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Dark Convergence
by Adrian S. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 11/12/2015 18:05:15

'Dark Convergence' deals with the incursion of the Convergence of Cyriss and the attempts of the Cygnaran forces (under Nemo) to not only repel them, but also find the purpose of their unexpected aggression. As a game novel, this does well to show the day-to-day workings of the Iron Kingdoms and those who play either of these forces in the miniatures game will probably enjoy the character exploration. Those unfamiliar with the game may struggle initially as the book introduces a great number of established NPCs in the first chapter with little explanation of who they are and how they operate. However, as the story unfolds, this is explored in more detail (and it does answer the question of how effective the Devil Dogs are against 'jacks and the usual casualty rates).
Unlike many other game novels, I could not imagine the sounds of dice rolling in the background during the combat encounters which was highly gratifying. Whilst the author has clearly 'done their homework', it doesn't play out in any sort of mental book-keeping. Additionally, the personal touches and sub-plots to the main characters mean that this isn't simply a battle-report, but rather a story about individuals as their lives and possible catastrophe intersect.
It's an easy read that will be enjoyed by fans of the miniatures and role-playing games alike.



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WARMACHINE: Rules Digest
by Billiam B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/13/2015 16:21:12

I have never played WarMachine (any edition) but have always drooled over the figures and player's painting, so it's really great that this is being made available for free. This manual looks great on the screen. The art is dramatic, atmospheric and of a high standard. The text is selectable which means that in most PDF browsers a word or phrase search can be used to find rules. Diagrams are clear. I can't comment on rules in play because I'm way too much of a novice with WM, but it all looks well written at first glance. Thank you for making this available whilst I'm on a tight budget. :)
-Billiam B.



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WARMACHINE: Rules Digest
by Austin F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/08/2015 15:45:02

Lazily done.


No bookmarks, no appendices, no index. And yet, it keeps the opening story.


So it's neither as small as it could be, nor is it solely the rules, nor is it the best presentation of the rules.


I get that it's free, but still... I could literally splice together a slimmer and more useful document from the same source in about 10 minutes.



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Unleashed Legends: Sacred Charge
by Devon B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/04/2015 15:00:29

This short story is an intriguing way to show how in Privateer Press' Iron Kingdoms setting a couple of the ways a Skorne can behave. A big part of the story is that the Skorne caste system doesn't always mean the heart of the person is in the right place. The three protagonists fit their roles well and while some parts of the ending are a bit obvious, it is well written.


I highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of the Iron Kingdoms, as this is another good piece of work.



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Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Core Rules
by Carlos F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/28/2015 12:33:53

This is a great add on to the regular IK rpg or great as a stand alone.
It provides great rules for playing the wilder side of civilization in the Iron Kingdoms.


For those who do not know the IKRPG system. It is a 2d6 model with a more abstract progression system that mimics but is unlike leveling.
Unlike other systems players are larger than life and truly Heroic. If D20 is like lord of the Rings, this is a Marvel Movie. Both GREAT but for very different reasons.


The rules are much the same as IKRPG (as is expected) and they do a very good job of fleshing out the cults and tribes that you can play as.


Though just like its Predecessor, IKRPG, there will be quite a bit of house ruling needing to be done.
Some entries are written with errors or vague enough that for the wargame are sufficient, but in an area that requires imagination this book gives very little to assist.


Also another area that needs house ruling is the classes. Why are some race restricted? Slaughter houser is really just a Halberdier, why is it farrow only? Fennblade is just Greatweapon Specialist, why Trollkin only. Long rider, raptor, and Wolf rider could respectively be Heavy Cavaltry, Mounted archer(ranged Cavalry) and Cavalry Scout. There is no need for them to be race specific.


Otherwise I think they have added Much more good than bad to this RPG world. Warlocks and beats are explained and implemented wonderfully.


So if you want a system that is simple, does not have everything explained to the smallest detail, and fights are quick and dynamic, this is for you.


