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13th Age System Reference Document
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/03/2014 17:49:14
Following the example of many other successful models (which the creators of this game had a hand in as well), The 13th Age SRD is a smart business move and a valuable tool at the game table as well.

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B2 The Keep on the Borderlands (Basic)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/23/2013 05:55:53
NOTE: This product is no longer missing maps. A quick email to customer service and they promptly fixed the problem.

B2 The Keep on the Borderlands is iconic to say the least. For many gamers this adventure was our first foray into the world of Dungeons & Dragons and it enthralled us with all the potential the game had to offer. Even more important the adventure has withstood the test of time and works just as well for the modern gamer as it did all those years ago. As either a one-shot game or a mini-campaign this module has enough material to provide DMs and their players with plenty of material to fill game night. Enjoy!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The God-Machine Chronicle Anthology
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/05/2012 13:03:35
This is an excellent anthology of short stories developed to introduce readers to the God-Machine Chronicle which will be appearing sometime in 2013. Whether you play World of Darkness games or not this is a good collection to read and you will be very entertained.

Nineteen shorts works of fiction. Seven originally published in other works. Twelve original works created for this anthology.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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When the Sky Falls
Publisher: Malhavoc Press
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/25/2012 15:33:38
"When the Sky Falls" is an event book which introduces the falling of a meteorite into a fantasy setting as well as the aftermath, or "Afterfall." The book covers three types of meteorites and how to best introduce them into your campaign world. For those interested in crunch the book also provides a plethora of new material including four new prestige classes, 12 new meteorite-related feats, 38 new spells, new magic items and monsters as well as five scenarios which can be easily integrated into any campaign.

Each section includes useful check lists which game masters can use to plan their event beforehand. These check lists ensure the game master has sorted out all the details and will get the most out of introducing this event to their story.

I found the book to be very useful and a welcome addition to my collection. Planning out major events like this can be a time consuming process and this product makes sure I get the most out of my time without missing any of the important details.

This book is a d20 product but can also be used (with some adjustments) with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. A lot of the material is game agnostic.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Mythic Role Playing
Publisher: Word Mill
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/25/2012 13:11:37
Mythic is a fairly solid system and a great tool for game masters (or groups looking to play sans the game master). It places a strong emphasis on each player taking an active role in the process of generating the ongoing narrative of each game. In spirit it resembles other storytelling games (like The Onyx Path's World of Darkness games) although it utilizes a unique approach to that style of gaming.

The GM emulator is an interesting tool as either an aide for your game master or as a "substitute" for the gamer behind the GM screen.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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2012 Catalog of Palladium Books
Publisher: Palladium Books
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/25/2012 13:00:42
It's a catalog. Fans of Palladium Books will find this product interesting and somewhat useful in planning their purchases. As always Palladium Books has a mediocre track record when it comes to releasing new books on time. It is the nature of the beast so any future release dates should be taken with a large grain of salt. For those books already on the market double check their website to see if they are still in stock.

Palladium Books has been experimenting with print on demand according to Kevin Siembieda. A lot of their most recent prints have actually been PoD runs. Although this option is not available yet for individual book purchases it is a sign that Palladium is exploring their options in the ever changing game industry.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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On Writing Horror
Publisher: F+W Media
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/25/2012 12:55:03
"On Writing Horror" is an excellent book for aspiring horror writers and/or those curious about the "horrific" world of writing and publishing horror. The publishing industry has changed quite a bit through the years and horror has always filled a peculiar niche which shares a lot of overlap with other genres. Elements of horror are found throughout literature making this the kind of book that any writer could benefit from reading.

