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Cohorts & Companions - Simay Niazi [PFRPG]
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/29/2013 10:04:04
Simay Niazi is an interesting person. Sold into slavery as a youngster with the rest of her family, she did not take kindly to the idea and utilised her considerable abilities to do something about it... for she is a viskanya, a humanoid who produces natural toxins, and combines this with being a sorcerer of a serpentine bloodline!

After providing extensive background and other details, a complete set of stat blocks from level 1 to level 20 is provided. She's pretty potent even at low level and gets stronger especially when, at 3rd level, she adds a viper familiar.

Whilst not greatly blessed with full-on combat skills, Simay makes up for this with the subtlety of her magics. As such she could be a useful ally or even a recruit to a party of adventurers. Note however that she seeks to disarm and render harmless rather than kill, and whenever she encounters slaves is overwhelmed with a desire to free them. Still young, but alone in the world (apart from her companion viper) she seeks friendship as well as wealth from adventuring... and best of all, she's here complete, ready to use as a fully-featured NPC at whatever level you need her, or to provide a replacement PC should someone fall in battle.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Nemesis NPCs - Xerxes Trueflight [PFRPG]
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/09/2013 08:16:39
Herein is presented but a single NPC - but a very detailed and well thought out one that could be dropped into a campaign at any level or, if he survives the first brush with the party, can grow with them.

Xerxes Trueflight is built around the Magus base class with the Myrmidarch archetype, with Ranger and the Arcane Archer prestige class thrown in for good measure, along with the Catfolk race... all published in various Pathfinder RPG core books. He is presented in complete detail from 1st to 20th level, usfully as indivdual stat blocks so you only need the one that's appropriate for your game - you won't have to keep flipping back and forth. Indeed, apart from levels 1 and 2, each level is on a separate page to facilitate printing only what you need.

His backstory, personality, appearance and even notes on how to role-play him are given in detail. He is very clearly intended as an opponent for your party, unlike some 'complete NPCs' he is not really suitable to be used as a player-character, at least not with the normal adventuring group. However, he isn't all bad, certainly quite three-dimensional not just someone to clobber... although the party may well have to eventually deal with him.

Nice, useful, probably an incidental (even if recurring) encounter rather than the focus of a whole campaign or even a single adventure.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - Minable Minerals, Gems, Elements, & Ores
by Phillip R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/31/2013 08:32:31
According to the product description, "D-Percent - Minable Minerals, Gems, Elements, & Ores gives you a handy list of materials mined, collected, and gathered. There are thousands of mines in the real world, and a fantasy world should be no different! Add a little variety to spice up your campaign to establish interesting details to your world economy." For $0.75 I was not expecting full course on mineralogy. I was hoping for a short description of each of the minerals et al. However, all that is given is a list of names.

To be useful to "establish interesting details to your world economy" what is needed, in addition to a name, is its color, its smell, if any, a range of sizes, its shape or crystalline structure, solid or liquid, and where it is commonly found. If a character picks up a clear crystal on a sea beach near a granite cliff is it likely to be a diamond or quartz? How does one distinguish a raw uncut diamond from rock salt or zirconium, gold from iron pyrite?

For that much of detail, I would willingly pay more than $0.75. I have bought several of the D-Percent products from Black Falcon Games and in general, I have been very happy with them. However, as it stands this D-Percent is a disappointment.

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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - 100 Modern Professions 2
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/17/2013 10:24:47
Sometimes it's important - to the plot, I mean - what someone does for a living, sometimes it isn't... yet people self-identify with 'what they do' to such an extent that if an NPC cannot tell you instantly what he does for a living he becomes suspect automatically. As a GM, you know which NPCs are suspicious characters and which ones are just regular joes who happen to be in the vicinity... but can you rattle off an assortment of occupations to cover all the people in the scene as your players prowl around asking them questions?

Thought not. Grab this, rattle some dice, and out come sensible trades that a random assortment of passers-by might well practise. If you are planning an adventure, rather than being caught on the hop whilst running it, do the same and keep your creative juices for important stuff. Even players might find it handy... you know you're really a monster hunter, say, and that is what the game is about, but there probably isn't much money in it so a job to pay the rent is a good idea... so what do you do? Some just pick a trade they know or one that sounds vaguely interesting, but using a list like this can spawn a whole wealth of ideas to round out your character. So he monster-hunts in the game, but if he's a chef he'll bring different background skills than if he's a HVAC mechanic, he'll have different resources if he's a gun shop owner than if he's a tailor or a subway worker...

Bring a breath of reality into your game... then go hunt monsters anyway. It's more fun even if it doesn't pay too well.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - Turkish Names
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/20/2013 09:41:26
If you are after exotic yet realistic names (or actually need Turkish ones, of course) this is a handy resource.

You get an hundred male first names, an hundred female first names and an hundred last names - so roll your bones or just pick ones that you fancy to create an authentic-looking Turkish name.

Then, of course, you need to learn to pronounce them! Otherwise Şükran Uğurlu may have some difficulty in introducing herself to the party... (Hint: you'll find pronunciation guides online or if all else fails go to the Google translation facility, enter the name & get it to say the words aloud!)

Interesting source of unusual names, have fun with them!

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - Indian Names
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/13/2013 09:36:41
Should you have need for an Indian name - that's sub-continental Indian, not the Native American kind - this might well be an invaluable resource as few are commonly known outwith that particular heritage.

They are provided as three lists - 100 male forenames, 100 female forenames and 100 last names - which makes it easy to generate complete names, either by rolling dice or by picking the ones that sound right to you for the character or NPC you have in mind.

