Dear patreons, dear readers,
this month was crazy busy for me! At the start of the month, I finished the Mini-Dungeons series (this month, you’ll see a rating-less breakdown of the compilation-book!) and after that, I dove straight into a huge amount of really big, work-intense books. Beyond managing to finally conclude my assessment of Spheres of Might, a lot of Kobold Press hardcover reviews were released. I also finally finished the review of the second Wanderlust Seasons-book.
That being said, the month has not gone by sans snags. Springtime has hit Germany without the usual rain, which translates to my allergies acting up, big time. I lost a couple of days this month to crippling migraines, where I barely managed to turn on the PC, post the reviews and crawl back into the solace of darkness as a result.
While I still managed to almost complete my reviews of the Manor magazines, as requested by a patreon at my leisure, I have yet to cover the final two ones. Similarly, the big review of card-based FAITH-rpg was slightly delayed by my health-struggles. Same goes for Ultimate Covenant Magic. Both are coming very soon! The Haunting of Hastur-series is also on my to-do list and pretty high on it!
That being said, I am pretty content with the books I have managed to cover thanks to the support of my patreons! There are a lot of big, books in this month’s list!
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: The Broken River
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: The Broken River (5e)
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: I Am Not Of Your Element
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: I Am Not Of Your Element (5e)
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: The Unwise Young, They Say Do Ne’er Live Long
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: The Unwise Young, They Say Do Ne’er Live Long (5e)
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: The Stuff of Dreams
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: The Stuff of Dreams (5e)
Lamentations of the Flame Princess – The Monolith from Beyond Space and Time (OSR)
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: Temple of the Secret Power
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: Temple of the Secret Power (5e)
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: True Lovers Run Into Strange Capers (5e)
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: The Garden of Death
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: The Garden of Death (5e)
Fat Goblin Games – Shadows over Vathak Enhanced Racial Guide: Hauntlings
Straight Path Games – Straight Classes
GM Games – The Manor #4 (OSR)
Kobold Press – Deep Magic: Dragon Magic (5e)
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: The Great Library
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: The Great Library (5e)
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: Maw of the Dark Tide
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: Maw of the Dark Tide (5e)
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: Maze of the Skullkeeper
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: Maze of the Skullkeeper (5e)
Legendary Games – Asian Bloodlines
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: The King of Infinite Space
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: The King of Infinite Space (5e)
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: Time out of Joint
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: Time out of Joint (5e)
AAW Games – Mini-Dungeon: An Empire Given
AAW Games – 5E Mini-Dungeon: An Empire Given (5e)
GM Games – The Manor #5 (OSR)
Everyman Gaming – Everyman Minis: The Tall One
Everyman Gaming – Everyman Minis: Bountiful Harvest Ritual
Legendary Games – Asian Archetypes: Magical
Kobold Press – Deep Magic: Blood & Doom (5e)
GM Games – The Manor #6 (OSR)
Rite Publishing – 101 Desert Spells
Drop Dead Studios – The Mentalist’s Handbook
Kobold Press – Deep Magic: Elemental Magic (5e)
Dreamscarred Press – April Augmented 2018
Drop Dead Studios – The Vivomancer’s Handbook
Rite Publishing – The Secrets of the BBEG (Big Bad Evil Guy)
Everyman Gaming – Everyman Minis: Cult Classic Options
Purple Duck Games – Shibaten of Porphyra
Everyman Gaming – Star Log.EM: Mystic Theurge (SFRPG)
Raging Swan Press – Places of Power: Soulspur Inn
Raging Swan Press – Places of Power: Soulspur Inn (5e)
Raging Swan Press – Places of Power: Soulspur Inn (system neutral)
Everyman Gaming – Star Log.EM: Mechanic Tricks (SFRPG)
Expeditious Retreat Press – Advanced Adventures: The Curse of the Witch-Head (OSR)
Kobold Press – New Paths Compendium Expanded Edition (Hardcover)
Raging Swan Press – Places of Power: Forgotten Athenaeum
Raging Swan Press – Places of Power: Forgotten Athenaeum (5e)
Raging Swan Press – Places of Power: Forgotten Athenaeum (system neutral)
GM Games – The Manor #7 (OSR)
Casey Brown – Shadows over Riverton II: Against the Slavers
Everyman Gaming – Everyman Minis: Shapeshifter Options
Fat Goblin Games – Close Encounters: Hyperspace Fiends (SFRPG)
GM Games – Where is Margesh Blackblood? (OSR)
First Ones Entertainment – Tyrants of Saggakar: Onero, City of Sins
Jon Brazer Enterprises – Deadly Delves: The Dragon’s Dream
Kobold Press – Demon Cults & Secret Societies
Rite Publishing – In the Company of Fiends
Kobold Press – Demon Cults & Secret Societies (5e)
Drop Dead Studios – Spheres of Might (PFRPG/SFRPG)
David S. McCrae – Wanderlust Seasons II: Autumn of Fates (Novel)
Kobold Press – Midgard Heroes Handbook (5e)
Without my patreons, none of these would be possible.
That being said, it’s also time to talk about something important:
After currency-conversion, patreon’s fee, etc., I am, after a brief stint last month, back to a level where reviewing is pretty much a 0-sum game, and we need to pass that at one point in the future to make this whole enterprise sustainable beyond just being a super time-consuming hobby that pays, barely, if at all, for the resources it consumes in time and electricity, paper, etc..
Without my dayjob and freelancing opportunities, I’d be operating at a loss here, and time/effort-wise, I most assuredly am. Without my passion, the amazing community of patreons and the fact that I’m treating this as a job…well, it wouldn’t exist…
I am currently in the process of assessing where I’d like to go from here, whether endzeitgeist.com can continue like this, or whether I need to look into other venues, cut down on reviewing altogether or focus on, for example, only reviews that patreons want to see. This would, however, mean a significant loss in diversity, and less “surprise”-books. These are long-term ideas I’m currently juggling, but I feel it’s necessary to be open about my situation. I’m not getting any younger, and I’ve been hard at work at this gig for a long while – so yeah, it’s not necessarily pleasant, but long-term evaluations like this are necessary.
That being said, I am also hopeful that all will improve, that the community will come together, and that I’ll be able to provide my service for years to come!
Right now, I’m waiting for the PF 2.0 Playtest. I will write the analysis of the system as promised, and after that, assess how much reviews I’ll be able to write in the future, perhaps for which systems, etc. If I should be forced to cut down on reviewing, I’ll definitely put that to the vote among my patreons, determining systems, books, etc.. It’s all in the future right now. We’ll see.
Anyways, to cut a long ramble short:
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