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Barbaric!
by Eric F.
Publisher: Stellagama Publishing
Date Added: 02/28/2021 01:08:07
Barbaric! "The fierce, proud, and relentless commander of warriors, standing tall above her enemies and simmering with rage, Jirel bids farewell to the world of treacherous men and walks through a forbidden door into Hell itself in pursuit of freedom, justice, and revenge." So last night it was a night with an old friend, that friend happened to be C.L. Moore's Jirel of Joiry in paperback. She was created in '34 by C.L.Moore as a reaction to the Sword & Sorcery tales of the Pulp magazine era. Reading through the stacks of Amazon book reviews is like reading through a laundry list of a comic book or Pulp letters column. The Amazon break down from one of their reviewers hits the high marks; "C. L. Moore created Jirel, ruler of Joiry, in reaction to the beefy total-testosterone blood-and-thunder tales of '30s pulp magazines, but Jirel is no anti-Conan. She's a good Catholic girl, stubbornly purposeful, relentless in pursuit of enemies or vengeance, hard-boi...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Book of Random Tables 4
by Michael F.
Publisher: dicegeeks.com
Date Added: 02/28/2021 01:02:31
The Book of Random Tables 4 I love the first three of these books, but this one is just not as good. The names are good as always, the encounters are not bad, but the rest tend to be of little general use. I don't see much need to roll up a fictional spice or a random note in a bottle. The magical and cursed items, as well as the bounties, would require significantly more development, making them better as ideas than as random tables. The song titles are just silly. There are a few gems (NPC physical descriptions in particular make a great random table), but overall this book is merely okay....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
The Book of Random Tables 3
by Michael F.
Publisher: dicegeeks.com
Date Added: 02/28/2021 00:53:57
The Book of Random Tables 3 This book, while good, is not as good as the first two. The items and encounters tables are good, and the "Dungeon Health Side Effects" table is something I did not realize I needed until I had it. On the other hand, the food and drink tables highlight a significant weakness of all of the tables: everything is a 1 in 100 chance. There is no accounting for more and less common results. A banana or a strawberry is just as likely a fruit as a rambutan or something called a junglesop. There are a lot of very obscure things on some of these tables, and the common ones are not any more common. This reduces their value as random tables, though they still offer a lot of ideas. Overall, though, this book is still worth having....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Book of Random Tables 2
by Michael F.
Publisher: dicegeeks.com
Date Added: 02/28/2021 00:47:54
The Book of Random Tables 2 Not as good as the first one, but there is still plenty here to make it worthwhile. The "Insults" table just didn't resonate with me, and the "NPC Reaction to Failed Pickpocket Attempt" table gives about 1 in 5 pickpocket marks magical powers and makes another 2 in 5 openly violent, with lots of frankly silly responses. On the other hand, the dungeon rooms, market stalls, and various items were quite good, not to mention the ever-useful town names. The reasons for a PC absence, while not necessarily useful, are very funny. I'm fine with two weak tables out of twenty-five....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Book of Random Tables
by Michael F.
Publisher: dicegeeks.com
Date Added: 02/28/2021 00:39:59
The Book of Random Tables An excellent collection for adding bits of flavor to an adventure. Not every entry on every table is great, but the vast majority are quite good. The book titles are probably my favorite, but nothing is quite as helpful as a long list of names for those minor NPCs that show up rather unexpectedly just because the players have questions.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Heroic Maps - The Dark Sword
by Andrew C.
Publisher: Heroic Maps
Date Added: 02/27/2021 23:56:24
Heroic Maps - The Dark Sword Nice map I really think the colour scheme works well and I am looking forward to dropiing this into my Descen into Avenus rift game. I am looking forward to making the lava move using one of hte fantasy grounds effects

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Find the Lost Expedition - Level 5 Adventure
by Chandler B.
Publisher: Midnight Tower
Date Added: 02/27/2021 23:13:55
Find the Lost Expedition - Level 5 Adventure The good: -Combat encounters were fun to play. -environment descriptions were solid. The not so good: -There seemed like very little room for the roleplayer as my players sat around as I talked at them. -Questionable skill checks. maybe they had somethin to do with the evolving story, but some were very pointless for the current story given. -The last encounter with the spider, although fun, seemed out of place and didn't make sense. why does the strongest enemy that is encountered that's meant to keep people out stopping us as we leave. If it's meant to guard the drow why not have it accompany them or have some indication of webs around the mine? -NPC's are boring. I get the setting and they're a tad stoic, but there's no life. ...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Village Pub Paper Model
by Ken R.
Publisher: Dave Graffam Models
Date Added: 02/27/2021 22:52:48
Village Pub Paper Model Another fun model to build as much as it is viewing it once complete. As always I build these mounted on foam core which adds some complexity to the build. The overhang on this model created a challenge with this approach but is easily overcome with some thought. This will look amazing on the table!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Spectacular Settings #2: King Crab Brewhouse
by Andrew H.
