This is the best review I've ever gotten
for something I wrote -- Cyclopean Deeps vol 1
-- so I'm geeked. The first couple of paragraphs are about other things, but then it starts the review. The reviewer (who is apparently THE Pathfinder go-to reviewer) is covering the Pathfinder version of the book, not the Swords & Wizardry version, so there's some discussion of the mechanics, but as you'll see the review specifically focuses on the non-mechanical side. It's well timed, too, because the second volume is done and is an add-on to the Kickstarter for Cults of the Sundered Kingdoms
, which is underway now.
But back to the review, 'cause I'm geeked. :)
"This manages to elicit a sense of cultural wonder akin to the writings
of the classic titans like Gygax, a breath of the magical and uncanny,
while also breathing the spirit of the mythos and classic pulp fiction
akin to Howard or Haggard. Cyclopean Deeps managed to evoke something I
almost never feel anymore these days – a sense of jamais-vu."
"As odd and alien the vistas portrayed herein are, they still feel
uncannily organic, realistic and alive – which drives further home the
point of this book being not only unique, but inspired in the very best
"...a sense of decrepitude, of civilizations most vile, fallen to magics
even worse, suffuses the paragraphs, with details upon details drawing a
picture of a world that could be another, a place so wildly different,
yet familiar, that it could be considered an escalation of the concept
of the uncanny.
"This massive tome breathes more unique ideas in a chapter than some whole series of books."
"Author Matthew J. Finch delivers quite frankly one of the most
imaginative, awesome books in the whole Frog God/Necromancer Games-canon"