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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!]
Lands Beyond Kos (Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting)
by Heath F.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 01/16/2014 19:07:28
Lands Beyond Kos (Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting) As far as I am concerned, great campaigns, in any Role Playing Game, require background data. The more thought out the background, the better “fleshed out” the campaign will be. Skirmisher Publishing has done exceptionally well with Lands Beyond Kos, one of the latest editions in their famed Swords of Kos Campaign Setting. In Lands Beyond Kos, we explore the much larger area around the island of Kos, lands both near and far. From neighbouring nations of pirates, to cities of the dead, to islands of scholars and poets, to lands where women rule with an iron fist. Those familiar to the Kos setting will find the nations outlined in Land Beyond Kos as an invaluable source of information for expanding any campaign and allowing PC’s to explore further afield and meet new friends and foes. Anyone who isn’t as familiar to the Swords of Kos setting will find this book to be an interesting point of view from a more than accomplished author who has based an imagined extrapolation of rea...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Accursed: The Festival at Glenelg
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Melior Via
Date Added: 01/16/2014 08:14:10
Accursed: The Festival at Glenelg Originally posted at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2014/01/16/book-review-the-festiva-
l-at-glenelg-accursed/ The Festival at Glenelg is a new piece of fiction for the brand new Savage Worlds setting, Accursed. Like many RPG of this era, Accursed was a successfully funded Kickstarter project. Unfortunately for the game, it came out the same time as Blood and Smoke: The Strix Chronicle, four different Werewolf: The Apocalypse releases, two Shadowrun supplements and a Numenera piece so I don’t know anyone who has really given the game a lot of attention. In flipping through it I have found it to be interesting, but not especially compelling. It feels rushed and disjointed but I do like the mix of White Wolf’s “You play as the monster” with a dash of Ravenloft‘s mood an atmosphere and a hearty dose of various monsters from across folklore. You have a world where at some point the Black Cauldron style undead of the UK met up with Russia’s Baba Yaga, for example. Maybe my opinion will change ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack: 40 Modern and Classic Lovecraftian Stories
by Mitchell M.
Publisher: Wildside Press
Date Added: 01/11/2014 17:09:21
The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack: 40 Modern and Classic Lovecraftian Stories Worth the money and much more. Great compilation of stories.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack: 40 Modern and Classic Lovecraftian Stories
by Dave J.
Publisher: Wildside Press
Date Added: 01/11/2014 01:01:41
The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack: 40 Modern and Classic Lovecraftian Stories All the classic Lovecraft mythos stories are here, along with tales by his immediate circle of friends like Howard, Smith and Long. Throw in a mix of newer tales and you have a real bargain of a book that's great for newcomers to the mythos and for long time followers as well. For the price this is hard to beat and would be good value at many times the price, highly recommended.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Impaler Volume 1 Trade
by Temo T. d.
Publisher: Top Cow
Date Added: 01/10/2014 22:48:12
Impaler Volume 1 Trade This could easily have been some kind of mere schlock horror over the top garbage with flashy super powers and one liners with the name Vlad Tepes II thrown on just to sell a comic, with run of the mill 'big two' monthly superhero style artwork. Fortunately it is not. The art really supports the story with it's eye for light and the absence of such, not just for light itself, but the nod to the human condition. Can evil be fought with evil? This seems to be the crux for the series, and yet Impaler is really the story of a detective a few days from retirement when all Hell breaks loose... How he is trying to come to terms with a personal loss that has left him empty, how creatures of darkness thought to be mere cautionary tales to keep children in line turn out to be both very real and super deadly... taking the world over like the modern day zombie apocalypse at a much faster almost irresistible pace. As for the character for whom the title comes, he is ruthless, merciless, and p...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Alice and Dorothy FREE SAMPLER
by Heather B.
Publisher: Northern Frights Publishing
Date Added: 01/10/2014 18:36:47
Alice and Dorothy FREE SAMPLER I liked the sound of this from the blurb but it didn't live up to the possibilities The full book may do better at living up to the idea but the sampler did not show enough potential for me to bother with the full book. The constant refernces to sex also got up my nose, but that may just have been the mood I was in.

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
The Return of SANTIAGO (Novel)
by Ratimir I.
Publisher: EN Publishing
Date Added: 01/09/2014 18:15:25
The Return of SANTIAGO (Novel) It's a classic Resnick space western. If you know what that means, then you've got a good idea what you're in for. If you don't, then I STRONGLY recommend reading Santiago first (for fairly obvious reasons, this book contains massive spoilers for the original). Return doesn't quite measure up to the original Santiago, but is still an excellent read, packed with the larger than life personalities that populate Resnick's Inner Frontier, but a few of them come across as repeats of earlier characters. This is clearly deliberate in the case of Dante, who seeks to carry on Black Orpheus' work, but Tyrranosaur Bailey comes across in some ways as a repeat of Manmountain Bates, and Waltzing Matilda's introduction bears quite a resemblence to Mouse's in Oracle. For me the biggest frustration was inadequate proof-reading. I lost count of the typos: a couple of worlds get their names misspelled, a character mentions the Democracy covering "50,000 words", etc. Ten years since publication, these s...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Roll Them Bones
by Neil S.
Publisher: Hyacinth Games
Date Added: 01/09/2014 15:19:24
Roll Them Bones Quick look into the drama of the Stakers life. Harsh conditions make some hard, others give in to their weakness. Stakers take care of each other as that is their strength in this brutal world. Quick read, put it on my phone and read it on the go. Good inspiration should you choose to play the game.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Deadlands Dime Novel 01: Perdition's Daughter
by jeffrey v.
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
Date Added: 01/05/2014 19:13:25
Deadlands Dime Novel 01: Perdition's Daughter I liked it and was disappointed at the same time. I was looking for a supernatural western to read when this series popped up. We are given ex-Union soldier and now gun-slinger, Ronan Lynch, who is hired, along with others, to find a man’s son who has disappeared to join a church-cult run by a suspected witch. Ronan is killed only to reappear out of nowhere at the conclusion of the story with no explanation. The final line being: “to be continued.” Yes, it is a hook to buy the next in the series but I feel cheated in a way. I know nothing more about how Ronan becomes the feared supernatural bounty hunter badass he was advertised to be. I signed up expecting to find out this guy’s origin, and if I like what I read to continue on with his further adventures. What I get his Ronan getting killed off before anything even remotely “supernatural” happens. The bulk of the story continues about his companions on a grand adventure where they eventually find the son and take down the witch. ...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Vol. 2
by Brian F. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Nevermet Press
Date Added: 01/04/2014 16:12:01
Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Vol. 2 When I reviewed Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Volume 1 back in October 2009, I felt it was a monumental and worthwhile compilation of game material from around the blogosphere. Jonathan Jacobs somehow managed to do everything from curating the articles to having the book printed and available. The result was a book that managed to provide players and gamemasters, both new and old, more inspiration than you could shake a stick at. With Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Volume 2 (OGTv2), Jacobs managed to get much more help with nearly every part of the process – from nominating material to editing, art, and so on. He even managed to get sponsors to help foot the bill to pay for part of the publishing effort so it wasn’t all out of his wallet. To avoid any misconceptions, I helped with a couple of parts of the process of OGTv2. I worked as a peer reviewer and contributed some funds to help get the book printed. But even with my he...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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