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Wrath & Glory: Bloody Gates
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
by Jacob S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/13/2021 12:27:17

A basic description of the adventure taken from the booklet:

"This adventure is suitable for Human Tier 1 characters with the IMPERIUM Keyword. The adventure takes place entirely on a battlefield, making it most suitable for characters with a military calling. The Agents will be organised into a battlefield squad. While it would make sense for all the Agents to have the Imperial Guardsman Archetype, a personnel shortage has forced the Astra Militarum to sweep up all kinds of individuals and send them into battle as part of the Gilead Gravediggers’ Penal Brigade."

The adventure notes which archetypes are are prudent for the adventure given it's a penal brigade including a new Framework to use for the adventure.

If you haven't picked up Forsaken System players guide we do see a note of a Grapnel Launcher and a Demo Charge in terms of new equipment/weapons. Admittedly I don't directly recall if the demo charge was from Forsakenn System but I feel something similar to it is in there.

Also provided are Smoke Grenades and a Breaching Ladder, and a Frag Bomb.

Throughout the adventure are instances of obstacles common to a siege like scenario from scaling a wall to fortifying a position, to trying to lead a tank through a mindfield. All of these would be useful to take and put in your toolbox for any sort of adventure, not just a guard campaign.

Provided we see some new (and old) notes for the Bestiary:

  • Commisar Shrake
  • Penal Brigade Trooper
  • Traitor Militia (including Sniper modification)
  • Doomed Youth
  • Traitor Guardsman
  • Cravax the Claw
  • Cultist
  • Poxwalker

Most interestingly, and a mechanic I feel can be lifted most easily elsewhere, is the "Calling for Support" section of the adventure.

PCs can spend Glory to call in various effects from higher up in the chain of command. These effects can be Artillery Support to a Spotlight for difficult to see battlefield sections.

In turn the GM gets a similar mechanic called "Battlefield Ruin" which is a bit like Narrative Declarations for the GM to modify the battleffield with (new and useful for sure as any new way to spend the resources of the table is good)

In conclusion, for what the adventure says it is, 'Bloody Gates' is incredibly competent and offers mechanics that any guard game emulating Only War would find incredibly useful.



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Wrath & Glory - Forsaken System Player's Guide
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
by Jacob S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/28/2021 07:01:12

Forsaken System Player's Guide is one of the surviving ideas from the previous license holders Ulisses Spiele North America, at least according to what they discussed as to their plans from Gencon a few years ago.

It had a different title then, but the idea remained intact, a book expanding largely Imperially aligned archtype options and adding a few extra mechanics to the overall system while expanding on the lore of the Gilead System.

The Forsaken System Player's guide delivers on all those fronts, and even gives the previously only available "beta" rules for Ogryn and Ratling species archetype a release as well.

Included mechanically are:

  • New Frameworks: under the guise of expanded Patron selections
  • Duties & Strictures: Faction expansion that ties into Endeavours
  • Character Options:
    • Species:
      • Kroot
      • Ogryn
      • Ratling
    • Archetypes:
      • Dialogus
      • Imagifies
      • Seraphim
      • Canoness
      • Astartes Apothecary
      • Astartes Chaplain
      • Astartes Librarian
      • Primaris Reiver
      • Tech-Adept
      • Sicarian Infiltrator
      • Sicarian Rustalker
      • Tech-Priest Dominus
      • Confessor
      • Ratling Sniper
      • Ogryn Warrior
      • Bullgryn
      • Lexmechanic
      • Interrogator
      • Kroot Mercenary
  • Exanded Wargear: for accompanied archetypes
  • Librarius Discipline: For the Librarian
  • Endeavours: Downtime actions between adventures for agents to get ahold of information, equipment, or train themselves for what is to come.

My only issue really is that nearly 2/3 of the book is dedicated to lore, and while that lore is nice and there are plenty of adventure seeds many oldguard Black Industries and Fantasy Flight Games fans of the d100 systems remember the equivalent of this book in 'Inquisitor's Handbook' and the like, and those had more content. Hopefully this will even itself out with the release of 'Church of Steel' in the coming months as it is set to reintroduce the cut vehicle and starship rules from the USNA version.



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Wrath & Glory: Litanies of The Lost
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
by Jacob S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/14/2021 13:13:20

Overall now that the four adventures for litanies have been released I feel like it's a good time to give it a review.

The adventures are all solid stopping off points and introduce new bits and pieces into any Wrath & Glory game.

