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Lots of 4- and 5-STAR Reviews

It was the end of last summer when I did the most recent review roundup. We have much to share since then so let’s jump right to it. Lets start with the 5-STAR review by Rick H. we got last night for our newest adventure Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet.

There are, however, many out-of-the-box problems that need to be carefully considered. I really liked this approach- the information the characters require is readily available, but making sense of it is key. Further, the encounters mix monsters with hazards in interesting environments. There’s a lot of content for the price, and I look forward to using it.

Read the full review at DriveThruRPG

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Skinwalkers (PFRPG)I would also like to give a special shout out to John McCoy (no relation) for his first review ever. It was a 5-STAR review for Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Skinwalkers, and his review is short and sweet.

Love Skinwalkers, and this pdf is a great addition to them.

Thank you, John. We hope you write more reviews in the future!

D66 Compendium 2Let’s skip over to Traveller and take a look at the reviews here. The d66 Compendium and D66 Compendium 2 are two of the most useful books in all of Traveller and people continue to recognize that. One person, James J, left very similar 5-STAR reviews for the both review for both, saying

Solid product. I bundled this and Compendium into a binder to take with me to Traveller sessions as Referee. Great stuff for ideas. This also works as a brainstroming setup for writing.

Another reviewer gave the D66 Compendium 2 a 5-STAR reviews, describing it thus:

Very useful, … I find it useful for both RPGs and Sci-fi wargames.

d66 Compendium (Traveller)The d66 Compendium received another new 5-STAR review as well, saying:

It too is filled with lots of great d66 charts. But to be honest it also is a gold mine of great ideas. Just looking over some of the lists causes ideas to spring up in my mind. Not just a great place to randomly select a name, but to look at a name and begin to build out who or what it is. I have had fun just reading various entries and charts. I strongly encourage any GM to pick both this compendium and the 2nd one as well. They are both great additions to my collection and will be very helpful resources in my creative efforts.

The very same James J. gave Scenes of Space Hex Battle Maps a 5-STAR review, saying

I liked this a lot. I used the asteroid map in a recent Traveler Session. nice big hexes on four sheets. I like that there are different sizes. No problems printing and cutting these pieces to fit together with some tape. … I would buy more if there were more in the series.

Thank you very much, good sir.

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (5e)Switching over to Fifth Edition, we are rather proud of Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods getting Ismael A’s rating of “5 out of 5 stars, and my royal seal.” Let me reprint the whole review.

Now, I have to say that I am massively impressed with this product. It is not a bestiary so much as it is an ecology primer on a bunch of new creatures that are original, inspiring, and effective. Ranging from animal to elemental to monstrocity, there are plenty of interesting and original creatures to use in your campaigns. For each creature or type we are given a wide number of alternative builds, whether they be stronger versions of the base creature, or full distinct variations on a similar theme. For instance, we get young, adult, and elder spider bears, while the druidic guardians are varied by elemental type.

Each cluster of creatures comes with plot hooks, potential treasure (when it makes sense), and pointers for how a creature might behave in battle. This, coupled with the brief but comprehensive descriptions give creatures a depth that is not conveyed in a 1 page stat block. And although the hit point values are a bit low for a given CR, the creatures themselves are excellently represented for 5th edition statistics.

I very much look forward to seeing more books like this, and it has even changed my view on what shorter bestiaties should be. Without the history of older and established monsters, every new beast needs to be as fleshed out as the ones in this book.

Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 (5e)Gaeton V reviewed Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1, giving it 4-stars, describing it thus:

Overall though, I’m impressed. There are lots of “freebie” races out in the wilds of the internet, but very few of them have as much detail as these ones.

Deadly Delves: Along Came A Spider (PFRPG)Martin S give a spoiler heavy 4-Star review of Pathfinder’s Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider so I will only share his conclusions:

I think this is a good module and one that not only reaches its goal, but that offers many possibilities to expand on the material presented here.

That is a total Eight 5-STAR Reviews and only a pair of 4-Star reviews and nothing else in that time frame. Jon Brazer Enterprises has a reputation for exceptionally high quality work that does not disappoint. We do not release very fast because we take the time to do it right. Tell you friends about Jon Brazer Enterprises books for their games today.

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5 By 5-Star Reviews

D66 Compendium 2

We got in a flurry of new 5 STAR reviews lately, and we’d like to share them with you. The first two are for the D66 Compendium 2. We represent them both here in their entirety!

This first one is by Richard N.

