DriveThruRPG Review – The Book of Wondrous Magic

100 magic items, ranging from Common to Legendary.

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Designed by: M.T. Black Games

The Book of Wondrous Magic focuses heavily on magic items that aren’t weapons, shields, or armor, though you’ll still find around 20 swords, maces, staves, and ammunition, including a Deathmark Spear that can mark targets for extra damage, a Quaking Mace that can slam the ground for a shockwave, and a Razorvine Whip that grows serrated leaves that deal extra damage.

Most of what we’ll find are those other magic items: slippers, spectacles, talismans, wands, masks, figurines, and over a dozen rings. The compendium isn’t much to look at, but what’s inside is pure magic.

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DriveThruRPG Review – The End of the Line

Deal with train robbers and escaped monsters aboard a speeding locomotive in this Western-Horror one-shot adventure for 3rd level.

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Designed by: Bring Your Own Dragons

“The End of the Line” is one of my favorite songs from the Traveling Wilburys, an awesome folk-rock group from the late 80s that included Bob Dylan and George Harrison. The End of the Line is also an western-themed and horror-themed one-shot adventure that takes place almost entirely on a speeding train.

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DriveThruRPG Review – Rescue at Griffoncrag Pass

Discover the monstrous threat behind a sunken ship in this tier 1 campaign for D&D 5e.

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Designed by: Chad M. Lensch

If I gave out individual yearly awards, the 80+ page, tier 1 adventure Rescue at Griffoncrag would be an instant nominee for Best Layout and Design. The PDF is nothing short of a joy to flip through, with frequent full page artwork, dungeon and region maps, and individual, gorgeously commissioned art for over a dozen major NPCs. The linear story is logically divided into seven parts, each with their own overview of what’s going on, and what the DM can expect.

I quickly fell in love with this adventure. The opening quest of investigating poisoned fish and the small coastal town full of interesting NPCs kept me hooked, at least up until the point where we lose sight of the rescue and become embroiled in a bizarre telepathic spider civil-war.

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DriveThruRPG Review – The Room with No Doors

A haunted house investigation for the Call of Cthulhu TTRPG.

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Designed by: M.T. Black

The Room with No Doors is a mini-adventure designed for the Call of Cthulhu RPG, which focuses much more on investigation and horror than the usual D&D adventures I review. The horror adventure draws inspiration from classic horror films such as Poltergeist and The Shining, and could serve as a solid introductory adventure or one-shot.

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DriveThruRPG Review – The Anatomy of Adventure

A collection of essays on game design from writer and designer M.T. Black.

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Designed by: M.T. Black Games

The Anatomy of Adventure looks like an academic journal, but it’s actually a collection of essays on adventure design, marketing, and the creative process, from one of the most well-known and successful creators in the DMs Guild, M.T. Black.

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DriveThruRPG Review – Drakar

A sci-fi micro-RPG that takes place entirely on a giant colony ship, and uses dominoes instead of dice.

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Designed by: JVC Parry

The Earth is lost (no shocker there). Our only chance for survival is aboard a massive colony ship called the Drakar. As a member of NORSE (the Nordic Office for Research into Space Exploration), your job is to help the ship, and the remnants of humanity, survive whatever problems may arise as you make your way to the promised planet of Valhalla in this micro-RPG that uses a set of dominoes instead of dice.

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DriveThruRPG Review – Monsters of Murka

Satirical sourcebook of United States culture, politics, and cities.

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Designed by: Action Fiction

Making fun of the United States of America isn’t exactly a challenging endeavor. Our culture of celebrities, excess, and ignorance pretty much mocks itself at every opportunity. Satire can be a bit more difficult, but when carefully crafted and applied, can contain a multitude of messages and realizations draped in humor.

Monsters of Murka is an effective satire of American culture and politics, a sourcebook for a fantasy world that reflects our current (or at least, circa 2016-17) state of political divisiveness alongside huge leaps in social media, technology, and globalization. Not all of it is overtly clever, but there’s more than enough content, including new player options, to craft an entire campaign in the tumultuous land of Murka.

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