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Otherverse America Campaign Setting $0.00
Publisher: Skortched Urf' Studios
by Stephen L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/17/2012 21:50:40

It feels bad rating something free so lowly but honestly... I guess I should start from the beginning.

Otherverse America is a near-future cyberpunk campaign setting designed by Skortched Urf' Studios. It's the near-future and the Abortion Wars have finally ended yet neither the pro-life Lifers nor the pro-choice Choicers are ready to give up just yet. Honestly this summery should have set off alarm bells in my head. In my experience politics and entertainment are like cough syrup and ice cream, most of us can't live without them yet mixed together they form an awful mess that no one with any brains would want to eat. So naturally I was a little apprehensive, but for the price of free I'd take the risk of Otherverse America turning out to be a Pen and Paper soapbox for one side or the other.

Unfortunately, the free PDF is such a disorganized mess I can't even begin to tell you what I'm supposed to be reading let alone whether or not it manages to be entertaining or apolitical. First of all, the PDF lacks a table of contents. For a small PDF up to ten or twenty pages, that could be forgiven. But for 256 pages? I'm not familiar with composing PDFs but is a table of contents really much to ask for in a document that big? Unfortunately it only gets worse...

Someone at Skortched Urf', in their infinite wisdom, decided to toss the traditional format of separating fluff and mechanics into neat orderly chapters in favor of literally mixing the two elements together. The end result is something that reads like a history textbook, gameplay mechanics serve as breaks between pages of lore explaining the fictional series of events leading up to 2091 AD when the game takes place... There's obviously a game in here but it's buried under such a mess of largely irrelevant text I'd be pressed to tell you if it was any good or not.

Bottom Line: While you shouldn't expect much for free, you should definitely expect more then what you get here. Simply put, this is a train wreck.

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