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Advantageous Abilities: Charismatic Abilities is now available!

This PDF includes over fifteen Charisma based abilities for GMs to give their NPCs an advantageous edge (and a little role-playing fun).

Catch your PCs off guard with abilities like Unexpected Attack, throw in a complication with Golden Reputation, or give your NPCs the edge with Hang in There. No matter your choice, this PDF is sure to make flavourful and effective NPCs.

Review posted here as well as on OBS. Good job guys!

Hey Greg, I love 13th Age AND I was a backer of LIC; if you still need reviewers, I'd be happy to snap up one of those copies! What kind of turnaround are you looking at for the review?

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I didn't check the boards for a couple days and it turns out I've won a Letter from the Flaming Crab! Congratulations to all the winners so far, and thank you so much to Taig, Terraleon and all the publishers who've chipped prizes in so far; all this generosity is awesome. Merry third-partymas everyone!

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What a great idea! I would love to be included and will happily review my winnings, should that come to pass!

Thanks for the kind words Malwing; your suggestions/minor criticisms will definitely be addressed when we do an update and will certainly be in mind as we create new products! The goal is to collect up all of the eventual taverns with an extra here and there for spice.

I'm really digging your blog; the write up on Rogue Genius and your thoughts on various kickstarters are especially interesting.

So much awesome... and so little money in my pockets. :( Eventually much of this will be mine!

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This sale will definitely see me picking up a few things missing from my collection; thanks for running it Owen!

As for things I'd like to see from RGG:

1. A nice fat collection of all those Gruesome templates!
2. Simple class templates for monsters of the many RGG classes. Or multiclass variants of them.
3. More hellfire! Hellfire items or a hellfire focused class would be great.
4. Warlords of the Apocalypse.
5. Even more fighter (or rogue, monk, cavalier, etc...) talents.

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If it helps sell it, there's a half-orc in a top hat, monocle, and cravat in there. Just saying...

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Congratulations! They are fantastic books!

Adjule wrote:
Oh, it will be set in the Forgotten Realms, if the cartoon is ever made. I will do you even one better: Not only will it be set in the Forgotten Realms, but it will be set in the Sword Coast, with a tie-in to the Neverwinter MMORPG. That second part may be false, but I can 99% guarantee it would be set in the Sword Coast region, as EVERYTHING released has been (thanks to the Neverwinter MMORPG).

The Sword Coast has been the focal point of the Realms in CRPGs far longer than the Neverwinter MMO... Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2 (though not their expansions)... Even Icewind Dale is really just the northernmost tip of the Sword Coast in my opinion.

It's interesting seeing which third parties the adventures are being licensed out to; it makes me curious who we'll see future adventures from. I'm personally hoping (but not too hard given the Realms focus) that we eventually see some Greyhawk love. I think Raging Swan Press and Frog God Games could be tapped to provide some excellent old school feeling Greyhawk adventures.

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Congratulations Itchy!
Thanks for running this contest Marc!

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I'm still working up my review (It's a big book!), but here are some observations thus far:

I like the detail put into the town of Thornwall with read aloud descriptions of many of the locations and a table of random events, many of which can be fleshed out into full sidequests.

I like how new GM friendly the entire product is.

I like how matter transfer is limited.

I love the art and cartography.

I dislike that many of the new races don't have physical descriptions.

The misspelling of Modren in its chapter header makes me sad.

Overall it is quite good!

Nicos wrote:
What is a PWYW?

Pay what you want.

This is a nice looking book; I'm working up a review right now. Are there plans for a PoD via OBS?

Applying for Canada Pension Plan disability benefits is definitely a slog with no certainty of success, but you owe it to yourself to jump through those hoops...

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Covenant Magic: Further Covenants reviewed! It's not strange to review the third book in a series without reviewing the first two is it?

Thanks to Malwing and co for providing so many reviews these past few weeks! It makes me wish I had more money!!

Since I fully intend to coerce some pdfs from you via your amazing free pdf offer, I feel it's only fair to leave a review! Especially since the book is so good!

I finally posted my review! I've had this book for a while and it (along with the urban and wilderness dressing collections) really is a must have in my opinion.

So long as you're upfront about your involvement and don't review your own contributions I think a review would be fine. There's plenty of book there that you didn't touch.

I hope my hard copy arrives soon!

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I have a few suggestions. I'll start with Pathfinder:

Midgard Tales (Kobold Press) - While the adventures in this beautiful hardcover (with cloth bookmark!) are not linked, it's not hard to come up with a framing sequence to create a longer campaign that will run from levels 1-10. The adventures range from really good to amazing; my players loved running through all of them.

Way of the Wicked, Books 1-6 (Fire Mountain Games) - In thirty years of RPGing, this is the only campaign that I have been able to get my players to stay invested all the way to twentieth level. Even though the books have run out for us, my players are still enjoying it so much that we have continued on via the Mythic Adventures rules. They are now trying to create a tenth layer of Hell... and trying to convince their infernal master that they should be allowed to run it.

Zeitgeist: The Gears of Revolution (EN Publishing) - I haven't run this... yet. It's an investigation/role-play heavy adventure path set in a country on the cusp of industrial revolution. Act one has been released in hardcover via OBS with the subsequent act(s) to follow. This book is beautiful, a fun read, and, I believe, is the thickest PFRPG book on my shelf.

For D&D 3.5 I can recommend:

War of the Burning Sky (EN Publishing) - Another I've read, but not yet played. The softcover collection on OBS is a bargain... under $30 for over 700 pages. There is a hardcover PFRPG version in the offing, I believe, though no release date has been announced. I'm converting this over to D&D 5.

