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Squadron UK Basic
by Paul F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/21/2014 19:48:41
Very enjoyable character creation system that has some nice balancing features so you don't end up with the strongest characters being statistic monsters. Very close to a RPG that first got me into gaming years ago and which I have very fond memories of and which wasn't sold well to fill the super hero niche. Very friendly system that with a few expansion scenarios would fill out very nicely to fit the super hero genre. The nice thing about this though is that it works well with no super powers - the gimmicks and half power idea works well to generate games for parties where leaping tall buildings isn't the norm and Joe average could save the city if not the world.

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Squadron UK - colour
by Mike J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/03/2013 09:48:05
Squadron UK is easily one of the most playable Superhero rpgs I've played in years and years of gaming. While the initial character generation is random, the scope of superpowers available (and the way each can be 'gimmicked' to suit a style of play or character concept) means there's always something new and interesting to try out (and often the random element prompts a character concept you wouldn't previously have thought of).

The power level seems to be pitched squarely along the middle ranks of superhero comics characters; a level that provides plenty of action and abilities, while still leaving scope for vulnerabilities and villains that are bigger and badder than the player characters.

A really neat mechanics quirk is that super powered characters make all their rolls on d10s, while thugs and grunts use d6s. In a game where rolling high is a good thing, this is an elegant way to differentiate between the two power levels without introducing arbitrary power caps or similar (and, frankly, it helps in keeping the action moving at a cracking pace; something the game excels at).

This colour hardback is beautifully produced and offers excellent value for a complete system, especially one with a such scope and potential for long running campaigns. My only quibble (and it is just a quibble) is that I'd like to see a points allocation system for character design. Maybe that's something for a supplemental volume? Complete as this book is, I'd love to see the game grow.

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Squadron UK Basic
by Mark B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/02/2012 23:12:13
Excellent!

The rule-set is concisely written, with full explanations but without lots of text. Particularly enthralled with the way that the basic powers are a fairly short list but can be so drastically modified through 4 different power levels (half through 3) and then further defined with custom backgrounds. And then there's all the little tricks and additions (like costumes that conform to the powers) to further define the superhero.

All in all, a simple product for what could become a very complex game, even with just these basic rules.

Just excellent!

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