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Savage Insider, V3I2, Uprising
by Stephane G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/12/2015 17:00:30

Another quality issue with interesting articles and excellent cover art.



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Savage Insider, V2I2, Taking Action
by Jason B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/12/2015 16:48:35

I really enjoyed the first issue of Volume 2, but was willing to take a star away from my review after putting on my uber-critical hat. I made lavish demands and threatened military instability throughout the region!

I am proud to report that every last nit-pick I was able to come up for the first-issue of the volume (not counting changing the company name to make it easier for me to remember) has been actively addressed in this last-issue of the volume. The layout on my tablet looks just as good as on desktop (whether that was an intentional change or just happened to work out) and, more importantly, I think the balance between GM and Player is very equitable this time around. There are now multiple somethings for everyone in this issue. My fifth star has been gladly restored.

It took a little struggling to come up with something else I'd like to see new or changed, but finally happened to stumble on one as I re-read the issue with an eye toward leaving this review... The convention listing seemed to be about a month "behind" where I'd expect. I believe that may have been the result of publishing a little behind intention, but with the plans for Volume 3's releases I'd like to see the listing of the "current month's" event (including those that may have already come and gone in the few weeks before publication) plus the next three months' worth (so that the listings will overlap each other on a quarterly release schedule, resulting in a lower percentage of "stale" listings for those who purchase shortly after publication). It's a little bit of a stretch, and certainly doesn't impact my opinion of the overall content of the issue, but I have to be picky about something!



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Savage Insider, V2I1, Rebirth and Reinvention
by Morne S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/01/2014 11:20:31

Having most of the older books, it was great to download the new issue. I enjoyed reading about how the game is growing and I can't wait to play the High Space adventure. Overall a good read, good production values and lots of inspiration and ideas for GMs. Looking forward to the next issue.



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Creator Reply:
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the issue! We\'d love to hear how High-Space: The Sleeper goes for you, and StoryWeaver probably would, too. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to bringing you future issues. Vickey A. Beaver, Obatron Productions Co-Owner, Savage Insider Editor-in-Chief
Savage Insider, V2I1, Rebirth and Reinvention
by Jason B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/01/2014 10:32:25

As a long time Savage Worlds player and GM I've always had a special affinity for the Savage Insider. Until now, though, it's never been a publication that I've really considered a "must buy" (but I was all over the free issues). With the shift to Obatron I finally decided it was time to put a little money where my game was... and boy was it worth it!

Appearance: Since my last free (ie, cheapskate) issue, V1I9, there is a noticeable change in layout. Between in-place art, backgrounds and watermarks there is color splashed all through the magazine. It gives the overall product a very polished look and made the visual experience a real joy, starting right there on the cover.

Content: Linked Table of Contents!! In the age of tablet reading an active TOC is practically a must these days. Coming right after the gorgeous cover, this feature alone was enough to make me feel secure in converting over to a paying customer. But it didn't end there. With a State of the Savage from Clint Black, himself; several articles geared toward GM advice; multiple adventures, maps, and even figure flats(!); and a High-Space Designer's Diary (one of my own, personal, favorite Savage Settings)... this issue really has a little something for everyone.

Kudos: I'd love to get my magazines all advertisement free, but am willing to accept the financial realities of them. This issue really impressed me with its ability to keep the total ad space low (a lot lower than most eZines I read) and keep those ads very specifically tailored to the target audience (not one eCig, "legal herb" or "enhancement" ad in the bunch). Because of the appropriateness of the ads, I actually prefer having them in there over paying a higher per-issue or subscription rate to have them removed. Well done, Obatron.

Room for Improvement: A review without critique is only half a review, so there are a few things that I'd like to see in future issues.

  • It may just be the device I was reading on, but I found that font-widths and line-spacing tended to vary a little between articles, and sometimes even between paragraphs. While the ability to read the text wasn't impacted, it did give many pages an overall "word-processed" appearance that really stuck out when compared to the rest of the production value. This is really the only thing that stopped me from giving a 5-star rating (even though I readily admit is purely a style-over-substance issue).
  • The overall content definitely has its balance toward the GM. Players that aren't as interested in mechanics tips or running adventures may find themselves a little short on content (though certainly not left out). I wouldn't presume to dictate any specific percentage balance, as everyone's tastes and interest are their own (and the balance was great for me, as a long-time GM who also enjoys being a Player), but it may be something to keep in consideration for new readers.
  • It's apparently the hardest thing in the world for me to think of the publisher as Obatron and not Orbatron.


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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thank you for taking the time to give us kudos and items to consider from the readers\' point of view. Both help us become better at providing products that make people want to keep coming back. We\'ll look into what caused the variances you mentioned and work to ensure that doesn\'t happen in the future. Great point about the GM slant! We\'ll see if we can scare up some more generally player-geared writings next time. Hmmm...Orbatron...can\'t help you there. :) Vickey A. Beaver, Obatron Productions Co-Owner, Savage Insider Editor-in-Chief
Tunse'al Quick Starts and Side Tracks Savage Worlds
by Keith B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/30/2013 18:37:17

Very good resource! High quality, well worth looking at. I am thoroughly enjoying this.



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