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MADS Role Playing Game $7.00
Publisher: Point of Insanity Game Studio
by John R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/09/2009 18:09:46
Kind of disappointing.

The blurb says:

"As a character conversion system MADS is designed to convert characters from any RPG into a common system so they can adventure together"

Yet, it doesn't actually offer any rules for converting characters/etc. from other games. Just the same generic guidelines that anyone with a basic understanding of math can glean from reading the rule books for two different game systems.

I purchased this hoping to maybe find a "Rosetta Stone" of RPGs, based upon the blurb. Luckily, I didn't waste that much money on it, as no such Rosetta Stone is present.

My advice to the author: Either remove that language from your advert blurb, or make free downloadable conversion guidelines for some common game systems (d20 3rd ed, d20 3.5 ed, d20 4th ed, HERO, Storyteller (the Whitewolf system), WEG's d6, FUZION, and maybe a few others ... consider the following candidates: True20, FUDGE, Fate, Basic RPG (Rune Quest, Call of Cthulhu, Elric!/Stormbringer, etc), BASH!, TriStat, Shadowrun (any edition), Traveller (non-d20), Warhammer Fantasy Role Play (esp. the later editions from FFG), etc.).

Otherwise, I don't have much to say about the product. Once I was disappointed by the conversion rules, I didn't have a reason to read any further. The rest might be pure gold, but the only reason I had to buy the game in the first place has proven to be a total disappointment.

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
I do apologize if the product doesn't meet your standards, but I would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review. Even if you find the character conversion rules not to your liking I would like to encourage you to read on as MADS does have its own character generation rules that you might find enjoyable. I don't have specific guidelines for specific systems for copyright reasons. I'm no legal expert and reading "legalese" makes my head spin. I'm just a one man show and I don't want to risk having to deal with WotC, White Wolf, or any of the other larger companies that have the resources to wage a legal battle for copyright infringement. But I will take your advice on re-writing the product's description to heart and I thank you for your input.

Sincerely,
Al Seeger
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