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E-Z DUNGEONS: Hilltop Ruins
Publisher: Fat Dragon Games
by Michael T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/06/2009 08:30:03

Another over-blown offering from Fat Dragon.

Others have already commented on most of this product's short-comings, but here's what I endured...

I suppose for 3 bucks you can't expect much, but even making a simple, bare hill, without any ruins, was a ridiculous effort, AND virtual failure.

As others have said, it takes about 2 hours, but this was way too long for a blank-topped bump on the battlefield, and that is indeed all this produces. A tiny hump of grassy dirt, not the top of anything approaching even the smallest hill. By scale, it would suffice for a children's backyard game of king of the "hill". The tactical necessity of a 5' high gentle rise is minimal in most of my figure battles.

Yet, that might be all right, if only it wasn't a piece of crap. The convoluted side-strips are too long to manageably affix well; there are no instructions & no decent way to attach the base; and, after all that snipping, gluing, & time, the top of the thing isn't even level.

Yet, worst of all, the ill-designed sides result in multiple points where the white cardstock shows through.

If I wanted an irregular bump that I had to color-in myself, I could do that without paying Fat Dragon.



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Grain Into Gold
Publisher: Board Enterprises
by Michael T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/06/2009 10:24:53

A very good concept, which, regretably, didn't quite get where it was going.

The authors point out that they didn't want this to be a dry, true economics textbook...unfortunately, when they started piling assumption on assumption, after the first chapter I felt myself longing for something with more true data & less guesswork.

It IS a considerable work, and has MUCH good information. I'm sure it lends itself to a far more believable set of economic relationships than one could get from picking apart the equipment list of any game.

In the end, I just had trouble trusting the numbers they came up with. But, if you're willing to replace your game's price lists, I'm sure it will be more than up to the task of keeping the players from trashing your economy...or at least justifying the trashing the players do to it.



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The Bestiary: Predators
Publisher: Betabunny Publishing
by Michael T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/18/2008 06:36:22

Delightful & informative (and I'm something of a zoologist already). Seemingly well-researched. Additionally, the stats given keep in line with the official SRD material. This is the sort of real-world-animals-in-game-terms data that should be mandatory for any rpg. I lament that this publisher has not done a similar treatment of prey species.



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Minor Magicks
Publisher: Silverthorne Games
by Michael T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/16/2007 00:00:00

An assortment of unexceptional magical effects found in many other products. A number of specific spells with the same strength as Prestidigitation but lacking its versatility.

The product claims to include many spells useful in a fantasy world's daily life, yet it misses out on most kinds of spells useful to a medieval lifestyle (no farming charms, no tool-strengthening charms, few craft-specific charms). Most spells look like bland replacements for modern concepts.

Not a bad product. Just dull. Certainly nothing millions of DM's haven't already written for themselves.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: The emphasis on low-level magical effects.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: The bland flavorlessness of the offerings.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Disappointing<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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Edventure Maps: Tavern in the Woods
Publisher: SkeletonKey Games
by Michael T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/17/2007 00:00:00

A pleasant little tavern, fun to use if you don't think about it too much.

Like all e-Adventure products, very pretty.

Nicely inexpensive.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Quaint. At least this one has some benches, but still too many chairs for a medieval setting.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: No set-aside area for the staff, just a corner with the kegs. No storage area. I wouldn't want to be proprietor of this tavern.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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APG City Tiles
Publisher: Alea Publishing Group
by Michael T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/17/2007 00:00:00

Quite a few crowded, prosperous, late Middle Ages buildings. Very uniform in appearance. Not a bad product...just not at all satisfying. At least it wasn't expensive.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: One home has a garden plot, though it's way too tiny.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Large rooms overcrowded with furniture, including haphazard beds everywhere. Yet somehow, the concept of sitting on a bench seems alien to the inhabitants. Even the poorest of houses suggests a fairly prosperous inhabitant.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Disappointed<br>



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