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Treasures of NeoExodus: Oathbreaker (PFRPG)
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/16/2012 06:55:16
This pdf is 3 pages long, with about a page devoted to SRD and editorial, so let's check out this item!

Oathbreaker is an axiomatic guisarme that was originally crafted for a fanatic of the Sanguine Covenant, seeking to root out any pagan priests and subsequently falling from grace. The guisarme also grants 2 to saves vs mind-influencing effects, can cast 3/day cure serious wounds or remove disease, 1/day take control of a summoned creature and even potentially postpone the repercussions of violating a codex/code of conduct for some time.

The pdf comes with a page of item-cards.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are terribly flawed for such a short pdf. There is one sentence on the second page (which also includes editorial SRD - lot of wasted toner/printer for printing out a couple of lines)that is either missing or a combination of a cut-copy-paste-job gone wrong. The crunch also fails to put spell-names in italics and also at which caster-level these spell-like abilities work, rendering this weapon unusable as intended. Which essentially renders an otherwise nice weapon with an interesting ability unusable as presented. The pdf has a beautiful artwork, layout adheres to a 2-column standard and the pdf has no bookmarks. In the end, though, the cool ideas can't really save this item, since it just doesn't work as intended. Taking the shortness of the pdf into account, I'll have to settle for a final verdict of 1.5 stars, rounded down to 1 for the purpose of this platform.

Endzeitgeist out.

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
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Ultimate Spell Decks: Alchemist Spell Cards (PFRPG)
by Chris V. F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/13/2012 19:09:37
The product is a very good idea, especially considering how fiddly alchemists can be in Pathfinder. I have to ding them a little on the implementation, because the cards have text on both sides, so they can be annoying to print. They did point me in the right direction for getting what I needed printed out on reference cards myself.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Treasures of NeoExodus: Omen Blade (PFRPG)
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/10/2012 06:34:05
This pdf is 4 pages long, 1 page editorial/SRD, ~1/2 a page content, leaving 2.5 pages of content, so let's check out this item!

The item detailed herein is an interesting blade - a short sword once wielded by an infamous panther warrior named Barassa: Composed of glossy obsidian interlaced with orange veins, the artwork is great and the mechanics are also rather interesting: The Omen Blade is a 4 short sword with a threat range of 18-20. All people and objects with the power to cast hexes and curses cast no reflection in the blade. If an action of the wielder while wielding the blade would result in a curse to be placed on him/her, the blade falls to the ground. Also, as a swift action, the blade can bestow curses on opponents - and if the wielder also elects to get hit by a curse, the target doesn't even get SR or a save. The blade can also produce an augury-effect.

The pdf also includes one page of item-cards for the blade.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are good, though not perfect: I noticed some minor glitches, like the blade's ability to empathically communicate without having intelligent item stats. Layout adheres to NeoExodus' excellent, beautiful 2-column standard and the full-color artwork is awesome. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length. The omen blade should probably get the keen descriptor or draw its keenness from its material - additional clarification there would be nice. I'm not a fan of the no-save-curse either: The curse has a fixed DC. Why not make the DC scale à la DC = 10 1/2 caster level attribute modifier X? If the wielder takes the curse him/herself, why not simply add e.g. 10 to such a DC? The item would feel much more versatile and simply more apt regarding the mechanics. The concept and curse/hex-detection abilities rock and if all mechanics would be as solid, I'd go for 4.5 or even 5 stars, but as presented, I'll have to rate this down to 3.5 stars, rounded down for the purpose of this platform.

Endzeitgeist out.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Treasures of NeoExodus: Malice Blade (PFRPG)
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/02/2012 03:02:15
This installment of the Treasures of NeoExodus-line is 4 pages long, 1 page SRD/editorial, 1/2 page of advertisement, leaving us with2.5 pages of content, so let's check out the Malice Blade!

Created by one of the legendary order of Janissaries to channel his pent-up fury and rage into a deadly weapon, this crystal falchion seems to be blood red - whihc is problematic, since it started off as looking like amethyst - the theory being that the blade siphons of the hatred and rage of its wielders, slowly turning more violent with each wielder. Rules-wise, the falchion is a 3 psychokinetic collision crystal falchion that enables its wielder to enter rages as per the spell - but makes it hard for the wielder to get out of the rages. While not going full-blown berserker, the wielder will have a hard time granting quarter.

