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Future Armada: Invictus $8.50
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Future Armada: Invictus
Publisher: 0 hr: art & technology
by JD S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/09/2008 12:03:35
The best ship deck plans ever, and for seven bucks you get a huge ship. Very, very nice.

Not just a ship, though; print up (I use them as jpegs with MapTool) certain deck plans, and label them Part of Outpost or Factory Control Areas, and you're still in business.

You simply cannot go wrong with Future Armada-I'm bought all but twoof the line (and will get those soon), not because i needed them all, but because the quality and low price cannot be beaten.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Future Armada: Invictus
Publisher: 0 hr: art & technology
by Shawn G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/02/2008 17:27:44
The Future Armada series is awesome! Each set includes a detailed write-up of one or two ships, including diagrams, deck plans, and d20 stats. The deck plans are provided in a small-scale image so that you can see the whole layout of the ship on a single page, as well as miniature-scale tactical maps in both black-and-white and color versions. In addition, each set includes a handful of very attractive CG images, showing in action (in space, flying through the atmosphere, in a hangar, etc.).

Even if you're not a d20 player, the images and deck plans make these sets well worth the cost.

(Some of the ships reminded me a lot of a Firefly, so these ships would work really well in a campaign set in the Firefly / Serenity universe.)

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Future Armada: Invictus
Publisher: 0 hr: art & technology
by Arun R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/03/2008 19:35:06
Impressive graphics, though some more labeling on the maps would be nice.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Future Armada: Invictus
Publisher: 0 hr: art & technology
by Nick M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/24/2007 04:19:20
An excellent PDF as I've come to expect from this series. The modular design of the deckplans adds flexibility especially when combined with the Argos III station.

The design of the product is very good. The quality of each individual tile is very high and the layout of the ship is interesting.

As a bonus as well as the Invictus you get a small shuttle and a single-seater fighter as well.

The write up on the ship uses D20 rules (which I don't use). Not a problem in itself since I can extrapolate from them. The various areas of Invictus get decent explanation as well and there are a couple of interesting NPCs

Negatives are generally few, its perhaps a little too big to feature fully in my current campaign - my PCs are never going to fly anything this big and as an enemy its going to blast them to atoms :-) at present anyway. Its more likely I'll be using the tiles to create other locations.

There is no 'oversize map', which is a shame, but perfectly understandable given the size of Invictus

I'd like to see a few more ships around the size of the Exceter / Jo Lynn and Drake. Vessels that the PCs may actually get to own and pilot themselves maybe, or ones that can serve as protagonists without being overpowered.

I'm looking forward to more releases in the series - hopefully soon

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Future Armada: Invictus
Publisher: 0 hr: art & technology
by Malcolm M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/18/2007 18:07:42
Ryan Wolfe is the king of starship deckplans. No one else can touch what he does with his Future Armada series, and most PDF publishers are smart enough not to try to compete directly.

In Latin, the word "Invictus" means "unconquered", and the name of this current carrier-class capital ship couldn't be more apt. With each release, Wolfe gives the buyer more for their money: more flexibility of use; more options at the gaming table; more art; and more sheer content..

In an industry where it's not uncommon to see a five-page, mostly-text PDF sell for five dollars (or more), Ryan Wolfe not only gives his buyers a full-color, thirty-one page core document, but includes additional art, tile, and schematic documents as well. And the Invictus sells for under eight bucks!

This then, is what ultimately makes Ryan Wolfe the "unconquered king" (Invictus Rex) of starship deckplans -- if not science-fiction rpg PDF supplements in general: Wolfe always gives you more. More content, more options, every time, all the time.

Whether on the large scale (e.g. the Invictus tiles are designed to integrate easily with the tiles from Wolfe's last release, the Argos III, to give users even more options in designing their **own** capital vessels) or on the small-scale (e.g. while the Invictus is a warship, Wolfe makes a point of mentioning how this flagship might easily function as an exploration/diplomatic vessel during peacetime), Wolfe always seems to keep the needs of the end-user, and the realities of the gaming-table in mind.

The other thing which makes the Future Armada series remarkable is that designer Wolfe is always pushing his own boundaries. He could've just kept on cranking out awesome-looking player-character-party scale starships, and pocketed decent money doing "variations on a theme" forever. But no.

First, he does a small space station (Vanguard Station) -- something every SF rpg gamemaster needs. When the Vanguard proves welcome, he does a big space station -- and I mean a BIG one (Argos III). Making something the size of Argos III actually work at the game-table level took obvious effort, but Wolfe pulled it off masterfully.

And now, Invictus the unconquered, one of the "grail deckplans" for SF rpg fans -- a fully-detailed capital ship. I haven't seen a capital ship deckplan this welcome since the Azhanti High Lightning boxed set from GDW for Classic Traveller, and most of you reading this probably weren't even born when that one came out. Heck, I hadn't even kissed a girl yet, myself!

So, Ryan Wolfe and his beautiful Invictus get full marks and sincere thanks. Not only for a first-rate product at a bargain price, but for the spirit of creativity and experiment which drives the entire Future Armada line. What's next, Mr. Wolfe? A planetside starport? An alien starship? A derelict alien starship to explore? Whatever it is, I'm sure it will be as interesting, as useful, and as fun as everything you've brought us of late.

Meantime, we have the Invictus -- and what a beautiful starship she is!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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