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Gothnog's Notorious Potions & Poisons - Fifth Edition
by Jim L.
Publisher: Critical Hit Publishing
Date Added: 05/27/2015 12:30:51
Gothnog's Notorious Potions & Poisons - Fifth Edition I am running a 5E campaign that is heavy on Quests (Resource Gathering), Herbalism, and Alchemy, and found this resource extremely helpful. The layout and text is easy to read, colorful, and natural. I found the backgrounds, feats, histories, and spells, well-targeted as well. I do wish this resource had the following, only so I don't have to create them (wish list, not negatives to resource as-is): 1 - Summary table(s) of Main Ingredients/Components for Potions Non-Magical & Potions Magical. 2 - Detailed Lesser/Common Ingredients: fats, waxes, flavorings, etc with costs. 3 - Detailed Gear/Equipment for Ingredient Gatherers, Herbalists, and Alchemists to purchase. Alchemist Supplies & Herbalism Kit are too generic. 4 - Roll tables for Gathering Ingredients: perhaps by biome, region, climate, time-of-year maturity. 5 - Magical Items that are directly associated to Potions & Poisons (Recipe Scrolls, Herbal Lore Books, Alchemical Equipment, Poisoning Paraphernalia). The...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dark Heresy Second Edition: Enemies Within
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Date Added: 05/27/2015 12:05:48
Dark Heresy Second Edition: Enemies Within So, Acolyte, where do you look for heretics? Do you find them clearly on view, participating in foul rituals as part of organised cults that anyone may join? Or do you sometimes look closer to home...? Many cults start off benign and drift - often without intent, unwittingly even - astray. There's no knowing where you will find heresy and mutants, especially within the ancient worlds of the Askellon Sector. This book delves deep into this often hidden menace with particular reference to the Askellon Sector in three chapters. The first looks at the history of the Ordo Hereticus, the second provides new options and rules information and the final chapter explores the worlds of the Askellon Sector and the cults lurking thereon. Chapter 1: Hereticus details the origins, history and operations of the Inquisitors of the Ordo Hereticus, also known as Witch-Hunters, whose purpose is to protect mankind from the threat of betrayal from within. They seek out corruption and burn it, often fa...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
CypherCaster Magazine - Issue 001 (May 2015)
by Megan P.
Publisher: CypherCast Network
Date Added: 05/27/2015 10:37:30
CypherCaster Magazine - Issue 001 (May 2015) I reviewed this product on my website (http://www.theredactedfiles.com/?p=1192), if you want my thoughts on the different sections within the Fanzine. I think this is a great product with a lot of useful ideas for me to integrate into new campaigns. I really like the news and updates it includes for MCG products, and I hope they can get some exclusive information as the magazine grows. I am very happy with this purchase, and can't wait for the next issue.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Hyperspace Messenger 02 - Robots
by Russell D.
Publisher: DwD Studios
Date Added: 05/27/2015 10:33:42
Hyperspace Messenger 02 - Robots This product is definitely beefier than Issue 1. This isn't a supplement geared towards PC Robots -- it's given those are a cut above the rest of the machines kicking around the universe. Instead, we're given a solid collection of generic robots for you to grab at a moment's notice. The artwork is charming but not distracting; the layout is clean and sharp. We're presented with 10 new scanner options for robots, and 9 robot archetypes with full NPC blocks ready for use. Each write up also lists protocols for robot behavior. In a sense, this pretty much a miniature "monster manual" specifically for robots. Definitely $1 worthy....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Hyperspace Messenger 01 - Stunners
by Russell D.
