medicine have colored our view of these facilities and that bleeds, of course, into the games we play. This modern notion of medicine has influenced and shaped the respective representations of sanatoriums in the fantasy games we play - which btw. is clos...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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