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Dungeon Crawl Classics #13: Crypt of the Devil Lich
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Goodman Games
Date Added: 06/19/2018 08:52:38
Dungeon Crawl Classics #13: Crypt of the Devil Lich This is a very high-level (and hence deadly) adventure that originally was run as a competition dungeon - the 'First Annual Dungeon Crawl Classics Open Tournament' - at GenCon Indy 2004, and comes complete with competition scoring notes and pre-generated characters, although you can of course use your own if they have reached the dizzying heights of 15th level. It is, of course, a dungeon crawl to end all dungeon crawls, designed to challenge players every inch of the way. The Publisher's Note at the beginning describes the glee with which it was created, with several developers contributing a few rooms to make the ultimate challenge. The adventure is quite straightforward: the party has to penetrate the Devil-Lich's crypt to stop her regaining her power according to a prophecy. The action, as usual, starts at the entrance to the dungeon, but there are a few suggestions as to how the party got involved in the first place. The background provides details of how the Devil-Lich came to...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Star Log Deluxe: Aging Rules
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
Date Added: 06/19/2018 08:35:20
Star Log Deluxe: Aging Rules An Endzeitgeist.com review This extra-long installment of the Star Log-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look! So, after a brief introduction to the subject matter, we begin with defining age categories, a component I found puzzling in its absence from the Starfinder core rulebook. This pdf seeks to remedy this gap and provide mechanically-relevant consequences of age. The pdf recognizes 8 age categories: Infant, toddler, child, adolescent, young adult, mature adult, old adult, and venerable adult. Mental and physical age category usually are identical, but don’t have to be. Each age category has an aging modifier that applies to many of the character’s abilities, acting as ability penalties, which may only be lessened, removed or suppressed by other aging effects. The mental age category’s aging penalty is applied to the mental ability score, the physical one to the ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Vacant Ritual Assembly #2
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Red Moon Medicine Show
Date Added: 06/19/2018 08:34:19
Vacant Ritual Assembly #2 An Endzeitgeist.com review The second installment of the Vacant Ritual Assembly ’zine clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial/introduction/suggested reading/listening/watching, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look! As before, the rules assumed here regarding OSR-system employed would be LotFP. As such, it is intended for mature audiences and has a weird/dark fantasy vibe. The pdf sports vulgarity, if you mind the like. The pdf’s proper content begins with a d66 table of names, with male, female and family-name column provided, and family names focusing on a somewhat English/French-style: Chamberlain and d’Aguillon, for example. This is followed by a nice, painless page that depicts the different, classic zodiac signs, assigning a +1 ability score bonus and suggesting personality traits for the signs. Solid, if not exactly mind-blowing so far. This changes im...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Places of Power: Khla'Akear
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
Date Added: 06/19/2018 08:32:47
Places of Power: Khla'Akear An Endzeitgeist.com review This installment of the Places of Power-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look! So, what’s this Khla’Akear? Well, nowadays, this holy stupa is also known as the monastery of the Yellow Dawn; as the pdf specifies in the page depicting the vicinity (including a glorious, original b/w-artwork of the place), it is situated on a bend in a long, tranquil river that traverses its path through a fertile valley. Small settlements dot the surrounding area, and it is said that the region is home to numerous lesser known deities and spirits of the land, lending the place a somewhat quasi-asian theme. To the east, a hostile jungle looms, while the west is guarded by a massive mountain range…but all of that is just tangential to the rather interesting concept of this locale. As always in the series, we get a brief s...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Places of Power: Khla'Akear (SNE)
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
Date Added: 06/19/2018 08:30:33
Places of Power: Khla'Akear (SNE) An Endzeitgeist.com review This installment of the Places of Power-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look! So, what’s this Khla’Akear? Well, nowadays, this holy stupa is also known as the monastery of the Yellow Dawn; as the pdf specifies in the page depicting the vicinity (including a glorious, original b/w-artwork of the place), it is situated on a bend in a long, tranquil river that traverses its path through a fertile valley. Small settlements dot the surrounding area, and it is said that the region is home to numerous lesser known deities and spirits of the land, lending the place a somewhat quasi-asian theme. To the east, a hostile jungle looms, while the west is guarded by a massive mountain range…but all of that is just tangential to the rather interesting concept of this locale. As always in the series, we get a brief s...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Places of Power: Khla'Akear (5e)
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
Date Added: 06/19/2018 08:29:46
Places of Power: Khla'Akear (5e) An Endzeitgeist.com review This installment of the Places of Power-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look! So, what’s this Khla’Akear? Well, nowadays, this holy stupa is also known as the monastery of the Yellow Dawn; as the pdf specifies in the page depicting the vicinity (including a glorious, original b/w-artwork of the place), it is situated on a bend in a long, tranquil river that traverses its path through a fertile valley. Small settlements dot the surrounding area, and it is said that the region is home to numerous lesser known deities and spirits of the land, lending the place a somewhat quasi-asian theme. To the east, a hostile jungle looms, while the west is guarded by a massive mountain range…but all of that is just tangential to the rather interesting concept of this locale. As always in the series, we get a brief s...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
DDAL07-07 Rotting Roots (5e)
by David E.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 06/19/2018 06:58:14
DDAL07-07 Rotting Roots (5e) This adventure is awesome from start to finish. The beginning can be bypassed by characters with the right magic items, but that is true of anything. You Got Quicksand in my Zombies is my favorite random encounter. It does a nice job setting up the third mod in the series with some fun roleplay. The final boss is epic with a fun twist.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
DDAL07-06 Fester and Burn (5e)
by David E.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 06/19/2018 06:45:06
DDAL07-06 Fester and Burn (5e) I have played this mod on both sides of the DM screen. It is enjoyable and easy to run. Crackle is a lot of fun to play. In my experience, many DMs run invisibility as equivalent to hidden. The last encounter can be difficult if DMs run it this way.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
DDAL05-02 The Black Road (5e)
by Shawn C.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 06/18/2018 17:49:18
DDAL05-02 The Black Road (5e) A fun adventure. The sandstorm was irritating due to the fact that nobody saved a wagon or the statue, and how the hobgoblins collect the toll is unclear. Nerfing encounters for a weak party made them very easy and I did not after I saw what the nerfs were.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Shadow of the Demon Lord Character Portfolio
by Andrew T.
