Category Archives: Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition 3rd Party Reviews

What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 21 (5e OGL)

It’s October, and the leaves are turning colors and falling, dead, from the trees, sometimes creating a pool of crimson to mark their passing. The dying breath of Summer fades, and the cool embrace of the lifeless Winter beckons. Can you tell I’ve been watching horror movies all month long? We’re going to take a look at this month’s issue

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Lost to the Aether (Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse Episode 4, 5e OGL)

It’s taken me a few extra weeks to get back to this one, but before the month is up and the next installment is out, I wanted to take a look at this month’s installment of Fables from Ghostfire Gaming. We are up to episode four of the latest campaign, with only two more installments to go. Disclaimer I was

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 20 (5e OGL)

Let’s take a look at this month’s Arcadia magazine, issue number 20. This one has definitely outlived some other attempts at stepping into the “original fantasy d20 game’s magazine” shoes, and it appears to be going strong at this point. Disclaimer I’m subscribed to the MCDM Patreon, so I would get a copy of this magazine when it goes out

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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 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 First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 18 (5e OGL)

I’m a little late on my look at this month’s Arcadia, but there is a lot going on in Arcadia-ville. Not only do we have a new issue, but you can find VTT support on Roll20 for the first three issues of Arcadia. That includes monsters, mounts, subclasses, and adventures. So, if you are interested in the content of those

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Incantations (5e OGL)

The Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Unearthed Arcana was a treasure trove of ideas. While it blighted my existence with the concept of gestalt characters, it also introduced concepts like the skill challenge, with became of staple of 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons. In addition to the broader concept of skill challenges, Unearthed Arcana also introduced Incantations. Incantations were extended

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? The Treasure of Shipgrave Reef (Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse Episode One, 5e OGL)

Now that it’s July, we’re moving into the second half of the year, and given that Ghostfire Gaming Fables series launched as a monthly series, with six adventures per campaign, that means it’s time to start a whole new campaign. Unlike the previous volume, which was set in Ghostfire Gaming’s existing Grim Hollow setting. For the new Fables campaign launching

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