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review 2018-08-07 14:45
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland - DK Publishing;Plantagenet Somerset Fry

Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry is a 96-page concise reference book about the monarchs of England, Scotland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom.  Though is primarily focused on the monarchs of England (and successor unions) with each ruler getting their own individual article from 1066-to-present, while the Scottish monarchs were only briefly covered in comparison.  Not all the information given in monarch articles is correct, at least to those readers well versed in history, but overall the book is a good reference book.

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review 2018-07-26 19:31
Tyrant: Shakespeare On Power - Stephen Greenblatt

Greenblatt's studies on Shakespeare on "must reads" for me.  His discussion of the tyrants throughout Shakespeare's writings are thought-provoking in a way that I don't find anywhere else.  I particularly enjoy the discussion of Coriolanus, since that particular play is less performed and discussed than others.  I teach Coriolanus every year and students really love analyzing him so this book will add depth to our conversations around the motivations and thoughts of Caius Martius.  

Greenblatt makes it clear what his political leanings are and whether you agree with him or not, this study of the nature of tyrannical power is one well worth reading.

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review 2018-07-22 20:41
Voyage of the Golden Dragon by Nicolas Logue
Voyage of the Golden Dragon (Eberron Supplement) - Nicolas Logue,Scott Fitzgerald Gray

This is a standalone adventure, but because of their were so few published adventures for Eberron, many DMs may choose this supplement to follow up with the 'Lost Forge'-'Shadows of the Lost War'-'Whispers of the Vampire's Blade'-'Grasp of the Emerald Claw' chain of modules.

The Golden Dragon was planned as a battleship for the air, but with the 'Last War' ended it has been converted and finished as a pleasure craft. The owners are concerned about its safety after a threat so the party is hired on as guards for the launch and maiden voyage.

Clearly, things don't go well.

I didn't review this two years ago, because I wasn't sure if I would use this for my campaign or not. The adventure is a bit of a murder mystery and involves a lot of scheming - prime Eberron business, but I feel it lacked action. I might play this someday, but its doubtful.

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review 2018-07-22 20:32
Grasp of the Emerald Claw by Bruce R. Cordell
Grasp of the Emerald Claw (Eberron Campaign Setting (D&D): Adventures) - Bruce R. Cordell

Following the side-quest chockablock full of "cinematic" high-speed encouters across the face of Khorvaire, our party of adventurers are sent word from their patron. They arrive to find that the Emerald Claw have stolen the schema pieces they'd already recovered and are on their way to complete the pattern - to what end?

The traveler's must head out to Xen'drick, ancient home of the Giants and Elves and shattered millennia ago by a great civil war and ended by intervention with the God-like dragons. The continent is mysterious, unpredictable, and dangerous.

This had a great underwater battle, a 'Heart of Darkness'-esque river expedition and the final temple - at giant-scale - was a pain in the ass to grid out, but worth it. This was a great deal of fun. With a fairly satisfying conclusion.

From this point there are only two other 3.5 published adventures for Eberron - only one of which follows the level progression. I chose to alter the 'Eyes of the Lich Queen' instead, rewriting encounters to reflect a higher level party because it was awesome and big. The proper sequel is probably 'Voyage of the Golden Dragon' which is meant for level 7 characters.

Next: Voyage of the Golden Dragon

Previous: Whispers of the Vampire's Blade

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review 2018-07-22 18:52
Whispers of the Vampire's Blade by David Noonan
Whispers of the Vampire's Blade (Dungeon & Dragons d20 3.5 Fantasy Roleplaying, Eberron Setting Adventure) - David Noonan

Shadows of the Last War has the party exploring the Mournland and tracking down more pieces of the mysterious schema. Whispers of the Vampire's Blade...oddly takes a break from the main quest and sets the party on a side-mission to track down a defected agent of the Brelish Secret Service.

Reading the adventure of course, it was a smooth transition and flawless leaps from mage-bred horses to airships to ballrooms to speeding trains with climactic battles at each switch. The descriptions really didn't match the illustrations, which is a fine tradition in modules, but we got a good laugh at the 'nondescript' coach we were meant to follow.

A lot of the problems fall on me as the DM, but other than the masque scene, every encounter ended in near-disaster and, until they forgot entirely about the main quest, they were confused about what the hell they were doing NOT hunting what they had been hunting from day one. I didn't have an answer for them other then that airship battles were cool.

Your mileage may vary.

Next:  'Grasp of the Emerald Claw'

Previous:  'Shadows of the Last War'

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