One of the pages is devoted to weapon-cards of the item.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are ok - I noticed some punctuation errors and minor glitches that should not be present from such a small pdf. Layout adheres to the beautiful 2-column, full-color standard we know from NeoExodus publications. The original piece of artwork for the blade is awesome. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length. All in all, I like the idea and background story of this blade, but I feel it could have been more interesting in the mechanical area: Why not temporarily grant the wielder a rage power when under the effects from the blade's rage, for example? A unique ability like this would go a long way in making the blade stand out more. In the end, this in combination with the editing glitches, results in my final verdict of 3 stars - an ok, though not perfect offering.

Endzeitgeist out.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Initiative Cards: 4E
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/29/2012 20:54:38
When it comes to D&D 4E initiative cards are a great idea but these are too cluttered to be very useful. Most of this is information that most DMs will never need to know. With so much on each card it becomes a chore finding the information you need. It is faster to ask your players for the info which defeats the purpose of having it in the first place.

The other drawback to this product is the cards are only for PCs but none for monsters. It is only half a product.

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
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Ultimate Traps Deck (PFRPG)
by Joshua G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/03/2012 02:08:39
Easily one of the cooler things I have picked up in the nature of card decks for GM tools. An excellent method of keeping an assortment of traps at one's fingertips, with both clear descriptions and excellent visuals to aid in utilizing these traps with little to no prep work required.

Very impressed with this product, and highly recommend that any GM add these to their toolbox.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Treasures of NeoExodus Subscription Service
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/07/2012 07:02:16
THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE TWO EXCLUSIVE WEAPONS OFFERED BY THE SUBSCRIPTION, NOT OF THE WHOLE SUBSCRIPTION.

That out of the way, here's

Judgement Seeker:

This pdf is 4 pages long, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page weapon cards (including crunch-information etc.), leaving 2 pages containing the weapon, so what is the Judgment Seeker?

Created during the reign of Emperor Vincent's hunt for heretics, these ornamental spears were created for the expressive purpose of hunting down heretics - thus, these spears are most powerful in the hands of a capable inquisitor of the Sanguine Covenant - the 2 cold iron spears become 5 wounding spears, grant the endurance feat, extends the bane ability by Wis-rounds in duration and enables the inquisitor to cast UNLIMITED amounts of fear-spells at the inquisitor's class level.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are very good, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to LPJr Design's 2-column full-color standard and the artwork of the spear is beautiful and also full color. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length. The Judgment Seeker is a cool weapon, though not a perfect one. While the unique enhancing effects of abilities are nice, any ability that provides unlimited spells, even if it's "only" fear, is not good design. Also, fear is not written in italics, making it harder to pinpoint than necessarily. However, the narrative is nice, the artwork is cool and the weapon nice - thus, I'll settle for a final verdict of 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 for the purpose of this platform.

and here's Ichor Sting:

This pdf is 4 pages long, 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page weapon cards, leaving 2 pages of content, so let's check this out!

Ichor Sting is a vicious unholy whip that was ripped from a desperate, yet vile First One sorceress from her very own body - the handle her femur bone, the lash essentially the atrophied, old tendons of her muscles . The whip can change into a bastard sword-form and inflict demon fever on those hit by it. Additionally, it is mildly intelligent and tries to force its wielder on murderous rampages.

Conclusion:
editing and formatting are very good, though not perfect - while the whip is called mildly intelligent, we don't get the stats to represent the subtle intelligence lurking in the weapon. Layout adheres to NeoExodus 2-column standard and the artwork of the whip is stellar and in full-color. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length. Ichor Sting is a versatile, innovative and cool weapon with an awesome narrative and a cool artwork. The lack of stats for the subtle intelligence are a minor bummer, but I'll still gladly settle for a final verdict of 4 stars for the second of the subscription-exclusive pdfs of the series.

In total, I'll settle for a solid 4 stars for the subscription-exclusive bonus content.

