Jul 032015
 

Purple Duck Storeroom: Spell Components (Core)

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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.

 

Conclusion:

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.

 

You can get this very useful, cool pdf here on OBS and here on d20pfsrd.com’s shop!
Endzeitgeist out.

Comments

  2 Responses to “Purple Duck Storeroom: Spell Components (Core)”

  1. Hi Thilo / EZG

    Thanks a lot for mentioning this little gem! I just got it now, because of your review 🙂
    And in general thank you a lot for your many very good, well written and very insightful reviews! When I check something out (most often at DriveThruRPG) i often check first to see if you have reviewed, and what your thoughts were.
    The best part of coming here to your site and reading your reviews, though, is that it really introduces me to a lot of different 3pp material and adventures, that I would not have otherwise looked into.
    For example I only found The Tarnished Faces of Souk (and the Colliseum Morpheuon) through you! And the same holds true for Monsters of Porphyra, Legendary Foes and Oathbound Bestiary, excellent stuff, and wouldn’t want to game without now! Especially as our 3 years running PF sandboxy campaign is now, after 67 sessions, in the level 16-17 range, so we need some quiet challenging stuff! 😀
    The next campaign i will run afterwards will be a giant Lost Lands sandbox (Barakus, Rappan Athuk and Slumbering Tsar). LOVE your reviews of the last two, read them many times 🙂

    • Hej Anders!

      First of all: Thank you for your post! It is EXTREMELY gratifying to read posts like yours and ultimately is the fuel that keeps me going – so THANK YOU so much for making my day with your kind post! I’m always happy when I can help and point out those little, hidden gems! IF you require any assistance in the future, feel free to contact me and I’ll try to help!

      Thank you and good gaming to you and yours!!!

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