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The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by Daniel F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/19/2014 12:03:50
Maybe the most enjoyable and immersive RPG reading that I ever had. Read it in one evening. I think the professor himself would be pleased by the narrative.

The campaign is full of moving parts that are sure to give the players a highly customizable experience centered around them, their investments and their choices. Yet all of those parts are presented in a comfortable and unconfusing way.

The one thing I would change is adding a possibility for a more optimistic finale, one that is not nesseceraly serving as a tie-in to the canonical history of the middle earth, for those of us who are less bothered with it. A possibility for a true reclamation of the forest.

It also must be stated that this supplement requires "The Heart of the Wild" to use properly.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by Ian K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/19/2014 04:40:17
Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7 have done it again. A great book with plenty of adventure ideas - one per year for thirty years in the Middle-earth setting. In addition, events happening in Rhovanion during that time (2947 to 2977 TA).

The production quality is what we've come to expect from this line, very high. The writing and rules presented evoke Tolkien's world. The artwork, stunning.

A welcome addition to The One Ring game.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring™: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild 2011 Edition
by Elf C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/18/2014 13:07:18
I came to this game relatively late, but I'm blown away by its quality. I haven't had this much fun reading game rules since '81, when I stayed up all night reading the magic items section of the Dungeon Master's Guide.

The most impressive feat in this game is the way the rules & mechanics fit the narrative style of Tolkien's writings. Combat is rare and scary, you balance Hope against the Shadow growing in your heart, traveling across the wild is the most dangerous part of some adventures, and there are no dual wielding ninja hobbits with Vorpal blades.

I wish there were more than 5 stars to give.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by richard h. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/18/2014 07:09:14
Summary: the best product so far in an already exceptional line of material.

C7 and Sophisticated Game have produced a campaign book that surpasses even the Great Pendragon Campaign in quality of content and support for their respective GMs. This book perfectly combines high production values, consistently glorious artwork, engaging writing, and wonderful ideas into an epic campaign of dwindling hope, great deeds, and the return of the Shadow to Mirkwood.

Despite the fact that this is set within Middle Earth, the time between the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings and characters will rub shoulders with many famous and powerful entities, they do not lose or have their agency demeaned in any way nor do they play 'second fiddle' to the major NPCs. Anyone who plays RPGs in pre-defined settings (and famous ones at that) will know just how challenging, nay almost impossible, this can be to achieve. The Darkening of Mirkwood (DoM) effortlessly avoids this problem with engaging ideas, plots, and a developing environment that the characters of their fellowship actively contribute to and affect.

Predominantly for Loremasters, in fact I'd recommend that players do *not* buy this product as it would spoil their surprise and enjoyment, DoM provides LMs with enough information to run many game sessions of TOR. Some have criticised C7 for the small line of products that exist for TOR but between this and the other supplements there is easily a couple of years of weekly gaming to be had within their collective pages. TOR already has more content than I'll ever need and with more on the way this is only set to improve. There is no better time to buy into this game for those still sat on the fence.

Buy this product if you're a current TOR GM. It's absolutely essential to running TOR within Wilderland and uncovering the story of how the land declined in the years before the War of the Ring.

Buy this product (and the rest of the TOR line!) if you were waiting for enough material to be available in order to run an involved and detailed campaign to a wonderful climax and conclusion.

Buy this product if you're an RPer that is just interested in reading a supplement that perfectly delivers on its remit and design goals - ie, a campaign world developing and changing over time and how PCs are engaged and interact within it.

Buy this product if you're just a non-RPing Tolkien fan. It's wonderfully written and presented and outlines a story and area not well covered in other available material.

... Just, simply, buy this product!

I type this with a straight face but DoM is more than just an RPG supplement; it's a work of art and the love and respect for its source material shines from every page like the light of Eärendil!

Awesome, inspiring, sad, melancholic, epic; it has everything you want from a campaign set in Middle Earth.

