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Stargate SG-1: Roleplaying Game
by Ian K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/16/2008 06:47:42

Having enjoyed the TV series, I was excited when I noticed this product on the shelves of DriveThruRPG and was quick to purchase. I'm not disappointed by the content. The d20 implementation is well done, with the Wounds/Vitality game mechanic used for combat. There is also a wealth of background material for the SG-1 setting. The review of the game residing at RPGnet is excellent and covers the game content well: htt-
p://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/10/10809.phtml


Specifically to this PDF version, I'm afraid it's not to the quality I've come to expect from DriveThruRPG. The PDF is a scanned image rather than a publication created from the original typesetting material. The image format results in a large file size, a whopping 88Mb. There are clearly visible track marks from the scanner down the pages. These are especially noticeable on pages including images where the darker background highlights the lines. The image quality is also not as crisp as a PDF published from the original material, some of the text being slightly out of focus and fuzzy. Again, this is more noticeable where there is a background to the text. Several pages are not quite square to the page sides, where the page has slipped as it has gone through the scanner. This is especially evident on pages 436 and 448 of the PDF.


All in all, an excellent d20 product let down by quality issues in the PDF version.



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Against the Barrow King
by Jonathan E. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/16/2007 03:00:59

A good little adventure that can be adapted easily to almost any setting and dropped into an existing campaign or used as a sidequest - I was able to drop it into a Forgotten Realms campaign after about 15 minutes work. A few minor problems with incomplete stat blocks and the odd spelling error, but nothing that can't be tweaked easily.



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Dead Man's Cove
by David D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/22/2007 21:58:39

Thanks Kelly for the review, it convinced me to buy. This was quick,and easy to run. It was also easily adaptable. Players enjoyed it and were able to finish it easily in one session. Of course that can vary. For the money this is more than worth it



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Guilds
by Michael M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/14/2007 19:38:10

For someone looking to build convincing detail in their urban setting, GUILDS is a marvelous tool. Historical background, fundamental guild types, new NPC classes to enhance specialization, as well as the one-three page descriptions of various guilds stimulate the imagination. Would not recommend for PC consumption, unless playing a high-level urban campaign. As with any good support document GUILDS provides a few new magic items, a few new prestige classes and a couple of unexpected monsters.



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Servants of the Blood Moon
by jerry s. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/04/2007 00:00:00

Having a module that can be dropped into an existing campaign without much work is always helpful to a busy DM. I have only read it through at this point, but I will definitely use it in future campaigns<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: Short, but with a good story that can be expanded on or used as is.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Nothing<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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That Which Does Not Die
by Collin F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/26/2007 00:00:00

Great adventure. I used this as the basis for an Eberron adventure scenario for first-time players in that setting and it worked quite well. Mystery, intrigue, and the supernatural - it's all there.<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: Good plot. Gave me the basics I needed.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Written in a very linear fashion without any thought into other possible alternatives for players to choose along the way.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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The Caravan City of Azul
by Steven v. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/06/2007 00:00:00

A nice little design for a caravan city to stick in your existing city to add some mystery and intrigue.<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: A great add on feature for a city. Cheap<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: There is an annoying fade out line that runs through the whole product. It doesn't actually hide any information, it's just distracting. So I guess that would be a poor "photocopy." Again, the pages are not quite in order due to it being a pamphlet, but I guess if you print it out and fold it properly it would be good. Will need to update to 3.5<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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That Which Does Not Die
by Steven v. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/06/2007 00:00:00

A good mini adventure to stick in between adventures while the players are in a city.<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: A good short, one night adventure that can be scary. Cheap.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Will need to update to 3.5 rules. Since it is like a pamphlet, the pages aren't necessarily in proper order. (IE: pages 1 and 16 are on the same overall page and so forth.) <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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Blood on White Petals
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/19/2007 07:38:51

An RPG Resource Review:


Blood on White Petals is a short scenario - designed for an evening's play - in AEG's Adventure Keep series. With a decidedly oriental feel, it is best run in an oriental setting - else the 'traditions' that the characters are being asked to uphold would be decidedly bizarre if not baffling to them, and much of the dramatic tension would be lost.


