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GATEWAY - The d20 Tabletop Roleplaying Game
by Jonathan H.
Publisher: Aurican 's Lair
Date Added: 10/22/2017 13:56:11
GATEWAY - The d20 Tabletop Roleplaying Game As I get older I find myself having less and less time to design, prep, and sometimes even run roleplaying games. As a result, I try to find games that are quick and easy to run, so that I can concentrate on what I think is important (such as the story and the unfolding plot) and less on the mechanics and statistics. Unless it's a game system that me and my group knows well I don't usually delve into my thick, comprehensive rulebooks that much these days. I have my favoured systems to introduce new players to the hobby, and these are pretty generic, but every now and then there's a group who wants to experience the system that dominates the RPG market; the D20 system. Or, to be specific, the D&D game. Usually I'd use the starter pack, but for those quick and easy games I've found a new and even easier system, one that emulates the D20 game and addresses some of it's key features, and yet is so stripped back that it takes no effort to set a game up. GATEWAY is an introductory g...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Nation: Lustain
by Mike W.
Publisher: John Wick Presents
Date Added: 10/22/2017 13:49:23
Nation: Lustain This is now officially my favorite Thean nation. The Eidhoren class is great for being a "traveling ambassador" to other nations. Short and sweet with quite a bit of info. My only (minor) complaint- NO MAP. I'd like to know the shape and size of the nation and where it is visually in relation to others. Maybe add one later or on a more complete Thean map elsewhere. Keep up the good work! Looking forward to what else you have in store.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Random Solo Adventure: The Cave & the Treasure
by Damian H.
Publisher: PenguinComics.com
Date Added: 10/22/2017 12:36:34
Random Solo Adventure: The Cave & the Treasure Good 15 minute diversion. I used a digital die and note. Very basic sample to demonstrate their real paid gamebooks. Good throwback to 1980s gamebooks but without the rich flavor text in this sample. Will try the other free ones. The main flaw is that grinding is required to keep earning gold to buy items, but since it has random rolls, you must keep turning right over and over again and you will eventually perish on your first run against a skeleton or trap. In other words, I probably would have made it a bit easier for a sample and not force the reader to keep going to the merchant for health, and to get three crystals from a treasure chest. Good potential for a very niche audience of solo game book players who have RPG + leveling up expectations....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
FrontierSpace Player's Handbook
by Chad K.
Publisher: DwD Studios
Date Added: 10/22/2017 11:43:56
FrontierSpace Player's Handbook FIVE STARS! Absolutely wonderful. If you are a Star Frontiers fan then this is a "must buy!".

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Kin and Kinsmen
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
Date Added: 10/22/2017 10:27:28
Kin and Kinsmen Across frozen wastes hidden away lies the Kingdom of the Seven-Day Sun, but it has worse problems than a chilly location. They found the king sitting on his throne murdered, and during the coronation of his successor, Crown Prince Hess, someone had a go at him too. Fingers of suspicion point in all directions, not least the Table of Lords (all of whom could stake a claim to the throne)... and all turn to the party, who were visiting for the winter festival and are now trapped here like everybody else, to find out what's going on. The DM's Background reveals who the murderer is and why he committed it, the adventure itself is one of investigation and interaction as the party - distrusted by just about everyone because they are outsiders - hunt for the truth. The party gets embroiled in the matter because they happen to be standing in the crowd watching the coronation beside a fellow who pulls out a crossbow and takes a pot-shot at Hess. Hopefully they tackle him - if they don't the c...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
On the Edge adventure module
by allan p.
Publisher: Columbia Games Inc.
Date Added: 10/22/2017 07:00:52
On the Edge adventure module Solid product. Very Harnic. Expands a poorly developed area of the setting.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Hell on Earth Reloaded: Wasteland Combat Maps
by Eric C.
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
Date Added: 10/21/2017 17:38:37
Hell on Earth Reloaded: Wasteland Combat Maps You get 2 "maps" which are really 1 "map" with the same PShop Tile texture with circles stacked on top to make "rocks". Complete ripoff.

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
The Wreck of the Venerable Drake
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
Date Added: 10/21/2017 11:29:36
The Wreck of the Venerable Drake The Players Introduction sets the scene: while browsing in an adventurers' supplies emporium, the party discovers the proprietor in a distraught state. His supply ship has been lost at sea, and worse than the loss of the cargo apparently he had what he refers to as a 'family heirloom' aboard... and he's willing to pay well to have it retrieved. When the party starts to ask about it, it turns out that the ship has run aground on a reef rather than sunk, but the crew refuse to return to it despite it not being that far away. Smell a rat? Or is the lure of the reward too great? The DM's Background explains the real story behind the wreck and the true nature of the family heirloom. Interestingly, the adventure provides a good test of the party's honesty. Brief notes cover the trip to the wreck - you'll have to fill in any details or encounters you deem necessary - then the party will have the ship to explore. There's a good plan and notes on what's where aboard. Rather oddly, the ship h...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
HYPERLANES Corebook
by Douglas M.
