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Michael T. Desing's Army Ants Resolute Referee's Guide
Publisher: Splintered Realms Publishing
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/11/2011 15:54:52

This short PDF gives readers a glimpse into ant psychology and culture. It also offers a few adventure hooks. Readers are left wanting more, stats for the grunts of the Wasp Empire for instance. It is a good PDF for 7 pages, much more intuitively organized than the "Core" PDF. The author's suggestion of going outside and viewing the ants' vast and dangerous world from the insects' perspective indicates the creativity behind Army Ants. I look forward to more expansions.



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Resolute: The Splintered Realm
Publisher: Splintered Realms Publishing
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/03/2011 01:28:17

Resolute the Splintered Realm is leaps and bounds more complete than Resolute Army Ants. The game contains clear examples of play and explanations of the various aspects of the game. It even contains a few optional rules. What the game doesn't cover: maritime combat, Sword & Sorcery cultural tropes, mounted combat [at least I didn't see it], etc. In future expansions, I'd like to see sea-faring adventure rules, more creatures, more archetypes and more races with cultural variants, but it's a well- written 20 pages.



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Michael T. Desing's Army Ants Resolute Edition Core Rules
Publisher: Splintered Realms Publishing
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/03/2011 00:58:03

Army Ants:Resolute is an example of a cool idea unfinished. In the 7 pages of the e-reader version, I couldn't find an explanation of how Soaking damage works, of weapon types or of how many CPs are used in character creation and how many CPs Abilities cost.



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Publisher Reply:
Thanks for the review… to address your concerns: - Regarding soaking: this is covered under the Shell ability. “Your exoskeleton allows you to soak damage from enemy attacks. Add your shell rating to damage soak rolls.” As with all abilities, not purchasing it assumes a +0 rating; all creatures roll 2D+shell to soak all damage; with shell +0, you roll 2D straight up. - Under “Building Your Ant: You start as a private at level 1 with 10 CPs.” That is in the rules. - Page 2 has a listing of CP ability costs… it’s the chart at the bottom of the preview PDF. - You are correct that the rules don’t get into specific weapon types; however, the rules give you specific attributes of your weapon; you know what your bonus is to hit, what your bonus is to damage, and how far you can fire your weapon. For game purposes, whether you call it an AM-15 assault rifle or a P-3 auto pistol is a wash; you know you roll 2D+3 to hit and 2D+4 for damage, and a target up to 7 units away is in range. I’m sorry that you felt so negatively about the game, but all of your reasons were addressed in the rules. Thanks for taking the time to review it.
DEAD G-Core
Publisher: Dilly Green Bean Games
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/23/2011 18:24:47

G-Core Dead is a humorous genre add-on discussing the gaming physics of zombies, how to zombify your heroes and villains, the inclusion of zombies in a standard game and one fully illustrated character writeup, all in six pages for 75 cents. G-Core keeps getting better. As a game derived from TSR's Marvel Super Heroes, G-Core supplements are compatible with ICONS with a little fudging of the math and the edition of Aspects.



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Lightspeed: Alien Contact
Publisher: Avalon Game Company
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/23/2011 09:10:42

First of all, I'm slighty miffed that I bought this PDF at full price before seeing the half off discount on the Lightspeed yahoo group. If I had paid $3.50, this would be a four star review. I was pleased to see this product. Lightspeed was one of the first PDFs I bought on rpgnow around a deCade ago. I'm partial to the setting, and though Fuzion isn't ICONS or Savage Worlds, at least it"s not d20. This PDF is well-written, and a scifi game can never have too many aliens. My problem is that the alien writeups don't take advantage of the setting Christian Concle has developed in previous PDFs. There are no tie-ins to any of the Lightspeed setting plot points. Also, the layout lacks the signature Lightspeed style.



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The Cosmic Paternity Suit
Publisher: Reality Cheque
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/11/2011 13:27:35

$6.99 is a little more than I like to sink into a mediocrely scanned PDF, but considering that a low price for the printed book on eBay and other sites is around $20.00 before shipping, I went with it. This, like all Tales from the Floating Vagabond books, at the very least promises to be an entertaining read. There are better systems out there, even "comedy" ones, namely RISUS, but the setting and mods are great.



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The Ancient 8 (G-Core)
Publisher: Dilly Green Bean Games
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/08/2011 10:11:52

Ancient eight is essentially an amalgamation of avatar the last Airbender and the New Mutants. Read more about it on the Dilly Green Bean Games design blog. As always, Jay's art looks fantastic on the iPad.



