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Dresden Files RPG: Our World
by Roger L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 02/19/2014 03:14:26
Dresden Files RPG: Our World http://www.teilzeithelden.de/2014/02/19/rezension-dresden-fi-
les-our-world/ Der Schwesterband zu Dresden Files – Your Story befasst sich mit den Kreaturen des Dresdenverse. Während die Regeln und das Feeling der Welt im ersten Band etabliert wurden, konzentriert sich Our World auf die Organisationen und Personen der Romanwelt der Dresden Files Romane. Inhalt Der Band wirkt auf den ersten Eindruck durchaus mächtig: 270 Seiten stark verspricht er, uns in die Welt von Harry Dresden zu entführen. Nach einer einleitenden Kurzgeschichte stürzen wir uns direkt ins politische Chaos. Auf einem Dutzend Seiten stellt uns Evil Hat Productions die herrschenden Fraktionen, ihre Ziele und aktuellen Konflikte vor. Da in der Romanreihe viele Konflikte und noch mehr unterschiedliche Fraktionen eingeführt wurden, beschränkt sich die Vorstellungen auf ein bloßes Minimum. Viele Details werden entweder direkt ausgelassen oder nur in wenigen Worten erläutert. Das reicht aus, um sich ein grobes Bil...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Tales from the Ninth World
by Christopher G.
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Date Added: 02/14/2014 15:15:05
Tales from the Ninth World NO Spoilers here. :) Great teasers, but very short. It makes me want to find out what happens to the characters. I hope they make full length novels. So I give the writing and uniqueness 5stars and the length 3stars. Round it off to 4.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Mercy
by Mikael H.
Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing
Date Added: 02/11/2014 09:58:09
Mercy To be honest, I never made by the first chapter of this book. I may pick it up a day when I have no other book in the pile of unread stuff, and the weather is lousy. The chapter I read was quite blandly written and mostly sounded as a excuse for American war atrocities in Vietnam. So until I have nothing better to do I dropped this...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Exquisite Replicas
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Abstract Nova Entertainment
Date Added: 02/09/2014 18:02:00
Exquisite Replicas You didn’t notice at first. That can of pop seemed a little ‘wrong’ somehow, but you put it down to a new packaging design and a different recipe or something. Then you noticed that someone appeared to have swapped their chair for yours at the office, but that coffee stain on the seat where you nearly did yourself a nasty injury was still there. It looked – and felt – like the same chair, but you knew, deep down inside, that it wasn’t. After that, you started to notice more and more of these things, and even people. The mailman, whose name you’d never learned, but who you’d often swapped pleasantries with about last night’s game. He wasn’t replaced by a new mailman; he looked the same; he still swapped friendly insults about your team, and even told the same story about how he’d tried out for his team but that knee injury from his early school years had put paid to his chances. He had the same memories as the mailman, put it just wasn’t really him. They (whoever they were) had replaced...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Amber Monolith (Numenera Fiction)
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Date Added: 02/09/2014 12:09:26
The Amber Monolith (Numenera Fiction) This is, word for word, the same piece of fiction that starts off the Numenera Core Rulebook. It tells the story of a man named Calaval who would become the founder of The Order of Truth and the most famous Aeon Priest of them all. This story takes place before he becomes an Aeon Priest however and tells of his experiences exploring the Amber Monolith. The Amber Monolith is one of the great mysteries of the Ninth World, as well as one of its most recognizable. The story is a complex, compe3lling and sometimes sad tale that really highlights how different the Ninth World is from the Earth we currently live on. It's a wonderful read and it's great to see that Monte Cook games has made this free to everyone. The Amber Monolith is a great way to see what Numenera is all about without having to think about rules, stats or mechanics. Since it's free, you might as well download this and see if it tempts you into a further exploration of the Ninth World....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
W20 Cookbook
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 02/06/2014 08:35:59
W20 Cookbook Originally published at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2013/12/27/book-review-w20-cookboo-
k-werewolf-the-apocalypse-20th-anniversary-edition/ Yes, you read the name of this review right. They’ve actually released a Werewolf: The Apocalypse Cookbook. I know when I told Mark (the DHGF staffer who loves W:TA more than any other tabletop game) what I was reviewing (and had received thanks to being a Kickstarter backer for W20) his reaction was, “A… what. How does that even work?” I have to admit, that was probably everyone’s first thought when this one time joke was announced as an actual release. After all, when you think of werewolves you probably think of them eating wild animals raw in the forest or devouring some person. Printing a cookbook of “Kill the stag with your bare claws and teeth and devour it right there” or giving recipes on “How to Cook Man” would probably not be well received by too many people. Plus you know, describing how to debone a small child could get OPP in some leg...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
W20 Cookbook
by Justin J.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 02/05/2014 19:35:18
W20 Cookbook I truly love this as a cookbook and as a W20 addition. The peanut and chicken curry recipe has been a hit at my house and the White Howler's Venison with Blackberry Sauce recipe is next on the list to try. I also like the inclusion of Damper Bread for the Bunyip tribe, having spent a month in the outback of Australia. Is it a good cookbook? Yes. Is the flavor text for each tribe awesome? Most certainly. Should you pick up this book? /rollwillpowertoresist

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tales from the Ninth World
by Michael R.
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Date Added: 02/02/2014 00:56:32
Tales from the Ninth World Entertaining and enlightening tales about the nature of Numenera – particularly the strangeness of the world, and the uniqueness of this setting. Shanna Germain's "The Taste of Memory" is easily the best story here, offering a vibrant and revealing insight into characters and personal circumstances that tantalise the imagination.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Sete-Ka's Dream Quest
by Piotr C.
Publisher: Margaret Weis Productions
Date Added: 01/30/2014 13:04:34
Sete-Ka's Dream Quest It is a quite nice, young adult novel/game, very similar to old Endless Quest books. It is a bit short - only 46 separate entries, 22 of them being The End. There is a route to finish this gamebook reading only 6 entries (and answering a riddle)!

