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ERA for Rolemaster
par Geoffrey D. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 11/19/2017 01:30:58

Great product. I've been playing Rolemaster off and on for years (mostly FRP, because I prefer the way it handles spells), and I've used various utilities and spreadsheets for character creation and management over that time. Nothing holds a candle to ERA.

Sure, purchasing modules can get expensive, but you're paying for the convenience of not having to manually fill out the character sheet (in the late 90s, I actually had a group mutiny during character creation).

I’m giving this application five stars because it deserves it, but the following two things could be improved in subsequent versions:

1) We need an easier way to create your own content for ERA. ICE is never going to release a downloadable add-on for MERP for instance, but it would be nice if the fan community could easily work on supplements themselves.

2) The character record could better reflect a character’s inventory. In fact, an option to export a character sheet with a format identical to ICE’s official ones would be perfect.



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Sea Law
par Brett J. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 08/19/2017 19:40:22

This is a great resource to introduce sea vessels and combat into your game. It details movement, components and quite a few other aspects to get a sea campaign or adventure up and running.

The scan quality (as mentioned by the publisher) is quite poor for a product purchased through an official store.

Page 123 BALLISTA & MANGONEL FUMBLE TABLE and CATAPULT & TREBUCHET FUMBLE TABLE. As a mangonel is a catapult it doesn't make sense to me to have them on seperate tables.



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AutoHARP Fantasy
par S D. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 06/24/2017 11:48:16

June 2017 and It's still so full of bugs, I have left feedback in the comments.

$40 is a huge amount of money for something that does not work



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High Adventure Role Playing Fantasy
par Aaron H. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 05/05/2017 19:48:03

The following review was originally posted at Roleplayers Chronicle and can be read in its entirety here: http://roleplayerschronicle.com/?p=48547

HARP Fantasy is an epic fantasy role-playing game system powered by the High Adventure Role Playing (HARP) mechanics from Iron Crown Enterprises. Although HARP is a d100 system, it is quite unlike the typical d100 system. Instead of a roll-under mechanic whereas your skill defines the target number, it is more like what d20 OGL would look like if you used d100 instead of a d20. For example, Character Stats area a value that translates into a bonus, as opposed to a value that is added to another value to create a base skill value. One of the biggest changes, however, from most d100 systems is that HARP is a roll-over system; not a roll-under system.

The HA in HARP means High Adventure. That’s a pretty big tag to carry as High Adventure signifies great, heroic deeds, plenty of action, and likely memorable adventures. The interesting thing is, when you look at the mechanics, they embrace the heroic style of high adventure in a sense of “go big or don’t go at all”. Characters are designed with certain stats significant enough to perform these heroic deeds. All other stats are not meant for heroic deeds, but they can be useful for utility purposes. Thus, your PC is designed to do amazing things and his or her stats will aid you in your d100 rolls. Just make sure you are thinking strategically; when it’s “all or nothing” (fail or success, no grey areas), you better have the right stats or tools. But when you do, amazing feats of role-playing can occur. To me, that sounds like High Adventure.

Getting back to the idea of d20 OGL using d100, HARP takes the fantasy genre and adds a level of granularity common to d100 systems. You have a greater range of penalties and bonuses to differentiate between races, cultures, and professions (+1/+2 versus +5/+10/+15/+20) and a larger collection of skills with baseline values calculated from your main stats. There are many rules-medium systems that go with a much-abridged list of skills, but HARP Fantasy sticks to a larger list of skills common to d100 systems. One disadvantage of fewer skills is that characters often feel alike from one to another at higher levels. “Oh, all five PCs have the exact same 10 Skills and only one that the others don’t have.” That type of occurrence is much more rare when you have more skills to choose from, hopefully without suffering from skill bloating (i.e. having way too many skills in a game system). Characters have unique abilities because there are simply more skills to choose from and more ways to create the unique character concept.

Magic in HARP Fantasy is quite unlike d20 OGL. In fact, it’s more like a rules-medium or d100 system whereas you have fewer spells to choose from, but those spells are scaleable (unlike d20 where you have to acquire 5 different Healing spells as you progress in rank). Although it’s a personal preference, I like scaleable magic that doesn’t require you to acquire the same spells, just at different levels, over and over again.

Those are really the major aspects of HARP Fantasy that set it apart from other gaming systems. Like most fantasy gaming systems, it covers a host of common aspects including races, professions, combat, equipment, poisons, treasure, monsters, and gamemastering. It’s all there though, making it an all-in-one core rulebook.



