What Do I Know About Reviews? City of Cats (5e OGL)

The first campaign I ran in the Forgotten Realms was set in Waterdeep, after reading FR1 Waterdeep and the North. Before I even had a chance to read any of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories, the D&D supplement detailing Lankhmar let me know I had to explore Nehwon. The Roman-esque, minotaur-ruled city of Kristophan was one of

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Southlands Players Guide (5e OGL)

Last year was a huge year for Kobold Press Kickstarters, so this year is a huge year for Kobold Press Kickstarter fulfillment. In this case, I’m looking at one of the items from the Southlands 5e Kickstarter. This is a refresh and update of the Pathfinder era Southlands campaign book for Kobold Press’ Midgard setting. From this Kickstarter, I received

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issues 6 & 7 (5e OGL)

When Arcadia Issue 6 came out, I was a little busy, diving into Kingdoms and Warfare. Since I’ve been taking on a lot of longer reviews lately (several of which aren’t out yet), Arcadia Issue 7 snuck up on me. Because of this, I’m going to look at both issues in one article. Both issues adhere to the usual three-article

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? The Star-Shaman’s Song of Planegea First Look

I’ve seen at least a few ice age settings for roleplaying games. Often, these settings either attempt to recreate an ice age setting as a more “historical” setting, or when fantasy is involved, they add in subtle, less powerful magic. I know there are compelling stories to be had in that kind of setting, but fantasy pre-history can feel a

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Seventh Inning Slaughter (Achtung Cthulhu 2d20)

It’s August, so it’s the perfect time to look at an adventure set on the Fourth of July! Fine, I may be running behind on some of the reviews and first impressions I wanted to do last month. Bear with me. The full version of Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 from Modiphius hasn’t yet come out, but I’ve already looked at several

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Star Trek Adventures Mission Briefs 001-003

It’s been a while since I visited the RPG version of the Federation, so I thought I’d take a look at a few products that are available on DriveThruRPG for the Star Trek Adventures Roleplaying Game. All of the supplements I’m looking at today are available for free, so that skews the math when it comes to deciding if they

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Kingdoms and Warfare (5e OGL)

Matt Colville has worked with tabletop and video games for quite a while, but he’s probably best known in RPG circles for his YouTube channel. His first videos were 10 years ago, discussing D&D 4th edition, but his video content really picked up five years ago, when he began his Running the Game series. He was an enthusiastic ambassador for

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Weird Wastelands Psion (5e OGL)

Should I launch into a history of psionics in D&D? No, there is too much, let me sum up. I largely ignored psionics in AD&D 1e, so I wasn’t really paying attention until in AD&D 2e. The first pass at dedicated psionics in 2e was The Complete Psionics Handbook, which introduced the Psion as its own core class, and introduced

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? The Lost Citadel

In 2015, The Walking Dead was heading into its 6th season, and it’s spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead, was just reaching the public. Arnold Schwarzenegger was debuting his first zombie film, Maggie.  The Call of Duty games regularly included zombie DLC. Robert Kirkman was still four years away from ending the comic book on which The Walking Dead was based,

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