Publisher: Headless Hydra Press
Date Added: 02/27/2021 22:25:12
Spectacular Settings #2: King Crab Brewhouse The location of the title is a crumbled, weatherworn island castle that has been turned into a brewhouse and tavern. As it falls far enough offshore to escape the King’s justice, the King Crab is a haven for sailors, smugglers, adventurers, pirates, and other sundry ne’er-do-wells. The thing that immediately jumps out is the beautiful map, a calling card of all Headless Hydra releases. King Crab’s owner, Cuthbeart ‘Cutter’ MacAimish, the bald figure of the fantasic cover, is no mere brewer; he’s also a self-taught potion-maker who sells his concoctions to the tavern’s patrons. He’s an interesting individual. It would have been easy to simply make him a salty seadog or a seedy character, but instead MacAimish is a learned individual and a serial entrepreneur for whom the brewhouse represents just the latest in a string of ventures. He has the making of great recurring character due to his varied contacts. Half a dozen of MacAimish’s potions and brews are described here, including Toni...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Barbaric!
by Bob V. G.
Publisher: Stellagama Publishing
Date Added: 02/27/2021 20:30:12
Barbaric! Barbaric! is a lightweight role-playing game (57 pages) where players assume the roles of characters exploring a fantasy world. Characters have no attributes and there are seven skills. I like how you can quickly create a character. This RPG ruleset includes 7 character races, 30 traits, 36 spells, 50 monsters, a random magical item chart (36 items), a spellcasting mishap chart (36 possibilities), and three 2d6 critical hit charts. - - So, I tried this out using the Mythic Game Master Emulator. I used a Tavern Tales Adventure called Mad for Love. The six characters were able to fight their way through a building only to discover that the “boss” was not there. They raced to the new location, fought the “big bad”, and convinced the confused “boss” that everything was okay. They took the love potion away from him and kept it for themselves. They sold it the next day to a female wizard. She seemed nice. Give this fun system a try! ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Volo's Guide to Waterdeep (2e)
by Sean M.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 02/27/2021 20:15:29
Volo's Guide to Waterdeep (2e) I have recieved my copy of the POD version of this book. Its a novel sized print rather then a magazine sized print like most of the DnD products, and the interior quality is good. + No issue with interior print + The material in the book is excellent + Can be used for pretty much any gaming system you want. + wealth of information - The cover and back of the book are blurry to the point you cant really read the small print Even with that detractor its well worth its cost

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Spheres Apocrypha: The Inheritor and Improved Atavism Heritages
by Nathaniel J.
Publisher: Drop Dead Studios
Date Added: 02/27/2021 18:45:44
Spheres Apocrypha: The Inheritor and Improved Atavism Heritages A great new archetype for the Sorcerer that makes it an interesting and viable choice within spheres. Lots of new content added with the Atavism changes and the new Improved Atavism Feat. It has enough diverse and meaningful options that just about any character could find a way to fit it into their build.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Mundane Magic RPG
by Sarah B.
Publisher: Behold Her Studio
Date Added: 02/27/2021 16:47:01
Mundane Magic RPG Just finished running this for a few friends. I am new to GMing, and I felt like it was really easy to just jump in. It's simple and easy to pick up. We decided last minute to play so it was perfect that this game worked with minimal prep. I ran one of the missions in about 3 hours. It was perfect for a little Saturday afternoon fun. It also worked well online. We played together over Discord and I didn't feel like I was missing anything. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for some light fun with some magic mixed in....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Star Spire
by Anthony F.
Publisher: Ratking Productions
Date Added: 02/27/2021 16:28:57
Star Spire Star Spire was a great choice for an impromptu game of D&D, and turned out to be a quick, easy to read, jumping off point for a wonderful night of improvised play and adventure. The cover's soft, soothing pastels captured a vague sense of implied story that lingered just long enough to inspire curious questions of the world at large, and the evocatively minimalist style of the interior map and keys served well to further paint, with the lightest of strokes, the beginnings of a magically strange and unique setting that I'm looking forward to exploring fully with my friends....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Everywhen
by Amos B.
Publisher: Filigree Forge
Date Added: 02/27/2021 15:41:51
Everywhen Everywhen feels more like a collection of optional rules for Barbarians of Lemuria than a cohesive system in and of itself. To the extent it is a coherent RPG system it can't seem to decide if it wants to be rules light or rules medium. I do appreciate the way it lays out the Lifeblood system in a way that doesn't really alter BoL's system, just makes it more explicit. Aside from that, however, it looks and feels like a GURPS supplement (for better and for worse) and leaves the Gamemaster with lots of work to do and, at best, a few helpful suggestions. The art throughout is simple but solid (GURPSian, if you will). Some of the optional rules are decent but almost all of them seem unncessarily complex for a sytem that doesn't even bother to lay out an explicit action economy for combat rounds. The writing and layout are serviceable. My ultimate takeaway was disappointment: I was excited to get a bit more meat on the mechanical bones of Barbarians of Lemuria but afte...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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