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GOD CANCER
by Gregg W.
Publisher: Greg Stolze
Date Added: 12/23/2020 21:01:36
GOD CANCER I usually write about one review a year (because procrastination), but I jumped to writing this immediately. When you buy anything on Kickstarter (which is where I bought God Cancer), you never know what you're going to get—and often, you're disappointed. This was definitely not the case here. I was impressed by the craft and quality of everything in this book. Greg Stolze knows how to *write*! His prose is smooth and polished, and he makes countless right choices in what to choose (or omit) and where the story needs to go next. I found the Cthulhu plot more interesting than the Cancer plot. Both build slowly, but the payoff in both subplots is both sudden and brutal, and I could not have anticipated either one. An added bonus is that the Cthulhu plot ends in a more decisive and satisfying way, unlike 99.9% of all the other Lovecraft stories and stories with a Lovecraftian bent from countless other writers....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Last Barrow
by Robert M.
Publisher: Aegis & Gorgon
Date Added: 12/21/2020 12:38:29
The Last Barrow Stunning artwork makes this worth the purchase even if no other gaming interest is involved. The burial mound detail lends itself to easy incorporation into any game and the rules conversions make the process of running the encounters very straightforward for many systems. Conceptually, the structure has been useful to me for solving the riddle of cultural interactions involving burial practices of superceded races in Bronze Age Wales with which I was struggling so I am looking forward to unleashing this on the players!...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Carrion Sea
by Pete W.
Publisher: Envision Comics and Books
Date Added: 12/14/2020 12:40:15
The Carrion Sea Packed with dramatic imagery, a Cormac McCarthy influence is apparent in McCumaskey's prose and some of the otherworldly passages invoke flashes of H.P Lovecraft. Plot-wise, The Carrion Sea brings to mind the classic Beowulf and draws on themes such as perseverance, rebirth and sacrifice. This is a compelling debut from a clearly talented author.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Mask of the Other
by JOHN W.
Publisher: Greg Stolze
Date Added: 12/13/2020 14:53:01
Mask of the Other Great book. The mythos aspect is tantalizingly slow to develop through a series of entertaining episodes, mostly military missions, and across four decades. The "plot" is not a direct shot from incitement to conclusion, which is good. You don't know what's coming. And the strong characters keep you invested in the story. Compared to Stolze's other novels, there's a lot of military fetishism, i.e. acronyms and hardware names.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
GOD CANCER
by JOHN W.
Publisher: Greg Stolze
Date Added: 12/12/2020 17:05:36
GOD CANCER Do you like your Mythos horror repleat with the gods and creatures of the traditional canon, or do you like the author to discover all-new existential terrors to blight your sleepless nights? This great book gives you both! With two distinct stories, paced out in alternating chapters and linked only thematically, it's an unconventional format. But it works really well. Stolze has taken two big risks with this offering: the unusual structure, and making cancer one of its bogeymen, even splashing the chilling word on the cover in all caps. We humans read about fictional horrors like vampires and shoggoths to exorcise our fears of real tragedies over which we have no control. A title promising the horrors of cancer may turn away some potential readers. As always, Stolze's writing is completely engaging. I never felt fatigued or impatient while reading this book. His gift for witty banter is mainly displayed in the narration this time, rather than in dialogue. The iro...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Changing Breeds: Wild West Tales Anthology
by DSC T. G. C. _.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 12/08/2020 11:42:59
Changing Breeds: Wild West Tales Anthology Changeing Breeds Wild West Anthology is an amazing collection of short stories featuring various members of the changing breed in a western setting. Each of these stories are well write pieces of fiction. The Tabletop Gaming Club spent hours debating on which of the stories was our favorite. By a narrow vote, the Leadville Mind Heist by Stephn Lickman won. Though the story of the Good Doctor by Sarah Hans struck a chord with all the members, especially members of our LGBTQ community. I personally loved Cat & Crow by Bill Bodden, and the interplay of his characters Mina and Coraline All the stories featured characters that we would love to see again, succh as JD Kendall, Cassandra Beauregard, Ava Clavin, and Roger Buck. We hope to see all of these characters in feature works of fiction featured on the vault. The Tabletop Gaming Club strongly recommends this anthology of tales. CHECK IT OUT....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Changing Breeds: Wild West Tales Anthology
by Christopher R.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 12/08/2020 03:09:23
Changing Breeds: Wild West Tales Anthology BLUF: This anthology is definitely worth getting for the price. While, I don't normally review purely fiction books; this review was a nice change of pace. Each of the ten short stories are interesting, engaging and fit the theme and tone of the Wild West and Changing Breeds lore. I especially liked The Good Doctor story. Each story is well-written and it is evident that each of the authors are accomplished and talented. My only true criticism is one that I have for all TTRPG fiction pieces; Please give us basic info on the main characters so we can use them in our own stories! Seriously, some of the characters in the book are so enthralling and hint to so many more stories that it'd be truly awesome to see more stories with them....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Rachando
by Jason P.
Publisher: Mongoose
Date Added: 12/02/2020 11:39:01
Rachando Rachando is a free trader who works his way into the royal court of the floating palace of Drinax. The floating palace is the last remaining bastian of the once-great Sindal Empire that ruled over most of the sector for thousands of years. Now all that remains are the descendents of the nobles who fled the surface of the planet before it was bombed into oblivion by the Empire's enemies two centuries earlier. Everyone living in the palace is the descendent of a noble of that Empire and has their own inherited titles for worlds dozens of light years away that they no longer have any real power over. They live surrounded by opulant art and relics of the Empire but have had to build catchbasins on the roof of the floating palace to provide drinking water. Rachando gains the favor of the king by offering raw materials and imported fruits and vegetables rather than the frivolous luxuries every other merchant has offered there. Once he has gotten on the king's good side he also...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Penny Dreadful
by Yui F.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 12/01/2020 09:01:07
Penny Dreadful one of the best world of darkness fiction pieces. entirely captures how street-level mage looks & feels, and is highly recommended for anyone playing a hollow one. this book is a love letter to mage & all the other world of darkness lines and is filled with hilarity & wit.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Godwalker
by JOHN W.
Publisher: Greg Stolze
Date Added: 11/30/2020 14:02:55
Godwalker This amazing book brings the world of the Unknown Armies RPG to life. Totally original concept, relatable characters, a twisty, thrilling plot, and entertaining prose. There aren't many books that I hold onto and re-read, but this is one of them. Highly recommended if you like tales of occult magic use in a modern setting.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Strix Chronicle Anthology
by Yui F.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 11/22/2020 11:59:04
The Strix Chronicle Anthology the new stories here are nice, but a lot of this stuff is collected from previous vampire the requiem intro fiction. not really necessary unless you're skipping out on pre-2nd ed material entirely

