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Shadowrun: Hell on Water
by Stephen M.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 01/09/2015 22:15:02
Shadowrun: Hell on Water Without a doubt, the worst Shadowrun novel I've ever read. The characters were wooden and uninteresting, which also applied to the setting and plot. I literally had to force myself to finish the book. I had high hopes for the new setting, but so far it's not living up to the standards set by Russell Zimmerman and Patrick Goodman with their shorter fiction pieces (both of which I Highly recommend). On top of the rather lackluster publications in the gaming line, I am considering abandoning the Sixth World once and for all....

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
The Firestorm Chronicle Anthology
by Joseph I.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 01/09/2015 16:51:26
The Firestorm Chronicle Anthology Very good stories written by a variety of authors in different tones exploring related but not monotonous themes. Varied enough that the book does not seem samey, but definitely at their core all about the Promethean (and the human) condition. A few more typos than should probably be in a finished work, but not too many that it's actively distracting. Definitely better proofreading than the God-Machine Fiction Anthology, but it suffers from the same phenomenon of the stories toward the end being less well edited, and in some cases less well written....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Lon Williams Weird Western Megapack: 25 Fantastic Western Stories
by Chris H.
Publisher: Wildside Press
Date Added: 01/05/2015 13:08:02
The Lon Williams Weird Western Megapack: 25 Fantastic Western Stories These stories are boring. I read the first four and couldn't take anymore. The plot is identically the same in each story. Only the names of the bad guys have been changed to protect the guilty. There is zero character development in the main character. There is nothing weird or fantastic about these stories. They are like bad gothic tales. A hint of ghosts and then it is all explained away. They aren't even spooky. I find it difficult to believe the author was able to sell even one of these. Robert E Howard's tales of two decades earlier are far better weird westerns. That he could is perhaps a reflection on the '50s and the dying days of the pulps....

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
The Firestorm Chronicle Anthology
by Alexander P.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 01/03/2015 01:26:15
The Firestorm Chronicle Anthology This anthology is a mixed bag, but the good outweighs the bad; you'll enjoy it if you're a fan of the Promethean line, and be utterly lost if you aren't. As a whole, I'm beyond comfortable with what you get for what you pay, and I'd be more than happy to use a few stories within as a first step for someone new to the World of Darkness. I'll start with the bad. La Familia de la Sicaria and My Body aren't literary trainwrecks by any stretch of the imagination, but they are the kind of soulless genre fiction I was afraid would make up the whole book; the former is about one of the Created forced into an unsavory life by her "family," while the latter is about a young Promethean rebelling against her creator and trying to find the story of her body before she was it. Neither are terribly imaginative and (along with "My Father's Habit, about a girl whose father becomes a demiurge") give the whole book a terribly unsatisfying start. These pieces are bad eggs in an otherwise solid collecti...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
A Players Guide to Castlemourn
by Sylvia R.
Publisher: Margaret Weis Productions
Date Added: 12/30/2014 14:18:25
A Players Guide to Castlemourn This wonderful new fantasy world from Ed Greenwood contains everything the player needs to create a character who will fit right in to the mystical setting. It starts with a short story to set the scene, the continues with a comprehensive guide to the setting including gazetteer, maps, magic, religion, astrology, calendar, currency and history. The artwork is superb too.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Dragon Age RPG, Set 1
by Wesley F.
Publisher: Green Ronin
Date Added: 12/15/2014 22:12:47
Dragon Age RPG, Set 1 I have played many RPGs but this one hooked me I play every night with my fiancée. The rich history of the world and the leveling paths reminds me so much of video game. Thank you for creating this RPG

