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The Runewild Campaign Setting
Publisher: Sneak Attack Press
by Howard J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/10/2021 20:07:37

This is one of the richest and most evocative adventure products I’ve ever purchased, overflowing with plot hooks and inventiveness and atmosphere. It's probably the best hexcrawl product I've yet read (and I've read some very good ones).

It perfectly evokes a dark faerie tale feel (but not GRIMdark). Nearly every hex, far more than a hundred of them, has something interesting going on, complete with mysteries, secrets, fascinating characters with competing agendas, etc. A variety of random tables and encounters supplement the text, and there's a bestiary of unique creatures and specific denizens, as well as treasures specific to the Runewild.

It is rich with story potential, practically begging to be played. I had originally thought I would simply mine it for ideas with my long term, ongoing wilderness campaign, but it is so excellent as a complete product I may simply save it and keep it to run mostly as envisioned, which is high praise. I have been game mastering fairly steadily since 1978 or so and it has been decades since I've run something mostly as envisioned -- even really clever writers don't get a tone quite right or make things too challenging, not challenging enough, or make it all aobut combat challenges and not enough about role-playing.

I am incredibly impressed and will be first in line to pick up anything else written by William Fischer.



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The Northern Tier
Publisher: Rosethrone Publishing
by Howard J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/05/2019 13:38:33

Any other company would be charging at least $20 for such excellent content. It evokes sense of wonder without being "gonzo," conjuring a sense of myth and a sort of "Fey wilderness/woodland" setting with interesting situations and encounters, mini-sceearios, fascinating characters and ambience.

A lot of RPG products offer encounters and settings, but all too often they feel like they're from a generic fantasy land. This product drips with atmosphere; the author doesn't just develop generic situations -- he is immensely creative and gifted at creating places that burst with story potential.

I was so pleased that I purchased all the available Rosethrone products and will be keeping an eye out for anything else from the same company.



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Thank you so much for the review! I'm glad that our setting and adventures are useful. We're slowly adding to the catalog.
Red Tide: Campaign Sourcebook and Sandbox Toolkit
Publisher: Sine Nomine Publishing
by Howard J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/30/2015 10:13:29

I have a difficult time understanding why anyone would rate this lower than 4 stars, or, honestly, 5.

  1. The layout and art are professional and evocative.
  2. The writing is top-notch. When describing mechanics, it's crystal clear. When it's describing the setting, it skillfully conjures a strange new world.
  3. The sandbox construction mechanics are amazing and among the very best available. It's possible to buy this product for that purpose alone, because of their utility for any fantasy role-playing game… 4…. but the setting is top-notch as well, supplying a good reason for western and eastern hero archetypes to journey together. There are plenty of foes large and small, some intended for one-shot scenarios, and some for the long term campaign, including some great mysteries. It just begs to be played.

Kevin Crawford's work sets a very high bar. Highly, highly recommended.



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