Posts Tagged ‘RPGs’


Posted: June 28, 2016 by criticaluniverse in Books that are Mediocre
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28336913Continuing my Horus Heresy binge I have another review for you! This time we have PHAROS by Guy Haley, Book 34 in Black Library’s massively successful tie-in series. It’s a bit of a leap from my last review given that ANGEL EXTERMINATUS is Book 23, is set in an entirely different theatre of the galaxy spanning civil war, features a completely different cast of characters, and even delves into different themes. There exists some Horus Heresy novels that can be read out of their numerical publishing order but if you haven’t been following along with the series I would not recommend starting with PHAROS. It’s essentially a sequel within a sequel within a series. It’s sequel-ception! That said, I’ll try not to reveal too much about the book in case you’re intrigued by the Horus Heresy but uncertain about jumping into a series that is currently 38 books long. (more…)


Interview with Gallant Knight Games

Posted: May 10, 2016 by Steven Diamond in Interview, Kickstarters
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tiny frontiersGame design is fascinating to me. Board games, video games, and especially roleplaying games. As it happens, one of our resident reviewers here at EBR, Alan Bahr, is also a game designer. He was the designer for the Schlock Mercenary RPG, PLANET MERCENARY, which was absurdly successful on Kickstarter. And now, his most recent game, TINY FRONTIERS, is on Kickstarter.

I figured I’d ask Alan to give all of us some insight on his company, Gallant Knight Games, and on his game, TINY FRONTIERS. So. Here we go. (more…)

The Planet Mercenary RPG

Posted: May 13, 2015 by Steven Diamond in Kickstarters
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Planet MercenaryIt’s time for another Kickstarter recommendation!

This time around is The Planet Mercenary RPG. This is Role Playing Game designed by two good friends of Elitist Book Reviews: Howard Tayler and Alan Bahr. Do those name sound familiar? They should. Howard Tayler is best known for his Schlock Mercenary webcomic. Alan Bahr is a game designer, and one of the reviewers here at EBR. Both are great friends, and great people.

At GenCon 2014, I was lucky enough to be introduced to the Kyoudai Games crew, and they graciously provided me with a review copy of Thunderscape: The World of Aden to review for EBR.

Thunderscape is the product of a labor of love from Shawn Carmen (of Legend of the Five Rings fame), and his team. Based on older video games, the best genre to describe the setting as (using buzzwords) is post-apocalyptic, techno-fantasy, horror.

Sounds like a win right?



Posted: July 29, 2014 by Alan in Books We Love
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When I was a kid, I read T.H. White’s THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING. I recall reading it twice, back-to-back, never quite getting enough of the legend of King Arthur. There is something inherently awesome about those stories, something that pulls at me. Anything that has a sliver of Arthurian legend in it automatically piques my curiosity.


Here at EBR we love our RPGs, but we’ve yet to really review any of them. We’ve decided to rectify this with a review of the latest book from Legend of the Five Rings (L5R), Imperial Histories 2.

So, enjoy this review by Alan Bahr – screenplay writer, Warmachine aficionado, and L5R (both RPG and CCG) genius. (more…)

Random Updates

Posted: May 30, 2013 by Alan in Giveaways
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First, we have the results of the Esslemont contest to win a copy of BLOOD AND BONE. We had a number of great responses, but this is the one that won it (chosen at random, by the way): (more…)