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
V20 The Endless Ages Anthology
by Björn L.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 11/18/2020 23:53:58
V20 The Endless Ages Anthology *The following review was originally published in **Mephisto 65** and translated from German.* # **The Endless Ages Anthology** With the revival of the roleplaying game ***Vampire*** in its 20th-anniversary version, novels and short story anthologies based on this game setting get published again. **The Endless Ages Anthology** is a collection of short stories, which, in contrast to the anthology volume **Dark Ages: The Cainite Conspiracies**, is set in modern times. The different short stories illuminate different facets of the vampires' unlife and offer exciting and amusing insights into their world. As you would expect from such a volume, the stories cover a wide range of topics, but basically, most of the stories are well written and entertaining. It is striking how often the conflicts between vampires are the central topic and that the focus is on the Camarilla. As expect, the different clans and their features stand in the foreground. But also bloodlines like the Gargoyle h...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Dark Ages Clan Novel 1: Nosferatu
by jason e.
Publisher: Crossroad Press Publishing
Date Added: 11/18/2020 15:30:33
Dark Ages Clan Novel 1: Nosferatu starts out very confusing as to what is going on, but in the end it was a good read. i enjoyed it more towards the end as things came together. wish it wasn't completely focused from one characters perspective (if it shifts to others i don't recall, but if it does it is brief).

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Book of Nod
by Johnathan Y.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 11/04/2020 14:41:13
Book of Nod The Artstye of this Book is Great, and the Storytelling is awsome. I very enjoy this book the only short problem with this book is that its very short I read it all in a day asking for more. So there is nothing wrong with the book to say only that I want more, in which I Find other books. The Simple point of this book is Background of Nod and land around it, in which shape our Cain

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Worm Within - The First Chronicle Of Future Earth (novel)
by A customer
Publisher: Modiphius
Date Added: 11/01/2020 10:16:36
The Worm Within - The First Chronicle Of Future Earth (novel) **Short take:** *The Worm Within* is a very enjoyable read. I recommend it and look forward to the next installment. **Long take:** I won't describe the plot in details, but it's pretty standard stuff for anyone who's read a smidgen of pulp fantasy and/or sat on fantasy and science-fantasy role-playing game sessions. There's a young apprentice with a mysterious past, a paladin, a magician of sorts, a thief, and a dark threat that puts the whole wold in danger. Still, Sarah Newton manages to inject enough energy in these over-used formulas to keep *The Worm Within* interesting. The short chapters, organized around brief sections showcasing Newton's resolute writing style, give the story a strong forward momentum almost from the get-go. There's little to no fat either: the novel's very well edited, with less than a handful of typos. Jargon pertaining to the world in which the story takes place fills the text, but I never found it so distracting that I...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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