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Demon: Interface
by Michael B.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 11/19/2014 06:48:37
Demon: Interface Interface has some wonderful pieces, but you'll have to endure a few mediocre ones before you reach them. Each comes with a few pieces of Crunch connected in one way or another to the story. Interface's main flaw is that without intimate knowledge of the Demon the Descent game, most of the stories are incomprehensible. Identities swap, overlap and over-wright one another in a way that can be confusing even if you know how Demons can take and drop cover, but may be completely surrealistic to people who are not in the know. A short synopsis of the stories and my opinion on each: The Principal - A demon in cover as a suburban wife faces an angelic threat. I didn't really like this one. It has some good scenes of paranoia superimposed on pastoral suburbia. And an interesting example of cover erosion. But the twist is one of those you can never see coming, and it's not really worth the obfuscation. Long Road to Caanan - Integration and temptation set against the gay-beats scene ...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Penny Dreadful
by Michael B.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 11/17/2014 07:44:58
Penny Dreadful Penny Dreadful is an irreverent and untamed adventure that uses the gloomy and serious game-world to great comedic effect. The book crosses over with several of the World of Darkness lines, but while knowledge of them might clear a few things, I don't think it is necessary. Even knowledge of Mage the Ascension isn't all that critical, since Penny makes a point of explaining her magic to herself and others. As the humor goes, Dreadful is very reliant on references. But these are delivered through the first person account of Penny herself, who uses 90's pop-culture, Victorian goth and medieval occult together to cast her magic as well as make sense of the world around her. And it works. These references are all over the place and Sailor Moon is just as prominent as the Malleus Maleficarum and familiarity with either is not essential, but contributes to the hilarity. Symbolism is the name of the game and Penny's habit of substituting Bastet, the cat goddess of ancient Egypt for Hello Ki...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Lovecraft Country
by Ben S.
Publisher: RPGnet
Date Added: 11/15/2014 06:11:35
Lovecraft Country I really enjoyed Lovecraft Country. It captured the Lovecraftian Horror without the use of monsters like so many similar comics do. I eagerly await the next issue.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Complete KOBOLD Guide to Game Design
by Roger (. L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Kobold Press
Date Added: 11/15/2014 01:52:28
Complete KOBOLD Guide to Game Design http://www.teilzeithelden.de Wie entwickle ich ansprechende Abenteuer, mein eigenes Magiesystem oder eine neue Rollenspielwelt? Was muss ich beachten, um als professioneller Autor ernstgenommen zu werden? Die Antworten auf diese und andere Fragen versprechen namhafte Autoren wie Wolfgang Baur, Monte Cook oder Michael Stackpole im Sammelband Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design. Rezension: Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design In seiner fünfjährigen Publikationsgeschichte veröffentlichte das Fanzine Kobold Quarterly auch diverse Abhandlungen zum Thema Spieldesign, die später in drei thematischen Bänden zusammengefasst wurden. Seit 2012 liegen diese Essays auch als ein kompletter Sammelband vor. Inhalte Der Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design ist in drei Themenbereiche aufgeteilt, die wiederum je rund ein Dutzend Essays umfassen: Game Design, Enhancing Adventures und Writing, Pitching, Publishing. Der erste Bereich zum eigentlichen Design widmet sich vor allem Grundfrag...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Mythos Society Guide to New England
by Tom H.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 11/06/2014 23:36:54
The Mythos Society Guide to New England I have been a fan of Lovecraft for a long time and this book provides a wealth of well researched knowledge for both gamers and non-gamers alike. The ties to Lovecraft and the Mythos aside, this book stands on its own merit as a reference for the interesting interesting and atmospheric settings of New England. Mr. Staples attention to detail and feel for the genre are apparent even at first glance. Well written and engaging source material like this is hard to find and even harder yet for a genre like horror. A good investment at an extremely reasonable price. Highly recommended....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Calidar, In Stranger Skies
by Brian D.
