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Rogues, Rivals & Renegades: The Krampus
Publisher: Vigilance Press
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/21/2014 18:35:59
A great little M&M supplement for any GMs who want inspiration for a holiday themed game on the campy side. The character illustration and backstory are very good. I can already imagine this fellow kidnapping the mayor and holding him hostage (tied up in garland, no doubt) until someone can promise that there will be snow on Christmas Eve...

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Holiday Heroes & Horrors
Publisher: Octopus Apocalypse
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/17/2014 20:41:07
(Originally posted to the Contemporary Quixotist: http://quixotist.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/1d12-days-of-chris-
tmas-day-3-holiday-heroes-horrors/ )

The next goody under the angry treant stuck in the little pot in our living room is Holiday Heroes & Horrors, a holiday and arctic themed supplement for the Pathfinder RPG from the wonderfully named Octopus Apocalypse. Packed in the 18 pages are details of a new arctic region called “White Hell,” rules for snow blindness, a new item, item quality, and item material, two new magic items, three new spells, two new races, and a bunch of new monsters to top it all off.

As with many holiday themed products, the material and illustrations are a bit whimsical, but if you’re looking to bring some lighter fun to your Pathfinder games, then this would be three bucks well spent.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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There Was A Dark, Dark House (FirstFable)
Publisher: FR Press
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 10/29/2014 09:32:31
A wonderful Halloween-themed adventure for the excelled FirstFable RPG. This has the main elements of a well-written adventure for young people - options to help instead of fight, a non-linear story path, and opportunities for the players to shape the story in their own way. Pre-generated monster characters (ghost, vampire, werewolf, and zombie) are included, as well as rules for customizing each of these to make your own. The adventure itself is short (4 page sides) and an easy read, perfect for an impulse game when some young adventurers ask for something to do on the spot, and the end of the adventure includes a fill-in-the-blanks story to encourage players to recap their adventure with words and pictures.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Jester David’s How-To Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding
Publisher: 5 Minute Workday Publishing
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/14/2014 20:56:00
A meaty, system-agnostic collection of methods and tips for worldbuilding, drawn from blog posts and feedback. I'm a sucker for any RPG product that helps improve the quality of play, and this one really delivers. In its 200 pages there are few illustrations and no gimmicks, just a whole lot of advice, ideas, and inspiration. This one is well worth the admission fee.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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d30 Sandbox Companion
Publisher: New Big Dragon Games Unlimited
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/08/2014 06:53:35
An impressive collection of inventive ideas for random generation, presented with an old-school look and charm. Just flipping through the book filled me with ideas for my next campaign ("Cult generator? Hmmm, maybe I should add a cult for them to encounter..."). and the adventure generators are fantastic for impromptu games. The premise may seem gimmicky but the execution isn't, and the author's true passion for OSR gaming really shows. I don't often give five stars for a product, but this one has definitely earned them.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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At the Mountains of Madness - from the RPG & TableTop Audio Experts
Publisher: Ambient Environments
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/07/2014 23:22:57
The Ambient Environments soundscapes are quality recordings that combine sound and music into an audio atmosphere for your storytelling games. Each track is ten minutes long, with no fade in/out at the start or end, making them perfect for continuous looping. While reviewing this series, I played each track in the background and often didn't notice when it had started over. The sound levels are
compressed very well, which means that there will be very few distracting volume changes when you play these during a session. And at $1.99, the price is very reasonable.

The At the Mountains of Madness soundscape includes arctic wind, along with some spooky ambient music (some of it kind of backwards sounding, for greater effect). A very good mix of sound effects and evocative music. All of their soundscapes are very good, but this one actually made me start thinking about running something that I could use it in.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Foreign Marketplace - from the RPG & TableTop Audio Experts
Publisher: Ambient Environments
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/07/2014 06:23:18
The Ambient Environments soundscapes are quality recordings that combine sound and music into an audio atmosphere for your storytelling games. Each track is ten minutes long, with no fade in/out at the start or end, making them perfect for continuous looping. While reviewing this series, I played each track in the background and often didn't notice when it had started over. The sound levels are compressed very well, which means that there will be very few distracting volume changes when you play these during a session. And at $1.49, the price is very reasonable.

The Foreign Marketplace soundscape includes a cacophany of shouting and chattering voices, coins jingling, animal noises (chickens, ducks, donkeys, and goats), blacksmithy sounds, shuffling feet, and much more. It's a great audio backdrop for most any marketplace scenario.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Land of the Giants - from the RPG & TableTop Audio Experts
Publisher: Ambient Environments
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/07/2014 06:19:35
The Ambient Environments soundscapes are quality recordings that combine sound and music into an audio atmosphere for your storytelling games. Each track is ten minutes long, with no fade in/out at the start or end, making them perfect for continuous looping. While reviewing this series, I played each track in the background and often didn't notice when it had started over. The sound levels are compressed very well, which means that there will be very few distracting volume changes when you play these during a session. And at $1.49, the price is very reasonable.

Land of the Giants soundscape includes wind, native drums and other percussion, and some ambient background music. This track could be used for any outdoor scene that has grown tense and suspenseful (with or without the presence of giants).

