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Really disappointing

1/5

The quality of hardcover releases continues its downward spiral...This one, full of reprints and useless options, takes a subject matter (wilderness!) ripe with opportunity and strikes out.


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Superfluous

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Just seems like class bloat - a couple interesting new class mechanics but, overall, this book is a snoozer. Be warned - many generic, uninspired components inside.


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BAD *SS book

5/5

Here is why I like it. The system is so flexible that a GM can attach the rules to his or her game anywhere, anytime. Additionally, said GM can pace advancement to fit his or her campaign. Want PCs that are only marginally more powerful than standard PCs? Simply space or limit the number of trials.

Walks like its mythic, quacks like its mythic. It's mythic.


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Not functional, but nice looking

2/5

I bought these to use with my Kingmaker campaign. A very beatiful set of dice. Just one problem, you can't read them. If you want to slow down your game to lift each roll and examine it closely (to simply read the number(s)) - then by all means - this product is for you.


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Good Content, Needs Editing

3/5

This is a handy resource for GMs looking to add a little meat to Ustalav. At its best, the author delivers focused information that is both informative and entertaining. However, at times, this 64-pager begs for editorial intervention. Many of the sentences are long, sweeping, and verbose. I found parts overindulgent and just plain labor intensive to read. Regardless, there is certainly value between the covers and I recommend it to anyone interested in Ustalav.


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Value, value, value

5/5

I started subscribing with the release of Kingmaker and have not been disappointed. With 25 years of gaming experience to draw from, I've found the AP subscription to be among the very best RPG products out there. Each issue is packed with an incredible amount of useful goodness, all for less than 20 bucks (including shipping). Content generally includes a 50ish page adventure wth a bunch of additional material (e.g. description of a region, mini-bestiary, new rules, short stories, etc). Highly recommended!


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Uh....this...is....good

5/5

Overload. Where...to...start. Rarely does a book come along that is useful and interesting cover to cover. If you're looking for something with a crunchy filling to expand your game, consider buying this bad boy. There is so much good stuff packed in between the covers, to list out especially interesting and creative parts would be difficult...I don't have favorite parts, I have a new favorite book!


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Gorgeous, useful, but with filler

4/5

First off, this book is gorgeous. Everything from the front cover, to the layout, interior artwork, to the back cover, etc. looks incredible. If Scarlett Johansson were a book, she might look like this.

As far as content, Chapters 6-9 I found particularly well done and useful. This includes material on world building, adventuring, some advanced topics (eg haunts), NPCs, etc. Specifically, the questions to think about in Chapter 6 and the tables in Chapter 7 will have the greatest utility for my game.

That said, parts of this book are rehash or feel like an annoying conversation with a stranger who insists on pointing out the obvious. Filler? Or material for novice GMs? You decide. For example, I'm fairly confident that you don't need to pay $40.00 for a book that tells you young children might be disruptive to your game. Or that someone may have an allergy to animal fur. In addition, some of the rewards section is just cut and paste from the core rulebook (EG Table 5-9 in GMG = Table 15-4 in the CR [and many other tables in that chapter]).

With that, I am not disappointed with my purchase. It will certainly have some use and I will admire the artwork for some time to come. It's really 3.5 stars for me but I decided to round up because of the presentation.


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Great Book...

5/5

Simply put, this a high quality product that anybody interested in PFRPG should consider purchasing. The art, for the most part, is top notch. The high spots for me were the angels, demons, and devils. Even the rat entry featured a wicked looking dire rat! The only major disappointment was the Tarrasque - it left a little something to be desired. There were a couple others, but this doesn't take away too much from the book as a whole.

The actual content is superb. I particularly appreciated the designers including guidelines for running some of the races as characters (e.g. aasimar, drow, etc.). The templates are well done too. I have yet to compare the Bestiary directly to the Monster Manual - that should be interesting.

Congratz to Paizo for putting out another great product.