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Enemies Endure: Stomping the World Round
by Rand B.
Publisher: Jenna Katerin Moran
Date Added: 04/16/2014 12:41:13
Enemies Endure: Stomping the World Round This novel, the first in the "Enemies Endure" trilogy, brings Jenna Moran's unique sensibility to the heavy philosophical questons of how we make our own enemies and whether it's possible to live with them. Also there are renegage alchemists, svart-elves, and the Doom Team of young adventurers. As usual, the author's whimsical style hides an awful lot of serious content, but the reader who enjoys that sort of thing will find it extremely rewarding. Also, Echo Chernik's cover is quite gorgeous....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Achtung! Cthulhu: Tales From The Crucible
by Matthew P.
Publisher: Modiphius
Date Added: 04/15/2014 15:16:36
Achtung! Cthulhu: Tales From The Crucible I was expecting statistics to use as pre gens, and there are none. 2 pages of (excellent0 flavor text for each person, but no stats. I guess that make sense with some people using SW and others CoC, but i thought i would mention it

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Achtung! Cthulhu: Tales From The Crucible
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Modiphius
Date Added: 04/14/2014 08:26:17
Achtung! Cthulhu: Tales From The Crucible Originally published at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2014/04/14/tabletop-review-achtung-
-cthulhu-dossier-tales-from-the-crucible-call-of-cthulhusava-
ge-worlds/ We all like free stuff, right? Well, Modiphius has given us our first free Acthung! Cthulhu supplement in Tales From the Crucible. This thirteen page PDF is fully compatible with the Savage Worlds version of the setting as well as the classic Call of Cthulhu game put out by Chaosium. In fact, you could use this PDF with ANY system you choose, as there are no mechanics to be had anywhere within its pages. In a way, the PDF is to sell you, the reader, on its core six characters that you’ll find throughout the Achtung! Cthulhu universe, the same way Paizo has its Pathfinder iconics or the characters that proliferate Fantasy Flight Games’ Cthulhu titles like Arkham Horror, Elder Sign and Eldritch Horror. These are the characters you see in art, short stories and (soon) miniature form. This PDF lets you know more about the reoccurring...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Horizon War Volume 1: The Road to Hell
by Burnace C.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 04/13/2014 04:41:44
The Horizon War Volume 1: The Road to Hell I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Mage, and this book just grabbed me and wouldn't let go! I have to stop myself from finishing it in one sitting so I can do my homework!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Harlan County Horrors
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Apex Book Company
Date Added: 04/08/2014 20:13:28
Harlan County Horrors Harlan County Horrors, edited by Mari Adkins, is billed as an anthology of regionally-inspired tales. With Harlan County being in the heart of coal country, one might expect a number of the tales to touch on aspects of mining, and that assumption is correct. However, there’s more to Harlan than the mines; for one thing there’s the people themselves, and where there are people, scary stories are sure to follow. These twelve stories are a showcase for tales of Kentucky coal country by a fine crop of writers, many of them with close ties to the state. The lead story, “The Power of Moonlight” by Debbie Kuhn is a bitter lesson about a woman scorned and the folly of rash acts. It was a very good selection to kick off the anthology. Maurice Broaddus’ “Trouble Among the Yearlings” is a subtle tale that captures well the claustrophobia of being trapped in a mine. In “Spirit Fire”, Robbie Sparks weaves a tale that warns about making a deal that seems too good to be true. Ronald Kelly’s “Th...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Alice & Dorothy
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Northern Frights Publishing
Date Added: 04/08/2014 20:10:53
