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How to Host a Dungeon 2nd Edition
by Melissa T.
Publisher: Planet Thirteen
Date Added: 08/28/2023 10:33:03
pixel_trans.gif How to Host a Dungeon 2nd Edition This was one of the first solo games I played, during the pandemic. Buoyed by the author's fantastic art, this is a delightful and deceptively thought-provoking game that really gets the brain churning, the creativity flowing, and just breathes whimsy and that very-feral delight that comes with irreverant dungeoneering OSRPGs tend to hold. If you've never played a solo game before, I highly reccomend picking up How to Host a Dungeon. If you struggle with resolving some of the prompts/questions, let it go and let it flow; the game is incredibly forgiving and rewards 'just going with it'. Pencil off a few hours, grab a big piece of paper, some dice, colored pencils and go to town imaginging a brilliant, storied dungeon for yourself. 10/10...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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AXIANQUEST Furniture Deck
by Jeff c.
Publisher: Axian Spice
Date Added: 08/25/2023 13:23:54
pixel_trans.gif AXIANQUEST Furniture Deck My crew has really enjoyed this deck. We are on our third expansion and while the quests themselves are fun and challenging this was the added spontaneity we needed to keep everyone engaged. So far no one has pulled anything terribly bad or or exceedingly good, but excited for the day when they get a stat boost or a custom Axian weapon. Looking forward to trying out the other Axian decks and incorporating them into our quests.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Backstory Cards: Distant Worlds
by Peter J.
Publisher: Galileo Games
Date Added: 08/23/2023 02:54:31
pixel_trans.gif Backstory Cards: Distant Worlds I ordered the PDF and physical cards, and am impressed with the quality of the physical cards, but am very disappointed that the "New Tags" card and the three "Using Expansions" cards in the PDF were **NOT** among the printed cards. (And yes, I copied and pasted this review for all three expansions that I have purchased as they are all this way.)

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Tricube Tales: Solo Rules (PDF only) & Solo Deck (PDF or print)
by Dharma S.
Publisher: Zadmar Games
Date Added: 08/21/2023 13:43:48
pixel_trans.gif Tricube Tales: Solo Rules (PDF only) & Solo Deck (PDF or print) This is a pretty decent rules-light solo ruleset for the Tricube Tales one-page adventures. Bascially, pick up any of the one-page games (which are all self-contained), add these extra solo resources (stretching across 4 or 5 print-outs) and you've all the oracles and tables you need to generate RPG goodness on your own. It's probably the best mini-RPG system I've come across - the simplicity of the ruleset alongside the very concise and helpful tables really work. I did feel dedicating so much space to name generation was a little wasted - especially given the variety of themes on offer, several of which would not work with the names they suggest in my view. To be honest, so far I've ignored the mechanism using poker cards. And I didn't think the little symbols they offer were of much use in terms of helping progress the story either - I think you're meant to drop a dice on them, but that never seems to work so well in my view. But all in all, a ver...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Deck of Tales
by Stefan S.
Publisher: Larcenous Designs, LLC
Date Added: 08/08/2023 07:32:46
pixel_trans.gif The Deck of Tales I really like the Deck of Tales for what it is. My favorite parts of it are the binary oracle and the green two-symbol NPC generator. I haven't really used the symbols in the pink circle or the difficulty generator. As for the main functionality (the three inspirational pictures), it's really useful and more portable than Rory's Story Cubes which I was using previously. Compared to Story Cubes, though, I feel the images are a bit harder to interpret. The fact that there are three on one card makes it more difficult for me to decide which to pick, as well. These are minor qualms, though. The reasons I substracted one star: 1. it doesn't have die roll results the way GMA does. If it did, it would be a better, more useful tool. 2. the files provided in the PDF were difficult for my printing shop to work with. What printing shops prefer is large sheets (e.g., A3 size) with contiguous monochromatic space between cards so they can be machine cut. As a result, I ended up...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Sci-Fi Adventure Deck
by Stefan S.
