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    Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium
    Publisher: Legendary Games
    by Thomas B. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 04/11/2021 13:31:54

    Full disclosure, I was a backer for the Kickstarter for the Forest Kingdom Compendium and even had two fey queen sisters added as rulers to one of the kingdoms. More, as a GM and Player I look more towards substance of lore, world building, and rules which allow me to make interesting characters. Measuring game mechanics and crunch is not my strength.

    Still, I will try to be as objective as possible. Which means starting out, I have to say I love what has been offered and may even making a campaign with this using Wardens of the Wild as well as the other main resource.

    This proved just about everything one might need in creating a more wilderness campaign anywhere from Arthurian Legend, to exploration and the pioneer frontier, building your own kingdom despite the dangers of the unforgiving land. Where the forest is felt to hold the greatest mystery and challenge.

    From Explorer who maps out his travels, to the Fey Mesmerist that focuses on different branches of magic such as enchantment, illusion, nature, to light and shadow. There is the Greenweaver Kineticist, to the Hidden Guardian a mix of paladin ideals with the ranger focus. The Huntsman who calls on older spirits then many mediums, and the more satire or humor loving Jester Bard, to the healing focused Knight-Surgeon. or the Cavalier who choses to be the protector of the forest by joining the Order of the Woodlands.

    Finally, one of my favorites, the Unseelie Ovate who is a more casting focused Druid who forgoes a domain or animal companion for magic of the admittedly darker fey as well to transform into a fey themselves. Throw in the Fey Spell Lore from Ultimate Intrigue and you can add even more spells.

    You have different kingdoms to use, each with flavorful characters and interesting settings, no magic and magic items, rules and ideas for adding the fey into your campaigns, to rules and resources needed involving Royal Tournaments & Fairs.

    The new spells may need to be taken with consideration, as magic is often the most concerning or divisive aspect of many games when it comes to balance, yet I haven't so far seen anything which stands out as being an issue personally.

    I'd like to make special mention of feats section, especially the Shade of the Woodland line for evils Druids and villains for a more nature focused campaign. A line of feats which in Pathfinder lore make a character a servant of the dark and twisted god Zon-Kuthon. These feats, the way they interact with each other and help form a character is fascinating in and of itself. I have spent hours trying different ideas or considering how they could come together in created a character or encounter.

    Great job on these and the other feats, perhaps leaving a player or GM wondering how they can get together the feats they want and what they have to take out. Just remember, Fairy Blessing or Shade of the Woodlandare feats which are a prequequisite to most of the rest and in some cases both.

    All in all, I feel the Forest Kingdom Compendium is a great resource and in my opinion well worth the cost. It may not be for everyone, but for others it could be a well loved resource.



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    Tails of the City
    Publisher: Silver Games LLC
    by THOMAS B. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 04/11/2021 13:28:12

    For full disclosure, I was one of the Kickstarter backers of Tails of the City, having an orginization and NPC created for inclusion as part of my pledge. Overall, I am quite pleased with this campaign setting and am satisfied with supporting its creation. Where if you are a fan of pulp fiction adventure and superheroes, as well shows like Ducktales or movies like Zootopia, then you may want to check this out. Being for the systems D&D 5e, PF 1e, and PF 2e, you will have rules and mechanics to add to your campaign for more modern adventures. With TotC including rules for more modern gear and weapons, which was a pleasant suprise since originally there was discussion of not including such. With different originizations and NPCs you can use to bring your city to life and effect the direction of the campaign. Allowing for many different characters with different strengths and flaws, which I do look forward to playing and making use of. Including the information and rules involving the many originizations.

    You will need to check other reviews involving assurance on the balance of game rules and mechanics, yet I have followed the work of David Silver for many years now, with his Ponyfinder campaign setting, and have confidence in his abilities. Where David has very much come a long way from when he created the original version of Ponyfinder for PF 1e, and I haven't personally had any balance issues of note for his rules and mechanics. This even includes him having races able to fly at 1st level, which is a more contraversal and contentous point for many. Especially in D&D, but even Pathfinder.



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    Ponyfinder - Campaign Setting - Dawn of the Fifth Age
    Publisher: Silver Games LLC
    by Thomas B. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 11/12/2016 10:32:23

    So few things to mention, is that I actually backed the kickstarter for Ponyfinder: Dawn of the 5th Age and the cover art is actually of my characters. So kodos to the artist job well done there, though really all the art is really good.

    Moving on, I really like how the races were done, particularly the physical and spiritual sub races of Ponykind though there are a couple I won’t make use of in my campaign. I won’t really say much on the Griffins this time around, I’ll wait until the Griffons of Everglow for that, but they and the other races turned out well.

    I do like how the archetypes for the Pathfinder system were able to be converted into specializations for D&D 5e, it appears to have translated over well. Generally, whoever they may have turned to given this being a different system, it shows there was a fair understanding of the differences. Sighs, admittedly there may still be those that offer some complaints about the fact that the campaign has 1st level flying races but what can you do?

    Really, great job in converting this first book over for those who have never played Pathfinder so newcomers can still enjoy this setting, whether they do or do not know the inspiration for its creation.



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