Publisher: Calidar Publishing
Date Added: 11/06/2014 21:33:11
Calidar, In Stranger Skies Bruce Heard knows what you want, and he gave it to you. Calidar picks up thematically where the Princess Ark story left off and goes in a whole new direction while keeping the spirit of the original series from his former employer. From a game standpoint, this setting is as full and vibrant as a setting could be "right out of the box." It only takes one read through the book to get a sense of where everyone is in relation to each other, and there are enough adventure hooks to keep creative DMs busy for a long time. With the help of Ed Greenwood, the world is brought alive through a novella and a gazetteer. The setting keeps most races "Familiar" to the average gamer with a few twists here and there to keep things interesting. There are some coy references to his previous work for those who are paying attention, but they aren't intrusive. While the book is a bit slim, it packs in a lot of detail in the space it does have. If successful, Mr. Heard has promised more, so please bu...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Littlest Lovecraft: The Dunwich Horror
by Tristan D.
Publisher: Esoteric Order of Publishing
Date Added: 11/03/2014 18:35:57
Littlest Lovecraft: The Dunwich Horror This. Book. Is AMAZEBALLS. Everything about it - the story, the illustrations (brilliant, by the way), the cows, and the ridiculously fab "extras" we've gotten from the kickstarter. I honestly think there has been NOTHING else I've ever been so excited see news on. I happen to know that Eyo Bella, the illustrator is the ABSOLUTELY best of the best and what she pours into her work certainly shows. I am so thankful for Call of Cthulhu and The Dunwich Horror - and hope there are more to come. A real, true cow book, perhaps? :)...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Shaintar: Edge of Honor
by Andrew S.
Publisher: Evil Beagle Games
Date Added: 11/03/2014 13:26:54
Shaintar: Edge of Honor First, let me reveal a potential bias: I know the author. We've corresponded many times, and I'm a fan of his game designs, particularly those for Hero System, and I've enjoyed the short stories he's recently had published. It is because of that connection and his earlier short fiction that I sought out this work when Steve mentioned it was available. That being said, I am doing my best to rate Edge of Honor on its own merits. I know nothing of Shaintar, the game world in which this novella is based. Fortunately, a knowledge of the world is unnecessary - the story is perfectly self contained. The action takes place in a slave-holding, demon-worshipping land whose inhabitants value strength. Our protagonist, Khorond, is the eldest son and heir of one of the empire's leading nobles. It's quickly established that not only is he a talented fighter, but that he does not share the same moral outlook as his family. The story is really about Khorond's growing distaste for the empire's ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Calidar, In Stranger Skies
by Bruce H.
Publisher: Calidar Publishing
Date Added: 11/02/2014 07:22:04
Calidar, In Stranger Skies The review below is actually from acclaimed author and game designer Jeff Grubb, originally published on his blog: http://grubbstreet.blogspot.com/2014/10/an-abundance-of-rich-
es.html "Calidar: In Stranger Skies from Bruce Heard gets the lead because it is likely the one you likely haven't heard of, having charted its course into this perfect storm of releases. It is very much the descendant of the D&D Known World/Mystara and Bruce's own stories of the Princess Ark from DRAGON magazine. As a result, it has the wonderful air of adventure of that late 80's/early 90's gaming era. The hardbound leads off with a massive tale of the Star Phoenix and its crew, then drills down from the solar system to the planet of Calidar to the kingdom of Meryath to the city of Glorathon, and concludes with a set of Pathfinder stats and a collection of skyships. An excellent laying of groundwork here, beautifully presented."...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Mythos Society Guide to New England
by Eric F.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 10/31/2014 09:22:46
The Mythos Society Guide to New England This is a massive 142 page tomb of knowledge & New England lore from essentially the heart of Lovecraft country. Writing and designing this sort of supplement is tricky business because Lovecraft wove both the imaginary & factual into his material. The Skirmisher crew did a great job with this one but for the Call of Cthulhu DM this book is really nicely done. The design and layout is easy on the eyes and the author knows his material very well. I really don't think that the Call of Cthulhu crowd has given these books or product line a second glance. That's too bad because their missing out on a very well done piece of Cthulhu rpg reference that includes not only the Mythos but a large chunk of New England lore as well. This book is a really bold stroke by Skirmisher and Mr. Staples does a great job capturing the flavor and feel of New England in these pages. Your going to want to pick this book up if your even remotely interested in the Cthulhu Mythos or New England lore. I enjoy...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Idigam Chronicle Anthology
