Reviews

An overview of works that have been judged thus far. Grades are to be taken as an entirely objective estimation of quality and wholesomeness based on a platonic vision of elfgame perfection. Ordinal scale as follows;

0 – Storygames
1 – Abysmal
2 – Wretched
3 – Nauseating
4 – Dissapointing (or Carcosa)
5 – Mediocre
6 – Average/Acceptable
7  – Decent
8 – Good
9 – Exalted/Singular
10 – Platonic. The standard by which all others are judged.

Elfgames are categorized by genre, system and publisher:

That Which Comes Before Determines What Comes After (D&D, AD&D, D&D Basic et. al.):

Judges Guild (AD&D 3pp)

[Sandbox] Wilderlands of High Fantasy (Bob Bledsaw & Bill Owen); 8
[Adventure] Tegel Manor (Bob Bledsaw); 7

DnD Basic

[Adventure]  X2 – Castle Amber (Tom Moldvay); 8.5

 

Neckbears quibble while the Gods Laugh (WFRP 1e

[Core game] Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st edition (Richard Halliwell, Rick Priestley, Graeme Davis, Jim Bambra, Phil Gallagher): 7.5 out of 10.
– Pt. I: Introduction
– Pt. II: System
– Pt III: Combat
– Pt. IV: Magic
– Pt. V: Religion
– Pt. VI: Bestiary
– Pt. VII; Setting
Pt. VIII; Adventure and Conclusion

The Glorious fruits of the One True Way (OSR)

Lamentations of the Flame Princess;

[Adventure] Better then Any Man (James Raggi); 9
[Adventure] Hammers of the God (James Raggi); 8
[Adventure] Tower of the Stargazer (James Raggi); 8
[Adventure/Side-trek] Tales of the Scarecrow (James Raggi): 8
[Adventure] Death Frost Doom [Revised] (James Raggi & Zak S); 7
[Adventure] The Doom-Cave of the Crystal-Headed Children (James Raggi); 7
[Adventure]  The God that Crawls (James Raggi); 6.5
[Adventure] The Grinding Gear (James Raggi); 5
[Adventure] Death Love Doom (James Raggi); 6
[Adventure] No Dignity in Death; The Three Brides (James Raggi); 5
[Adventure] Fuck for Satan (James Raggi); 4
[Sandbox] Weird New World (James Raggi); 4
[NPC/Toolkit] The Magnificent Joop van Ooms (James Raggi); 3
[Sourcebook/NPCs] No Dignity in Death; People of Pembrooktonshire (James Raggi); 3
[Adventure/Torture device for the modern age] The Monolith from Beyond Time and Space (James Raggi); 2.5

[Adventure/Side-trek] A Single, Small Cut (Michael Curtis); 8
[Sandbox] Qelong (Kenneth Hite); 7.5
[Sandbox/Investigative Adventure/Campaign Setting]  England Upturned (Barry Blatt); 8.5
[Adventure] The Squid, the Cabal & the Old Man (Barry Blatt); 7
[Adventure] The Idea From Space (Simon Carryer); 7.5
[Adventure] Forgive Us (Kelvin Green); 6.5
[Adventure] The Cursed Chateau (James Malesewski); 6.5
[Adventure] Lamentations of the Gingerbread Princess (Zzarchov Kowolski); 6
[Adventure] The Pale Lady (Zzarchov Kowolski); 7
[Adventure] Thulian Echoes (Zzarchov Kowolski); 8.5

[Sourcebook/Campaign Setting/Avant-garde art piece] Vornheim (Zak S); 7
[Campaign Setting/Avant-garde art piece] A Red and Pleasant Land (Zak S); 7.5
– Introduction
– Classes
– Monster Section
– Adventures
– Conclusion

[Bestest Setting Evar/Nambla] Carcosa (Geoffry Mckinney & Chris Robert); 4.5 (But 10 for Prince, additional Hex Descriptions by Robert 8)
– Introduction + Equipment
– Sorcery
– Bestiary + Setting
– In Depth look at Psionics
[Sandbox] Isle of the Unknown (Geoffry Mckinney); 5
[Adventure] Dungeon of the Unknown (Geoffry Mckinney): 4

Loftp Peasantry (3pp);

[Adventure/Avant-garde art piece] Deep Carbon Observatory (Patrick Stewart); 9
[Adventure] The Stygian Garden of Abelia Prem (Klint Krause); 6.5
[Megadungeon] Castle Gargantua (Kabuki Kaiser); 8