Publisher: Schwalb Entertainment
Date Added: 06/18/2018 17:47:14
Shadow of the Demon Lord Character Portfolio Updated review 06/18/18: They added a fillable version, so my old critique is no longer valid. This is a steller sheet totally worth getting! Old Review: Organized with plenty of room for notes. The only down side to this product is that there is no fillable version ( heck I would pay for a fillable version). Other than that extremely petty gripe, this is a must have for any spellcaster or rabid notetaker.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Street Lethal (Advanced Combat Rules)
by Alexandre C.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 06/18/2018 15:02:12
Shadowrun: Street Lethal (Advanced Combat Rules) (Note: English is not my mother tongue. So I may have misunderstood some points in the book, misspoken some remarks, or left gross grammatical errors. If so, please let me know) It is not useless content, far from it, but it is far from being really indispensable We have a first part devoted to weapons and equipment in general. Not many, but it's mostly déjà vu. Even half a page of fluff each time (well written though), some weapons have the same statistics as already existing weapons or almost so that overall this part is just filling, except for some interesting ideas like daedalus, correction on gatlings or new narcojet weapons. The second part is on experimental equipment. So experimental there's not even a price / avaibility. Certainly it makes laugh 5mn and it can inspire the game master, but as above it is a lot of space taken for not much. Then a part on corporate social security and how it works, in action as in the head. Pretty cool, equipment level there's some ...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Smuggler's Rowboat Paper Model
by Dotan S.
Publisher: Dave Graffam Models
Date Added: 06/18/2018 14:20:08
Smuggler's Rowboat Paper Model Excellent product. I needed a small boat for a medieval docks setting and this model fit perfectly with the Ravenfell Docks from Fat Dragon Games. Until now I have built the two single-layered options that come with the product (which is just excellent when you don't exactly know how would you like to customize your first boat) - one with a sail and one without (the sail is replaced with many chests and crates, excellent for smugglers). The building was fairly easy and quicker than I firstg imagine. The instructions are pretty clear, but the second one came out better than the first, which is reasonable. Assembling the sail is a bit fiddly, but tis is NOT a complaint! When done, the sail looks great and in proportion to the rest of the boat, so you just have to fiddle if you want it to look great, and it does. Check out assembled pic on: https://photos.app.goo.gl/UXDno6onFTZr5Hc3A Dave has done an awesome job, not falling short from his other models. Way to go, I am very pleased...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Starfarer's Companion
by Joseph D.
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
Date Added: 06/18/2018 12:10:36
Starfarer's Companion Despite a few editorial and design issues initially (which at the time of this review have been fixed) this book is fantastic! I utilize it as an 'additional core' for our Starfinder campaign. The additional races are better balanced than their Pathfinder equivalent, and the classes are up to snuff with the Core Starfinder classes, adding a bevy of new options and abilities to the table. Highly recommend picking it up for the price, and I know I intend to try and get my hands on a physical copy or two to have for quick reference! ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowplans - Tileset 1
by Eric F.
Publisher: Shadowplans
Date Added: 06/18/2018 11:02:19
Shadowplans - Tileset 1 I really like the look and feel of the Shadowplans products. If someone is searching for cyberpunk/modern times floorplans, please look into these floorplans. They are absolute TOP!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Conan the Barbarian
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Modiphius
Date Added: 06/18/2018 10:24:28
Conan the Barbarian Being a barbarian isn't about being rough, rude, violent and uncultured... it speaks of a rugged vitality that more civilised places seem to have lost. This book surveys the 'barbarian' lands of the north: Asgard, Vanaheim, Hyperborea, and Cimmeria (where Conan himself came from). Legends, lore and facts swirl together to present new realms in which adventures may be set, along with a complete system for barbarian raids, and much more. After a brief introduction showing how the north has been the subject of academic study from Conan's time onwards, we launch into Chapter 1: Barbarian Characters. This is filled with detailed notes and resources for anyone wanting to play a barbarian character, including backgrounds and castes specifically suited to them. The idea is that you use the standard system as given in the core rulebook, but swap in the new options as appropriate. New archetypes include bards and slavers, and there's plenty more to help you create an effective barbarian-theme...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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