Publisher: DwD Studios
Date Added: 05/27/2015 10:24:17
Hyperspace Messenger 01 - Stunners Short, sweet, to the point. It's a handy rules add-on -- honestly I may even adopt it in my other OSR games. I've always juggled "subdued" hit point damage (how much of that was bashing? How much of that was lethal?) so this is a nice streamlined option. This easily could have been a blog-posted homebrew somewhere -- but the buck you spend delivers it in a nicely edited, laid-out PDF with some pleasing graphics that'll look sharp either printed out or on a mobile device.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Shattered Gates of Slaughtergarde (3.5)
by Jason K.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 05/27/2015 10:16:13
The Shattered Gates of Slaughtergarde (3.5) This is a great adventure to start a new campaign with. Plenty to do get everyone started and easy to branch off to keep things going. The only thing that I would like to see done differently is actually just from a technical aspect. It would be nice if it were broken down into separate pdf's and then zipped together. It would be easier to use that way.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Strange Fruit - A Fifth Edition Adventure
by Michael Z.
Publisher: Critical Hit Publishing
Date Added: 05/27/2015 09:53:47
Strange Fruit - A Fifth Edition Adventure This was a pretty well put together module. It fit easily into my existing campaign world with a few minor tweaks. The base adventure was a little too easy (my group took this on as a party of 4 lvl 4s) so I punched up combat by adding in some of my own encounters(ogre cave along the river) and buffing some of the monsters per other reviewers suggestions(ie Giant Frog became Giant Toad etc). What it lacked in combat difficulty it more than made up for in detailed NPCs, Maps, & backdrop/flavor text. The PCs were in a rush to pick up the main quest and move along but I plan on reusing the NPCs they didn't interact with and using Lortan as a Hub for other quests down the line elsewhere when the player needs a break from the "main campaign" plot. Possibly to expand upon the origins of the magic dagger awarded to the players at the end of this module. Overall quite happy with this purchase and would buy future content packs....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Worlds in Peril
by David H.
Publisher: Magicians
Date Added: 05/27/2015 07:25:54
Worlds in Peril I own several supers games and I am happy to add this one to that list. The art is well done and reminds me of several comics from the seventies and eighties. Apocalypse Engine Games are becoming more common and this is definitely an excellent adaptation and iteration of that system. The incorporation of the Bonds mechanic adds a lot to this game and emulates social conflict in the comics genre quite well. Using bonds as in game currency integrates the "Choices have Consequences" and "With great power..." concepts seamlessly. The Basic Playbooks, Special Playbooks, and Villian/Threat creation section seem to cover a very wide range of character and setting elements. I look forward to a more in depth reading of this one, and using it to build nasty, nasty villains to threaten the very world.. You get the idea....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Borrowed Time
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 05/27/2015 06:29:59
Shadowrun: Borrowed Time Originally posted at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2015/05/25/book-review-shadowrun-b-
orrowed-time/ Unlike a lot of tabletop games, Shadowrun has had a ton of fantastic fiction released for it. Whether you’re talking the original Robert N. Charrette trilogy, Tom Dowd’s Burning Bright, or many of the other books that came out of the FASA/TOR deal back in the early days of the game, you were usually guaranteed a good read. That hasn’t always been the case the past few years. The short pieces of fiction are almost always great. Pieces like Neat, Another Rainy Night, Sail Away, Sweet Sister, and The Vladivostok Gauntlet have all been top notch. The latest batch of novels however… let’s say they haven’t been as good as those released in the past. Hell on Water and Fire & Frost were not things I could recommend to anyone, for example. I’ve been afraid to pick up Crimson because I didn’t want to be hit with a third bad Shadowrun novel in a row. I skipped Dark Resonance for this reason as well ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
C04: The Play's the Thing
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: AAW Games
Date Added: 05/27/2015 05:51:01
C04: The Play's the Thing An Endzeitgeist.com review of teh revised edition This revised edition of the module is 50 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 45 pages of content, so let's check this out! This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion. All right, still here? Good! Naytella is a goddess of relaxed, pleasure-driven life and one of her adherents, a man named Teatteri is finally settling down, has managed to ingratiate himself within the town of Bankside. Unbeknownst to most, their secret allegiance to the goddess made them clash with conservative authorities before and in order to secure permission to create the theatre, they have allied themselves with doppelgangers seeking the goddesses capability to provide joy and revelry. Said shapeshifters have since replaced parts of the council and flyers that are charmed do their part...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Critical Hits
by Tim B.
