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Castle Falkenstein: Curious Creatures
by Julien P.
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
Date Added: 01/05/2017 16:21:43
Castle Falkenstein: Curious Creatures To be honest, I wasn\'t really convinced at first that Castle Falkenstein actually needed a bestiary. I was however very happy to see the Great Game being revived. After reading Curious Creatures, I\'m happy to say that not only it is faithful to the unique writing style of the original series of books, it also expands and enriches the universe of Castle Falkenstein in clever ways. It is also very pleasant to read, light on rules but full of imagination and humor. Each entry could spawn an adventure or a full campaign. Last but not least, the layout is also very elegant. A testimony to the quality of this product: I bought the PDF first and actually enjoyed it so much I ordered the printed version as well, so it can rest proudly on my shelf, next to the rest of my Falkenstein collection. One of my favorite games is not only alive again, it is also in very good hands, and I couldn\'t be more happy....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Forgotten Tomb (5e)
by Customer Name Withheld
Publisher: R&D Adventures
Date Added: 01/05/2017 11:14:26
Forgotten Tomb (5e) Perfect for my needs of filling a sandbox: Wonderful presentation, succint descriptions, clear and to the point. Bear in mind this is a small, couple page product. If you\'re looking for something more filled out this may not be for your tastes.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Fungus Forest
by Customer Name Withheld
Publisher: Nash Press
Date Added: 01/05/2017 10:50:51
The Fungus Forest Easily **the best module** I have picked up so far. Wow! Absolutely amazing! So much content and extremely well thought out. Great map size and variation of creatures, an utterly exceptional module compared to other purchases available on the market. ( I\'ll be updating my review after my group has fully run it for extra thoughts on how it runs. )

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Heavenring Village: The Smith
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: 0one Games
Date Added: 01/05/2017 10:28:27
Heavenring Village: The Smith A smith is a welcome addition to any settlement, and judging from the wares on display, this smith is also an asset to the adventuring community. There are two buildings in this product: the smithy itself and a separate small residence for the smith (unlike most of the village he doesn\'t have his living quarters in his place of business). In Heavenring Village the smith is a half-orc by the name of Ruck, who apparently has bad manners that mask a helpful and honest nature... but of course you can use this forge anywhere, with a smith of your choosing. The forge building has three rooms: the forge itself, a storage area and a shop where visitors can browse an array of armour and weapons laid out on a long bench. The storage area is also spacious and contains assorted raw materials. The forge itself looks well-equipped with a big furnace, two anvils and racks of tools. The smith\'s residence is quite substantial too, with an open porch with a table and chairs for sitting out, perh...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Adventure Quarterly #8 (PFRPG)
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Rite Publishing
Date Added: 01/05/2017 04:19:29
Adventure Quarterly #8 (PFRPG) An Endzeitgeist.com review The 8th installment of Rite Publishing\'s spiritual successor to Dungeon magazine clocks in at 55 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let\'s take a look! This book was moved up in my review-queue due to being prioritized by my patreons. Additionally, I received an early access iteration, which allowed me to complete actually testing these modules prior to release - one of the reasons you\'re seeing this review so relatively close to AQ #8\'s release, in spite of the issues that have haunted real life for me in the last couple of weeks. We begin this installment, as always, with an editorial by Robert N. Emerson - and it is here, I\'d like to echo his sentiment: The former commander of Rite Publishing, a great friend of mine and a visionary author, Steven D. Russell was taken from us this summer. It is his wife, Miranda Russell, who has taken the reins of R...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Letters from the Flaming Crab: Strange Weather
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Flaming Crab Games
Date Added: 01/05/2017 04:15:06
Letters from the Flaming Crab: Strange Weather An Endzeitgeist.com review This installment of Flaming Crab Games\' neat series of oddball pdfs clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let\'s take a look! We begin this installment of the series, as always, with one of the charming introductions of the meta-narrative, wherein line developer J Gray salvages letters from the planes-hopping vessel UCS Flaming Crab before diving into the strange weather herein. We begin with simple acid rain before we are introduced to the aurora hypnosis, a fascinating, Wisdom draining aurora borealis that is just awesome. Speaking of which - the Ball Lightning. 4 different types of ball lightning, from CR 1 to 9 can be found, all with diameters, duration, speed, save DCs, damage and explosion radius - you can make those cool lightning balls rolling around the battlefield with this. Do you want something, dare I say, more biblical? May I introduce the frickin bloods...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Places of Power: The Midnight Market
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
Date Added: 01/05/2017 04:13:34
Places of Power: The Midnight Market An Endzeitgeist.com review This installment of the Places of Power-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let\'s take a look! In fantasy worlds, particularly in those set as the default environments of our games, there is a curious phenomenon - namely that there exists this absolutely gorgeous and dangerous place beneath the world: Whether you call it underdark, underworld...it doesn\'t matter. There is a whole subterranean world awaiting exploration that has fascinated me ever since I got my claws on the amazing 1st edition Dungeoneer\'s Survival Guide. Before that, the realms below where just dungeons to me; that book changed it. Anyways, you may know from my reviews that I tend to gravitate to a pretty simulationalist style of gaming -internal logic and consistency are pretty important to me. At one moment, I was struck by something - namely t...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Godless
by Michael H.
