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0one's Black & White: Lair of the Black Cult
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/29/2009 13:33:31
The basic concept of this product is to provide a ready-to-use fantasy location, with a one-page referee map and a set of customisable maps breaking that location down into 8" x 10" sections suitable for use with miniatures. 0one's usual high technical standards aid you in presenting the map just the way you like - and there are even scenario ideas if the location hasn't already started to spawn ideas in your mind.

So, this location is the home of a rather dubious-sounding religious organisation, rumoured to kidnap the unsuspecting for unspeakable rituals. Or, of course, they might be really nice people and your adventurers have a completely different reason for visiting their home. Or, indeed, it could be a base for your characters...

Be that as it may, the place is disguised as an orc camp - who knows, your adventurers might have chanced on it and fancied a night of orc-bashing... and are in for a bit more than they bargained for! For those who delight in adventure locations that can actually be the dwellings of whatever or whoever you put there, essentials such as a latrine, kitchen and sleeping quarters are incuded. (I once ran a game in which the players spent quite some time exploring the ablutions on the grounds that they must have some significance because they were there on the map! Even monsters need relief, you know.)

It's a nice compact complex which, with suitable introduction and population, should provide a good evening's play. The customisation allows you to display (or not) the grid, furniture, etc.; while labels only appear on the referee map. You can also turn off the black fill completely on such as walls, or switch it to grey, depending on how you like your maps to look or if you wish to conserve ink.

Overall, a nicely-presented lair suitable for use the next time your players have a run-in with an evil cult or the like. All you need to do is decide who's in there for them to fight. A useful resource to keep to hand.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Wilderness Tile Designer
by Andrew F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/27/2009 21:01:44
This product is extremely disappointing to me. The artwork is incredibly good and the interface for designing a beautiful 6x6 tile is simple and easy to use. That however is all it does.
You cannot save tiles. You cannot create more than one at a time. You must print your 6x6 tile before you can design another one. The implication on the product page to me was that you could design a tile, place it amongst a larger group to form a larger map. The example of a map made with wilderness tile designer seemed to imply that to me. This is not the case at all. You print a numbered design grid. Then hand sketch what you basically want the overall map to look like and then design tiles accordingly. You cannot however save those tiles onto the grid provided it is for planning only.

My second issue with the product is that the tile design is 6x6. That is not a very useful size for the average printer and since you are forced to print the tiles and put them together you waste a lot of paper.

Okay.....Those were my gripes. That being said it can be a very useful tool and the art is very nice. For a computer beginner this is a fine accesory to make 6x6 tiles with.

I suggest for anyone with paint shop or photoshop to make their tiles their or use a mapping program. It will save paper and is a much "greener" solution

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
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Dungeon of Terror #7: Mad Mage Chambers (South)
by Joe K. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/18/2009 15:35:29
Dungeon of Terror continues to advance the black and white full scape dungeon maps by 0one Games. This time around, the file is composed of 35 pages. This includes the cover, an overall map of the entire dungeon, brief instructions, and a brief detail of what is currently in the dungeon as well as the product listing for other titles in the series.

The biggest problem I have with the product is there is entirely too much black ink wasted in printing. Some of the pages were so overloaded with ink that the pages were almost wet. For example, Terror #212 is a corner of a circular room. What do you think the parts outside of the circle are? If you said black, then you'd be correct.

The best bet? Make sure to use the level tool and turn the fill to fill gray. The fill completely off is not appealing to look at.

The maps are nice and simple. Very easy to read.

The maps go together without any problem in terms of assembly.

While laid out in a specific position, the maps can be printed multiple times to come up with different variants. As a younger man, I often bought Wyrm Works, gaming maps that detailed dungeon levels and city locations. This is a modern heir to such efforts and at it's price tag of $1.99, it's hard to see why a person in need of maps wouldn't buy it.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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0one's Blueprints: The Great City, Hope Park
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/28/2009 10:22:30
It's strange, but normal city amenities like public parks are often omitted from fantasy maps. Here's an attempt to rectify the lack, with a well-detailed open space in the middle of the Great City (or indeed, within any largish township where it might suit you to locate it).

