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A Matter of Honor
Publisher: Bards and Sages
by Marco K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/28/2009 10:53:51
Somewhat strange ... and no more than a fleeting idea given some shape.

... ok, perhaps at $ 0.99 you cannot expect too much, so it is not surpising that everything about this adventure is very micro ... except for its file-size of course.

Beside two stat blocks and a micro map you get three almost half pages and one almost full page of text.

Nonetheless the whole lot of it sums up to an astounding 25MB!!! file-size like a full 500-page rule-book.

Perhaps it would have been a good idea to at least automatically reduce file-size with Adobe Acrobat - resulting in a nice 650KB file after barely 10 seconds of work.

To sum it up: Just an average idea given some small shape at a very large size.

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Marco, OOPS! Thanks for the head's up. I went back and checked the production files and the settings were wrong. The size-issue has been corrected and the file is now a much more suitable size of 1.88 MB. Should you ever notice odd issues like this with future products, please feel free to contact us directly using the Contact Publisher link and let us know so we can get them fixed.
Legends & Lairs: Spells & Spellcraft
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
by Marco K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/23/2007 05:00:28
I consider it really difficult to review this product.

Why? ... Well, before me I have a well designed book counting a full 172 pages with information about spellcraft. It has some interesting headlines, a professional layout and some nice pictures.

It ist advertised as "The definitive d20 System resource for spellcasters" but after reading through it all I can only say: definitely not!

Why? ... Well, to put it simply: There's absolutely nothing within the pages of this book to even get somewhat excited about.

Spells & Spellcraft chapter one promised me over 100 new spells. To be honest I didn't count them. There are indeed a few spells. Most of them are listed with all spellcasting classes and I doubt counting them only once will end up with 100 new ones. But it doesn't really matter. Matter of factly I wouldn't call any of these spells "new" but perhaps "somewhat new". There's nothing really new about any spells in this chapter and you will miss none of them in your game. Most are simply slight variations of existing spells or of spells from other schools of magic. They definitely will not add power or variety to your game, as advertised. Some are not even basically tought-out like the 7th level spell:

Protection from Wards: The character is rendered invisible to a ward, and is completely protected from all ward effects and spells. The ward cannot detect his movements or actions, and he is considered to have an unbeatable SR against any effect or spell generated by a ward.

Surely a nice spell to have along if you are about to breach some highly warded area.

The other chapters of the book seem to be utterly useless to me most of the time. I didn't even find an interesting idea to use with my games. I'll try to explain that in more detail: Let's take the part about libraries and personal libraries for example. I think most of us have an idea what a library is and what book are. Nonetheless most of the chapter describes all these facts again in full detail. In the end you can summarize the whole chapter with those two small tables listed about the text. Some percentages for finding a certain book or information depending on the size of a given city or library. Nothing more, nothing less and nothing you cannot come up with yourself in a few minutes or by simply guessing the chance.

Something like that can be said for all the following chapters. Many words about nothing and I consider most of them useless. The whole chapter about laboratories and research - exactly the same as with libraries. The whole chapter about relics - just another name for artifacts with nothing new. The whole chapter about cooperative magic just a simple feat to allow a character to cooperate with up to one other spellcaster - the benefits seem more than doubtful. And so on and so on ...

To sum up the content: You'll miss nothing if you haven't read it. For the price of $5,00 I do not feel cheated, but I also haven't got any new resources.

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zzz-Lejendary Adventure Moon Slaves
Publisher: Troll Lord Games
by Marco K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2006 00:00:00
Moon Slaves is an introductory short adventure of average quality made of about 12 pages of gaming content. The layout and maps are well-done. The plot is not too believable but has a few nice ideas and if you are in quick need of a short adventure and have little time to prepare Moon Slaves comes in handy.

A major drawback for the average gamer is the game setting itself, though. To put it simple the adventure can almost only be used with the Lejendary Adventure Role Playing Game. While an experienced game master can easily come up with his own NPCs and stats rather quickly the adventure is hard to prepare if you have no idea what the main protagonists - being Ulfs and an Alfar - might be. Many stats are also hard to convert if you do not know the game mechanics. To make reading even more troublesome the well known Game Master, Player Characters, Non-Player Characters, Experience Points and so forth have become Lejend Master, Avatars, Non-Avatars and General Merits. I myself consider those terms an that noble-Lejend-Master-talk somewhat ridiculous. In the end it was rather time consuming to properly prepare the adventure for my own game setting while I never encountered any such problems converting other D20, D100 or whatever adventures.

If a game system renames more than half of a gaming world and its denizens to its very own terms and uses its very own game mechanics a "Terms and Definitions" page might come in handy to make it more easy for the game master to drop the adventure into other game settings. Otherwise there should be a note that the adventure is only meant to be used with the Lejendary Adventure Role Playing Game.





DISLIKED: Very hard to convert to drop into game settings other than the Lejendary Adventure Role Playing Game.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Disappointed

[THIS REVIEW WAS EDITED]


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