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Exalted: Tales From the Age of Sorrows
by Ellen S.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 09/24/2022 11:45:32
pixel_trans.gif Exalted: Tales From the Age of Sorrows For $3 I don't regret buying this book, but overall it needed much, much better editing and creative control. Typos abound. Multiple authors forgot some character’s name and changed it randomly mid-story. Many stories are drastically out of step with the Exalted setting, which is not what I want from tie-in fiction. Almost every story has multiple errors, which always jar me out of the fiction. 1/5 for the editing. However I did enjoy some of them. Credits: Richard Dansky actually wrote the Trilogy of the _Second_ Age. There's no Trilogy of the Third Age. Maiden’s Kiss (4/5) - A good story, a look at mortals interacting with magical beings who can casually turn their lives around. But the gold coins are weird and out of place in Creation. Bronze and Bisque (4.25/5) - A mostly good, believable Solar story focused on character development, with a side of action. Not amazing, but has very few typos and no setting errors. The Solars are unusually knowledgeable about their Exal...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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BattleTech: Redemption Rites
by Trevor R.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 08/30/2022 11:44:31
pixel_trans.gif BattleTech: Redemption Rites Excellent work, cleans up previous story lines from Hour of the Wolf and Redeption Rift. It was good seeing Wolf's Dragoons reborn for the IlClan Era.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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BattleTech: A Question of Survival
by Trevor R.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 08/28/2022 13:25:38
pixel_trans.gif BattleTech: A Question of Survival Boring story, with boring characters. The least enjoyable story written in the IlClan Era, BattleTech: Elements of Treason: Duty is similar story much better written with far more intriguing characters. Jason Schmetzer and Blaine Pardoe are much better BTech writers.

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
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The Silence of Our Ancestors: A Dragon-Blooded Novella
by Ellen S.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 08/27/2022 18:19:05
pixel_trans.gif The Silence of Our Ancestors: A Dragon-Blooded Novella The Silence of Our Ancestors pulled me into the story within a page or two and kept me invested. It's a very well-written tale about Dragon-Blooded who are not the usual imperialist slavers and Immaculate murderers, and set in the frozen Northwest which readers rarely get to visit. These are the heroes the Dragon-Blooded need. For the first time ever, I could imagine playing one. The protagonist has a limited time to solve a disturbing undead mystery, with almost no resources, before the Wanasaan sorcerers come for her. James Huggins clearly understands the setting and never pulls me out of the story with incongruous tone or detail, and the plot is one that could only happen in Creation. The mortal side-characters are complex and three-dimensional, although it felt like they overcame their prejudice against Gray oddly fast. The demons are exceptionally well-written, absolutely accurate to the setting with zero gratuitous nastiness. You can clearly see how [Third Edition] sorcerer...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Revelations of the Dark Mother
by Timothy B.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 08/10/2022 14:22:56
pixel_trans.gif Revelations of the Dark Mother Time to get down with some OG World of Darkness. So much that has been written about Lilith in RPGs can be traced back to two sources. This is the first. **Revelations of the Dark Mother** PDF. 126 pages. Once upon a time, White Wolf focused more on plot and background. This is a crunch-lite, fluf-heavy book that deals with Lilith, the mother of all Vampires (so to speak), and maybe Mages as well in the original World of Darkness. This is nice since I can drop it into any other game I like and it is a great background. If you have any interest in the subject of Lilith then this is a fun read. This was written by Phil Brucato (with additional authors) who is pretty much the expert in everything Mage. So from the start you know this is going to be some deep WoD material. The art is by Rebecca Guay, Eric Hotz, and Vince Locke with the covers designed by art director Aileen E. Miles. I call this out because the art in the book is really quite good. Even given that this is 20+ ye...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Directors Cut Survival Horror Slasher Camp
by Olive P.
Publisher: Games By Pixie LLC
Date Added: 07/14/2022 08:12:01
pixel_trans.gif Directors Cut Survival Horror Slasher Camp Pro's: - 2 Colourful, clearly designed maps with good area descriptions - Neat set-up and some genre-stting dialogue/characterization. - Grusome and gory descriptions of some of the kills the PC's can stumble across. Con's: - Not much of a plot to speak of, also minimal build-up before the horror starts. I'd recommend a lot more rising tension and opportunities to flesh out character relationships, etc. - Secondly (and more importantly) the slasher is kind-of boring. No real motivation, no mention of escaped mental patient, cursed revenant or anything of the like. Just some hard-to-kill psycho who turns up, which is kinda weak. Some serious fleshing out/foreshadowing/make interesting is needed. So, not the best but lots of potential for a great session, just some work needed to flesh it all out. ...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine
by Courtney D.
Publisher: Jenna Katerin Moran
Date Added: 07/13/2022 17:09:56
pixel_trans.gif Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine This book is a frustrating, confusing mess. Through all the verbose flowery text and wistful "You can do this, if you'd like," I struggled to actually see the parts of the game that mattered. Look, it has great presentation with its art and design being great. But I had to read reviews from other sites in order to understand just what the hell this game even *is*. There's no character sheet, the example characters are purely conceptual. There's definitely some sort of character structure, but hell if this book lays it out in a way to intuitively understand. There's example skills that get lost in the pages of backstory intwined with them. It depends heavily on inspiring you with What-Ifs and open ideas but the mechanics are small sections hidden between massive walls of text. I've seen and played some systems that encourage creative uses of a character's two-word traits and skills (eg Risus and Amazing Tales) that have explained themselves in ...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Adventure Dream
by Dennis W.
