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BASH! Sci-Fi Edition
Publisher: Basic Action Games
by Christian K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/14/2008 20:26:35
BASH! SciFi Edition is toolkit, first and foremost. If you came looking for a "complete" RPG, you will probably be disappointed, since there is not setting.

That aside, it's a marvellous toolkit. In the span of 138 pages, it covers everything that is needed to run space opera. There's aliens, psionics, cybernetics, a nice helping of guns and sci-fi toys, statblocks for almost every "stock" character type encountered in the SF genre, a collection of beasties and robots, and quite a few starships. You also get genre advice for victorian SF, cyberpunk, pulp-SF, post-apocalypse and sword & planet, along with decent rules for mecha.

Several things deserve special praise:
The scaling rules are top-notch. Characters vs. Vehicles is thoroughly covered by the rules, as is attacking large vehicles with smaller craft. And they don't feel tacked on, they work well.
The equipment section has a nice selection of addons and gimmicks, and deals with combining items as well. Want a grenade laucher on that blaster rifle? No problem. Collapsible quarterstaff? BASH! SF has you covered. An energy sword that doubles as a pistol? Can be done, and we have an arm-mounted energy shield and a jetpack to go along with it. You can build amazing things that way to keep your players entertained.
Finally, the book also has a simple (but working) system for dealing with mass combat, be it in space or on a planetary surface.

There were a few things that irked me, though. One of them was the old cover, which has since been replaced with the one shown here.
Also, the PDF isn't optimized for printing; it lacks the empty page between the cover and the first interior page, and the page numbering starts at "2" instead of "3". Most of you will probably just read it on-screen and not be bothered with the page numbering, but it's a bit iffy to get a hardcopy printed that way.

In conclusion, BASH! SciFi is a great and very compact toolkit. If you need a system for your SF-campaign, look no further.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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100 Horror Adventure Seeds
Publisher: Postmortem Studios
by Christian K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/23/2004 00:00:00
Pure excellence. A very nifty (and abundant!) collection of adventure seeds for the horror genre, offering several more or less scientific/supernatural plot twists. Great for classic horror stories (where you hunt the monster), admittedly not so useful for the "personal" horror stories, where you are the monster.

If you're in need of a quick horror fix, combine this with "Ghost Stories", also available here.
Personally, I found the collection very useful for my Angel RPG campaign.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
100 Horror Adventure Seeds
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MotoCaust Roleplaying Game
Publisher: Ronin Arts
by Christian K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/18/2004 00:00:00
A fun little game that has all the necessary basics covered, from combat to souping up your car to providing suitable cannon fodder.

My only gripe ist the exclusion of machine pistols from the weapons list (minor, as you can easily extrapolate the necessary stats) and the somewhat esoteric vehicular combat system; I'm not a big fan of using playing cards as randomizers. Though it works well enough in practice, I would have preferred the inclusion of a dice-based alternate system.

The artwork is stunningly beautiful, and the fiction fits the mood perfectly. The 50 pages make for easy printing, yet include all the necessary stuf to play.

This one is a keeper!

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Gamer's Cookbook
Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
by Christian K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/04/2003 00:00:00
The recipes inside are quite good, tastewise, but there are too few of them included. 10 recipes are simply not enough to call it a cookBOOK, and, on top of that, about half of them require ingredients that are quite hard to get outside the US.
There's no such thing as a leftover ramen noodle flavor bag in europe. Sure, there are workarounds, but let's face it: most gamers aren't that good at cooking, let alone improvising.

One to avoid.

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
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Lightspeed
Publisher: Avalon Game Company
by Christian K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/01/2003 00:00:00
Excellent Sci-Fi game that really covers all the possible angles. You can pretty much use any Sci-Fi flick or series as inspiration; the mechanics are covering everything from hacking to giant starships duking it out. I'd even go so far as to say it's the best space-opera type SF-game available right now. At 5$, you can't go wrong.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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