The Red Hand of Doom (Wizards of the Coast) - Not really a 3pp, but this megamodule by Rich Baker and James Jacobs is hands down the best module that WotC released for D&D 3/3.5 in my opinion. I'll be converting this to D&D 5 for my newer group I think.

for 13th Age:

Eyes of the Stone Thief (Pelgrane Press) - This is in pre-order right now, to ship later this month or in March. I've peeked at my PDF copy and can't wait for the actual book to come so I can dig in. It's set in a living dungeon that periodically surfaces to absorb towns, forests, etc... It's written by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan who has done really good work on modules for other Pelgrane Press games.

Feel free to send me a PM if you want any other suggestions... I have a ton of adventures for AD&D 1 and 2 as well.

EDIT: I forgot Courts of the Shadow Fey (Kobold Press)... it's the best PFRPG module I've read, and the first 3pp product I purchased after being burned out on 3/3.5 third party offerings.

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Whoa, Tito Leati! That's awesome!

Stefan Hill wrote:

This will likely be an unpopular view with some but... exactly none. Feat bloat makes games like 3.5e/PF a maze of trap options and really specific cases. 5th ed. has that nice open air feel. The more rules that take place under specific situations the more you, in my opinion, restrict the game and the input of the players imaginations.

Still nothing wrong with options that we can choose to ignore, meaning I hope any extra feats, and whatever else, are stated as options. The 4th ed. 'everything is core' was a pain in the butt.

I completely agree with this. So far, the few feat options available feel like they have consequence, like they're worth trading that ability score boost for. There are so many feats to sort through in Pathfinder that I dread feat selection, and I'm only building NPCs.

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Unlikely as I may be to get them, and assuming there's nothing in the license that prevents them from being produced, I'd like to see 5e converted collections of the original three Dungeon magazine adventure paths: Shackled City, Age of Worms, and Savage Tide. Other than that I'm content with the current slow release of materials.

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Golden Lion is my favourite discipline as well!

Well, well, well... this is an unexpected yet nice surprise. Julian's previous work on Covenant Magic was excellent. This will be purchased in just a moment...

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I have to admit, I'm getting a bit burned out on crunchy bits for Pathfinder; I have so much already. This year, barring a few books I know will be announced or released (the big Pact Magic compilation from Radiance House, the rest of Akashic Mysteries by Dreamscarred, future kickstarters from Interjection Games), I'll be focusing my purchases on fluffy bits I can easily slot into my campaigns. Things like Raging Swan Press' Village backdrops or dressing releases for example. That said, if I'm calling out specific 3pps, in no particular order I would personally like to see:

Purple Duck Games - Lands of Porphyra, more Fairy Tales from Unlit Shores (I know, that's for DCC...)

Little Red Goblin Games - more Necropunk. So much more Necropunk.

Rogue Genius Games - more frequent releases for the Talented class line.

Rite Publishing - more 101 Not so Random Encounters, more variant foes.

Kobold Press - more Midgard based adventures written by Wolfgang Baur, Tim Connors, Morgan Boehringer, Ted Reed, Marc Radle, etc... basically a nice hardcover sequel to Midgard Tales.

Forest Guardian Press - more alternate/hybrid classes along the lines of the Savage. Much nicer than anything in the ACG in my opinion. And, um... Yggdrasil Fanzine... please?

$4 Dungeons - please keep doing what you're doing.

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Broken Earth by Sneak Attack Press
Zeitgeist Book 1: The Investigation Begins by EN Publishing
GM Miscellanies: Dungeon Dressing, Urban Dressing, Wilderness Dressing, and Village Backdrops by Raging Swan Press
Age of Electrotech by Radiance House

I'm hoping the completed Liber Influxus Communis, Akashic Mysteries, and Strange Magic will make my best of list for 2015.

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Merry Christmas, End! Best wishes for 2015!

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I'm not sure if it's suitable for a one shot, but the first part of EN Publishing's Zeitgeist AP, The Island at the Axis of the World, might fit the bill. Act one starts with an investigation that transitions to a social scene on board a steam ship loaded with dignitaries. It's free on Paizo, so it may be worth checking out to see if you can pillage it for ideas. Good luck!

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Thank you for another year of awesomely thorough reviews!

My print copy just arrived and I have to say that, even in black and white, this is a sharp looking book. I was worried that the art and layout wouldn't translate well to b&w but my worries were unfounded. I find that Storn Cook's grayscale artwork in particular is pleasantly reminiscent of Larry Elmore's pen, ink, and wash illustrations from the old D&D box sets.

Good job!

The third party setting Amethyst: Revolution by Dias Ex Machina has a lot of classes and tech equipment/vehicles that could be dropped whole cloth into a PF conversion of Rifts.

Viva Free Quebec!

Epic Meepo wrote:
Ken Pawlik wrote:
Clan of the Rabbit is in the works, but the next two releases will be Clan of the Bear and Clan of the Deer.

I'll keep on the lookout for Clan of the Rabbit! Clan of the Deer sounds intriguing as well.

I believe my campaign will be needing some rabbit folk in the near future, is there a Clan of the Hare in the planning stages?

Since I don't have them, I'd like to see:
1. Plaguewright
2. Sanguine Disciple
3. One Bling: Scaling Magic Items
4. Cartomancer

Owen KC Stephens wrote:

Talented Bard is being worked on! (Though Talented Witch will be next).

Have you checked out rite Publishing's "Renegade" line of products/ They have feats and archetypes geared for other publisher's classes, including the RGG time classes.

A Hellfire class sounds fun. Hmmm...

Thank you for the Talented Ranger; I'll be sure to post a review when I've had a chance to read it!

I'm very interested to see how a full caster is implemented as a talented class so I'm very eager for the Talented Witch.

I'd forgotten that Rite had the two Renegade Archetypes books... I'll have to check them out.

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