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 – Literally Worthless
2 – Without merit but with one element that is executed competently so as to avoid a perfect 1
3 – Either utterly unremarkable or so ridden with crippling flaws that it is not worthy of a purchase
4 – Competent execution of  tropes that have been done dozens of times without innovation or worthy of praise but so flawed it requires a considerable amount of time to save it
5 – Either entirely average or flawed but useful
6 – A decent product. Either somewhat new and exciting but with some flaws or a good execution of previously familiar tropes
7  – The standard a new product should aim for. New and exciting or Old and Has Stood the Test of Time.
8 – Exceptionally good
9 – Exalted/Singular and likely to affect subsequent design decisions.
10 – Platonic. The standard by which all others are judged.

On rare occasion, grades will be altered to reflect new insights or a change in judgement.

Update: In the midst of a rating system overhaul. Future rating system based on the five star system. Major overhaul expected with the new year.
* – Trash.
** – Bad, mediocre, unexceptional, some redeeming elements but not worth running etc.
*** – Acceptable standard for a decent adventure/product. Everything from barely acceptable to good.
**** – Exceptionally good.
***** – A masterpiece/Platonic/Foundational

Elfgames are categorized by genre, system and publisher:

PROPER REVIEWS OF OLD MATERIAL (D&D, AD&D, D&D Basic et. al.):

DnD Basic

[Adventure] B1 – In Search of the Unknown (Mike Carr): ****
[Adventure] B2 Keep on the Borderlands (Gary Gygax); *****
[Adventure] B3 Palace of the Silver Princess (Jean Wells); ***
[Adventure] B4 The Lost City (Tom Moldvay); ****
[Adventure] B5 Horror on the Hill (Douglas Niles): *****
[Adventure] B6 The Veiled Society (David Cook); ***
[Adventure] B7 Rahasia (Laura & Tracy Hickmann): ***
[Adventure] B8 Journey to the Rock (Michael Malone); **
[Anthology] B9 Castle Caldwell and Beyond (Harry Knuckols): *
[Adventure] B10 Night’s Dark Terror (Bambra, Morris & Gallagher); *****
[Adventure] B11 King’s Festival (Carl Sargent); **
[Adventure] B12 Queen’s Harvest (Carl Sargent): ***

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

[Campaign Setting] Gaz 1 – The Grand Duchy of Karameikos (Aaron Allston); ****

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

[Adventure] S1 The Tomb of Horrors (Gary Gygax); *****

Role Aids (AD&D 3pp)

[Adventure] Deadly Power (L.Nicholson, J.Keefe & D. Nicholson); ****
[Adventure] Shadows of Evil (Stephen R. Bourne): ****
[Adventure] Pinnacle (Dan Greenberg); ****
[Adventure] Crystal Barrier (Cory Glaberson); ****
[Adventure] Clockwork Mage (Susan Stone & M.E Allen); ***
[Adventure] Beastmaker Mountain (William Fawcett); ***
[Anthology] Dark Folk (Various); ***
[Anthology] Elves (C. Fitzgerald & D. Carr); **
Pt.I
Pt. II
Pt. III
[Adventure] Ice elves (B. Humphrey); **
[Adventure] Quest for the Nanorien Stones (Jim Gallagher & Steve Morrison);**
[Adventure] A Question of Gravity (Jerome Mooney); **
[Adventure] Evil Ruins (Stephen R. Bourne); **
[Adventure] Beneath Two Suns (Troy Denning); *
[Adventure] The Throne of Evil (Stephen Bourne); *

[Setting] Dragons (Cory Glaberson); ***
Pt. I
Pt. II

Judges Guild (AD&D 3pp)

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

Magazines
Dungeon 76
Dungeon 37

White Dwarf 9

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

[Adventure] The Dancing Hut of Baba Yaga (Lisa Smedman); ****
[Adventure] The Shattered Circle (Bruce Cordell); ***

[Setting] College of Wizardry (Bruce Cordell); **

[Adventure] Return to the Tomb of Horrors (Bruce Cordell): ****
Pt. I
Pt. II

Monstrous Arcana series
[Fluffsplat] The Illithiad (Bruce Cordell): ***
[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): **
[Adventure] Evil Tide (Bruce Cordell); 7
[Adventure] Night of the Shark (Bruce Cordell); 7.5
[Adventure] Sea of Blood (Bruce Cordell); 9.5

The Glorious fruits of the One True Way (OSR)

Lamentations of the Flame Princess;