Publisher: Grim Sour Games
Date Added: 08/06/2023 05:20:24
pixel_trans.gif Sci-Fi Adventure Deck This is two decks in one, both GM helper tools in Sci-Fi adventures. What I liked: - the general content of the cards is useful, and I have already successfully employed it in preparing some Sci-Fi adventures - the aesthetics of the cards is pleasing - I like the inclusion of dice rolls like in the GMA What I didn't like: - the sections "Settlement" and "Travel" under "Place" and "Encounter" respectively were confusing as to their purpose until I read the instructions on the product page. Could be made clearer. - the files provided are only really suitable for at-home printing and cutting the cards out manually. I tried to get the cards printed properly but the print shop told me they are not formatted properly for that (e.g., to cut cards with a machine, unicolor margins between cards are needed) -> this is the main reason for my rating, as I couldn't get the cards printed in the quality I wanted without prohibitive costs - th...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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BattleTech: Alpha Strike Ad Hoc Unit Cards
by Michael B.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 07/27/2023 14:37:44
pixel_trans.gif BattleTech: Alpha Strike Ad Hoc Unit Cards I thought that they might have been updated in the 4 years since the last review. I was wrong. None of the PV values are correct and there's still no crit tables on the cards. I compared Legendary cards for Natasha Kerensky, and the stats are not the same either. These might be usable for the old Quick-Strike, but not the current edition of Alpha Strike. SAVE YOUR MONEY THEY AREN'T WORTH IT!

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
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Mage The Ascension Tarot
by Greg F.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 07/24/2023 17:30:52
pixel_trans.gif Mage The Ascension Tarot As of July 2023, when I purchased this "Mage the Ascension" tarot deck, the following issues lead to me giving a one star review: 1. The only thing about this product that has a Mage the Ascension theme is the tuck box that holds the cards. 2. There is nothing about the cards themselves that says "Mage the Ascension" - literally nothing. This is basically some random tarot deck put into a Mage tuck box. 3. Even some of the card names don't matchup to Mage the Ascension. The iconinc tarot card shown on the cover of most versions of the core rules is "The Mage", featuring Dante (one of the early iconic characters in Mage fiction). Yet the corresponding card in this deck is "Magus" 4. Related to #3 above, the original card art for "The Mage" with Dante is on the back of the tuck box. 5. For some cards, the color of the card name is very close to the color of the card background, making oit hard to tell what card it is. 6. And to ad...

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
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AXIANQUEST Furniture Deck
by Adam P.
Publisher: Axian Spice
Date Added: 07/21/2023 09:45:48
pixel_trans.gif AXIANQUEST Furniture Deck Ordered this deck on the July 11th (along with the Artifact Weapon deck) and received them July 20th, terrific turnaround time! This set of cards is fantastic for new and experienced game/dungeon masters alike. My experience with the "Quest of Heroes" has always been that the more *random* an event is, the more **exciting** and **fun** it is for everyone! This deck takes stagnant treasure searching and turns each search itself into an experience. Outcomes range from something bad happening (Monsters of the wandering variety type effects, and more!), to potentially gaining back some or all of a depleted hero's life total, all the way to possibly gaining a powerful weapon or artifact. The odds of such events happening are well designed and calculated so as to maintain balance in positive and negative outcomes, a crucial component to the game. Just set it and forget it! Your players will love the levels of depth this deck brings to a part of the game that can sometime...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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AXIANQUEST Weapon Artifacts Deck
by Adam P.
Publisher: Axian Spice
Date Added: 07/21/2023 09:32:54
pixel_trans.gif AXIANQUEST Weapon Artifacts Deck Ordered this deck on the July 11th and received on July 20th, gotta love that turnaround time! First impressions with this deck of artifact weapons is that the set itself is very balanced. What I mean is, some of these weapons are very powerful, some are moderately powerful. Both ways, there is a lot creativity built into each and every weapon. The implementaion of the "Astral Hunter" as a "check" mechanism on hero power level is a wonderful design concept and will act as a sort of "fail safe" if the heroes begin to get too powerful. Also, this is just my opinion, but as a game/dungeon master it's up to you to decide the power level of the group of heroes and the monsters they face. If you feel something is too powerful, take it out of rotation. If it's underpowered, bump it up a notch! That's the beauty of these cards. I'd recommend not falling into the trap of being too rigid or stiff, these cards will absolutely enhance your gam...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Storytelling in the Modern Board Game: Narrative Trends from the Late 1960s to Today
by Rickey M.