Below are some other reviews of just what is included in the various adventures (spoilers are included so be warned):

Duty Beyond Death: A horror adventure where you must discern the mysterious circumstances of a manufactorum shutting down and outrun the various threats therein.

https://old.reddit.com/r/40krpg/comments/kg67y3/duty_beyond_death_what_do_you_get/

Dark Bidding: A stasis coffin has gone missing on a forge world and the mysterious contents are paramount to be returned.

https://old.reddit.com/r/40krpg/comments/ldn5ry/wg_dark_bidding_what_do_you_get/

Vow of Silence: A lone cathedral to the creed has stopped contact (not that there was much when all the monks have a vow of silence) however when a holy relic needs to be retrieved from the place you are sent to find out what's going on.

https://old.reddit.com/r/40krpg/comments/lynlb3/vow_of_silence_what_do_you_get/

Grim Harvest: An agri-world is having strange disappearances and as tensions rise in the settlements between the various adeptus of the valley the pcs are tasked with sorting events out.

https://old.reddit.com/r/40krpg/comments/m3vask/grim_harvest_what_do_you_get_spoilers/

Personally, the bestiary entires alone make the adventure collection worth it, but all of the adventures are for low tiers, which makes this a 4 star for me.



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Wrath & Glory: Rain of Mercy
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
by Jacob S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/11/2020 17:50:42

This was a Free RPG day product for 2020, and specifically for this purpose 'Rain of Mercy' is a fast introduction to the basics of Wrath & Glory whole.

It gives you a quick taste of the baseline mechanics and characters (written much simpler than how they are in the full rules) while giving a basic adventure that has the hallmarks of a simple "grim" story with "dark" elements.

Obviously intended to be a Oneshot run in a day, I would find it hard to have the adventure last longer, which is the point as well. Allowing it to be a jumping point rather than something there to last.



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Wrath & Glory: The Graveyard Shift
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
by Jacob S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/29/2020 12:43:19

The Graveyard Shift is a fast introduction into the very basics of Wrath & Glory.

While not covering the particulars of the revisions Cubicle 7 has completed to the original work released by Ulissses Spiele the adventure itself gives a good introduction into one of the less seen areas of the Imperium, a Cemetary World

It should take one or two sessions, depending on how thorough your players can be, and if a Game-Master wants to add in a few bits they could likely span it out over 3 sessions.

In it is useful bits to grab for your own toolbox as well in relation to bestiary entries and a chart for encounters in ruins.

All in all, a solid short adventure to grab for more than one reason.



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Lords and Lands: a Witcher TRPG Expansion
Publisher: R. Talsorian Games Inc.
by Jacob S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/05/2019 05:25:22

The GM Screen contains useful quick reference tables that, as most games do, have tables that are more scattered than one would like for quick reference. Most importantly (to me) it doesn't commit the cardinal sin of having a weapons/armor table on the GM screen.

The GM Screen includes:

  • Social Standing
  • Bonus Melee Damage & Unarmed
  • Weapon Effects
  • Effect Table
  • Actions
  • Fast Draw
  • Extra Attacks & Defense
  • Diffuclty Checks
  • Example Modifiers
  • Light Level modifiers
  • Ranges & Target DC
  • Human Damage Location
  • Common Cover Table
  • Falling
  • Critical Wounds Table
  • Death Saves
  • Stabilization
  • Stabilizing Criticals
  • Healing Over Time
  • Healing Critical Wounds
  • Healing Hands or Healing Spells
  • Viggor
  • Magic Fumble Table
  • Elemental Fumble Effects
  • Learning Magic
  • Fixing Broken Weapons & Armor
  • Encounters
  • Number of Monsters = Players + 2
  • Curses: Penance & Suffering
  • I.P. Rewards
  • Currency
  • Selling Goods
  • Lodging
  • Food & Drink
  • Services

The Booklet itself contains:

  • People of the Contenint (Quick Reference NPCs)
    • Artisan
    • Criminal
    • Entertainer
    • Laborer
    • Merchant
    • Scholar
  • Hafling Race (Playable)
  • Noble Profession (Playable)
    • Noble Skill Tree
    • Estate Rules
  • Rodwolf's Wagon (New Tiems)
    • Item Descriptions

Some people are complaining about the price, honestly with myself I bought the physical good and got a coupon at a convention making it $5. It's a four star reveiw because I think if I buy a physical good I should just get the PDF.



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Noir World
Publisher: johnadamus
by Jacob S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/20/2019 07:53:56

Honestly one of the few systems I feel exemplifies what Noir does well, save 'A Dirty World', all proceeds go to making the print run come to fruition.

It's been through a lot, and a lot of the backers would love to see it come to the world physically.



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