Publisher: Schwalb Entertainment
Date Added: 01/04/2017 23:37:32
Godless I fell for \"Shadow of The Demon Lord\" hard and fast. My friends quickly picked up all of the Sourcebooks, Poison Pages, etc. without bating and eyelash, and while I\'m sad to know there isn\'t a ton more content coming out for SoTDL, I am *SUPER* glad that \"Godless\" was one of the last in the line. Evoking all your fave post-apoc games, \"Godless\" easily gives it that Robert Schwalb spin and makes it grim and gritty and funny and sad and altogether wonderful. Do you NEED this for your fantasy campaign? That\'s between you and your higher power (JUST KIDDING! They\'re all the dark lord Diabolus!). But it is a perfect addition to the line, the new rules, gear, charachters and magic schools all fit really well, and it is in my opinion money well spent. Also? I love that among the \"Interesting Objects\" you can find are: a bag of polyhedral dice, a Slayer tape, and a George Foreman grill. Oh, and of course a copy of \"Shadow of The Demon Lord.\" ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ultramodern5 (5th Edition)
by Gregory B.
Publisher: Dias Ex Machina Games
Date Added: 01/04/2017 22:50:48
Ultramodern5 (5th Edition) My GM is planning to run Ultramodern5 after we finish our current D&D 5e campaign, so I purchased the PDF version of the book, read through it and then sat down to create a character. The review is therefore based upon significant consideration of the game, but I have not yet played it. I’m not going to go into detail on layout and editing (there are some issues) or artwork (it’s generally not very good by pro standards); I’m going to focus on the substance. Ultramodern5 is designed to support games using the D&D 5e rules in settings ranging from the 18th or 19th century to the far future. After an introduction to a couple of the company’s own settings (purchased separately), the book offers two pages of “new rules.” This section covers rules for autofire, new skills (computers, engineering, sciences, etc.) and four new feats. You might think it incredible that Ultramodern is porting 5e to modern and futuristic settings with only two pages of rules, and you would be right. There are...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Dragons are Above My Pay Grade
by Micah W.
Publisher: Zenith Games
Date Added: 01/04/2017 22:32:22
Dragons are Above My Pay Grade This is a clever module in the way that it introduces a dragon as a low level foe, a bracket where characters can often feel less than epic. The prospect of fighting a dragon at this point should send a thrill through even the most jaded veteran players. There is a nice little history, and a small preamble before thrusting the characters into the action. The adventure involves a time-limited trek around an island to collect items, spells or inspiration to face the dragon. The final encounter is the characters defending a human colony from the re-emerging dragon. The module formatting is clean and easy to follow. There are only a couple of typos/glitches but nothing significantly detracting. The maps are beautifully rendered in colour, and there are 2 colour art pieces (including the cover). I do have an issue with the way the module is advertised however. It states; **It is 23 pages long, fully illustrated and in color.** Firstly, the page count includes 1 cover p...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Headspace
by Fraser S.
Publisher: Green Hat Designs
Date Added: 01/04/2017 20:30:59
Headspace The design work on this game is fantastic. It retains some elements of PbtA but largely is doing its own thing. I love that lots of elements are player facing, I love that there is an emphasis on the players emotions. And just the inclusion of the headspace tech gives the players the fictional justification to chat with one another that always happens with table banter anyways. You can tell the game has been playtested a lot, there\'s multiple actual plays out there to prove it. There\'s a lot of love that went into the project and lots of people contributing that obviously cared as much as the designer. I\'m also a huge fan of cyberpunk, so couldn\'t wait to get my hands on this once I\'d heard of it. ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Sprawl // MIDNIGHT
by Fraser S.
Publisher: Ardens Ludere
Date Added: 01/04/2017 20:25:27
The Sprawl // MIDNIGHT In terms of genre emulation, which is what PbtA is great at imo, this game nails it. The mission based structure should appeal to everyone famililar with Dungeon World and the game text does everything you need it to in terms of setting up tone and creating the ever present megacorps present. I\'m a huge fan of cyberpunk and had great fun playing this game.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Space Wurm vs. Moonicorn
by Fraser S.
Publisher: Red Box Vancouver
Date Added: 01/04/2017 20:17:54
Space Wurm vs. Moonicorn I consider this game to be nothing short of brilliant. Having an epic space opera story built into playbooks and a winning condition that paces the whole experience, is great. The book itself is an artifact that I love to read just for fun, often not something I do with game texts. The other playbooks are creative and interact with the fiction is great ways, the replay ability is immense. It\'s something that is just overall incredibly exciting for someone like me as well, because truth be told I am not a huge fan of the DnD setting and lore, but I am a huge fan of this genre. It allows me to bring everything I like about DW forward easily and mixes in some great elements that are player facing. Love this, spring for the hardcover - totally worth it!!! ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Jacob's Tower
by Micah W.
Publisher: Zenith Games
Date Added: 01/04/2017 20:14:37
Jacob's Tower Jacob\'s Tower delivers exactly what it promises - 13 levels of interesting dungeon crawl that utilises most of the skills and abilities set out in the Pathfinder Rules - at least those that were available at the time of the modules publishing. Be aware, if you are looking for immersion, character development or in-depth story this is ***not*** the module for you. Jacob\'s Tower does not claim this, so you should not be expecting it. The Tower is set out like a hybrid Tabletop RPG and videogame. It provides an interesting \'safe zone\' that the characters return to after each level of the tower, complete with comforts designed specifically for them. They may rest, recuperate and sell loot they have acquired. Characters then set forth in a linear dungeon crawl from level 1 to level 13, with commensurate challenges are rewards at each level to match their growth. The final challenge is a very ‘video game’ boss, complete with multiple ‘forms’ to defeat to claim victory. The towe...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
ACTION MOVIE WORLD: First Blood
by Fraser S.
Publisher: Flatland Games
Date Added: 01/04/2017 20:13:19
ACTION MOVIE WORLD: First Blood PbtA is great at genre emulation and this is no exception. This does exactly what I wanted it to in terms of playing some old action movies near and dear to my heart. The additional benefit of having some surprising mechanics, like when you die you become a part of the cast and still can inject yourself into the fiction. What a brilliant idea that couples so well with the genre. I\'ve watched some great actual plays and played in a couple games. Always a good time, highly recommend it.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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