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ERA for Rolemaster
par Bobby W. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 04/23/2017 13:23:36

I expected this to work flawlessly, the combat tool did not work on the stock monsters. That was my biggest frustration. Additionally, when creating a character I expected to be able to randomly generate stats with the RMFRP set. Lastly, the software is designed to run on a localhost using a web interface. Which is great provided you have the ability to connect to a router so that your players can do something with the software. In a lot places there were no buttons to return to the main module, so I had to use the back button far too frequently for my tastes.

The character sheet for printing is awful, as well, I'd expect that it would render in a very nice sheet that we could print and take to the table. I expected the ability to enter my own data as well.Purchasing the data packs is the route they decided to take, but if I don't have the extra money and I want to invest my time into entering the data myself, I expect to be able to do that. Overall its a decent attempt, but I am happy it didn't cost me anything to find out this wasn't really production ready.



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The sample creatures have now been changed, and new sample attack and critical tables have been added, to allow a complete working example of the product.
HARP Folkways
par Aaron H. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 04/01/2017 19:56:22

This review was originally published at Roleplayers Chronicle: http://roleplayerschronicle.com/?p=48413

Folkways is actually two books in one. The first half of the book is the Folkways portion – a reference guide designed for fleshing out a setting. The second half of the book is supplemental material for HARP Fantasy, providing new races, professions, and training packages that have more meaning within HARP Fantasy than they do otherwise. I make this last comment because the Folkways half of the book is completely system-agnostic and applies to any setting, any genre, any game system. I’m going to discuss each half of the book separately.

There are many guides available for building a unique setting for your game. There are also hundreds of settings available across multiple genres and game systems. Most of those settings provide enough information to get your game going, make it interesting, and provide enough for the PCs to explore. Often times, there’s no need to delve too deep into the setting by fleshing out the details of each culture (or at least each main culture) within that setting. The keyword to take away from this is “culture”. This is not a discussion of species, race, or ethnicity (although it could be a combination of the three), it is literally fully fleshing out the nuances of what makes a culture what it is. This is where the Folkways material comes into play.

Folkways is a guide for detailing these deep elements of your culture by using the twenty questions method. Each question details a “way” (or detailed element) regarding the culture. The twenty ways include environment, family, marriage, lifespan, rank, authority, and a number of others to reach twenty. I’m not going to detail this information as it would literally spoil the IP developed within the book. In other words, you need to buy it in order to find out what this stuff really means. By answering each question, you build the detailed elements that makes a culture, a culture. This creates a truly three-dimensional setting where many questions can be answered.

Granted, this is really only useful if you are spending a lot of time within a given culture and plan on developing the character’s “career” while surrounded by that culture. Otherwise you could be providing more detail than is truly necessary. But if you do want to flesh out your setting further to create an actual culture, then this guide leads the way. Oh, and it’s completely generic, with not a shred of game mechanics, and thus can be used for every RPG.

The second half of the book is supplemental material for HARP Fantasy. Really it’s just material that adds more options to your HARP Fantasy games. I’m not really sure why this material was added to the reference portion of the book, but I’m thinking it has to do with connecting the Folkways content with the heart of HARP Fantasy. It also could have been done to make the book more valuable, by presenting in-game content, but either way it helps to connect the Folkways with HARP Fantasy.

I will note that even the HARP Fantasy content is generally mechanics-light and can easily be translated into other game systems. In all honesty, there’s no reason why you couldn’t use this entire book with another game system. Not that I’m trying to say it should be used outside of HARP, I’m just saying that it has potential value outside of HARP. As for the Folkways, it has value everywhere!



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Rolemaster Combat Minion (RM Classic License)
par Tony C. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 02/25/2017 12:24:11

I've only just started using this as a GM, although I have been a player in a campaign where the GM uses it for a while now.

I like it. I found it pretty easy to learn and use, although better documentation would be nice. The YouTube videos are helpful, but not really comprehensive enough.

Keeping track of all the things going on in a RoleMaster combat can involve a lot of bookkeeping, and this program does an excellent job of that, and this is especially helpful in a large combat - the last one being 5 PCs and 8 monsters - it made the combat flow a lot more smoothly.



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Castles and Ruins
par Ted F. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 01/06/2017 12:15:46

Love it. Excellent resource, even if you don't use Rolemaster. Better if you do.



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Rolemaster Classic Spell Law
par Customer Name Withheld [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 12/31/2016 13:01:25

A good collection of the Classic Rolemaster Spell lists. Rolemaster is one of if not the best system out there. GM's have the option to make the system as gritty and complex as they wish, as well as making it as fast and flud as they wish.



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HARP Loot
par Customer Name Withheld [Testeur star] Date Ajoutée: 12/22/2016 19:30:09

HARP Fantasy Loot is more than just lists of treasure, it has some good world building advice folded in and a very complete set of magic item creation rules. It should be indispensable for a HARP GM and those of others systems can probably find a goodly amount of material as well but obviously the rule heavy parts would be of much less use.

