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BattleTech Legends: The Way of the Clans (Jade Phoenix Vol. 1)
by Customer Name Withheld
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 04/05/2016 08:17:01
BattleTech Legends: The Way of the Clans (Jade Phoenix Vol. 1) This is the book that introduced me to the BattleTech Universe and the Clans. I highly recommend it!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Kos City (Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting)
by Billy W.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 03/15/2016 20:51:02
Kos City (Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting) The first thing you think about when you think of the Mediterranean are sun, beautiful ocean views, and historical cities all around. Beautiful vistas, stunning landscapes, all sounds lovely. Too bad things aren't that simple. Welcome to the world of Kos. An alternate history of our world is one of my personal favorite ways to play. This one has it all, a rich history to play with in the form of a cataclysm that brought magic into the world with a devastating volcanic eruption to make Krakatoa look like a firecracker. Well fleshed out NPC's for your characters to interact with, like Jadzia the apothecary, and Phaeton of Rhodes, a skilled artisan and the proprietor of the Golden Age of Warfare, one of the best weapons and armor shops in the region. To put it plainly, the SoK campaign setting is amazing in its depth and breadth. I can go on and on about the setting and the people, but I feel it's time to get into the specifics on the books involved. Kos City; this is the first book t...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Midgard Preview
by Customer Name Withheld
Publisher: Kobold Press
Date Added: 03/04/2016 13:14:28
Midgard Preview The Midgard Preview offers an enticing overview of the campaign setting. The preview starts with two pieces of fiction, which effectively convey the tone of the setting and the types of adventures that may occur therein. This is followed by a write-up of one of the settings unique races, providing usable content without any further purchase. The preview finishes with an overview of the various regions and what makes them memorable.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Truth Beyond Paradox
by Customer Name Withheld
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 02/25/2016 21:50:09
Truth Beyond Paradox This is a stellar collection of stories that really captures the sense of the world of Mage. My favorite stories at this point are Well Played and A Firm Place To Stand. The quality of the other stories is varied and while I haven't loved every piece it's a far more engaging view of the world than I've seen in the other RPG fiction I've read. It's also an excellent lens into a narrative setting that can be hard to fully grasp just from the gaming books, including some amazing takes on potential avatar relationships....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Absolute Valentine: Memory Green / Episode 1
by Sheila H.
Publisher: Crushpop Productions
Date Added: 02/22/2016 20:45:00
Absolute Valentine: Memory Green / Episode 1 Really awesome read, full of vivid imagery and intense action. It was rife with excitement, introduced several interesting characters, and launched what promises to be an action-packed plot, all in just a few pages. I can't wait to see the characters and plot develop. A must read for lovers of underworld action and intrigue. Eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Blood of the Dragon
by Guy D.
Publisher: Monolith Graphics
Date Added: 02/18/2016 23:03:05
Blood of the Dragon This isn't the soundtrack to a Conan movie, but it may as well be. It has a great epic fantasy vibe to it and makes great background music either for a game, or just while you need something in the background.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Phantoms of the High Seas
by Guy D.
Publisher: Monolith Graphics
Date Added: 02/18/2016 20:58:44
Phantoms of the High Seas A great set of pirate music that draws on traditional seas shanties and classic haunted ship themes. You get a dramatic opening monologue followed by music that sits really well in the background of a sea faring game. It can just as easily be used in any situation as simple a sound track mix. I used this at a party on "Speak like a pirate day"

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying: A Game of Thrones Edition
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Green Ronin
Date Added: 02/16/2016 08:42:22
A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying: A Game of Thrones Edition This revised version of the *A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying* came about due to the increased popularity of George R.R. Martins' work brought about by the TV adaptation *Game of Thrones*. The core ruleset is unchanged, although errata have been applied. A short introductory adventure - the one from the *Quick Start* - and a longer one, *Peril at King's Landing* (also available as a separate book), are also included to get you off to a flying start. The artwork is even better than before, and overall presentation improved as well. The Introduction explains all this, as well as having the usual 'What is a role-playing game?' information. Chapter 1: A Westeros Primer is concerned with the setting. It opens with notes from Maester Jesiah (looking almost as if he'd written them himself, illuminated manuscript style), which give an overview of the history, current affairs and geography of Westeros. Fascinating reading, followed by a set of notes on life in Westeros - the legal situatio...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
BattleTech: 25 Years of Art and Fiction
by Randy S.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 02/15/2016 07:36:57
BattleTech: 25 Years of Art and Fiction I just downloaded this and don't be fooled by the comment that it's low resolution. This PDF is beautiful. It is packed full of content. Can't wait to read it all. Thanks!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: World of Shadows
by Antony V.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 02/13/2016 11:01:03
Shadowrun: World of Shadows On the whole I enjoyed the anthology, some stories I'd like to see extended in novels, but there were a couple that left me scratching my head and wondering why they were included. I really enjoyed Patrick Goodman's story about Dragonslayer actively choosing to mentor a new runner, and I'd like to read more about how Erica grows as a Mage. Russell Zimmerman, you actually made me get a little angry at the start of your story, so thoroughly did I get immersed in the story. Great to read more about one of the Street Legends. I was particularly disappointed by "Queen for a Minute" by Annie Bellet. If it had been included with the original Shadowrun Returns game it may not have thrown me so much, but having a 2052 setting story in a new Shadowrun compilation seemed a very strange choice. Overall I'm glad I bought it, and look forward to more Shadowrun fiction, particularly as it's what really drew me into the game....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Eclipse Phase: After the Fall
by ray c.