[Adventure] Tower of the Stargazer v2 (James Raggi); ***
[Adventure] Better then Any Man (James Raggi); *****
[Adventure] Hammers of the God (James Raggi); 8
[Adventure/Side-trek] Tales of the Scarecrow (James Raggi): ****
[Adventure] Death Frost Doom [Revised] (James Raggi & Zak S); ***
[Adventure] The Doom-Cave of the Crystal-Headed Children (James Raggi); 7
[Adventure]  The God that Crawls (James Raggi); 6.5
[Monster Manual] Slügs (James Raggi); ***
[Adventure] Death Love Doom (James Raggi); 6
[Adventure] No Dignity in Death; The Three Brides (James Raggi); 5
[Adventure] The Grinding Gear (James Raggi); **
[Adventure] Fuck for Satan (James Raggi); *
[Sourcebook] Vaginas are Magic (James Raggi); 4
[Sandbox] Weird New World (James Raggi); 4
[NPC/Toolkit] The Magnificent Joop van Ooms (James Raggi); 3
[Eventbook] Sounds of the Mushroom Kingdom (James Raggi); 3
[Sourcebook/NPCs] No Dignity in Death; People of Pembrooktonshire (James Raggi); **
[Adventure/Torture device for the modern age] The Monolith from Beyond Time and Space (James Raggi); 2.5
[Garbage] Eldritch Cock (James Raggi): No score

[Side-trek] Zak has Nothing to Do With This Book (Unknown); ***
[Adventure/GM-Helpbook] Broodmother Skyfortress (Jeff Rients); 9
[Sandbox/Investigative Adventure/Campaign Setting]  England Upturned (Barry Blatt); 8.5

[Adventure] Menagerie of Exiles (J.B. Murphy & T.L. Rose); ***
[Adventure] Obscene Serpent Religion 2 (Jeff Rients); 3
[Adventure/Sandbox] Towers Two (David Brockie & Jobe Bittman); 8
[Adventure/Side-trek] A Single, Small Cut (Michael Curtis); 8
[Sandbox] Qelong (Kenneth Hite); 7.5
[Adventure] The Idea From Space (Simon Carryer); 7.5
[Adventure] The Squid, the Cabal & the Old Man (Andre Novoa); 7

[Adventure] More then Meets the Eye (Kelvin Green): **
[Adventure] Midvinter (Kelvin Green): **
[Adventure] Forgive Us (Kelvin Green); 6.5
[Adventure] Fish Fuckers (Kelvin Green); 6.5
[Adventure] The Cursed Chateau (James Malesewski); 6.5
[Adventure] Blood in the Chocolate (Kiel Chenier); 3
[Adventure] No Salvation for Witches (Raphael Chandler); 7

[Adventure] Lamentations of the Gingerbread Princess (Zzarchov Kowolski); 6
[Adventure] Going through Forbidden Otherworlds (Zzzarchov Kowolski); 7,5
[Adventure] The Pale Lady (Zzarchov Kowolski); 7
[Adventure] Scenic Dunnsmouth (Zzarchov Kowolski); 8.5
[Adventure] Thulian Echoes (Zzarchov Kowolski); 8.5
[Adventure] The Punchline (Zzarchov Kowolski); 7,5
[Adventure] Barbarians of the Orange Boiling Sea (Zzarchov Kowolski): **

[Toolkit] The Seclusium of Orphone of the Three Visions (Vincent Baker); *

[Sourcebook] She Bleeds (Elizabeth Chaipraditkul); *

[Sandbox] World of the Lost (Rafael Chandler): 8.5
– Introduction + City
– The Plateau
The Temple of Ages that are not

[Toolkit/Campaign setting/Avant-garde art piece] Vornheim (Zak S); 6.5
[Campaign Setting/Avant-garde art piece] A Red and Pleasant Land (Zak S); 7
– Introduction
– Classes
– Monster Section
– Adventures
– Conclusion

[Hexcrawl/Avant-garde art piece] Frostbitten & Mutilated (Zak S); 4

[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); 8,5

[Adventure] The Atheneum of Yearning (Steven Oswalt); 7
[Adventure] The Stygian Garden of Abelia Prem (Klint Krause); 6.5
[Adventure] Sleeping Place of the Feathered Swine (Logan Knight); 7.5
[Adventure] The Unseen Vaults of the Optic Experiment (Johan Nohr); 7.5
[Adventure/avant-garde art piece] The Ruinous Palace of the Metegorgos (Evey Lockhart); **

[Megadungeon generator] Castle Gargantua (Kabuki Kaiser); 8

[Monster Manual/Avant-garde Art Piece] Fire on the Velvet Horizon (Stuart & Scrapprincess); ***

[Campaign setting/Avant-garde art piece] On the Shoulders of Giants (Chance Philips); *

