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Basic Fantasy RPG
by Dustinian C.
Publisher: The Basic Fantasy Project
Date Added: 09/08/2014 15:48:10
Basic Fantasy RPG I started out in the RPG hobby in 2009 with D&D4.0, and BFRPG was a nice change of pace. I lack the "old school" perspective, but I'm told it's pretty much "Basic" D&D with a few of the better features of "Advanced" D&D thrown in (separate race/class, different weapon dice, etc.). I do struggle with "social" encounters, because one of the game's core assumptions is that you'll "role play" those rather than "roll playing" those (i.e. no "diplomacy checks" here). But I'm not going to take a start off the review for that. I've enjoyed stretching my "role play" muscles in these scenes. One thing I do want to add to this review: I want to make it clear that this book includes: all the rules you need to create level 1-20 characters for 4 races and 4 classes (with one multi-class option); monsters; equipment; magic items; and DM advice. In short, this is everything you need to run a game. I want to emphasize again that this rulebook includes a section of monsters. That's one thing I've ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Joan of Arc, Protocol Game Series 3
by Chrystal A.
Publisher: post world games
Date Added: 09/08/2014 15:09:22
Joan of Arc, Protocol Game Series 3 We played two games yesterday by Post World Games' Jim Pinto's Protocol Game Series. The first one was Jean of Arc, about a dying Space Station and the intrepid characters launched to save it. The second was Zombieskin a game where characters were mutated and deformed survivors in a post-apocalyptic setting, trying to protect a child called Eve (to read the review of zombieskin check out the game). First of all, I had read through the first game, Jean of Arc a few days before we started playing. The day before I quickly reviewed the rules and the setting before starting to play. Character creation and scenes are created by using cards. Drama points are used to change the narrative direction (extending scenes, adding new NPCs, resolving conflict). Each turn a player becomes the director of a scene. After four rounds the game ends. With Joan of Arc, we selected names, drew cards for motivations, and creating one relationship between two characters. As there was six players, w...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Horror Stories From The Red Room
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Chaosium
Date Added: 09/08/2014 14:31:42
Horror Stories From The Red Room Originally posted at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2013/11/05/tabletop-review-horror--
stories-from-the-red-room-call-of-cthulhu/ Chaosium Monographs are pieces that are largely edited and laid out by the author(s) in question rather than by the actual employees of the publisher. Because it is generally very hard for a writer to edit or even see their own mistakes, Monographs can be very hit or miss in terms of quality. More often than not, they are filled with typographical, grammatical and editorial errors that would have easily been caught by a different pair of eyes. Now, this is not an across the board condemnation, but rather a generalization. After all, there are some great monographs that have been of a higher quality than some full fledged Call of Cthulhu releases. Just look at Mysteries of Ireland and Children of the Storm. I’d put those up as some of the best monographs, and easily some of the better Chaosium releases, in some time. Unfortunately, Horror Stories From the Red R...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Mysteries of Ireland
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Chaosium
Date Added: 09/08/2014 14:29:19
Mysteries of Ireland Originally posted at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2012/08/02/tabletop-review-mysteri-
es-of-ireland-call-of-cthulhu/ Mysteries of Ireland is the latest low-frills Call of Cthulhu publication known as a Monograph. Monographs are CoC supplements, adventures or texts that Chaosium publishes, but has not done any of the art, editing or layout for. Because of this the books can range from extremely high quality like Children of the Storm to subpar offerings like Ghosts in the House, you never know what you are going to get. I decided to pick this up this since I’m a big fan of Cubicle 7′s Cthulhu Britannica line. I have the core book, the Avalon one and Shadows Over Scotland, but I was surprised that they never did one for Ireland. Well, not to worry because now we have one, albeit one by a different writer. So what do you get in Mysteries or Ireland? Well, you get a wonderfully done and extremely comprehensive look at Ireland from the year 1919 to 1930, two short but nicely done city gui...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Phantom of Wilson Creek
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Chaosium
