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Shaintar: Edge of Honor
by Andrew S.
Publisher: Evil Beagle Games
Date Added: 11/03/2014 13:26:54
Shaintar: Edge of Honor First, let me reveal a potential bias: I know the author. We've corresponded many times, and I'm a fan of his game designs, particularly those for Hero System, and I've enjoyed the short stories he's recently had published. It is because of that connection and his earlier short fiction that I sought out this work when Steve mentioned it was available. That being said, I am doing my best to rate Edge of Honor on its own merits. I know nothing of Shaintar, the game world in which this novella is based. Fortunately, a knowledge of the world is unnecessary - the story is perfectly self contained. The action takes place in a slave-holding, demon-worshipping land whose inhabitants value strength. Our protagonist, Khorond, is the eldest son and heir of one of the empire's leading nobles. It's quickly established that not only is he a talented fighter, but that he does not share the same moral outlook as his family. The story is really about Khorond's growing distaste for the empire's ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Calidar, In Stranger Skies
by Bruce H.
Publisher: Calidar Publishing
Date Added: 11/02/2014 07:22:04
Calidar, In Stranger Skies The review below is actually from acclaimed author and game designer Jeff Grubb, originally published on his blog: http://grubbstreet.blogspot.com/2014/10/an-abundance-of-rich-
es.html "Calidar: In Stranger Skies from Bruce Heard gets the lead because it is likely the one you likely haven't heard of, having charted its course into this perfect storm of releases. It is very much the descendant of the D&D Known World/Mystara and Bruce's own stories of the Princess Ark from DRAGON magazine. As a result, it has the wonderful air of adventure of that late 80's/early 90's gaming era. The hardbound leads off with a massive tale of the Star Phoenix and its crew, then drills down from the solar system to the planet of Calidar to the kingdom of Meryath to the city of Glorathon, and concludes with a set of Pathfinder stats and a collection of skyships. An excellent laying of groundwork here, beautifully presented."...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Mythos Society Guide to New England
by Eric F.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 10/31/2014 09:22:46
The Mythos Society Guide to New England This is a massive 142 page tomb of knowledge & New England lore from essentially the heart of Lovecraft country. Writing and designing this sort of supplement is tricky business because Lovecraft wove both the imaginary & factual into his material. The Skirmisher crew did a great job with this one but for the Call of Cthulhu DM this book is really nicely done. The design and layout is easy on the eyes and the author knows his material very well. I really don't think that the Call of Cthulhu crowd has given these books or product line a second glance. That's too bad because their missing out on a very well done piece of Cthulhu rpg reference that includes not only the Mythos but a large chunk of New England lore as well. This book is a really bold stroke by Skirmisher and Mr. Staples does a great job capturing the flavor and feel of New England in these pages. Your going to want to pick this book up if your even remotely interested in the Cthulhu Mythos or New England lore. I enjoy...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Idigam Chronicle Anthology
by Zachary B.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 10/30/2014 16:28:08
The Idigam Chronicle Anthology I think this Anthology is pretty good all told. I'm not sure I'd show it to someone who wasn't in the know with regard to WtF. I tried thinking, after I read this, why it wasn't perfect. Sure, the use of Proper RPG Nouns without surrounding context drove me crazy. Then most stories are about the hunt. The Wolf Must Hunt. And there is so much to hunt. I guess contextually what I didn't like was that each story was just so full of death to the degree where it's like "oh so, if each hunt a few werewolves die, how are there any werewolves alive at all?" And, I tell myself that these are momentous stories. "Desert Dreaming Hunt" was probably one of the best. It did a great job explaining a small sliver of the spirit world, as did "Last Rites". I also really enjoyed "The Worst Kind of Enemy", especially that it was territory and not just "vs. Pure". Lots of clever writing were WtF fans can see a bit beyond and "get it." For a WtF fan it is definitely worth the cost to get some glim...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Loremaster Legacy
by Maximiliano T.
