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UNORTHODOX Orthodox: Double Trouble $350.00 $0.99
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UNORTHODOX Orthodox: Double Trouble
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UNORTHODOX Orthodox: Double Trouble
Publisher: The Le Games
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/09/2007 00:00:00
Unorthodox Orthodox: Double Trouble is The Le Games's April Fool's Day '07 product. Like most of the rest of you, I was drawn to this product because it displayed boobs on the cover.

The book comes in a zipped file just over one megabyte in size. The zipped file contains the PDF of the product itself, and a JPEG image of a very pretty Asian woman in her underwear (quite likely the owner of the chest that graces the book's cover); the image is named, appropriately enough, "pointless exploitation." As for the PDF, it's sixteen pages long, including three pages for the OGL/legal. Oddly, the alluring cover image on the product page doesn't actually appear as the cover to the PDF itself. Full bookmarks are given.

The product is fairly image-heavy, so on the off-chance that you want to print this out, you might be in for a hard time. All of the interior art is full color, and a large portion of it is photographs, mostly used in ads for joke upcoming products (at least, I really hope they're jokes). There are no options for any sort of printer-friendly version.

The book has two prestige classes (though there's very little prestige attached to either one of them): the Lunch Lady and the White Trash Redneck. Mostly due to how the ads tend to take up a large amount of space, each of these ten-level classes takes five pages to fully print. Seven feats are given after that. Make no mistake though, the mechanics here (and I use the term loosely) aren't real. References to skills and feats that don't exist are among the lesser ways that this product eschews usefulness for humor. No one with even a passing familiarity with the d20 system would think that they can actually use any of this material in their game. It is worth noting, however, that the introduction has coupons for several dollars off half-a-dozen other The Le products, which is a good deal for only $0.50.

I gave the previous Unorthodox Orthodox 5/5 stars, because the book accomplished what it set out to do, which was be funny at the expense of mechanical usefulness. This book works in the same vein, but doesn't seem to quite go as far. There's less here, and as the more obvious jokes (such as prestige classes for Democrats and Republicans) were done last year, this book seems to falter somewhat on what it satirizes. That said, paying $0.50 for over twenty bucks worth of coupons is still a deal, and you get a picture of a hot chick thrown in too. So what the heck, 5/5 again.







LIKED: The joke advertisements for future products, such as Unorthodox Inappropriate Touching, were quite funny to read. Also, having over twenty dollars' worth of coupons in the front of the book was a nice touch. And just to mention it one last time, there's a picture of a babe here too.

DISLIKED: The satirical prestige classes seemed to stretch a bit in order to find stereotypes worth mocking. And while I'm all for joke products, is it really that hard to throw in something mechanically useful every now and then, too?

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied

[THIS REVIEW WAS EDITED]


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