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Angels, Daemons & Beings Between Volume 2: Elfland Edition
by Lee N. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/24/2018 08:17:40

The Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG has always prided itself on only needing one rulebook to run the game, with no further expansions planned or required. That said, in my opinion, two books that make the perfect partner to the core rules and should sit olaongside every Judge's copy of DCC RPG are the 2016 predecessor to this title, "Angels, Daemons & Beings Between: Expanded Otherworldly Editon/Dagon Hardcover" and this follow up, the Volume 2: Elfland Edition.

Patrons make a fantastic and mysterious addition to any DCC game and none more so when they're elf themed. I am predominantly a DCC Judge so on the rare occassion that I get to take part as a PC, I alwys try and snag myself an elf to play. I love how gloriously chaotic they are, notorious for trying to expand their magical power through dark pacts with supernatural beings, their motives alien to other races and casting their spells with a negative modifier whilst fully clad in metal armour because...whatever!

In this tome, you'll find 14 new fey themed patrons, fully detailed and ready to dangle a hook in front of your layers to make that dark bargain! There's other great content on a fey theme including a magic item generator, mercurial magic specific to the Elf character class, new spells and a really cool patron revelation sheet. This allows players to discover what the patron can offer through play, rather than having it all provided upfront. Patrons should be mysterious and they all have their own agendas way beyond mere mortals comprehensions. Their supernatural sponsor may imbue them with help and additional power but don't be fooled that the day won't come when the bill comes in!

I have this book in both PDF and print and heartily recommend it, it's a fantastic piece of work and a solid addition to the patrons provided in the DCC RPG book.

Released at the same time as this volume, was the fey themed, 0-level funnel "Fae Hard" from the same publisher, also well worth checking out to go wild with your elf themed Dungeon Crawl Classics fun!



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Angels, Daemons & Beings Between Volume 2: Elfland Edition
by Chad K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/07/2018 18:10:42

This is a great book if you have a DCC Elf character looking for a Patron. Its a must have for your DCC RPG. Full of Patrons, Demi-Patrons, spells, and rules for Elf mercurial magic , along with rules for magic items. Even a version of that infamous evil Dark Elf Spider Godess is there.



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The Trolls of Mistwood
by Bruce L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/19/2018 15:46:39

This adventure is very well written: it consists of investigative work for the players, red herrings to mislead them, and multiple enemies to both deceive, and confuse them, at a most critical point in the adventure! There is a cast of numerous, interesting, and potentially misleading characters to encounter, and interact with. The plot is not overly complex, but the fact that they are facing two enemy factions, using them as a tool to defeat their opponents, makes for some interesting challenges for the players.

Without giving too much away, things are not what they seem. The players may imagine they have solved the numerous mysteries, but more likely, they have not. This is a story with depth, complexity, and challenges which are not particulary common. It involves far more than trute force, or horrendously powerful magic, to overcome the machinations of the powerful adversaries in this adventure.

If you are planning to run this adventure, a quick read-through will give you the whole, twisted, story. After that, strap yourself in for a wild ride, because you will not know how the players will choose to navigate this maze of decisions, until they voice their choices at the table... Then watch the chips fall as they may. It get a little crazy. Enjoy!



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Angels, Daemons & Beings Between: Dagon Edition
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2016 13:19:40

Angels, Daemons & Beings Between: Extended Otherworldly Edition

I own the original PDF format of the book and this print only edition blows the PDF version away on every level.

Comparison: the PDF format has 13 patrons the EOE print version has 24. What's better than gaining 11 more patrons is that the new patrons seem so much more usable than the original 13. Lovecraft gets a starring role in the new edition with Dagon as a fully imagined Patron. Moorcock is not left out either. Purchasers get Umwansh, Father of the Waves and Mulferret, Queen of Weasels. Plus a great addition from Irish mythology.

But wait there's more! Paul Wolfe's ruminations on lesser patrons (called Demi-Patrons) is given full attention in this edition of AD&BB. A local god or force can be given lesser levels of power and grow with the characters (and make them into depraved sycophants).

Dave fisher has added more art and having a printed copy has never felt so damn good. Looks great and about as thick as the average GURPS splat book from back in the day.

If you have Angels, Daemons & Beings Between, you are going to want the Extended Otherworldly Edition. I doubt I'll ever Ctrl+O the PDF ever again.



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Angels, Daemons & Beings Between: Dagon Hardcover Edition
by Chad K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/20/2016 13:16:07

AWESOME!!

This book is great. It is an essential book for anyone who plays DCC Rpg. Essential! Let's face it, one of your players ( or you) will want to play a Wizard, and a Wizard will want a Patron. The reality is the core book only has a few. Another reality is that creating your own Patrons is a lot of work. A lot. This book has 24 new fully developed Patrons. 24!

It even has a new idea : Demi-Patrons. Less powerful Patrons, but they may be less demanding. Their goals might be more in line with the character, and their power can grow along with the characters. Neat.

180+ pages of sheer awesome.

This is the best source book I've seen for DCC rpg in a long long time.

Go buy it. Now!

NOW!!!!



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Angels, Daemons & Beings Between: Dagon Hardcover Edition
by Lee N. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/14/2016 04:48:24

Magic is a dangerous and unpredictable art in the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG and one of the ways in which an elf or wizard (although other character classes may become bonded) can seek to increase their spellcasting power is by forging a pact with a supernatural patron. This isn't a straightforward power up for a player character, however. It's an ongoing negotiation and wrestle for the upper hand with a being who's motives are unfathomable to the common adventurer. Aid and spells may be provided but always at a cost. What price are you prepared to pay in your quest for power?

