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Book Retort of ‘Vampire of the Mists’

This review is of the reviewer’s own copy of the trade paperback printed in 1991 by TSR. Reprints and e-books are available. Are you thinking of running a campaign featuring vampires, but you aren’t sure how to go about it? Maybe you already know that you don’t want to make them too arch like Bela Lugosi, too silly like Leslie …

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The Glorious Handiwork of Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame

In a strange series of coincidences, Middlegame was the third time that something I read in a two week period had the infamous Hand of Glory featured. Hands of Glory are a refreshing mysterious and magical (and morbid, but that’s too many M’s) item to be used, especially in connection with alchemy. The obvious magical item to be used in …

Skorpio by Mike Baron: A Sunstroke of Brilliance

Vaughan Beadles is not the nicest guy in the world. He has a sleazy side to him, he rationalizes things, he’s a bit too comfortable and a bit too sure of his own worth in the scheme of things. Like Indiana Jones, he’s a professor of archaeology. Unlike Jones, he’s likely to put things in his pocket that he isn’t …

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Book Retort of ‘Spine of the Dragon’

Guestwriter: John Enfield This review was made possible by the gift of a review copy, QWERTY and rolling natural 20s. If you like to glean inspiration and ideas for your campaigns from fantasy novels, you’ll be in for a feast when you explore ‘Spine of the Dragon’ by Kevin J. Anderson.  It’s filled with all the trappings of an epic …

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A Look Back At Heavy Metal #288

A Look Back At HEAVY METAL #288 (The “Weird” issue, published in November of 2017.) Reviewed by Ivar J. Randall. [Editor’s Note:  This month of November 2018 marks the 1-year anniversary of HEAVY METAL #288, a magazine issue that rocked the world of graphic literature. Enjoy this retrospective. – TC] HEAVY METAL #288 features contributions from Morrison, Bilal, Corben, Eastman, …

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Book Retort: Merkabah Rider High Planes Drifter

Merkabah Rider: High Planes Drifter Written by: Edward M. Erdelac This review was done using a pdf graciously provided by the author I have always been a fan of the spaghetti western genre of movies. My father got me into watching them as a kid and the experience indelibly left its mark on me. As a young man, I found …