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Tales of the Dark Eras
by Roger L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 04/18/2017 04:13:44
Tales of the Dark Eras http://www.teilzeithelden.de/2017/04/18/rezension-tales-of-t-
he-dark-eras-onyx-path/ Es geht gruselig zu, von der Antike bis in die Gegenwart. Der komplementäre Kurzgeschichtenband zu Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras entführt den Leser in leicht verdaulichen Happen in vergangene Zeiten. Dabei kommen auch Klischees, Horror und Ideen für Rollenspieler nicht zu kurz. Mittlerweile ist es ja bereits eine ungeschriebene Regel: Für jedes neue Spielsystem bringt Onyx Path auch eine dazu passende Kurzgeschichtensammlung heraus. Dieses Mal ist dies jedoch aus zwei Gründen bemerkenswert: Erstens handelt es sich bei Dark Eras nicht um ein neues System (wie etwa Demon: The Descent oder Mummy: The Curse), sondern um eine Erweiterung für alle bisher erschienenen Spielsysteme. Und zweitens spielen die Kurzgeschichten nicht in der gruseligen Gegenwart, sondern in der Vergangenheit der Chronicles of Darkness. Die Ankündigung des Bandes dürfte vor allem Lore-Fans der Rollenspielreihe gefallen: „Als...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The House of Hex
by Customer Name Withheld
Publisher: Incarnadine Press
Date Added: 04/15/2017 13:55:20
The House of Hex A great sword-and-sorcery story that will surprise to the end. Paced perfectly, it's neither mindless action nor tedious. It captures the genre, and effectivly conveys both the story and the location it takes place in.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Illuminated Edda
by Laurent S.
Publisher: Pendelhaven
Date Added: 04/14/2017 07:42:03
The Illuminated Edda This is so good storytelling and traduction. Really liked it .

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Cthulhu 101
by Ryan C.
Publisher: Atomic Overmind Press
Date Added: 04/02/2017 10:47:57
Cthulhu 101 This little book with a huge font is great for a light romp through some dark territory. Not too bad, its references are a little dated, but still fun to read.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
YOU: A Fiction
by Justin U.
Publisher: Greg Stolze
Date Added: 03/29/2017 13:05:02
YOU: A Fiction YOU: A Fiction is a second-person narrator story about you, a guy named Leo Evans who does your best to be a good servant. A necessary one. The story starts with you getting a library book stolen from you and then things escalate. There are weapons and photographers that use film (ptui digital!) to stop time and destroy bodies, love is commodified and there's a weird doppelganger made of mint. It's full of weirdness and relationships and weird relationships. I liked it. Greg Stolze is one of the creators of my favourite roleplaying game, Unknown Armies and *You* is set in that world. That gives the reader a bit of a grounding in the thoughts motivating some of the characters, but I think as a story it works better for a person who doesn't know the universe (I found some of the explanations a bit on the nose and would have appreciated a bit more vagueness about how things work since I know the rules, but whatevs). Good weird book. ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting
by Tom H.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 03/25/2017 20:45:21
Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting Awesome campaign setting with strong world building elements. Great for heroic fantasy. Very fairly priced as well.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Illuminated Edda
by Casca C.
Publisher: Pendelhaven
Date Added: 03/22/2017 16:36:47
The Illuminated Edda A pristine and beautifully illustrated work. Worthy of any RPG bookshelf, or that of scholar of northern myths.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
YOU: A Fiction
by Timothy C.
Publisher: Greg Stolze
Date Added: 03/16/2017 10:51:56
YOU: A Fiction This book hates you. You, personally, the reader. And yet, you will find yourself amused and engaged while the book insults your morals, your tastes, and your life choices. You will let the book indulge itself while it tells you a story of a fiasco about a collection of strange people doing ordinary things for unfathomable reasons, and sometimes doing extraordinary things for all-too-human reasons.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
YOU: A Fiction
by James I.
Publisher: Greg Stolze
Date Added: 03/16/2017 10:28:42
YOU: A Fiction A fun, twisting dive into the Unknown Armies world that's a great mystery too. If you're new to the setting it neatly drips in the information you need, and if you're experienced there's lots of 'aha' moments as you spot references to systems and figures in the books. Unlike 'Godwalker' it's a very personal and interior story, and for me shows where UA really shines - at the messy interactions between flawed people, ramped up to 11 by the existance of magick and obsessions. Not that you shouldn't read Godwalker too!...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Chronicles of Ardis: Concordance
by Leanne F.
