It truely pains me to write a less than positive review for a product I have come to love and an author I respect. So, let's start with the positive. This game is very creative and captures the feel of Golden Age comics perfectly. In this humble reviewer's opinion, one of the jewels in the crown of the old school rebirth. It uses a OD&D clone ruleset (Swords and Wizardry) and then alters that to better fit with the Golden Age comic environment. The books in this series mirror those original TSR booklets and cleave to the white box edition rules. The clever reimagining of the cleric class as a superhero, reinterpretation of age old saving throws (or some entiely new saving throws for the genre) and simple rules for firearms and henchmen...I mean sidekicks! If you don't think this enough for you I assure you it emulates the gonzo good guy ethic and sometimes illogical heroism of those old comics and even some pulps of the time. Now to the "meh" category. The author offers a free "incomplete" draft version on his website for the game. The difference between this $2 version and free is barely minimal. Now truely I didn't go word for word between the texts but the dirrefences I saw were the inclusion of public domain superhero clips from old comics, hand drawn images emulating those early comics and some layout changes that I felt hurt, rather than helped reading the text. There could be some typos corrected and maybe the inclusion of new material but I didn't find it. What I would have liked would be examples, scenarios and cover art (and a back cover perhaps). Surely there could be some color public domain cover art (like in later issues of the Trophey Case, the fanzine devoted to the game). Most importantly a character sheet! Now granted $2 isn't a lot and I felt sending a little scratch back to the author was deserved (I also bought book 2 in this series) but feel something to disinguish the free and pay copies would be good. Something more polished. These are mostly vain things admittedly but this is a great game and should see more traffic. Update the game Scott! It too awesome not to.
[3 of 5 Stars!]