The scenario opens with a succinct background for the DM, explaining about the silk-rich Caotang province and the politics that have been going on, and the black arts practiced by the current magistrate of Caotang villiage... and the results when the local peasants discovered what he was up to. This is why you need to be using an oriental setting: peasants revolting against an unjust lord would not raise many eyebrows in a conventional mediaeval/fantasy setting.


The adventure itself opens with the characters arriving in the vicinity of Caotang village. Why they are there is left to the DM to decide - perhaps the scenario is to be dropped in as a 'side adventure' while the characters think they are about something else entirely.


Once the characters have encountered the devastated peasants - who quite naturally expect only death for having slain their magistrate - it will be up to them to figure out what has been going on. As the magistrate was killed while in the process of summoning and binding a demon, the demon is now attempting to break free - it needs to kill the remaining children of the villiage to be able to manifest permanently; so the characters will have to search a nearby monastery where the ritual had been taking place, fight off any number of animated corpses and items set upon them by a very wily, not to say desperate demon, figure out where the remaining children are hidden and slay the demon when it manifests briefly to devour one...


A simple and straightforward adventure, but with sufficient investigation to keep the characters thinking as well as fighting. Presentation is good, including a nice map of the monastery, but more attention should have been paid to proofreading as several spelling and grammatical errors have slipped through. It would be a good adventure for low-level characters to establish a minor reputation in this particular area.



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Empire
by Jerry L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/02/2007 19:07:37

From a GM perspective I enjoy the book. It helps me with world creation and a few details that was over looked. Adds to big picture role playing. If you enjoy details from the top to the bottom, and with game mechanics.



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Toolbox
by John W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/27/2007 00:00:00

Toolbox is the kind of book that truly creative Game Masters have been waiting years for. Gets straight to the meat and lets you use its content in YOUR way in order to augment your game, not control it... Great resource for breaking out of ruts and getting past the "curse of the blank page". Also good for publishers as a raw resource of ideas and inspiration.<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: Straight to the meat, and lots of it. Helps me run the game MY way rather than simply adding to the plethora of same-same content already out there from publishers such as the long-since-lost-their-inspiration WotC.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Encounter charts use up a great deal of the book and are mostly useless since they're not broken down by CR... Just presented in a very flat format by terrain. Also, the product is devoid of hardly any descriptive text for chart results... Not asking for a ton, but a short blurb on each chart result and ideas of how to integrate into an existing game would have been a bonus. (In the product's defense, a lot of the results are mostly self explanatory.)<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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Out of Body, Out of Mind
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/13/2007 00:00:00

Does this line get some sort of a prize for the smallest amount of content per download size?


It's not a bad little puzzle-box of a dungeon, though, centred on a fairly major deception about what's actually going on. The outcome could be anything from complete party annihilation to killing the monster and grabbing all the loot, depending on some specific decisions that the group makes.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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Tomb of the Overseers
by Kelley M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/09/2007 00:00:00

It is small but definitely worth while. Need a quick story and map? This is it. You can run this on the fly with only a few minutes prep. Of course how long it takes to go through with the players is always a question of how extreme they are - so the potential for a couple hours of play is here.
I have several of these they have all been the same quality and presentation. It is more likely to be used as a quick random adventure encounter (especially since that appears to be what it is for).<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: everything<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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Against the Barrow King
by Kelley M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/09/2007 00:00:00

It is small but definitely worth while. Need a quick story and map? This is it. You can run this on the fly with only a few minutes prep. Of course how long it takes to go through with the players is always a question of how extreme they are - so the potential for a couple hours of play is here.
I have several of these they have all been the same quality and presentation. It is more likely to be used as a quick random adventure encounter (especially since that appears to be what it is for).<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: Everything<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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Jerimond's Orb
by Kelley M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/09/2007 00:00:00

It is small but definitely worth while. Need a quick story and map? This is it. You can run this on the fly with only a few minutes prep. Of course how long it takes to go through with the players is always a question of how extreme they are - so the potential for a couple hours of play is here.
I have several of these they have all been the same quality and presentation. It is more likely to be used as a quick random adventure encounter (especially since that appears to be what it is for).<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: Everything<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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