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Minor Magics
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Alexander R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/07/2018 22:45:12

This is a delightful little document! The formatting is basic but effective, making use of a font we don't normally see. More importantly this is all landscape formatted, which makes it way easier to read on electronic devices. The spells are really fun! There are some super cool ideas in here, like probability control and creating a little minion out of astral goo. What really pulls it together though, are the anecdotes about each of the spells. Reading this makes me want to check out an adventure from this author. They write flavor really well.



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Dungeon Crawl Classics #67: Sailors on the Starless Sea
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Alexander R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/01/2018 20:15:19

This adventure rocks my socks.

If you're looking for a pulpy, gorey, almost-everybody-dies type adventure. Look no further. Sailors on the Starless Sea makes use of DCC intriguing "character funnel" by making your players the angry mob out to rescue their captured townsfolk from the forboding castle.

I have a bunch of friends who are horror nerds and this game really appealed to them. The crazy 70s pulp vibe bleeds through with Kovacs' art and Stroh's flavor text here. Each encounter is more like a fantasy grindhouse movie than the last.

I'm definitely going to check out more of Stroh's stuff for DCC.



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Ruins of Mezro
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Alexander R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/12/2017 20:51:06

Disclaimer I haven't run all of Ruins of Mezro yet, just one of the one-shots. So, Ruins of Mezro is awesome. Why? Well first off look at that cover layout, way more engaging then just art with title text. (not to knock other supplements, but come on) Next you're going to read the dang thing and notice how well fleshed out and creative the ruined city is. It's got ancient curses, mysterious locations, piles of monsters, and a facinating backstory. This city feels like a living setting (which is funny on acount of how many undead are in there). There are so many ideas for other adventures in the city I get from reading about its crystal tower or its maze quarter. Even just the random encounters are fertile with cool story ideas, like that Death Knight guy or the wanderer. Then we've got these NPCs, who are really interesting. Cimber shows up sure, but there's also a cursed Goliath warrior and an insecure cult leader who I love to run. These characters really pop because of their flaws and motivations. Oh and there are lots of hooks from this supplement to Tomb of Annhilation and vise versa. That's what I was expecting, and granted I haven't read ToA so I can't say how well it will fit in practice but in theory it looks like it should be seemless. Next we get the three adventures, which manage it pack some really intruiging role playing moments into their single-session format. That's something I think is hardest to pull off and it's doable in large part because of the well made NPCs. Frankly I think the adventures (which consist of around 10 of the packet's 40 pages) are the least interesting thing in here. Not because they're bad, they're not, they're great. The city they're set in however...well it's just way more interesting. Finally we get some special monsters that show up and a cleric domain. This is fun looking stuff too but I haven't been able to test much of it. In my opinion this kind of supplement is the best thing a DM can get ahold of. Not because it gives us epic plots or complex mechanics, but because it gives us a well thought-out framework with which to create. And isn't that the most fun part?



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The World of Myrr 5e Campaign Setting
Publisher: Cawood Publishing
by Alexander R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/03/2017 18:22:35

This is a testament to one man's creativity. This isn't a book about mechanics, this is a book about flavor. Cawood gives us nearly 300 pages of a custom made world for us to explore. We get a detailed world history, races, a pantheon, and lots of locations and npcs. Almost every concevable quest you could have as a DM about how to put together an adventure in this world is answered...in detail. Want to know what kinds of D&D monsters would fight for a certain faction? You got it. Want to know who runs an obscure border village? Done. Want a bucket of world-specific plot hooks to throw at your party? You know it's in there. My only criticisms are I'm not a huge fan of the font choice and some of the formatting. That aside, a lot of thought went into this book and it really shows. If you're looking for a new campaign setting to try, pick this up.



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