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Lady's Rock
Publisher: Erisian Entertainment
by Oscar S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/18/2012 12:32:22

Lost my first quick review....so here is the down and dirty.

+Overall like the system/setting. More a mix of fantasy and tech than straight fantasy I expected. [Not as racy as the cover and explicit tag leads you to believe. Rather, this is the sign of a responsible author]

+Big book (261 pages) with hefty setting leading the way (64 pages)

+System based on a skill pool of d10 dice. Dice are read as is (finally! 0 counts as zero) and can explode. Dice roll interpreted by one of four types of test.

+Largely point based character creation with 11 races and twice as many subspecies.

+Three groups of dice pools and damage.

+Extensive explanation of the Law and Rules of magic.

+PDF index hotlinks to sections

-Author writes from a soap box throughout the book. Prose isn't bad, but tiring to read.

-Needs editing. Found several references "p.XXXXX"

-Poorly organized. Aforementioned system tests are explained in Character Creation - Skills.

-Art is hit (Larry Elmore, no really!) or miss (look at the Drow), but layout looks as if it was done in MS Word.

Overall, this book would rate average (3 stars) if not for the obvious labor of love applied by the small production house. So plus one for effort.



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2300AD Core Rulebook Revised
Publisher: Mongoose
by Oscar S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/21/2012 22:37:14

After months of anticipation, having loved the original 2300, I picked up this book on the release day and was immediately disappointed with the purchase. The book is antiseptic in presentation, devoid of decent art and presented in an uninspired layout. It reminds me of the Traveller books of the late 70's, before the days of computers. Speaking of which, there are a few 3-D renderings of classic vehicles and ships (the Kennedy cruiser for example) but they are extremely simple. Dense hex grids on the world maps making viewing of the geography difficult. The best (and only color) picture inside the book is an advertisement for another of Mongoose's products.

The writing, while not awkward, tends to jump around topics as the author tried to address too many things too quickly. More on this as I do more reading.

The pdf is weak copy of the layout without bookmarks or outline to scan and find topics (less expensive books from other publishers include this feature).

Considering the age in which this product laid out, the price charged, and in comparison to Mongoose's own Traveller Core book, this is a weak effort.



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