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
KOBOLD Guide to Combat
by Damon D.
Publisher: Kobold Press
Date Added: 12/09/2014 06:17:19
KOBOLD Guide to Combat While by no means a bad book, the Kobold Guide to Combat is far from the series' best. Overall, it feels like the publishers were hard pressed for content. Many of the articles, while interesting in their own right, are either too broad or limited in scope, or are only tenuously relevant to fantasy role playing games. Having read most of the articles, and having skimmed the rest, I don't get the impression that the subject of combat justified the length, if the seemingly hodgepodge collection of articles is any indication. If you are a long time fan of the Kobold Guides, you can do a lot worse than picking this one up, but if you've never picked up a book from this series, I'd highly suggest checking out the Kobold Guide to Game Design, or the Kobold Guide to World Building, first or skip this one altogether....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
NaNo Calendar
by Stephen J.
Publisher: Chaotic Shiny Productions
Date Added: 12/04/2014 18:28:03
NaNo Calendar First, this is an executable computer file named "NaNo_Calendar.exe". I downloaded it, scanned it with McAfee, got a clean bill of health, and ran it on my Win7 64b desktop PC. It does exactly what the description says, which is why I gave it five stars. It does not have, nor need an installer; you just execute the program as-is and it runs. It does not appear to have any dependencies, such as a run-time DLL. It's pretty tiny at just 44,032 Bytes. Specifically, you only have three (3) total controls, unless you count minimize and close. You can set the number of words in your word goal, the default is 50,000. You can check a box and have the widget "stay on top" of your desktop. You can set any of the following systems: 1) "equal every day" - word goal divided equally for each day of the current month 2) "equal no weekends" - word goal divided equally for each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the current month 3) "equal weekend only" - word goal divided equa...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Delta Green: Dark Theatres
by Jacek B.
Publisher: Pagan Publishing
Date Added: 12/04/2014 06:18:51
Delta Green: Dark Theatres Only PDF for an ebook? Please... This is just not fair.

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
On a Black Tide
by Tim R.
Publisher: Privateer Press
Date Added: 11/28/2014 15:22:16
On a Black Tide Anyone who can read a description of a publication and then be shocked that the publication is indeed as described needs to get their heads examined. Pirates, murderous gangs, trials by combat, etc should clue you in. If these topics make you cringe then don't read the story. On a Black Tide is well written and definitely deserves a read if you like tales of the darker side of life. Not everyone is born behind a white picket fence and the stories of those people should be told as well. Highly recommend....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Calidar, In Stranger Skies
by Jim M.
Publisher: Calidar Publishing
Date Added: 11/24/2014 18:09:00
Calidar, In Stranger Skies Calidar is a beautifully produced book from both a content and a presentation standpoint. It is truly a unique and original book, which is a rarity among so many products that are really just recycled material. It is well worth the price of admission.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Mythos Society Guide to New England
by Rick N.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 11/24/2014 13:54:08
The Mythos Society Guide to New England I love this book. The writing is good, the ideas are fun, but one of the coolest things about it is the depth of the research behind it. Real history provides so much weirdness and hints at both horror and adventure, and this book gathers that all up with glee. Of course, not everything you read in the book actually happened - it's a Lovecraftian game supplement, after all - but probably a lot more than you expect is true, if expanded on to suit the purpose of the book. If you like well-researched history retasked for horror gaming, you're gonna love this....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Calidar, In Stranger Skies
by Sverre M.
Publisher: Calidar Publishing
Date Added: 11/23/2014 14:19:18
Calidar, In Stranger Skies Bruce Heard, one of the minds behind the original D&D world of Mystara is brings us back to the good old days with his brand new fantasy world Calidar. In Dragon Magazine, and a later boxed set for D&D, Bruce wrote about the adventures of the wondrous skyship Princess Ark, and used it to describe new lands rich for adventure. In "In Stranger Skies", the skyship The Star Phoenix picks up the torch, being sucked into Calidar's universe to explore the adventures of this curious world, its inhabited moons and sister planets. The first part of the book is a work of fiction, describing the first part of the journey of The Star Phoenix and its crew. It is a very compelling introduction to the setting, reading as the first few chapters of a novel I'm aching for the rest of. The second part of the book is an outline of the Calidar setting, zooming in from an overview of the Solar system called the Soltan Ephemeris, to a closer look at the World of Calidar, an even closer look at the area...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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!]
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