Author: Justin Jeffers

  • Tabletop Review: Android: Netrunner (Core Set)

    Android: Netrunner (Core Set) Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games Designers: Richard Garfield and Lukas Litzinger Game Length: 45-90 minutes Number of Players: 2 Price: $25-30 USD Where to get it: Thoughthammer,, CoolStuffInc I remember the mid-1990s fondly, and that may be because I have forgotten a lot of the horrible times of middle school and early…

  • Tabletop Review: Village

    Village Publisher: Tasty Minstrel Games (U.S. publisher) Designers: Inka and Markus Brand Release Date: Late 2011 Game Length: 1.5 to 2 hours Number of Players: 2-4 Price: $30-50 USD Where to get it: Thoughthammer, CoolStuffInc Village is a game that has been a big hit with fans of the “Euro-game”, which generally means games that…

  • Tabletop Review: Advanced Fighting Fantasy Quickstart

    Advanced Fighting Fantasy Quickstart Publisher: Arion Games, Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd. Page Count: 18 Price: Free (PDF) Release Date: 11/16/2012 Where to get it: DriveThruRPG I am a huge fan of the Fighting Fantasy line of game books, even though I have only made it through the first ten and am working on the eleventh.…

  • Tabletop Review: Kuro (Cubicle 7 Entertainment)

    Kuro Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment, Ltd. Page Count: 208 Price: $19.99 (PDF) Release Date: 11/23/2012 Where to get it: DriveThruRPG Kuro is the latest in the line of interesting role-playing games put out by Cubicle 7 Entertainment, one of my favorite game companies. This game’s core thematic ideas have been compared, and rightly so, to…

  • Tabletop Review: Colonial Gothic: Rulebook Second Edition

    Colonial Gothic: Rulebook Second Edition Publisher: Rogue Games Authors: Richard Iorio II, Graeme Davis, James Maliszewski Page count: 284 Price: $9.99 (PDF) Where to get it: DriveThruRPG.com Colonial Gothic: Rulebook Second Edition is part of an ongoing series of reviews for the game Colonial Gothic, which has just received another treatment of its core rules…

  • Tabletop Review: A Treatise On Fantasy Gaming Economics

    A Treatise On Fantasy Gaming Economics Publisher: Joachim Leibhammer Authors: Joachim Leibhammer Page count: 5 Price: $0.50 Where to get it: DriveThruRPG.com I am a bit of an armchair scholar on some topics, and one of those topics happens to be the Middle Ages (which is a vague term for a huuuuge period). I am…

  • Tabletop Review: Colonial Gothic: The Ross-Allen Letters

    Colonial Gothic: The Ross-Allen Letters Publisher: Rogue Games Authors: Jennifer Brozek and Dylan Birtolo Page count: 42 Price: $0.99 (PDF) Where to get it: DriveThruRPG.com The Ross-Allen Letters is part of a continuing series of reviews of supplements for Colonial Gothic by Rogue Games. For earlier reviews in this series check out Organizations: The Templars,…

  • Tabletop Review: Barebones Fantasy

    Barebones Fantasy Publisher: DwD Studios Release Date: 11/23/2012 Page count: 84 Price: $9.99 (ZIP File, multiple items) Where to get it: DriveThruRPG.com Today’s selection is Barebones Fantasy a collaborative effort by two self-styled game designers with lots of ideas: Larry Moore and Bill Logan. The book is not huge but it does manage to cover…

  • Tabletop Review: Dark Galaxy: Extreme Future

    Dark Galaxy: Extreme Future Publisher: Starbright Author: Brett Fitzpatrick Page count: 74 Price: $9.99 (PDF) Where to get it: DriveThruRPG.com Dear readers, we get a lot of unknown and unloved role-playing games to review here at Diehard GameFAN, and they can’t all be gems. Actually, very few are. Some of them are enjoyable to read…

  • Tabletop Review: Colonial Gothic: Locations

    Colonial Gothic: Locations Publisher: Rogue Games Page count: 170 Price: $7.99 (PDF) Get it Here: DriveThruRPG.com Continuing the series of reviews of supplements for Colonial Gothic, today’s item is Locations. Be sure to check out The French & Indian War and The Templars as well. This volume is large, clocking in at around 170 pages,…