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Hidden - from the RPG & TableTop Audio Experts
Publisher: Ambient Environments
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/06/2014 23:09:10
The Ambient Environments soundscapes are quality recordings that combine sound and music into an audio atmosphere for your storytelling games. Each track is ten minutes long, with no fade in/out at the start or end, making them perfect for continuous looping. While reviewing this series, I played each track in the background and often didn't notice when it had started over. The sound levels are compressed very well, which means that there will be very few distracting volume changes when you play these during a session. And at $.99, the price is very reasonable.

The Hidden features suspenseful ambient music, (thrumming bass, swelling strings, distant and echo-ey piano melodies) for those times when the party is on the verge of making a terrible discovery. It sounds like it comes straight from the soundtrack of a Hollywood thriller. Moss would definitely think this one is "ruddy mysterious."

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Dungeon Crawling - from the RPG & TableTop Audio Experts
Publisher: Ambient Environments
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/06/2014 22:20:51
The Ambient Environments soundscapes are quality recordings that combine sound and music into an audio atmosphere for your storytelling games. Each track is ten minutes long, with no fade in/out at the start or end, making them perfect for continuous looping. While reviewing this series, I played each track in the background and often didn't notice when it had started over. The sound levels are compressed very well, which means that there will be very few distracting volume changes when you play these during a session. And at $1.49 each, the price is very reasonable.

The Dungeon Crawling soundscape features ambient music, a torch cracking and whooshing as it is moved around, water dripping, rats squeaking, distant growls and other "possible monster" noises. The "torch whooshes" can get a bit repetitive and distracting in this one, but otherwise the track works very well.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Great review. Thanks for your insight. Working on version 2. =)
Druid Ceremony - from the RPG & TableTop Audio Experts
Publisher: Ambient Environments
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/06/2014 22:10:35
The Ambient Environments soundscapes are quality recordings that combine sound and music into an audio atmosphere for your storytelling games. Each track is ten minutes long, with no fade in/out at the start or end, making them perfect for continuous looping. While reviewing this series, I played each track in the background and often didn't notice when it had started over. The sound levels are
compressed very well, which means that there will be very few distracting volume changes when you play these during a session. And at $.99, the price is very reasonable.

The Druid Ceremony soundscape features birds singing, deep male chanting, melodic female singing, and drums. This track is actually pleasing enough to listen to as background music even when you're not running a game!

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Arctic Excursion 2 - from the RPG & TableTop Audio Experts
Publisher: Ambient Environments
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/06/2014 22:08:15
The Ambient Environments soundscapes are quality recordings that combine sound and music into an audio atmosphere for your storytelling games. Each track is ten minutes long, with no fade in/out at the start or end, making them perfect for continuous looping. While reviewing this series, I played each track in the background and often didn't notice when it had started over. The sound levels are compressed very well, which means that there will be very few distracting volume changes when you play these during a session. And at $1.49 each, the price is very reasonable.

Like the first Arctic Excursion soundscape, the second includes blustery wind, cracking ice, as well as loud splashes of ice falling into water. This track seems to have some suspenseful background music to it, but it is very subtle and non-distracting. I paired this track into a playlist with the first Arctic Excursion track, and they matched seamlessly.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Arctic Excursion - from the RPG & TableTop Audio Experts
Publisher: Ambient Environments
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/06/2014 21:59:50
The Ambient Environments soundscapes are quality recordings that combine sound and music into an audio atmosphere for your storytelling games. Each track is ten minutes long, with no fade in/out at the start or end, making them perfect for continuous looping. While reviewing this series, I played each track in the background and often didn't notice when it had started over. The sound levels are compressed very well, which means that there will be very few distracting volume changes when you play these during a session. And at $1.49 each, the price is very reasonable.

The Arctic Excursion soundscape includes blustery wind, cracking ice, rumbling of a potential avalanche. This track seems to have some suspenseful background music to it, but it is very subtle and non-distracting. I paired this track into a playlist with Arctic Excursion 2, and they matched seamlessly.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Abandoned Underground Research Facility - from the RPG & TableTop Audio Experts
Publisher: Ambient Environments
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/06/2014 21:56:02
The Ambient Environments soundscapes are quality recordings that combine sound and music into an audio atmosphere for your storytelling games. Each track is ten minutes long, with no fade in/out at the start or end, making them perfect for continuous looping. While reviewing this series, I played each track in the background and often didn't notice when it had started over. The sound levels are
compressed very well, which means that there will be very few distracting volume changes when you play these during a session. And at $1.49 each, the price is very reasonable.

The Abandoned Research Facility soundscape includes bass rumbles of humming machines, dripping water, and distant echos and groans of moving metal, perfect for that excursion into a forgotten underground lab, steampunk factory, or even a derelict spaceship.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Horrors From Beyond
Publisher: Project Zero Games
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 02/19/2014 09:16:50
An excellent set that takes advantage of Acrobat's layer function the way that more of these products should. The artwork is excellent, instructions are clear, and there is very good attention to detail. The columns, for example, have score guides on the edges but not on the pieces, to add to their realism. Three base surfaces are available for each figure. The grass tile can be customized with 18 different features and with or without gridlines, allowing for a wide variety of tiles from one page (alone worth the price of this product, in my opinion). All pages have minimal notes/logos/etc. to conserve ink. My only suggestion would be to use a layer to enable removing these before printing, to conserve ink even further. Overall an excellent product, and well worth the price.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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