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Experience the sword and sorcery adventure that is Tales From The Magician’s Skull #5!
Behold! I have fashioned a magazine like those from fabled days of yore. It overflows with thrilling adventures. There are swords, and there is sorcery. There are dark deeds and daring rescues. There are lands where heroes fear to tread. Dare you imagine it? Picture this as well — maps to
Paperback, 80 pages
Published by Goodman Publications (first published December 5th 2020)

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S.E. Lindberg
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Heed me mortal dogs, Sword & Sorcery fans will devour these tales!:
Tales from the Magician's Skull #5 provides six new tales printed in superb format, with a bonus essay on Harold Lamb. And take in that beautiful cover by Manuel Pérez Clemente (better known as Sanjulián)!

As per the Tales from the Magician's Skull series, all are graced with RPG item/character statistics so readers can play out the stories, or play with key parts of them; the stats are in Dungeon Crawl Classics form which can rea
Issue 5 continues the trend of a high quality magazine (the paper of this book has such a nice tactile feel), good art, with a stellar cover by Sanjulian depicting a scene from the story “The Guardian of Nalsir-Fel”. The stories rangefrom 3 star at the low end to 4 star on the average. My three favorites from this issue are marked with a *.

“Pool of Memory” by James Enge. A Morlock Ambrosius story. Well written, and this has been one of the best in my opinion, but I have not yet become a Morlock
Gregory D.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
After some unexpected COVID delays, TFMS is here and was worth the wait.

Adrian Cole continues to fill in the blanks with his saga of Elak of Atlantis (I say his, as he has now written far more about the character and his world than Kuttner ever did). Having read all of Cole's pastiche I have felt that not only has he set Kuttner's Atlantis inside the world of Howard's pre-cataclysmic ages (between Kull and Conan) but that the stories feel more like the dreamy, otherworldly world of Kull more th
James Troxell
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is fun little jaunt. I’ve been meaning to check out Mag Skull for awhile. Now I know I need to go back and read prior issues.

Three of the six stories stood out to me.

The Guardian of Nasir-Fel - This is story is about two street performers(with shady pasts, and darker secrets) looking for the lost street urchin who helped them out. It leads to evil magic and conspiracy. It’s just really well written and has a very “exotic” for lack of a better word, feel. I think it really elevated the colle
If you are a fan of sword-and-sorcery fantasy fiction, you owe it to yourself to start reading Goodman Games' Tales From the Magician's Skull - it is really great fiction, and includes DCC RPG stats accompanying the stories so you can bring some of the spells, monsters, enchanted items, and such from the stories into your DCC RPG game. All 5 issues so far have been great; I'm looking forward to issue 6! ...more
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