I came across Raging Swan press from a little blog that Mr. Broadhurst wroteabout 10 things to say when your players find nothing. I thought it was genius and my fellow gamers at the Conan RPG Facebook page said that pretty much everything he wrote was golden, so I went and checked it out. I love RPGing. I prefer playing but I also love telling the stories too. However, I am really busy between work and grad school so I don't always have time to put together something good and interesting. That is where The Lonely Coast comes in. It is simply a beautifully put together campaign area perfect for quick play.
The Lonely Coast has a fantastic feel to it. It is definitely a magical place, with wizards and golblins and elves, however it presents this kind of stuff in a way that is still mysterious and wonder inspiring. This is a huge problem I have with other settings that present magic as woven in to even the most basic things. As a fan of Conan and low fantasy, I can't say how much I dig this enough. The area is atmospheric and wild. It has lots of local lore and potential for a lot of great adventure seeds. I get a very Lovecrafty vibe from the hidden evils and lurking horrors and overall it lends itself to the imagination fantastically.
As for the product itself, it is well edited and well formatted. The font is easy to read and the stat blocks follow logical order. There are lots of little ideas and details throughout and the map is well done. I especially like that drawings and illustrations that help you you get a feel for what the Lonely Coast is like.
I have yet to use this setting in actual game play, but I will do as soon as possible. I have no doubt that this will be a great addition to my gaming.
[5 of 5 Stars!]