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Trollops Of Destiny
Publisher: Dark Quest Games
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/09/2011 11:52:50

At $1.19 I was not expecting a lot. I did get a book of 7 NPCs that I could use in any fantasy/historical style game. With a bit of work I could use them in almost any game, so the utility seems to be pretty high. But the issue I have this (one of them anyway) is there is not really enough information here. There are background sketches and motivations. There is an idea of how each character compares to the commoners of the time (intelligence, skills, wealth) and presented in a way to aid conversions into any system. There are also some adventure hooks and use ideas.

But there are some issues I have with it. First the art, that is there, is not really related to the text. Some art of the women in question would be nice. And "Trollops". Really? Why not just women or Femme Fatales but Trollops? And I am not sure what the whole "Destiny" thing is about. I know these are supposed to be archetypes, but they are very close to being stereotypes.

At the end of the day, it's nine pages for under a buck and a quarter. I would have rather paid more and gotten more I think.



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
Trollops Of Destiny
Publisher: Dark Quest Games
by Melvin D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/11/2011 20:41:33

The single thing I was expecting was a wider variety of characters. Without soapboxing it this supplement only covered Caucasian and Caucasian sounding NPCs. The audience buying the product is larger than that and one would think that black, asian, indian, arabic, etc would automatically be included in the product. Gaming is for more than those with blond hair and blue eyes...



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[1 of 5 Stars!]
Trollops Of Destiny
Publisher: Dark Quest Games
by Jason C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 11/18/2009 11:00:20

This supplement is for any fantasy RPG. In 9 pages, it details 7 female NPCs. It goes into their histories, motivations, and gives a few adventure hooks for each, as well as romantic and/or sexual encounters that might be had with each of them. Since it is not RPG-specific, there are no statistics provided, though there are excellent guidelines for how the GM should assign statistics in the needed system.

Don't let the cover fool you, not all of these women are either wanton or wicked. Some are quite nice. Others are just a bit forceful in getting what they want. One is truly deranged, and another is flat evil.

What all of these women are lacking, however, is some kind of drive or desire that would make them real characters. When reading through the descriptions, I was struck with a simple idea: "So what?" Take the kindly beggar woman. Her description is interesting: she is quite charismatic and attractive, and able to use those skills to obtain money. She shares the money she obtains with other beggars at least in part because this keeps them around so that her flirtatious panhandling doesn't devolve into an assault. Well and good. But I am not sure what this adds to my story. Does she have a sinister admirer who is going to take decisive action which the heroic PCs must stop? Does she have a dream of living above her station that she intends to achieve by trickery and seduction? When I come to the end of her description, I don't really know what force she introduces into my story. She's interesting but not really worth spending time on without some drive.

In general, this is a problem for most of the women. Some don't have any adventure hooks at all, and of the adventure hooks presented, most have to do with something happening to the woman rather than the woman taking action of her own volition. It would be hard for me to concoct a true "destiny" for them without any idea of where they're trying to go, for good or ill.

Still, for nine pages, the price is right, and the guidelines on coming up with statistics for the system I want to use are very detailed and effective.



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
Trollops Of Destiny
Publisher: Dark Quest Games
by Andrew M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/17/2006 00:00:00

This was a fun little supplement that I am glad I picked up. It details quite a few NPC women who are all quite different and all add spice to a campaign and provides a serviceable portrait of each with their entry. The work is completely portable to any game system as no game statistics are provided. <br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: All the NPCs are well thought out and have well written and fairly unique background stories, motivations, strengths and weaknesses. All information is clearly presented. <br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: A few typos and poor grammar but no serious drawbacks considering the price. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Trollops Of Destiny
Publisher: Dark Quest Games
by Gregory B S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/09/2006 00:00:00

This is a nine (9) page article that is very printer friendly. It is done in a two vertical column fashion with simple line borders. The 1st 1.5 pages is a "how to use this book" statement. There are eight (8) pieces of art, of which two are color. None of the artwork is noteworthy; they are mostly bad clip art pieces of high contrast photos of real women.

