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Infinity: Adversary Card Deck
by Ben S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/09/2020 06:35:45

Another high quality product from Modiphius, this deck of 54 NPCs to meet as friend, foe or something in between gives a full color image as well as all relevant stats, description and plot hooks. This is a great tool when you need a random NPC to toss into the mix and they're detailed enough that they could grow to be a major NPC for use again and again. I only have two minor complaints about the product. The first is that a lot of the NPCs seem geared towards combat. If you run a high combat game, this is actually a bonus for you, but my players tend to prefer social RP rather than combat RP. The second issue is that I wished the character image didn't have the NPCs' name, personality and brief history on it. I'd want to show the image when I introduced the character but wouldn't be able to because of all the personal details about them that doing so would give away.



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Infinity: GM Plot Deck
by Ben S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/08/2020 07:02:32

This is a deck of over 50 plots to run in the world of Infinity (or a game of your choosing with a little creativity). Each location has a full color image as well as a short description of the adventure, location, plot twists, obstacles, adversaries as well as a main and secondary objective. No stats are included of course, but for a GM who is looking for ideas to run with, this is a great source of adventures that can keep players engaged for an entire year of weekend gaming.



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Star Trek Adventures: Delta Quadrant Sourcebook
by Alan P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/06/2020 12:33:00

As always, the quality of this product is extremely high - it's something that I've come to expect from the Star Trek Adventures team. There's a wealth of information here, and is an exceptional purchase for the price!



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Conan The Exiles Sourcebook
by kristine y. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/01/2020 09:35:31

This book expands on possible pc creation covering playing a person cast out by your civilization. Included are weapon and equipment charts to help flesh out your hero. The book also contains information on different geographical parts of the world and how they would effect your charcter. The magic section includes avatars from different gods and how to use them. The book also includes a section on settlements, how to build and expand them. The book also has a section on waging war and has tips and rules on how to play out a battle. A small section on new beasts is also included.

I liked the book for several reasons. First the concept of being exiled from your homeland is a concept on developed much in other systems so its nice to see. Second, the informastion on the different lands and how the enviorment plays a role adds some ideas players and gms might not think to consider. Third, the settelemnt section is great for ideas and rules on how to create and upgrade a location in a thoughtout way. Finally the section on waging a war gives some good tips and rules for including a battle in your game.



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Conan The Exiles Sourcebook
by Ben S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/30/2020 06:42:48

Although I've never played the Conan the Exiles videogame, this sourcebook definitely makes me want to. It contains rules for starting your character cast out from civilization, left to wander the Exiled Lands to seek both shelter and glory. There are numerous character options as well as dozens of exciting locales to adventure in. There are also rules for creating and maintaining a settlement as well as rules for war on a large scale that are among the least cumbersome I've seen, making for simple but exciting resolution. I found the sections on Gods and summoning Avatars to be especially interesting and they provide rules for devastating powers that I can't wait to incorporate into my ongoing game. This book certainly follows the high standards of the prior Conan sourcbooks having both rules and ideas to fuel many enjoyable campaigns.



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Liminal: Repairer of Reputations
by Björn L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/30/2020 01:41:05

In the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - a Mephisto review

Repairer of Reputations

It begins with the suspicious death of a bookseller. After a few mysterious break-ins, it quickly becomes apparent that there must be more to the case. Of course, it's up to the crew of the players to solve the case - and to prevent worse.

Repairer of Reputations is another short adventure for Liminal, which only needs just 11 pages for its story. The interesting point of this adventure is the way the story is linked to the historical figure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and events in his history. On the other hand, the options of the players in this story seem a bit limited, because they can only explore a handful of locations before the finale, which can be very flexible.

Repairer of Reputations is a short adventure with an exciting storyline and interesting details, but playing this story will probably require some additional input from the game master.

(Björn Lippold)



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Black Void: Dark dealings in the Shaded Souq
by Ben S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/29/2020 06:08:38

This is a well written adventure initiating PC involvement right away with a case of mistaken identities leading to the uncovering of illicit animal trade and more. The Black Void setting combines Arabian influences with fantastic creatures and dark overtones to create a compelling story to engage your players. I really appreciated that the beginning of the book detailed a brief description of the adventure as well as the people, places and factions that the PCs might encounter. It made understanding the adventure that followed easy for me as a DM, something that many written adventures lack. The artwork was also fantastic and added to dark mysterious ambience of the setting. In addition, there were suggestions throughout the book on both encouraging player involvement as well as suggestions to include PCs who don't exactly fit the mold of the adventure, a bonus for any struggling DM. This is a great product and I look forwards to future adventures and suppliments for Black Void.