Endzeitgeist out.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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NeoExodus Chronicles: World of Exodus
by richard b. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/03/2012 22:53:36
This is a great unique product that doesn't feel stolen from tolkein or greyhawk. It has everything you are looking for: politics-steam punk-and psychic monks. I'm not doing it justice that I cant wait until I download the complete book.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Obsidian Apocalypse: World of Abaddon (PFRPG)
by antonio m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/03/2012 17:35:19
I'd really like this new setting, contains a lot of fantastic ideas :)

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Obsidian Apocalypse: World of Abaddon (PFRPG)
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/14/2012 03:24:59
This teaser for the upcoming revamp of the Obsidian Twilight-concept is 12 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisements, leaving us witha total of 9 pages of content, so what does this pdf constitute?

If the ominous name of the world wasn't ample clue enough - the setting described in Obsidian Apocalypse is anything but a cozy one - 100 years ago, a meteor hit the world, destroying not only large swatches of land and covering the sky in soot, but also carrying vast amounts of negative energy with it, resulting in an undead apocalypse that further diminished the thinned ranks of the survivors. Worse, the resulting ash-cloud carried vast amounts of magically-enhanced plagues and the ice-age-like winter that has all but slain plant-life on the world and plunged it into hunger to accompany disease, with only magic, alchemy and psionics keeping the remaining populace alive, the latter suddenly becoming more pronounced and wide-spread and a glimmer of hope in the otherwise bleak world. Worse, the energies of the meteor have made Abaddon cut off from the planes, making it possible for beings to enter, but not to leave.

But even in this desolate vision of endtimes, war rages: Undead mummy-king of the Shaan, Asi Magnor cuts a swathe of order and dominance through the undead lords and remains uncontested for a while - until vampiric lich Calix Sabinus rises to stand against the mummy. The ensuing war was fought bitterly and saw another tragedy - Zebadiah, last angel of Abaddon, sire of the race of exalted, was vanquished by Calix Sabinus, half his body scorched and used as a living battle-standard before being cast away and condemned to an existence as a mere observer. And the worst part is - the triumph of the vampire lich may actually be better for the world - the mummy-lord sought only undead subjugation and slaughter, whereas Calix and his brethren want people to farm them.

100 years have passed since the meteor fell and the horsemen have had a plentiful bounty - but new life has also emerged - from the sentient blood that is the Khymer-race, to people possessed by spirits of vengeance and the Osirians aiming to rise up against Calix's ghast-lord, the world of Abaddon is still in flux and while salvation is out of reach, heroes are still struggling, still fighting, still clinging to a life beyond the two primary choices of death and slavery. ANd there's so much more in here...

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to a beautiful two-column full-color standard and the pdf comes with gorgeous artworks, some of which you might know from Obsidian Twilight, while others, no less gorgeous are new. The pdf has no bookmarks, This all-fluff introduction serves as a comprehensive introduction to the world of Abaddon, more structured and better presented than in the predecessor. The world of Abaddon is a dark, apocalyptic wasteland and has potential galore - it always had. I'm currently really hoping that the revamp under the banner of "Obsidian Apocalypse" provides us with all the glorious details on cities, currencies, landscapes etc. to make this work as a full-fledged setting. As a teaser and introduction, this pdf does a stellar job to wet one's taste and is free to boot - lacking complaints, I'll settle for a final verdict of 5 stars for this.

Endzeitgeist out.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Obsidian Apocalypse: World of Abaddon (PFRPG)
by John S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/30/2012 07:03:09
It's a nice guide to set up a nightmare world in the Pathfinder system. However there are no stats for anyone or creature. Good artwork.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Obsidian Apocalypse: World of Abaddon (PFRPG)
by Thomas M R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/29/2012 12:38:29
Excellent source of adventure in a world turned upside down. Rules are fairly easy to follow, can't wait to see other modules do to advance the recovery.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
NeoExodus Adventures: Undying Legacy of the First Ones (PFRPG)
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/27/2012 02:30:44
This module is 18 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD/thank to donors, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving a total of 14 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? Ok! The village Pushkar (complete with settlement modifiers, btw.) originally founded by the Dominion and now nestled in the Caneus Empire, near the town of Hassani. Wait, you say. Dominion? Yes, the adventure gives you a short rundown of some elements featured in this module that are peculiar to NeoExodus campaign setting. While I'm familiar with the setting and could point you towards all the reviews I did for it, I'll instead try to elaborate on some basics.

