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KOBOLD Guide to Magic
by Paolo P.
Publisher: Kobold Press
Date Added: 05/14/2014 10:09:01
KOBOLD Guide to Magic First premise: I'm almost halfway in reading this book. My intention was to review the book after reading it cover-to-cover but it's taking me too long and I want to give a quick review in the meantime to share my thoughts with other buyers. I'll come back after finishing the book to give my definitive rating about it. Second premise: I played a D&D Wizard character for 12 years, porting it from 2nd Ed. AD&D to 3.5 D&D as the campaing evolved. Magic is my dearest topic when it comes to gaming and as a GM I have a sweet spot for the argument, to the point that all of my efforts ever went in the direction of "bringing magic back into magic". This is not a trivial effort for an amateur like me, taking into account I'm probably not a good GM, nor a good game designer. But I had years to dissect the problem and I matured a polyedrical point of view. Maybe what follows won't apply to each and every reader, so please take into account I'm very demanding when it comes to magic in games. ...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying Quickstart PDF
by Ryan N.
Publisher: Green Ronin
Date Added: 05/09/2014 18:52:06
A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying Quickstart PDF Great system for playing a fantasy medieval setting with no magic. Places as much focus on diplomacy as warfare, and treats characters as part of an order/family which gives great party ties. Highly recommended.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Frontier Explorer - Issue 8
by William S.
Publisher: Frontier Explorer
Date Added: 05/09/2014 14:15:03
Frontier Explorer - Issue 8 I've recently had the privilege to download Frontier Explorer #8, edited by Tom Stephens and Tom Verrieult(I suppose I should call them the Brothers Brothers :) ). It is a worthy successor to the Star Frontiersman e-magazine, which has fallen upon hard times and plagued for several issues now with subpar material. The Frontier Explorer doesn't suffer from this. Over the entire eight-issue run, the zine's articles and fiction have been entertaining, informative, and innovative, assets to both the gaming community at large and to the Star Frontiers' role players whom the zine was primarily meant to serve. I would especially like to see more of Scott Mulder's Titan Rising series, perhaps as a back cover replacement for the Grymz comics(by the same author) which are there now....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Frontier Explorer - Issue 8
by Rand H.
Publisher: Frontier Explorer
Date Added: 05/09/2014 12:46:03
Frontier Explorer - Issue 8 Excellent fan based contributions. Better than the Dragon for Star Frontiers.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Werewolf Hunter #1
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: NUELOW Games
Date Added: 05/06/2014 15:03:29
The Werewolf Hunter #1 I am not 100% sure what this product is trying to be. The cover is from Weird Tales, so that caught my attention. There is a short story from Robert E. Howard. Some other stories all around a werewolf theme. There are some comics featuring the PD character Lady Satan. There is some ideas for a game, and the OGL. I like that it feels like an old Pulp or Golden Age comic, but I think it is trying to do too much in one book. For RPG elements some character write-ups say using a couple of the most popular open Supers games (Icons, BASH, M&M) would have been useful. Lots of potential here but it needs focus....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction)
by Adrian J. C.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 05/05/2014 08:38:13
Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction) As it had been a while, I took the opportunity to re-read Another Rainy Night (if you haven't done so, do it) first, to refresh my memory and set the stage for SASS. I think that SASS is an excellent continuation of the story and I'm quite looking forward to the next installment. I really enjoyed how the author has integrated the presence of magic with a sense of the unknown. Despite magic being a pervasive element with the Shadowrun universe, there is still a sense of unknown...something that is truly alien to most people. There were a couple of "logic leaps" that I felt could have been better detailed, but given the size constraints of the story, understood. Character development was solid (though not as strong as ANR) and the stage has been nicely set for the finale. Overall an excellent read and a great addition to the setting....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction)
by William M.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 05/01/2014 19:13:14
Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction) I will start out with the negatives. First, there is the missing rules information for personalized grips. I understand why the information is missing; it still is something that can be a problem for some games. But, it can be easily resolved. The greatest negative... the length. This is a very good story, but it has underpinnings that suggest that as good as it is, it would have been far better if Patrick Goodman had been allowed to write it as a full-length novel. That is not to say it is not a worthwhile read; even as a novella, this work of fiction is well worth the money. I would even suggest it, and its predecessor, for those who are not Shadowrun players and have no interest in playing. Okay, I think I've spent most of my negatives section praising this work. The positives are the fact it is so well-written, and the fact it allows you to actually get to know the characters. Even the heartbreaks and triumphs. And this takes characters who were previously a tiny bit fl...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction)
by Edward K.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 04/30/2014 22:32:16
Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction) Originally posted on www.throatpunchgames.com, a new idea everyday! Story- Sail Away, Sweet Sister Author- Patrick Goodman TL;DR- Great Shadowrun story, but not a great introduction to Shadowrun story. 83% Basics- Thomas McCallister is back! This is a direct sequel to "Another Rainy Night". In this story, a picture of Lenore, Thomas' vampiric sister, is found as she is running across the fractured America of Shadowrun. Can Thomas save his sister before she falls to the monster that lives insider her? Who else is manipulating things behind the scenes.... Story-The story is pretty good. It's an ensemble cast with the story being told from the sister, Thomas, his friends, and several other's points of view. Each character has a different, well defined view of things, and, that variety makes the story come off the page. Some of the story elements are kind of brushed over, but in a short fiction, that is a necessary evil. 4/5 Characters- The characters are also well defi...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction)
by Charles S.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 04/28/2014 03:55:37
Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction) I liked this continuation of the story, and it does leave me anxious to see a third installment. The character development is excellent, and the enhanced fiction part means that you get stats for the characters in both SR4A and SR5 formats, as well as having some weapons and equipment stated out. You do not need to have read Storm Front to really understand what's going on with the HMHVV, as it's fairly evident in the story. You will need to read Another Stormy Night first though, as the characters and plots continue from that. My only complaint was that the customized grip weapon mod does not have a price on it; the author stated that he was expecting it to be listed in Run & Gun, which left out many items that its SR4A predecessor (Arsenal) had (such as the vibro blades, which happily are fully listed in this enhanced fiction). While perhaps not unique in vampire stories, I did enjoy the sister's brief inner swinging between her original self and her new existence (which she dubb...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction)
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 04/25/2014 06:21:38
Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction) Originally published at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2014/04/25/book-review-sail-away-s-
weet-sister-shadowrun/ Sail Away, Sweet Sister is the latest piece of “enhanced fiction” for Shadowrun. Enhanced Fiction simply means that at the end of the short story you get stats for the characters you just read about and maybe a few brief bits of mechanics. Sail Away, Sweet Sister is actually a direct sequel to a previous piece of enhanced fiction, Another Rainy Night, which was released a little over two years ago. That’s a long stretch between stories that are only two dozen pages in length, so I did find I had to re-read Another Rainy Night to remind myself of everything that happened in the previous tale. It’s worth noting that Sail Away, Sweet Sister can be read as a standalone, but it works FAR better if you read them both back to back. Otherwise you’ll miss some details and nuances that only carry over if you are familiar with both tales. The story is written in such a way that assumes y...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Battles of the Zombie Apocalypse: Volume One: Operation Skullcrusher
by Geoff M.
Publisher: Toxic Bag Productions, Inc.
Date Added: 04/19/2014 07:17:17
Battles of the Zombie Apocalypse: Volume One: Operation Skullcrusher Excellent product that is specifically related to it's exact description. It portrayed in bulk and quite cleverly the attempt to delay a Zombie outbreak and, as it dramatically develops, the wish by the military to presume they can actually stop it. It could be used with any system of gaming and you could enter play at any time. It allows copying a small skirmishes and clear out small communities to an all out linked group of scenarios with several major battles. By leaving out any attempt of rules, the book has delivered a quality scenario and I eagerly await the next book....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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!]
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