I purchased the first compendium some time ago and found it to be an awesome tool for helping with adding flavor to my campaign. I use it at least once or twice every session and when I am preparing. So when I saw that the 2nd was out I snagged it right away and was pleasantly surprised to see that they “kicked it up a notch” this time around. Not only are there pages and pages of names for everything from people to pets to famous space battles to recreational drugs, they have added D66 Event tables for careers to use during character creation! And they are awesome! I would highly recommend this (and the 1st one!) to anyone who has ever had that moment when a player asks “So, what is the name of….” and you drew a blank.

This next one is by Daniel C.

I was looking for some new Events to use. I asked for suggestions and was told this was what I wanted. So I came and bought it. I was not disappointed in any way. Not only did it have an event table for “Life Events” but also had events for each of the core careers in the Traveller core rule set. Some of these are great background ideas. Add to that the book has many more tables that will be quite useful I am sure. Overall this product was well worth the price I paid for it. I would strongly recommend this to any Traveller GM. I am glad I added this to my collection.

Download the 5-STAR rated D66 Compendium 2 today at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.

Next we move onto a pair of Deadly Delve Adventures for Fifth Edition. The first adventure is a 5-STAR review for Rescue from Tyrkaven and is by Ismael A.

Firstly, the background for the adventure is very well written, and seeps out character and flavor. It was plainly well thought out and very developed. It is excellently layered with a hook that does not belie the true nature of the adventure, and a twist that should keep player interest throughout the endeavor. Good setup and thorough execution of initial hook. Also, there is good characterization of various expository NPC’s that promises a memorable session if a GM is willing to act them out.

From the first encounter, it seems like encounter design and balance are well done for the sensibility of 5th edition. The initial combat is meant more as a test of the character’s sensibility than their combat prowess, and could lead to some interesting decisions later. Statistic blocks are handled rather nicely, and are concise and readable. The next few encounters are a bit standard, and probably a sync for a 2nd level party to deal with, but it really builds up the atmosphere, especially with the special glyphs that seem to permeate the enemy lair. Room and encounter design do a nice job of setting the tone of the adventure by slowly introducing a creepy undertone.

There are interesting little details peppered within the room descriptions of the enemy lair, including some interesting moral choices regarding enemies that do not resist or fight.

The inclusion of a new creature (the negative energy elemental) is refreshing, and a bright contrast against the relatively mundane hobgoblin foes, as well as foreshadowing the nature of the lair itself.

The methodology for controlling the number of creatures in a later encounter was interesting as well; depending on player actions, they could fight more enemies at once, or fight a few with more enemies entering per round. This seems to reward players for circumstantial actions rather than punishing them for making an unknowable mistake.

Ultimately, the adventure is very short, and could serve as an excellent set piece to be fit into a larger campaign. There are a lot of loose ends presented within here that could either be tied to your campaign, or simply expand the adventure to interesting directions. This adventure will most likely take your 2nd level group to 3rd level (depending on how many there are in your party), so that makes it ideal for moving your characters into an ideal starting point for a full on campaign (given that the accepted wisdom states that adventurers are more sturdy and defines at level 3).

All in all, this excellent and short adventure is a showcase of an excellent understanding of 5th edition design and low level balance! 5 stars and my royal seal!

Ismael A also wrote a 5-STAR review for Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this product.

Along Came a Spider is an excellent and unorthodoxed adventure. It lets spiders take the center stage as the villains for a low level adventure, rather than as the rabble and fodder that are encountered incidentally on the way to the true threat.

This product is chock full of spiders, of all sorts. You have a young ettercap, swarms of spiders, and even a few new spiders designed just for this book. The adventure starts out pretty straight forward, but begins to take a strange and interesting twist. I won’t say much for fear of spoiling, but I was impressed with the adventure, and I can’t wait to run it.

This adventure is thorough, and has some varied locations. This is definitely an excellent introductory adventure. It is balanced to help survivability, as it is a bit of an issue for 1st level players in 5e. It also has great sensibilities for adventure design, such as appropriate traps and encounters as well as appropriately low ability check and save DCs to ensure you don’t hurt or hinder the players too bad out of the gate.

All in all, this book benefits from the author’s considerable talent and understanding of the system and of adventure design. This is an excellent 5th edtition module, and I look forward to seeing more! 5 out of 5!

That is not the only 5-STAR review we have for Along Came a Spider. This one is short and sweet coming from Howard B.

While not a sandbox adventure, this has interesting twists that will keep your game interesting.

Download these and other Fifth Edition releases today at DriveThruRPG/RPGNowPaizo and the OpenGamingStore.

