I had a birthday last week and received a gift certificate for Paizo Publishing (thank you, Zobmie!). Much of Paizo’s recent efforts have been in support o f their Pathfinder Role-playing Game, but they sell many kinds of gaming goodness. Since my group is strongly (and happily) entrenched in Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition, I steered away from the Pathfinder stuff and took it as an opportunity to take experiment with some other kinds of items.
I ordered Issue 3 of Level Up magazine by Goodman games and Issue 13 of Kobold Quarterly by the Open Design folks. I was a long time subscriber to Dragon Magazine in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and have been curious about the current generation of gaming magazines ever since I returned to the hobby with 4th edition. I also purchased a Game Mastery Map Pack: Ancient Forest set. I have some of Wizards of the Coast’s Harrowing Halls and Fane of the Forgotten Gods Dungeon Tiles and was looking for something I could use for outdoor encounters.
I’m pleased with my haul: I had forgotten how nice it is to have a gaming magazine to leaf through and read at leisure. I appreciate what Wizards is doing with their online content, but I miss a Dragon Magazine that’s an actual magazine.
Kobold Quarterly has a notably higher print quality than Level Up, with an expectedly higher price point: $7.99 and 3.99 respectively. Kobold Quarterly covers a variety of games, mostly of the 3.5 and 4E spectrum, while Level Up is 4E specific.
The Game Mastery Map Pack will definitely suit my needs. The pack is made of 18 different 8” by 5” cards. The cardboard isn’t as thick as Dungeon Tiles, but I think that’s okay. How thick does it need to be? These cards come ready to use: none of the perforation punching and associated waste that you’ll find with Dungeon Tiles. The colors in this set are a little dark and muddy; I wonder if something was lost during the design translation process.