Archive for February, 2013

Unearthed Arcana

A premium reprint of the original book by Gary Gygax

Wizards of the Coast really is rolling out the red carpet when it comes to supporting older editions of Dungeons & Dragons. Yesterday premium reprints of Unearthed Arcana 1st Edition hit the streets and those of us who didn’t have ragged old copies sitting on our shelves were finally able to get our hands on this classic product. To be honest anyone who has played D&D with older gamers knows our beloved grognards have a love and hate relationship with this book. Some love it as the best thing to ever happened to D&D. Some hate it, well, as much as a grognard can hate just about anything. Sorry grognards, you know I love you and you’ll always be OGs to me.

None can deny it advanced the game in interesting ways and the changes it introduced have echoed through every edition since. These premium reprints are┬ábound like WOTC’s premium reprints of the three core books (so they look nice together on your game shelf). At $49.95 I only recommend this product for the avid collector or those who really can’t get their hands on it anywhere else. is selling it for just over $30 which is a much more reasonable price.


New Pathfinder Flip-Mat & Map Pack

Pathfinder Watch Station

Retail Price $12.99

This month’s addition to my collection of maps come from Paizo’s newly rebranded line of Pathfinder Flip-Mats and Map Packs (formerly known as the Gamemastery products). These products are great tools which allow game masters to quickly deploy incredible looking terrain at the game table for their players to explore.

The Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Watch Station is a 24″ by 30″ (1″ squares) mat detailing the upper and lower (dungeon) level of a watch station (prison, bastille, asylum or however you want to skin it). Like all flip-mats this one has a special coating allowing game masters to customize the map with dry, wet or even permanent marker ink which can easily be removed.

The Pathfinder Map Pack: Sewer System consists of eighteen 5″ by 8″ (1″ squares) map tiles which can be arranged in any way the Game Master sees fit or used in tandem with other map packs and flip-mats for an even greater number of combinations.

Pathfinder Sewer System

Retail Price $13.99

Call the guards! Whether your players are on the right side of the law or under arrest, no Game Master wants to spend time drawing interrogation rooms and holding cells.
– Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Watch Station

Adventures are at their grossest when they descend into the reeking cesspools and disgusting tunnels winding beneath the largest cities, sewers of such size and complexity as to be dungeons in their own rights. Whether your heroes are chasing thieves or clearing out sewer-stalkers, no Game Master wants to spend time drawing drainage ditches and filthy channels.
-Pathfinder Map Pack: Sewer System

Both products rated 5 out of 5.