2013-07-12

ANOTHER REVIEW

Another review, before I get back to posting setting information:

REVIEW CAPSULE: “Mjölnir”; WRITTEN BY JIM PINTO; PUBLISHED BY POST WORLD GAMES; JUNE 2013; 19 PAGE WATERMARKED PDF (2 VERSIONS PROVIDED); 4.49MB; $2.49; SHORT EQUIPMENT SOURCEBOOK; RATING: 7.5/10 RECOMMENDED PURCHASE

“Mjölnir” by jim pinto (NOTE: lower case is the author’s preference) is a sourcebook detailing a single item, the hammer of the Norse god Thor, for use in fantasy RPGs (specifically the Pathfinder Role Playing Game). This book is targeted at Game Masters, allowing them to add the mythical weapon to their campaigns.

Presented in a very readable format and layout, “Mjölnir” is a 19 page watermarked PDF of 4.49MB available for download from DriveThruRPG.com for $2.49 (FULL DISCLOSURE: I received a reviewer copy). The download package contains two versions of the document, both with identical text and graphics, one a standard single page layout, and the other a “wide” double page layout.

pinto provides a clear and informal guide to the weapon / magic item / artifact. He provides not only statistics and “crunch” for the hammer, but also background information and suggested approaches to using Mjölnir in the campaign. Several options for use of the hammer are suggested, including one for Low Fantasy campaigns (an often overlooked area). There are sections of background material on Mjölnir itself, other weapons of similar mythic nature, and some useful information on mythical figures analogous to Thor. The book finishes with a section of adventure hooks and locations where the hammer may be introduced. The material is well-written, both “crunch” and “fluff.”

While this product is an overall recommended purchase, there was a notable absence. The book could have benefited from a bibliography or list of suggested further reading on the topic. Had there been a page of “Appendix N” style notation, this book would have rated an 8-out-of-10 instead of a 7.5.