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Lots of Awesome Reviews at d20PFSRD

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced TengusIts been a while since we have done a review roundup. So here’s a whole bunch of things that people are saying about Jon Brazer Enterprises products. All of these reviews come from d20PFSRD. Download your games from d20PFSRD today from Pathfinder, Traveller, 13th Age and much more. First up, we have an amazing 5-STAR review for Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus.

Pretty slick. I read the Advanced Race Guide but this is even better.

Next up, we have a 4 Star Review for 13th Age version of Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin adventure.

Over all, I found this to be well written and easy to follow, decently illustrated, and nicely mapped. The background is adaptable enough that the adventure could reasonably fit into any swampy area of just about any game world.

I strongly recommend.

I have to mention this 5 STAR Review of Book of Heroic Races: Reapers.

Psychopomps are also just plain awesome. It’s a crime that paizo doesn’t have an official player race for them. Perhaps, they should just adopt this one.

Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes earned a pair of 5 STAR Review.

Lots of great creatures to use for my campaign.

With variety ranging from the grimdark fallen angel to the ludicrous but adorable sabre-toothed gerbilsaurus I have no reservations at all about giving this book 10/10

Be sure to read the reviews for Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options, Book of Magic: Gemhancements, Book of the Faithful: Celtic Subdomains, and many more at d20PFSRD.com. Please leave a review, telling us what you thought of our books.

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Latest Review Roundup

Book of Beasts: War on Yuletide (Pathfinder)
Book of Beasts: War on Yuletide (Pathfinder)
It has been about 3 months since the last time we at JBE shared with you all the exceptional reviews we have been getting, and we have been getting ALOT of them. So let us share a few of them with you.

Book of Beasts: War on Yuletide has been extensively reviewed with exceptional praise, receiving a total of FOUR 5-STAR reviews and two 4-Star reviews. Some of the things people are saying about it are:

“neat little array of funny monsters that not only are amusing to run, but actually come with intriguing signature abilities that make me want to use some of these and even brought me inspiration to develop some adventure-ideas.”
“oddly invokes some nostalgia for classic Doctor Who”
“cool little collection of holiday inspired creatures”
“ready to bring a few smiles to the table”
“solidly designed critters”
“I can’t wait to see the reaction this one brings. Great stuff fully usable and wholeheartedly recommended.”
” Just be sure to expect some eye-rolling from your players once they figure out what they’re fighting next.”

Download these exciting monsters today.

Shadowsfall Legends: The Gem That Caught Fire
Shadowsfall Legends: The Gem That Caught Fire
With a new short story in the Shadowsfall Legends series being released next month, we have a new 5-STAR Review of one of the original tale: Shadowsfall Legends: The Gem that Caught Fire—Kurdag’s Tale. I would just like to share with you the last paragraph of the review.

“I particularly like the imagery I get from the description of the city buildings here; very Tim Burton esque. Shadowsfall is really shaping up to be a nightmare before christmas meets assassin’s creed type flavor; and that’s always the best kind of city to play in. I whole-heartedly approve and I intend to share Shadowsfall with any group I can get my hands on.”

Be sure to download this amazing story today.

Book of Heroic Races: Half-Faerie Dragons (Pathfinder)
Book of Heroic Races: Half-Faerie Dragons (Pathfinder)
We recently started a series of balanced playable races. One of them received a 5-STAR review. Book of Heroic Races: Half-Faerie Dragons The reviewer described the book:

“made out of solid gold”
“Five out of five fluttery butterfly wings.”
“The book opens with roughly a page-and-a-quarter of framing fiction which very clearly encapsulates not only the mania but the magical nature that are archetypal among half-faerie dragons”
“it’s something genuinely new”

Be sure to download this amazing race at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo or at the d20PFSRD eStore.

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Pathfinder: Review Roundup

We’ve received a number of excellent reviews over the past month and we thought we would share a few of them with you. First up is Shadowsfall: Shadow Plane Player’s Companion. This book received TWO 5-STAR reviews. The reviewers heaped considerably praise on this book, say:

“Read on my friends, and I will do my best to cover the pertinent reasons you NEED this book.”
“Shadowsfall setting is about as close as one can get to playing a zombie apocalypse setting without abandoning the fantasy genre.”
“Nothing says don’t mess with me like riding into combat on a dodo.”
“The two new races rock hard, can be considered iconic and balanced and are neat.”
“These vehicles are PLAIN FRICKIN’ AWESOME! Seriously, can you see Pcs escaping through the woods, running from the city’s elite and their walkers, hoping to outrun the arcane warmachines? I can and boy – excellent!”
“This player’s guide is a comprehensive, smart and well-written introduction to the plane of shadows that will whet your taste for the darkness of Shadowsfall.”
“This is not only a great purchase if you’re into the plane of shadows, but e.g. also to scavenge ideas for Carrion Crown APs or any rather dark setting really.”

