July 2017 Reviews

inkwell and feather pen

In case you missed some of our products the first go around, or you’ve been sitting on the fence about them, we’ll compile the monthly reviews of our products into one blog post each month.

The full reviews can be found with the products (linked to in the product name), and in some cases, on the reviewer’s own blog (linked to the reviewers name).

Tangible Taverns: The Bull & The Bear (5e)

By Endzeitgeist

3.5 Stars

The Bull & The Bear cover“Really nice would be the rather detailed 8 rumors and 8 sample events featured here for the tavern …. The NPCs that make this place come alive feature btw. an elven, peg-legged, but pretty attractive and cool lady/pirate turned bartender – her stats in 5e are lovingly handcrafted and the lady actually is a REALLY fast climber and swimmer…and if she can swing on chandeliers etc., she’ll deliver pain…don’t underestimate this lady!! The pdf also features a fluff-only write-up for the head chef Louisa, the madam, as well as 6 further, nice NPCs.”

“It should be noted that the nice b/w-cartography for the place is player-friendly. Big plus there!”

“Kelly & Ken Pawlik’s Tangible Tavern series has come a long way since its humble inception; comparing this to the more recent additions to its canon does illustrate that fact rather well. “The Bull & The Bear” is not a bad tavern and it can be inserted rather easily into any given city, but at the same time, it is less special, less unique than later offerings.”

Tangible Taverns: The Bull & The Bear (PRFPG)

By Endzeitgeist

3.5 Stars

The Bull & The Bear PFRPG cover“On the crunchier side, we do get statblocks for the kitsune geisha and the ifrit rogue that can be found here…

…and the two guards mentioned before actually not only come with one, but 3 statblocks, with the more advanced ones clocking in at CR 4 and 9, respectively.

It should be noted that the nice b/w-cartography for the place is player-friendly. Big plus there!”

“The dynamics of the NPCs are fun and so is the dressing – but as a whole, the place remained pretty pale to me, never really coming alive to the same extent that the other, mostly absolutely excellent installments in the series did.”


Non-Dire Rugrat Products

Sometimes the authors here at Dire Rugrat Publishing get the opportunity to work on projects for other companies.

We missed the boat last month and didn’t see this review, so we’ll share this month instead!

Letters from the Flaming Crab: Gnomes vs. Gremlins

(FLAMING CRAB GAMES)

BY MIKE WELHAM

5 Stars 

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“The literal centerpiece of the PDF is the malfunction table, which covers 3 pages and has a lot of fun and weird effects. I really like the effect where the device blinks in and out of existence by the malfunctioning object’s activator for the rest of his or her life. Even if you don’t use the races in the book, the malfunction table makes it worthwhile, especially for a GM who wants to introduce wonky side effects for old/broken/misunderstood technology.

Since this is a “vs.” book, I would side with the gnomes in this case. ;)”

 


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