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The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Eight (Althani Space)
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/19/2014 10:42:39
It's always good to look at a collection of new systems to explore, and this has some interesting places to visit. It opens well too, when the introduction begins "The version you are reading is in the Human’s lingua franca. If you are not human, and would like to read it in your species’ native tongue, please consult a data bank on one of your species’ planets and download the appropriate version" you know you are in for an in-character treat.

And you are, with each system described vividly in a few paragraphs, a pen-picture of what is there, who might be living there and what they are doing. Often, this mere description spawns thoughts of the kinds of adventures you might run if the party chooses to go there... and this is enhanced in many entries with a separate note aimed at the GM, giving any game mechanical details needed, such as rolls required to survive a virulent plague or a hostile atmosphere, for example. Yep, not all places are welcoming or safe to visit!

The one drawback is - no map! There's no indication of any spacial relationship between any of the systems mentioned, all we know is that they are in this Sector Eight, or Althani Space. The most information is the distance of each from Earth, and that just in light years without any directional component. Your astrogator will be tearing his hair out, or wringing his tentacles or something, depending on species.

Other than that, it's a nice collection of systems to explore... where's my starship?

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Martian Wave: 2013
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/25/2013 11:08:54
Do you think space exploration is all fun and excitement and home for a ticker-tape parade by teatime?

Nope: you'd be right (and wrong) and here is a collection of stories of what it might be like. Some convincing realism, humour, excitement (oh yes, it's exciting at times) - often written from the standpoint of those to whom it's a job of work rather than an adventure...

Again, something I'm having to tear myself away from.

For the gamer: Well, if you run a space exploration game you will find plenty to mine here - atmosphere as well as adventure ideas. Or of course, this might be the sort of literature you can pick up on a space station bookstall...

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The Derelict Ship of the Ancients
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/28/2010 07:43:27
Interesting background, good level of detail to run these encounters and let the players know what they find. The ship still has plenty of active systems and the Ancients are not all that impressive, so it's more The Mostly Intact Ship of Those Other Guys. Maps seem to be poor digital photos of some pencil line drawings, which look bad and are barely readable, though to be fair, it's only been a few weeks since I saw a similar level of effort from a much better-known publisher.

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The Tulmath Sourcebook
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/16/2009 17:57:36
From the species-specific classes here, the Oomusachi Trader is interesting, gaining a series of enhancements to space travel and influence within the Tulmath trade network as well as access to their traditional weapons and improved starships. I found definitely enough here to justify the purchase.

The Macroist/Microist consolidates many fields of science into one and uses this remarkable insight to .. generalise even more, to the point where it barely has a discernable theme to its abilities.

Not much to note about the cultural description or subspecies, besides their reproduction, if that's not detailed in the core setting. Let's not get started on real-world snail sex ..

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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