[Campaign Setting] The Chaos Gods Come to Meatlandia (Wind Lothamer & Ahimsa Kerp); ***
[Campaign Setting] The Chaos Gods Come to Meatlandia v2 (Ahimsa Kerp & Wind Lothamer): ***
[Campaign Setting] Wormwitch – The Life and Death of Belinda Blood (Ahimsa Kerp & Wind Lothamer); ***
[Adventure] Black Blade of the Demon King (Wind Lothamer & Ahimsa Kerp): ****

Labyrinth Lord;

[Sourcebook] Realms of Crawling Chaos (Dan Proctor); ***
[Adventure/Hex crawl generator] Monkey Business (Jens Durke); **
[Adventure/Event setting/Sandbox] Flower Liches of the Dragonboat Festival (Kabuki Kaiser); ***
[Adventure] The Purple Worm Graveyard (Tony Dowler); ***
[Adventure] Shadowbrook Manor (Patrick Kennedy); ***
[Adventure] The Mad God’s Jest (Shane Ward); **
[Adventure] The Black Maw 1 (Craig Pike); ***

Chronicles of Ahmerth (Small Niche Games)

[Campaign Setting] Chronicles of Ahmerth (Peter C Spahn); ***
[Adventure] Blood Moon Rising (Peter C Spahn); ****
[Adventure] The Inn of Lost Heroes (Peter C Spahn); ****
[Adventure] Pyramid of the Dragon (Peter C Spahn); ***
[Adventure] Atarin’s Delve (Peter C Spahn); **
[Adventure] The Stealer of Children (Peter C. Spahn); ****
[Gazetteer] Ghoul Keep and the Ghoul Lands (Peter C Spahn); ***
[Adventure] The Shrine of St. Aleena (Peter C. Spahn); **
[Adventure] Oak Grove Whispers (Peter C Spahn); ***

Hill Cantons (Hydra Collective);

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

Faster Monkey Games
[Adventure] The Black Gem (Jeff Sparks); ***
[Adventure] Skull Mountain (Jeff Sparks); ***
[Adventure] The Hidden Serpent (Jeff Sparks): **
[Adventure] Wheel of Evil (Jeff Sparks & Joe Sparks): ****


Swords & Wizardry

3PP.
[Adventure] Beyond the Ice-Fall (J.D. Salvador): ***
[Adventure] Creeping Cold (Ian McGarty & Jason Gartner); *

Blueholme

[Adventure] Dusty Door (Shane Ward); ***
[Adventure] An Invitation from the Blue Baron ( various, edited by Shane Ward); **
[Adventure] The Return of the Blue Baron (edited by Shane Ward); ***
[Adventure] The Necropolis of Nuromen (Justin Becker): ***

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

For Gold & Glory (2e)
[Adventure] The Chest (Aaron Fairbrook): ***

Misc. games (OSR)

[Core game] Into the Odd (Chris McDowall); 7 out of 10

[Core game] Dark Fantasy Basic (Eric Diaz); *

[Adventure] F3 Many Gates of the Gann (Guy Fullerton); *****

[Adventure] Gone Fishin (Atherton); ****
[Adventure] Tomb of the Serpent Kings (Skerples): **
[Adventure] Cistern of the Three-Eyed Dwarves (Grützi): ***
[Adventure] Tomb of the Barbarian King (Gabor Lux): ****
[Adventure] Crypts of Indormancy (Ezra Claverie): *

[Megadungeon generator] The Gardens of Ynn (Emmy Allen); *****

[Core Game] Mehliu (Marcelo Paschoalin); *

DCC(3PP)
[Adventure] The Magician’s House (Ray Chambers); ****

Kor’Thalis Publishing (O5R)

Science-fantasy
[Hexcrawl] The Islands of Purple-haunted Putrescence (Venger As’Nas Satanis); ****
[Adventure] Liberation of the Demon Slayer (Venger Satanis); ***
[Adventure/Session-Zero] Dead God Excavation (Venger As’Nas Satanis); **
[Adventure-like Object] Battle for the Purple Islands (Venger Satanis); *

[Megadungeon] Cha’alt (Venger Satanis):
Pt. I
Pt. II

Alpha Blue (Sleazy Sci-fi)
[Core game] Alpha Blue (Venger Satanis); ***
[Adventure] THOT Audition (Zoltar Khan Delgado); ***
[Sourcebook] Girls Gone Rogue (Venger As’Nas Satanis); ***
[Sourcebook] Universal Exploits (Venger Satanis): **

