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Swords of the Four Winds
by Peter P.
Publisher: Hari Ragat Games
Date Added: 12/01/2019 13:21:28
Swords of the Four Winds I haven't written many reviews but I noticed there were none and felt obliged, I'll keep it really short. A collection of eleven swords and sorcery short stories around 4 different characters in a shared world with a far-east flavour, though it seems that at least one of the cycles takes place in the past of the others. These high-octane stories wear there inspirations on their sleeves, I felt an identical thrill reading these to reading REH and ERB at 13 or 14, throwing myself into the worlds they created. They are good stories, with entertaining protagonists, fun villains and cool mystical elements, I await more stories from this author. ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Jester David’s How-To Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding
by Gareth J.
Publisher: 5 Minute Workday Publishing
Date Added: 11/15/2019 09:35:23
Jester David’s How-To Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding This is a fantastic book. It is so easy to read and absorb the information contained within. The author goes into the perfect amount of detail and covers all the major factors in designing a world. It is a great resource that I refer to often. Good for beginners and experienced world builders alike.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
A Hunger Like Fire (Vampire: The Requiem Novel #1)
by Travis C.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/31/2019 20:24:48
A Hunger Like Fire (Vampire: The Requiem Novel #1) I enjoyed reading the story and felt like the author really mastered the tone of the game setting. It is also however, very much a product of its time and a few elements have not aged well, or at least end up conveying something different than when they were written. Like another commentor mentioned, it doesn't follow a coterie so that wasa slight disapointment as well, but I think the author suggested it with the power politics between some characters. Otherwise I really liked the book and will be buying the other two to find out what happens. ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
A Tea House in Sobriquet
by Curse o. S.
Publisher: Ashley Warren Writes
Date Added: 10/17/2019 22:02:56
A Tea House in Sobriquet This first part of The Once-Wicked Ones, a dark fantasy serial novella, has a deep, rich flavour steeped in the imagination of an author who knows the precise heft and aroma of each word; the blend and balance of detail and intrigue. I have come away from listening to the perfectly produced and arresting audio book entranced and enchanted by the delicate and disarming trills of guitar and the deliberate dulcet intonation of Angela McCain that match the bittersweet cinnamon sticks and bergamot laced tea leaves of Warren’s words. I had been meaning to listen for since picking this up on the release day, but tonight when sleep was not going to surrender easily and my chronic pain was raking its talons down my spine, was the perfect moment to listen to this. I took my glasses off, placed my headphones on, shut my eyes and was transported to somewhere so tangible and familiar yet so intoxicating and wondrous, where magic and meaning drifted lazily from sweet incense, entwined with the sw...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Gebb 66 – Opening Lines
by Amanda K.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 09/26/2019 20:47:10
Gebb 66 – Opening Lines And now we have color! The addition of a single color to the strip makes for a nice design element. I’m curious to see if its use has some narrative significance as well.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Gebb 64 – Lower Back Pain is No Joke
by Amanda K.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 09/26/2019 20:46:42
Gebb 64 – Lower Back Pain is No Joke It’s a little lizard Joyce! The flashback to her adorable original state is a lot of fun. I also really enjoy any time we learn a little more of what Mama Shug is capable of; it’s interesting world-building.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tales from the Rocket Age
by Tony C.
Publisher: Why Not Games
Date Added: 09/18/2019 01:30:12
Tales from the Rocket Age The four stories in this book are all quite different, yet they are all based in the same fictional universe - one where Einstein, Tesla, and Goddard invented an interplanetary rocket in 1931, and humans have expanded to the planets and moons around them. Of course, being in the pulp planetary romance genre, the Solar System is teeming with intelligent life. And, being set in 1938, there are Nazis to use as the villains (as well as non-humans on occasion). None of the four short stories was terrible, but only one really grabbed me - Emancipation Knights by Ken Spencer, which is a strong homage to The Maltese Falcon - the rest were good, but not exceptional. And I think perhaps Nazis were overused as villains - in the setting they have created, there are plenty of areas for conflict without having to have Nazis involved in all the skulduggery. If you're a fan of the role-playing game that it's based on, this is worth a read, and it's not going to damage your hip pocket nerve eithe...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Eclipse Phase: After the Fall
by Steffie d. V.