WARNING for those coming from other more established systems. The lack of definition will be very off putting at first, things are not spelled out to the letter, and the spells are described visually. Also character creation can literally take minutes. So if you or your group are not very imaginative and cant come to decision on how a rule should work, stay clear of this system.



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Bad Moon Rising
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/26/2015 18:16:32

Bad Moon Rising is the latest pre-written adventure for Iron Kingdoms RPG from Privateer Press.
The adventure, like many of those produced by Privateer Press, consist of a number of scenes, mixing social and combat encounters. And while many think IKRPG is a combat heavy game, Bad Moon Rising has a lot of roleplaying chances as the player characters get to interact with many NPCs.
Bad Moon Rising takes the form of a horror murder mystery. So expect some spoilers coming up and if you are players in a campaign, perhaps totally stop reading this review now.
The adventure centres around the attacks in a Khadoran outpost by the Circle of Orboros, and in particular the increasing number of vicious attacks by a monster - a Warpwolf. Over a number of nights, the convergence of the 3 moons of Caen progresses, and the ferocity of the Warpwolf attacks increase. The Circle mount more and more attacks from outside of the fort, and all the while a harsh snow storm blows.
The characters are of course suspects, and are expected to take it upon themselves to investigate the attacks, to determine the nature of the creature and put a stop to them. As the story continues it will become apparent that there is a dark history to the fort that relates to the current events. Furthermore, a conspiracy will make itself known and lead to a final, bloody combat.


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Iron Kingdoms Unleashed: Skorne Empire
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/26/2015 18:15:14

This strange race of humanoids comes from the far east of Immorean, past the Storm Lands and deserts, and past the Abyss. They are an ancient race, with an equally age old enmity with the Elves. They are a warrior race, with a society that focuses on slavery, torment, pain and torture. Their design and look is clearly inspired by aspects of Japanese Samurai culture, and ancient Persia. And as for their physical form, they are pale, with bony rigged foreheads, and pointed ears.


On face value alone they could be considered the equivalent of Dark Elves from that other war gaming company, but then you would be wrong.


The Skorne Empire book really lifts the lid off this ancient empire. We learn of their rise from a nomadic culture around the time the ancient Elven empire was destroyed, and their warring between city states, and the eventual formation of a unified empire, first under the exiled king, Vinter Raelthorne of Cygnar, and then under the Supreme Archdomina Makeda.


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Into the Storm
by Devon B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/21/2015 16:45:52

Into the Storm is an invigorating read about some of the dirtier corners of Cygnar within Privateer Press' Iron Kingdoms setting. It invites several laughs, and makes you want to root for the main characters. Madigan is written very well, showing how a stubborn man would do what it takes to get things done.



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Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Core Rules
by Robert L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/25/2015 12:36:46

Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Review


A little background for you, I play Warmachine and Hordes, which are the table top miniature games that this RPG is based on. In particular my main faction is the Trollbloods so it was almost written in the stars that I would like this book. I’ll try to give you an objective review, but if my love of the setting gets away with me you will know why.




Iron Kingdoms Unleashed is the RPG of the Hordes table top game. Which is about the monster races of the Iron Kingdoms. The original book in the line Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy covers the Humans, Elves, and Dwarven kingdoms of the setting.




Fluff




This game is interesting, I’ve been playing a lot of D&D 5th edition since it’s release. So seeing a game that lets you play a monster was refreshing. Especially because the setting gives you the sense that these monsters are on some what equal footing with the civilized Dwarves, Elves, and Humans. Your not a cowering tribe of Goblins fearing the day when a high level Adventurer will sweep through your tribe. The major monster races are scary, and should be respected.

Iron Kingdoms Unleashed takes place in the “Wilds” of Immoren. While I really enjoyed the chapter setting up the history of all the factions. Knowing the other side of the coin, specifically what is going on in the human kingdoms from the Full Metal Fantasy book, really helped flesh out the setting. I’m not sure if they give you enough of a picture of what the countries on the map actually mean by themselves. Given you are playing monsters, so whatever those soft squishy humans print on maps doesn’t mean much, as they are weak and cower behind the walls.


