Purple Duck Storeroom: Spell Components (Core)
This installment of Purple Duck Games’ inexpensive Storeroom-series clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD, providing 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
Every roleplaying game, ultimately, is a game of abstractions, of rules and individual interpretation – that’s why no movie will ever amount to the awesomeness of the one stunt that character pulled off…and why discrepancies between a GM’s description and a player’s perception thereof prove to be such a source of frustration when they happen.
If your game is like mine, there is a certain level of simulation – and I believe that spellcasting would be considered much more balanced, if one tracked how much uses of this bat guano stuff the wizard has. The one issue here would be that, ultimately, there is the component pouch – and we have no idea what’s inside. While this abstraction helps render the game more fluid, it does prove to be a problem once you start asking whether obscure component for ritual xyz is part of one’s pouch, a problem, which to a similar extent can be applied to kits.
This pdf can be considered the ridiculously inexpensive solution to this issue – in handy tables, all foci and material components of spells from the CORE-book are tracked in easily navigated tables. Better yet, the pdf provides a sensible suggestion of how much such a pouch can hold and what (probably) is contained in such a pouch – and yes, the contents come with a nice 1-page full-color rendition by Rick Hershey.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no issues. Layout adheres to a 1-column printer-friendly standard and the pdf comes with full nested bookmarks for easy navigation. This can be easily printed out in digest-format, btw., making it a nice booklet to carry along.
This pdf, compiled and presented by Mark Gedak, essentially can be considered a godsend in my book. This is a humble, utterly awesome little pdf that may not be crucial for any group, but it adds a sense of realism to the game I adore. It takes a wibbly-wobbly, ill-defined, esoteric component of the rules and provides one-glance-done coverage. I love this pdf. For the low price, this is just awesome and I hope to see all other big books covered as well – this is extremely useful and well worth 5 stars + seal of approval.