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Mutants & Masterminds Archetype Archive 3 $4.95
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Mutants & Masterminds Archetype Archive 3
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Arthur L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/07/2006 00:00:00
see my comments for MnM Archetype Archives 1 and 2 - the same holds true here.


LIKED: Nice addition to archetypes detailed in the MnM rulebook.

DISLIKED: A teensy bit of overlap with existing archetypes.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Mutants & Masterminds Archetype Archive 3
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/26/2006 00:00:00
Mutants & Masterminds: Archetype Archive 3 another in the Green Ronin series of ten new superheroic archetypes. Archetypes (in the M&M sense) are packages of statistics, skills and powers to simulate various ?standard? types of characters from the superheroic / comic book genre.

Each of the Archetypes comes with a strong full color illustration that conveys the sense of the Archetype?s abilities and style (the Revenant piece, used on the cover, is especially striking). (Oddly, none of the illustrations are of heroines in this Archive. All are heroes.) Each character is fully prepared for use in a standard Power Level 10 / 150 Character Points campaigns. Note on how to use and adapt the character types to fill various roles and power conceptions are included.

Among the character types explored in this archive are: Archer, complete with trick arrows and suggestions on how to simulate trick shots with feats. Dark Avenger, ?who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?? The (afore mentioned) Revenant, back from the death for justice . . . or vengeance? Ring Bearer, gifted with an artefact to control energy beyond comprehension and protect the world (and beyond). And the Solid Hero, able to transform into something more durable than mere flesh.

Another useful reference for Mutants & Masterminds players and games masters. More solid archetype design to model player and non-player characters alike on for any campaign.


LIKED: Strong art, good designs.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Mutants & Masterminds Archetype Archive 3
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Anthony R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/29/2006 00:00:00
Like the previous two archives, Archetype Archive 3 presents ten new archetypes for Mutants & Masterminds 2nd Edition. The format is identical to the previous archives. The art is as good or arguably a little better. The archetypes presented continue to focus on some of the major heroic archetypes found in comic books. You get Amphibian (Sub-Mariner, Aquaman), Archer (Hawkeye, Green Arrow), Living Flame (Human Torch), Ring Bearer (Green Lantern), etc. You even get a nod to the pulp era with the Dark Avenger, a Shadow clone.

I was happy to see a nice implementation of Alternate Powers with the Living Flame. However, I wish that the Archer had been fleshed completely, instead of just given example power feats. For the Gamemaster, the Revenant, an almost unkillable character, would make a nice villain for a group of heroes. Similarly, the Demon and Dark Avenger could also be used as villains with no or little modification.

If you are looking for extremely clever and/or unique character designs or characters that ?push the limits? of the Mutants & Masterminds game system, Archetype Archive 3 may disappoint you. The characters are all pretty straightforward and as I have mentioned earlier, the archetypes are all typical comic book fare. However, if you are a busy (or just lazy) Gamemaster like me, these archetype collections are a good value. I will gladly pay fifty cents a character for the convenience that the Archetype Archives provide. It cuts down on my prep time and lets me concentrate on things other than grinding out characters. They are also useful for one-shots and as NPC heroes. Check out the whole series and see for yourself.


LIKED: Classic archetypes are a boon to the busy Gamemaster.

DISLIKED: Characters are all pretty straightforward. I would like to see at least a few in future collections that 'push' the game system a bit.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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