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In Harm's Way
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In Harm's Way
Publisher: Better Mousetrap Games
by Steven M W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/02/2011 17:00:37
Well, I finally had to buy it. There just aren't enough Age of Sail RPGs out there that I could ignore this one. Unfortunately, though, I wish I had. Not that it's bad; it isn't. It has interesting character creation and group dynamic rules that would encourage roleplaying. Where it falls short is in integrity of period detail and overall atmosphere. I know that it says right in the blurb that it is aimed more at adventure than historical recreation, but that doesn't excuse the GROSS inaccuracies in their nautical presentation. What really bothers me is that young players coming to the genre through this particular game will tend to take what it professes at face value and encourage ignorance in others they may bring to the hobby.

If you're thinking about buying this and don't have a copy of FGU's old classic Privateers and Gentlemen, do yourself a favor and pick that one up instead!

[3 of 5 Stars!]
In Harm's Way
Publisher: Better Mousetrap Games
by Kevin P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/18/2008 15:57:08
The RPG community has needed a follow-up to the classic FGU PRIVATEERS & GENTLEMEN for years, and this is it. I especially like the ARS-MAGICA-like idea of having multiple characters to run, and the "ensemble" style.

A reasonable mechanical system that feels true to the Napoleonic Age of Sail genre of fiction. Character creation is simple, gameplay is fairly quick.

The rules for ship to ship battles are a bit lacking but if you're not interested in fighting them out (other than as impacts your characters), you could probably dispense with them. But if you just must maneuver little ships on blue cloth, there are a lot of relatively easy rules-sets out there you could probably adapt.

While this genre might not be to some people's tastes, if you want to get a hand in on Lucky Jack Aubrey, Richard Bolitho, or any of the other naval fiction adventurers, this is the game for you.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
In Harm's Way
Publisher: Better Mousetrap Games
by Bill C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/24/2007 00:00:00
There is a story about a cowboy who always lost his months pay in a crooked poker game. He knew it was crooked, but it was the only game in town. Nautical RPGers are in the same (uhh) boat as that cowboy. Right now, In Harms Way (IHW) is the only game in town.

LIKED: Wealth system, promotion and notice system

DISLIKED: Too much fluff. Color graphics have to be printed in color, BW prinitng is not an option, so this product is far too expensive to print.

QUALITY: Disappointing

VALUE: Disappointed

[2 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
Sorry that you disliked the game, Mr. Crum. I do my best, but one can't please everyone. The issue you have with not being able to print in greyscale is a problem - I certainly never intended it - but it seems to be isolated to particular printers. After I read your comment, I tested the file on a dozen different printers, both laser and ink jet, color and black and white, and only found a problem with a Compaq inkjet driver. The file was generated with the standard default Adobe Acrobat settings for web-based pdfs. I have no idea why this problem is occuring, but I offer you your money back for your trouble, and extend this offer to anyone else having these printing problems. -clash bowley
In Harm's Way
Publisher: Better Mousetrap Games
by Brian W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/11/2007 00:00:00
Have not had a chance to play, but have read through the rules. Looks like a good replacement for the old Privateers and Gentlemen set from FGU in the 1980s. Since I have no practical experience with the game, I'm setting my ratings to "middle-of-the-road."

LIKED: One of my favorite topics and areas of history.

DISLIKED: Can't think of anything right offhand.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied

[3 of 5 Stars!]
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