You can really see how the reviewers ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book. Order it today from JonBrazer.com, from your local game store or from your favorite online gaming website.

Next up we have a single 4-Star review for Book of Friends and Foes: Ratfolk of the Ruins. While not very long, this review provides a great quote:

“The NPCs shown here provide some great characters that can fit into just about any campaign to add that extra touch of flavor that will make that next quest or story arc memorable.”

Download Book of Friends and Foes: Ratfolk of the Ruins at DriveThruRPG, RPGNow.com or Paizo.com

Also within the last month, we received two 4-Star reviews for Shadowsfall: Favored Class Options. Read what the reviewers had to say:

“‘Would I use this in a home game?’. The answer is a resounding yes.”
“It’s worth checking out to give your home game some spice.”
“[These] favored class options provide an interesting mix of possibilities.”

Download Shadowsfall: Favored Class Options at DriveThruRPG, RPGNow.com or Paizo.com

I would like to thank everyone that took the time to review one of our products. We hope that they enhance your world and your game.

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[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.

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Pathfinder: Book of Beasts Receives its Fourth 5-Star Review

Book of Beasts: Monster of the Shadow Plane
Earlier today, the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane picked up its FOURTH 5-STAR review. We figured we’d share a few of the wonderful things being said about the book and the monsters inside with you.

Thilo Graf (aka Endzeitgeist)
“prime example of stellar monster design”
“they feel wholly distinct from any regular creatures of the same CR. Kudos!”
“Grognards … get a nice blast from the past/homage”
“this book … contains a wealth of cool creatures and ideas.”
“I look forward to seeing more supplements for the plane of shadows”
“a final verdict of 5 stars and a definite recommendation for this excellent bestiary.”

Dark Mistress
“vast majority [of the monsters] very good to outstanding”
“I really can’t wait for [the Shadowsfall books].”
“You won’t regret it.”

The Alfred Effect:
“It is this attention to detail that really makes these creatures stand out in my mind and it will help any GM add them to a campaign.”
“Dale and Jon Brazer Enterprises put together an excellent product every time and this is no exception.”
“this is the book for you.”

KTFish7
“a fantastic collection of creatures.”
“raising the stakes for all creatures after it.”
“treasure trove of diabolical deliciousness.”
“solid 5 stars rating, and highly recommending it”

We would like to give an extra big thank you to everyone involved in the creation of this book. All these wonderful things being said about it would not be possible without you.

Pick up the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane today! Order it from your local game store or favorite gaming website or order it from JonBrazer.com

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[Pathfinder and Traveller] Recent Reviews

In the past week, we received two new reviews. First up is the review for our newest release: Shadowsfall Legends: Pawn, Deception, and Sacrifice – Valdia’s Tale. This 4-Star review declares that it “would definitely be enjoyed by any adult who is a fan of dark fiction,” making sure to add that there are “no sparkly vampires here.” We’re really enjoying this story and are glad that others are enjoying it as well. Pick up your copy today at DriveThruFiction, RPGNow, Paizo.com, Amazon Kindle Store, Smashwords and B&N Nook.

Next up, we have and favorite of ours, the D66 Compendium. This book is filled with random lists of names of ships, planets, aliens, robots and more is ideal for a Traveller or any science fiction role playing game. Zachary Houghton commented how, “the [d66] Compendium should be a nice add to your game.” He ended his review by saying “It’s a good buy for Referees needing that little assist or who enjoy random charts geared towards the fun of the Traveller RPG.” Get your copy at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.

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And Now A Word About Words

Not long ago we posted a link to a forum thread where many people said some very nice things about d66 Ship Names 2. It has come to our attention that many other people have been saying good things about the whole d66 line, other individual products and about Jon Brazer Enterprises in general. Here are a few of link to what people are saying:

About the d66 line:
RPG Blog’s Zack’s Dozen (Top 12)

About Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships
Review by Shannon Appelcline on RPG.net

About Book of the Faithful: Power of Prayer
5 Star Review by Featured Reviewer Shane O’Conner

Thank you all. I am speechless at all your kind words.