Publisher: Terry K. Amthor
Date Added: 10/26/2014 09:13:59
The Loremaster Legacy This is the beginning of a story that gives a great understanding of how things work in Shadow World. The history, politics and societies that are just list of events in a GM book come to life and make a lot of sense. It's a must read for those who have run or are planning on running adventures in this complex place. It could lead to some spoilers eventually for players, so check with your GM first. As a literary work, it is solid, although there are many moments when it seems the author suddenly takes control of a character and gives a personal opinion or shares a thought that seems out of place for the scene....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Murder in Corvis
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Privateer Press
Date Added: 10/16/2014 06:27:31
Murder in Corvis Originally published at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2014/10/16/book-review-murder-in-c-
orvis-iron-kingdoms/ I’ll admit something upfront. I’ve never been interested in Iron Kingdoms or Warmachine. Both feel like a steampunk version of Warhammer and I already have enough RPGs and miniature combat games to pick up what feels like a derivative of something else. I’ve got a stack of Bones, Tomb Kings, Robotech RPG Tactics and my old D&D Tactics figures from when that game existed. However, I really do like Richard Lee Byers’ stories. I’m more a non-fiction reader, but I enjoy enough of his writing to know I’ll pick up something of his (especially a review copy) if I run into it. Besides, the last time I picked up a book by him from a RPG universe I wasn’t originally interested in (The Festival at Glenelg), I ended up reviewing three adventures from that game. So who knew? Maybe Murder in Corvis would make me curious enough to try out some of Privateer Press’ games. There was only one way ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Demon: Interface
by P. B.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 10/15/2014 21:56:09
Demon: Interface This is something that we haven't ever seen before now, which makes it worth the price just to see how well it works, but it turns out that Demon: Interface actually works WELL! The stories offer views into the world of these creatures in a way that the game's books only hint at, and that's what great fiction adds to your chronicle. The mechanics that complement each story won't be equally useful for every troupe, but they each give insight into not just what happened in the story and show a peek at WHY it occurred. For the price of one book, this book pulls double-duty, and you won't find that either one suffers for the other!...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Writer Tools Generator Pack
by Markus K.
Publisher: Chaotic Shiny Productions
Date Added: 10/13/2014 08:24:29
Writer Tools Generator Pack Hi! This tool is really good and well worth more than than the three and a bit Euros it costs. It gives you many options for the "supporting cast and locations" in RPG and normal novel writing. Sometimes the generator comes up with a combination so nice, you elevate it into the main branches of the story you weave. It gives you many starting points for your own creativity to soar up from. Definitely woth buying!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Littlest Lovecraft: The Dunwich Horror
by Tiffany F.
Publisher: Esoteric Order of Publishing
Date Added: 10/10/2014 18:40:33
Littlest Lovecraft: The Dunwich Horror Littlest Lovecraft has a charming take on the HP Lovecraft mythos and The Dunwich Horror is a great addition to the genre. Quikry drawings and engaging rhymes make this a must for Lovecraft fans.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Calidar, In Stranger Skies
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Calidar Publishing
Date Added: 10/07/2014 15:36:42
Calidar, In Stranger Skies Calidar, In Stranger Skies is the latest gaming product from former TSR writer Bruce Heard. If you have been on the internet or follow any of the news surrounding Kickstarter or Mystara then you should have certainly heard about Bruce and Calidar. If not here are two brief introductions: http://bruce-heard.blogspot.com/p/a-word-abo-
ut-calidar.html http://bruce-heard.blogspot.com/p/where-can-
-i-get-calidar.html Calidar is exactly what I expected it to be. Thankfully I expected it to be awesome. It is a real treat reading this. In a sea of "grim dark" settings Calidar brings back magic, fantasy and adventure to "D&D" and any game you care to use it with. But that is getting ahead myself. This book is designed for Pathfinder, at least is says so on the cover, but please do not let that stop you from using this with any other "D&D"-like game/system you own or play. In the majority of the book is system neutral. The book is even a fair amount setting neutral, which might s...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction)
by John L.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 10/03/2014 17:50:00
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction) Good story, was hoping for a little more stuff, however. The heavy roto-drone was nice, but that was it. (beside the character stats) Probably a stupid criticism, but the last enhanced fiction I bought (Sail Away, Sweet Sister) had a couple of spells and other things. It was kind of like buying a WoW pet, but much cheaper. Despite my minor complaining, it was well worth the $1.99 price!