Date Added: 09/08/2014 14:28:31
The Phantom of Wilson Creek Originally Published at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2013/01/25/tabletop-review-the-pha-
ntom-of-wilson-creek-call-of-cthulhu/ The Phantom of Wilson Creek is one of Chaosium’s monographs. For those unaware of this imprint, a monograph is where the author, rather than Chaosium does the editing and layouts in addition to the writing. Often times they also do (or hire) the artist themselves as well. Chaosium just does the publishing. This means monographs are a crap shoot in terms of quality. Sometimes you get really good releases like Mysteries of Ireland or Children of the Storm and other times you get sub-par material like The Ghosts in the House. Unfortunately, The Phantom of Wilson Creek is one of the latter. It’s a collection of four adventures set in the same location of rural North Carolina. The problem is none of the adventures are that good and the piece really needed a better editor as the entire book’s flow feels clunky and thus it reads poorly. Still, it’s not the worst monogr...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
The Genius Guide to the Dracomancer
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
Date Added: 09/08/2014 10:04:42
The Genius Guide to the Dracomancer What, a new base class that casts spontaneously and looks to dragons for their power? Er, isn't that really a sorcerer? Not quite, as we shall see... Yes, the dracomancer is a spontaneous caster. But that's about where the similarity to sorcerers ends. Dracomancers are linked closely not just with dragons themselves but with the source of draconic power - that's where their casting abilities come from rather than interesting genealogy, and moreover they take on other aspects of dragonkind as well. They are also able to acquire a dragon companion, who will grow with them as they rise in level. In places where dracomancers are rare, they are often viewed with suspicion and there are many misconceptions about them. Where their powers are better known, they're often respected members of society and accorded high status. Scene set, all the game mechanics needed to run a dracomancer up to 20th level are provided. There's an interesting discussion on the payoffs to the dragonic compa...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
DC ADVENTURES Hero's Handbook
by Donald F.
Publisher: Green Ronin
Date Added: 09/08/2014 10:02:25
DC ADVENTURES Hero's Handbook The familiar d20 elements blend seamlessly with the unique damage system of escalating conditions. Anyone who has played Hero System games will find parallels in the time/distance/power level scale, but more streamlined. A complete and compact game with enough customization capability to satisfy mechanics-minded GMs and players alike.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
MasterBook Core PDF (Classic Reprint)
by Bruce M.
Publisher: Precis Intermedia
Date Added: 09/08/2014 01:01:21
MasterBook Core PDF (Classic Reprint) I'm not rating the content with two stars. I'm rating the PDF. I own some print books from the Indiana Jones MB series and was curious to read more of the system and the World of Bloodshadows. I bought the bundle containing the MB, World of Bloodshadows, and the MB Companion. Firstly, top marks for including the Master Deck PDF with the MB. Unfortunately, the resolution of the books is quite low. It displays ok on my iPad, but is impossible to read on my Kindle Paperwhite. The books are all b&w so I thought the Kindle would be able to handle the PDFs with no problems. All the text appears scratchy and incomplete. Zooming in gives a slightly better image, but you are left viewing a quarter of a page at a time. There is no OCR in the files and the contents page is not hot linked. It does clearly state on the product page that these were book scans, but I still have higher expectations from any OEF than what I have seen here. Hopefully the publishers will revisit the files and i...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
City Map Bundle 01 - 04 [BUNDLE]
by Jeff T.
Publisher: Paper Make iT !
Date Added: 09/07/2014 23:17:36
City Map Bundle 01 - 04 [BUNDLE] The art is not so great, but for the price I thought it would work for I wanted. I was wrong. I bought these tiles (and the others in their set) so I could quickly make a larger map for a VTT game I run. However, the pdf is password protected so I can't bring them into Photoshop and combine them how I want. I didn't see anything about that before I purchased. So, What good are they? I guess if you own their map making program, it works in that. For me, I just bought a useless pdf. Serves me right for being lazy, I should have just made my own. I will be very hesitant about buying maps on this site from now on....

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
City Map 02
by Jeff T.
Publisher: Paper Make iT !