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Odyssey of the Dragonlords Adventure Book
by Jan D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/28/2020 03:29:15

This campaign book has re-set the bar in terms of accessibility, readability and presentation. Super nice artwork, super cool locations, NPCs, story and quests. The definitive classical-mythological campaign setting, I really love it.



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Black Void: Dark dealings in the Shaded Souq
by larry h. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/25/2020 10:23:33

IfIf you're familiar with the Black Void core book this adventure expands on the Khameeliya district and offers a nice district map and several encounter maps as well. The entire adventure takes place entirely in the district beginning with the slaughter of some rare animals. The PC's are implicated in the crime and have to dodge local law while trying to contact their mysterious patron and seek information at the same time. Rich characters and locations are detailed in the adventure with 3 new beasts and stats for Jinissar guard, Ghurayb guards, and civic patrols- mentioned but not statted out in the core book. Playable on its own, it has an arc that ties into the previously released Those Who Would Be Gods campaign and is intended for 4 to 6 characters of 65-75 point range. https://www.duelingogres.com/dark-dealings-in-the-shaded-souq/amp/?__twitter_impression=true



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Liminal: Repairer of Reputations
by kristine y. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/24/2020 09:24:57

This is a handy short adventure to have if you lack prep time. You could easily do this adventure in a single game session. This adventure can easily be played with one or two pcs or a larger group. If you are a fan of sir arthur conan doyles works or like the hounds of the baskervilles then you will like the tie ins this adventure has. A good short adventure or even a side trek with a little work.



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Liminal: Prodigal Son
by Björn L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/24/2020 07:35:44

Vampire and werewolves of Yorkshire - a Mephisto review

Prodigal Son

The search for a ‘lost son’ and some missing books for senior Council of Merlin magician throws the crew into the world of werewolves, vampires, mages and ghosts in rural Yorkshire.

As with the other case files for Liminal, Prodigal Son present a story about supernatural creatures in the UK in a few scenes featuring various elements of the game. Personally, I like the approach of these straightforward case files presented on a few pages. While the game master probably has to improvise and extend the background, it is a perfect start for an easy-to-play scenario.

(Björn Lippold)



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Liminal: Haunting House
by Björn L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/24/2020 07:35:42

A haunting case - a Mephisto review

Haunting House

Haunting House can be used a sequel to Prodigal Son as the crew is again hired by a senior Council of Merlin magician – this time to guard a book against the Council of Merlin and to investigate a haunting.

As with the other case files for Liminal, Haunting House present a story about supernatural creatures in the UK in a few scenes featuring various elements of the game. Personally, I like the approach of these straightforward case files presented on a few pages. While the game master probably has to improvise and extend the background, it is a perfect start for an easy-to-play scenario.

(Björn Lippold)



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Liminal: Ghosts of Glencoe
by Björn L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/24/2020 07:35:39

Ghost-story with a scenery - a Mephisto review

Ghosts of Glencoe

In this Liminal case file, the crew of the players is on the search for a missing hiker in Scotland and confronted with ghosts and werewolves.

As with the other case files for Liminal, Ghosts of Glencoe present a story about supernatural creatures in the UK in a few scenes featuring various elements of the game. Personally, I like the approach of these straightforward case files presented on a few pages. While the game master probably has to improvise and extend the background, it is a perfect start for an easy-to-play scenario. Plus, the Glencoe form a really nice background to the story.

(Björn Lippold)



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Kult: Divinity Lost - 4th Edition of Kult, Core Rules
by Björn L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/24/2020 07:11:27

Abandon hope all ye who enter here - a Mephisto review

(Warning: Kult present are very dark world with religious aspects in an extremely explicit way - people offended by the themes should avoid this game despite this five stars review)

Kult - Divinity Lost

When Kult appeared in the 90s, it was a roleplaying game that attracted a lot of attention. At a time when roleplaying games were in the process of expanding strongly from the classic fantasy background with its radiant heroes to different, even darker game worlds with rather ambivalent characters, the aim of Kult seemed to be to shock and polarize with its background and especially with its presentation. After 30 years of showing in many fictional worlds what readers, players and viewers can be confronted with nowadays, Kult is now back in a fourth edition. And one thing should be said right at the beginning: This edition of roleplaying can also polarize. With its occult and gnostic background, explicit themes, an explicit writing style and also the matching illustrations, the game will definitely not become everybody's cup of tea: A game that so openly deals with occultism, religion, sex and violence still challenges those who like to criticize roleplaying games...

