Author Archives: Jared Rascher

What Do I Know about First Impressions? Fables: The Lost Constellation (5e OGL)

As we sail into September, it’s time to look at another installment of Ghostfire Gaming’s Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse campaign, Episode 3, The Lost Constellation. We’re halfway through this campaign with the publication of this adventure. Because I’m a mean wet blanket, I’ll be continuing to look at how adaptable this adventure is if you choose to run it

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What Do I Know About Reviews? In The Lair of the Night Thing (5e OGL)

Whenever I see a game or setting, I like to see an example adventure to show how the designers intended to see the setting used. Even if the consumer decides to use the product in a different way, it provides a baseline from which to make an informed deviation. When I wrote my review for The Star-Shaman’s Song of Planegea

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Operation Snowstorm (Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20)

Allow me to step away from the World’s Most Hotly Debated RPG online for a bit, and take a look at the newest installment of the Achtung! Cthulhu adventure line. Operation Snowstorm is a little bit different from some of the other adventures in that it takes place in Canada, after the US has entered the war, and by default

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? One D&D and Unearthed Arcana 2022: Character Origins

This week saw some pretty big news out of WotC regarding the future of D&D. While I want to look at the first Unearthed Arcana debuting, it’s going to be hard to discuss this without touching on the context in which the UA exists. And yes, I know, most of you reading my blog have probably heard all this elsewhere,

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Fate’s Lingering Shadow (DMs Guild)

I wanted to take some time to look at a DMs Guild adventure that recently came out. I’m talking about Fate’s Lingering Shadow, an adventure by Alyssa Visscher. This is a D&D 5e adventure that doesn’t have a presupposed setting, but does have notes about including it in various settings. Disclaimer I did not receive a review copy of this

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Come Sail Away (Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse, Episode 2, 5e OGL)

It’s taken me a little longer to get back to looking at this month’s Fables adventure, Come Sail Away. I’ve had some hearty reviews on the docket lately, plus, working for a school district, for some reason, it gets busy when students come back to school. Go figure. This month’s Fable continues the Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse storyline. The

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Adventures in Rokugan (5e OGL)

The history of Asian-themed roleplaying games is filled with pitfalls. Much of this can be encapsulated by realizing that Asian-themed RPGs showed up fairly early in the lifecycle of the roleplaying hobby, and at a time when a lot of the content of the hobby was produced by white male wargamers who wanted to represent what they saw in the

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Journeys Beyond the Radiant Citadel (D&D 5e)

There is so much going on in the RPG hobby right now. Between supply chain issues and fewer conventions happening over the last few years, I had forgotten what it was like for companies to make all their big announcements at one time. In addition, there is a lot going on just in D&D, and a lot going on just

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