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Scion: Extras (Supplemental Yet Can Be Somewhat Useful On Occasion Scions)
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Ron W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/12/2013 13:21:38
The Good - It's free. It's also funny, in places.
The Bad - The constant preteen humour gets forced and irritating after a while. The gods and scions are, quite frankly, useless. The blatant rip-offs of existing media topics stop being funny after five minutes.
The Ugly - It's a badly compiled file that can take minutes to go from one page to the next.

I love the Scion system, I really do. I own three sourcebooks, three supplements and four companions, all bought through DTRPG. This book adds nothing to the mythos that five minutes work and some crude jokes wouldn't replace.

The Scions, if you play them the way the book suggests, are largely more interested in getting laid than doing anything productive with their Birthrights (that preteen humour again). Seriously? A Professional Cat Herder?

For Scion completists only, and even then only if you need some Z-list NPCs and enjoy seeing "Adobe Reader is not responding..." error messages.

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
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War of the Dead: Fan-Created Support (2)
Publisher: Daring Entertainment
by Ron W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2012 13:50:37
I'd like to give this 5 stars, I really would. Item cards, a great idea. If you can't keep accurate notes, or if you're doing a random item draw thing, or if you're likely to forget to raid that camping store for a compass before heading into the wilds of Colorado.

The rest of us will just write it down, in a handy space on our character sheet, marked "gear" or "equipment" or "inventory" or any other such verbage.

But here's where it really loses points. I dislike having a dozen items that do the same thing. When my character eats, he eats "food" - the difference between a takeaway pizza and a 5 course gourmet luncheon is mostly irrelevant, especially when I have to eat it in between combat rounds, while loading my shotgun with the other hand. So explain to me why I need a card that says "pizza" while my colleague has one that says "fast food," if you can? What is the difference between a can of nuts to a bag of trail mix?

It's worse with weapons. Now, some people like their weapons to have flavour. Groovy. My character has a fillet knife because that's all he could grab when he raided that kitchen. OK. A fillet knife does exactly the same thing as, for example, a butterfly knife, a throwing dagger, a survival knife (barring the survival bit) and, believe it or not, a glass bottle. To say nothing of the butter knife, steak knife and switchblade.

That's seven, count 'em, seven things that do exactly the same thing. Let's be generous and take out the bottle and the survival knife. That's five things that would cheerfully come under the heading "knife" and nobody would notice the difference. You might, maybe, note it on your sheet that it's actually a professional grade steak knife because before TZA you were a waiter at a five-star restaurant, but when someone asks you what you're carrying, you're going to say "knife" just like everyone else.

Few people that aren't plumbers would be able to tell the difference between a monkey wrench and a pipe wrench if you smacked them over the head with it, much less care what the difference is when you're, erm, smacking them over the head with it.

And don't get me started on the guns. Incidentally, that should be "Ruger." "Rugger" is something quite different and only applies if you're an English public schoolboy.

I can't even compliment the author on his artwork, because the pictures are thumbnail-sized photos, probably ripped straight from the search engine nearest you.

So, either this product starts at one star, and gets a bonus because it's occasionally useful, and another because it's free; or it starts at 5 and loses one because it's repetitive, and another because of the not-so-arty artwork. Either way, a solid 3 stars.

Oh, and the Item cards don't have any stats other than weight, so you could use them for any modern setting that's heavy into survival. I might aregue with some of the weights, though. A candy bar really weighs half a pound?

I shall leave everyone with one final thought. If you're leading your berry band of survivors thought the grim wasteland of the zombie apocalypse, is there any item less useful than a bag of ice?

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Trinity Field Report: Oceania
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Ron W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/22/2011 14:25:47
First of all, it's hard to argue with free. This PDF could consist of a front cover, a back cover, and five lines of text, and would still be considered by many to be "good value for money." Now that that's been said, we'll move on to the review proper.

If I could sum up with book in as few words as possible, it would be "26 pages of flavour text." If you're looking for some subtle inspiration for where to take your team next, what they might do, and who they might see there, then that's great. If you are looking for maps, character sheets, environments or even useful illustrations, then this is not the book for you.

On the credit side, that does make it easier to use, in a way. It leaves you to work out your own stats, which may make it easier to introduce the ideas and locations into your game. Your game might not even be Trinity, any semi-futuristic settting would work.

It has some "news articles," a few "reports," and a few "emails" all helping to give an open-minded reader a taste of life in one of the "Ocearcologies." The main body of text itself is also written in an appropriate style; for example, Pearl City's entry is written like a tourist brochure, advertisements for ticket sales included.

For the most part, the text is well-written and entertaining, barring a few spelling mistakes and the odd error in grammar or punctuation. Illustrations are few and far between, the most useful being a map of the world.

So, why a middle of the road review? Because while there's nothing really wrong with it, there's not really anything right with it, either. There are no "that's fantastic!" moments. There are no breathtaking images of sweeping oceanic vistas. And, as I said earlier, there are no rules, no technical data, nothing "hard." It's all fluff. It's good fluff, but fluff nonetheless.

But who cares? It's free, right? Go for it, you might like it.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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