Publisher: Posthuman Studios LLC
Date Added: 02/04/2016 20:10:20
Eclipse Phase: After the Fall First off; this is quality sci-fi writing served up in easily read chunks. It's a great read anytime, but I found it fit quite nicely into a morning commute. It's a great look into the world of Eclipse Phase; and provides some view points that have been missing from the rule books. It's also a nice bit of kit to have in your GM tool box, as it provides succinct explenations for for some of the more difficult to grasp elements of the setting. Such as the mesh, and ego & morph. All right at the front of the book. Fully recommend picking it up, and lending it to your new players....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Carnival of Lost Souls
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Monolith Graphics
Date Added: 02/04/2016 19:56:39
Carnival of Lost Souls Harlequin’s Lament is a gorgeous gothic song, a blend of repetitious chords with a rich-sounding overlay of a grand piano and harmonized vocals in the background. This piece, while not necessarily “circus-like,” shows off the musicianship of Nox Arcana. Next, strategically placed after the melody, is Calliope; children’s laughter echoes in the background of this brooding, circular tune. Madame Endora follows you around and predicts your future, leading you into the Hall of Mirrors. Even though you run away, you may find yourself Lost in the Darkness. One of the difficulties with creating a set in a “Circus Diabolique” is that, if not done properly, a haunted carnival can sound campy or lack general appeal. That is definitely not the case here. Of all the Nox Arcana collections, there is a wide variety of music offered on this set, some of which echoes their other work. For example, fans of the Necronomicon collection might find Nightmare Parade and Circus Diabolique appealing. Other...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: F+W Media
Date Added: 02/04/2016 19:48:16
Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures Being a fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s works myself, this book was off to a good start as the forward was written by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. “While Mr. Athans draws from an extremely impressive array of monstrous sources, we are, of course, particularly delighted to see the works of H.P. Lovecraft cited so frequently and so appropriately in this discussion. Lovecraft was indeed, as Athans states, a master of the monster.” With such a good start, I was ready to dive in, head first. The introduction goes into some thoughts on “Realism vs. Plausibility” and the responsibilities that come with writing monsters. Philip makes a good case and ends it with “Artist Francisco de Goya wrote, “Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.” This is the genre author’s primary responsibility. If you’ve asked readers to sign on to your fantasy or science fiction assumptions, you have the responsibility...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Swords of Kos: Necropolis
by Richard P.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 01/31/2016 08:28:46
Swords of Kos: Necropolis Love the art, love the subject matter. Greek mythology has always fascinated me and Michael writes with such authority and detail I almost forgot I was reading a work of fiction. The locations involved are so accurately described, it would be easy for any GM to recreate the setting for their own adventures. Great stuff!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Blood In, Blood Out (Vampire: The Requiem Novel #2)
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 01/27/2016 13:48:22
Blood In, Blood Out (Vampire: The Requiem Novel #2) Sometimes authors give writing a great story everything they got. Sometimes that takes a backseat to an agenda. I think the writer is talented and I think the story had potential but I can’t get through it. I’m just not interested in the characters. I think the author was probably guided to force diversity into the story and it just did not work. I don’t mean racial diversity BTW, I mean cultural diversity. We’re talking ghettos, gangsters, and Carthians here. The characters don’t hold my interest and half way through the book, I just give up. I make no apologies for not being genuinely interested in the story. That’s not a choice, it’s a reality. The first book in the series was great. Rather than take the first book further, this story tries to take the setting in a new direction … without me....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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