Alice & Dorothy I’m a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz. I’m old enough to remember CBS playing it annually; therefore, I watched it annually. I’m eager to see new tales set in Oz (though I’m generally let down), so the chance to review this book promised a fresh look. The blurb on the back of this book promises an insane Alice (in Wonderland) and Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) being tracked by something fantastically evil while they search for a tornado . . . they can use to escape Earth. It was exactly the kind of American Gods read I was looking for, so the question becomes this: Did the book live up to my own hype for it? I found that Schnarr’s writing is a relatively fresh style. He doesn’t often show his writing roots in his own words. Schnarr’s story contains an excellent mix of the surreal. There are McDonald’s Happy Meals at the Mad Hater’s (not a typo) tea party. The White Rabbit is a drug pusher. The story contains a great deal of frank (I hesitate using the word explicit) drug use and sexuality. ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Strix Chronicle Anthology
by Zachary B.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 03/28/2014 09:32:12
The Strix Chronicle Anthology Bottom line (at the top), if you want some good vampire fiction where they get scared of the boogiemen, you can't go wrong with The Strix Chronicle Anthology. It's surprising that the anthology starts so weakly. However, for the price the stories in the latter 2/3 of the book are more than worth it. "Lullay, Lullay" was my absolute favorite, and I would recommend buying this Anthology for that story alone. The reason this is not 5 stars is not because of the weak stories. I can overlook those for the brilliant pieces that overshadow them. It loses a star because I felt the editor allowed too many Vampire the Requiem Proper Nouns in the anthology with little meaning to the reader. I even know what the Proper Nouns mean (First Estate, Haunt), and I just didn't see them get used very well except in a few cases ("Lullay, Lullay" with Gangrel/Savage and "Second Chance" with Invictus/First Estate). Overall though this really drives the Strix themes hard, especially in the second hal...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Amber Monolith (Numenera Fiction)
by Joseph W.
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Date Added: 03/27/2014 03:07:59
The Amber Monolith (Numenera Fiction) Though not sophisticated allegory or cerebrally ambitious literature, this short fiction is oozing with setting flavor from the world of Numenera and piqued my interest in playing in that RPG's dire world of alien weather, vulnerable (yet resourceful) protagonists, and perplexing creatures, one reminiscent of the weird fiction of Clark Ashton Smith. It was a fun jaunt.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Age of Ra
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Date Added: 03/25/2014 19:48:38
The Age of Ra The Age of Ra has an interesting setting and reinvents the Egyptian gods in a very human manner full of flaws and failings. Events take place during the present day on planet Earth, but it is not the Earth we would all recognize. Around the time of Howard Carter, the Egyptian gods made themselves known to humanity and waged war upon all of the other human religions and deities that had ever existed. Once victory had been achieved, the gods then split the Earth amongst several of the more prominent members of the pantheon. Osiris, Isis, Nepthys, Set, Horus, & Horus’s children all then organized their territories around their worship and used those earthly assets to wage war amongst each other. The Exception to this is Egypt. It has been renamed Freegypt as part of a treaty amongst the gods whereby it was agreed that the birthplace of the faith should be independent from any one god’s rule. Human technological development has also been altered in that many of their devices and weapons ar...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Outlaw Moon Books
Date Added: 03/25/2014 19:45:44
Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom The place of the pastiche in fiction is mixed at best: August Derleth’s Solar Pons is but a pale shadow of Sherlock Holmes, and the less said about Derleth’s “posthumous collaborations” with Lovecraft, the better. But in his collection of linked novelettes, Trail of Cthulhu, Derleth had the happy inspiration to combine the Cthulhu Mythos with Fu Manchu, and the result is a propulsive series of tales considerably above his usual mark. In Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom, Tim Byrd goes Derleth one better; he combines Lester Dent’s Doc Savage (as clearly as the laws of copyright will allow) and the Cthulhu Mythos – in the form of a young adult adventure mystery. This last bit is the key element that elevates Byrd’s short novel above the ruck of mashup and pastiche, and Byrd has the tone of young adult fiction down pat. It’s not only a voice that suits him better than Dent’s manic testosterone or Lovecraft’s vertiginous cosmicism, it’s a voice that brings a welcome note of originality to...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Texter
by Jason E.
