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Instant GM: A Bag of Tricks
Publisher: Avalon Game Company
by Lennart S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/07/2008 11:18:53

What you get here is 17 pages of GM wisdom. Need to prep a session fast? This book contains some infos on how to do that, including plot seeds (what's the goal of the session) and character prototypes for your group to interact with. Most interesting part for more veteran GMs will be the rakugo part, explaining how to use everyday props to increase immersion.

Why only 4/5? Well, I am missing some more complex examples and maybe some fluff.



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Skillful Stunts
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Lennart S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/07/2008 11:06:11

What I liked:

  • The basic idea is nice (giving players an edge in combat based on their skills)

What I disliked:

  • No drawback - so if these stunts are allowed, and a character is using a standard action to attack, then using the stunt is a no-brainer
  • Example on page 2 doesn't follow the rules given on same page
  • Extra doesn't scale well (+1d10 is a lot at lvl 1, but a joke at lvl 20)
  • The stunt DC is not depending on the stunt at all
  • The result is not depending on the stunt at all
  • The actual skill is not important as well - just choose the skill with most ranks in

The idea is nice, but it needs more thought to be really useful.



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Dungeon Crawl Classics #4: Bloody Jack's Gold
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Lennart S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/04/2005 00:00:00

Neat adventure, lot's of fun and battles. The reward is a bit high though. You can use this adventure to add some "pirates of the carribean" flavor to your fantasy if you want - you can also play it like a normal dungeon crawl. It's up to you. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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THRILLING TALES: Advanced Class- MAN OF MYSTERY
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Lennart S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/04/2005 00:00:00

Want to play a crime hunting and propably masked hero? This class is for you. Simple, straight forward and well balanced rules, great flavor texts - all you could possibly need is here.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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THRILLING TALES: Advanced Class-MAD SCIENTIST
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Lennart S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/04/2005 00:00:00

This advanced class is great... it has flaire and gives you rock-solid and balanced rules to handle the inventions of a Mad Genius.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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Come for the Reaping
Publisher: The Game Mechanics
by Lennart S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/31/2005 00:00:00

This is a great adventure. It's pure fun running through the building and dealing with the problems at hand. The adventure pretty tough so 1st level characters need to find a clever tactic to make it.

The environment and the opponents are very detailed, the background provided is excellent and there's more than enough to discover for the heroes.

<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Just about everything. It's close to perfect. My group had quite a lot of fun in this adventure.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: I would have preferred if a "read aloud" description would have been provided for each room / encounter, but that's really just a minor thing.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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Slave Drivers
Publisher: The Game Mechanics
by Lennart S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/30/2005 00:00:00

Slave Drivers is a very simple adventure. It features exactly one location and features just one NPC important enough to have a name - and even that NPC doesn't even have a physical description. You should be able to finish the adventure in one evening or less, according to the author you can finish it 2hours - so you might want to prepare something or your players will be bored once they "end" the adventure.

The name is misleading as well, there are no slaves in this adventure (unless undeads can be considered slaves), the players don't need to investigate much - since there's no red herring they should be able to find the spot they are supposed to be (the only spot that has a description) pretty easily.

If you know Come for the Reaping, you'll see that the your heroes will face the same opponents again. But this time they have no physical description and only a stat-block - and even in the worst case they'll face less half as many as in CftR. Which is strange since CftR is an adventure for a 1st level group and Slave Drivers an adcenture for a 3rd level group. The reason might be to allow you group to slice through this adventure like a hot knife through butter.

At the end they'll find some clues that lead them to... the next adventure in the series. So, there's no way you can play this adventure witout the others - unless you invest some time to write the actual adventure around the basic information given here.

But you'll need a lot of time anyway there is just one read-aloud scene description (the starting scene). No NPC has a physical description and you bet that they don't have any personal traits. Since there are no other locations, you can either railroad you players as fast as you can to that location or prepare yourself for a lot of work.

It's not really an adventure, it's more like a part, a fraction of an adventure. <br><br><b>LIKED</b>: The 2 maps are nice.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Same badguys as in CftR, the same undeads as in CftR, no read-aloud scene descriptions, just one location, playing time less than one gaming session, no description of NPCs, no motivations given for NPCs, no useful background information, strongly tied to the next adventure, price tag ($6.60) way to high for what you get - a lot of 2$ PDFs here give you more for the buck.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Disappointing<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Ripped Off<br>



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A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe
Publisher: Expeditious Retreat Press
by Lennart S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/16/2004 00:00:00

You want to plan a city? Get this book. It's as easy as this.



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Thieves' Quarter: A City Quarters Sourcebook
Publisher: The Game Mechanics
by Lennart S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/16/2004 00:00:00

If you need an interesting city setting - this is your book.



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