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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

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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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Out of Body, Out of Mind
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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The Crypt of St Bethesda
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>DISLIKED</b>: The fact that I have never seen it in a store.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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Dead Man's Cove
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>DISLIKED</b>: The fact that I have never seen it in a store.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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Servants of the Blood Moon
by Curt T. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/08/2007 14:02:52

(No spoilers.) Servants of the Blood Moon is a good value. This AEG adventure can be dropped into most fantasy settings with ease. I especially liked the rumors; this extra touch aids the DM in befuddling the players. Only the slight differences between the map, the legend, and the narrative keep me from giving this product the highest marks. The DM can correctly update the map with a careful read-through prior to play. Lastly, this product's file size was much larger than it should have been (57.6 MB) for the relatively small number of pages. No viruses were found.



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Adventure I
by Thomas I. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/27/2007 03:21:30

Many good and short adventures that you can play for one evening. I recommend it!



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Dragons
by Chris G. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/22/2007 00:00:00

Dragons are a big part of the fantasy game. They are rare, powerful creatures that are often the focus of adventures and even some campaigns. Dragons have a sense of awe from them. Everyone knows and most seem to own Draconomicon by Wizards of the Coast. However, there is another lesser known book about dragons called Dragons. It is almost four years old and made for 3.0 but I have gotten a lot of use out it in the many years I have owned it.

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has recently been doing less d20 work then in previous years. But they had a great series of books people referred to as the One Word Titles. Simply they were single word names and they covered one single topic but did it well. The book is paperback and over two hundred pages. The paper is not high quality, the art is so so, and the layout is okay. The table of contents is not that great and there is no index so finding things in the book is not that easy. In fact if you sit this book next to the hard bound full colored glossy page Draconomicon it is hard to see how it could compare. The Draconomicon is a great looking book, a coffee table book if you will. But I don?t have a coffee table and I am more interesting in the ideas in the book then how well it looks.

Dragons is a book filled with some interesting ideas. My favorite of all though oddly enough has nothing to do with dragons. It is a very cool zero level Bard spell called Sharing the Ancient Lore. It allows others to see share a memory of the caster. It is a simple neat spell that really has no combat ability or is powerful. But in the four years I have had this book I have made good use of the spell. It Is the little things like this that make this book for me.

Now some of the rules in the book are not that good. The prestige classes are pretty cool my favorite being the Student of the dragon a monk oriented class that gives some neat dragon inspired abilities. Others like the dragon Slayer have been done by others but still are not that bad. The feat collection is an interesting variety again including some like Dragon Friend and Hamstring that have been seen in other products at least in name and basic ability.

One area that the book shines in is Dragon Alchemy. This section suggests using dragon parts to craft certain items. It has uses for the blood, bones, brains, claws, crests, ears, eggs, eyes, glands, heart, horns, kidneys, livers, ligaments, lungs, muscles, necks, tongues, scales and hide, stomachs, tails, and teeth of each of the ten common dragons. There is a lot of information and it makes for some good alternate treasures and reasons for hunting dragons. It also is one of the few products that basically lists power components for creating magical items an alternate rule that does not get enough print.

Another area I like that some probably will not is the Dragon Classes. These are five level base classes of increased power. So, instead of having the dragon take fighter levels to boost his power, give him draconic fighter levels and he gets a feat each of the five levels. The classes are stronger and made for NPC dragons to make them more powerful as Dragons should be. The classes are a little stronger then the base classes and nicely more focused on the dragon. The Draconic Rogue gets treasure sense and the Draconic Sorcerer gets his spell like abilities as known spells.

Third book despite being a little outdated still has some good options and ideas between its covers. I mentioned a few of my favorites but there is more that this book offers. Many of the other books in the series are like this one, not great on appearance but high quality in the ideas contained in it. Dragons is not going to serve as a replacement for Draconomicon but will serve as a good companion piece.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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Toolbox
by James J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/28/2006 00:00:00

Really just a whole bunch of tables. But they are in fact A WHOLE BUNCH OF TABLES. Lot's of little tidbits to fill out the bare spots in an adventure or to spark the imagination.

<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: lot's of tables<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: The type face was gray instead of black, it printed fine but is a pain to read online.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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