There are a lot of monster races to pick from in the book, they are basically split into four “factions” of critters. The Bog Trogs (fishmen) and Gatormen make up the swamp races. The Trollkin and Pygmy Trolls make up the Troll Kriels. Tharn and Human druids make up the Circle of Oroboros. The Farrow are well… the Farrow. Lastly you have the Nyss who are a species of Elf that have lost there lands to mutant dragons (it’s a long story). Of course there are Humans who live in the wilds as well. The races seem fairly well balanced, and mixing races from Full Metal Fantasy should not be a problem.




The Trolls have 4 species that live in the wilds. There are the Pygmy Trolls, who are small (by troll standards) clever people who are not quite as smart or civilized as the Trollkin. I like to think of them like Jawa’s personally. Where Trollkin are large and strong, Pygmy Trolls are more agile and cunning. Trollkin are the next size up, they are of human intelligence, and the race appears in Full Metal Fantasy as there are Trolls that live and work in Human settings. Trollkin have a scottish flair, liking big weapons and wearing kilts, but have an odd tendency to have vaguely Nordic names, and they drink heavily. Trollkins are 7 to 8 feet tall, and in the setting probably fill the same niche as World of Warcraft Orcs. There are also Full Blooded Trolls, which are monsters, but can be reasoned with. Sometimes Full Blooded Trolls live with there smaller kin, trading labor and strength for easy food. Lastly there are the Dire Trolls, Mountains of muscle and basically the fury of nature given form, they are hard to reason with.




Farrow are my other favorite race from the book, they don’t get a lot of pages but what they get is just packed with flavor. They are probably the D&D Orc race in the setting, Tribes of pig headed savages. In this book I found out that they are cannibals, which makes sense several Farrow units in the table top game have the “Bacon” rule. Basically in the setting Farrow are often prayed upon by other races because they are tasty to eat. The Farrow themselves acknowledge this which is why they eat their own as well, and consider it an insult if you don’t join them.




The Circle of Orboros has humans in there number and Tharn. Tharn are kind of like shifters from Eberron. They are a race that are touched by the Devouring Wyrm and have a human like form, and can shift into a more bestial form. Tharn Men become larger and vaguely wolfish, where the tharn women become agile and hard to spot. The Druids of the Circle are old school D&D Druids, wanting to return to nature at any cost, which means they want to destroy civilization. The problem is civilization is not destroyed, the Full Metal Fantasy kingdoms are at late 19th century technology, which means you get to read about the Circle having all these cool plans to destroy the world, and then ultimately fail.




Bog Trogs are walking humanoid fish that are easy to track because they smell. They are cowardly and are often beaten into submission by the other race they share the swamps with, the Gatormen. Gators in the Iron Kingdoms setting all appear to have the ability to walk on two legs. The Gatormen are 7 foot tall, walking gators, that normally practice in magic that involves the stealing souls and then using them as a resource. They can also command the larger gators of the swamp, along with giant snapping turtle, swamp squids, and other nasty beasts.




In short you are playing monsters, which has it’s own problems. Being neck deep in the lore of the game it’s hard for me to imagine a reason why some of these races would work together. But then again I’m a lore snob and probably should relax and enjoy things more.




The Rules




Making a character is pretty easy in the game because you don’t roll for stats, and honestly during creation you don’t make a lot of choices. Which is good and bad, but the ease of which you gain your first few “levels” means the early part of the game is an extended tutorial. Once you get about 12 XP (which you can get in 4 to 6 play sessions) your character has taken on a lot of new abilities and choices, and really fleshed out.




Step 1 is you pick your race, which determines your basic stats.

Step 2 is you pick your Archetype which is basically a mini class. You have four choices, Mighty (which raises your damage and makes you harder to kill), Skilled (which raises the number of attacks you get, and can make you more skilled), Cunning (party buffs essentially, gives you the ability to assist the other characters), and Gifted (aka your any form of Magic User).

