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Osd-dungeons Rectangle
Publisher: Old School Dungeons
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/30/2013 12:31:35
This is a great looking set of rectangular dungeon rooms. The artwork is excellent, and reminiscent of the art found in classic RPG rulebooks. The sections feature plain gray tiled floors with cracks and shading. A wide variety of room sizes are provided – 2x3, 2x4, 3x4, 3x5, 3x6, 3x7, 3x8, 4x5, 4x6, 4x7, 4x8, 4x9, 5x6, 5x7, 5x8, 5x9, 6x7, 6x8, 6x9, 7x8, and 7x9. Each room size is presented in six configurations of one-square entrances/exits, allowing for a wide variety of arrangements (and some creative cutting and pasting could provide many more). The rooms are plain, so you will have to add your own doors and features (doors can be found in some of their other OSD products).

This product merges well with the other products in the OSD line, and it's a solid and versatile product for a very reasonable price.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Osd-dungeons I
Publisher: Old School Dungeons
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/28/2013 17:50:03
This is a great looking set of dungeon tiles that can create a wide variety of rooms and passageways in different sizes. Room sizes include 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5, and 6x6, each with 1 to 4 exit variants, and the hallway sections (all of which are 2 squares wide) include four different lengths, two dead ends, a corner, and 3- and 4- way intersections. The artwork is excellent, reminiscent of the art found in classic RPG rulebooks, and matches their other products seamlessly.

On the down side, each page is covered in black from edge to edge. This would create a huge waste of printer ink to print portions that are not useful to the product, and discarded when the sections are cut out. The price of this product is very reasonable, but becomes less so due to this waste (printer ink is NOT cheap!).

I’d really like to see an updated version of these tiles with the black borders removed (at least to the edges of the square for each floor section), or possibly even provided as an alternate set of tiles, or as a PDF layer that can be selected (or deselected, as the case may be).

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Osd Dungeons Minis
Publisher: Old School Dungeons
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/28/2013 13:45:26
This is a great looking set of printable miniatures for fantasy adventure games. The artwork is excellent, and reminiscent of the art found in classic RPG rulebooks. The set contains a page of 20 heroes (fighters, rogues, mages, clerics, elves, a dwarf, and a druid) and three pages of monsters (ogres, goblins, giant spiders, zombies, orcs, skeletons, giant rats, a minotaur, wolves, and an evil wizard). All figures have an arrow on their base to designate their facing, and duplicate figures (such as the goblins, rats, skeletons, and spiders) are clearly numbered for ease of reference during combat.

As with their other products, this one has a printing issue – the pages are completely black all the way to the edge, which serves no real purpose, and only wastes black printer ink. (The figures are all contained in white panels, as seen on the cover.) I’d really like to see an updated version of this product that eliminates this waste.

All in all, this is a solid set of paper miniatures for the price.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Osd Dungeons Caves
Publisher: Old School Dungeons
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/28/2013 13:31:55
This is a great looking set of dungeon tiles that can create a wide variety of cavern passageways, stairways, and chambers. The artwork is excellent, and reminiscent of the art found in classic RPG rulebooks. In particular, I like how the tiles have tiny crosses to designate spaces instead of solid lines, which I feel would take away from the appearance of the cavern.

This set suffers from two problems, one major and one minor. The floor sections suffer from a bit of repetition in the pattern of cracks and other features. I always like to see more variety in small details like that, but this wouldn’t prevent me from using these tiles for a dungeon crawl.

The major issue is in printing. Each page is covered in black from edge to edge, with the logo and product name at the top and bottom in large, full-color letters. This would create a huge waste of printer ink to print portions that are not useful to the product. The price of this product is very reasonable, but becomes less so due to this waste (printer ink is NOT cheap!).

I’d really like to see an updated version of these tiles with the lettering and black borders removed (at least to the edges of the square for each floor section), or possibly even provided as an alternate set of tiles, or as a PDF layer that can be selected (or deselected, as the case may be).

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Osd Dungeons Masonry
Publisher: Old School Dungeons
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/28/2013 13:29:45
This is a great looking set of dungeon tiles that can create a wide variety of dungeon passageways, staircases, and chambers, that also includes wooden doors and sections to connect the dungeon areas to cavern areas (which match up nicely with their cavern products). The artwork is excellent, and reminiscent of the art found in classic RPG rulebooks.