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); **
[Campaign setting] Aztecs – Empire of the Dying Sun (Ree Soesbee); *
[Campaign setting] Black Flag: Piracy in the Carribean (Bennighof & Phythyon); **
[Campaign Setting] Celtic Age – Roleplaying the Myths, Heroes and Monsters of the Celts (Bennighof, Phythyon & Soesbee); **
[Campaign Setting] I, Mordred: The Fall and Rise of Camelot (F.S Kessler & J.R Phythyon Jr.); ****
[Campaign Setting] Endless Sands (Ree Soesbee): ***
[Campaign Setting] Nile Empire – War in Heliopolis (Fred Landt & John R. Phythyon Jr.); *
[Campaign Setting]  Twilight of Atlantis (Lai, Donovan & Phythyon); **
[Campaing Setting] Ragnarok (William Sariego); ***
[Adventure/Supplement] Doom of Odin – Tales of the Norse Gods (John R. Phythyon); ***
[Campaign Setting] Jade & Steel – Roleplaying in Mythic China (Jim Lai); **
[Sourcebook]  Noble Knights (Ree Soesbee); **

Damn Fine historical fantasy trilogy
[Adventure] The Last Days of Constantinople (Mike Benninghof); ***
[Adventure] Greenland Saga – The Lost Norse Colony (Mike Benninghof); ***
[Adventure] Vlad the Impaler – Blood Prince of Wallachia (Mike Benninghof & J.R. Phythyon Jr.); ***

A NEW POWER IS RISING (5e)

3pp
[Adventure] Mines, Claws & Princesses (Steven Oswald); *****
[Adventure] Horror at Milltown (Donald MacVittie); **
[Adventure] Saving Saxham (Joseph Robert Lewis); ***
[Bestiary] Beings From Beyond (Ben Evans): *****
Pt. I.
Pt. II.

Neckbeards quibble while the Gods Laugh (WFRP)

[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 Enemy Within campaign
[Adventure] The Enemy Within (Jim Bambra, Phil Gallagher & Graeme Davis); 7
[Adventure] Shadows over Bögenhafen (Graeme Davis, Jim Bambra & Phil Gallagher); 8.5

[Core Game] Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition (Chris Pramas, numerous other contributors for in game flavour-text/material): 7 out of 10
– Pt. I : Character Creation
– Pt. II: Grim-dark adventure
– Pt. III: Equipment and Combat
Pt. IV: Magic
Pt. V: Religion
Pt. VI: GM section
Pt. VII: Setting, Bestiary, Adventure & Conclusion

[Core Game Retroclone] Zweihander (Daniel Fox & Tanner Yea); 8.5
– Pt. I: Introduction
Pt. II: Character Creation
– Pt. III: Classes
– Pt. IV: Skills & Talents
– Pt. V: Combat & Injury
– Pt. VI: Magic (1)
– Pt. VII: Magic (2)
– Pt. VIII: GM Section
– Pt. IX: Bestiary
– Pt. X: Adventure

Misc. Games

[Core Game] Sorcerer (Ron Edwards); 6 out of 10

[Core Game] Xas Irkalla (James Vail); 7 out of 10
– Mechanics
– Setting
– Conclusion

White Wolf Hell (World of Darkness stuff)

Giovanni Chronicles
[Adventure] The Last Supper (Daniel Greenberg); 2
[Adventure] Blood and Fire (Dansky, Summers & Howard); 1
[Adventure] The Sun has Set (Christopher Howard): 5
– Act I
– Act II
[Adventure] Nuovo Malattia (Heather Grove & Matthew McFarland); 0

The Deepest Chasms of Hell (Storygames); that they may dwell in darkness and languish in perpetuity

[Storygame] Kingdom of Nothing (Jeff Himmelman); The most powerful antipathy that words can describe
[Storygame] Polaris (Ben Lehman): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nNJk6xhCxw

[Storygame] Triumph of Death (Karl Larsson); Mildly unpleasant

To do list in no particular order (subject to change at any time, like the whims of womankind);

Requested:
– Monte Cook/Bruce Cordell stuff
– Transylvania Chronicles (VtD)
– Dead Planet
– Lahnkmar (DCC)
– UK series (AD&D)
– 2e adventures

Tombs:
– Stoneheart Valley
– Lost Tomb of Martek
– Tomb of the Iron God
– I3 – I5

In any order:
– The works of Gygax, Arneson & Jaquays and other old farts
– Guy Fullerton Stuff
– Chris Kutalik Stuff
– John M. Stater Stuff
– Patrick Stuart Stuff
– 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
– Dark Heresy and other masculine pursuits
– The works of the usurper Monte Cook & Bruce Cordell
– Yoon Suin
– Stars Without Number and other works by the Last Prophet Kevin Crawford
– Frog God stuff