Step 3 you pick two Careers. Careers come pre built with what Abilities, Skills, and even gear they start with. You pick two, mash them together, and you have your character.

Step 4 Customize. You can add 3 points into any of your stats, also you can trade out any spell or ability you get with another one available on your list. Which is good if you have something you really don’t need because of your class selection, you can pick up something more immediately useful.

Step 5 Play.





The System




Iron Kingdoms uses d6’s, typically you roll 2d6 add your modifier and try to beat a difficulty number. So it’s kinda like d20 in that regard, it also means the average roll is 6 or 7. There are several ways of adding dice to the roll that exist in the game. For example, picking the Mighty Archetype gives you an extra dice of damage on melee attacks. Or charging into combat also gives you an extra dice. So if you find yourself in a situation where you need a high number that is hard to roll there are typically ways to change the math, the trick is finding them.




All characters also get 3 feat points which can do a number of awesome things, which is good because there is little to no magical healing in the game. So if you didn’t have the ability to heal with feat points, or halve the damage you take from an attack with them, the game would be extremely deadly.




The game itself is primarily a combat system as it’s built on a wargame. Which means the combat is also extremely fiddly. While I can in theory imagine not playing with miniatures, I wouldn’t recommend it. This is probably the biggest downfall of the game honestly, the combat system is deep and complex. The problem is it has a fairly steep learning curve. Now if you are used to the tabletop game picking it up is easy, it’s the same system with a few wrinkles.




Overall

As I said I play the table top game, I’m already invested in the system. So I like it a lot. The World is interesting, there is a lot of good stories you can read. I play Trolls, they are in this book a lot, it's awesome. It’s not a game for everybody, again the rules are very fiddly, and while the combat is engaging and very dynamic the game does shine with it’s combat system. If your not a deep combat nut it’s probably not a great game for you. The system reminds me a lot of Final Fantasy Tactics, where you take jobs, and get stuff, to really make the character you want. If any of this sounds interesting to you, take a gander, it’s a lot of fun.



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Bad Moon Rising
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/06/2015 06:43:55

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Privateer Press’ products are extremely hit or miss for me. I can’t stand Warmachines or Hordes, but that’s mainly due to the mechanics, the fact I find the models unaesthetically pleasing. Which is okay - every game is someone's favorite; it's just PP's skirmish game is not for me. That said, I love the fluff behind the game and I really enjoy the fiction, with pieces like Murder in Corvis (soon to be a boardgame!) and Blood in the Water. I don’t enjoy the core Iron Kingdoms RPG, but I really like the Unleashed version, especially the introductory kit, as it’s a fun little self-contained piece. So for me, it seems like every time I agree to review something from Privateer Press, I have a 50-50 chance or enjoying it or really disliking it. Unfortunately, Bad Moon Rising is in the latter camp. It’s a highly overpriced, derivative adventure that lacks any semblance of originality. I’ve played the exact same story in adventures for Chill, Ravenloft, Call of Cthulhu and probably even Accursed. It is the most generic and overdone horror adventure plot ever, just with Iron Kingdoms jargon and mechanics thrown in. It’s really disappointing to see the lack of effort put into this, and if I had actually paid ten dollars for this instead of getting it as a review copy, I’d be ANGRY rather than just disappointed that this piece was approved for purchase by the general public.


Basically, Bad Moon Rising is your typical “trapped with a werewolf” adventure. Of course, since this is Iron Kingdoms, it is a Warpwolf, which for most of you, the only difference is going to be in the naming convention. The PC will have to spend several days (in-game) trying to figure out who the Warpwolf is and stop them before they kill again. After a certain amount of days, the Warpwold succeeds, and the fort the characters are trapped in will fall. The adventure really is that cut and dry. Yes, if you’ve played a horror RPG, you’ve almost certainly played this adventure before. Hell, you can go to Kickstarter and find numerous versions of this story in the Werewolf-clone card/beer and pretzel game variants that pop up constantly over there. After only a few minutes with Bad Moon Rising, you can tell just how phoned in this adventure is. Hell, even the name of this piece has been used by everyone from CCR to adventures for Judge Dredd and Shadowrun. You would think Privateer Press would have at least changed the name to something more original. Instead, this merely serves to show how little thought and effort was actually put into this adventure. It’s shameful really. It’s the third Ginger Snaps movie almost cut and paste into the Iron Kingdoms mechanics.


