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The Maelstrom Companion $8.00
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The Maelstrom Companion
Publisher: Arion Games
by Christopher T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/10/2012 19:42:43
What the Maelstrom Companion does is try to fill gaps in the original Maelstrom game. Maelstrom is the kind of game that is open enough in design that you can plug in pretty much any mechanic and get a desire playable effect; that is to say if you want very heroic action and cinematic play styles you can plug a rule in. The Maelstrom Companion takes a lot of the "homework" out of this for you.
The firearms rules are very good, playable and will work. The added character "livings" are a nice touch. The additional adventure background is very good for those who hate to pick up a history book. You get a lot for your money in this book and it makes Maelstrom a lot more playable. I hope that there will be more to come!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Maelstrom Companion
Publisher: Arion Games
by Ben R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/31/2009 09:00:25
A nice idea, poorly executed.

There are a few things in here which should be great. Alchemical recipes, firearm rules, new classes including the barber-surgeon, a lengthy description of the town of Bury St Edmunds. But they are poorly thought out and lack substance. The book as a whole lacks any focus, skimming across the surface of the original and suggesting rules tweaks which lack any real depth or insight - your own house rules are probably better already. And the town of Bury St Edmunds reads like a shopping list instead of a tapestry.

In addition, the writing is poor and so is the artwork, making it difficult to get a sense of immersion in the setting that the original game does so well.

If you don't have the original game, buy it!!! But avoid this sub-standard addendum.

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
Thank you for your comments on this book which, obviously, reflect your own opinions. We would however like to make customers aware of a comprehensive review here: http://www.therpgsite.com/showthread.php?t=14575 which we think gives a true reflection of this product.
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