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
Date Added: 03/21/2014 12:32:38
Texter This concept is interesting and for the most part works at the beginning. The way the story is told through the texting seems fairly natural and not forced and the story unfolds in an intriguing way. However, the mystery of what is happening is fairly transparent early on even if the reason is covered up for a little while. But that too becomes fairly obvious so that when the full scope of the event that triggers what is happening in this story is revealed it isn't that amazing. Plus, the wrap up seems completely unrealistic considering how much effort and thought went into to whole event happening in this story that a simple foolish mistake as a single text undoes everything. This may not make sense but I'm trying not to give spoilers. In the end, for a buck it is worth reading to see how this concept is handled....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Steampunk Emporium
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: F+W Media
Date Added: 03/13/2014 09:10:17
Steampunk Emporium Steampunk Emporium offers five main themes for jewelry-making: Atlantis Expedition, Zeppelin Pirate Attack!, Absinthe Fairy Interlude, Jurassic Valley Exploration, and Clockwork Tea Party. Within each of these categories, there are four or five projects ranging from mixed media designs to wirework. The skills required to make each piece also vary. For example, the Azure Cog Earrings employ simpler wireworking techniques than the Adventurer’s Fob Watch, which definitely necessitates a familiarity with polymer clay. Anyone who's a fan of steampunk or is involved in costuming would benefit from this book. For the average beader, however, the projects are a little more involved and the components required are not inexpensive. The plus side is that every piece is unique and each step is outlined with a photo. The resources are great as well. Just keep in mind that the digital functionality of the PDF isn’t optimal; the bookmarks are on the chapter level which makes navigation a little c...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Texter
by Ria H.
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
Date Added: 03/12/2014 23:08:27
Texter This is a really quick read, but it's just the right length, I think. I like the format; the texts seem natural, right down to cursing the autocorrect and that one person who insists on abbreviating everything. I really liked the way that as the texts progressed, you got a sense of what was going on underneath it all. In a way, I thought the implications were actually better than the reveal at the end, and the ending did seem a little sudden to me. It did all fit together really well, so I might just be nitpicking. All in all, excellent story, quick read, and I highly recommend....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The God-Machine Chronicle Anthology
by Patricia W.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 03/10/2014 18:48:23
The God-Machine Chronicle Anthology To begin with: I love the God-Machine setting and the main Chronicle book has continued to inspire me. The God-Machine Chronicle Anthology didn't inspire me as much as I'd hoped, but I did like most of the book. There's a good assortment of stories and it's nice to have the previously published fiction gathered in one place to view as a whole. The layout is attractive enough, and consistent. Some highlights: Road Gospel and Residents brought Damnation City to mind in a good way, giving specific examples of how statistics actually play out in a place. Stories Uncle Don Told Me reminded me of Stephen King pleasantly, with the kind of entertaining sit-down-and-listen-to-character that can be difficult to pull off. Along with M.R.E., it brought the figure of the veteran into horror (and with respect), something that I appreciate. A couple of issues: A few stories, such as Prodigal and Quality of Life, took prototypical movie-style situations and didn't really do anything new wit...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Oath of the Dead (fiction)
by matthew j.
Publisher: DwD Studios
Date Added: 03/04/2014 20:29:46
Oath of the Dead (fiction) This is a quick little story that drops us right into the action. Author Eric Johnson does a great job giving us just enough information to grab hold of our interest without bogging us down in needless details. The story is fast paced, includes a bit of mystery and tension and gives us a few details of the Keranak Kingdoms without becoming a lexicon. Of the few characters that are introduced, the old knight is excellently written and I finished the story wanting to know more about the character. The main female lead is interesting as well, but in something this short there is just not enough room to give us much more. Overall, I enjoyed this story and wish there was more. For the price ($1.99), this is a great diversion for someone that likes fantasy and enjoys reading. Eric is clear, well written and easy to digest. I would recommend this story and look forward to reading more....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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