HARP Fantasy Loot by Jonathan Cassie and published by Iron Crown Enterprises presents rules and advice for loot and treasure for the High Adventure Role Playing (HARP) system. The layout is clean with sparse but good illustrations.

It begins with a short introduction and then moves into a look at what can be defined as loot beyond the obvious treasures, things such as information, items of sentimental value, trade goods and more are all potential loot. This section provides useful advice and good things to keep in mind for a GM.

Next it moves into Loot in the Wilderness, which discusses both loot placement and what sorts of treasure the common monsters of the HARP are likely to have. Some of this is tied specifically to the HARP view of certain creatures (say hobgoblins) but the general sweep of the discussion is still a good guide to the things that should be considered when placing treasure. Two example ruins show how to weave these creatures linked threads together in a setting that character might wish to explore (and loot). Then, Loot in the Big City, which talks more about cities than loot but is a solid reference section all the same covering types of cities: core and periphery, human and other. But indeed some loot can be found in a variety of city markets, though more through trade than seizure.

We then move onto Fabrication & Materials, this section is intimately tied to the HARP system, detailing the rules of creating magic items in the system. The sorts of materials, plant, animal, mineral and even more unusual things (such as hearts of fire) that can be combined to create magic items, and what they can be applied to and how much magic they provide, is carefully detailed. A nice selection of charts provide the costs to create a wide variety of effects which are paid for the components used to create them, providing the basics of a fascinating if clunky system. It then moves onto specific types of items: Potions define the steps needed to make potions, or other consumables, of two general types which provide many different potential potions. Runes are next, which are the scrolls of the HARP system, and are easy and useful items, there is a subset, Crystal Runes, inscribed on gems which are reusable within certain limits. Crafting Talismans covers charms, fetishes and talismans, which all fill the niche of a basic defense or enhancement item and differ in duration, weeks for charms to permanent talismans. Creating high magic items and intelligent items wraps up the fairly comprehensive fabrication section.

The short Now What? Chapter deals (briefly) with debased currency but mostly with what happens when magic items go wonky with some tables to help out the GM when such happen.

The last third of so of the book is random treasure tables and a general overview on the various kinds of loot that can be found, from coins to cultural artifacts. Then in moves to an adventure favorite sort of loot, magic, with many magic item lists and descriptions of the unusual ones, most of which come with some implied world building and a few of which are jokey or punny, so be warned. But overall a wide selection of interesting items that, while statted for HARP, could be easily adapted to other settings.

The book ends with an index, which is always helpful.

For a GM of HARP, this book is likely to be invaluable. For those who play other systems, there is still a lot of good material here but perhaps not enough to justify its purchase.

Disclosure: I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

Note: Read more reviews and other gaming articles at my journal https://seaofstarsrpg.wordpress.com/



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Rolemaster Classic Spell Law
par Michael D. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 08/12/2016 16:30:43

Excellent re editing of an old school classic and my soft back book is well done but two stars knocked because of no hardcover and n discount pdf print combo. Plenty of other rpg publishers will throw in a free pdf when you get a printed book but not Guild Companion   they just gouge their fan base



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The printed version had to be reconstructed from layout files created by other people, and the result was only compatible with the specifications for softcover format. A hardcover version would have required us to totally redo the layout which is not practical for an older edition product.
Rolemaster Combat Minion (RM Classic License)
par Michael D. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 08/08/2016 13:32:38

I prefer this to Rolemaster Era, works well with only a few glitches such as fumbles not working



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Rolemaster Combat Minion (RM Classic License)
par Craig T. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 07/22/2016 14:48:15

Well it works - haven't really had enough games to say it is brilliant, but it does save on all the looking up in tables. The players can still make their rolls which let's face it they really want to do. The highlights pick out characters incapacitated and applies penalties consistently. Multiple encounters can be saved, although you will need to plan a little ahead to get these right by using the groupiings tool.



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RMFRP Arms Law
par Customer Name Withheld [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 06/24/2016 14:53:32

What to say?

I already had a paper copy of Arms Laws (Italian) and I felt the need to buy a digital English one.

That says how much I like Rolemaster.

The file itself has Excellent readability. Could be improved with bookmarks though.

Thanks! A GM



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Shadow World: Eidolon: City in the Sky
par Customer Name Withheld [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 03/28/2016 08:47:05

This module has been floating around since the 1980's. This new edition is the definitive version of EIDOLON. It has more maps, more NPC'S, more adventure scenarios, more information on the noble houses...more of everything. In fact, the author added 100 pages of new content.

While this book is intended for Rolemaster Classic/RMSS, it can be plopped into any campaign world. (With some effort) The attention to detail is staggering. This is one purchase you won't regret.



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