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2300AD: Hard Suits, Combat Walkers and Battlesuits
Publisher: Mongoose
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/04/2014 15:38:48
I wanted to see this topic covered well, since (as for a Star Wars game, perhaps) it has a considerable influence in defining the nature of serious ground combat in the setting. An expansion was very much needed for the brief, though descriptive, characterisation in the core setting book.

It provides a good spread of classic vehicles in their development over time, with many illustrations, which are very helpful to grasp the style and nature of each one. Actual size and mass figures might have helped with visualisation though they'd only occasionally be required for game use.

I found the division between "hardsuits" and "combat walkers", that is, more and less humanoid-shaped waldoed vehicles, more corrosive to the uniqueness of the setting than useful. A ground-up design system presents a lot of tables to digest before getting to examples and combat usage, considering that combat walkers are standard models and not commonly built from scratch or heavily customised, and could have been placed later, I feel. Design principles and discussions of how combat walkers are employed could have spent a bit of time on concepts before delving into rules terms and references to (much less criticism of) other rulebooks. Generally it could have been more directed to examine how these classes of equipment fit into _this_ setting and assumed less familiarity with what they are and do in other universes.

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Through the Veil Part 8
Publisher: Spica Publishing
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/29/2014 03:38:43
This episode feels a little rushed, leaving details for the referee to develop, but the dilemma is real.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Rare and Mystical Tomes 2
Publisher: Art of War Games
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/25/2013 03:14:38
I haven't seen volume 1, so may have missed the explanation of what this series is about, where the somewhat novel rules for these items came from and how much is randomly generated (it looks like most of it). Volume 2 just starts into a listing without any preliminaries. I can stand to pay less than a dollar to see a reasonably clever randomiser, wouldn't want it to be more.

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Celestial Wisdom
Publisher: Ryan Chaddock Games
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/25/2013 00:31:59
This author gets the setting of Numenera, sees clearly what would be incongruous with the Ninth World and what adds to its weirdness and grandeur and gives us more of the latter. A really promising third-party contribution to a relatively new game. I'd hope for more like this.

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Guide Checklist to GDW RPG Titles
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/30/2013 06:15:20
As a list of all GDW titles on RPGNow, it saves some clicking and scrolling. Hyperlinks didn't work for me.

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2300AD: Salvage Rights
Publisher: Mongoose
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/22/2013 04:26:20
Salvage Rights starts with those funny, friendly little Pentapods and then tells you about things like Bishops, kernels and Dark Gods. Brr. Who needs Ka(e)fers with these guys on the doorstep?

Although the weather is just as unpleasant as the previous episode, this feels like quite a shift of pace.

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2300AD: Rescue Run
Publisher: Mongoose
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/02/2013 02:36:51
Rescue Run begins some new adventures as the start of Grendelssaga, which I'd probably call an adventure in three parts plus source material, considering the amount of action versus hints dropped in this instalment. It really brings to life some of those innocuous numbers like "length of day" and "orbital eccentricity", as well as the new edition's elements like DNAMs and Pentapod weirdness.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Lamentations of the Gingerbread Princess
Publisher: Lamentations of the Flame Princess
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/10/2013 17:46:27
This is a well playable adventure that's tasty and filling, with the right amount of sourness. I'd definitely go for the Opportunist ending.

Incidentally, it makes good use of this variant's take on Law and Chaos, possibly offering source detail for fey regions.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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2300AD: Tools for Frontier Living
Publisher: Mongoose
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/03/2013 18:35:16
This is an outstanding piece of work. More than an equipment listing, it's an integrated manual for construction, running and development of a colony, with all sorts of necessary equipment. It's useful both for player toys and to fill out the details of the setting and its adventures. Like previous supplements in the Mongoose era, the authors have had their fun with Pentapod oddities and Twilight 2000 references.

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2300AD: The Tricolore's Shadow
Publisher: Mongoose
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/25/2012 00:49:18
Needs the core campaign book for stats and features an oddly random bit of "Aliens did it". You'll want this, though, as a lead-in to some important plot threads in "French Arm Adventures".

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Dollar Dungeons #8 Barrow of Ulfang the Black
Publisher: Art of War Games
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/25/2012 00:37:51
My fellow reviewer has summed up the approach of this line of downloads quite well. The publisher (author is probably not the term) has gone as far as ensuring that there's a bit of a theme to the creatures here, which is about as much good as can be said for it.

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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Menekod Castle
Publisher: Columbia Games Inc.
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/25/2012 00:34:17
The background to this frontier fort and small town, held by an order of the Lady of Paladins, links it with several other products in the line, besides its own secrets to be found.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Mercenary Breed: Hastilion Expanse Compendium I
Publisher: Mystical Throne Entertainment
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/25/2012 00:28:28
Environments of this group of worlds are a bit Flash Gordon-ish and descriptions of its society are oddly simplistic, but nevertheless there's probably a good amount here to build a mid-length space opera campaign. I'd want to put some work into it. A couple of new alien species play important parts in the sector's politics and might be of wider interest.

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CHALLENGE Magazine No. 46.
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/25/2012 00:07:38
The recent flurry of interest was well deserved - this issue has some great stuff along a supernatural and generally spooky theme, with haunted ships for "Traveller" and Space Eaters for "Call of Cthulhu" among others.

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Agrik: Herpa the Mace
Publisher: Columbia Games Inc.
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/25/2012 00:01:12
This presents a group of specialist diviners, priests of the god of flame and violence, with much interesting detail within their history, magical practices, worldview, relations to others (notably, certain wizards) and the hierarchy of beings that are vital to their rituals.

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