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Gehenna - The Final Night (Time of Judgment Act 1 of 3)
by Trevor K.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 01/29/2014 13:15:59
Gehenna - The Final Night (Time of Judgment Act 1 of 3) Gehenna. The end of everything for the vampires. It had been building for years in the World of Darkness game books and novels. And here we have it. The novel mostly focuses on Beckett, the Gangrel archeologist/historian/Noddist scholar and that was a sensible choice. He is on a quest for answers and we get to tag along. Many other notable vampires come in to contact with him along the way. The story does have the scope and feel of an end of the world situation. So that worked for me. Beckett and his search was reasonable and decently depicted. If you're wanting a decent story centered around Gehenna I'd give this a shot. It's not the best Vampire novel I've read but certainly not the worst....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Black Spot
by Edward C.
Publisher: Grasshopper Games
Date Added: 01/24/2014 13:06:57
The Black Spot Bottom Line Up Front: The Black Spot is a fun game for creative people that could benefit from expansion and/or adult libations. Extended Review: The Black Spot is a diceless-GM-less storytelling game that lends itself to the Horror or Disaster genres, but could easily be adapted to any adventure that lends itself to a cinematic-style story. The equipment required for the game includes roughly a hundred cards (provided in the reasonably-priced PDF) and some means of generating a random number from 1-20, which most gamers will probably have on hand in the form of a d20. However, the numbers are only needed prior to the start of the game for generating characters, so any method can be used if a die isn't handy. Players will need to decide beforehand about how long they want the game to run, as that will have an impact on some of the rules. Once the length of the game and characters are estabished, play is begun by setting the initial scene and dealing out cards. Each player will...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Of Predators and Prey: The Hunters Hunted II Anthology
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 01/23/2014 07:28:12
Of Predators and Prey: The Hunters Hunted II Anthology Originally posted at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2014/01/20/book-review-of-predator-
s-and-prey-the-hunters-hunted-ii-anthology-vampire-the-masqu-
erade-20th-anniversary-edition/ The Hunters Hunted II has been my favorite release for Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition. Like a lot of the Classic World of Darkness releases, The Hunters Hunted II was a very successful Kickstarter project. With overfunding came stretch goals, one of which was the anthology we are reviewing today. At only 115 pages, Of Predators and Prey is far shorter than other recent OPP anthologies. Rites of Renown: When Will You Rage II was another Kickstarter stretch goal (this time for Werewolf: The Apocalypse) was 240 pages, and The Strix Chronicle Anthology was 154 pages. So it was a bit of a disappointment to see this collection turn out as short as it is. Of course, the quality of this anthology is another disappointment. As much as I loved The Hunters Hunted II, this anthology left me cold, both ...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack: 40 Modern and Classic Lovecraftian Stories
by john b.
Publisher: Wildside Press
Date Added: 01/19/2014 18:36:32
The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack: 40 Modern and Classic Lovecraftian Stories for a digital version none can beat. Cthulhu be praised

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Nazi Occult
by Alexander O. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Date Added: 01/19/2014 09:39:48
The Nazi Occult It should be pointed out that this book is written as an 'alternate history', detailing a richly imagined and meticulously researched tapestry of Nazi plans, activities, artifacts and personas. With that out of the way, this is a must-have for GMs who are planning to run games (or are already running ones) that are set in WWII with a touch of mystical / magical elements, weird science hints, or even Cthulhoid intrusions. It's also a treasure trove of origin hooks for superheroes or supervillains from the WWII / post-WWII era of comic book gaming. Even a cursory read will clue you into names major and minor in the network of allied and opposed occult factions; a close read will give you a rundown of a multitude of Ahnenerbe activities around the world, major artifacts that passed through Nazi Occult hands like the Spear of Destiny, the Holy Grsail, the Ark of the Covenant (with a tip of the hat to our favorite adventuring archaeologist), Nazi mystical rites with occult significanc...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Bloodstone of Cerillion (Multiformat)
by Stirling N.
Publisher: Mantic Games
Date Added: 01/17/2014 15:06:17
The Bloodstone of Cerillion (Multiformat) Mantic Games' first foray into the world of written fiction. Author Johnathan Peace doesn't have a lot of books to his name, a quick google search returned this novella and a well-reviewed novel, The Magpie's Lament, which I have not read. As a gamer and a big fan of mantic, I can say this is an adequate first start to what I dearly hope is a plethora of mantic fiction releases. With several kickstarters under their belts, and two separate universes ripe for expansion through novels and short stories, mantic has a lot of opportunity to become more of a household name and expand their existing IP. The Bloodstone of Cerillion is rather short, I was able to read the entire thing in an afternoon. Its not an original story by any means, and is rather cliche, though I think Peace might prefer to describe it as a homage to fiction from the golden age of gaming. Three armies from Kings of War feature heavily in the story: Elves, Dwarfs, and Undead, while Basileans, Abyssal Dwarfs, and T...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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