It seems that the loss of quality bloggers has increased my blog's traffic immensely. Damn fools ;)
Anyhow, I need to cheer myself up, so I think I'll do a review. As the vast majority of my reviews are of products I actually like and enjoy, they make me feel good when I write them. Come to think of it, my negative reviews are cathartic in their own way... so all the reviews I write make me feel good.
I just loves me some OD&Dities. OD&Dities Issue 14 to be exact.
Now, it is a thief themed issue, and I've never been all that keen on playing thieves let alone bring their Guilds into the campaign as anything more then a distant backdrop. Suffice to say the articles on Thieves Guilds I could take or leave, but that is a personal prejudice. The article on Thief Skills however, was an excellent read. Some decent ideas I'll need to keep in mind when DM'ing.
Worth the price of admission alone is the article on the not so lowly Magic Missile spell. Very nice, useful and probably not all that balanced variations of the basic spell. Keeps the PCs off guard with one of these choices. Very well done.
A new class, or sub-class of Magic-User is introduced: The Puppeteer. Just as Illusionists specialize in illusions, Puppeteers specialize in charms and mind control. Having given the class a quick read thru, I expect it would play better as an NPC (nice reoccurring Bad Guy type) but proof is in the play. I've already have ideas coming to me as to making a nice party nemesis with this at the template. Mmmmm... brains!
Those are the highlights. There are a few other articles for your enjoyment. I've been thinking that the one page QUALITY article was the thing of the past (I'm looking at you Crusader) but the Unusual Enemies one pager is good. A thinking man's article (or woman's).
2 bucks for 25 pages of Labyrinth Lord goodness. Well worth the price.
Where No One Has Gone Before - *The first post in this series can be read here.* The image shown is from p. 8 of 4th Edition's DMG, *How to be a DM*. Please forgive the change in for...
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