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  1. V

    [Let's Read] 4e Setting Lore/Nentir Vale/Nerath

    I've completed my Let's Read of 4e's Domains of Dread. I'm reaching the final stages of Faces of the Planes and Racial Lore. I've reached the last of the Dragon articles on monsters. So, now it's time to bite the big one: I want to do a Let's Read of all the myriad articles across Dragon...
  2. Talisman

    [Let's Read] D&D 3.5 Monster Manual III

    Welcome folks, to the second in a series of threads where I read through WotC's Monster Manuals for the D&D 3.0/3.5 system. With the Monster Manual II behind us, we press on to the Monster Manual III. Let's Read the Monster Manual III This cover is a lot more coherent than the MM2's; we have...
  3. Raveled

    [Let's Read] 13th Age Bestiary

    In imitation of the quite enjoyable quite enjoyable thread began by @Bira, and inspired by @Civil Savage's on-going mission to learn the 13th Age system, I've decided to take a look at the two extra Bestiaries published for this system by Pelgrane Press. Think of these as the Monster Manual v 2...
  4. Libertad

    [Let's Read] Deadlands Back East: the South

    Introduction This is going to be my first non-adventure review for Deadlands. After four of the major Plot Point Campaigns and the stellar Coffin Rock adventure, this is my first location/setting guide for the Weird West proper. Back East is a two-part line covering the Union and Confederacy...
  5. Libertad

    [Let's Read] Deadlands: Coffin Rock

    Let’s wind the clock back to the year 2008. Savage Worlds is still a relatively new system, and Deadlands got upgraded to it under the new Reloaded line in 2006. Although there were one to two page side encounters and free online content bridging the 2 year gap, Deadlands Reloaded was lacking a...
  6. M

    [Let's Read] SJR1 - Lost Ships

    It's been a while since I've done one of these, but I've been wanting to cover another of the favorite D&D books of my teenage years: SJR-1 Lost Ships. This is a 1990 book for the Spelljammer setting by Ed Greenwood. 98 pages, stapled binding B&W inside. It's written by Ed Greenwood, better...
  7. Ian_the_Skinny

    [Let's Read] Spire: The City Must Fall

    I'm going to be running this game for my group, and since I have to learn the rules anyways, why not dig in and analyze it in detail? I also have the audio commentaries from the Kickstarter, and I'll be listening to those as I go for further insights. BACKGROUND Spire is a game by Grant Howitt...
  8. Libertad

    [Let's Read] Deadlands: Stone and a Hard Place (Reckoner Series)

    Introduction Jasper Stone. The one-man TPK Machine. The undead mug plastered on countless Deadlands core books. The prime competitor with Dr. Darius Hellstromme as the biggest Marty Stu of the Weird West. Back in the 90s he was a Lady of Pain-esque figure who was less a complex character and...
  9. V

    [Let's Read] The Ravenloft Gazetteers

    While I have my problems with the Ravenloft setting, I do love the Ravenloft Gazetteers. Coinsidering that WotC has teased the possible existence of Ravenloft still existing as a "world" beyond Barovia in their obligatory 5th edition adaptation of I6, "Curse of Strahd", would anyone be...
  10. F

    [Let's Read] The AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide (1e)

    This is a let’’s read of the first edition DMG. I wanted to look at something old school. I was tempted to do the 1e Monster Manual, which is interesting in some ways such as the fact that Drow are described as possibly mythical, but there’s a ton of other bestiary Let’s Reads out there...
  11. Libertad

    [Let's Read] Deadlands: Good Intentions (Reckoner Series)

    Introduction “Love me some magical steampunk cowboys.” This was a popular copypasta on Amazon reviews for various Deadlands Reloaded books. I could not tell if the person was trolling, for although anonymous he was a Verified Purchaser for many of said books. But strangest of all was the...
  12. Libertad

    [Let's Read] Deadlands: the Last Sons (Reckoner Series)

    Introduction Howdy pardner, and welcome back to the Weird West! Today we’ll be covering the second of the Reckoner Series mega-adventures for Deadlands. I went into more detail in the opening post of the first adventure, the Flood, but in short as part of the system upgrade to Savage Worlds the...
  13. Libertad

    [Let's Read] Deadlands: the Flood (Reckoner Series)

    Introduction Aaaah, good ol’ Deadlands. A Wild Western Horror RPG still going strong 20 years later. Like many games written in the 90s it suffered from a case of metaplot, but it had one of such length and scope that it would make even White Wolf blush. To this day the the writers still have...
  14. B

    [Let's Read] The 4e Monster Manual and Monster Vault

    There are quite a few Let's Read for 3e and earlier monster books going on right now, and they've given me many hours of entertainment. So I thought I'd contribute a little and get in on the action with a Let's Read for a pair of books I don't see on the front page here: the first Monster Manual...
  15. Kiiratam

    [Let's Read] 5E Player's Handbook

    @Silvercat Moonpaw asked after one of these, and I figured, what the heck, I'm running a 5E game while having only read through the book once. I should probably fix that. And I may as well do that in a public venue. So, here's the backstory. I started D&D with Baldur's Gate. As you may know...
  16. Jhary-a-Conel

    [Let's Read] Palladium Fantasy (2nd Edition)

    I've always had a soft spot for Palladium Books. Back in the pre-internet days when Dragon magazine was my main source of gaming information outside my local group I was fascinated just by the (many, many) ads for Palladium product. It all seemed to exciting and so much bigger than D&D or my...
  17. Crimson Carcharodon

    [Let's Read] Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica

    Having picked up Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica on a whim, mostly because Amazon had it on sale for twenty bucks, I realized that a Let's Read threat is probably the only way I'll read it anytime soon, what with already running games in other settings. So, here we are. I know pretty much...
  18. Talisman

    [Let's Read] AC9: Creature Catalogue

    Welcome folks to another Let's Read. This time we are tackling AC9: Creature Catalogue, published in 1986 for the then-current BECMI version of D&D. The Creature Catalogue is a big ol' monster book, with critters from published modules as well as totally new ones. We've got some real-world and...
  19. Atlictoatl

    [Let's Read] Help me read the bESt OSR

    So, here's the thing. The OSR has produced some extraordinarily fine printed material, like Yoon-Suin and The Nightmares Underneath and Veins of the Earth and Deep Carbon Observatory and your favorite stuff by one of those authors that we don't really talk that much about here for good reasons...
  20. Libertad

    [Let's Read] Southlands Campaign Setting

    Hard to believe it’s been half a year since my last Let’s Read, but here I am back in the swing of things! Like my last two projects, I chose a book of which I am passionate about: the Southlands Campaign Setting. The Southlands is a sort of “setting expansion” to Kobold Press’ Midgard: a...
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