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Champions Universe
by Ira S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/23/2015 15:31:21
This book details a well-realized if derivative superhero setting, with enough details for identifiable flavour and sufficient openness for players and gamemasters to leave their own stamp on the world.

The writing is in that crisp, dry and clear style we all know and love. It conveys the information within with commednable conciseness and efficiency of language. I have found no errors that might mar the experience, although if you're eagle-eyed about that sort of thing it may well be different for you. Only in the initial history section does it run slightly overlong, and then to try and get as much detail as possible to present a full spectrum of literary, cinematic and musical references from across the ages. Characters are given full and well-written biographies, with most getting statistic blocks for easy play. The characters, and especially organizations, are well-differentiated and use different niches with enormous narrative potential. I especially liked the United Nations agency, UNTIL, as its writeup solved many narrative difficulties that agencies like the DEO or SHIELD increasingly present.

The setting's strongest suit is its familiarity. In CHAMPIONS UNIVERSE there are no idiosyncrasies, complex metaphysics or intricate cosmologies that detract from rather than add to the book. Everything is strongly reminiscent of the 'classic' superhero fiction we all imagine we read or watched at some time, fitting the ageless ideas it culls from countless sources. It is every inch a recognizable, easily understandable and comprehensible world like and yet vastly unlike our own. In a nice twist from most superhero fiction, the rest of the world of the United States of America is represented, both in fleshed-out villains and unusual heroes. It's still very much about American heroes, but there's attention to other parts of the planet usually glossed over.

The setting's greatest weakness is its familiarity. Simply put, there is not a lot of a unique or really enticing quality to the world presented in CHAMPIONS UNIVERSE. It does not, but very nearly falls into the fatal trap of many whole-cloth superhero worlds where many things are just expected to happen and exist because it's a superhero universe and that's how MARVEL Comics and Detective Comics Comics have been operating for decades. There is nothing really weird, outlandish or confusing here, but neither is there a lot that breaks the mold, besides its use of magic and mystical forces as the driving motive behind superpowers existing. It's a stable of places, ideas and characters for many kinds of stories, rather than a world tailored to one kind, and while a definite strength that does leave much of it feeling frustratingly bland at times.

As well, its depiction of Voodoo has more to do with Hollywood stereotype than the faith itself, with more dark magic and less trance-possession.

Still, if you want to play and tell superhero stories, this book has more than enough material to springboard your group into nearly any kind of adventure imaginable, from the depths of Atlantis and Lemuria to the streets of Great Lakes super-metropolis Millennium City, from the farthest stars to other worlds and dimensions. I heartily, if with some conditions, recommend this book for anyone interested in superhero RPGs. Bear in mind, however, that you need a copy of the rules to use the stats presented in the book.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Shades of Black - PDF
by John F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/31/2014 12:09:04
An excellent adventure with a well thought out and motivated villain. The book contains detailed maps and an intriguing investigation component. I highly recommend it!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Hero In Two Pages
by Jen D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/23/2014 17:30:45
A great document that any Hero System/Champions GM needs to teach new players how to play the game.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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HERO System 6th Edition Core Book Character Pack For Hero Designer
by Robert R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/10/2014 17:46:15
The characters do NOT have any equipment. You have to guess what they would have and create it becaue Here designer does NOT come with any equipment. You could buy a supplement that has created equipment(prefabs), or download user creations from the net. The characters in this sup should already have equipment. They do not; because of this I am not satisfied. This is why I give this a 3.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Vibora Bay - PDF
by Cairbre F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/17/2014 15:58:58
An excellent source book. One can build a complete back story and endless adventures with this supplement.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The Monster Hunter International Employee Handbook and Roleplaying Game
by Victor J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/02/2013 00:00:00
Concise guide, mediocre book, poor artwork. Not recommended. While this serves as a concise guide to the events of the "Monster Hunter International" novels, the writing is flat and the book fails to convey a sense of atmosphere. The layout is competent, but combined with the writing style, it creates the feeling that one is reading a textbook or technical manual rather than an enthusiastic introduction to an exciting world. And the artwork, apart from a few pieces by Ben McSweeney, is amateurish at best, with poorly-edited photographs masquerading as illustrations or sloppily-colored, oddly-stylized work. It's hard to credit this as a product from a professional company. I do not recommend it--just read the novels and run a game with your own, favourite system.

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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Champions Villains Volume Three: Solo Villains
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/04/2013 09:52:21
Excellent color art and villain write-ups! Much more than just an update from 5th edition! A must for anyone wanting to run a 6th editions Champions game!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Champions Villains Volume Two: Villain Teams
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/04/2013 09:52:06
Excellent color art and villain write-ups! Much more than just an update from 5th edition! A must for anyone wanting to run a 6th editions Champions game!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Champions Villains Volume One: Master Villains
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/04/2013 09:51:01
Excellent color art and villain write-ups! Much more than just an update from 5th edition! A must for anyone wanting to run a 6th editions Champions game!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Pulp Hero - PDF
by Eric P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/28/2013 18:41:16
Even if you have no need for another game system (and to be honest, I've only glanced at the rules stuff here), if you're running any pulp game at all, there are over 200 pages of system- and setting-agnostic material to make it worth the price: a thorough and engaging discussion of the pulp genre, lots of historical background (including a historical "who's who"), and, most useful to me so far, a detailed, month-by-month timeline of the 20s and 30s organized into convenient categories.

I've got several different pulp games, and this has by far the most thorough source material.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Hero In Two Pages
by Benjamin M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/10/2013 07:17:48
This is a very good quick primer for the basics of the HERO system. It is quick and concise, I would find it very useful to hand out to novices and at a convention with pre-generated characters to help explain the rules to them. It has a very nice clean layout and is clear in how it explains what things are relative to other things.

As an example it explains Talents as sort of a Power lite.

As a free item you cant beat the price, and it is great for reducing the things that you have to remember to book mark/ copy for new players.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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New Bedlam Asylum
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/15/2013 13:17:50
Lots of material in this supplement with an extensive history that lends itself to using for different genre's though it was primarily for Dark Champions.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Asian Bestiary, Vol. I - PDF
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/15/2013 13:16:19
Lots of good research for an oriental flavored game. Some of the art is very good and useful. I found this very helpful and useful for an urban fantasy game with Asian community-based adventures (ala "Big Trouble in Little Chinatown").

The new, 6th edition Hero System Bestiary includes all of the creatures from this book.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Pulp Hero Character Pack [for Hero Designer software]
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/15/2013 13:13:49
Love the Hero Character Packs in general; Hero Designer is a great product, and the packs for it save a ton of time. This one has a lot of useful templates that save time with PC and NPC creation. I was disappointed that it didn't include the extensive gun and equipment list, but the description said so up front. In conjunction with the 6th edition character pack for the Hero System Equipment Guide, this works great for a Pulp game!

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Shades of Black - PDF
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/15/2013 12:59:53
Best Champions adventure I've ever bought! Great art, maps, storyline, NPC write-ups, and an excellent adventure to begin a campaign.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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