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THRILLING TALES: Omnibus Edition $21.95 $10.98
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THRILLING TALES: Omnibus Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 02/12/2012 11:09:22
I will admit that the Pulp Era is not one I seek out to either read or play games in. I see the appeal and every interaction I have had with the material has been a positive one. Thrilling Tales then is no exception, except for the fact I might actually seek out to play this one more often.
Physically this book is very nice. The layout is clean and easy to read. The art is very evocative of the time and my first thought was the old Universal movies from the same time frame (and movie still from the serials was really nice). That is a very good thing in my mind.
I loved the time line of the 30s.
The game is designed with d20 Modern in mind and I think it is a very good fit. I love the minor changes like renaming the core classes to something more "Pulpy" and addition of the Seduction skill, something I pushed for in other games.
There are a bunch of new advanced classes appropriate to the era. If you have ever seen a movie, serial or read a book from this era then the cast will look very familiar.
The section on weapons and gear is great, and perfect for any pulp-era game, not just a TT one or even just a d20 one. What I liked most about it is it is full photos and illustrations.
This is followed by sections on how to run a Pulp game and a wonderful section on Villains. Again the villains section is great for any game in this era or even a supers game in any era. Besides any game with a Nazi Vampire cult leader as a villain is an instant win in my book!
Speaking of which, all of chapter 8 is devoted to the only human enemy everyone can openly hate and kill without moral repercussions; the Nazis. Not so much a history of the Nazi, but a a history of the Nazi-as-a-boogeyman; the all-Enemy.
The Thugee likewise get a chapter, but I am sure this is due 100% to Temple of Doom.

The book ends with a Random Adventure generator. Which is 100% appropriate to this sort of adventure era. Watch the old serials, it sometimes looks like they were rolling on a similar table while writing the scripts. A bit of tweaking and this could work for any era. Replace Nazi with "Drow" or "Soviets" or "Dark Cabal" and you get the idea.

All in all this is a great game and one that makes me want to play some two fisted pulp adventures!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
THRILLING TALES: Omnibus Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Txabier A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/20/2011 12:22:26
Quite simple: this is the very best Pulp-inspired RPg on the market today. The engine is modified d20, but fine-tuned to the stunts and technology of the time and style. With lots of add-ons, sure, but this one really has everything you need to start a sound and fun campaign full of two-fisted action and .38 special reasoning.

I heartily recommend it for anyone seriously into Pulp, as it is one of the best researched tomes you will ever find.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
THRILLING TALES: Omnibus Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Anthony C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/30/2010 19:57:07
I've yet to find the right pulp game, although Hollow Earth comes close. The problem with it is its intended focus on certain aspects of the era. Thrilling Tales falls in on the positive side of "eh."

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
THRILLING TALES: Omnibus Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/13/2007 20:48:28
In all fairness, I got this pdf for free during the Thanksgiving give away, but with that said, this is a thorough product... a sight better than others of the genre on the d20 Modern market, and I've read through a lot of them.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
THRILLING TALES: Omnibus Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Douglas B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/01/2007 00:00:00
A great Pulp gaming sourcebook!
Get all of last year about all in one volume.
Plus, having the POD version as well is incredibly useful.


LIKED: Everything in one volume.
PDF plus POD is a very useful way to go.

DISLIKED: Not sure if there is really anythig I did not like actually.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
THRILLING TALES: Omnibus Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Nicholas B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/27/2007 00:00:00
A nice compilation of all the thrilling Tales releases under one cover. I purchased the POD edition, and it's a nice, high quality book with great illustrations.

The book will serve anyone well to run a pulpy adventure campaign using D20 Modern rules. Includes most everything needed to do so; no other resource will be required (you've got the classes, villains, and equipment and vehicles necessary for the task). As D20 style splatbooks go, this one is full of useful content for the specific style of play evoked by pulp adventure.

The main downside to this book that I can see is that, as with most D20 materials, it's a bit hard to customize. If, for example, you want to have a more super-powered pulp game (where costumed crimefighters have special abilities) this book won't do it. Additionally, if a certain class doesn't quite fit your expectations for the genre, you'll have to do some modifications to fix it to your liking, but that's normal for D20.


LIKED: Complete, everything a D20 Modern GM needs to run pulp adventures.
Well written, easy to absorb and use.
Nicely illustrated with lots of thematic art from the period.

DISLIKED: Designed for a fairly specific style of pulp and not too flexible outside of its own constraints.
Wouldn't have minded a section with even more villains than was provided....but not really a flaw, they did provide plenty of stuff within.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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