The product consists of an 'overview' map of the complete park and surrounding buildings and streets, and four larger maps that you can print out and stick together. As usual, all are available in either blue and white or black and white; and there is a 'Rule the Dungeon' button which allows some element of choice as to what is displayed - a hex or grid, text, buildings, and so on.

It appears to be a properly-maintained public gardens, complete with a park-keeper who has a residence on site and works full time at keeping the place looking good. The park is quite popular with local lovers, with a nice shady pond for them to wander hand-in-hand beside, and there is a wall where the infamous Broadsheets - the Great City's answer to the daily newspaper - are posted. There's a small kiosk, and if you require more substatial refreshment there is a wine shop nearby. If it is your soul that needs refreshing, there is a temple to a nature deity - quite appropriate for the sort of nature-lover who goes to parks!

If you are using the Road to Revolution campaign, this is where it all begins. But even if you are not, any city worthy of the name ought to have a park for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Cavern Tile Designer
by Jose M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/22/2009 15:51:24
Great help for DM building up caves. Though, it could have bear a little more details, maybe in a second page. Just a sugestion.
I'm quite satisfied with the product. But as there are five of them, you could make a bundle to cheap the cost a little.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Cavern Tile Designer
by Jose M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/22/2009 15:51:17
Great help for DM building up caves. Though, it could have bear a little more details, maybe in a second page. Just a sugestion.
I'm quite satisfied with the product. But as there are five of them, you could make a bundle to cheap the cost a little.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
0one's Black & White: Medusa Hideout
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/03/2009 13:55:01
Continuing 0one's development of quality play-aids, in this product they supply a DM map of a location, nine customisable tiles depicting that location suitable for miniatures use... and suggestions as to what might be going on in that location. The location is an underground lair used by a medusa located near a city. In the notes, you'll find out about the medusa and how she operates, sufficient background to enable you to put together suitable rumours and other hooks to get the characters involved.

The map and associated tiles detail the medusa's entire lair, while the notes give a brief description of each room and what might be happening there. As usual with an 0one product, you can exert quite a lot of control over the maps; turning the grid on or off, choosing whether or not it is furnished and so on. As the series name suggests, the maps are black & white line art, all neatly done.

For a quick adventure, you'll only need to check the monster and NPC stats, add some treasure and you are ready for the characters to arrive. A proofread by an English speaker would improve the notes, otherwise there is nothing to fault!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Dungeon Tile Designer
by Josh B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/03/2009 01:07:56
Maybe if you could move the templates in areas that would make it more useful but I can not think of any good reason to buy.

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Battlemaps: Slave Ship
by Daryl P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/02/2009 19:15:31
Great artwork and great cartography. The ship itself is good -- and it doesn't have cannons, making it work for a fantasy game. HOWEVER (and this is a big however), like many of this company's other products, they don't leave any margins on the pages. When you print it, you will be missing some of the images and not have a very good final, assembled product. You could print with a reduced zoom (like at 95%), but then you lose the 1" grid standard. This is a serious flaw that the company really needs to work out.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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0one's Black & White: Medusa Hideout
by jason p. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/29/2009 14:36:38
very artistic maps, I like the old style blueprints

I do not always have time to draw out the encounter areas when I run a game and this company gives me premade maps that are easy to read and easy to modify if I want to

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Dark Ladies: Villainesses in RPGs
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/06/2009 08:59:23
A book on villains of the female persuasion might seem a rather strange subset at a first glance, but the introduction takes care of that by outlining how being female can put several whole new spins on just being a villain. The shock value of discovering that the mighty fighter that put half the party on the floor is actually a woman, the unique perspective that being matriarch of a noble line or a whole tribe might bring, or perhaps the use of physical appearance from seductive beauty to outrageously ugly hag may be of significance.

We're then plunged straight into a fantastic collection of villainesses, both historical and fictional. Each is given a detailed write-up, both in terms of D20 stats and in terms of what she's like, what her motivations are, how she approaches a fight and several possible plot hooks in which you can use her in your game. Several pages, including atmospheric drawings, are devoted to each one.

