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W20 The Poison Tree
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 07/03/2015 16:43:44
W20 The Poison Tree Originally published at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2015/06/17/book-review-the-poison--
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More than two years after its release, Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition is still the gift that keeps on giving – at least if you were a Kickstarter backer for it. Case in point, The Poison Tree – the newest W:TA Novel. Sure, with a page count of only 180 pages (which includes covers and legal bits), The Poison Tree is somewhere between a full length book and a novella, but it’s always nice to see a new release for Werewolf: The Apocalypse, am I right? I going to be brutally honest right now though. The Poison Tree is a pretty paint by numbers piece. You should be able to see the end of the novel coming from the first few pages. If not, I have to assume this is your first ever book, not just your first W:TA read. It’s full of clichés, it can be quite hackneyed, not a single major protagonist dies (odd for a Werewolf book) an...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher
by Steve R.
Publisher: Apex Book Company
Date Added: 07/03/2015 15:12:15
For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher For Exposure is a thoroughly enjoyable view deep into the brain and heart of somebody just as deeply "in the industry." If you're an aspiring writer it's a great way to see what your editor/publisher is thinking behind that poker face (or maybe not-so-poker face). If you're a reader it's a great way to find out about what really goes into producing that book you love (or hate) so much. If you're a con-goer it probably just confirms everything you already know - but I wouldn't know because I haven't been to a con...yet! Sure in a sense it's advertising for Apex, but it's advertising that is actually worthwhile reading. I've never met Jason, but the book made me want to. His prose comes across as honest, insightful, and often very humorous. The near-projectile vomiting scene is hilariously excruciating (or excruciatingly hilarious, take your pick), and as a fellow kidney stone sufferer the scene in the hospital is all too familiar - but so is the blessed relief and dreamy happines...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Appalachian Undead
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Apex Book Company
Date Added: 07/03/2015 11:27:07
Appalachian Undead There are several excellent short stories nestled within this book. S. Clayton Rhodes' "Twilight at the Zombie Game Preserve" probably stood out as my favorite as it seasoned its zombie tale with an urban legend involving infidelity. I enjoyed Simon McCaffery’s story though his desire to needlessly pepper it with capitals proved distracting by the tale's conclusion. Tim Waggoner's "Hide and Seek" felt similar to Chuck Wendig's "Shotgun Gravy," which is wholly a compliment. Several of the stories within the collection possessed strong starts, but turned to the same tropes (evil grannies with seemingly supernatural sway over their families were the top offender). Mostly, I found some of the other stories a little empty. There were moments of originality in each story, but it fell to clever descriptions of places and people at the beginnings. By the time I reached the end of some stories, I was ready to be killed off as the protagonist invariably was. It is a hefty ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Dragon Age RPG, Set 1
by Daniel C.
Publisher: Green Ronin
Date Added: 06/30/2015 23:42:38
Dragon Age RPG, Set 1 I just finished reading this entire set, and re-reading it over again. I believe this product to be a very solid entry into the fantasy genre. The system is quick and easy, and yet allows for individual thoughts and ideas for your characters and threats (if a GM) to come through with a modicum of change. The game is very well presented and the map of Ferelden is quite good. I must admit that the setting is very good and well fleshed out, but leaving plenty of room for your own "stuff", but I will make this my own, using the system and player options, with additions that I believe will be original to what I envision. This is why a game is just that, made for you. This set gives a wonderful foundation for an infinite number of settings and ideas for gamers to walk through together. Get this now! Danny...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Haunted House
by Daniel B.