Labyrinth Lord;

[Sourcebook] Realms of Crawling Chaos (Dan Proctor); 6.5
[Adventure/Hex crawl generator] Monkey Business (Jens Durke); 4

Hill Cantons (Hydra Collective);

[Pointcrawl/Sandbox] Slumbering Ursine Dunes (Chris Kutalik); 9.5
[Citybook]  Fever-Dreaming Marlinko (Chris Kutalik); 9

John Tarnowski a.k.a RPGPundit a.k.a THE ENEMY;
[Campaign Setting/Historical Treatise]; Dark Albion (John Tarnowski & Dominique Crouzet); 5.5
– Opening Salvo
– Too much fucking text
– Pundit’s World
– I Have Won
– Currently Smoking
– Norway laments as Pundit Laughs
Bonus; Pundit Endorsement

The Hated works of the Usurper (AD&D 2e)

Monstrous Arcana series
[Fluffsplat] The Illithiad (Bruce Cordell): 7
[Adventure] A Darkness Gathering (Bruce Cordell); 3 
[Adventure] Masters of Eternal Night (Bruce Cordell); 8 
[Adventure] Dawn of the Overmind (Bruce Cordell); 9 

[Fluffsplat] The Sea Devils (Skip Williams): 3
[Adventure] Evil Tide (Bruce Cordell); 7
[Adventure] Night of the Shark (Bruce Cordell); 7.5
[Adventure] Sea of Blood (Bruce Cordell); 9.5


The Soulless Constructions of the Elfgame Technocracy (d20 3pp)

Horizon series (Fantasy Flight)
[Campaign Setting] Redline (Dobberpuhl, Hardy & Hindmarch); 8
[Campaign Setting] Grimm (Robert J Shwalb); 9.9
[Campaign Setting] Virtual (Rob Vaughn); 5
[Campaign Setting] Spellslinger (Kevin Wilson); 7
[Campaign Setting] Mechamorphosis (Lyse Kapp & Robb Vaughn); 3

Mongoose/Greasy Italians
[Sourcebook] Nephandum (Massimo Biachi & Mario Pasqualatto); 8.5

Avalanche Press (historical/mythical shit with tit covers)
[Campaign setting] All For One & One For All (Kessler & Phythyon); 6
[Campaign setting] Aztecs – Empire of the Dying Sun (Ree Soesbee); 3
[Campaign setting] Black Flag: Piracy in the Carribean (Bennighof & Phythyon); 5.5
[Campaign Setting] Celtic Age – Roleplaying the Myths, Heroes and Monsters of the Celts (Bennighof, Phythyon & Soesbee); 5.5
[Campaign Setting] I, Mordred: The Fall and Rise of Camelot (F.S Kessler & J.R Phython Jr.); 8.5
[Campaign Setting] Endless Sands (Ree Soesbee): 8
[Campaign Setting] Nile Empire – War in Heliopolis (Fred Landt & John R. Phythyon Jr.); 4
[Campaign Setting]  Twilight of Atlantis (Lai, Donovan & Phythyon); 5

The Deepest Chasms of Hell (Storygames)
[Storygame] Kingdom of Nothing (Jeff Himmelman); The most powerful antipathy that words can describe

Batting Averages (minimum sample size n = 3);
James Raggi; 5.6
Bruce Cordell; 7.3
Zzarchov Kowolski: 7.2
Zak S: 7.2
John R. Phythyon: 5.7
Ree Soesbee: 5.5
Geoffry Mckinney: 4.5

 

To do list in no particular order (subject to change at any time, like the whims of womankind);
– Moar Lotfp
– Harley Stroh’s DCC stuff/DCC stuff in general
– Tradition Book; Hollow Ones for Mage the Awakening (heaven help us)
– High level adventures for AD&D, 2nd edition and Basic (possiblity of d20 high level adventures not eliminated altogether)
– Dark Heresy and other masculine persuits
– The works of Gygax, Arneson & Jaquays and other old farts
– The works of the usurper Monte Cook & Bruce Cordell
– Yoon Suin
– the deeply troublesome works of Venger Satanis
– Stars Without Number and other works by the Last Prophet Kevin Crawford
– The artifices of the Frog Gods including their d20-era works.