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Ladies and gentlemen,
While I was posting the reviews for today, a wonderful lady has catapulted the EZG-patreon over the third milestone! O__O
I am not exaggerating when I'm saying that this was only something I have dreamed about; fantasized in some moments about such a goal - and then discarded the notion. I did not dare to dream that so many of you fine folks would support me. I am exceedingly stunned and motivated to continue to bring you the quality reviews you deserve! You and your support, even if it is just spreading the word, means the world to me. Thank you, from the bottom of my now significantly less cynical heart!
Now while this week did not see too many "big" reviews, behind the scenes, I've been cranking away like a madman, finishing some freelancing assignments and doing extensive analysis of some BIG and work-intense books - the Dragon Companion's blocks, for example, were capital W level work. More are to come, ladies and gentlemen, and next week will see quite a bunch of bigger reviews - Path of Shadows, for example, will see a second playtest round this week-end, since I noticed some moving parts I need to see in action and the same holds true for certain Iron Titans. ;)
I also wanted to thank you for talking to me, spreading the word, for being awesome and I look forward and enjoy taking your suggestions and listen to what YOU want to see reviewed!
As an aside: Tomorrow is a holiday in Germany and I'll be spending the day, for once, not in front of the screen and instead go out - live, for the first time in months, without a gnawing existential anxiety at the back of my head - all thanks to YOU! You probably can't fathom how much that is worth to me! Regularly scheduled reviews will resume next Monday!
I remain, honestly humbled and happy,
Thank you, everyone - this patreon indeed allows me to weather the transition I'm going through regarding my employment situation and look for proper jobs without having to resort to exploitative jobs or fearing whether I can pay the rent.
And yes, i am aware that there are bound to be fluctuations and the like - but I never would have believed that an outpouring of support like this would even be in the realm of possibility. I'm humbled beyond believe by this community. Thank you, each and every one of you - for each share, for each buck. Thank you.
F*** man, sorry to hear that. You're a pillar and a constructive influence for the community. Don't give up hope, though - as someone who has had significant health issues for most of his life, I can empathize. On the plus-side - modern medicine is making progress in leaps and bounds, so you may very well be lucky - so hang in there!!
I just woke up, did some chores and then opened my account - holy cow. I've been grinning like CRAZY. Literally, like a madmen. Then, I went outside for a second and took a couple of deep breaths. Then I returned and starter rolling will saves to disbelieve the illusion.
Holy moly. I am stupefied. I honestly expected cicadas chirping and tumbleweeds rolling - not this level of support. Wow. Just wow. Words fail me and my first reaction would simply be: "You're the best!!!"
Seeing how that is not adequate to describe my level of gratitude and capture the state of euphoria, I am just using the paltry words of gratitude available:
Thank you, every one of you.
From the bottom of my heart.
EDIT: Thanks for catching the typo, OSW - fixed!
Ladies and gentlemen,
apologies for the intrusion.
As you all may be aware, my situation is not particularly rosy to say the least - I've been asking around the boards, on my page, etc. for a quite long time and since the consensus was this step and since I'm always open to listen to you and your suggestions, there is now finally...
I have also endeavored to answer all questions you may have, so please, consider taking a look at the patreon, and also please consider reading the Q&A here on my site - whether and in what form my reviews continue to exist very much depends on you!
Even if you can't pledge (or don't want to), please consider spreading the word about my patreon!
Thank you for your kind consideration and all the support over the years,
Part II of my review:
Southern Gothic horror, absurd, but still exciting comedy or a means of teaching about the world - the module provides a lot of playstyles - and it ran completely differently both times I ran it, so it has replay value to boot! I *ADORE* this module. It is unique in every sense of the word and sports yet another facet of Richard's capacity that sets him apart as one of the few authors who push the boundaries and raise the level in the art of adventure writing. And yes, this module, in my opinion, can be called art...or proper literature. It is excellent and while the odd typo here and there may be slightly annoying; it is mainly due to the exceedingly high level of quality of the whole book this catches one's eye. Still, I implore you to get this awesome piece of adventure-writing. It is unique in all the right ways and acts as one glorious example of what adventures could be beyond rolling dice and slaying monsters. Highly modular, versatile and with replay-vale, oozing with details, this module once again receives my highest honors - 5 stars + seal of approval and since this was released in 2014, candidate for my Top ten of 2014-status.
