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Red Thorn Dedicants
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/10/2019 01:07:29
Red Thorn Dedicants Typos plague this book, with both capitalization errors ("christian" right at the beginning) and spelling errors (or perhaps it's word choice, when "went" becomes "vent" on page 5) and a bare-bones layout of black text on white, the only color in the book is on the cover. The group as depicted is a bizarre collection of contradictions: they claim to be beyond good and evil, but yet still oppose the Nephandi as "minions of the devil," for example. Somehow they are both Lillithian and Christian, and their philosophy is...not the most coherent. Those who are not "saved" are bound to the laws of the bible (how does this help?) whereas those who are saved are not and are saved through reaching a state of lack of knowledge of good and evil, as before the Fall. There are some interesting ideas in here, but they're presented with many contradictions and in a confusing way. Given that one of the only things we know about them from M20 is that the Red Thorn Dedicants are Lillithian mages whose p...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Fairy Godmothers
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/10/2019 00:54:44
Fairy Godmothers This odd craftbook really feels like it should be a kith of Changelings rather than a craft of Mages. Their focus is on using the whimsy and wonder of children to power their magick...which doesn't really fit into any version of the **Mage** metaphysics that I've seen, but fits perfectly into **Changeling: the Dreaming**. In fact, the origin story for the craft even involves a **Changeling** story, though one that feels halfway between **Dreaming** and **Lost**. However, there is then talk of enslaved changelings, which seems like it would destroy them through banality extremely quickly. Typos abound ("price" instead of "prize" for example on page 4) and there is no significant formatting. Overall, this craft makes little sense in the context of **Mage** and could fit better as perhaps a kith in **Changeling** but very much feels shoehorned into **Mage**....

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Believe in Magick!
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/10/2019 00:48:37
Believe in Magick! Though the formatting is inconsistent and could use a new layout pass to clean a few things up, but otherwise a well put together introduction to **Mage**, and I hope that it leads to others doing the same from other perspectives, so that we will have options for different player and game types. It works particularly well as a companion to the quickstart to give a bit of extra information without replacing the M20 core book.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Degentrification
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/10/2019 00:45:36
Degentrification The first thing the reader notices is that the formatting is absolutely bare bones: black text on white, with no border or art. It could use copyediting (things such as "united states" and "hermetics" without capitalization occur, for example, but even then also "Verbena" so it is inconsistent) and if you aren't into books that revel in being gross for the sake of grossness, this is absolutely not a supplement for you. Characters in this scenario flout the various rules of secrecy that make the World of Darkness function, and it plays in stereotypes. It's only the loosest framework for a story, and ends very abruptly as well....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
A Breakdown of Order: The Alchemist’s Schism One Page Jumpstart
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/10/2019 00:32:24
A Breakdown of Order: The Alchemist’s Schism One Page Jumpstart This is a very good jumpstart, with lots of good ideas. However, there are five pages of content (1 steup, 1 plot hooks, 3 for characters). It covers the brief period where the Solificati are part of the Order of Reason, but looking for a way out. There's a minor formatting issue with the columns on page 5, but this has no impact on the content, which is high quality and covers different factions of mages as well as the other night-folk and how they might interact with this plot, if you happen to be, say, running Werewolf in the late Middle Ages or (very) early Renaissance....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Darker Days Radio Presents [BUNDLE]
by Steffie d. V.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/08/2019 05:16:00
Darker Days Radio Presents [BUNDLE] The three books in this bundle are excellent (you can check them for individual reviews), so not surprisingly this bundle is excellent too. The only snag might be that it covers Changeling the Lost, Geist the Sin Eaters, and the God-Machine Chronicle - which might be a bit all over the place for a GM. You can easily adapt ideas for any campaign though, or use it as city book for Venice (Venice Unmasked) or Paris (Ashes of Memory) with any Chronicles of Darkness line of your choice.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Hunger Within
by Steffie d. V.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/08/2019 05:12:34
The Hunger Within The Hunger Within explores everything that's creepy about rural England. Well, maybe not *everything* - rural England is pretty creepy! - but a LOT of it. The scenario is perfect for starting groups and GMs, while also offering a perfect one-shot for more experienced groups. Well worth the 5 bucks!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Venice Unmasked
by Steffie d. V.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/08/2019 05:09:59
Venice Unmasked I love Changeling the Lost, and this scenario is my favorite of three (all excellent!) books by Darker Days Radio. This book is filled with plot hooks, conspiracies, and ideas that you can use in any Changeling campaign. Even if you prefer other Chronicles of Darkness lines though, Venice Unmasked easily lets you adapt its rendition of Venice for your campaign.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ashes of Memory
