Review of Kobold Quarterly Issue #20 (Winter 2012) by Open Design

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Thanks for this review! I think it is fair to say that the 4E submissions have been few and far between lately; many of our regular 4E writers have moved on to other things. As always, we can only print what we have. On the bright side, though, both the qualilty and quantity of Pathfinder and Dragon AGE system articles submitted has been growing. Maybe we should ask Rich Baker or Steve...

Review: Pathfinder Minis: Heroes and Monsters

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The local FLGS here (Victoria BC) is selling the large single-mini cartons (Ogre, Ettin, etc.) at $11.99 each...or was, as of last weekend. I forget what the small ones were priced at. The $6 you quote for a large one would still be high, but not completely out of line like this. Lanefan

Review of The Secret Fire by George Strayton

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This quote is amusing: A skilled MC and a table of dedicated players can spend entire sessions of TSF without rolling a single die, yet explore dark, dangerous, and exotic lands, as well as underground caverns and dungeon complexes that offer both excitement and tension. Yes, that game is called Make-Believe I think. If I'm going over a friend's house to play Make-Believe, kind takes the...

Pathfinder Review: Bestiary 3

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There better be a Bestiary 4. No monster line is ever complete, any TTRPG company should know that! They have more Divs, Asura, Celestials, Behemoths, Kami, Oni, and many other creatures to add more of that they've gone and created.
WotC, DDI, 4E, and Hasbro: Some History
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After Vince Calouri was pushed out of Wizards of the Coast he was replaced by Chuck Heubner. Chuck basically had to manage Wizards on the downslope from the Pokemon salad days. Hasbro has been through many boom & bust cycles in the toy business and they have a standard response when it happens: cut headcount and reduce overhead. Since Wizards was de facto the only part of the business that had...

Review of Innistrad Decks: Deathly Dominion & Carnival of Blood by Wizards of the Coa

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In terms of newbie-friendliness, I would have to say that Spectral Legions is a lot easier to grasp for a new player, and is still an amazingly powerful deck; there are a few cards in it that are perhaps a bit strange, but overall it's really quite an amazing piece. Carnival of Blood is great but if you're newer to the game it's a lot harder to determine where good strategy lies since many of...
4 Hours w/ RSD - Escapist Bonus Column
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As many of you know, the Escapist has recently run a 3-part series on the past, current and future of Dungeons & Dragons. The ENWorld coverage begins here. I contributed some insights to that column and wanted to take this opportunity to expand and clarify some of my thoughts on this topic. Who Is This Guy Anyway? I [Ryan Dancey] have been involved on the business side of hobby game...

Review of Karma Deck & Booster Pack: Requiem by Creation’s Edge Games

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This is a fine review, but I do have to say that I'm sad to see that this is a direction that 3PP are moving with 4e. I was fine with the 'card' system presented in 4e. I thought it was just a new way for players to organize and track their abilities. But, when WotC started producing booster packs of cards of abilities, then I think they're moving far away from a DnD game that I want to...

Review: The Book of Vile Darkness by Wizards of the Coast

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Pre-Release Review: The Book of Vile Darkness by Wizards of the Coast In what must be one of the oddest choices for a Holiday Season release, the 4E version of The Book of Vile Darkness is hitting the shelves just in time for Christmas. While certainly more fitting as a Halloween release, admittedly there is something perversely amusing, in a sort of Tim Burton-esque “The Nightmare before...

Mega-Double Review / Interview Special: Gauntlgrym & Neverwinter by R.A. Salvatore

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When I attended GenCon 2011 this past August, and got the chance to sit down with the Wizards of the Coast Brand Manager Laura Tommervik, I had no idea that the conversation would lead to some amazing opportunities for me as a game reviewer this fall. Not only did I end up getting a pre-release paperback review copy of the new Neverwinter novel by R.A. Salvatore, but I also got the chance to...
4 Hours w/RSD: Run Away!
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“The party is currently split ... in two different dimensions. Mei Ling is "mostly dead" and being dragged like a meat balloon through zero gravity tunnels by Marteen and Bog. Temper is very badly injured and "Dimissed" herself back to the Prime Material Plane a melee round before being turned into Shoggoth kibble.” -- Paul Jaquays Unwinnable Does Not Mean Bad One of the complaints that I...

Review of Heroes of the Feywild by Wizards of the Coast

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I'm surprised your view of the Skald is so negative. I think it does a great job of "essentializing" the original Bard. It gets to use Charisma for its basic attacks, which means those at-will powers will be as effective at hitting and dealing damage as regular bard powers. The skald's aura is a cool twist on healing in my opinion, since the bard doesn't have to use actions in order to let...

Review of Advanced Encounters: Terrain Toolbox by Sneak Attack Press

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A great idea for a product! That's something I could use.

Review: Pathfinder Beginner Box

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As a committed 4e player, WOTC should be standing up and taking notice of what their competitors are doing and doing a million times better. I get the impression that Pathfinder is a heavy load for a DM, but this seems to be inspired in helping them get onto that road faster than before. The steep learning curve just got a lot less steep. Congrats Paizo, WOTC please take note.

Streets of Zobeck by Open Design

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Isn't this actually a pretty old format? I'd argue a bunch of the Judges Guild books from the 1970s would qualify for the adventure setting format, as described.

Review of Goblins of Golarion by Paizo

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I really don't understand how a 32 page full color book is 'over priced' at $10.99... especially with as much custom art as this book includes in it, and especially considering the quality of the writing in it. How much /should/ a 32 page full color book cost? Cause I don't see anything being offered much cheaper anywhere else.
4 Hours w/RSD: Undermountain Update
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Undermountain Update Since my last column we have played 4 sessions of Undermountain and I am happy to give folks an update. If you’re unfamiliar with the Undermountain concept you can read more about it in my last column, but in summary it’s a stripped down version of Pathfinder optimized for simple dungeon crawling and light rules. There Is No Ruler The first major change I’ve made since...

PATHFINDER REVIEW: GameMastery Chase Deck & Condition Cards Deck

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We tried out the chase cards to resolve a situation in our Griffins & Grottos game just recently and they worked well enough. We've been playing a narrative game, sans minis, this time around, but when one of the players picked up the Chase card deck, we wanted to try them out. We had to fudge things a little because it wasn't quite the terrain in play at the time and we weren't using the PF...

Review of Kobold Quarterly Issue #19 (Fall 2011) by Open Design

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As the seasons change, and with the year of 2011 nearly done in, it’s time for the final issue of Kobold Quarterly for this calendar year! Open Design’s flagship periodical has been going strong these past couple years, covering a wide range of role-playing material for not only D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder, but also D&D 4E, and the relative newcomer to the FRPG market, the DragonAge RPG. The...

Review of Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium by WotC

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So after gushing about this book for several paragraphs, you gave it 3.75 because of the availability constraints? Really? How about you add that in a post-script, but not have it affect the score? I'm sorry you had to drive and get the book, and maybe WotC will learn from this fiasco, but in a month's time are any of us going to remember or give a crap about this roadblock? Remember, there...

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