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Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. - Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Third Eye Games
by Nathan S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/15/2016 10:35:11

Seriously, I want to love it.


I think that this setting is creative and has a huge upside potential. Unfortunately, the material is extremely hard to get through. The book is poorly organized, dropping you directly into character types, races, etc. after a page of setting and mood summary. This would be fine if there were any sort of assistance such as, "If you'd like more information on the setting before reading a whole bunch of setting specific system, go to chapter 3." (Yes, my suggestion for anyone who buys it is to start by reading chapter 3.)


Beyond organization, the copy edit is bad. I understand that people have different styles of writing, but there are numerous grammatical errors and there are times that words are simply misused. For example, a line on page 109 reads "as anything that could protect against ensuing supernatural forces was rare." Ensuing is absolutely the wrong word as it places an event in a causal or chronological structure. The author uses it to mean something more like "encroaching" or perhaps "overwhelming." While this may seem a bit nitpicky at first, it becomes less so when one realizes that either word misusage or some other grammatical error occurs an average of 2 or three times a page. (See footnote 1) It isn't as if I can't figure out what is being said, but it becomes laborious to get through the material. I too often had to reread a sentence or an entire paragraph to be sure I was following what was being said.


Like I said, I want to love it. Perhaps I will love it once I've gotten the material under my belt. It seems like the perfect setting for me to run one-shot sessions on the weeks that we don't have our entire crew available to play our long-running "epic" campaign. I just regret that I have to struggle to read what is obviously creative and useful material that simply needed more careful editing.


footnote 1: On page 109 alone there are at least two more grammatical errors. A paragraph after the misusage of "ensuing" we are given an incomplete sentence; "For huanity's safety, of course." Two paragraphs after that a comma is misused in the sentence "Despite API’s best, memory-erasing efforts, some people are exposed to the supernatural world."



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. - Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Third Eye Games
by David B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/10/2015 09:02:15

A clever pastiche of Angel, Blade, HP Lovecraft, and above all else, Men In Black, it's eldritch horror done with tongue in cheek. Demons walk among us but you can't notice the weird fish-man demon if he's wearing a trenchcoat and a floppy hat. Occult shops sell real actual items of power, to those in the know. Back alley doctors install cybernetic parts on human and demon alike. And regulating all of them is a shadowy mega-corporation and its agents in black suits, responsible for stopping a dozen apocalypses so far.


The book is largely black text on white, with a few comic art pieces here and there - definetly printer-friendly.


While the concept is wonderful, and the chapters on cybernetics and magic are really good, but the last couple of chapters, describing API's operations, it tends to drag a bit. There's no adventure generator, custom Savage Tales, or sample antagonists to give GMs a boost when it comes to prep time. This is a conversion from their own in-house game system to Savage Worlds, and there's a few places where the editor failed to notice a mechanic from the previous system slipped through (what's a Passion Roll?).


Stellar product otherwise. Glad I picked it up during Savage September!



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. - Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Third Eye Games
by Roy P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/04/2012 22:44:22

A fine addition to the Savage Worlds family. I was lucky enough to play a API Savage at Gencon 2012. Admittedly I was a little hesitant with how some of the special powers and different races would translate to Savage Worlds. After playing through API Savage I was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly Eloy Lasanta was able to transition API from his own system to Savage Worlds. Cool new races, racial edges, edges and hindrances. Congrats to Third Eye Games.



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