A must buy; what a high bar C7 and SG have set for themselves and all other RPG companies.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by Davi A. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/18/2014 06:14:23
This is an amaxing book, a thirty years story unfolds in this book. However the number of game sessions you may play with it is only limited as you want. Even though the book tells a main story, every year of these 30 years the writers were very kind to write everything which is going on around the Wilderland. Even though you might focus on the main story, you will finding yourself more and more interested on the side stories aswell. Be prepared to play for many fictional and real years of you life with this fenomenal book.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by Eirik B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/18/2014 03:18:49
This is it! Campaign material for many months, even years in real time.

The Darkening of Mirkwood is the framework for a huge campaign set in the Wilderlands, and focuses on the fate of the Woodmen of Mirkwood. Together with Heart of the Wild, you'll be set with a The One Ring campaign for a long time.

Are you running The One Ring as a GM? Go get this. If you're not running The One Ring, it's time to start doing it. :)

-E.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Rocket Age - Rocket Racers
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/07/2014 12:19:08
Fancy a race around the inner solar system, looping around Mars and Venus?

Well, it's attracted quite a lot of attention, not all of the desired sort. Some rotter calling himself the Ghost Racer has threatened to disrupt the race unless he's paid a load of money. The party - who would be best off if at least someone can pilot - get hired by the Solar Cup Race Commission to pose as late entrants and keep an eye on things, protecting the real competitors and spectators from this Ghost Racer.

The characters will have some time to prepare, but the race is soon underway, around Venus and then to Mars, where there's a stop-over. All the time, they'll have to be on the alert to spot the Ghost Racer... if he's there.

Everything is well-laid out, with all the information the GM needs ready to hand and plenty of appropriate atmosphere to help you bring the alternate reality to life around your table. Characters can work on their rocketship, and there are copious notes about possible custom modifications. They can also pursue their investigations, and people with whom to talk are provided a-plenty. What's even better: the whole rocket racing community is brought into existence with other racers and even some of the notable events mentioned - so if your characters get a taste for the sport you will be able to weave it in to subsequent adventures.

Once the race begins, the actual mechanics of running it are explained clearly and coherently utilising the Chase rules from the core rulebook with appropriate modifications. This should help you meld die rolling into an exciting narrative as rocketships jockey for position. Various incidents to weave into the race are also provided.

Overall, a well-presented exciting little adventure. Gentlemen, start your engines!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Rocket Age Core Rulebook
by David H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/30/2013 17:42:23
I am a huge fan of this product, and Cubicle 7 in general. When I was growing up I read Carson of Venus, and the Barsoom series wishing that I had a way to live out the adventures in those books. Now, I do...

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Doctor Who - The Time Traveller's Companion
by Alexander O. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 12/15/2013 19:07:08
For people who want actual time travel mechanics in their DWAITAS games, or who want a comprehensive look at Gallifrey and its impact on the time stream, or some pretty neat looks at TARDISes and alternate TARDISes and other time travel devices -- this is it. All with fantastic images from the long run of the TV show!

Well worth the price. If discounted, then an auto-buy!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Primeval Companion - CB72001
by Micheal F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/13/2013 16:29:48
I purchased this PDF to increase the number of creatures I could throw at my players. Not only does it have that, but more to boot. More information from the series, the characters and the setting. Quite useful!

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Doctor Who - The Time Traveller's Companion
by Micheal F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/13/2013 16:26:49
Entertaining and informative. This will give my players headaches for weeks...

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Rocket Age - Bring 'Em Back Alive
by James S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/18/2013 09:09:32
Bring 'em Back Alive is a short adventure, worth a night or two of pulp adventuring, in the retro sci-fi world of Rocket Age. The characters are part of an expedition into the jungles of a fictionalized version of Venus that is covered by thick, dangerous jungles and inhabited by savage natives.

Like the Rocket Age previous adventure (like City of the Ancients), a great strength of this adventure is the number of NPCs offered for player interaction. From fleshed out characters like British botanist Harold Keyes and his eccentric sidekick who hales from one of the moons of Jupiter to the plucky reporter Justine Porter who is just trying to be taken seriously, there are a handful of these NPCs who are fleshed out and ready to go. But, in addition to almost a dozen others ready to be fleshed out by enterprising GMs looking to customize details of the adventure to their campaign.

The expedition itself begins in an area called the Valley of Flowers, which uses a series of randomly generated events to increase replay value of the adventure. From natural hazards, lost companions or irritating Venusian Lizard-Monkeys, there are a plethroa of opportunities for pulp heroics just in this first part of the adventure.

