The fine folks at Robot Viking seem to be enjoying The Faerie Ring: Along the Twisting Way Prelude (PFRPG):
The ideas within The Faerie Ring are evocative and interesting…
The execution is just as good, with excellent writing and an obvious passion for the subject matter that can’t help but get you excited about running a fey-based campaign. The full color art is great and would not look out of place in a book by one of the big RPG publishers…
And Dark Mistress reviewed it at EN World and Paizo, giving it 5/5 stars:
It does a very good job in capturing the complex nature of the fey, making them both alluring and scary at the same time. This gives just a taste of the fey leaving you wanting more…
See why the mighty Jeff Grubb says (from the foreword):
The kindly ones are back, and they are far from kindly. The wee folk have returned, and they are not as wee as centuries of propaganda would have you believe. They are as dangerous a group of lords and ladies as you would ever care to encounter, and they control their lands. Woe to any mortal who crosses them without their permission…
You can find the PDF at DriveThruRPG, Indie Press Revolution, Kobold Quarterly, Paizo, and RPGNow.
(Illustration by Julie Dillon)
Happy solstice! May the fey accept your propitiations for the new year.
The Faerie Ring: Along the Twisting Way Prelude (PFRPG) is now availaible! Find it at your favorite online vendor of RPG PDFs.
This is an especially wonderful release for us as it marks our brand new line, The Faerie Ring. Get your introduction with this first release.
The kitsune illustration is one of the lovely pieces within and will be further detailed in an upcoming chapter.
The Faerie Ring: Along the Twisting Way Prelude
Nail down the furniture, and hide the children… the fey are coming!
The Faerie Ring is almost here, but before you meet the fey lords and their servitors within this new series, you need to get up to speed with The Faerie Ring: Along the Twisting Way Prelude. What are the fey? Where do they come from? Why do they torment you so? Find out on 12/21/2010.
Most cultures easily rattle off stories of the fey, portraying them in the most colorful of ways. On the surface, the tales seem little more than entertainment and whimsy, perhaps a moral interjected here and there. More often than not, they are so contradictory or ridiculous as to be easily dismissed. However, if you look long enough, you eventually realize that the fey are simply more diverse and complicated than previously imagined.
The fey aren’t like you and me.
In this book, you’ll find…
- Secrets of the fey laid bare
- Fey origin myths, philosophies, and social habits
- Wonders of the Preternatural Planes
- Glimpses into twisted, fey thought processes
- New subtypes of fey
- Evidence of fey lords, their demesnes, and their servitors
- And more of the craziness that can only come from the fey!
The Faerie Ring brings you the worlds of the fey. From the fey lords to those that serve them. Their lands, their magics, their machinations. Everything a GM needs to bring a fresh dose of fey to a game. And for players, there are playable fey races, feats, incantations, and more. The Faerie Ring: Along the Twisting Way Prelude is merely the beginning of the journey.
The Faerie Ring: Along the Twisting Way Prelude is a high quality, full-color, web-optimized pdf from Zombie Sky Press. It uses the Open Game License and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatibility License. It is compatible with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and standard 3.5E fantasy RPGs.
Megan Robertson of RPG Resource gives a 5/5 star review of Here Be Monsters: Aching for Blood (Mosquitofolk) at DriveThruRPG and Paizo:
This is an excellent example of how to present a new monster – replete with background detail that enables you to embed them into your campaign world, and with a detailed lair designed to accommodate adventure at several levels depending on the strength of the party you have at the time.
The fine folks at Robot Viking seem to be enjoying Here Be Monsters: Aching for Blood (Mosquitofolk):
The concept is brilliant—humanoid mosquitos aren’t just unpleasant in a creepy-crawly way. They’ve got a giant proboscis that will probably kill you outright, and if not, it will suck out all of your blood…
It gets better. These man-sized bugs aren’t just one-dimensional baddies with a mysterious past. They’re essentially an evolutionary dead-end. If a mosquitofolk larva is left on its own, and isn’t eaten by predators, it will die anyway. They can’t make it to adulthood without being transmogrified by a mosquitofolk wound mage, who warps the body into a specific “design” suited for a particular task. I love how weird that is, yet still makes a kind of horrible sense. And I didn’t even mention the undead mosquitofolk yet…
The writing in this book is excellent, with rich descriptions evoking the weirdness and horror of these aberrant bloodsuckers. Monster ecologies are a lot of fun, and this one is high quality. I can’t wait to see the rest of the Here Be Monsters series.
