Ninjas & Superspies, a fail in art but a pretty cool mechanic to be sure.

Kevin Long Palladium

Ah, what can I say about Palladium Books Ninjas & Superspies? Well, that in a broken system like Palladium, it is still pretty freaking cool to get all kinds of special combat training, and the book is simply chock full of them. I played this a lot back in my late high school and early college run, along with TMNT, and I still get a ‘kick’ out of taking a look at it from time to time.Still, the artwork in the book never really did it for me. Sure, there is a piece by Kevin Long, which always adds some...

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The 3E Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, certainly nothing forgettable about it!

D&D 3.0 Forgotten Realms Todd Lockwood Wizards of the Coast

Hey all, I just want to say again that over on Black my ‘Top 10 RPG Artists’ article is in a knife fight death duel like Steven Segal versus Tommy Lee Jones in Under Siege with another article, so if you haven’t checked it out please help me out and do so here.Otherwise, I wanted to take a look at one of my all-time favorite gaming supplements, the 3E Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting because my friend Sean K. Reynolds announced yesterday he was leaving Paizo for my home state of Indiana and thus I dedicate the review to him.Released...

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A revisit of A3 Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords

AD&D Modules Bill Willingham Erol Otus Jeff Dee TSR

Please remember to go to Black Gate and take a look at my 'Top 10 RPG Artists' article if you get the chance.  You can find it here!   Now to the other good stuff!  Produced in 1981, the TSR classic A series module A3 Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords highlights some of the greatest artwork collected from the famous TSR ‘First Four’ [Jeff Dee, Erol Otus, Bill Willingham, and Jim Roslof]. This rather light 28 page module is the 3rd on a four part series and for AD&D 1E characters level 4-7. It was written by...

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Kara-Tur Boxed Set: How the Forgotten Realms went all Marco Polo on us

Jeff Easley Jim Holloway TSR

First things first, if any of my readers missed my 'Top 10 RPG Artists of the Past 40 Years' over on Black Gate, please have a look here and tell me what you think!  Now, on to this outstanding boxed set. Kata-Tur is certainly an interesting concept, let’s add a bit of non-Euro flavor to the world, and one that came into practice several times with the Forgotten Realms setting. The creation of ‘other lands’ beyond Greenwood’s initial setting can certainly do no harm and gives DMs a great ‘aside’ if they so choose. And for Kara-Tur itself, it was...

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Role Aids module 726: Lich Lords

Today I’m going to take a look at a module that has played a fairly significant role in my gaming world of the Nameless Realms over the past twenty-five years. Produced in 1985 by Mayfair Games, the Role Aids module Lich Lords is a 32 page adventure written by Lynn Sellers.Intended for 6-8 characters from level’s 12 to 16, it can be easily adapted to both higher and lower versions depending on the scope of the campaign which you intend to build around it. The module also features my favorite non-standard TSR spell, Scourge of the Violet Spider, which if...

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