Piece by piece this book examines the state of the industry, advice and tips on writing horror and how to go about getting published in a genre which runs the length and breadth of literature. Each topic is well organized, explored and suitably inspires those with interest in the genre. I found a great deal of the advice to be helpful to me as a writer in general and especially as an explorer of horror.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Dudes of Legend (Full Version)
Publisher: White Wolf
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/29/2012 20:58:57
Dudes of Legend is silly. Dudes of Legend is awesome. It is both silly and awesome. As humorous as this product is I found it particularly useful for the right type of game.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Dudes of Legend (Free Sample)
Publisher: White Wolf
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/29/2012 20:58:23
Dudes of Legend is silly. Dudes of Legend is awesome. It is both silly and awesome. As humorous as this product is I found it particularly useful for the right type of game.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Initiative Cards: 4E
Publisher: LPJ Design
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/29/2012 20:54:38
When it comes to D&D 4E initiative cards are a great idea but these are too cluttered to be very useful. Most of this is information that most DMs will never need to know. With so much on each card it becomes a chore finding the information you need. It is faster to ask your players for the info which defeats the purpose of having it in the first place.

The other drawback to this product is the cards are only for PCs but none for monsters. It is only half a product.

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
Initiative Cards: 4E
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New Paths: Expanded Spell-Less Ranger (Pathfinder RPG)
Publisher: Kobold Press
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/29/2012 20:32:13
This is a nice little product from Kobold Press. For players who want to play a more traditional ranger without spell-casting abilities this class product works quite well.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep
Publisher: Engine Publishing
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/29/2012 20:28:11
Often times game masters (GM) spend as much time preparing for games as they do running them. Every GM has their own methods which are usually developed through trial and error because quite frankly, for everything written about game mastering there is very little said about the process of "session prep." The lucky GMs have someone to guide them but the unlucky ones are forced to stumble through until they eventually figure things out for themselves.

Never Unprepared shows GMs how to skip the grueling task of learning game prep. Based on decades of experience this book helps GMs boil down session prep to a simple but thorough process with allows for focus on what is most important to the game. Then it shows you how to schedule those tasks so your session prep can go as smoothly as possible.

This book is written independent of system so GMs will find it useful for any game. I have been a GM for over two decades and I found this book had plenty of suggestions to make my session prep even easier.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Blood Sorcery
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/29/2012 19:57:49
If the Circle of the Crone or Lancea Sanctum play any role in your chronicle this book will prove itself invaluable. These new mechanics for blood sorcery are much more versatile than the original without abandoning the essence of the vampiric existence. The system can also be easily adapted to traditions of your own design.

As an alternative to blood sorcery, Threnodies are special effects vampire can invoke by drawing deeper on the Beast using song (or chants, poetry, rhythmic music) and committing a sacrifice. These effects are derived from Disciplines and they can be quite potent but they are also very dangerous. If the character performing the Threnody somehow fails to do so correctly (by failing or dramatically failing the roll) the negative results can be disastrous and varied. My particular favorite result is the vampire loses control of the Beast. No, not frenzy. The Beast actually flees the vampire's body and runs rampant.

If your troupe is looking to get more out of blood sorcery this is a great book for you.

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Writing Fiction Step by Step
Publisher: F+W Media
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/29/2012 17:52:46
There are a lot of books written about writing books. For the most part each of them says the same thing so if you are looking at this book you are probably asking yourself, "What makes Writing Fiction Step by Step by Josip Novakovich different?" Or at least, "Why should I buy this one?" Those are great questions. Let me help you answer them.

Writing Fiction Step by Step breaks down the writing process into a step by step process which writers can use to develop their craft. I know what you are saying, "Well duh Mike! It says that in the title." I know it does but it needed to be said so I can point out that Josip emphasizes that step by step process with over 200 clever exercises. Each exercise asks you to write something and to focus on a particular kind of character, dialogue, plot or theme (among others). Through these exercises writers will find themselves developing their skill by actually using it. As many writers have said before, "If you want to be a writer you need to write." Each chapter and exercise builds on the ones which came before them. As you work your way through this book you will find yourself developing a cohesive tool set with which to produce interesting fiction. In fact, you will find you have already written a great deal of interesting fiction. All you need to do after that is keep writing.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Writing Fiction Step by Step
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Scion: Hero
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/29/2012 17:31:57
Scion is a great game.

Unfortunately, it is a great game with a decent system that has some holes in it. At first glance most of these holes in the system are hard to notice but it will not take your troupe long to find them once you start playing. More than likely you will muscle through the rough spots because at it's core, Scion is still a great game.

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