The whole world is an illusion

The basic idea of cult uses some mystical, occult and gnostic concepts. The terrible truth, which is recognized by very few inhabitants of the game world, is that the world as we see it is only an illusion. At first glance, the world looks like ours, but at its core, it is nothing more than a prison designed to keep humanity weak and rob it of its special powers. Behind this is the fact that humankind itself originally consisted of almost god-like beings, until the so-called Demiurge locked it into the illusion and robbed it of its powers. The ten archons of the Demiurge created the principles that were to keep humanity bound: Principles such as honor, hierarchy, community or law were used to rob humankind of its freedom and power. But whoever the Demiurge was, with his disappearance this eternal order began to collapse. The Archons confront each other, and the illusion that holds humanity captive is starting to crack. Even the Demiurge's dark shadow, Astaroth, and his ten Angels of Death are gaining influence and have their own goals.

In this dark world, the player characters have the misfortune to take a first look behind the illusion and to be confronted with the horrors that lie behind it...

Everything one size smaller

While the basic background puts the entire existence of the universe and humanity in a different light, the player characters are only gradually confronted with the truth. They can experience monsters walking among humans and hunting them down. Perhaps they realize that dark types of magic are real, or they stumble into one of the places that lead from illusion to other, terrifying areas of reality. The personal horror that Kult has to offer is thus extremely diverse: monsters, brutal cults, senseless crimes, and even cosmological powers that not only want to enslave humanity but have done so for ages, are part of the arsenal that Kult unleashes on player characters. And it's absolutely clear that much of what lurks behind the illusion is more than a few numbers too big for player characters.

Also, the player characters are not designed as radiant heroes in the roleplaying game. Instead, in many ways, they are pragmatists at best, but more likely opportunists or anti-heroes who are tainted with dark secrets and terrible flaws. How they deal with the confrontation with the truth will depend on the players, but even in the long run, there is no happy ending to be expected in the world of Kult - and maybe it would be easier if the player characters didn't even suspect what their world is really like...

Rules and systems

While Kult used its own rules system in the earlier editions, Kult - Divinity Lost uses the Apocalypse World system at its core - but with some adjustments. The classic two six-sided dice are replaced by two ten-sided dice, thus adjusting the value range. Nevertheless, the basic principle still applies that the two dice are added together and modified by a statistic of the character. The result indicates whether the player character has a full success, partial success or no success at all. As usual for Apocalypse World, the possible actions of the characters are summarized in so-called Moves, which cover basic actions and tests. Again, the game master never rolls dice and his characters, therefore, have different game values. The game master's moves consist less of concrete actions and more of narrative techniques to challenge the players. With a total of ten game statistics, Kult already offers a relatively high number of statistics, but this is small compared to the many dark secrets as well as advantages and disadvantages that more strongly characterize a character. While the dark secrets give the character more background and thus determine his motivations, the advantages and disadvantages offer rule aspects. The disadvantages often revolve around the fact that under certain conditions, dark sides of the character appear if the character does not keep under control. Advantages, on the other hand, allow additional moves or modify existing ones. Also relevant for the player characters are the so-called relations, which determine the relationships between the characters and also to non-player characters and can also influence dice rolls. Besides the rules of how physical injuries affect the player characters, there are also rules for stability, which defines the mental capacity of a character. As usual for Apocalypse World systems, character creation is basically very simple, as the player chooses one of 20 archetypes and makes a few decisions for elaboration. In total there are 25 archetypes, but five archetypes have reached the state of not only having a first glimpse behind the illusion but already reached a certain level of enlightenment, while one archetype is still entirely in the dark and therefore more challenging to play. Each archetype brings with it a few choices, especially in the dark secrets, as well as advantages and disadvantages, and has some descriptive elements.

On the other side

The rules relevant to the players make up about one-third of the book, while the second part is aimed at the game master. Here the traits of the game master are explained, but above all, the general atmosphere of Kult is introduced. Besides the question of how to deal with the sensitive and sometimes difficult topics of Kult in a gaming group, very practical tools like the intrigue map for planning adventures are also presented. Especially for the first game round, there are additional tips. Also, the handling of non-player characters, which function differently than player characters, is described accordingly.

Horror behind the illusion

The third part of the book is the truth of the world of Kult. Here the complex background with the Demiurge, the Archons and the different worlds is described in detail. However, here too, Kult is deliberately vague in many aspects, although much is explicitly addressed. Much is hinted at, but an unambiguous, clear picture is usefully left out. Thus the ten Archons appear rather abstract, which however corresponds exactly to their nature since they are to be understood more as concepts than as physical beings.

