Another year has passed. My holiday foray into winter-haunted canada rocked, the new Star Wars was a piece of shit and elfgames are still delicious. Now back to your regular programming. I figured there would be no better way to kickstart the new year then with a look at yet another obsolete campaign setting from … More [Review] Jade & Steel – Roleplaying in Mythic China (d20 3pp); Ping-pongs and Ting-Tongs and all sorts of Wing-Wongs
There is something about Atlantis or the idea of a Hyborean Age that really appeals to me. A vast stretch of history both familiar yet utterly strange, in which high adventure may be had and creatures from bygone myth may be confronted. So alluring is this apocryphal era that it has even spawned some roleplaying … More PrinceofNothingReviews: Twilight of Atlantis (d20 3pp); An age Undreamed of by Man.
As God of the Sun, Amun-Re sails his mighty barge across the heavens of Nut, arising in the East and disappearing in the West each day. At night, he travels through the Underworld to begin his day anew in the Eastern sky. Pharaohs are considered the Sons of Re and acquire him as their patron … More PrinceofNothingReviews: Nile Empire – War in Heliopolis (d20 3pp); A History of Ancient Egypt meets Thor #332
The second stand-out Avalanche 64 page campaign setting I’ve come across, Endless Sands takes place in a fantasy world based on Arabian legend and manages to feel new despite coming out far after Al-Quadim. It exemplifies a truth about Campaign settings I have realised in my long journey through the elfgame archives: A good campaign … More PrinceofNothingReviews: Endless Sands (d20 3pp); Al-Quadim with a whiff of Dark Sun
In this coming time of change, fire and blood, when mettle will be tested and where the blueprints of the coming decades are laid out, it is comforting to know that there are still things that can pleasantly suprise a man. Case in point: I, Morded by Avalanche games is the first 64 page campaign … More PrinceofNothingReviews: I, Mordred (d20 3pp); An Avalanche Campaign Setting that does not suck?!?
I am having a good day and it has been long since my last review, so what better way to cap off the day then with a review of my latest descent into the d20 bubble, Avalanche Style. Pyhthyon and Soesbee teamed up with Gentleman-scholar and Avalanche founder Mike Bennighof to deliver a 191-page campaign … More PrinceofNothingReviews: Celtic Age – Roleplaying the Myths, Heroes and Monsters of the Celts (d20 3pp); Extreme Highschool Barbarian Smackdown
Man, reviewing Avalanche d20-stuff is depressing. All for One (and One for All long official title for a 64 page supplement) was short but just long enough to do what it needed to do but had some weird thematic inconsistencies and niggling issues with equipment, Aztecs was far too short for what it set out to do … More PrinceofNothingReviews: Black Flag – Piracy in the Carribean (d20 3pp); The skeletal structure of a really great game.
Avalanche Press was a relatively small publisher during the d20 boom, notorious for its birds-with-their-bobs-out cover art, at times shoddy craftsmanship and its focus on historical/mythical campaign settings for the d20 system. Today we check out All For One & One For All by John R. Phython & F.S Kessler, a 64-page (less if you … More PrinceofNothingReviews: All For One & One For All (d20 3PP); Style over Substance.
3e is a divisive creature. On the one hand it was DnD’s salvation, rescuing it from the withered death-grasp of Loraine Williams as she fell into the gaping abyss of Rpg history, there to languish for all eternity praise Arneson praise Gygax. On the other hand it gradually became a hot mess of power-gaming and … More [Review] Nephandum (d20 3pp); Warhammer Fantasy d20
In reviewing the body of RPGdom, sometimes one is blessed. One discovers a work that is sleek, elegant, beautiful, poetic and unique. Sometimes by merely perusing its pages one’s own home game is improved, no matter how slightly, forevermore. They whisper that beyond the grey nothingness wherein lie the merely mediocre or terrible games (Arrows … More PrinceofNothingReviews: Mechamorphosis; A joyless descent into the worst excesses of the d20 system.