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Actual Factual: Dracula - A Compendium of Vampires
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Scaldcrow Games
Date Added: 10/02/2014 13:41:10
Actual Factual: Dracula - A Compendium of Vampires Actual Factual: Dracula - A Compendium of Vampires is an unassuming book. The cover is stock art (I am guessing, not sure) and the preview is text with a small amount of art. That and the $40 price tag (sale price $18) might scare some people off. That would be a mistake. Inside are 472 pages of detailed vampire types from all over the world. In this book we are given a basic overview of vampires (aka the stuff everyone knows) and then we move quickly into the relationship between Vlad the Impaler and Vampires. I will honestly say that this section, while entertaining seems tacked on. The book would have been fine without it, but is likely better with it. Next we get into the heart of this book. The Compendium of Vampires. The A to Z section detail vampires from around the world and not only represents the bulk of the book (340+ pages), but also the bulk of the research. Each entry contains the name of the vampire, pronunciation and translation of the name. Also li...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Sherlock Holmes Megapack: 25 Modern Tales by Masters
by Eddy W.
Publisher: Wildside Press
Date Added: 10/01/2014 18:15:47
The Sherlock Holmes Megapack: 25 Modern Tales by Masters It has an uninspiring title, but this is a massive anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories -- 25 in total. Most people don't realize that many modern Holmes anthologies usually have a theme or a flavor, such as stories that attempt to accurate evoke the original Doyle voice or Holmes stories that involve the supernatural. These are a grab-bag of stories ranging from very well-researched and faithful pastiches to stories of Holmes travelling through time. With many anthologies there are always some stories that hit or miss with the reader, but that's especially true with this. If you can't get behind the concept of, say, an investigation into a cult of readers of bad Holmes pastiches, some of the stories won't resonate with you. But with nearly 600 pages of material, odds are you'll find more hits than misses with this collection....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Calidar, In Stranger Skies
by David P.
Publisher: Calidar Publishing
Date Added: 10/01/2014 11:39:08
Calidar, In Stranger Skies Hier haben wir es mit einem RPG zu tun, dass mit Sicherheit zu den Besten zählt was in den letzten Jahren das Licht der Welt erblickt hat. Uns erwartet eine neue faszinierende Welt mit fliegen Schiffen, unsterblichen Helden (ja auch Spieler Char.), großartige Karten und eine Geschichte die mit viel Liebe ins Leben gerufen wurde. Weiters ist der Author (Bruce Heard) seinem "alten Stil" treu geblieben, den viele Menschen schon aus seiner Zeit bei TSR geliebt haben. Was meine ich damit? Das erste Drittel des Buches besteht aus einem Roman, durch den wir sehr viel über die Welt, Götter, Magie uvm. erfahren. All dies ohne ein bisschen langweilig oder langwierig zu wirken. Praktisch eine Geschichte lesen und man hat den Hintergrund der Welt einfach so nebenbei intus. Der Rest des Buches setzt sich aus Hintergrund der Welt, Rassen, Kulturen, Geschichte, Karten, Deckpläne von fliegenden Schiffen und einen kleinen Teil aus Regeln (Pathfinder) zusammen. Wichtig zu sagen ist, dass wir hier ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Calidar, In Stranger Skies
by Nurthor L.
Publisher: Calidar Publishing
Date Added: 09/28/2014 08:37:51
Calidar, In Stranger Skies Excellent supplément pour PF ou D&D. Bien dans l'esprit Old School. De belles histoires et un monde complet qui attend vos aventuriers!! Le tout bien illustré avec des cartes magnifiques!! À avoir chez soi !

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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