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BareBones Fantasy Role Playing Game
Publisher: DwD Studios
by Andrew C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/03/2012 14:36:40
Short and sweet.

It plays amazingly.

I never want to touch D&D again.

BareBones Fantasy is easiest and most in-depth lite rules ever.

If I could give it 10 stars I would.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Heroes Against Darkness
Publisher: Hero Forge Games
by Andrew C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/31/2012 17:25:58
So this is my first ever review of an RPG, for reals!

What could possibly make me want to review an RPG after all these years or gaming? Well it is simple, this game MADE me want to play D&D again... well this version of it anyways.

Heroes Against Darkness is a Neo-Clone (loving this term) or a Fantasy Heartbreaker (I see this term more as a badge of honour) that takes the wide breadth of D&D and pieces together one hell of a fun system!

Now this is not a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination, it has some gaps that are a bit glaring for a more role-player like myself. These gaps are missing classes like the more social ones (Bard) or the straight up Paladin (which is sort of covered by the Hospitaler class), also I think the game could benefit from a Monk and a Druid, for completeness sake. That said, the classes that are there really cover a large amount of options. At face value it is complete enough for old school D&D players.

Justin Halliday wrote this as a labour of love, to be sure, and it shows on every page. The writing is tight and focused, the art is evocative and exciting and the layout is excellent. Especially for a layout done in Word... wow! I would never attempt to layout a whole game in Word, or at least I wouldn't have previously, but now I see the power of it.

The thing that I liked most of all was the incorporation of a pseudo-4e Power mechanic for each class as well as a hybridized almost Magic The Gathering style for spellcasters. Together this really hits the spot for me, though it does make house creating character classes a bit of work as you need to balance out their new powers.

Another nice thing is that while mapping isn't necessary, it is really a lot of fun with the way the rules work. So much so that my group played out a map combat, and we are NOT mappers by any stretch, and LOVED it!

Character creation is deep and involved, plenty of narrative options are in this section, including a cute 7 deadly sins/7 blessed virtues option which is very cool.

There is a nicely sized monster manual in it, treasure and a truckload of GM advice and tools to make your campaign even better.

Best of all though is the price... FREE!

That's right, you get a FULL game that is fast and a load of fun to play with out paying 1 single penny.

Now if we can get a community going, that might lead to some fan creations (I've already done a Knight Class) of classes, new powers/spells and maybe some monsters too!

So in summation, this is worth the price of admission and even gives you more value than some games that you pay $20+ for. Check it out, give it a read and maybe even take it out for a spin or two. Trust me, if you like fast paced, less complicated stuff, this game does not disappoint!

Cheers!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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SUPERS! Comic Book Role Playing Game
Publisher: Beyond Belief Games
by Andrew C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/13/2012 00:41:57
So tonight the Protectors of New York (PONY) campaign tried a different system than the clunky homebrew I was using, called Supers! by Beyond Belief Games.

You may know them as the makers of Barbarians of Lemuria. The owner/writer of BBG is Simon Washbourne and let me tell you he has made one hell of a little super hero game here!

Caveat number one, if you like crunch of say Mutants & Masterminds, or even BASH levels, this game will not be for you. If you love a more creative and narrative game, tied around a solid core mechanic and room to house rule, well then I urge you to check this game out.

I won't go into a long description of how the game works, or review the rules, I will instead simply say it has no statistics in the traditional sense, uses pools of d6s and makes for a very enjoyable and fast paced evening of superheroic gaming.

I ran a session tonight with 6 players and 2 allied NPCs squaring off against 8 villain NPCs and it went smoothly, fast and furious with plenty of awesome fun and excitement! I couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable time to say the least.

Did I house rule it? Natch'... but that's just how I roll in any game. I cannot think of a single game I have run over the decades that didn't have at least one house rule in it.

So pick up this fantastically fun game, you will not be disappointed!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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BASH! Ultimate Edition
Publisher: Basic Action Games
by Alan L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/03/2010 19:33:26
I have recently had the pleasure of purchasing this PDF and reading it cover to cover twice!

I also have been building NPCs for my upcoming campaign, as well as watching my players build their characters.

We all disliked Mutants & Masterminds immensely as being overly complicated and math heavy, for us.

We are all old school Marvel Super Heroes (FASERIP) players who didn't like 4C.

This game is proving to be just fantastic!

The character creation is fun and thought provoking. If the combat plays half as well as it reads, then it should prove to be loads of fun!

I highly recommend this product!

Now if we could get some setting books like the Italian version has ;)

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Publisher Reply:
Thank you for the review. And don't worry, there will be more Setting books to come. Megapolis: Year Two is in the planning stages now.
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