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V20 The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal’Mahe’Ra
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 06/28/2016 11:28:11
V20 The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal’Mahe’Ra It's all about conspiracies, about ancient vampire pulling strings behind the scenes... even the Camarilla are wary of the Black Hand. Yet in revealing a conspiracy, it's a delicate balance between giving you the tools you need to feature it in your game and exposing so much that it isn't scary or exciting any more. The Black Hand has had a chequered existance, being first introduced in Vampire: The Masquerade 2e with Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand, then being wiped out by Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition - it's mentioned explicitly that they no longer exist - but had proven so enjoyable that it was decided to bring them back. Of course, if it's not to your taste, you can ignore them, but if the thought of a conspiracy running through the depths of the heart of vampire society excites you, presents an opportunity to build tension in your chronicle (or blow it apart entirely as what seems normal to your coterie is turned on its head) then this is worth a look... The book begi...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Frog God Games
Date Added: 06/28/2016 10:55:44
Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book An Endzeitgeist.com review This massive rule-book clocks in at 144 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page list of tables (important!), 6 pages of supporter-thanks, 1 page legal appendix, 1 page note-space, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 130 pages of content, so let's take a look! Ähem. I feel old. ;) This is my birthday-review, my present from myself to myself, so please bear with me regarding the obvious deviation from my usual standard regarding reviewing. Kidding aside regarding age and the like...when I started playing, believe it or not, you young 'uns, the game didn't have that much to do with math. Sure, we needed it. But in contrast to taking hours upon hours to properly calculate the statblock of high-level foe xyz, those were simpler times. Heck, for the first 6+ years of my playing career, I didn't use any kind of battlemap...go wrap your head around this! Why am I telling you this? Well, because this book basically represents...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting (PFRPG)
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Purple Duck Games
Date Added: 06/28/2016 10:53:58
Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting (PFRPG) An Endzeitgeist.com review This massive campaign setting clocks in at 214 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 219 pages of content, so let's take a look! Porphyra...Purple Duck Games' in-house setting is massive, it's regional (and extremely crunchy) player's guide clocking in regularly at 60+ pages...and unlike most campaign settings, this world was not crowdfunded...it just slowly, steadily, came to be...which is an impressive feat in my book. Anyways, Porphyra's details and unique components are many and have been suffusing Purple Duck Games-supplements for years: Whether it's the unique mini-game arabakmpsi, the lovecraft gaming toolkit or other offerings - never obtrusive, but the hints, the nods were there. More so than the player-option-centric "...of Porphyra"-series, both the great Purple Mountain dungeon-crawl-AP and books on deities and elemental lords, all open content, mind you, have already shown a vas...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Baba Yaga Boss Stats (5E)
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: 00Games
Date Added: 06/28/2016 10:06:03
Baba Yaga Boss Stats (5E) Baba Yaga is one of the those great villians/NPCs that has been back for every generation of the World's Greatest Fantasy Role-Playing Game and likely always will. I recently ran a 5th ed conversion of the 2nd ed module "Dancing Hut of Baba Yaga" and this worked great. Well...and least in theory. The palyers were smart enough not to make Baba Yaga angry and instead did her a service. Still it was good to know I had these. The book is 7 pages. Minus 1 for cover, 1 for a full page of art (which I liked), and 1 for the OGL you have 4 pages of solid D&D5 stats. More detailed than a monster entry (as it should be) there are plenty of ideas in-text to use. The best idea is of course do what you can to keep her from attacking the party! CR 26 yes, but also spell use, phyiscal attacks and magic items of unique properties. These stats live up to her legacy....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
ALBEDO: PLATINUM CATALYST + STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY [Legacy]
by William H.
Publisher: Sanguine Productions
Date Added: 06/28/2016 02:14:59
ALBEDO: PLATINUM CATALYST + STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY [Legacy] # Disclaimer: I'm a fan of the setting and of the other Albedo game... so my expectations are built around that. # The Sanguine Game The system is largely the same as the other games by Sanguine. They use skill driven rolls, multiple sets of standard polyhedrals needed, and attributes as a pool of bonuses. Their unusual mechanics make this game a hard sell for many on a mechanical basis. They do have a good variety of types, and some others can be ported in from the other games. # The Sanguine Approach to the Setting Sanguine chose to take an "Active Duty EDF Officer" approach, and an "Active Wartime" approach. This is somewhat different than the prior game, and not quite the take most players I have managed to get to play in the setting liked. That said, it's not a totally wild hair, either - the cold war in the comics between the EDF and the ILR was bound to boil over again, and that's where they took it. There is no support for civilian PC's, but it's not hard to add it. Th...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
We Be Dragons
by Ricky L.
Publisher: Zenith Games
Date Added: 06/27/2016 23:53:15
We Be Dragons Zenith Games delivers again with We Be Dragons! I'd give it two thumbs up (or 5/5!) The adventure has a nice hook and it is clean, concise, and fun - everything I want in a one-shot adventure. The author gives a bit of background information and adventure summary at the start - along with a note on how to lower or increase difficulty of the adventure based on the number of your players. The first part of the adventure has several interesting 'thought challenges / social encounters' then kicks it into a gear with a few encounters - the last of which I feel provides a good emotional punch and capstone to the whole thing. The coolest part to me is the Dragon(s) write-up. While there are no "class levels" like some people may expect, we are instead presented with 9 unique dragons each with their own personality and tidbits written up to help you get into their scaly skin. The dragons are all one family, so you can see the dynamic between them in their background write-ups. Each drago...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Basilisk Goggles & Wishing Wells
by Joseph C.