Publisher: Posthuman Studios LLC
Date Added: 09/08/2019 04:47:53
Eclipse Phase: After the Fall I love short fiction anthologies for RPGs, because one single book instantaneously gives you a dozen or so ideas for running your game. After the Fall definitely delivers, offering great bite-sized stories while offering a solid view into the world of Eclipse Phase.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Sugar House: The Adventures of Sasha Witchblood
by Steffie d. V.
Publisher: Fantasy Heartbreaker
Date Added: 09/06/2019 08:00:59
The Sugar House: The Adventures of Sasha Witchblood The Sugar House builds a compelling and unique world, which operates on a principle of 'everything comes at a cost'. Magic? Pay for it. Refuse your strange grandmother with too many eyes? Pay for it. The titular Sasha Witchblood navigates this world masterfully, knowingly paying what she needs to get what she wants. She's strong, self-reliant and sympathetic, and I frequently found myself rooting for her or just wishing we could grab a drink together.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Gebb 57 – Nickname Veto
by Amanda K.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 08/29/2019 10:21:03
Gebb 57 – Nickname Veto The buildup of this joke is great! It looks like the Nietzsche clone is going to be an entertaining character (even if you don't really go in for Nietzsche!)

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Gebb 55 – Exits Galore
by Amanda K.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 08/29/2019 10:17:02
Gebb 55 – Exits Galore The dark humor in this one is great. Joyce's antics are always good for a sick or grim laugh!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Aegean Regional Map (Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting)
by John A.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 08/26/2019 19:24:51
Aegean Regional Map (Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting) This map was poorly printed and blurry above and beyond a low resolution. It was also wrinkled and did not appear new. Very disappointed.

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Whispers from the Deep
by Ben M.
Publisher: Newstand Press
Date Added: 08/25/2019 06:35:38
Whispers from the Deep Okay, looks like it is letting me write a review now. This is a wonderful look at the world of Flying Circus which manages to explore quite a few interesting themes along the way. Expect something more eposodic rather than driven by a single, overarching plot, but with things still tied together into a real narrative rather than completely disconnected. There's a large scale story here, but it's one of Isa and Arren finding their place in the world, and of the people they meet along the way.I think it works well, but it is perhaps not what everyone expects out of a novel. The writing is excellent, the humor is on point, and Erika has a wonderful gift for inducing a sort of emotional whiplash that makes the heavy stuff just that much more compelling. There's only so much I can say without spoilers, but generally expect some quality worldbuilding, well done and positive representation of a number of groups that are often not featured in this kind of setting, entertaining dialog, an...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Complete KOBOLD Guide to Game Design
by MAR A. O.
Publisher: Kobold Press
Date Added: 08/20/2019 13:58:57
Complete KOBOLD Guide to Game Design This guide has changed for the best how I design my adventures for D&D.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Random Solo Adventure: Fantasy Dungeon
by Maciej K.
Publisher: PenguinComics.com
Date Added: 08/06/2019 14:34:45
Random Solo Adventure: Fantasy Dungeon It is entertaining the first time, but then you realize that there is no choice whatsoever, and not even an illusion of choice. Essentially you roll a die a million times and then you die. I understand the author's intention, but it just doesn't work. Here are the issues: - The mechanics are extremely simplistic, but in a bad way. You have just one stat - HP - and it doubles as your combat skill (you roll under or equal HP to hit). So as soon as you start losing HP, you get worse - you hit less often, so you get hit more often. If you get hit, you are pretty much dead. - Starting out is extremely harsh. You start with just 2 HP with a weak weapon, and right away you can encounter an enemy that can one-shot you, because he deals 2 damage with each hit. You can also randomly step into traps, and there is no option to spot them or avoid them or anything - you just take damage. If you are lucky, they won't one shot you. - And you don't have any control over what happens. You just roll...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
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