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Hellfrost: Gazetteer $19.99
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Hellfrost: Gazetteer
Publisher: Triple Ace Games
by Thomas B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/17/2011 19:07:12

WHAT WORKS: The writing takes care not linger too long on any one place and painstakingly drive it into the ground. There are some great plot seeds if Hellfrost isn't hampered with a metaplot (I haven't read any of the adventures yet, and there is no plot point campaign). This book runs fairly light on the art, which means there's a lot of setting material inside the pages.

WHAT DOESN'T WORK: I like extra crunchy bits, so I'm not quite as "Wowed" with the Gazetteer as I am the Player's Guide and the Bestiary, but that's just me. I caught an odd typo or two, like "Grey" and "Gray" being used for the same location within a sentence of each other.

CONCLUSION: While Hellfrost has a very central premise, the Gazetteer does a really nice job of establishing that the evil in the realm is not monolithic, meaning that there is more to do than just fight one bad guy and his minions. The Gazetteer gives you enough information to run with most places that might interest you, and they have a ton of microsupplements to "zoom in" on a given location if that interests you. In fact, if the setting only had the three books I just reviewed, it would still be a strong, fleshed out setting...but Triple Ace Games has released an amazing amount of support for it since its release. For me, I would place it near Midnight and Ravenloft among RPG fantasy settings (and I mean that as an extreme compliment). If, like me, you're a Savage who passed over Hellfrost in the past, you should probably rectify that.


[4 of 5 Stars!]
Hellfrost: Gazetteer
Publisher: Triple Ace Games
by mm m. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2010 15:58:59

Great setting, beatifull book! Inspiring and full of adventure hooks! More artwork would make it perfect!

[4 of 5 Stars!]
Hellfrost: Gazetteer
Publisher: Triple Ace Games
by Ward M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/05/2010 19:30:30

Hellfrost Gazetteer

Let me start this review by saying I am a Hellfrost fanboy. This is the best setting I have run across in recent years.

Size: 134 pages


Part one: Region Guides. Each region of the Rasillon campaign setting gets an approximately four-page write-up. This provides enough detail to tell you what is going on without stifling your creativity. Each region entry ends with a set of plot hooks for the GM to expand on.

Part two: Details on fifteen evil organizations who are just dying to give the PC's a bad time.

Likes: Following the index is a two page map of the campaign setting. This is much larger than any other campaign map I have been able to locate. The PDF is fully bookmarked, which is a necessity in a book like this. On the bookmarks tab is an option to make the PDF "Printer Friendly". In effect, what this does is turn off the background stationery. (This is probably my favorite feature, believe it or not.) The book is completely system-neutral and statistic-free. Since I am converting this to a Rolemaster Classic campaign, that is wonderful for me. *This isn't a plot-point setting.

Dislikes: *I took a star away for spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. In a book with production values this high, I expected more from the company.

Bottom Line: Buy this PDF, even if you only plan on running your campaign in a single area of Rassilon. PC groups have a nasty habit of wanting to wander off the edges of your carefully crafted maps. With this book, a GM will be ready no matter where they decide to wander.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
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