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Feudal Characters: Noble
by Robert D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/08/2008 13:58:13
This is a gorgeous, well laid out and well presented product, possibly the best produced 4e product I've seen from a third party publisher yet.

The contents are strong, but not quite as strong as the production. Designed as a multiclass (like the spellplagued in the Forgotten Realms Player's Guide) rather than a full class, it offers all the powers necessary for that, but also provides a template and a sample NPC, both of which greatly increase the utility of this product. The inclusion of power cards for the abilities are a very nice touch.

The powers themselves are clever, though a little uneven. I am not 100% sure they are all intended to work exactly as they read, with the biggest disconnect coming from powers that require the target can hear you. There are also a few 3.x-isms that could be shaken off. Still, they're definitely much more good than bad.

With another round of smoothing of the powers, and the inclusion of either some at-will powers or a paragon path (the lack of these being a little jarring against he otherwise very complete contents) this could easily be a 5 star product, and even without that, it was worth my three bucks. I definitely will be lookign to see what Alea Publishing does in the future.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Household Knight Character Class
by Louis P. J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/17/2008 22:42:20
Very impressive! I can't wai to see more from this company and game line. The graphic design was amazing and very professional. Plus it fits in very well with their other products.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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APG Paper Figures: Military Orders ($1.00)
by Jason G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/10/2008 15:32:01
My first time buying paper minis, and I like the results. Sharp images printed nicely from my printer. Authentic design for those of us looking for more realistic images.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
APG Paper Figures: Military Orders ($1.00)
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Studio Companion: Dixon and Rhead
by Nicholas B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/17/2008 10:34:40
Nice selection of primarily copyirhgt-expired/pre-copyright open domain art which has previously served to illustrate the Arthurian tales. Not specifically sure of their origin, but the range is very nice, and will work well if you want to evoke a sense of the medieval and classic knights in your document. The scans transferred very well, too.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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APG Paper Figures: Military Orders ($1.00)
by Morris E. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/17/2008 08:59:24
Great rendiyions. An excellent set of figures to add to your RPG.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Classes and Races of Cthonia
by Louis P. J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/29/2008 07:37:23
An incredibly well done product! The more and more I see from this company the more and more I am impressed. If you are looking for more "realistic" or "traditional" D20 material, then I think you will enjoy this.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Classes and Races of Cthonia
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/25/2008 11:28:09
Classes and Races of Cthonia is a d20 supplement from Alea Publishing. The zipped file isn’t quite six megabytes in size, and contains a single PDF of the book. The product itself is sixty-five pages long, and has full bookmarks for easy navigation.

In terms of artwork, this book lives up to the high standards set by Alea’s earlier releases. Seemingly every page is overflowing with beautiful design, from the page borders to the background shading, even the page numbers are designed to be enjoyable to look at. Clearly, this is a book with high production values. The only problem with having such a plethora of art is that this book isn’t printer-friendly at all. With no black-and-white or even text version present, if you want a physical copy of Classes and Races of Cthonia, you may be in for a hard time.

The book itself is a deftly weaved blend of crunch and fluff. While the majority of the information here seems to fall into the crunch section, quite a bit of fluff about the world of Terra is presented also. For example, the classes chapter presents both new classes, and altered rules for existing classes, but even classes with no mechanical changes get several paragraphs of descriptive text talking about what these classes look like in this campaign setting. For those who don’t know, the Feudal Lords setting is intended to mimic medieval Europe more closely than mainstream Fantasy d20. Humans are the dominant race, with most others being marginalized. There’s only one mainstream religion, with all others being declared heretical. Arcane magic is seen as blasphemous, and there are religious inquisitions against those who practice it.

The interesting aspect of the book is how the rules are set up to help give the aforementioned tropes a life of their own. Druids have trouble using their magic in urban areas, for example. Dark powers can grant you feats at will if you’re willing to make dark deals with them (vile pact feats), inquisitors are a class unto themselves, and more. Some of these rules will be familiar to players of Modern d20, such as blood points (action points by another name) and starting occupations, but Alea makes them work quite nicely in the campaign they’ve laid out here. This is low-magic without retooling the entire d20 system, and without the game descending into “low action” as a result.

All in all, Classes and Races of Cthonia does a great job painting a picture of the Feudal Lords game world, presenting the mechanics and the flavor necessary to run things. Some folks might wish there was some more world-specific information herein (such as a listing of kingdoms and histories), but that seems to be outside the scope of this book. If you’re looking for a medieval fantasy game that’s still recognizably d20, this is absolutely worth paying attention to.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
APG City Tiles
by JD S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/25/2008 22:48:09
These are OK-they're not Skeleton Key by any stretch of the imagination, being too boxy, but the fact is that they are the only attempt to put a town onto tile form.

However, they are some very basic village buildins-an outdoor eatery, a small inn, a half-dozen simple homes. No other businesses, or similar items. You can do a small village, but that's about it. Hopefully there will be follow-on sets.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Heraldry: Web Enhancement
by Louis P. J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/17/2008 17:21:19
Another excellent product that has me more and more interested in the setting. Keep up the great work.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Piety: Web Enhancement
by Louis P. J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/17/2008 17:20:17
This was a great free product and has gotten me interested to see more of the setting and campaign world. Keep up the great work!

