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Winter's Daughter (Old-School Essentials Version)
Publisher: Necrotic Gnome
by Idle D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/21/2020 17:03:20

This is an excellent module with a strong eerie fairytale theme and narrative background while still being very varied in the manner of encounters, challenges and obstacles it offers players, and still avoids railroading a party into approaching the dungeon 'the right way'. I've run this module a number of times with different groups of players, some experienced OSR players, some complete newcomers to RPGs, some only having played 5e, and each group has tackled the module in a different way with a different outcome.

Presentation This is one of the best laid-out modules I've read - it is very GM-friendly. Lore is brief but sufficiently presented in bullet points, and room descriptions are clear, terse and very good at prodding the GM's imagination into gear. It's very straightforward to run with minimal prep.

Playstyle This is one of my go-to modules for one shots, especially with groups unfamiliar with the OSR playstyle - it provides a bit of narrative guidance for those less used to completely open sandbox gaming, but acts as a good introduction to many old-school motifs. It's probably more forgiving than many old-school dungeons, but groups going in guns blazing won't get far. There are a good selection of encounters which encourage (and some require) a non-combat mindset.

It has some nice plot hooks beginning - each one handy for different groups, depending on where they might sit on the hero / mercenary spectrum.

Length For all that it has several maps, it's also quite a short module - I've seen it take between 2.5 and 4 hours, depending on the group.



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Inspiration Pad Pro 3.0
Publisher: NBOS Software
by Idle D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/20/2019 12:50:13

An excellent application for generating results from all those random tables you've got lurking away, scavenged from blogs or made yourself. It's easy to set up a document for a table and then copy & paste data across one entry per line.

At its most basic, that's all you need to do, but what makes this application especially handy is how you can nest tables within tables, so with one click you can generate a whole NPC backstory drawing from multiple different sources and further tables depending on the result.

As an example, I have been able to put together a generator for The Stygian Library (https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/257113/The-Stygian-Library) whereby I can use a dropdown menu to select how deep in the library the party are, and it immediately generates a room, a special room detail and encounter. It includes monster stats, and if any treasures are found it will generate them too.

Basic HTML syntax allows you to make things pretty / more visually accessible, but it's all optional.

It's as complicated or as simple as you want to make it. I carry it around with my on a USB.



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D&D 5e Rules On A Page
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Idle D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/24/2018 16:38:07

This is a very handy print-out for both GM & Player, new ones in particular but not exclusively - I know many of us like our apps and web pages, but sometimes it's just easier and quicker to glance down at a physical sheet, particularly if you like annotating with a four-way bic pen.

You won't learn the game from this page, but it's invaluable as a refresher.



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