The chapter offers a detailed tour through the world of Kult and begins first in the illusion that corresponds to the world as we know it - with some darker aspects that are fortunately missing in our reality. Thus, the illusion contains stranded gods, lictors, fallen angels and other horrors whose encounter can be fatal for an average person.

Furthermore, madness, but also passions and dreams, can open the way to other worlds. These worlds include the Underworld, Metropolis, the Inferno or even Limbo. A central role is played by the endless city of Metropolis, as this seems to be the original home of humankind. However, with the imprisonment of humanity, Metropolis stands empty and is only roamed by a few dangerous creatures. Nevertheless, there are places that can lead to Metropolis to confront players with the terrible truth. On the other hand, Limbo is the world of dreams, where some extraordinary people have created their own dream realms - which are often just as terrible and dangerous. That the Inferno, the origin of the DeathAngels, is not a pleasant place to be, is needless to say...

Kult not only has a very unusual background but also tries to convey its drastic world in a correspondingly vivid way. This happens on the one hand in many sample texts, which sometimes work with hints and sometimes with very explicit descriptions. On the other hand, the illustrations in the rulebook are drastic and like to combine nudity with wounds and monstrosities, while the surroundings often combine cyclopean buildings and other fantastic sights.

No game for everyone

With a background in which, similar to the gnostic conception, the seemingly divine Demiurge appears rather as an enemy of humanity and in which basically all structures based on order, laws and hierarchies - be it churches or states - are only part of an illusion that is supposed to keep humankind small and in chains, K**ult can certainly cause offence already from the basic concept. Combined with the fact that the game does not only address sensitive topics such as insanity, rape, mutilation, abuse, senseless violence and other horrors in texts but also depicts them figuratively, Kult is not only a roleplaying game for adults but only for adults who are willing to get involved with these topics. From my point of view, it is easy to understand when someone, just by leafing through it, quickly makes the decision that Kult** is definitely not the roleplaying game for him.

On the other hand, the ideas of the roleplaying game are well and consistently thought out, and the textual and graphical implementation is also quite impressive. Already in the first edition, Kult was a roleplaying game that wanted to polarize, and he certainly succeeds in doing so in the new version.

Here it is probably worth remembering that Kult is nothing more than a game that challenges you to test your limits - and explicitly demands that you recognize these limits within the gaming group and not simply cross them. As usual in the horror genre, Kult deliberately presents things that are meant to scare players - and as long as this ultimately serves the fun of the game, that's fine.

In my opinion, Kult - Divinity Lost offers a very exciting background. Many of the themes and ideas are cleverly linked to urban myths, but also religious mythologies and offer a very wide range of themes that can become part of the game. The fact that much of the background is diffuse is essential, in my opinion. Too much concrete information would certainly have destroyed the atmosphere. Also, the fact that the player characters are not heroes but characters with distinct dark sides fits the genre. The choice of the Apocalypse World system for this setting is a good approach, as the focus is on storytelling and fewer rule mechanics. It also fits that many of the creatures and creatures presented have no game statistics at all since it often makes little sense anyway that the player characters compete with them in battle (And Kult is not a scenario that players can "win" by defeating the horrors in battle).

Even though Kult is already testing limits in some places, I find the new edition of the roleplaying game quite impressive. With the memory, how the edition of the 90s already polarized the players, I used it again for comparison: Here, too, you can see very clearly how much time has passed, because the rule book of the first edition is quite tame against the new edition. Apparently, tolerance thresholds are much higher nowadays...

Kult - Divinity Lost is a roleplaying game that covers topics that might bother players. If you are not deterred by this, you will get a horror roleplaying game, which is impressively implemented in terms of text, rules and graphics and offers a wide range of exciting stories with its background.

(Björn Lippold)



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Liminal: Repairer of Reputations
by Ben S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/23/2020 05:58:26

This is an interesting short adventure that could easily be played in a single session. I enjoyed the connections to real world events such as the tale of the Cottingley Fairies and the Hound of the Baskervilles. It's mostly a character driven adventure so if you're looking for big fight scenes, this wouldn't really be the adventure to get. On the other hand if you're like me and prefer to give players a mystery to solve that doesn't just involving punching everyone in sight, this is certainly worth your while. The end of the story also details a good number of plots hooks for continuing the adventure beyond the scope of its 11 pages for GMs looking for further inspiration. My one critique of this product is that the artwork didn't seem to be related to the actual adventure. I gave this product five stars because given the low price, it definitely provides a good story as well as a lot of story seeds for later adventures.



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