The Masque of the Red Death Player's Guide is the perfect 5e supplement for bringing late 19th Century earth -- with all its science and supersition, its etiquitte and secrets, its steamy and sooty late-industrial revolution technology sprinkled with the arcane -- to your gaming table!
"Perhaps you learned the truth in some antediluvian book of arcana. Perhaps secrets were whispered to you at an accursed altar beneath a gibbous moon." Yes, this work is positively dripping with Poe and Lovecraft, and fortunately, it is not spoiled by any "historical" opinions associated with the latter author or patriarchal imperialists of the era. This guide's authors point out early: "Consent to encounter certain story elements in the game must be given, not assumed, and withholding it is not something anyone needs to explain or defend."
Like the increasingly popular Call of Cthulhu TTRPG, the characters are almost exclusively going to be humans with little capacity to recover from bodily harm, and in great danger of succumbing to primal waves of fear. The devasting injuries and new combat options such as exerting influence, taking aim, and targeted strike are probably going to make their way into my houserules for regular 5e fantasy campaigns, and I like this supplement's take on archetypes as a blend of traditional 5e backgrounds and subclasses while backgrounds are still included. Plus, the classes, firearms, and explosives make a great ruleset for the wild-west mini campaign I've been wanting to run!
For its fantastic combination of gorgeous art and layout with masterful writing and editing, I highly recommend the Masque of the Red Death Player's Guide!
[5 of 5 Stars!]