It's just as well they tell you which is which... apparently 'Parvin' is a girl's name (I'd have thought it male) and Mebsam is a boy. If this heritage is unfamiliar it would be far too easy to make a fool of yourself without knowing it, until someone who does know plays in your game, reads your adventure or whatever.

They'd also make good names to mix into, say, a far-future game where old earth bloodlines might have been maintained or might equally be so muddled that a black skin and flaming red hair are found on an individual with a name from these lists!

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Modern Floor Plans - Office 2
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 12/14/2012 08:50:07
Whatever game you run, that's even vaguely contemporary or future, chances are that some time or another the characters are going to have to interact with someone who works in an office... perhaps even they do themselves (even if it's the day job or a cover legend to maintain).

So here is a nice generic office suite, presented as both a single page floor plan and as larger 'battleboard' sheets that can be stuck together for those who like to use miniatures or otherwise plot movement when the need arises.

It is provided in a clean draftsman-like style with a grid overlay. The office suite includes a conference room, several offices with different layouts and sizes (so you can allocate them according to the relative importance of the individual), a break room with a table and chairs and other facilities, and even a couple of washrooms. There's a single entrance, perhaps to a lobby, lift access or even to the outside, that is left up to you - although you may wish to situate a receptionist there as there is nowhere suitable for anyone to greet visitors on the plan.

Overall, this is a useful floorplan to have available for anything from a chance visit to the group's own base.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - Quick Coin Description Generator
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 11/30/2012 05:05:17
I don't know about your players, mine are generally more interested in the VALUE of whatever coins they find, rather than what they look like!

That said, there is no better way of creating an air of realism about your campaign world than describing everyday items in loving detail. Never mind the headline stuff, the artefacts that everyone stops and looks at, it is descriptions of minor inconsequential stuff that really brings the place to life.

So, next time you come visit my city state of Barbridge, as well as sampling the fine ales brewed there you will get in your change (rattles her dice) a handful of hexagonal copper coins with a round central hole, showing a crab on one side and a patten of shamrocks & a crown on the other. Sounds a lot better than 'five copper pieces' doesn't it?

Now, she wonders, why does an inland township like Barbridge have a CRAB of all things on its coinage? Therein no doubt lies a tale... one that I may tell in the course of an adventure one day!

A fun little resource to add a wealth of flavour for a very low price!

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - 100 Obsessions and Manias
by Jodi B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/14/2012 09:04:23
I might be able to find this on Google with about a half hour of searching--my time is worth 75 cents just to have it in my hand in less than 5 minutes! Of course there are some there that I had heard of, but quite a few I had not. This is one page that's going in my GM notebook, if for no other reason than to look up the clinical name for the compulsion to pick one's nose.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - 100 Humanoid Mutations
by Jodi B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/14/2012 08:59:59
Most of these lean toward the horrific, and are very creative and imaginative. I can really see this being useful for any post-apocalyptic setting, but also any time you want to shake up your game by having mutant goons attack!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - 100 Fantasy City Rumors and Mysteries
by Jodi B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/14/2012 08:57:02
Petrified heroes standing sentinel, poisoned ale that spreads a deadly disease (but not the flux), corrupt officials and missing... parts... from the morgue... these are only some of the Rumors and Mysteries that had me saying "Oh, that's good. I can use that."

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - Russian Names
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/01/2012 20:29:29
The whole reason I bought this product was because I don’t know enough about Russian language and culture to come up with good Russian NPC names on my own; therefore, I can’t comment with any degree of actual knowledge on the authenticity of these names. These three lists (male names, female names, and family names) certainly seem to provide cool-sounding Russian names, though. The compiler has avoided too many overly-familiar names, so you’re not going to inadvertently generate “Fyodor Dostoevksy,” “Vladimir Lenin,” or “Grigori Rasputin” that you’ll immediately have to re-roll. All in all, a handy chart to have around if your game includes Russian characters, and for the price of a candy bar.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - Hispanic Names
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/15/2012 01:32:12
In this product you’ll find a table of 100 male names, 100 female names, and 100 family names, giving you lots of variation whether you actually use random selection or just pick from the tables at will. The names cover a pretty good range, but the complete omission of accents ant tildes stands out as a significant problem. Male names like “José“ and “Luís” need their accents for proper pronunciation, and the same goes for the tildes in names like “Nuñez.” The lack of proper diacritical marks can lead to embarrassing mispronunciations, and thereby weakens the product’s utility significantly.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - Chinese Names
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/15/2012 01:22:21
This product delivers exactly what it promises: 100 Chinese family names, 100 Chinese male given names, and 100 Chinese female given names. The product description mentions that “the [Chinese] naming convention is family name followed by given name,” but it would have been helpful to repeat this information within the PDF itself. On the other hand, the page is very crowded as it is, and the tables are arranged with the family names on the left, so the very layout implies the proper sequencing of family names and given names. I found this product very helpful for naming Chinese PCs and NPCs in my supers game, without falling into repeatedly reusing names of Chinese people I’ve encountered in real life. By the way, this product uses the Pinyin system of transliteration, and users may want to insert hyphens into some of the two-element given names (for example, spelling Xiaofan and Xiaolan as Xiao-Fan and Xiao-Lan) for easier reading. As a college professor, I’ve known dozens of Chinese students, and the names collected in this table seem authentic. However, I don’t speak Chinese, so I can’t speak with authority on this point. There are a few “runs” where one could wish for less similar names in sequence.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - 100 Fantasy Market Foodstuffs
by Richard P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/18/2012 09:53:20
This is a grocery list. When it said "Fantasy Market", I was expecting something imaginative, not "roll d100 to see if you can buy herrings"!

Given how much thought has been put into other charts by this company, this is genuinely disappointing.

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
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