Publisher: McFarland
Date Added: 07/17/2023 13:42:08
pixel_trans.gif Storytelling in the Modern Board Game: Narrative Trends from the Late 1960s to Today Having been a boardgamer and wargamer for over 60 years, and having in recent years discovered and thoroughly enjoyed Marco Arnaudo's game reviews on BGG, I was intrigued to discover that he had written this study of storytelling in games. The book gives an interesting overview of the evolution of storytelling in boardgaming and RPGs over the last 50+ years, interconnecting the various streams of gaming in that period - in particular highlighting the emergence of RPGs from the matrix of 1960's-1970's wargaming, with which I am very familiar. My only complaint is that the publisher did not invest sufficient resources in editing the book - there are, sadly, many instances of omitted words, extraneous words, and grammatical errors that detract detract from the book, although thankfully the writing is clear enough that these errors seldom prevent the reader from understanding the meaning....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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AXIANQUEST Wondrous Artifacts Deck
by Adam P.
Publisher: Axian Spice
Date Added: 07/11/2023 10:12:43
pixel_trans.gif AXIANQUEST Wondrous Artifacts Deck I Purchased the Wondrous Artifact (and Heroic Skills) decks on June 18th and received them on June 28th - fantastic turnaround time! The quality of the cards is perfect for the price point - the "bend" or stiffness of the card is nice as it has a similar feel of a professional poker card while the sheen is just right to convey that the cards aren't "cheap" in any way. The Wondrous Artifact Deck is truly a perfect compliment to anyone who owns the core "Quest of Heroes" game. They allow the Heroes opportunities for more and dynamic decision points througout their Questing. My favorite part is how well thought through the Artifacts are. They were clearly designed by a veteran player of the game. Nothing is overpowered (OP) which, very importantly, ensures the game remains balanced. This can be difficult to achieve but it's been accomplished here. The designer has implemented a particularly effective "power check" on the Artifacts whi...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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AXIANQUEST Heroic Skills
by Adam P.
Publisher: Axian Spice
Date Added: 07/11/2023 10:06:09
pixel_trans.gif AXIANQUEST Heroic Skills I Purchased the Heroic Skills (and Artifact) decks on June 18th and received them on June 28th - fantastic turnaround time! The quality of the cards is perfect for the price point - the "bend" or stiffness of the card is nice as it has a similar feel of a professional poker card while the sheen is just right to convey that the cards aren't "cheap" in any way. The Heroic Skills Deck is truly a perfect compliment to anyone who owns the core "Quest of Heroes" game. They allow the Heroes opportunities for more and dynamic decision points througout their Questing. Perhaps my favorite part is how well thought through the Skills are. They were clearly designed by a veteran player of the game. Nothing is overpowered (OP) which, very importantly, ensures the game remains balanced. This can be difficult to achieve but it's been accomplished here. The Heroic Skills deck both adds meaningful depth to our favorite "Quest of Heroes" game at a go...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Deck of Decks
by kyle i.
Publisher: Firbolg Factory
Date Added: 07/05/2023 08:21:58
pixel_trans.gif Deck of Decks Very practical deck of cards. I use it more for regular card games than I do D&D. For D&D, I'd never felt like bringing a deck of illusions into a game, but this was a great opportunity. I haven't used the tarokka cards for a Strahd game yet but definately will the next time we try that module. I'm definately thinking of a tamed-down version of deck of many things as well. Overall looks like a great small gift for someone.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Gamma Watch
by Miranda L.
Publisher: John H. Reiher Jr. Games
Date Added: 06/07/2023 00:47:58
pixel_trans.gif Gamma Watch Compatable with Its not my fault cards. These are absolutely fantastic!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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