This set suffers from two problems, one major and one minor. The floor sections suffer from a bit of repetition in the pattern of cracks and other features. I always like to see more variety in small details like that, but this wouldn’t prevent me from using these tiles for a dungeon crawl.

The major issue is in printing. Each page is covered in black from edge to edge, with the logo and product name at the top and bottom in large, full-color letters. This would create a huge waste of printer ink to print portions that are not useful to the product. The price of this product is very reasonable, but becomes less so due to this waste (printer ink is NOT cheap!).

I’d really like to see an updated version of these tiles with the lettering and black borders removed (at least to the edges of the square for each floor section), or possibly even provided as an alternate set of tiles, or as a PDF layer that can be selected (or deselected, as the case may be).

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Osd Dungeons Caves Chambers
Publisher: Old School Dungeons
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/28/2013 13:25:15
This is a great looking set of dungeon tiles that can create a wide variety of cavern passageways and chambers. The artwork is excellent, and reminiscent of the art found in classic RPG rulebooks. In particular, I like how the tiles have tiny crosses to designate spaces instead of solid lines, which I feel would take away from the appearance of the cavern.

This set suffers from two problems, one major and one minor. The floor sections suffer from a bit of repetition in the pattern of cracks and other features. I always like to see more variety in small details like that, but this wouldn’t prevent me from using these tiles for a dungeon crawl.

The major issue is in printing. Each page is covered in black from edge to edge, with the logo and product name at the top and bottom in large, full-color letters. This would create a huge waste of printer ink to print portions that are not useful to the product. The price of this product is very reasonable, but becomes less so due to this waste (printer ink is NOT cheap!).

I’d really like to see an updated version of these tiles with the lettering and black borders removed (at least to the edges of the square for each floor section), or possibly even provided as an alternate set of tiles, or as a PDF layer that can be selected (or deselected, as the case may be).

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Osd Dungeons Spider lair
Publisher: Old School Dungeons
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/28/2013 13:22:38
This is a great looking set of dungeon tiles that can create a wide variety of spiderwebbed cavern passageways and dungeon rooms and hallways. The artwork is excellent, and reminiscent of the art found in classic RPG rulebooks. In particular, I like how the cavern areas use tiny crosses to designate spaces instead of solid lines, which I feel would take away from the appearance of the cavern.

This set suffers from two problems, one major and one minor. The floor sections suffer from a bit of repetition in the pattern of cracks and other features. I always like to see more variety in small details like that, but this wouldn’t prevent me from using these tiles for a dungeon crawl.

The major issue is in printing. Each page is covered in black from edge to edge, with the logo and product name at the top and bottom in large, full-color letters. This would create a huge waste of printer ink to print portions that are not useful to the product. The price of this product is very reasonable, but becomes less so due to this waste (printer ink is NOT cheap!).

I’d really like to see an updated version of these tiles with the lettering and black borders removed (at least to the edges of the square for each floor section), or possibly even provided as an alternate set of tiles, or as a PDF layer that can be selected (or deselected, as the case may be).

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Osd Dungeons Masonry Round
Publisher: Old School Dungeons
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/28/2013 13:16:39
This is a great looking set of dungeon tiles and door pieces that can create a wide variety of round rooms and passageways. The artwork is excellent, and reminiscent of the art found in classic RPG rulebooks.

This set suffers from two problems, one major and one minor. The floor sections suffer from a bit of repetition in the pattern of cracks and other features. I always like to see more variety in small details like that, but this wouldn’t prevent me from using these tiles for a dungeon crawl.

The major issue is in printing. Each page is covered in black from edge to edge, with the logo and product name at the top and bottom in large, full-color letters. This would create a huge waste of printer ink to print portions that are not useful to the product. The price of this product is very reasonable, but becomes less so due to this waste (printer ink is NOT cheap!).

I’d really like to see an updated version of these tiles with the lettering and black borders removed (at least to the edges of the square for each floor section), or possibly even provided as an alternate set of tiles, or as a PDF layer that can be selected (or deselected, as the case may be).

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Teratic Tome
Publisher: Neoplastic Press
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/28/2013 11:42:29
Teratic Tome is a retro-styled monster manual compatible with OSRIC and other old-school fantasy role-playing games. The cover and interior have been designed to capture the look and feel of some of the classic AD&D hardcover books of the early to mid-80s – the fonts, organization, and colors are all there, and a dead tree copy of this tome would fit right in next to the original orange-spined core books.