Date Added: 09/07/2014 23:13:38
City Map 02 The art is not so great, but for the price I thought it would work for I wanted. I was wrong. I bought these tiles (and the others in their set) so I could quickly make a larger map for a VTT game I run. However, the pdf is password protected so I can't bring them into Photoshop and combine them how I want. I didn't see anything about that before I purchased. So, What good are they? I guess if you own their map making program, it works in that. For me, I just bought a useless pdf. Serves me right for being lazy, I should have just made my own. I will be very hesitant about buying maps on this site from now on....

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Distant Vistas
by Sean M.
Publisher: Draken Games
Date Added: 09/07/2014 17:37:47
Distant Vistas I started a Savage Worlds space campaign pretty much off the cuff one weekend without having done any work ahead of time to build a cohesive game world. As I wasn't expecting to go beyond a single session, the fact that my group really liked the adventure caught me pretty much completely off guard. I grabbed Distant Vistas between sessions and based a lot of my game world on the material therein. The information presented in it is detailed enough to offer a GM a good foundation. However, there's a lot left open as well which gives me a certain sense of freedom to flex and bend things as I see fit. Overall, I think most people who purchase this will find it isn't a professional-grade product, but enjoy and be able to make good use of it nonetheless. Don't expect to have a 100% complete campaign world, but anticipate a solid foundation upon which to build. Also, it doesn't contain any GM-only secrets so the players can browse the individual articles to get a feel for the overall f...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Pandoria - Gaeas Ketten
by Roger L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Christian Rieß
Date Added: 09/07/2014 14:46:09
Pandoria - Gaeas Ketten http://www.teilzeithelden.de Sandbox und Abenteuer in einem verspricht diese PDF-Veröffentlichung. Und das zu D&D 4, geschrieben von einem deutschsprachigen Fan, das ist durchaus etwas Seltenes. Doch halten die Welt von Pandoria und das Abenteuer zu Gaeas Ketten auch, was sie versprechen? D&D 4: Leseeindruck zu Pandoria & Gaeas Ketten 146 Seiten umfasst dieses Fanwerk von Christian Rieß für die vierte Edition von Dungeons & Dragons. In drei Teile gesplittet erfährt man alles Wissenswerte über die Welt Pandoria, die angedachte Sandbox und das anschließende Abenteuer, das eine Gruppe durchaus bis zur 15. Stufe beschäftigen kann und soll. Inhalt Beschrieben werden zunächst Grundlagen der Welt. Allem voran steht die so genannte Karamark und die insgesamt 25 Fürstentümer darin, die mitsamt einzelnen Orten sowie Gerüchten, Wahrheiten und Geheimnissen zu diesen Orten beschrieben werden. Abseits der einzelnen Fürstentümer werden weitere Länder der erdachten Welt beschrieben, i...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Out of the Blue
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Broken Razor Games
Date Added: 09/07/2014 10:55:17
Out of the Blue This game bills itself as 'collaborative storytelling' rather than full-blown role-playing, with scope - indeed need - for three players: the classic 'buddy pair' of cops and a third person playing 'The Beat'. This last individual represents the setting and plot and plays everybody else who appears in the game, but is NOT a game master per se. The cop players may choose to be veterans, rookies, rogues or even a K-9, best each chooses a different one (unless you want two veteran cops or possibly two rogues!). Once roles are decided, you need to determine the setting by deciding which city you're operating in, the name of the unit our cops work for and even a few details about the Chief; as well as determining a criminal organisation and its leadership. That gives The Beat something to work with, whilst the other two players get to grips with their cop characters, again with a series of questions to help you flesh them out. Then they'll need to decide how good they are at various ski...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Interstellar Patrol (Fate Accelerated Edition)
by J L. W.
Publisher: Nothing Ventured Games
Date Added: 09/07/2014 10:19:17
Interstellar Patrol (Fate Accelerated Edition) eight pages of mostly so generic material that anyone could put down on paper in 5 minutes of thought. Take it for free, if you take it at all.

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Magic Emporium
by Walter W.
Publisher: Mystic Mountain Productions
Date Added: 09/07/2014 06:39:36
Magic Emporium A very good model. Fairly complex, interesting design and some options for skins toadapt this building to your personal taste. Looking for a fancy townhouse or small mansion: you can't go wrong with the magic emporium!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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