by Steffie d. V.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/08/2019 05:06:26
Ashes of Memory A Paris city-book *and* Geist adventure. You can use this book to run a short Geist campaign 'out of the box' (it comes with pregenerated characters!), jumpstart a longer Geist campaign, or use Paris as setting for another Chronicles of Darkness line.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Chronicles of Darkness Condition, Numina, and Dread Power Cards
by A customer
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 09/07/2019 10:28:27
Chronicles of Darkness Condition, Numina, and Dread Power Cards So, I don't have the Chronicle of Darkness book, just the side books like Mage, but figured I wanted the "base cards" for conditions. And I discovered that there is a big inconsitency in the text for Resolution and Beats when it comes to CoD and MtA. In CoD, you gain a beat for resolving a Beat. In MtA, you gain a beat for resolving the condition and for an extra thing, which is when the condition is a hindrance or similar. For example with Blinded in CoD, there is the Resolution: *"Limitation or difficulty that heightens immediate danger."* In MtA, the Resolution: *"Your character regains her sight"*, and a Beat: *"Limitation or difficulty that heightens immediate danger."* So the rules are really a mess, and I can't use these cards since they are "out-dated" compared to the other books. ...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Dark Ages: Mage
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/04/2019 03:06:29
Dark Ages: Mage Dark Ages Mage is the first book in my attempt to review the entire Mage line before the 20th Anniversary Edition comes out. Mostly, it's my way of keeping sane while I wait. This is going to be an interesting one, because I never actually got around to reading Dark Ages ANYTHING before, and I've heard many times that Mage and Fae are both things of beauty. As for why I'm starting here, I'm going in "chronological order" based one when the book is set, with the assumption that the books under Mage: the Ascension were all set in the years they were written. So, Dark Ages first, then Sorcerer's Crusade, and then on to Ascension, with the big restriction that, of course, I don't actually HAVE every book. The book starts out with a nice little piece of fiction involving a treacherous nobleman and how his treachery leads to the formation of a cabal. The fiction is well-written and kept hold of me (something that's often been a problem with my attempts to read the fiction in Mage books be...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Damned and Deceived
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/04/2019 03:05:29
Damned and Deceived There just isn't much content to this book. It was passably written, but as a game supplement, lacking in meat, similar to Saviors and Destroyers. It was several chapters of three ongoing stories (which were largely fine as fiction) followed by some very basic mechanics. A very small fraction was anything other than fiction about specific characters.

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Demon Players Guide
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/04/2019 03:05:10
Demon Players Guide This is far and away the best Demon book I've read so far (and I only have a couple more remaining). It contains lots of information adding depth to the game. From the detailed advice for creating a Demon PC, through detailing the creation of, impact of, use of, and examples of relics. Reading through, I had no serious objections to the content, both flavor and mechanics. It all was well-written and balanced.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Demon Storytellers Companion
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/04/2019 03:04:48
Demon Storytellers Companion More than bad, this book is nearly useless. It is divided into five chapters. The first one "Dark Gods" focuses on the Earthbound and makes the Christian basis of the book all the more painfully evident by first claiming that most ancient religions were engineered by Demons (though it only mentions old world ones, primarily middle eastern and european, in fact), and that Christianity was a "special" religion that was particularly bad for the Earthbound. Chapter 2 was far and away the best chapter, which information about the factions and how to use them in a game, along with some signature characters for each one Chapter 3 was about the bigger demons left behind and how to bring them into the world and what happens then. It was ok, but nothing special. Chapter 4 was about the Underworld (call the Spirit Realm throughout Demon, which makes me wonder to what extent Demons realize that there Middle and High Umbrae even exist) and it introduces a nice source of confusion: a Slayer na...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
City of Angels (Demon)
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/04/2019 03:04:26
City of Angels (Demon) Of the demon books I've read so far, this is far and away the worst. And it doesn't even spend much time on history compared to the others! So far, it's had some really shitty editing (identical sentences appearing in several places, some minor grammatical issues) but, as always with demon, the number on issue is cultural insensitivity. Though in this case, it's not even something related to demons! It's just referring to a group of black people as "blacks" (specifically a "gang of blacks" which is actually SO MUCH WORSE) The rest of the book is mostly just piles of characters and a bit of structure for the local Fallen. There are really only two things of significance in the book: metaplot involving Lucifer (though some of that falls to some of the published fiction) and the structure of the Infernal Court. The latter is the only real saving grace of the book, putting in the political structure that the Fallen would generally fall into in print and in detail. This piece is near ess...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
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