In the second part of the adventure the characters face deadly threats from both the flora and fauna of Venus and discover signs of the hidden civilizations within the deep jungles. The adventure closes with the surprise discovery of some ancient, lost technology and the surprise of a deadly technological threat to the entire expedition.

High adventure is the name of the game with Rocket Age, and Bring 'em Back Alive is no exception. But adventure doesn't necessarily mean violence, and brains are as important here as brawn. In fact, the adventure itself recommends giving the players a larger reward for solving their problems through ingenuity instead of violence.

In the face the adventure City of the Ancients, Bring 'em Back Alive is asking is $3. Given the replay value of the adventure, the application of the NPCs and threats presented within the pages and how they can be used for more adventures on Venus, and the sheer fun of Rocket Age as a game and setting, this adventure is well worth picking up.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Doctor Who - The Third Doctor Sourcebook
by Alexander O. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 10/31/2013 22:59:05
This sourcebook once again (like the other two in the series) underscores the key elements of the featured doctor's personality, how it differs from prior incarnations, how it affected the stories and adventures of the Doctor and his Companions.

Here's an excerpt: "By contrast, the Third Doctor is less a renewal and more of a reboot. He is an active crusader against evil, utilising not only his wits but his martial skills as well. Neither of his previous incarnations took the fight to his enemies so directly. The Third Doctor also has a flair for fashion and a love of gadgets, particularly vehicles. He is not a reluctant hero or an underestimated schemer; he’s an action hero."

Another benefit of this concisely-written, well-laid out book in the series is an example of how initial ideas in revamping an ongoing campaign (especially a Doctor Who campaign) can impact future adventures. There's also a lot of material concerning U.N.I.T. campaigns, making this a great companion sourcebook to the DWAITAS U.N.I.T. Sourcebook.

Finally, fans of the series: will get writeups and history on The Third Doctor, the Brigadier, insights on how to craft a campaign with (most) adventures set on earth, the treatment of earth as a prison for a normally time-and-space spanning campaign, episode synopses with lots of adventure ideas and crunchy bits for villains and NPCs! A must-have for Doctor Who and DWAITAS fans.

[from my blog: armchairgamer.blogspot.com]

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring: Loremaster's Screen and Lake-town Guide
by Michael A. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 10/12/2013 23:01:48
This PDF supplement is consists of a 32 page sourcebook on Laketown, from The Hobbit novel, and the sheets of a Loremaster reference screen. This review focuses on the Laketown book.

Following the events of The Hobbit, particularly slaying Smaug, Laketown has become something of a cultural center of the region, housing not just the native humans but dwarven smiths, and elven envoys, making it a perfect local for any fellowship.

The 32 pages covering Laketown paint a detailed picture, giving players and Loremasters a plethora of ideas. From a setting standpoint there's history of the town, an extensive map with corresponding area descriptions, mercantile information, and even description of a town festival celebrating the death of Smaug. This is all handled quite well.

The setting material also extends outside Laketown, covering the Long Marshes. There isn't much description of the terrain, certainly nothing visceral, and the first sentence seems to indicate that Loremasters should look to the The Marsh-bell adventure for extra information. This section lists a few additional herbs found in the marshes, as well as three adversaries - Hobgoblins, Marsh-hags, and Marsh Ogres.

Finally, for players there is a new culture - Men of the Lake. Unsurprisingly, these characters show a proclivity for bows, as well as shield fighting and savvy trading. The culture is well balanced with respect to its Boxed Set counterparts, but unfortunately the Backgrounds are a tad dull. Compared to the generic Backgrounds introduced in the base game, one would hope the supplements would be a bit more creative. However, best of all, the example character of the Men of the Lake culture is a woman - Frida, a tenacious wanderer inspired by King Bard's deeds to learn archery.

The Laketown Sourcebook and Loremaster screen is great, but I'd be careful about buying it in PDF. $15 doesn't seem worth it for a 32 page book and a few reference sheets - this may be a better product to get in print.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Spring Heeled Menace
by tyler g. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/04/2013 17:44:51
Very fun and enough detail to keep the world alive

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