No adventure is all bad and, truth be told, the worst part of this adventure is the lack of originality, creativity and effort put into the piece. Taken on its own, Bad Moon Rising is a fairly serviceable piece that you can make work if your players have little to no experience with horror RPGs and/or werewolf movie tropes. The adventure is long (quantity over quality) and there is a lot of depth given to the NPCs and locations. The adventure is also equal parts roll-playing and role-playing, which is nice. Hack and Slash fans get their fifteen minutes, but so do the people who want a more investigative/talking heads adventure. A good GM can try and make the piece come to life, but I’d advise some heavy rewriting, as it’s very dry and dull the way it is written. Insert a Ben Stein joke here. A little more time in production or with rewrites and Bad Moon Rising could have been a decent homage to garou clichés. I also really like the art in this piece. It’s the best part of the adventure. It’s too bad the maps shown throughout the piece aren’t full size so you could print them off and use with your Privateer Press miniatures. They’re very nicely detailed and would make the adventure far more fun than it is. Of course, the adventure is already crazy overpriced ($10 for a PDF adventure?) so Cthulhu knows how much more PP would have tried jacking up the MSRP of this if they had done that. There are lots of ways Bad Moon Rising could have been improved had there been a modicum of effort put into it. You can tell that by the little things that actually do “pop” in this piece, like the art.


So yes, Bad Moon Rising is not all that bad. I can’t recommend it to anyone due to the paint by numbers level of this piece, coupled with the cost Privateer Press is actually charging for it. It’s as if they wanted to make people angry with how little thought went into this adventure (or respect for the Iron Kingdoms audience). It’s a very long, dull drawn out adventure that you’ve seen, read, played or watched a half dozen times before – each of which was more than likely better than Bad Moon Rising. Pieces like this are what keep me from regularly investing in Privateer Press’ products, because they are either really good or really bad. I will say that Bad Moon Rising is not typical of Iron Kingdoms. It’s not as good as Unleashed, which came out this year, but the regular Iron Kingdoms tabletop RPG is not usually “rehash someone else’s story and hope no one notices.” In fact, this is the first time I can remember it being so. Still, the lack of quality, from writing to QA on down to editorial with Bad Moon Rising was so deplorable, it’s enough to make me very afraid of how bad The Undercity is going to turn out. Of course, I was considering pre-ordering that game, only because I loved the story by Richard Lee Byers it is based on, but that’s really not enough to sink money into something that may be as disappointing as Bad Moon Rising.



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Iron Kingdoms Unleashed: An Introduction to Savagery
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/24/2015 16:54:49

Great freebie that will help tie those IKRPG players over if they can't quite buy the big book straight up.


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Iron Kingdoms Unleashed: An Introduction to Savagery
by Breno B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/12/2015 19:58:51

lacks the connections with other books, just for making the correct relations



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Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Core Rules
by Jared B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/03/2015 13:16:10

This book is at best is an expansion book, and not a stand alone book. It have to few careers without race requirements to really support mixed games on it's own. As well there are major problems with some careers like warlocks not being able to to empower ranged weapons, being over all weaker, and has less player options then there counter part the warcaster. It also does not help Unleashed that we are still waiting for the errata to fix the problems of the book before it.



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Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Core Rules
by Johannes L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/10/2015 05:12:31

If you like Iron Kingdoms, you will love this. You will have the chance to play the monster without or within "civilazation" as feral humans and Another view of the Creation of the World and harness its Powers ...



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On a Black Tide
by Shane W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/04/2015 16:02:37

After reading this preview, I am defiantly going to grab the full book. It was great, solid read.



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