Do NOT let this one slip by!
Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, Lou Agresta's RPGaggression and on d20pfsrd.com's shop.
See, that makes me happy - it means I at least partially managed to achieve a modicum of consistency and fixed criteria. :)
My reviews always show up first on endzeitgeist.com, then are submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and the day after that (or Mondays, in the case of Fridays), I post them on Paizo, OBS, etc. So yeah, today, the review will hit this site.
Rise of the Drow is a Mega-adventure/AP taking PCs from level 1 - 20, published by AAW Games. It imho mops the floor with Second Darkness (but could easily be enriched with some components from SD).
Here are the links:
I wrote extensive reviews for all of them, so yeah.
The drow are the classic, evil antagonists (including spider-theme and riding lizards), however, there is an option to establish an alliance with particular drow in the module. Personally, I wouldn't suggest going "good drow" here - the saga takes much of its wonder from upperworlders venturing into the wondrous underworld. Just my 2 cents!
Edit to make it clearer: "Slay em all!" is not wise - so no, not always CE, but drow are not nice people.
I wrote this glowing review mainly because I used this in actual game-play and it works..OH SO WELL!
My main campaign uses mass combat, downtime and kingdom building (though it's more "taming the frontier", focus-wise) and so far, the respective systems did not gel well together. I had to wing rules for leadership influencing components etc and constantly stumbled over some rough edges. LG's upgrades helped make these less jarring, but did not address the leadership component at a character level.
That's the one problem of many cool Paizo-sub-rulesets: They are created and then exist in a vacuum. This blends them together. My players *ADORE* this book and yes, not all roles receive perks - that's why I wanted MORE. I'd definitely love a second book with more perks!
Btw.: Last Sunday, one of my players, a badass pact-magic half-orc-barbarian one-man-army'd an army of goblins, while the PC's cohorts and followers were running the operations.
Finally: I really enjoyed your review, Chemlak! We need more concise, well-founded reviews like yours!
Amen. Races guided towards subsystems tend to suck in many cases. As much as I love psionics, for example, I consider 4 races of the base psionic races good...the rest. Well.
As an idea, especially for e.g. the atlan's - why not codify pact magic's racial bonuses along the lines of alternate racial traits for certain races? Or as a kind of ethnicity/cultural-template?
I add to that my personal favorite desert-themed metal-song The Pharaoh.
Flame of the Nile - Fire in the Darkness to swallow the light...
Still gives me the shivers.
And the bridge:
Don't you see that it's coming, it's near
The wise man died and the seance went on
I've been using it a lot. Crits become much more interesting and versatile. One downside: I *really* want book 2, so that energy/magical/alchemical/etc. crits are covered as well.
Also: Unlike many similar systems, extremely fast/easy to use.
So no, as far as I'm concerned, I think you have not wasted your money. ;)
Depends on what you want. Modules? Crunch? Setting supplements? GM help?
In case you just want to browse 3pps, may I humbly suggest my website, endzeitgeist.com? I have *a lot* of 3pp-reviews there and am currently at ~1800 reviews of 3pp-products in total.
I have a series on my site called EZG Essentials - these pdfs are the bare minimum at my table, what I expect all my players to be familiar with, so that would be a starting point.
Otherwise, just ask what you're looking for and I'll recommend something. :)
Yeah, I followed the whole debacle. I just hope that whatever is ailing him or those close to him will be history one day.
I've seen quite a few great people struggle through hardships in this industry, but usually, whenever they were open with their struggles, people were accepting and understanding - supportive, even.
I still may be proven wrong, but until that day, my thoughts are with him and I hope he manages to surpass this crisis, whatever shape or form it may take.
I don't condone the silence on the matter, but I can understand it, though at some point, *some* kind of acknowledgment NOT of the delays, but of the lack of meaningful communications, would certainly help stop the accusations, which, at least for now, are not true.