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The Whisper of Horses
by Dave H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/13/2008 15:35:41
A very nice modern horror game. There are multi-media components and the quality is fairly good. The editing was a bit less than perfect. Some of the encounter were a little clunky. Overall it's a nice concept and well executed.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Caldor: City of Crossroads
by Nathan C. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 12/18/2007 10:21:43
After reading Caldor: City of Crossroads, I was a bit upset that I did not find the kitchen sink download in my email. I mean, after all, they seemed to include everything else.

Caldor: City of Crossroads is a detailed, yet concise account of a city based in a fantasy Roman atmosphere. It is meant to be used with the feudal lords system but this city can be tweaked to fit in any setting.

The question is not what will you find in City of Crossroads but what is not there. This reviewer could not find a single thing that could not come I wished that city pdfs would come with battlemaps and low and behold there are battlemaps. I wished that city pdfs would come with some more descriptive adventures and they are included as well. Other documents include a nice sized 40pg PDF detailing every district in town and all of the customs and laws of the land. Also included in this is a map of the city that defines the districts and visiting spots. If that was not enough you also get both a DM guide filled with adventure ideas and a PC guide so that PCs do not get that familiar feeling of loss when they enter a city.

For the DM: There is a crime section in the main book that discusses the crimes that can be commited, their punishments and how the judicial system works. Also, do not skip over the section on Roman bath houses which is also nicely written.

For the Player: This type of book usually has nothing for the player, but the players guide is a nice touch on where to go from blackmarket stuff to temples.

The Iron Word: The only thing holding this product back from being perfect is that its designed for a specific setting. Otherwise they have included everything any DM would want when their PCs go to a city and you do not have one prepared. Best of all, you do not get the downtime that normally occurs as you scour through the documentation so that you are not as loss in this new town as the PCs. This is a product you can pick up and truly use at your gaming table on the fly if you use such a setting.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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APG City Tiles
by Bo V. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/16/2007 07:55:19
Its not fancy.

Everything is set up to fit within the limits of a PDF page with a grid overlay appropriate for miniatures use. There is a little introductory page and a comment about medieval buildings, one page of grass, a couple of cobble road graphics and more than a dozen graphics of building interiors suitable to inhabit with miniatures. The product has no NPC's, monsters or separate item cards.

The art and presentation is reasonable but very straightforward - everything is aligned in straight lines with the page for example. The product feels like the result of a dunjinni session or two. Its worth it, if you want to save yourself the work of making the graphics yourself or perhaps if you are playing online and need some rooms quickly.

Its intended to be printed and placed on a table. The pictures are clear and 300dpi for crisp printing. It is the creation of a graphic program not a great resource for other graphics programs. There are no pages with just items, clipart or other doodads - if you like making digital graphics you should go elsewhere. If you just want a few extra tiles for your strategic layouts or a floor mat on which to show off your miniatures this is a good product.

Simple, straight forward, inexpensive.


Bo

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APG City Tiles
by Collin F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/26/2007 00:00:00
Some good, basic tiles for use in the city. The building maps are rather limited, so I found the plain grass and street maps to be the most useful.


LIKED: The artwork was good.

DISLIKED: The buildings seemed somewhat limited in what I could use them for. Very small.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


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[3 of 5 Stars!]
The Whisper of Horses
by Chris G. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/29/2007 00:00:00
It seems that adventures for d20 Modern tend to be of the investigation and supernatural genres. It is not like there are many adventures being written for d20 Modern either. So, it makes me wonder if this is the way most people are using d20 Modern or if these are the only modules for the game that really sell. Either way it is good for me since these are the type of adventures I prefer. It is just one of those odd observations I have made on the game. Whisper of Horse is like so many others, a supernatural mystery adventure for d20 Modern, but that is not a bad thing.

Whisper of Horses is a new d20 Modern adventure by Alea Publishing Group. Alea is better known for their PDFs that deal with knights and honor. This is their first non fantasy book. The sixty-five page PDF in color and very well book marked. The zip is a bit over seven megs and contains the PDF as well as two sound files, two picture files, and two film files for some audio and video support to enhance the module.

Whisper of Horses seems to be the first adventure to be designed to be run from a laptop at the gaming table. The adventure can be printed out and run the usually way but this has a few specific options that make it better when run from a computer. The movies files and sound files are designed to be played at appropriate points in the adventure. They are not needed but really do a nice job of adding something to the adventure. The quality of these is not great but it is good enough. I really hope to see more companies start to do more of this in the future as it is a really cool and different idea.

The adventure does a nice job of bringing in characters from anywhere in the United States. Characters can probably be brought in from around the world as well but it might be harder. The characters do not need to know each other for it to work either. The characters basically win a price, get transported to New York City for a few days and then off the south west for a horse race. Of course there is a nice mystery of sick horses, veterinarians disappearing and old Indian legends the players will soon run into. Also, they will learn that they were specifically picked to win the price to come out here and investigate things.

The adventure is site based. The characters have plenty of choices of places to go and gather clues and run into a lot of fairly interesting characters. The reasons for these particular characters being brought in are also a nice little twist the players might not expect. The adventure is designed for third level characters and does involve some good investigation skills. There are many handouts to give the characters, some great layout of buildings they will explore, and of course the computer sound and video files. This module has the most variety in props for a game I have seen.

The module seems like a fun game and should be easy to use in most d20 Modern games. The module does not assume lots of magic but it does have some little magical charms. The book also presents insanity rules as an option to further make the game a little more horror oriented.

Reading through it makes me want to run the module. It seems to work for either a one shot or in a campaign. It is one that I would pick up again after knowing what it is and how the module reads. Alea Publishing has done a nice job with the adventure and I hope to see more like this from them.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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