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
Date Added: 06/27/2016 17:33:03
Basilisk Goggles & Wishing Wells (NB: An even longer version of this review originally appeared at http://udan-adan.blogspot.com/2016/06/almost-review-basilisk-
-goggles-and.html) Basilisk Goggles and Wishing Wells is a big book full of new magic items: over 570 of them, apparently. It should be compatible with almost any flavour of OSR D&D, largely because it's pretty light on rules: so light on rules, in fact, that it sometimes don't bother to provide any game mechanics at all for the effects which it describes. The reason it's so light on rules is because most of the items it describes barely interact with the rules system at all: the point of them is not to give you mechanical benefits, but to open up new possibilities. They are the kind of items that a character, faced with what Arnold K. calls 'OSR-style challenges', might find themselves describing as they mutter to themselves: 'You know what would really help, here? A ______ that would let us _________....' How about this for an example: gloves that allow ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Faith
by Customer Name Withheld
Publisher: Hazard Gaming
Date Added: 06/27/2016 15:40:39
Faith Love any sort of narrative game, and this provides an awesome balance of structure and elements while still being open-ended enough to tell cool stories. Thanks!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Medieval Sailing Ship
by Forest B.
Publisher: Fat Dragon Games
Date Added: 06/27/2016 13:33:05
Medieval Sailing Ship A very attractive build. Definitely will be a surprise to the players when they decide to travel by boat and I roll out this build. No way I could have justiified the expense of a non-paper ship of this size and quality (even if I could find one), but this was quite reasonable (even moreso since I caught a sale).

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Sea Dragon Sailing Ship
by Forest B.
Publisher: Fat Dragon Games
Date Added: 06/27/2016 13:29:24
The Sea Dragon Sailing Ship A fun build. Quite eye-catching and useful for nautical encounters.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ultimate Dice Tower 2
by Forest B.
Publisher: Fat Dragon Games
Date Added: 06/27/2016 13:24:34
Ultimate Dice Tower 2 Wish you could dual rate this item. Appearance: 5 of 5 stars Functionality: 2 of 5 stars Call it a 3.5 Star Average The upsides... * Looks beautiful. Excellent texturing and nice work to make the dragon not look 'flat'. My players were impressed * Nowhere near as hard to build as other reviewers say...unless you are only used to cutting straight lines. If curves throw you off, it could be hard when you get to assembly of the dragon. * Complex enough in number of parts and assembly to be a satisfying 2-3 evenings after work project. The downsides. * Not enough ramp slope, dice slide more than roll. * Exit holes too small for the provided ramp slope, sliding dice stick in the entrance rather than roll out. * Not enough internal panels to 'roll' the dice for truly random rolling (Ultime Dice Tower 1 is FAR better at this). * More a display piece than useful. What does this mean for users? If you roll more than 1 dice, and they both go down the same side, ...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Beasties
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Night Owl Workshop
Date Added: 06/27/2016 09:59:57
Beasties I have gone on the record, many, many times, talking about how much I love monster books. My first glimpse into D&D was way back in 1978-79 when I first saw and read the Monster Manual. Very few books have come close to that feeling of unlimited potential. So when a new monster book comes out, I have to take a look and usually grab it. Beasties from Night Owl Workshop has something of a pedigree in my mind. The art and text are from none other than +Thomas Denmark. He is responsible for some of my favorite art during the d20 boom, in particular Citizen Games "Way of the Witch". Beasties is an 84 page, digest sized, black and white interior book of new monsters. According to the sales text on DriveThru the book contains: 27 Monsters 6 NPC's 37 Drawings! 5 Maps 1 "Megadungeon" sample. It certainly punches above its weight class in terms of monsters and content. All the art is by Denmark himself, as is the text with additional text by Terry Olsen. The book is design...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Into the Wilderness [BUNDLE]
by David H.
Publisher: Crooked Staff Publishing
Date Added: 06/27/2016 09:50:10
Into the Wilderness [BUNDLE] A nice variety of quick wilderness battle maps. Very attractive art and they print up well. Can't beat this quality at this price.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Calidar, In Stranger Skies
by Dwayne S.
Publisher: Calidar Publishing
Date Added: 06/27/2016 09:43:13
Calidar, In Stranger Skies Fantastic illustrations and maps. great start on a new world in the vein of The Princess Ark series in old Dragon magazines. I really look forward to future publications. I also love the fact it is generally system agnostic.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
100 Miscellaneous Instruments
by Dwayne S.
Publisher: Lee's Lists
Date Added: 06/27/2016 09:40:44
100 Miscellaneous Instruments I was disappointed in the product. This is the first time I have purchased one of the "100 ..." documents and I was expecting a bit more. Just a list of names. I expected a sentance or two to accompany the name to at least give an idea of what the instrument is. Some are obvious just because of its ubiquity, but others I would have to look up to even get an idea if the instrument was wind, stringed, percussion, etc. If I need to look them up, then I don't need the list and can just google for musical instruments. It is what it advertised - a list of 100 instruments. But just names?!? For this reason, I will probably not purchase any further "100 ..." products....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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