by Zachary B.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 10/30/2014 16:28:08
The Idigam Chronicle Anthology I think this Anthology is pretty good all told. I'm not sure I'd show it to someone who wasn't in the know with regard to WtF. I tried thinking, after I read this, why it wasn't perfect. Sure, the use of Proper RPG Nouns without surrounding context drove me crazy. Then most stories are about the hunt. The Wolf Must Hunt. And there is so much to hunt. I guess contextually what I didn't like was that each story was just so full of death to the degree where it's like "oh so, if each hunt a few werewolves die, how are there any werewolves alive at all?" And, I tell myself that these are momentous stories. "Desert Dreaming Hunt" was probably one of the best. It did a great job explaining a small sliver of the spirit world, as did "Last Rites". I also really enjoyed "The Worst Kind of Enemy", especially that it was territory and not just "vs. Pure". Lots of clever writing were WtF fans can see a bit beyond and "get it." For a WtF fan it is definitely worth the cost to get some glim...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Loremaster Legacy
by Maximiliano T.
Publisher: Terry K. Amthor
Date Added: 10/26/2014 09:13:59
The Loremaster Legacy This is the beginning of a story that gives a great understanding of how things work in Shadow World. The history, politics and societies that are just list of events in a GM book come to life and make a lot of sense. It's a must read for those who have run or are planning on running adventures in this complex place. It could lead to some spoilers eventually for players, so check with your GM first. As a literary work, it is solid, although there are many moments when it seems the author suddenly takes control of a character and gives a personal opinion or shares a thought that seems out of place for the scene....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Murder in Corvis
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Privateer Press
Date Added: 10/16/2014 06:27:31
Murder in Corvis Originally published at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2014/10/16/book-review-murder-in-c-
orvis-iron-kingdoms/ I’ll admit something upfront. I’ve never been interested in Iron Kingdoms or Warmachine. Both feel like a steampunk version of Warhammer and I already have enough RPGs and miniature combat games to pick up what feels like a derivative of something else. I’ve got a stack of Bones, Tomb Kings, Robotech RPG Tactics and my old D&D Tactics figures from when that game existed. However, I really do like Richard Lee Byers’ stories. I’m more a non-fiction reader, but I enjoy enough of his writing to know I’ll pick up something of his (especially a review copy) if I run into it. Besides, the last time I picked up a book by him from a RPG universe I wasn’t originally interested in (The Festival at Glenelg), I ended up reviewing three adventures from that game. So who knew? Maybe Murder in Corvis would make me curious enough to try out some of Privateer Press’ games. There was only one way ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Demon: Interface
by P. B.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 10/15/2014 21:56:09
Demon: Interface This is something that we haven't ever seen before now, which makes it worth the price just to see how well it works, but it turns out that Demon: Interface actually works WELL! The stories offer views into the world of these creatures in a way that the game's books only hint at, and that's what great fiction adds to your chronicle. The mechanics that complement each story won't be equally useful for every troupe, but they each give insight into not just what happened in the story and show a peek at WHY it occurred. For the price of one book, this book pulls double-duty, and you won't find that either one suffers for the other!...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Writer Tools Generator Pack
by Markus K.
Publisher: Chaotic Shiny Productions
Date Added: 10/13/2014 08:24:29
Writer Tools Generator Pack Hi! This tool is really good and well worth more than than the three and a bit Euros it costs. It gives you many options for the "supporting cast and locations" in RPG and normal novel writing. Sometimes the generator comes up with a combination so nice, you elevate it into the main branches of the story you weave. It gives you many starting points for your own creativity to soar up from. Definitely woth buying!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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