[Pathfinder] Recent Reviews Roundup (5-Star Edition)


We’ve recently got some excellent reviews of some of our books and every last one was a 5-Star review! So I thought I would share excerpts and links to them for you.

First up, we have the book that everyone loves: the Book of the River Nations: Complete Player’s Reference for Kingdom Building. The first review comes from a gentlemen named Gregg Helmberger. Here are some of the highlights from his 5-Star review:
“Therefore, anything that can make your life easier as a GM is something to buy, treasure, and recommend to others.”
“If you plan to feature a lot of mass combat, you NEED this.”
“this is excellent stuff that you will make use of”
“Overall, this is a truly exemplary resource for players and GMs using the Kingdom Building subsystems in their games.”
Thank you Gregg for your kind words. I really appreciate them.

Next up is John Benbo‘s 5-Star review of the same book. His review is much shorter, but is no less filled with love for this book. To show exactly how he felt, he titled the review “Indispensable!” I’m just going to reprint the whole review here:

When I decided to start up my Kingmaker campaign, I knew I had to have this book from the reviews I’ve read and it hasn’t let me down. My group is still slogging away through book 2 but they have already gone through 4 and half years of kingdom builing. The players have enjoyed the extra buildings and, as the GM, I’ve really enjoyed the expanded random encounter section. Additionally, being available in print makes it more convenient to flip through at the table. What also impressed me was the community support of this product by creating an excel spreadsheet that incorporated the extra material in this book. This has made the kingdom building aspect a breeze to keep track of.

The last 5-Star review we’ve received recently is for the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane from “Stark Enterprises VP“. He described this book as:

“this is a spectacular little collection of monsters.”
“There’s not a single beast in this thing that isn’t well-worth your purchase dollars.”
“The flavor text of this thing is pretty awesome too.”
“I can’t wait to see the other books in this line, just on the quality of this stuff.”
“In the final analysis, Jon Brazer’s knocked another one out of the park”

Despite all these wonderful things, its the last line in Stark’s review that really says it all, I think. Despite having received the PDF as a review copy he said, “I’ll be buying this myself when the print/PDF combo goes live … it’s that good!” Thank you. Truly, thank you.

Be sure to pick up your copy of Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane, Book of the River Nations: Complete Player’s Reference for Kingdom Building and others at JonBrazer.com, Your Local Gaming Store or at your favorite gaming website.

4 Comments

  1. I really enjoy this book, but I’d like to modify the rules by converting the BP into an actual gold amount, I noticed that you have it set so that you donate one amount to equal a BP, but if you withdraw you get only half. Would it, in your mind, unbalance the rules to convert the BP into an amount that splits this difference?

  2. Yes and no. BP is not simply gold in simpler numbers. It is manpower, tools, technology, and other things that you can use gold for. By having it one number, there is no reason for the players treat gold additions to the kingdom as a loan. By making it a losing prospect for the players to withdraw, they are less likely to use it for that purpose. However, if you want to use it in that fashion, that is for your group to decide. It all depends on the style of play you want.

  3. I see, thank you for your quick response. I look forward to the ‘GM’s’ guide if you hinted at ever get around to it. 🙂

  4. Paizo is releasing Ultimate Campaign next year which is suppose to have the kingdom building rules within. We currently are waiting to see what they do with that before moving forward with any such projects.

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