Publisher: Critical Hit Publishing
Date Added: 05/27/2015 04:24:03
Critical Hits Downloaded this to remind my players how brutal adventuring can be! Great cover art drew me in to check it out and I loo forward to using this at my next 5e session. the d100 reminds me a little of the old Rolemaster/MERP crit charts in a way, like a nice trip down memory lane.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Seclusium of Orphone of the Three Visions
by Aaron Z.
Publisher: Lamentations of the Flame Princess
Date Added: 05/27/2015 00:07:55
The Seclusium of Orphone of the Three Visions The core issue I have with this product is that it's a supplement for Dungeon World paid for by Lamentations of the Flame Princess fans, who in good faith put money in the hands of the author to write a LotFP supplement. He didn't. It has extremely limited use to those of us who play LotFP, and because even now it's marketed to the wrong audience continues to be bought by those who can't use it or get very limited use out of it as merely an absurdly-specific idea mine, instead of a proper supplement for the roleplaying game it pretends to be a supplement for. Purchase if you enjoy the author's works, play Dungeon World, and are interested in the subject matter. Avoid if you are looking for a LotFP supplement on the subject matter....

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Barrowmaze Complete
by Greg W.
Publisher: Greg Gillespie
Date Added: 05/26/2015 21:50:38
Barrowmaze Complete *Introduction* [This review is spoiler-free, as regards story, monsters, and NPCs. However, a few villages will be generically described, and the number of dungeon locations will be given.] I ordered Barrowmaze Complete on 5/16/2015 and received it via USPS ten days later. The binding is of the highest quality, apparently the same binding that existed for the Kickstarter copies. Some images of the product are at the following links (or just search for “Barrowmaze Complete” on Google images): http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?-
f=48&t=69622 http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.ph-
p?f=11&t=58367&start=30#p1588647 The above images match my product exactly. *Gazetteer* The Gazetteer for the surrounding towns and settlements, new to this ‘Complete’ product, is excellent. The geography includes 3 settlements, 3 rivers, 3 forests, a very large swamp, and a mountain range, all indicated via text description and hex map. The three settlements are Bogtown (villa...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
GM's Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing
by Aaron T.
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
Date Added: 05/26/2015 21:12:58
GM's Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing Disclosure: I was given a pdf copy of this book in order to write a review. However, I strive to be dispassionate in my reviews of all products. GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing is a compilation of multiple GM-aid products that Raging Swam Press has released in the past. These products center around an outdoors theme. Please note that this product is most useful to a GM designing her own campaign, or dressing up parts of a published campaign. Players will find little of use here. Although this book is sold as Pathfinder RPG compatible, the majority of it is system free and could be used in any role playing game. What is in this book? The book is 159 pages long. 8 pages are taken up with the covers, OGL, an advertisement, information about the authors and the title page. The entire book is black and white in two columns. This makes the book easy on your printer. There is occasional artwork throughout the book. All the art is black and white either line drawings or woodc...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ponyfinder - Campaign Setting
by Skjalg K.
Publisher: Silver Games LLC
Date Added: 05/26/2015 20:15:06
Ponyfinder - Campaign Setting I bought this book expecting nothing much. I'm not a brony, or even particularly fond of the MLP tv-show. I thought I'd maybe find some small piece of material that I liked, and could use for something else. Instead, what I found was an exellent campaign setting lovingly crafted by talented people. Ponyfinder is good. Its surprisingly good. The world is alive and exciting, the rules are solid and mostly well balanced, and the whole book oozes style and wonder. This is a campaign setting unlike any other, and is quickly becoming one of my favourite 3rd party lines for the Pathfinder roleplaying game. If you are not a part of the My Little Pony fandom, don't be put off by the looks of this book. There is real depth and maturity to this setting. It's not a book for children (though children would no doubt love it), but for all fantasy fans who like wonder and magic in their roleplaying games. The world of Everglow is a magical place, and contains a certain childlike wonder seen thr...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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