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StarCluster 2 - Smilin\' Jack\'s Used Spaceships
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StarCluster 2 - Smilin' Jack's Used Spaceships
Publisher: Better Mousetrap Games
by Rob M. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/31/2005 00:00:00

This 11 page PDF provides 4 unique spaceships, along with full stats, back-story, and costs, which a group of players might acquire, wrapped in the flavor text of one used space ship dealer, Smilin? Jack. It also provides a short section on financing, and how acquiring the ship or dealing with finances can form part of an ongoing campaign or sub-plot.

The ships are The Split Hare, The Mohegan, The Dorylina, and the Felicia Miller. The Split Hare is a lightly armed, saucer shaped, 85 ton, Jump Capable ?Yacht? with a few technical problems that can inconvenience the characters. The Mohegan is an unarmed, saucer shaped, Jump Capable, 100 Ton ?Cruise? Ship, i.e. a commercial passenger craft, capable of accommodating 12 passengers, which was the site of a nasty bit of business which lead to its being for sale. The Dorylina is a winged, Jump Capable, well armed, 50 Ton ?Courier? ship, capable of carrying a small amount of cargo and presumably capable of atmospheric flight. The Felicia Miller is a large, modular, 250 ton, Jump Capable Cargo Hauler incapable of atmospheric landing. It includes a 50 ton lighter that can be used to ferry cargo too and from the surface.

The ships are varied and interesting and could serve as a flavorful focus for a starship crew-based campaign, as the ship is an important character in space-based series. The story of how a crew came together and acquired their ship is an important back-story element, or can make for a good initial, or ?flash-back? adventure. The flavor text is ok, though no stats are provided for Smilin? Jack should the players find him utterly annoying and decided to kill him. Prices are included for each ship, and the discussion of finances and how it can shape the flavor of the campaign are good.

The PDF itself is laid out in a single column with a simple readable font for body text, and NASA style futuristic text used for section headings and stats. Unfortunately the ship diagrams are kind of hard to read, the text for the Split Hare being unreadable, and thus useless, on the others and a hollow outlined font is used and it also makes for hard reading. Luckily the stat block and other texts are easy to read. There is no other interior art, the cover art are a couple of character pieces and ship illos in the ?trademark? water-colorized Starcluster style.

This is a decent supplement with some flavorful ship write-ups for a GM to use as a central character in a crew-based game, or as encounters in a space based game as well. So, for GM?s looking for ideas for some ships to use, it is a worthwhile buy.

<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Nice variety of ships with flavorful back-story, campaign advice.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Ship diagrams range from unreadable to hard to read, no stats for Smilin jack, and flavor text could annoy some people. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br><BR>[THIS REVIEW WAS EDITED]<BR>

[3 of 5 Stars!]
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