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Tech Swords I
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/10/2013 11:17:34
Swords? For D20 Future? Well...

... yes, there are times when only cold steel (or something like it) will do. Consider, for example, the perils of firing projectile weapons in a pressurised environment, like a space ship or orbital habitat, for example.

Complete with beautiful almost photo-realistic illustrations and all apposite game stats, here are five distinct swords that have futuristic capabilities yet are still melee weapons any mediaeval warrior would recognise. Mostly.

There is a bit of a tendency to manga-style ridiculously-wide blades, a style which would make any competent swordsman worry about their balance, otherwise they're quite interesting. So if swords with inbuild personal force-shields (the Impellor Sword) or ones which vibrate sufficiently to deal additional damage (the Hammer Sword) appeal, here's where to find them, along with the rather nasty extending and disintegrating Singularity Sword, a Plasma Blade and a Phase Blade. No ordinary swords, these, they are true weapons of the distant future.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Hero Art Templates Compendium 3
by Kevin M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/12/2009 12:52:07
I purchased this expecting some really well drawn templates. The cover art looked pretty good, even though I couldn’t preview a larger copy. However, I was sadly disappointed with this product.

The art is horribly amateurish at best. If you’re going to put out a book of templates and charge for it, the artwork should be of a professional quality. These templates looked like they were made by someone just starting to learn how to draw. It actually looks like something my 13 year old nephew would make.

I actually deleted my pdf after I downloaded it. It didn't cost much so I'll live with it. I think the publishers tried their best, but fell way short of the target. Avoid this product.

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
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Hero Art Templates Compendium 5
by Edward H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 11/13/2008 01:00:41
This product is billed as a "compilation of character templates that you can use for your character portraits."

Basically, AV has taken a 3D model of a character, and placed it (her in this case) in twelve different poses. Your task is to place hair, clothing and equipment on the template before coloring it in. I'd be curious to know whether people find this kind of product useful. Personally, I don't get it... But I'm open to being shown the error of my ways.

Any takers?

Now, the templates aren't really that bad. I printed out a couple to see them on paper. If you use this product, I'd suggest printing in a light greyscale so that the darker areas don't overpower the open spaces - the noses, in particular, have deep shading which looks... odd when printed out. After printing, I used a pencil to sketch clothing and then inked all the lines using a fine-point art marker (you can use a sharpie, I guess).

Not too bad, but I still don't get the point. And I'm not convinced that 12 poses for a single N/PC is worth $2.80.

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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Future Firearms Pack One
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/01/2008 14:51:01
Despite the fact that many modern/future games enjoy playing up characters who use futuristic melee weapons, or special powers, guns are still at the heart of future combat. From the naked geekery of detailing the imaginary tech of future weapons to the sheer badass factor that comes with blowing someone away and assuming a pose, guns are what make future heroes (and villains). You’ll never hear someone say that there don’t need to be more types of new guns made, an axion that proves true with Applied Vector’s Future Firearms Pack One.

The first of the Future Firearms line comes as a single PDF inside a zip file less than two megabytes in size. The PDF is fourteen pages long, with the front and back covers getting a page each, a page for the credits and table of contents, and two pages for the OGL. While bookmarks aren’t really necessary in a product of this length, it would have been nice if they’d been given here.

Despite being a short product, and being primarily about new weaponry, this book set a very high bar for itself in terms of its artwork. All of the illustrations are full color CGI, and are very well done. The covers both use the same illustration of a woman aiming a huge gun in the midst of a fire. However, each of the new weapons here not only has a singular illustration of the gun itself, but also an absolutely gorgeous full-page illustration of someone wielding it. It should be obvious that I was very impressed with the artwork here. However, the plethora of lush designs means that people interested in printing this book out may be in for a bit of a hard time. While it’s easy enough to just print the specific pages for each gun, a printer-friendly version would have been a good extra feature.

The book opens by spending a page recapping the statistics for guns. Ordinarily I look down on reprinting rules, but I found it to be helpful here, and thankfully brief. After that it dives right into the four new guns it presents, ranging from PL 6 through PL 8. While each guns has a brief description, most of their write-up is about what gadgets are incorporated into their design. It’s a bit unfortunate that many of them incorporate similar gadgets, making the guns seem similar. While I can follow the logic that says that futuristic guns will all have built-in advantages over modern guns, this works against making each gun feel special – the weapons here do feel unique, but only by overcoming how several gadgets are repeated several times.

Future Firearms Pack One does a good job in presenting several new guns for your Future d20 game, but the best part of this book is the extra care that was spent on the art. The mechanics themselves are adequate, but it’s the pictorial presentation that really makes this book stand out. There’s still substance to this product, but it’s the presentation that’ll be what most likely captivates you.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Future Firearms Pack One
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 04/12/2008 21:48:45
Future Firearms, Pack 1 by Applied Vectors is weaponry sourcebook for D20 Modern/D20 Future written and illustrated by Ian R. Liddle. This product is 14-pages (10-pages after cover and OGL) with a clear if unremarkable layout. Each of the five weapons is illustrated twice. The first is a grayscale image of just the weapon and one color piece with the weapon “in use” by a character. All of the pieces are computer generated.

The product begins with a standard breakdown of the information on the weapon statistic line, what it means and so on. Then it moves onto the body of the product, the four weapons from PL 6 - 8 technologies. A variety of destructive technologies are included: laser, plasma, pulse and rail gun weapons are represented. The designs are one pistol and three long arms. Each is given a sentence or two of descriptive text and then it is into the game information, much of which is repetitive between the entries and seems that it could have been condensed in some way.

The weapons are specialized and effective, the sort that player characters will probably be interested in. However, they lack description and history. There are no plot hooks presented beyond the images which, while intriguing with an evocative caption, are of limited inspirational value.

This product is easy to read and solid mechanically but it lacks useful background, plot and story hooks that would really make this product a must have for a D20 Future GM.

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Gravitic Thrust Vehicles
by peter s. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/17/2006 00:00:00
needs alot more 3d pics of grav vehicles, not just the two this pdf comes with,(one on the frount cover and a black and white sketch on the first page) all the rest were side on pictures of the craft, which all look alike., needs alot more 3d pics of grav vehicles, not just the two this pdf comes with,(one on the frount cover and a black and white sketch on the first page) all the rest were side on pictures of the craft, which all look alike.


LIKED: needs alot more 3d pics of grav vehicles, not just the two this pdf comes with,(one on the frount cover and a black and white sketch on the first page) all the rest were side on pictures of the craft, which all look alike.

DISLIKED: needs alot more 3d pics of grav vehicles, not just the two this pdf comes with,(one on the frount cover and a black and white sketch on the first page) all the rest were side on pictures of the craft, which all look alike.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Disappointed


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Publisher Reply:
Thank you for your Comment. I'm sorry you were disappointed with your purchase, however always being one to listen to my customers, I'll add some additional showcase images of the vehicles and have that up in the next few days. All existing customers will be provided with the updated version at no further charge.
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