The first review of Here Be Monsters: Aching for Blood (Mosquitofolk) is up at The Vorpal Spork:
Three pages in I was nodding my head and grinning. By the time I reached the end I was scheming about how I could drop my group into this buzzing buzz-saw.
… more than just a monster ecology, it also has some pretty kick-ass encounters and excellent M-folk lair map.
Here Be Monsters: Aching for Blood (Mosquitofolk) is now available from DriveThruRPG, Indie Press Revolution, Kobold Quarterly, Paizo, and RPGNet.
Pick it up today!
Here Be Monsters: Aching for Blood (Mosquitofolk) (PFRPG)
There’s no such thing as too many monsters! Here Be Monsters brings new monsters and everything you need in order to use them right now in your campaign.
In this book, you’ll discover…
- 9 new monsters—different varieties of mosquitofolk and related creatures.
- The complete ecology of the mosquitofolk.
- A mosquitofolk lair with detailed color map.
- 3 different mini-adventures of varying levels.
- And tons of hooks!
The mosquitofolk want nothing more than your blood—all of it. And they’ll stop at nothing to get it. Some of the creepiest monsters ever imagined, they are fully fleshed out and ready to spring on unsuspecting characters everywhere.
Here Be Monsters: Aching for Blood is a perfect monster resource for game masters wanting new monsters for their world or for players wanting to learn about and prepare for the world of their characters. This high quality, web-optimized pdf is compatible with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and contains everything you need to utilize mosquitofolk in your game right now.
Design by Hal Maclean and Scott Gable; Illustration by Ashton Sperry; Cartography by Ted Reed and Liz Courts; Editing by Troy Taylor and Scott Gable.
To be released October 25th.
This past week brought a new release from Zombie Sky Press, Incantations in Theory and Practice. It updates and expands incantations (the alternate magic system from 3.5E) for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. There are new options for players and GMs and 3 new incantations.
The pdf is currently available at Paizo and RPGNow.
Want another opinion? Paizo messageboarder Krome gave a review:
… I love the formatting…
… These rules expand upon the Incantations from 3.5 and really make them available to all classes and all levels. This opens up a HUGE variety of plots, and flavor for GMs and Players alike…
… In fact I DO recommend you buy it!
While Zombie Sky Press keeps busy pushing out the next project, I wanted to point out some recent reviews for Incantations from the Other Side and Rituals from the Other Side.
Lou Agresta’s RPGAgression has posted 5 out of 5 rudii for both titles:
This is great stuff. Meaty and earthy. Coached by the authors to keep the inner workings of the spirit world a mystery, Incantations and Rituals helps GMs make magic scary and awe-inspiring again. Remember those days of wondering just what the heck the magic-user at the table will pull out of the hat? Well, welcome them back, even if you are – especially if you are – the magic-user. Not to mention, I’ve always found there’s nothing quite like a rich connection to a real-world system of magic and its can’t-help-but-be-gripping imagery to bring game magic alive.
And terraleon has posted reviews at EN World, Incantations and Rituals:
Overall, I think this book is a great purchase. It has material that players will be tempted to use (if given access), exotic and unusual magic to spice up settings and stories, and great magic that works great for villains or heroes without some kind of alignment bias. Even better than that, this material is functional in worlds where magic should be nonexistant or very weak– because the characters are never responsible for the effects, all the magical power comes from the summoned spirits. You want to put a little lost magic in a d20 Modern or Future game without unbalancing the world or adding a whole set of mechanics? This book provides a great way to do so and keep your setting in balance.
See for yourself why reviewers are enjoying spirit magic! The PDFs can be purchased at leading online stores that sell RPG PDFs.