Awarding Soldiers of Pen and Ink a 10/10, kafka says,
“Gauntlett marvelously captures this mood and weaves a Mythos tale of intrigue and clandestine activity with the strong affinity of good Mythos literature”
“Players looking for the buzz of an alternative and peculiar locale outside Lovecraft country … should look into Soldiers of Pen and Ink.”
Regarding the Purist and Pulp modes, kafka assures players, “In my humble opinion, this adventure transverses both worlds giving players a chance to experience both.”
“This is an excellent scenario set in the chaos of the Spanish Civil War… it harkens to a time when suspicious was rife and a new world seemed to emerging on the horizon. Instead, it was a clash of totalitarianisms and a prelude for the titanic struggle that was the Second World War.”
Read the entire review here. Pick up Soldiers of Pen and Ink at the shop.
On the Flames Rising blog, reviewer Steven Dawes says about the epic Eternal Lies campaign:
“Eternal Lies is simply the most well developed and well designed adventure book I’ve ever seen!”
Steven adds, “The campaign storyline is loyal to and very worthy of the Cthulhu Mythos. The rules and organization of the book are easy to follow, and even the artwork and illustrations in the book were perfectly for the settling. Everything you need for an epic mythos adventure is in this outstanding book! But the authors and the maniacs who run Pelgrane Press must have fallen in love with this book just as much as I did…”
Finally, “Eternal Lies really raises the bar for RPG campaign books. Kudos to the authors, Pelgrane Press and everyone who was involved with (or is still involved with) this incredible book.”
You can read the full review on the Flames Rising blog here.
A review of five-ENnie-nominated Night’s Black Agents by Charlie White on Intwischa
If you want to feel like a badass, get this book. If you’re sick of Twilight, get this book. If you want compelling player-versus-player that doesn’t ruin campaigns or friendships, get this book.
Hell, if you like roleplaying games, get this book. It thoroughly deserves its spot as a nominee for Best RPG of the Year, and I’m very much looking forward to giving it a try.
A review of The Zalozhniy Quartet by featured reviewer Alexander O on DriveThruRPG. Five out of Five.
Once you’ve settled in to your regularly Night’s Black Agents sessions, I highly recommend The Zalozhniy Quartet.
A review from veteran Megan Robertson for the The Zalozhniy Quartet.
The whole campaign captures the feel inherent in the core rulebook excellently with plenty of scope for the characters to grow, develop, struggle as the experienced mercenary spies that they are supposed to be, complete with options presented based on the mode of game you have chosen to run.
Futile Position is revewing ENnie award nominated products, and they check out Lorefinder our Pathfinder/GUMSHOE mash-up here.
Lorefinder adds Pelgrane Press’ Gumshoe investigation rules onto Paizo’s Pathfinder system. Over 40 pages long, Lorefinder thoroughly covers Races, Classes, Spells, and Skills in the Lorefinder system, which provides a framework for your players to perform investigations without dice rolls. It’s a light system, and doesn’t add much weight to the underlying Pathfinder system, but – after reading Lorefinder – I find it preferable to the default system.
Kafka has reviewed Terra Nova over on RPGNet. Read the full review here.
Pelgrane represents a certain maturity of the RPG industry to tackle deeper and darker themes whilst maintaining enjoyment and good, crisp writing. Their editor does a fine job at eliminating bugs and problems. The art is once again at an incredible level that it sets a standard that other companies ought to emulate.
Matthew Pook reviews Invasive Procedures:
As a one-shot horror adventure, Invasive Procedures is a close, claustrophobic, and challenging affair.
Kakfa reviews the Trail of Cthulhu adventure Hell Fire by Adam Gauntlett. (8/10)
…in the hands of a skilled Keeper this adventure would be truly fantastic.
A review of the REDACTED edition of Night’s Black Agents on rpggeek.com
It is worth mentioning how much fun this book is to read. There are in jokes, sidebar commentary and examples from playtesting scattered throughout. The materials a pleasure- especially when you come to the sections on conspiracy building, running in European cities, and gamemastering GUMSHOE in general. It offers a number of really great ideas for running any kind of modern game: investigation, conspiracy and/or supernatural. I’d recommend it as a sourcebook for that alone.