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Thieves of Fortress Badabaskor (1981)
Publisher: Judges Guild
by Gregory M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/25/2014 08:21:23
Back in the day I used to own this module and loaned it to a DM to run it, well I never got it back so finding this pearl now available as a PDF is great. The cover art of the PDF is different, it is not orange, it has multiple colours, same illustration though. You will have to look past the scans which contain somewhat distracting shadows from the back pages. If I remember correctly it was printed on newsprint which is very difficult to scan. If you look beyond this imperfection you will find an excellent five level dungeon. It has the background of the fortress, the Angallian Prophecies, Angall of the Perpetual Void, five mile hex area map, village of Badabaskor, two tenths of a mile map of the fortress (colour), my personal favourite pits and traps table which I use to this day, five level dungeon and descriptions (I love the old maps and the descriptions are priceless), and lastly alternate dungeon descriptions. Page 3 contains an index of acronyms commonly used by the Judges Guild authors, so if your wondering what "HO_%" means this is gold! The back cover art is great, an axe wielding barbarian! Page 30 has a fun illustration of an encounter with a black pudding typical of the sort of art you'd see in the LBBs. You will also find the JG treasure vault, which is a list of their products, very useful if your collecting. All in all you can't get more classic than this 1981 module. So I give this a big thumbs up!

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Huberic of Haghill Map (1977)
Publisher: Judges Guild
by Gregory M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/25/2014 07:54:36
This is a very clean map of Haghill, which is a location found on Campaign Map 1. The City State of the Invincible Overlord is not far away. You will also need the additional product Initial Guidelines Book K to get the fullest enjoyment of this map which contains the key and details. Very nice!

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Initial Guidelines Booklet K (1977)
Publisher: Judges Guild
by Gregory M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/25/2014 07:50:21
Ok, most of you will wonder "What is the Initial Guidelines Booklet K?" Booklet K contains a Non Player Character Morale Table, Non Player Character Cutups, a Negotiation Table, Hirelings, Civilization and Technological Levels, Population, Baronies, Income, the Malevolent Character Module describing Count Kalderic, and most importantly, a key to the hexes of Campaign Map 1, the hex key to the Idyllic Isles on page K-4, Huberic of Haghill starting on page K-5, the map of Haghill split over two pages, and the key to the hexes of Campaign Map 1 starting on K-8. Now Campaign Map 1 contains the location of the City State of the Invincible Overlord, so this booklet provides very important campaign hex details, locations of citidels and lairs i.e. what monsters are found in hexes, trade guide and examples of geas (see page K-11), and limited wishes (see page K-12). Haghill is not far from the City State and is a site for a dungeon underneath the keep which is currently sealed by Huberic. There is enough detail in this booklet just on Haghill alone to allow a Dungeon Master to get started with that but to really enjoy this booklet and get the full value of it you should also have Campaign Map 1. Back in the day the initial guidelines were how we got started because there is enough information in the Judges Guild Guidelines to spark the imagination. In short, the content is very good, this booklet is decently scanned, the map is nice, and the information is well worth having in any campaign. As a model of how to do it right the JG works excel at giving Dungeon Master's the right amount of information, enough to get started and not so much that you can't personalize the campaign material to suit your tastes. So, I give this a big thumbs up.

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GM's Software Bundle [BUNDLE]
Publisher: NBOS Software
by Gregory M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/30/2012 18:05:15
It isn't very often that I find software that I really like, and then, when it is offered in a bundle, great!

The Keep is the main reason that I purchased the bundle. NBOS has a demo that you can download and try it out. The software allows you to enter your content, and that can be anything from an image to a pdf, into it's database. I quickly immersed myself into the program, and found it much easier to author and revise my campaign content. You quickly get used to the idea of authoring content in granular topics and hyperlinking them.

Traditional layout programs are useful, up to a point, that being where you add content and the flow gets horribly disturbed. With The Keep you avoid all that. The Keep goes well beyond a normal word processor and allows you to integrate NBOS wonderful Inspiration Pad Pro generators, which allow you to randomly generate content from tables. There is a bit of a learning curve for IPP but the time spent is well invested. The Keep also integrates NBOS other software, some of which is free like the Character Sheet Designer, so you get a suite of usable tools.

I highly recommend trying the demo out in order to find out if this is the campaign management software you've always wanted. In my case, I wish I'd had this years sooner. Users can share their .keep files and import their friends files into their own DB. You can export to HTML, print to PDF, save files out to RTF, and control what secret information is in that output so your players only see what you want them to see.

Fractal Mapper 8 I have yet to fully explore. The demo from NBOS is limited in that you can't save your work. However I was impressed enough while using the demo to consider purchasing the bundle. I am familiar with Adobe Illustrator, and ACD Canvas, and FM8 beats them in price by a wide margin! FM8 can use both vector and raster art. That is, drawn lines and pictures.

I"m very happy with my purchase.

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