  • Tabletop Review: Colonial Gothic Organizations: The Templars

    Colonial Gothic Organizations: The Templars Publisher: Rogue Games Author: Graeme Davis Page count: 78 Price: $4.99 (PDF) Where to get it: DriveThruRPG.com Continuing the series of reviews of supplements for Colonial Gothic, today’s item is The Templars. Be sure to check out

  • Tabletop Review: Colonial Gothic: The French & Indian War

    Colonial Gothic: The French-Indian War Publisher: Rogue Games Author: Bryce Whiteacre Page count: 150 Release Date: 3/21/2012 Price: $7.99 (PDF) Where to get it: DriveThruRPG.com Colonial Gothic is one of those games I dream about getting really into. I love the theme, I love the setting, and I love that effort has been put in…

  • Tabletop Review: The GM’s Field Guide to Players

    The GM’s Field Guide to Players Publisher: rpgGM.com Author: Cherie “Jade” Arbuckle Page Count: 60 Release Date: 9/29/2012 Cost: $7.00 (PDF) Get it here:DrivethruRPG.com So, The GM’s Field Guide to Players interests you eh? Lookin’ to ID some wild gamers lurking around your table? Let me tell you what, stranger: I’ll give you the lowdown…

  • Tabletop Review: Andean Abyss (board game)

    Andean Abyss (Board Game) Publisher: GMT Games Authors: Volko Ruhnke Game Length: 4 – 6 hours Number of players: 1 – 4 Release Date: 7/31/2012 Cost: $75.00 (GMT Games), $52.50 (Thoughthammer.com) Get it here: : GMT Games -or- Thoughthammer.com Andean Abyss is the work of designer Volko Ruhnke, who is probably best known for his…

  • Tabletop Review: Creation: The World Building Game

    Creation: The World Building Game Publisher: B. Brother Press Authors: Guy Fox (or is it Guy Fawkes?) and Okiju Smith Page Count: 17 Release Date: 9/7/2012 Cost: $1.50 (PDF) Get it here: : DrivethruRPG.com “la création du monde… quelle tristesse. Une nuit sombre et colère… J’ai créé mes craintes. ” Fin ! [cue the opening…

  • Tabletop Review: Hackmaster Basic

    Hackmaster Basic Publisher: Kenzer & Company Authors: David Kenzer, Steve Johansson, et al Page Count: 231 Release Date: 8/11/2012 Cost: FREE (PDF) Get it here: DrivethruRPG.com I think Hackmaster falls pretty firmly in the retro-clone category. Seeing as it basically began as a parody of Dungeons and Dragons and then grew from that, it’s kind…

  • Tabletop Review: Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia

    “That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.”

  • Tabletop Review: Pocket Troll #0 (Tunnels & Trolls)

    Pocket Troll #0 (Tunnels & Trolls microzine) Publisher: Troll Hammer Press Authors: Ken St. Andre, Michael K. Eidson, et al Page Count: 8 (2 for the foldable pocket zine) Release Date: 5/13/2012 Cost: $4.00 ($2.00 on sale) (PDF) Get it here: DrivethruRPG.com (PDF) “I’ve got something in my front pocket, for you…” Look, I’m gonna…

  • Tabletop Review: Kingdoms of Legend: Ninja Attack! (Pathfinder)

    Kingdoms of Legend: Ninja Attack! (Pathfinder) Publisher: Interaction Point Games Author: Brent Evanger Page Count: 14 Release Date: 2/7/2012 Cost: $3.00 (PDF) Get it here: DrivethruRPG.com (PDF) “You are being attacked by ninjas, what do you do?” “I attack the nearest ninja” “You cannot attack that ninja. He’s a ninja!” “I cast Dominate Person on…

  • Tabletop Review: Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep

    Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep Publisher: Engine Publishing Author: Phil Vecchione Page Count: 131 Release Date: 7/5/2012 Cost: $19.95 (PDF) Get it here:DrivethruRPG.com (PDF) Never Unprepared is a book that offers Game Masters (GMs) of all levels, from the brand new to the grizzled, advice from seasoned GM and self-described…