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Modern Monsters
by Jan J.
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
Date Added: 05/26/2020 03:04:34
Modern Monsters An awesome bestiary for modern day horror game. Many of the monsters can certainly be used in other eras with little or no adjustments. The statblocks / abilities are well though-out and the art perfectly fits the theme. Hooks provided for each entry may help spur the imagination of many a GM.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dark Trails RPG - Bootleg Edition
by Kurt R.
Publisher: Stiff Whiskers Press
Date Added: 05/26/2020 01:39:41
Dark Trails RPG - Bootleg Edition I have been fortunate enough to play in two of David Baity's (creator) Dark Trails adventures, as well as one of John Watson's, "Hell Train". All were immensely enjoyable and memorable events, so I was very excited to be able to get the quick start rules and to begin creating my own world for Dark Trails. Although having the DCC rulebook will help you, mostly by increasing the amount of spells for Dark Trails spell casters like the Occultist and Revelator, you could run games with just this quick start. I can remember some of the class abilities and powers from my convention play testing, that are not in the quick start, but I have found that they are not yet needed for the lower level of play that I have been running. The system's defining rules on character Path (alignment), Boons and Hexes, and the Gun Deck are enjoyable, easy to employ, and provide distiction from the rest of the DCC family. Like DCC and its kin, there is the 0 level funnel, birth si...

[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Esoterrorists 2nd Edition
by Nathan L.
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
Date Added: 05/26/2020 00:52:43
The Esoterrorists 2nd Edition The PDF does not work on Books for iPad. Very slow. Causes crashes.

[1 of 5 Stars!]
Heroes and Hardships Quickstart Guide
by Heather M.
Publisher: Earl of Fife Games
Date Added: 05/25/2020 18:52:21
Heroes and Hardships Quickstart Guide I was able to playtest this system a few times and loved it. It's very versatile in terms of setting. From feudal Japan to the western frontier, Heroes and Hardships can adapt. The dice system may take a few tries to get used to, but once you do, it is fast-paced and easy to use. The AP system allows everyone to engage in combat easily without waiting half an hour for their turn. The layout of the book is intuitive, and anything you need to know can be readily found.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
White Box: Unearthed Trove
by Karl M.
Publisher: Fen Orc
Date Added: 05/25/2020 15:30:47
White Box: Unearthed Trove Some really thoughtful expansions on the base system. Can’t wait to unleash the trauma systems in my next campaign!

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures
by Thibaut C.
Publisher: Flatland Games
Date Added: 05/25/2020 14:56:46
Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures I've discovered an RPG gem some month ago: Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures. I'm actually playing two campaigns with this game (as a GM) and I think I can review it now :) Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures is a recent roleplaying game based on Dungeons & Dragons B/X but with some twists and a different low fantasy sensibility. One of the objectives of this game is to play with no prep (or a minimal prep). Really, it's a success. You can really create rich characters with the character playbooks and playing one of the scenario pack on the fly without having much work, on a single evening. # Theme BtW is inspired by the works of Ursula K. LeGuin, Susan Cooper, and Lloyd Alexander. It's more a game about young people struggling for saving their homes and becoming heroes than a classic sword & sorcery game about becoming rich and powerful. The character creation and rules enforce the theme, and it's really refreshing. It's good for bringi...

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Bloodlines & Black Magic: The Crescent City
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Storm Bunny Studios
Date Added: 05/25/2020 11:58:04
Bloodlines & Black Magic: The Crescent City An review This supplement clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/introduction, 1 page back cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 48 pages of content, so let’s take a look! These pages include a 3d10 Oddity gained table, as well as a tracking sheet – I found both to be helpful when using this book. This book was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters. Important note: While intended for use with Bloodlines & Black Magic (BL&BM), the supplement’s content imho retains much of its utility when employed in conjunction with other games, such as Esoteric Enterprises or Pelgrane Press’ GUMSHOE-based games like Esoterrorists or Fear Itself. If you’re into modern horror/dark fantasy, you may wish to keep reading even if you don’t play BL&BM. This book is divided in two halves – the first is a depiction of the Crescent City, New Orleans, NOLA – the second would be a...

[4 of 5 Stars!]
Salvage: Genesys Sci-Fi Junkpunk Setting
by McKendry H.
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Date Added: 05/25/2020 11:19:06
Salvage: Genesys Sci-Fi Junkpunk Setting A very well done, evocative setting book. Genesys was made for a setting like this!