Publisher: Mongoose
Date Added: 07/05/2022 01:30:29
pixel_trans.gif Adventure Dream Really good story from a very talented author. I only wish it was longer. Looking forward to future installments in the adventures of Josine and Hal!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding
by Jim L.
Publisher: Kobold Press
Date Added: 06/24/2022 09:24:05
pixel_trans.gif KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding This review is a summarised version. For the full version, head over to [Swords & Stationery](https://swordsandstationery.com/review/kobold-gu-
ide-to-worldbuilding-review/). When it comes to creating new things, ideas are a dime a dozen. Everyone has an opinion. Yet, it is easier said than done to create something that's logically coherent. Furthermore, the well of ideas tends to run dry too after a while. This is where the KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding comes in. While not exactly "meaty", it has plenty of advice covering a wide range of topics. Each topic takes up about 5 pages of information, but it's concise and to the point. If I had to nitpick though, it's that not all the topics are equally well-written, but that's to be expected from having so many contributors. Art in the book is also a little sparse. It would have benefited from having more accompanying visuals....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Hexen: The herstory of witches, the world's oldest sorority
by Dax M.
Publisher: Relentless Fiction
Date Added: 06/14/2022 12:25:33
pixel_trans.gif Hexen: The herstory of witches, the world's oldest sorority After buying the Hexengeddon RPG I purchased this and I found it a fun read. It reminds me of the Wizardology books, only it's about witches. Well done.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The Game Master's Book of Non-Player Characters
by LaRhaun F.
Publisher: Topix Media Lab
Date Added: 06/13/2022 19:14:50
pixel_trans.gif The Game Master's Book of Non-Player Characters The 2nd book I have bought from Jeff Ashworth, after buying Random Encounters. I love this book. my only thing is that when travel i use my tablet and found that bookmarks for the chapters help out a ton wiith navigatation. if this could be added that would be great. I look forward to my pre ordered "Traps" and "Dragons". When the digital releases come out I think adding those would be a 5 star. Keep up the good work. Love these books and the utility of them in my games

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Shadowrun: DocWagon 19
by William J.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 05/22/2022 16:40:26
pixel_trans.gif Shadowrun: DocWagon 19 I was recently recommended Jennifer Brozek's work and I picked this up on a Bundle of Holding a while back. So I figured I'd finally get around to reading it. This novella is told from the perspective as YOU, the Viewer of a popular Trideo show. It quite literally describes camera transitions and what imagery the reporter is able to capture using her cybernetic eye drone, smart glasses, also some footage from a third party VTOL aircraft, and studio cameras. And it even has commercials. Honestly, a tiny bit off putting reading a story like a TV show, but you know what; it grew on me. I really enjoyed the narrative presentation, and thought to myself, without some behind the scenes exposition for us to see behind the curtain, would this work? To put it simply, it does. There are a few questions left unanswered, but overall it wraps up pretty satisfactorily. So, YOU, viewer, are watching *Stories with Hart*, starring Simone Hart as she does an investigative report on DocWagon ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Year of the Scarab Trilogy Complete
by Natalie C.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 05/03/2022 10:45:21
pixel_trans.gif Year of the Scarab Trilogy Complete In my continuing quest to follow Beckett through White Wolf Publishing, I read the Year of the Scarab Trilogy. The Trilogy served as part of a year-long introduction to the *Mummy: the Resurrection* game line. In addition to *Mummy*, the story incorporates lore from *Wraith: the Oblivion*, *Hunter: the Reckoning*, *Vampire: the Masquerade*, and smidgen of *Mage: the Awakening*. I gotta be honest, folks: this trilogy was my second worst White Wolf reading experience ever. In broadstroke, and cutting out a lot of filler, Year of the Scarab Trilogy chronicles a comedy of terrible errors performed by terrible people as they seek the Heart of Osiris, the book’s McGuffin. We have Thea Ghandour and the Chicago hunters, who represent the worst of America in their blind hatred and stockpile of guns. It’s fine to not know things—unlike me, the hunters can’t look things up on the White Wolf Wiki—but it was total disinterest in learning (even about their own powers!) that got me. Compassion for a...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Trinity Continuum: Meridian
by Scott K.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 04/17/2022 07:23:22
pixel_trans.gif Trinity Continuum: Meridian A story I've been waiting ~20 years for! An incredible piece that really shows off the Aeon setting in all it's weird glory. The main character is compelling and is a great vehicle to show off the range of what Vitakinesis can do, and shows off the power psions can muster even at long distances. The other characters are all super interesting and the setting of Le Blessure is well represented and would be a great placce to run a game. Another fantastic entry to the Trinity Continuum fiction library....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Mission: La Glaciere
by Andrew P.
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
Date Added: 04/16/2022 10:32:35
pixel_trans.gif Mission: La Glaciere TLDR: I do not typically like "infantry" science fiction but I loved it and want more! I'm an old 2300AD fan from the original release of the game so I have read many of the background books which feed this story. This is important to understand my review because a good deal of the interest and tension of the story centers on the mystery of humanity's opponents in their first truly interstellar war. I came into this book knowing the main "secret" it was revealing to me. Pete Rogan STILL managed to engage, hold, and increase my interest as the story progressed. I'm a 22 year naval veteran and his military characters felt like people I'd served with. He brought out aspects of the setting that I hadn't considered and did so without multi-page expository dumps. The plot's tension was well maintained and split between internal and external sources so I never knew what which way the story was going to turn. This is relatively rare for me as I often find plots predictable. It was re...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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