The text covers the backgounds of six (6) female prostitutes. This work does not glamourize these working women. If you'd hoped for a "Pretty Woman" to rescue from this product, you may be dissapointed. This work does a good job at giving the six woman a sense of life and plausibility. The book presents these woman as down on their luck, ill-fated, and living in a grim place. In otherwords, these females may be too close to the reality of genuine prostitutes and social tramps. If you world is dark and gritty, like Thieve's World/Sanctuary, then this will work great (but not so much for idealized, high-fantasy). Each female comes with a few good adventure seeds to get her moving. All are human.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Simple b/w layout. To the point and well crafted backgrounds. The price is right, bob. YMMV.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: I would have liked each girl to limited to two pages so that I could print them out as needed. Some text overlaps onto the next NPC sheets.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Gregory, Thank you for your indepth and truthful review. I have revised the product somewhat, taking out most of the grainy black and white clip art that I had used originally. I've replaced it with general color clip art instead. I must admit myself that the characters presented in the book are more for the gritty, low level aspects of a dark urban crawl rather than the exploits of high fantasy. While I am a fan of both I decided to add more of a realistic feel to the backgrounds of these women. I'm glad that you picked up on that issue and addressed it. Thanks again, Dave Woodrum
Trollops Of Destiny
Publisher: Dark Quest Games
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/30/2006 00:00:00

Trollops of Destiny is a character collection from Top Fashion Games, covering characters who fit the first part of the title?s description (?trollop? dated, a sexually disreputable or promiscuous woman, OED). As to destiny . . .

The purpose of this product is far from clear. It presents six characters, three professional sex workers (of various sorts), an older street urchin who uses her charms to gain gifts without selling herself, a barmaid with a taste for weak men and a woman warrior with a lustful side. The characters are given descriptions and each has an illustration, which is not very helpful, just showing the face and not really giving a sense of the character. Most have an adventure hook listed (but one of those is the probably murder of the character it is attached to, making further interaction with that character rather limited). No statistics, for any system, are provided but each character has a short set of conversion notes with suggestions on how to model the character in a system.

The product begins its one short paragraph of introduction with ?The Ways of Wicked Women . . .? but it does little to explain how these characters may be used beyond the short adventure hooks included with some of them (though a short ?mature content? warning is included). It may be asking too much, but some discussion of the dangers of the sex trade and the historical role of sex workers would have helped frame this work and provided much needed context.

While the characters have their moments, not of them are drawn too deeply. Overall, there is not that much to recommend this work.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Disappointing<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Disappointed<br>



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
Trollops Of Destiny
Publisher: Dark Quest Games
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/30/2006 00:00:00

Trollops of Destiny is a short character supplement from Top Fashion Games. The zipped file is 0.33 megabytes in size, and contains a 127 kb PDF of the cover image, a 213 kb PDF of the product itself, and, oddly, an 11 kb GIF file of the cover, reduced to the size of a thumbnail.

The main PDF file is 9 pages long. A short (half-a-page) section covers the credits of the book, and the rest of the material is devoted to the characters. There are two stylized images of interior artwork that are in color. The remainder of the art is black-and-white, consisting of six close-ups of characters in the book. There is no printer-friendly version, but in a product this short, that?s not too much of a drawback. Likewise, the product has no table of contents nor bookmarks.

Trollops of Destiny describes seven women, each of whom is available for some sort of sexual encounter (or, at least, the promise of one). The entry for each woman mentions each of the following: her nickname, her physical description, her age, her personality, her background, her personal possessions, an adventure hook regarding her, and general notes on making this character?s stats. Almost all of the women have a black-and-white image of what their face looks like, though the last character described has no associated artwork. Altogether, each character entry takes up about a page.

Being a universal supplement, this product contains no statistics of any kind. It does noticeably lean towards the fantasy genre, mostly in regards to the backgrounds of the various characters it describes. The only numbers given here at all are the values of the personal possessions the characters have, which is given in values of gold, silver, or copper pieces.

Although brief, Trollops of Destiny is a product that has problems right from the beginning. The subtitle for the product reads ?A Gallery of Wicked, Wonton Women.? The rather amusing misspelling here largely sets the pace for the entire product. One character?s entry mentions that she is ?daft as a bored,? for example. The artwork is likewise rather unimpressive. Each of the character portraits is quite literally only black and white, with no shades of gray whatsoever, and lacking borders from the rest of the white page. Finally, the character entries themselves, while adequate, simply seem to run through classic stereotypes of loose women (the lusty warrioress, the beautiful shallow girl, the exotic entertainer, etc).

Altogether, Trollops of Destiny isn?t so much a bad product as one that suffers from poor execution. Better artwork, another round or two of editing, and expanded descriptions of the characters would have helped this product greatly. A GM looking for a few quick character descriptions of some loose women will find exactly that, no more and no less, here. <br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: The character descriptions easily lent themselves for use in any Fantasy RPG.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: The spelling mistakes in this product were somewhat distracting. Likewise, the artwork was captivating only in how minimally it expressed the subjects. Finally, the character descriptions were too short, rendering the women in question as virtual cliches.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Disappointing<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Disappointed<br>



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