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ancient Crypts & Creatures for ICRPG
by Luke M.
Publisher: D.S. Myers
Date Added: 05/25/2020 10:18:53
Ancient Crypts & Creatures for ICRPG This is a fantastic addition to a great system. Interested in plugging into the OSR renaissance and running some of the amazing adventures getting published? You owe it to yourself to check out ac&c. An elegant implementation of an elegant system that makes it easy to have fun at the table, which is the highest praise I can offer.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: 30 Nights (Campaign Book)
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 05/25/2020 08:37:24
Shadowrun: 30 Nights (Campaign Book) Shadowrun: 30 Nights is a Campaign Book for Shadowrun detailing Ottawa and setting 30 “Nights” worth of adventurers there. There is some good information and some interesting adventures, some of which can be adapted to other situations, but not a required book unless you want to play in Ottawa or need ideas for adventures set during the Blackout part of the metaplot. Shadowrun: 30 Nights, is a Campaign Book for Shadowrun, Sixth World Edition, letting players experience the UCAS blackouts (as discussed in Shadowrun: Cutting Black) directly. It begins with an introduction with describes the terrible things that happened in the 1977 New York Blackout and leads into a brief discussion of the layout of the nights/ adventures. Then there is one of the required fiction pieces. Next we get a description of Ottawa, UCAS, it is short (twelve pages) but useful including such things as talismongers and weird mana zones within the city but it is lacking a map of the city, which would be ex...

[3 of 5 Stars!]
Mythical Denizens (A Collection of Antagonists for Scion Second Edition)
by Chazz K.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 05/25/2020 07:14:25
Mythical Denizens (A Collection of Antagonists for Scion Second Edition) Mythical Denizens presenst an excellent collection of antagonists and inhabitants for the World. Each option presents story hooks, Storyguide tips, easy-to-use antagonist stats, and new rules when necessary. The antagonists come from a variety of myths associated with or adjacent to the pantheons presented in the core material for Scion 2nd Edition. The antagonists are divided into five types: Fair Folk, Giants, Therianthropes, Legendary Warriors, and Centaurs. However, they're not limited to the traditional representations. For example, a Tanuki trickster spirit from Japanese myth is presented in the section on the Fair Folk. The antagonists are presented with interesting nuance and story hooks for msot of them offer both sympathetic and antipathetic options for most of them that create interesting choices for Player Characters. If I had one primary criticism, it would be that the supplement does not set out to do what I wanted it to do. I was hoping that for each antagonist t...

[5 of 5 Stars!]
HPS Cartography Kit
by Hiroyuki N.
Publisher: Highland Paranormal Society
Date Added: 05/25/2020 05:24:32
HPS Cartography Kit **Adds flexibility to the fine software:** One of advantages of this tileset is the ability to erase hexgrid. In other tilesets, hexgrid is usually drawn as outlines of tile artwork and can not be separated. This tileset has separate tiles for base colors and outlines (bold, thin and white). So you can show or hide hexgrid by putting colors on one layer and outlines on another. Look at sample images on the product page carefully; you can control the grid, hex by hex. Also, many useful generic (that is, not fantasy-themed) icons are included in two sizes. I would have given 5-stars if the set contained more of modern things like concrete buildings, railroad, airport etc. Here I have a suggestion...why publishers don't develop modern landscape tilesets and sell them to wargamers like me? They are much more likely to use hex maps than RPG fans. (May 2020) [PS: I found another advantage over other tilesets; coastlines are also drawn as separate tiles. Therefore your coasts can be a...

[4 of 5 Stars!]
Victoriana 2nd Edition Preview
by Ed S.
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
Date Added: 05/25/2020 00:48:56
Victoriana 2nd Edition Preview Victoriana 3rd Edition is out, so this review is moot. The quick rules are straightforward enough, but the followup introductory scenario was just plain bad. Bleh.

[3 of 5 Stars!]
Attack of the Giant Monsters
by Eric T.
Publisher: GRAmel
Date Added: 05/25/2020 00:42:49
Attack of the Giant Monsters This is a wonderful mini-setting. What is there, is great. Fraught with cool story potential, and leaving me hoping to read more. And that's why I can't give this a fifth star. Why is this only a mini-setting? It just sort of ended abruptly. There was supposed to be a list of inspirational media. None is in my PDF. No introductory adventure, much less any sort of plot-point campaign. As I said, what _is included is wonderful. I do wish there'd been a few examples of mutant characters; I'm still not sure how I'd handle a character who had, say, a third arm or something. For a post-pulp setting, this has a gargantuan amount of pulp in it. And I mean that in the most complimentary fashion. DESPITE no fifth star, I do highly recommend this product. I just wish there were more of it! This setting definitely deserves a full treatment! ...

[4 of 5 Stars!]
Knights of Solaris
by Tyler K.
Publisher: Mongoose
Date Added: 05/24/2020 21:25:10
Knights of Solaris Knights of Solaris is a fantastic addition to, or basis for a Traveller campaign. The new abilities and equipment are a lot of fun to use, and seem really well balanced. Looking forward to more material for the Solaris setting!

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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