Publisher: Scrivened, LLC
Date Added: 10/21/2017 10:18:44
HYPERLANES Corebook This book is outstanding. It's exactly what I have been looking for in a science fiction game. The artwork is inspiring without being overbearing and the rules are well laid out. The game does not seem like a clunky reskin of the fantasy elements of D&D. It has one additional benefit that may not be immediately obvious: you can port the alien species rules into your fantasy-themed game to create interesting new character races! Well done, Scrivened. Time to start me a new campaign...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Starfarer's Companion
by Paul M.
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
Date Added: 10/21/2017 07:47:12
Starfarer's Companion Have had a chance to use several things from this book in actual play. The classes appear to be well balanced against the classes listed in the core book. After purchasing the core book, I would say that this would be the next book to purchase. Definitely recommended.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Night of the Living Dolls
by Conrad N.
Publisher: Just Insert Imagination
Date Added: 10/21/2017 04:51:52
Night of the Living Dolls **What to expect? **Once more my players were newbies to RPGs. This adventure has a clear goal and a clear subset of goals. That made it very accessible to them. They knew what to aim for, how to "win". At the same time, the adventure has a somewhat plot-pointish setup with places you can go and events the GM can move around. The adventure is great for introducing new players because it spurs their imagination with familiar themes, but presents them with an intriguing new perspective. For my own game I left out the rules about sugarmancy magic, to not confuse them with how all the powers work. The magic effects just worked without roles and were only limited by the sugarmancy ingredients available. Experienced players on the other hand will have fun fooling around with the powers and with the many opportunities to interact with the house and the characters, like the pets and possibly some humans. New GMs will have plenty of material to work and expand from. Experienced GMs will b...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Arsenal Summoner Class (D&D 5e)
by Lewis P.
Publisher: Luna Oswald Longscape
Date Added: 10/21/2017 04:36:35
Arsenal Summoner Class (D&D 5e) This is a novel approach to a front line INT-based combat character that's fun and pretty workable. You use very focussed magic to summon weapons to fight for you and replace normal extra attacks with the ability to summon more/different weapons which gives you a lot of flexibility. You also have a small group of spells you use for even more fun and games although most of them are utility spells rather than combat spells as you might expect. There are some serious formatting issues on one page that make one of the character archetypes unreadable which is the only reason I haven't given it five stars....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Elemental Evil Player’s Companion (5e)
by Lewis P.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 10/21/2017 04:16:54
Elemental Evil Player’s Companion (5e) I found this a nice addition. I could have probably done the work for the spells (about 40) and the races (four of them) but it's always nice not to have to and get something that's play tested and reasonably balanced. I suspect a lot of this, if not all of it, is in the hardback rule book, but this is nice if you don't want the whole thing.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Starlight Manifesto Season 1 Campaign Book
by Alex G.
Publisher: Dancing Lights Press
Date Added: 10/21/2017 03:53:22
Starlight Manifesto Season 1 Campaign Book The first sourcebook for *Starlight Manifesto*, this book imagines a TV show, *Starlight Manifesto*. and offers an entire first season of 13 episodes, taking inspiration from a certain venerable US show with a cult following. Reading this, I sensed that I was binge watching a show on Netflix which I could only describe as "What if Star Trek had been created by Berin Kinsman, Verity Lambert and J Michael Straczynski?" The adventures dance around some familiar landmarks of old *Trek* territory - one could see elements of one episode and think "I know where this one's going," only to be blindsided when the story suddenly veers off into something else. Imagine binge watching *Trek* on Netflix and getting as far as "Mudd's Women," with elements of "The Perfect Mate," and while you're at the front door getting the pizza delivery someone switches the episode to "Balance of Terror," and you'll get the general idea of what happens in this sourcebook (Note: actual gameplay differs from advert...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
One Grung Above (5e)
by Charles G.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 10/21/2017 02:37:57
One Grung Above (5e) The backstory of the One Grung Above crew are fun, but what we're really turning out for is the race. And I like what's there. But no sub races? Going off the Grung entry in Volo' s guide to monsters, they really should have put in at least 3 (green, orange, gold). And a list of suggested names would be great.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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