While the motivations and plot hooks for the historical characters are firmly based in reality, it is easy to imagine how you could change names and places to fit into your own campaign... and see how long it takes your players to spot Catherine di Medici or Mata Hari - if they catch the references at all! Likewise, although the fictional characters have their own backgrounds, these too can be adapted to suit your purposes.

On the other hand, you may just use these as inspiration when creating your own unique and deadly ladies to stand in opposition to your players... or even in alliance, or as patrons. New weapons and spells are scattered throughout, and these too may be worthy of consideration for your campaign.

Rather strangely, after some seventeen of these ladies, there comes an appendix on magical beast hide armour. Fascinating stuff, all about how it is made and what benefits it gives you... but while it's fascinating to know what rust monster armour might look like, or how to cure the hide of a displacer beast; I'm not quite sure what relevance it has to a discourse on villainesses. It's a useful addition to knowledge about equipment and armour, and could make for some interesting items to be found - or, especially if you use the rules for trapping, tanning and crafting these armours - a source of income for the characters.

Overall, it is a beautifully-presented work, with a delicate bluish theme in fitting with the feminine aspects of its content, yet understated enough not to interfere with the actual text. Fruitful ideas... memorable villainesses... while you'll need to do some work to fit them into your campaign the rewards are likely to be worth the effort.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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SKIRMISH TILES, fiendish grounds
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/05/2009 09:16:49
Short of ideas for nasty places for your players to end up? Fancy a fight in a lava pool or around a pillar of skulls? Here is a fine array of 'skirmish tiles' to build a series of interesting (in the Chinese sense) places that can serve as the setting for many an adventure.

In this PDF, there are a full 30 'tiles' that can be put together to create whatever setting your fiendish imagination can devise. While presented in the familiar lush style that marks all 0one Games product, these tiles lack the three-dimension effect used in their battlemaps, allowing them to be mixed and matched as you please.

Each tile is presented in both full colour and greyscale and, like any PDF, you can print as many copies as you'd like of any individual tile. The collection includes an iron gate, wall and towers, a pond of blood, the ribcage of some long-departed creature, bogs, lava pits, hallways lined with fire and even the aura of a fire dragon.

Coupled with other tiles you can create just about anything, and if you are short of ideas several sample layouts are provided. So if you need to have a hallway that spits lightning or a river of blood, look no further.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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SKIRMISH TILES, Castle System: upper level
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/05/2009 09:06:33
This is a simple, elegant and very powerful system for castle design. When you open the PDF (you'll need Acrobat Reader v.6 for this), the first thing you'll see is an explanation of how the system works and an overview of all the tiles in this set. The next page is the 'Control Sheet,' a grid with all the tiles laid out in a rather conventional 'square keep' layout, which is where you pick the tiles you want to use - in that layout or anything else you please. The next page is a blank grid, which is where you create your design, by clicking on the grid square you want to use, then going to the Control Grid and clicking on the tile you want to appear in that location. Once selected you can rotate the tile, or get rid of it if you change your mind. When you have finished, there's an even neater trick - the file will automatically print out just the tiles you need to create your design on the tabletop. You can also print out the design page to use as a convential map or just to remind you what the castle ought to look like when you come to lay it out before your players.

This collection represents the top level of a castle, basically the rooftops. So here's to some epic swordfights across the tiles...!

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
SKIRMISH TILES, Castle System: upper level
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SKIRMISH TILES, Castle System: second level
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/05/2009 09:05:23
Following on from Skirmish Tiles: Castle System Upper Level, this file enables you to create the 'top floor' of your castle. It works exactly the same way, with a system that lets you select and arrange the tiles you want on a master map and then print out just the tiles you need from the collection of full-size tiles ready for your game.

It's an excellent use of the current heights of PDF technology, and should inspire those who have been hoping for some above-ground maps from 0one (OK, we do have an Inn...) to start designing adventures to make the most of the castle(s) they can create with the Castle System.

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0one's Black & White: Bandits' Trail
by max l. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/03/2009 15:13:08
If it doesn't bother you that the tiles are black & white ( it shouldn't they look great!) this is a cheap but very effective way to get tiles of high quality!

I'm very satisfied!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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