Patrons are a rich and rewarding dynamic in the DCC RPG experience and creative talent Daniel Bishop, Paul Wolfe and David Fisher have crafted an invaluable tome in Angels, Daemons and Beings Between: Otherworldly Edition. This is a creator owned, expanded edition published through Shinobi 27 Games and is absolutely the version of this book that you should be supporting and picking up. It's a real labour of love that provides Judges with a variety of fully developed patrons to seed throughout their campaigns and leave baited hooks for adventurers to be tempted by to try and further their power. Fully complete patron write-ups are provided in a clean, easy to read, well produced, hardcover format. A really useful addition is a guide to using patrons in DCC RPG as well as a creation tool for designing your own patrons and demi-patrons. The quality of the printed product provided through RPGNow was fantastic, professional looking and arrived well packaged and securely.

The DCC core rulebook provides you with a limited number of patrons, not all of which are completed entries but AD&BB:Otherworldy Edition gifts you with a wealth of fully developed patrons to start using right away. Credit is due to David Fisher for working so hard to secure the licence to release this print edition and it is a solid investment that will see use time and again at your gaming table.



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Feast of the Preserver
by Bob B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/16/2016 19:44:30

Feast of the Preserver from Shinobi 27 Games is often billed as a “survival horror adventure”, but that isn’t wholly accurate. It is more a mini-campaign than an adventure, weighing in as a 44 page PDF, there is a lot going on here…and all of it delightfully dark. There are probably 12-16 hours of game play here if players really dig deep and investigate all the opportunities afforded them.

Written for a party of 3-4th level PCs, this is not an adventure for a novice Judge. There are a number of twists and turns written into the storyline and, if run like a traditional dungeon crawl, the air of doom and menace would become lost. This adventure thrives on the helplessness of villagers, struck by an unknown plague, a raid for ransom by bandits, and the mysterious titular religious feast. Keeping solid notes and establishing a timeline to keep things running smoothly is recommended.

Once in though? Oh, what an adventure! Survival horror indeed! The players will need to be at their absolute sharpest to escape the hazards they face. It isn’t that the adventure’s threats are overwhelmingly powerful…but they are quite clever. This is an adventure that calls for brains as much as brawn and those seeking to “murder hobo” their way through it will most likely perish. Fools rush in…to a chipper shredder.

The quality of the material itself is also top notch: the interior art is dark and evocative, the writing reminiscent of the classic Hammer films, and the new material presented can easily be pulled and dropped into an ongoing campaign (who doesn’t want a new “dark” patron). This is an adventure that can be dropped into any ongoing campaign of appropriate level or one that can be hinted at and built towards from campaign start. The tools are provided to make players more than a little leery of what dwells in the darkness.

$9.50 gets you a hard copy and the PDF and it is very much worth it.

Bob Brinkman - Sanctum Secorum Podcast



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The Trolls of Mistwood
by Daniel B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/26/2014 05:34:27

Caveat: I am pretty deeply enmeshed with the DCC community now, and I have relationships of some sort or another with most of the good folks publishing DCC materials.

In the case of The Trolls of Mistwood, by David Fisher (Shinobi 27 Games), I am listed as an editor. I was lucky enough to have seen this adventure at several stages of its development, and had some very modest input into the direction of the final version. So, you can take all of my comments with a grain of salt if you like.

The Trolls of Mistwood is a higher-level adventure (4-6), and is intended as the first of several adventures centring around the same region. It makes use of patron information from Angels, Daemons, & Beings Between, and provides most of the information needed to run the scenario. You may want to have a copy of the Invoke Patron table for Hecate, Goddess of Witches handy, and that is not included. You can find it here if you don’t have the AD&BB tome.

Without giving too much away, the adventure revolves around trolls. Author David Fisher cleaves pretty close to the standard fantasy types for monsters, but this actually makes the adventure work better, as those places where expectations are confounded become more unexpected. There are some cool magic items, including a very detailed magic sword.

The inclusion of Mistwood, a settlement that is fully described for Dungeon Crawl Classics, is a very definite bonus – DCC could use a similar product targeted at low-level play, ala Keep on the Borderlands or The Village of Hommlet. Of course, the clever judge who started early could use Mistwood as a campaign location from the funnel onward, bringing the successful PCs back home to deal with the village’s problems when they have gained a few levels and toughened up some. Doom of the Savage Kings (by Harley Stroh; Goodman Games) comes closest to date, and has supplied many a campaign with a potential starting point.

I like the art of David Fisher, and it should be no surprise that, when the author is the artist, there are some nice pieces of art in the final product. There are some of David’s “clip art” pieces, and his images including trolls are among his best. I would have preferred that the NPC pictures were less “pose-y”, but you can’t have everything, and for many a judge the images are usable as a visual aid. The cartography is excellent. It is not surprising that two of the maps have been made available separately as colour art pieces.

Overall, I am pleased with how The Trolls of Mistwood turned out. Flavour-wise, the adventure seems to very much influenced by Poul Anderson – which is a good thing, as Poul Anderson gave us the modern rpg troll. Gary Gygax’s trolls are very much those seen in Three Hearts and Three Lions, with a long-nosed nod to the trolls in L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt’s The Roaring Trumpet. I think there is a bit of Fritz Leiber and Jack Vance in there as well, although that may just be me looking for influences that may or may not exist.

http://ravencrowking.blogspot.ca/2014/02/everyone-else-trolls-of-mistwood.html



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