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Hot War
Publisher: Contested Ground Studios
by Daniel D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/10/2011 20:19:32

Well, let me start with admitting that there is little I can hope to add that others have not. Let this review be one more to add to the heap of accolades this game has received. All deserved I assure you fellow gamer. Hot War ia one of the best horror rpgs I have played in years. There is a rich history in literature detailing the post apocalypse story. Whether the protagonist is a neo barbarian cruising ruined highways for gasoline or the everyman fighting his way through zombies on his way out of his home town. The best stories of the bunch have always been where a person is face to face with the complete end of their civilization. In its place something that is terrifying. To me that is Hot War. Cozy Catastrophes as I have heard them described are where people are mostly alone and able to make a fairly happy existence after the end. World war III would not be such a prospect. Hot war paints a picture where the Cuban Missle Crisis resulted in just that. A ruined late 60s London is the backdrop. The weapons used were not only the atomic, biological and chemical that we feared. Also used were those weird things people have always whispered the Nazis were working on towards the end of world war II. Where super science skirted too close to the edge of magic. London becomes isolated from the rest of the world right after hostilities stop. Soviet troops are seen on the shores but something isn't right. With the remnants of the government still trying to hold on to order with draconian and predictably inhuman pragmatism. The survivors linger on in their ruined city while the grind of suddenly being thrown into a fight for bare existence makes life a living hell. Life outside the reach of the city and the government is far far worse. Reality is twisted and "things" stalk the land. Not just foreign soliders but twisted biological weapons, things from outside this reality that the unconventional weapons let through when they were used. The players take the roles of trouble shooters for the emergency government. Investigating the weird threats from within and outside the city. As they do so they learn the secrets their government and its allies buried after world war II. The system is tailored to accentuate the paranoia, mounting fear and desperation present in the environment. X-files meets post world war III if you want a base comparison Though the alternate history presented and author's unique spin offer much more opportunities for other horror/survivor themed stories. If you want more to your horror rpg than just tentacles and zombies (but those are great too-heck throw them in if you want) Hot War is a great place to start. However remember the best monster is man when you strip away the mask of civilization.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Hot War
Publisher: Contested Ground Studios
by Alexander S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/30/2009 09:09:33

Again an excellent product from CGS. The writing is very good to read, the rules are short and fit perfectly to the setting. If you do like a very dark post apocalyptic setting with well fitting rules and you are open for new experiences this games is for you. Also the presentation is stunning. Very nicely done Black and White Artwork (some CG) which fits and enhances the mood. Important to know for the folks who only have access to an ink printer, the download includes two versions of the rulebook, the "full featured" with art and page backgrounds and a printer friendly version which omits the (very nice) background. All over a recommended buy.



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Hot War
Publisher: Contested Ground Studios
by Colin F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/09/2008 22:27:17

This one is a keeper. The world and atmosphere are really well done and are very open ended for GMs to work with. the systerm is a little tricky for GMs used to more traditional systems to learn but definatly worth it.



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