Dear patreons, dear readers!
It’s the 5th of the new month and you know what that means – yep, it’s once again the monthly update post!
Oh, and guess what! I checked my review folder – it contains a total of no less than 3298 docs. That’s the total number of reviews, including revised editions I revisited, that I have written to this date. Since this patreon-thing started, I have increased my output tremendously to make sure you all get your money’s worth. Without my generous patreons, we’d be looking at half that number.
Thank you, dear patreons. This huge number is YOUR triumph, the representation of your support – it is your triumph more than it is mine.
Now, as some of you may have noticed, my most generous contributor has left, punching a pretty big hole in my budget. This gentlemen has, from the get-go, made sure that his commitment would be for a limited time only, first decreasing support, then stopping it. I knew about this and we have been in open communication about the process. He also told me that the end of his support was not due to a lapse of quality or output on my part. I salute you, sir, and thank you for the generous help you’ve provided!
Which brings me to a rather uncomfortable position: You see, my output is this constant and detailed because I treat this whole reviewing like a job. I sit down and WORK, day in and day out. At the very least 6 hours a day, including week-ends. Most of the time, it’s actually more time I invest per day. The unfortunate truth is, that with the exit of said generous donor, my patreon has fallen back below the level where the reviewing-part of my life is a zero-sum-game; at this point, I’ll be operating on a net-loss each month, which is frankly not something I can do for long without getting a substitute job, which would cut into the time I have available to write reviews and gaming material…you get the idea.
In short: I need support from you fine ladies and gentlemen. If you consider my service to be valuable to the RPG-communities, please show it by at least contemplating supporting the continuation of my reviewing. If a pdf you purchased was improved due to my feedback, that’s your chance to say thanks. If you found a hidden gem due to my reviews, it’s a way to show your appreciation. If you always thought that I should definitely cover publisher/system XYZ, this is also your chance to vote with your wallet and tell me. I’ll gladly listen to you! Finally, if you know someone who may be interested, consider telling them about me, about what I do.
So please, take a look here at the patreon.
I will never quit reviewing; I derive too much joy from it and I meet too many amazing people while doing it. At the same time, I unfortunately have to…you know, pay for such pesky things like electricity, heating, rent, etc. – and if I can’t, I’ll need to reevaluate how much time I can devote to reviewing, just in order to survive. That’s the sad truth.
On a more upbeat note!
So, this month has been pretty busy for me on a personal level, which meant that some books scheduled for the month had to be moved slightly back – only books on *my* list, none of the prioritized ones, mind you! That is not to say they won’t come, though! I’m currently putting finishing touches on some big files! I still have managed to cover A LOT of files this month, as you can see here:
EN Publishing – Zeitgeist #12: The Grinding Gears of Heaven
EN Publishing – Zeitgeist #13: Avatar of Revolution
Wayward Rogues Publishing – Vivisectionist Hybrid Class
Legendary Games – Legendary Hybrids: Kinetic Shinobi
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeons: The Gallery of Gears
ARMR Studios – Umbra Base Class
Wayward Rogues Publishing – The Ogre’s New Boots
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeons: Pit your Wits
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeons: Stowaway on the Singing Sea
ARMR Studios – Vindicator Base Class
Kort’thalis Publishing – Descent into the Candy Crypts (OSR)
Purple Duck Games – Swashbucklers of Porphyra
Everyman Gaming – Everyman Options: Unchained Fighter
Everyman Gaming – Everyman Unchained: Fighters
Miscellaneous Musings – My Stance on the Depiction of Nazis in Gaming
Wayward Rogues Publishing – Whispers of the Dark Mother Player’s Guide
Raging Swan Press – Village Backdrop: Kingsfell
Raging Swan Press – Village Backdrop: Kingsfell (system neutral)
Raging Swan Press – Village Backdrop: Kingsfell (5e)
Lamentations of the Flame Princess – Weird New World (OSR)
Violent Media – Mutations Mutable (OSR)
Dreamscarred Press – Psionics Augmented: Kineticists
Dreamscarred Press – Monster Classes: Woodlands
Eric Morton Presents – Animal Races: Clan of the Ox
Lagging Dice Games – Gatekeepers RPG pre-release (unique system)
Raging Swan Press – Village Backdrop: Black Wyvern
Raging Swan Press – Village Backdrop: Black Wyvern (5e)
Raging Swan Press – Village Backdrop: Black Wyvern (system neutral)
Purple Duck Games – Bloodragers of Porphyra
Tribality Publishing – Mysteries of the Gods (5e)
Raging Swan Press – Treasures & Trinkets: Gemstones and Art Objects (system neutral)
Raging Swan Press – Treasures & Trinkets: Gemstones and Art Objects (5e)
Purple Duck Games – Caster Prestige Archetypes: Bloodmage
Legendary Games – Mythic Monsters: Slavic
Rusted Iron Games – Race Options: Svirfneblin
Kort’thalis Publishing – Slaves of Tsathoggua (OSR/D6)
Legendary Games – Mythic Monsters: North America
Violent Media – Fetishistic Arcana (OSR)
Purple Duck Games – Caster Prestige Archetypes: Cyphermage
Dreamscarred Press – Psionics Augmented: Psicrystals Expanded
Raging Swan Press – Village Backdrop: Lanthorn
Raging Swan Press – Village Backdrop: Lanthorn (5e)
Raging Swan Press – Village Backdrop: Lanthorn (system neutral)
Eric Morton Presents – Animal Races: Clan of the Goat
Legendary Games – Mythic Magic: Intrigue Spells
Dreamscarred Press – Monster Classes: Sand and Spirit
Wayward Rogues Publishing – The Cult of the Colour from out of Space
Rite Publishing – In the Company of Genies
Fat Goblin Games – Campaign Kits: Maidenhill and her many Secrets
Purple Duck Games – Caster Prestige Archetypes: Darkfire Adept
Fat Goblin Games – Campaign Kits: What Lies in the Shadows Under the Trees
Lamentations of the Flame Princess – Vornheim: The Complete City Kit (OSR/almost system neutral)
Purple Duck Games – Caster Prestige Archetypes: Davirat
Dreamscarred Press – Monster Classes: Harpy, Imp, Medusa
Interjection Games – The Primordial Dancer: Creation’s Muse
Wayward Rogues Publishing – The Guide to the Cult of Shub-Niggurath
Rusted Iron Games – Deadly Gardens: Stiletto Palm
Purple Duck Games – Caster Prestige Archetypes: False Priest
Wayward Rogues Publishing – Honeymoon of Horror
Rusted Iron Games – Deadly Gardens: Razorleaf Swarm
Little Red Goblin Games – Alternate Paths: Ascetic Characters
Interjection Games – Remedial Tinkering: Happier Little Automatons
Neoplastic Press – Teratic Tome (OSR)
Four Dollar Dungeons – World’s End
Dire Rugrat Publishing – Not So Advantageous Abilities (5e)
Rite Publishing – In the Company of Gelatinous Cubes Expanded
Wayward Rogues Publishing – Mysterium Magnus: New Occultist Options
Rusted Iron Games – Deadly Gardens: Grovemaker
Fat Goblin Games/Abandoned Arts – RPCheese (unique system)
Miscellaneous Musing – Music Review: Nociceptor – Penumbra
Raging Swan Press – Gloamhold Campaign Guide (system neutral)
What’s up next? Well, expect to see certain letters fluttering in, a trip to the North and some stormpunk-y goodness as well!
Again, please consider supporting my patreon here.
As always, I remain, humbly and gratefully yours,