Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: The Manor (Issue 6)

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The Manor is Tim Short's old school RPG zine. Issue 6 features The Brothel of Wargumn by Matt Jackson, The Guard (an NPC class for beefing up those guys who the player characters are always running into), a D20 table for Random Guard Greetings, Getting from Point A to Point B by Ken Harrison, and Witches of the Dark Moon, a low-level one-shot adventure that features a new monstrous spiders, new spells, and a werespider witch who could easily sneak off to become a recurring NPC antagonist for a party of low-level characters. The Dark Moon scenario was inspired by Tim Brannon's incredible RPG-Tome The Witch and Dylan Hartwell's Big Book of Spiders. Both scenarios are excellent and are accompanied by maps by Matt Jackson, with art from Jason Sholtis and Dylan Hartwell. The Brothel scenario by Matt Jackson is one of the most highly entertaining scenarios you're likely to read any time soon--it manages to be both distinctively gritty and memorably oddball in equal measure. All in all this is a great zine that manages to pack quite a punch in only 28 pages. Highly recommended!

PDF version is available at RPGNow or Lulu for $2.50, which is a bargain.
Print version is available from Gothridge Manor Games for $4.00 ($4.50 to Canada, $5.00 to the Rest of the World).

4 comments:

  1. Thanks a ton for the review. Very glad you liked it. Issue #7 is getting very interesting. I just received some interesting art :)

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    1. I really enjoyed issue 6, it reminded me of some of the best stuff that used to be in the old Dungeoneer fanzine that was part of the early days of Judges' Guild. Which is a very good thing, as far as I'm concerned.

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  2. Great review. I only took a glance through my issue this time around as life has been piling up on me this past couple of months. For the time being I am free again and this review has me digging around my desk for this issue.

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    1. Do not drink anything while reading Matt Jackson's scenario. I nearly scalded myself with coffee through the nose.

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