Publisher: Sonic Legends
Date Added: 06/09/2015 05:34:54
Haunted House I don't know what I'd use this for, as it is not really suitable for the ambience of a haunted house. It's more like the ambience of a haunted house full of dumb teens partying before they discover the horrible thing that caused the house to be considered "haunted", but it''s too loud and busy to suggest the atmosphere of a haunted house. More like Wednesday and Pugsley Addams grew up to be ravers than an investigation into a creepy house of fear and nightmares.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
The Fallen World Chronicle Anthology
by Shaun D.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 06/06/2015 21:02:18
The Fallen World Chronicle Anthology I really enjoyed this selection of short stories. It is well priced and the stories themselves are well written and interesting. A special call-out to Rick Chilliot and his story called "The Storyteller." This story was fantastic and creepy and captured a real sense of horror.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Borrowed Time
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 05/27/2015 06:29:59
Shadowrun: Borrowed Time Originally posted at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2015/05/25/book-review-shadowrun-b-
orrowed-time/ Unlike a lot of tabletop games, Shadowrun has had a ton of fantastic fiction released for it. Whether you’re talking the original Robert N. Charrette trilogy, Tom Dowd’s Burning Bright, or many of the other books that came out of the FASA/TOR deal back in the early days of the game, you were usually guaranteed a good read. That hasn’t always been the case the past few years. The short pieces of fiction are almost always great. Pieces like Neat, Another Rainy Night, Sail Away, Sweet Sister, and The Vladivostok Gauntlet have all been top notch. The latest batch of novels however… let’s say they haven’t been as good as those released in the past. Hell on Water and Fire & Frost were not things I could recommend to anyone, for example. I’ve been afraid to pick up Crimson because I didn’t want to be hit with a third bad Shadowrun novel in a row. I skipped Dark Resonance for this reason as well ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Doomed Slayers
by Denis M.
Publisher: JürgenWerks
Date Added: 05/21/2015 18:58:24
Doomed Slayers This clever setting provides the most plausible circumstances for there to be a class of adventurers within a fantasy world. It is written without system, but functions as a background or aspect for any system. Well worth the recommended price.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Paradox Room
by Rob E.
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Date Added: 05/18/2015 15:53:20
The Paradox Room Two good stories by the writers of The Strange RPG, Monte Cook and Bruce Cordell. The stories deal with Ardeyn and the Thunder Plains respectively, and hint at some of the rich background of their setting that they allude to but don't fully detail.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Tales from The Strange
by Rob E.
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Date Added: 05/18/2015 15:48:09
Tales from The Strange The short fiction in this product was enjoyable on its own, but really added to my understanding of how the swamis at Monte Cook Games envisioned some of the key elements of life in the world of The Strange. Two stories by Bruce Cordell, and one each by Monte Cook and Shanna Germain.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Witch Girls Adventure Rule book
by keith b.
Publisher: Channel M Publishing
Date Added: 05/18/2015 01:29:15
Witch Girls Adventure Rule book Upon purchasing a product I immediately start looking at how many genres the system can mimic easily and how many it can with a little work. The game system and information provided can handle many genres easily with no effort on the GMs part. So if you don't want to be a teen age witch you can easily be a male teen with magical powers or a witch hunter, shapeshifter, vampire, God of past pantheons, etc. with the information provided by means of dozens of samples of npcs and creatures and animals you can be almost anything you want with in the world provided. If you want to be a super hero or government agent with psionic powers you can with very little effort. I immediately started to think of past cartoons that could be mimicked such as 1980's He-man, thunder cats, up to current thunder cats, dragonball z, and many others that can be done. the only genre not possible without a lot more effort is Mecha but as the greatest part of the game is the magic system you probably do not wan...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Android: Free Fall
by Mike K.
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Date Added: 05/12/2015 19:52:33
Android: Free Fall I read this from the point of a GM trying to find out about the Android universe. I felt the story was engaging and enjoyed reading it. It goes into some of the factions and how they relate to each other. It covers legal jurisdiction as the protagonist is a police force detective. It covers different types of equipment. It has a space elevator in parts of the story and goes into some detail on it. It did a little on hacking, but more about who would do it than a first person perspective. There is no magic. :) The fact that there is no magic, really makes me want to see an Android RPG. I am really hoping that since this has been added to DriveThruRPG that a bunch of source books are coming. I like ShadowRun, but would like to see this genre without magic also....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Dresden Files RPG Casefile: Neutral Grounds
by matthew r.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 05/08/2015 14:09:09
Dresden Files RPG Casefile: Neutral Grounds great beginner level casefile. read through it right out of the download and immediately started planning a session with my team. Had to reset it in Montreal, but that wasn't too hard. Was totally fun to run through it.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
A Girl and Her Monster (Rune Breaker, #1)
by Shane W.
Publisher: Paradox-Omni Entertainment
Date Added: 05/04/2015 16:03:49
A Girl and Her Monster (Rune Breaker, #1) The story didn't grab me right away, I was unable to finish it. Part of the reason was the awkward formatting on my ebook reader (kobo). This of course may not be everyone's issue. I will go back and try and finish it when I have some time.

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
On a Black Tide
by Shane W.
Publisher: Privateer Press
Date Added: 05/04/2015 16:02:37
On a Black Tide After reading this preview, I am defiantly going to grab the full book. It was great, solid read.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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