DriveThruRPG reviews for August-September 2013

What with the start of school and all, August and September were pretty slow months for me as far as DriveThruRPG reviews went. Still, I managed to post a few short reviews. Most of these were for music or sound effects, including my first reviews of two artists I didn’t know about before: Gil Luna and Wes Otis. Gil’s music for Ambient Environments leans more toward the musical soundscape variety, while Wes’s for Plate Mail Games are chiefly sound effects with little if any music. They both have some really evocative tracks available. So far I have found all of Gil’s and Wes’s tracks to be worthy of ★★★★ or ★★★★★. I also have some more of Gil’s soundscapes in the queue for the next round of reviews.

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Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 182: Cold Air, Part 4

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20The last couple of weeks have presented some frustrating challenges for the website and the podcast. I’ll tell you all about those in a separate post, but right now what you really want to know is what happens next to the crew of the Broken Promise down in the antarctic regions of their world! Please listen now to episode 182, “Cold Air, Part 4,” or subscribe via iTunesZune, or plain old RSS!

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Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 180: Cold Air, Part 2

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20Last week turned out to be fairly hectic, adventure fans, causing me to miss a week of publishing Icosahedrophilia. But not to worry, for part 2 of “Cold Air,” our heroes’ initial foray into the arctic (yes, I said “initial”), is here! In our previous episode, combat broke out between our heroes and a pack of savage polar gnolls. To find out what happens next, please listen now or subscribe via iTunesZune, or plain old RSS!

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Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 179: Cold Air, Part 1

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20Well, adventure fans, I missed the Wednesday publishing target due to some website misadventures. Somebody out there was pinging episodes 4 and 6 in a way that caused excess server load, so I had to take them down. Sorry, but those two episodes will be gone for a while. I think I’ll try to remix them in the new lower bandwidth format I’ve been using for quite some time now. Nevertheless, at this very moment it’s still Thursday where I live, so I’m only a day behind.

But you didn’t really come here to read about those old adventures. You came for the new hotness, which is our next adventure arc, entitled “Cold Air”! (Get it? “Cold Air” is the new “hotness”? See what I did there?) Ras Gan is dead, and the other PCs have to deal with his loss while still advancing their quest … to the very bottom of the world! To find out what happens in episode 179, please listen now or subscribe via iTunesZune, or plain old RSS!

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Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 178: The Horror from the Hills, Part 7

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20Adventure fans, we’ve reached the final episode of “The Horror from the Hills!” In our last episode, our heroes escorted some rescued villagers back to town, but the local raja was revealed to be a treacherous rakshasa who tried to renege on his deal with the PCs! The adventurers were therefore reduced to fighting to obtain a sliver of the godslayer shard. The battle to obtain the sliver concludes in this episode—but not all of the PCs will make it out alive! Please listen now or subscribe via iTunesZune, or plain old RSS!

By the way, I’m sorry that I failed to publish this episode last Wednesday, as scheduled. The main distraction was setting up a new independent game company. Learn all about it on the Novetus Games website!

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DriveThruRPG reviews for July 2013

Cover of Against the Darkness, showing two action-hero priests illuminated by a stained-glass window During July 2013—the month I turned 46 years old—I reviewed three products for DriveThruRPG. Among those was Against the Darkness (published in 2006), a rules-light game in the “investigative horror” genre, with a twist: the investigators, called Justiciars, work for or with a secretive order within the Roman Catholic Church. As I put it in my review, try to picture Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as Catholic priests instead of FBI agents, or Buffy Summers and her friends as seminary students instead of high school students. Against the Darkness earned ★★★★ from me, but the “introductory” adventure (published in 2012), Into the Fire, only rated ★★★ for various reasons. You can find out more by reading on here, and then jumping over to DriveThruRPG for the full reviews.

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Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 177: The Horror from the Hills, Part 6

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20In part 5 of “The Horror from the Hills,” four members of the Broken Promise crew rescued some villagers from a creepy elephant-like Old One called Chaugnar Faugn. In this episode, Ras Gan, Lithian, Tailer, and Alanso move our summer 2013 marathon one more step toward its conclusion as they guide the rescued villagers home and return to the raja for their payment. Please listen now or subscribe via iTunesZune, or plain old RSS!

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Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 176: The Horror from the Hills, Part 5

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20Wednesday is new comic book day, so it might as well be new Icosahedrophilia episode day, too! We’re on the downhill slope of “The Horror from the Hills,” adventure fans! A battle erupted in our previous episode, and it continues throughout this one! This extra-long episode takes you all the way through the end of our heroes’ battle against Chaugnar Faugn and his minions. Please listen now or subscribe via iTunesZune, or plain old RSS!

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Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 175: The Horror from the Hills, Part 4

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20This is the “hump episode”—halfway through—for “The Horror from the Hills,” adventure fans! In this episode, four of our adventurers (Alanso, Tailer, Lithian, and Ras Gan) uncover the secret forces behind the disappearance of some local villagers, and they take arms against a sea of troubles! Please listen now or subscribe via iTunesZune, or plain old RSS!

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