Push through the pain! Three times per day, when an effect would cause you to no longer be able to perform actions such as confusion, being rendered unconscious, or losing control such as being dominated, you delay the start of the effect for one turn. If you damage the caster or creature who made the effect within that round, that must make a concentration check to maintain the effect or spell possibly ending the effect before it begins. If the effect is not ended after the delayed turn, the effect starts as normal.
Basics– Time to be the only thing they fear! Planet Apocalypse is a DND 5e source book not for the faint of heart! This is a MASSIVE change from the other Petersen games I have played as this is straight up gore horror of the damned. Worst parts of the Bible, rivers of blood, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! Let’s dig into this foul tome.
Mechanics or Crunch– This book has a lot, but is missing just a few things. This game is ALL about killing horrors from hell. There is no subtlety here and it shows in every horrible thing here. The characters are hard scrabble wasteland survivors trying to eke out a life among the fiends from the pit. There are feats, spells, and some class options, but I kind of wish each class got some love with its own class options. The math of all the monsters work out and MAN are there a lot of monsters here. This is a one stop shop for a game like the old world books. It’s a solid book, but I want a bit more for all the characters to really make this the total package. 4.5/5
Theme or Fluff– You will not feel safe reading this book. This is not a book you sit around in a cozy blanket with cocoa on a winter night. This is a book you read and feel like the shadows are watching you and you better not mess up the circle or you will be dragged somewhere where death will be a mercy. This book is full of well done, horrific art. The world is BRUTAL as you have just absolute monstrosities on every other page doing horror to the poor people of this world. You get to be the hero they need. And considering Sandy Peterson wrote Doom levels, this is Doom in DnD. If you were not challenged, horrified, or nauseated enough by the last expansion to Doom Eternal, this is the source book you need to fill that Demon killing itch. 5/5
Execution– PDF? YEP! Hyperlinked? YES! This is a solid book that is well written, well laid out, and reads easily. I know that is a common refrain from me, but that’s what I want in a book! It’s also OVER 350 pages! This is a single serving world that with the DnD base book is a game you can start playing today! There are even some adventures that wet your whistle and show you how Sandy wanted you to play this game. Easy to read, hyperlinked, well laid out, and a solid intro adventure are all the things I want in a world book. 5/5
Summary– This is the most vile thing I have ever seen from Petersen Games, and I can’t wait for more. As a God fearing Christian, this is the vision of hell I was told about in the most twisted Sunday sermons I have ever seen and now you can be the hero to push back those horrors. This is NOT for games where you want to save the princess from the Orcs and have tea with the Orc bandit afterwards. If you want to plunge headlong into hell itself, rip Baphomet’s jaw off, possibly have your friends get ripped apart in front of you along the way, and end the demonic invasion, then this is the game for you! 97%
You change the damage the weapon deals (acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic) to a different energy type (acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic) for the duration of the spell. All other effects of the weapon are not changed. this can be applied to explosives, but the spell ends after the device explodes and deals damage.
General Skill Prerequisites trained in a chosen skill
You have learned how to focus under pressure by taking a breath. When you gain this feat, choose a skills you are trained in. When you make a skill check using the chosen skill that only requiring one action, you can instead take two actions instead. If you do, you gain a circumstance bonus to the check depending on your proficiency.
You have learned how to focus under pressure by taking a breath. When you gain this feat, choose a number of skills equal to your intelligence modifier. Perform skill check from one of the skill chosen that only requiring one action. You gain a bonus to the check depending on your proficiency.
Basics-What horrors lurk in the shadows? The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors is what would happen if a forensic pathologist was let loose into the world of Lovecraft and wrote a textbook of his or her findings. Monsters from across the mythos are given multi page write ups and each has detailed anatomy drawings showing how they tick. Let’s look at the pieces that are here!
Characters, Setting, and Story-This isn’t a story book. This is a textbook, but a textbook you will want to sit down and read. It’s one fan’s gruesome love letter to hard science and Lovecraft in one well done package. Monsters from across the mythos get pages that you can dig into and see how the creatures work at a detailed level, even down the musculature in some cases. This is just one Lovecraft lover’s take on things, but it is well done, detailed, and something that serious fans will enjoy. 5/5
Execution-PDF available? Yes! Hyperlinked? No… This is a well laid out book as the book itself reads easily, has nice pictures, and is a quick read. You can find your favorite monster, read about it, and get great pictures that you can use in any horror game you want to run. I do like what’s here, but I would like just a bit more. It’s short, but considering my main components are wanting more, I think this is a solid product. 4.5/5
Summary-I’m a scientist and I’ve had to read my fair share of textbooks. None are nearly as entertaining as this book. I also love Lovecraft, and I enjoy the two being put into one blender. If you don’t want detailed explanations of cosmic horrors, then avoid this book. If you want to see how one fan explains the things that go bump in the night and across the cosmos in an extremely well done manner, then pick up this book. 90%.