The monsters within are truly monstrous, not just big and hairy, and could easily cover a shift to let one of Clive Barker’s Cenobites have a day off. There seems to be a strong theme of creatures that seek out specific victims – the Acronical, for example, is an insectile beast created by ancient priests to find and destroy those who have been unfaithful to their spouses, as well as any who have aided and abetted such activity. The Epexiant is a tentacled serpent who seeks out those who are so wracked with grief that they do not wish to carry on with their lives. (What it does when it finds one, I won’t go into.) And these are not even entries from the demon or devil sections!

These are not monsters for a cheerful, fairy-taleish dungeon crawl. The dragons feature a list of horrific events that occur to herald their approach – unnatural weather, animal slaughter, and much worse. The halflings keep hell hounds as pets, and torture their captives for entertainment. If you’ve been looking for a bestiary to flesh out a Lovecraftian mythos styled fantasy campaign, I think you need look no further.

The artwork is superb, and other than a few typos and a section where some paragraphs were repeated, the layout and content is excellent. It’s difficult to read most of the entries without getting ideas about how to work them into a game, even as you’re shuddering at the thought. And that’s really where Teratic Tome shines – the attention to the details and motivations of the creatures really brings them off of the page.

As a side note - there’s an interesting twist on the way treasure is handled that would be worth using in most of your OSR games, even if you don’t get a lot of use out of the monsters.

Because I review a lot of RPG products with young people in mind, I feel obligated to say that these are NOT monsters to put into a campaign that you’re going to run for your kids. Please don’t. Save these for the grownups. And only the grownups with strong stomachs. Please.

My two gripes: The beautiful retro-styled cover isn’t a part of the PDF, and I think reading the monster entries before bed every night for the last few days may have given me nightmares. And some plot ideas. Okay, make that one gripe.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Christmas Comes But Once a Year
Publisher: Spectrum Games
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/30/2012 08:55:19
Christmas Comes But Once A Year is a mini-supplement for the Capes, Cowls and Villains Fowl RPG, detailing Holly Daye, a supervillain who wants to take Christmas into her own hands. Driven by her superpower - a radar ability that can tell her who is naughty and who is nice - Holly has been known to steal presents and replace them with coal, destroy Christmas displays, and has a distinct hatred for anyone trying to impersonate the One True Santa!

This mini-supplement is mostly character lore, so it would be very easy to convert Holly to any superhero RPG that you prefer.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Book of Beasts: War on Yuletide (PFRPG)
Publisher: Jon Brazer Enterprises
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/30/2012 08:43:26
This is a short bestiary of very silly Pathfinder compatible holiday themed monsters. You get the Aberrant Fruitcake, Clockwork Nutcracker, Gingerbread Golem, Eggnog Pudding, Dreidel Swarm, and four others in this collection.

As silly as they are, each entry is given a bit of background info that is well written, and will make it a bit easier for you to find a place for these creatures in your campaign. Just be sure to expect some eye-rolling from your players once they figure out what they're fighting next.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Nick-Mall Santa
Publisher: DARKMOOK Paper Miniatures
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/29/2012 08:16:14
A nice-looking figure that's usable with any horror, espionage, or crime themed RPG. The overall style of the figure and cards has me interested in checking out the full game now.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Old "Woodcut" Playing Cards
Publisher: Frugal GM
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/28/2012 14:52:43
A great little PDF for creating prop playing cards, perfect for using as clues in mystery or horror themed games, or even as replacements for standard playing cards in games that use them (with a bit of work, of course). All of the images are in black and white.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Roll XX
Publisher: Neoplastic Press
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/28/2012 08:34:55
A nifty collection of tables that can help the GM brainstorm ideas for an upcoming game, or possibly even supply some improvisational inspiration for a game in progress. Each table features a question and 20 numbered answers that can be rolled for or chosen. Five different genres are covered - fantasy, superheroes, science fiction, horror, and modern - and the questions vary from general ("What time period is it?") to very specific ("Who is the queen of the northern kingdoms?"). Some of the responses seem a bit silly, but you can always just re-roll, right?

This product is completely systemless and usable with any RPG, and the layout is clean and uncluttered. All in all, a pretty good story inspiration tool for a reasonable price.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Snowball Wars Booster Set One: Elf Help
Publisher: Okumarts Games
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/18/2012 08:05:27
A great little expansion for Snowball Wars, adding some random elements and new threats to the game. The art and rules are on par with the original, and the price is more than reasonable.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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