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JG Traveller- Corsairs of the Turku Waste
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/23/2011 02:04:06
This is a pretty useful-looking description of a pirate home base, covering everything from the sector politics that allows them to operate, the raider herself, support vessels, crews, opponents on the side of law, to a number of brief scenarios that pit players against the corsairs.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Durandrium Find
Publisher: Guild Companion Publications
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/09/2011 08:29:45
A logical and pressing economic-political background drives two brief, but compelling sequences, influenced particularly by quirks of the characters' personalities.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Ancient Warriors: Sons of Sparta
Publisher: Necromancers of the Northwest
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/03/2011 02:00:44
I have received a copy of this product as a free download and reviewed it at the publisher's suggestion.

I'd like to see a hoplite class done well, as I've mentioned in regard to another attempt. I'm curious how class features for the barbarian, cavalier, monk, rogue and sorcerer fit into the subject of the work. I won't comment on everything, but just pick up a few points.

The introduction seems a little overstated. The Spartans didn't fight for nor favour democracy, as they were a monarchy supported by an unfree majority (as the section immediately afterwards describes). The classical world raised many famous warriors, not least the Immortals on the opposing side at Thermopylae.

The Hoplite: It might seem appropriate to make this an alternate class to the fighter. Generally, I can see players of other classes being tempted to dip into this for a couple of levels to pick up some of the abilities that perhaps break a few too many assumptions of the game and could have been more limited or deferred to higher levels. I do think it's an advance on Blackdirge's already interesting treatment, earlier mentioned.

Traits: These will need a little work to fit into the Pathfinder framework, which (without presupposing a solution) the author could potentially have covered in only a sentence or two. A lot of them are interesting, though.

This brings together a lot of good information for the gamer who's not an expert in the field (in a similar sense to the various reprints of public-domain works on this site, perhaps) and I certainly wouldn't describe its game content as unplayable, with a little judgement.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Wondrous Lands #01 - Nexelan Island Necropolis
Publisher: Legion Publishing
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/02/2011 06:53:59
What seems at first another random tropical island with some pirate-y legends and funny-looking lizardfolk hides much, much more. It wasn't what I was expecting, but if a DM can find a place for it in a campaign, it should be a memorable short story arc.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Jurassic Ancestry Free Adventure: A Day of Hope
Publisher: Joker's Playground
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/01/2011 18:22:44
Some amusing setting elements and a well-balanced adventure design in a presentation that's perhaps more board-game fixated than it really needs to be.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Faith & Demons: The Rising Playtest Packet #2
Publisher: Mystical Throne Entertainment
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/16/2011 23:42:32
I know nothing about any playtest agreement. However, if the publisher feels that I am under an obligation by downloading this, I've deleted the item unread. It sounds as if it will be interesting when complete.

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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Raiders from the Frontier
Publisher: Guild Companion Publications
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/16/2011 04:23:17
I saw a considerable Dominic Flandry influence in this regional sourcebook, which is not at all a bad thing.

Three of the four adventures deal with the barbarous Idorians and their scheming Imperial contacts, while the other could drop in to almost any setting. I found the adventure format a little difficult to follow, though a GM with sufficient time to prepare should be able to untangle it all right.

For anyone thinking of picking bits out of here for a different game, it's probably most compatible with Traveller or Space Opera with more thought required for other settings.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Noble Houses: House of Mehrcia
Publisher: Alea Publishing Group
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/15/2011 05:50:26
Very interesting to demonstrate how distinctive a setting element, such as a titled house, can become, with rules support infusing the general feudal ideal with their elemental, wilderness and wolf affinities.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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X-plorers RPG
Publisher: Brave Halfling Publishing
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/02/2011 07:36:33
Game play rebalances the rules quite convincingly, to a brief look-through, for the different conditions of SF, with new sets of ability scores, classes and equipment, learning, in various ways, from the experience of a range of SF systems over the years.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Fantasy Classes: The Exhibitionist
Publisher: Dark Quest Games
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/08/2011 02:08:08
This new NPC class is brief, fitting the existing examples, but interesting in concept and includes a new class ability that enhances the NPC's mundane role, rather than adventuring effectiveness. A small world-building addition of good value.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Ships of the Galaxy: The Monarch Courier
Publisher: Blue Max Studios
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/15/2011 05:26:50
A good-looking small vessel in the ever-useful adventuring party size, with some very nice technical and historical notes to hook in to a campaign.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Owl and the Hare Tavern
Publisher: Arsenale Shipworks
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/07/2011 05:42:00
I didn't find this map as helpful as the earlier Tavern when looking for something to use in play, although it costs more. It seems a bit too prosperous and modern (or at least Enlightenment) for my preferred influences.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Index To Challenge Magazine 25-77
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/15/2011 02:01:45
Very complete and helpful tables repeated in a number of different sequences. Putting up this amount of work for free is much appreciated.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Index to the Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/15/2011 01:58:09
Like the "Challenge" index, very useful data organised helpfully in several different series.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Tavern
Publisher: Arsenale Shipworks
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/15/2011 01:55:43
I've used this in a game and found it a very sensible small generic drinking establishment, printing cleanly as a battle grid - just a useful thing to have on hand for practical game use.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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