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G-Core GRIT
Publisher: Dilly Green Bean Games
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/28/2011 12:55:33

for $.75, you can take your G-Core campaign to the "street level". This PDF eliminates fixed point pools and allows for stat ratings other than multiples of 10.



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Mecha G-Core
Publisher: Dilly Green Bean Games
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/28/2011 12:41:19

Mecha G-Core is essentially what it says: a mecha add-on for the G-Core system. There are some good ideas here, but it isn't as complete as it could be. Not all of the ideas discussed are given examples.This is, more accurately, the framework, a solid framework, but a framework.That being said, in characteristic "Jay" fashion, Billy Green Bean Games is posting a series of free PDFs to its website addressing some of the lack of examples and explanation. Beyond that, this PDF is only a dollar. I shouldn't say "only a dollar", but most of us don't even get our morning coffee for that little. With a little creativity, some of the concepts within this framework can easily be adapted to Icons or the old tried-and-true Marvel Superheroes.



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Zenith Comics Presents: Supervillains! (BASH)
Publisher: Zenith Comics
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/21/2011 08:54:38

A fine offering for a great rules-lite system. Can't beat the "app pricing" model. ...will be purchasing the ICONS version as well when it becomes available.



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Our thanks for the kind words and happy to hear you are happy with your purchase! Cheers!
Moreau Files 2 (ICONS)
Publisher: Vigilance Press
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/06/2011 13:30:58

if you're nostalgic for the days of the Marvel universe when Hydra was not the instigator of World War II, then you'll like this product.



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USHER Dossiers (ICONS)
Publisher: Vigilance Press
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/06/2011 13:24:33

The GM of my current icons campaign, someone who like myself has been gaming for over 20 years, says of the Usher Dossiers that it's one of the best written RPG supplements he's read in years. The art by Dan Houser doesn't hurt either. There's a lot of useful stuff in here for your house campaigns as well.



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Field Guide to Superheroes Vol. 2 (ICONS)
Publisher: Vigilance Press
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/12/2011 16:33:59

Another great release from a promising product line, Field Guide to Superheroes Volume 2 adds the next 10 heroes of the 40 total. Of note here is the Super Vehicle power. Mr. Kenson chose to leave out vehicle rules from the main icons book even though the 4C Creative Commons system included them. The Field Guide team has spent some Determination points and "retconed" them back in [yes I realize how nerdy that statement is :)]. Icons fans won't be disappointed with Dan Houser's art either. His art does as much for the icons brand as any write up. It is a key element to Icons' characterization. Any publisher wanting to release Icons products should strongly consider retaining his services.



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LotFP Weird Fantasy Role-Playing Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Lamentations of the Flame Princess
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/09/2010 13:35:09

Caveat: I bought these pdfs on sale for $1.34, so my opinion is influenced somewhat by that price.

LotFP is to 0e what Castles & Crusades is to 1e, and arguably better written. The "Weird" aspect of the game isn't so much "strange" as it is an indication that as much as it draws from OD&D and retro clones for inspiration, it looks to the source material that inspired the original game in the first place. Magic-Users and Clerics can use any weapon or type of armor, but only Fighters gain attack bonuses with level advancement. The Specialist concept is a good one. It comes right out of Tunnels & Trolls 7th edition, though Ken St Andre isn't credited.

This set could be equally inspiring and off-putting for new players. The Tutorial Book is as good a how-to of OD&D as I've seen, but the game almost demands an experienced game master. There are no monster stat blocks included. The rationale for this is that there are literally hundreds of 0e and 1e monster stats available on the net for free. The Referee Book is well written and no-nonsense. There are no treasure or magical item tables, but a discussion of the concepts. The author talks his readers through a number of RPG pitfalls the problems with historical campaigns.

If I get the chance to run 0e, I'll probably use this. The ascending armor class makes combat easy, and as cool as Dark Dungeons is, it is not a rules-lite game. This is.



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Galactic Guardians [G-Core]
Publisher: Dilly Green Bean Games
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/20/2010 23:31:26

Galactic Guardians is my favorite of the G-Core $1.00 add-on so far. It features a Green Lantern Corps analog. Rather than rings, the Galactic Guardians are entrusted with disks allowing them access to a pocket dimension full of weapons and gadgets. It's an analog, but it's not a carbon copy; for one, most of the Guardians profiled have powers in their own rights. The pdf also profiles a special mission force of the Galactic Legion, an interstellar military arm associated with the Guardians.

As with the previous pdfs in the series, the writeups here could be useful for any GM running an MSH inspired system, like ICONS.

I'll say too that the production values of Dilly Green Bean Games keep going up with each release. The pdf is crisp; the art, dynamic.

$1.00 is the regular price folks.



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