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Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game Core Rules
Publisher: Privateer Press
by Samuel T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/22/2018 03:06:52

My friends and I have been playing this on and off since it released and love it. We're used to HERO and love tactical combat - IKRPG delivers quite nicely on that while providing us with an good set of rules that don't have a huge learning curve. Works well for our large group (8+ people). Like D&D it is good for players to write down notes of their Abilities (Feats) and spells, although the magic in the setting isn't nearly as complex as D&D. PCs start off dual-classed, allowing them versatility in character creation, plus can choose an Archtype which offers various perks in combat. The system favors horizontal/broad-based character development versus purely vertical development.

PDFs are searchable, linked, and have bookmarks. My only complaint is there is a background graphic which makes this eat up toner/ink if you want/need to print anything out. PDF is fine on my Surface Pro 4 tablet, my friends seem happy with it on their iPads.

Great writing and fluff in IKRPG and its supplement books, and its kept us happy. I've been able to recommend the game and its books to people who would rather use other systems just for the setting material alone, and they've thanked me for it.

I'm knocking off one point as there've been no new releases for a while as Privateer Press seems to have moved their support for the RPG to No Quarter magazine. I would prefer it if they sold No Quarter through DriveThruRPG or made collections of articles from NQ relevant to the RPG available (such as all the Unleashed: Blighted Nyss/Everblight content) similar to Monte Cook's "glimmers" for the various Cypher games. Likewise, there's no relation to the old d20 Full Metal Fantasy RPG - this is an revamping of everything to current standards, with the old material no longer being sold. As such, no digital versions of The Witchfire Trilogy, the old Monsternomicons, etc. So, while its quite sufficient as is for years of gaming, I would like to see stronger support.

But, in the end, its a great game, a good system that knows what it wants to be (IMO), and has provided me and my group with tons of gaming with more to come :)



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Company of Iron
Publisher: Privateer Press
by Samuel T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/22/2018 02:39:44

I ordered two packs. Quality seemed pretty good, looked and felt nice, sleeved well. No complaints! Will be ordering two more for friends soon!

I'm witholding one star just in case revisions have to be made in the future. If they handle that well and I'm happy with it? I'll add that 5th star.



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Marvel Heroic Roleplaying: Basic Game
Publisher: Margaret Weis Productions
by Samuel T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/24/2013 15:58:05

I've bought three copies of this total: one digital, and two physical copies. Its very well done, is a real bargain for its production values, and the game itself? Nice, reasonably light, and flexible. I like that its looser than HERO or M&M, and isn't so focused on specific minutia for simulating things as those titles, but rather its more about making the game "feel" like a comic to me.

I'd really encourage you to pick it up; at $10 for the PDF, its a steal. From what I've read, its very "hackable," so you can use it for other games/genres. The upcoming Cortex Hacker's Guide will even have a fantasy hack for it as an example! If they ever release this particular Cortex variant as a stand-alone set of rules, definitely get it!



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Teenagers from Outerspace
Publisher: R. Talsorian Games Inc.
by Samuel T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/15/2012 17:26:06

As a former TFOS book owner (three different copies/editions!), I'm quite excited to see this game available in PDF format. The rules are simple, the setting is fun, and the game is pretty much self-contained.

Rules are quick and easy to learn, which is great for quick games, young, casual and non-gamer players (or a night when everyone is too brain-fried from life to deal with a crunchy game). You'll only need a couple of 6-sided dice for the game, and most rolls are d6 + stat + skill/modifiers (generally all low, single-digit numbers) versus some target number.

A very elegant way to combat players making teenage gods/goddesses in game is the "Overdoing it" mechanic. Exceed your target number by too much and you'll "over do it," resulting in unintended consequences as the player gets more than they bargained for. Its usually humorous (depending on the GM), and while better than a failure, is a subtle encouragement for players to diversify what their teenagers can do.

It is worth noting that players can't die, violence is more of the old cartoon variety, and generally the game is more fun and mischievous than anything else. In my experience it was fun for one-off games as well as short little multi-session adventures with players who had a good sense of humor about themselves and their characters. As such, its a nice little thing to have in your collection for nights when your normal game can't be played or the GM needs a break. The book does come with a fair number of adventure plots, so if you're good with improvising on the fly its almost pick up and play.

The PDF, so far as I can tell, is a scan and is not searchable. Thats not horrible at 130 pages, but I'd just as soon print it out than use it digitally. Also, this edition came out in the late 90's, so social media, online gaming, reality TV shows, and all the more modern stuff contemporary teens are into isn't really present, but putting it in won't be any problem for GMs or players. Should R Talsorian ever create a new edition to update some of the setting plus make a new, non-scanned PDF with all the trimmings, you can add one more star to my rating.

As is, however, the game is still fantastic, and a steal at the asking price.



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