Publisher: Battlefield Press
Date Added: 03/10/2017 23:20:29
The Chronicles of Ardis: Concordance I enjoyed the story presented in this book, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes detailed world settings, and is happy to keep track of lots of characters, so long as you are able to overlook a few flaws. The book has a couple of issues, mostly in terms of editting, however any reader aware of this before they start and happy to overlook it should find an interesting story with some compelling character development over the entire tale and plot twists in the latter half of the book. The second half of the novel really shows the author hitting his stride, and I particularly liked the differences in the characters that populate the setting, plus the feeling of depth, even on those occassions when things shifted gears a little unnaturally. The book is a first novel, and feels like it, but I dont feel this is of any disservice in and of itself, it is simply a fact. Clearly, the author has a world well built in his head, and the ground work to write many and more s...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Book of All Flesh
by Charles E.
Publisher: Eden Studios
Date Added: 03/07/2017 14:41:41
Book of All Flesh There are some okay moments, but it's aged really badly.

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Cthulhu Britannica London: The Journal of Campbell Thompson
by Louis C.
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
Date Added: 03/03/2017 17:33:40
Cthulhu Britannica London: The Journal of Campbell Thompson On initial reading through this I really liked it, far more than the Neve Selcibuc one. I found the pictures of the expedition members really useful and used them in handouts for players. Having had problems with too many red herrings in the Neve Selcibuc journal I thought long and hard about giving this one to my players and in the end decided that if they acquired it I would simply give them a summary instead. First up, and probably my biggest problem is that the dates don't correlate with the published scenario. King died 20th August 1919 and Thompson's second fateful expedition set out in September 1919. The journal though states that they left Constantinople in mid May 1919, began excavations on 30th May and were back in England before Leonard even died. I realise that it's a minor detail but it's exactly those details which CoC players will obsess over unless I just tell them to ignore the dates. Secondly that there were many spooky and unexplained happenings in Nineve...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Cthulhu Britannica London: The Journal of Neve Selcibuc
by Louis C.
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
Date Added: 03/03/2017 17:11:59
Cthulhu Britannica London: The Journal of Neve Selcibuc I really wanted to like this and when I first bought it I was really excited by it. Having read through it I didn't think it was as good as the Reginald Campbell Thompson one but gave it to my players at the appropriate time in the first session. They fell on it with gusto, read it cover to cover, took notes and scoured it for clues but unfortunately that's where it all went wrong. There is little in here that offers any insights into Neve and her situation but there are so many red herrings that it took me at least seven sessions before my players didn't waste half their time looking for stuff that wasn't there. It made the first chapter of Curse of Nineveh drag really hard as everything that really excited them turned out to be a blind alley and what was actually in the scenario seem a little drab (which isn't the case). Aside from deep one investigations in Scotland and the like there were three things that I found really difficult to deal with Archie Glossop in the scenar...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
The Fallen World Chronicle Anthology
by Timothy W.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 02/28/2017 21:58:16
The Fallen World Chronicle Anthology Overall, this is a good book, and I generally recommend it. It is an anthology of fiction, and like many anthologies, the quality of the individual stories varies. *Obedience* is one of the best stories in it, and is worth the price of the book by itself. That story is a reprint from *The Seers of the Throne*, though. *The Storyteller* is another excellent piece of fiction that puts a truly dark spin on *Mage* and is a genuine horror story. *The Wheel* is also a fantastic story that is well worth reading, though it feels more like a piece of Lovecraftian fiction than something set in the *Mage* universe. *Open Carry* and *Custody Battle* bother do a good job of protraying the *Mage* world while being quite entertaining. The remainder of the stories are something of a mixed bag. Many of the others are enjoyable, but some of them are enormously confusing and hard to follow, especially when they attempt to deal with Archmages which is something ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Adventures in The Construction Paper Kingdom Presents "Book II Prince Nicholas & The Journey to The Sunken Kingdom"
by John M.
Publisher: High Adventure Publishing
Date Added: 02/14/2017 07:29:29
Adventures in The Construction Paper Kingdom Presents "Book II Prince Nicholas & The Journey to The Sunken Kingdom" Bought this after reading the first title in this series, "Book I: Prince Alexander & The Curse of The Soul Stealing Slumber". Really impressed with the way the author brings readers into a fantasy world that is speaking to younger readers without feeling childish. Like the first story, this one takes readers on an adventure with young heros that is exciting and fun. I also like that the author finds ways to weave characteristics like honor, courage, hard work and determination into the plots. And also like the first story, the artwork is completely unique and helps create an entire experience. Highly reccomended for younger (and not so younger) readers of fantasy, those new to the genre, or anyone simply looking for a great adventure story. ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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