The Pcs are hired by Father Issek, a devotee of the Sanguine Covenant (think hardcore medieval Catholicism meets Bloodmagic and worship of saints that are powered by a kind of sanguine anima universalis), the dominant religion of NeoExodus, hires the PCs to travel to aforementioned town of Pushkar and push back a tribe of Calibans that is besieging the town. Like the famous literary figure, these beings are savage - unlike him, though, the Calibans of NeoExodus, albinism-white cannibalistic humanoids that sustain on a diet of their consumed foes are fearsome foes and can draw strength from their victims. There's a cheap Monsters of NeoExodus-pdf detailing further their tactics and feats, but all information you'd need for this module is contained herein. After vanquishing a first group of raiders with the help of the father, the PCs arrive in town.

The town has problems, that is readily apparent - the Pcs are not greeted as saviors, but with suspicion and even the aiding of the old leader doesn't seem to help at first - the reason becoming quite clear once the crowd assembles : The attacks have stopped with the departure of the good father. Hopefully the PCs can calm down the mob. Investigating the local town as well as the burned outlying farms yields scarce clues, but enables the PCs to track the calibans back to their camp... where none of the cannibals can be found. The Pcs can, from there, track the creatures to ruins, where they will find a shaft leading to a once sealed temple - worse, the carcass of a dog contains bone-shards, which point towards the Scythians (Bone-spurred humanoids, savage killers that spawn from shards and were bred as a warrior race), dread servitors to the First Ones (collective term for the ancient races of evil that once held sway over all of NeoExodus). In order to get inside the dungeon, though, the PCs will have to solve a handout-enhanced minor puzzle that should stupefy none.

In the dungeon (which comes with a functional map, but no player-friendly version of the map - not that bad, though, since the cartography is not exactly appealing), the Pcs will be sorely tested by Kyaaa'Gwa, an undead skeletal Scythian Champion who has reaped the calibans and anyone else he could get his bone-studded claws on via the magical "Bed of Galowyeet", a dread magical object that can reanimate its victims. Once they have vanquished the foe (who gets a STUNNING full-color artwork), they still have to decide how to deal with the one survivor, a caliban woman - a nice final moral conundrum.

The pdf also includes 2 spells (Deaden Senses and Battlemind) and 4 different pregens providing one for the Cynean (Living Crystal beings), P'Tan (Cat-like people with sinister abilities), Enuka (wild, mutating beastmen) and, of course, Human race. It should be noted that thankfully, the pdf takes into account e.g. players playing Kalisans (civilized calibans) and similar races from the NeoExodus setting when discussing e.g. diplomacy in the crowd scene.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting is very good, I didn't notice any jarring glitches. The module adheres to a 2-column, full-color standard and the full color artworks ranks among the best you'll be able to find out there. The pdf has no bookmarks, which is a bummer. The title of this module is rather grand and it doesn't wholly deliver on the dread promised by it - First one horror is rather subdued when compared with the sourcebooks released so far.
However: This is a free module, designed to introduce people to PFRPG and the world of NeoExodus and what can I say? I really like the setting. It's uncommon, non-standard, exciting new fantasy that throws all the tired dwarves etc. out the door and replaces them with rather intriguing races and clever political plots. This adventure, due to space constraints and its introductory nature, is more straight-forward and provides us with a selection of aptly-presented encounters that lead up to a satisfying finale while introducing players and GMs alike to the basic concepts of NeoExodus. It should be noted that the background-fluff of the setting can be downloaded for free, so GMs wanting to give this a try might check it out as well. In the end, this is a solid module and while I hope for future NE-modules to feature better maps (the quality of the cartography vs. the one of the stellar artwork is rather jarring) and more complex plotlines that take the political, social and religious peculiarities of the setting into account, I'll nevertheless congratulate LPJr Design and all patrons involved on the creation of a nice, free module - check this out, you literally have nothing to lose by checking this out and perhaps, the module whets your taste for the setting.

Endzeitgeist out.

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Obsidian Apocalypse: World of Abaddon (PFRPG)
by Eric R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/21/2012 19:41:38
I liked this download very much. It gave a clear and concise description of the setting, and provided many options to explore. It also made me eager to see any new sourcebooks that will synergize with the setting.

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Image Portfolio Platinum Edition 16: Bruno Balixa
by Al S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/16/2012 09:32:01
Once again LPJ Design delivers by providing publishers with high quality artwork at a reasonable price. There is a nice variety in this package with two hellish landscape, two fantasy towers, two cave scenes and a misty forest.

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