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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Review

It is not better yet it is not worse than its predecessor. It just provides decent enough experience for those who enjoyed the first one. That is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II in a nutshell. Once again you find yourself in the boots of Starkiller, Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, even when the ending in

Double Review, All the Way – Dragonchow Dice Bag and Q-Workshop Steampunk Dice

A couple of a weeks ago, while hanging out on Twitter , I saw a tweet from one @GeekyLyndsay , the owner and operator of Dragon Chow . She wanted to know if any bloggers out there wanted to review her new Tall Pencil Strap Dice Bag . I thought back to the raft of stuff that I brought back from GenCon and realized that one…

Quick Review: 0one’s Meteora blueprints – perfect for your insane overlords.

Clocking in at 16 usable pages (plus a title page and advertisement at the end) 0one’s Blueprints: Meteora is a fantastic, non-fantasy building for use in your fantasy campaign.  I know, right? Meteora is an honest to gosh monastery existing in our world today, high on stony peaks and looking like it would go perfectly with your fantasy campaign.  Nigh unassailable, built out of stone, …

Review: Monster Vault (Plus 2 Bonus Mini-Reviews!)

Monster Vault is the latest offering in the D&D 4th Edition Essentials line of products.  As you’ve no doubt heard by now, it’s a collection of many of the most famous monsters from D&D, including ones from previous Monster Manuals, collected into the Essentials 6

Play Review: Interface Zero

In the year 2088, the interface has been eliminated.  The Tendril Access Processor creates a direct link to the brain, downloading the user’s entire consciousness to a virtual-scape known as The Deep .  This is Interface Zero , this is Savage Cyberpunk. Booting Up Interface Zero has been waiting in my rpg queue and calling to me since the day I got it.  …

Create graphic novel style images with DAZ Studio and Fotosketcher

If you’re reading this blog then DAZ Studio needs no introduction (and if this is your first visit, check out my Renders category !). It is my 3D rendering app of choice and is available in both fully functional free and pay (essentially free + a shedload of plugins) form. Fotosketcher is something I’ve looked at before many moons ago and it has come…

The Walking Dead in review -or- it’s raining zombies (hallelujah)

***SPOILER WARNING*** This review is somewhat spoiler free. I do talk about a few scenes in a vague sort of way, and of course, the episode as a whole, as well as AMC’s treatment of the whole subject matter. Over the past 10 months, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at, thinking about and generally trying to get…

Review – Dread

Not for the faint of heart! Dread is an innovative horror RPG with (perhaps) the most unusual resolution mechanic out there: a Jenga tower. Although not for everybody, this excellent storytelling game is a tour de force of a rules-light system perfectly matched to its genre – with an exemplary presentation as well. The system is light and elegant…

Review – LeCardo

Today I get to review something I don’t play a lot of: A card game.   LeCardo is what might be classified as an educational card game, although unlike a lot of educational games, it actually plays well as a game – strategy and competition are part and parcel of LeCardo. The game is designed by Hugh Marshall and Priscilla McIntosh, and published by Leo Marshall Designs . How play …

Review: D&D Gamma World

In case you’ve been living in Vault 101 for the past 20 years and are unaware, Gamma World is a post-apocalyptic RPG put out by Wizards of the Coast.  The current version (officially named “D&D Gamma World”) comes in a pretty big box.  You’ll be able to easily find it due to the retina burning green of the box, which is a similar color to …

Jumping Jackrabbits! It’s an Icons Review.

I was perusing www.rpg.net, as I tend to do, and I came across a thread where an artist was drawing superheroes on the cheap . I’m talking about a criminally good deal. I looked through the thread some more and discovered it was for something called Wave One, a supplemental product for the upcoming Icons RPG from Adamant . This…

Old-School Unboxing: TSR’s Dragon Dice circa 1995

Not to long ago I came in to a neat find (and by ‘came in to’ I mean Chris Hopper sent ‘em to me).  Eleven still sealed boxes of TSR’s collectible dice game and answer to Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering – Dragon Dice .  These eleven boxes were still factory sealed in slightly dusty cellophane …

Review: DM’s Kit for D&D 4th Edition Essentials

The DM’s Kit for 4th Edition D&D’s Essentials line is out, and there’s something strange about it.  But I’m ahead of myself…I’ll get to that in a moment. First, the product itself.   This is more than just a book for the DM, it’s a boxed set for the DM.  Let’s take things one at a time, …

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 6: Sound of a Thousand Screams

Sound of a Thousand Screams concludes the Kingmaker adventure path with one of the most interesting high-level adventures I have ever seen. Although it is a much more “standard” linear adventure than the rest of the series, it nonetheless provides a very satisfying conclusion. The adventure should take PCs from 15th to 17th level. The Physical Product The book itself…

Quick Review: City of Jade, Haunted Houese Lonely Graveyard and Serial Killer – music and sound effects for your RPG session

Sonic Legends specialize in creating aural ambiance for your gaming session. Whether you’re playing in an Asian themed game, or something of a darker nature, with perhaps vampires, zombies or elder gods of old, they’ve done a fine job with their three latest creations. It’s not often that I get to review audio products for this site, with the possible exception of my post on …

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 5: War of the River Kings

War of the River Kings is the penultimate episode in the Kingmaker adventure path. The PCs – whose kingdom is now major player in its region – must lead their forces to war, and they also take their first real steps to understanding the overarching plot of the adventure path. The adventure should take PCs from 13th to 15th level. The Physical…

Review: Enemies of the Empire

I have a philosophy about RPGs, and that philosophy is, for a game to feel “right,” it needs three things:  a set of core rules, at least one book devoted to antagonists and at least one book devoted to “toys;” additional character options, tools, spells and so on. Enemies of the Empire is the antagonist book for Legend of the Five Rings…

Quick Review: The Witch’s Brew – advanced feats and builds for Pathfinder’s new Witch class

Advanced Feats: The Witch’s Brew by Sigfried Trent offers an in depth look at the new Witch class as it’s available in the Advanced Player’s guide for Pathfinder.  Trent and crew introduce 30 new feats designed with the Witch PCs in mind, as well as a discussion on what the Witch can do as a class, and several suggested builds. Witches are somewhat new …

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 4: Blood for Blood

Blood for Blood marks an important transition for the Kingmaker PCs, transforming them from adventurers who run a kingdom on the side to rulers who adventure to protect their kingdom. They find their nation under assault and must strike back at their neighbor – all the while maintaining their kingdom’s position and even expanding it. The adventure takes PCs from 10th to 13th level. See here, here…

Review: Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition

The latest edition of the RPG Legend of the Five Rings is out and, being one of the few major RPGs that I’ve never owned, I decided to finally take the plunge and get it. The pretty artwork didn’t hurt, either. The book itself is a massive 400 page full-color hardback tome.  The margins are rather wide, but rather than detract from the book, it actually makes …