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Afterpeak Systemless Setting
by George B.
Publisher: Point of Insanity Game Studio
Date Added: 06/10/2018 14:49:57
Afterpeak Systemless Setting The book has some interesting ideas but by far its biggest and most painful shortcoming is that it is extrodinarily poorly laid out and wastes a tremendous amount of pages space. It is much worse the the same PDF suggests (which is not that good). The poor formatting is so bad that it is barely usable, I spent the weekend rebuilding and it turning into a well orgainzied and laid out print quality 137 page document (down from 411 pages) when i found that the author is selling a well formatted version on Lulu for $20. Why is that version not available here as a PDF? The 411 page version of Afterpeak hurts the eyes....

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Vigilantes: Rise of the Powerless
by Thomas B. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Tricky Troll Games
Date Added: 06/10/2018 13:24:20
Vigilantes: Rise of the Powerless THE GOOD: I love the premise. I love how much stuff is packed into a tiny book. The Setting Rules are both completely obvious and completely inspired. The inclusion of a random adventure generator is always welcome. THE BAD: The adventure generator seems a little anemic. Four steps with six options per step. On the other hand, it's not a complicated genre, either. All the art of guys without masks for a setting in which not having a mask is tantamount to suicide is questionable and makes the wrong impression. The book is confused over whether the biker gang is called "The Jackals" or "The Jakals", as it is used interchangeably throughout. THE SKINNY: I dig this product. I think the art choices could have been better for the setting, and I'd sure like to know if it's "Jackals" or "Jakals", but the good completely outweighs the bad. I'd happily run this for a short campaign (10 or so sessions). Heck, you could probably get a minicampaign out of each enemy faction (and then dump a f...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Deadball: Year II
by Mark D.
Publisher: W.M. Akers
Date Added: 06/10/2018 10:10:50
Deadball: Year II Highly recommended dice rolling baseball game! If you are familiar with the prior offerings, Year II is just what you need if you are craving more! Year II sets up a great story line right as those last days of summer fade into autumn and the pennant race gets moving. This game is perfect for those who like RPGs but need a break from Orcs, Knights, Clerics, Wizards, etc. It also can be played "lite" if your opponent only understands the basic rules of baseball. The small footprint allows it to be portable, and game play can be short (15-20 mins) or long (60-90+ mins) depending on how creative or advanced you want your experience to be. The rules allow for many variations from solo, to 1 v 1, to multiple players handling the pitching and batting duties. I find the quick short games to be pleasurable and generally there is enough excitement that both players will feel engaged. For advanced play, Year II provides a deeper dive into gameplay rules. Playing dirty, player developm...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ironsworn
by Ronald L.
Publisher: Shawn Tomkin
Date Added: 06/10/2018 10:06:25
Ironsworn If you're looking for a storytelling game with Apocalypse World-like rules that can be played without a singular GM, Ironsworn is the game for you. In Ironsworn, not only do you get to create a highly customizable character (via Assets rather than a character class), the group gets to create their own version of the Ironlands by selecting choices amongst ten categories. An Ironsworn's goals are what push the campaign forward and the results of the dice rolls (full success, partial success, or paying the price) and the interpretive power of the Oracle rules are what push the game forward. I've literally gotten multiple groups together, created the world and characters from scratch, and have ran multiple games with zero prep with great results. Even the session that ended in total disaster and gained no XP whatsoever was extremely fun. I personally would love to buy a hardcover of this book. I've actually shelled out over $45 to print Preview 7 at Fed Ex just so that I can ha...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Schema, Second Iteration
by Joseph D.
Publisher: Amagi Games
Date Added: 06/10/2018 10:04:31
Schema, Second Iteration My group has been dabbling in some more narrative-focused games. Schema is the latest, and it's been great. Like most PbTA-style games, Schema does away with binary success/failure. It's a lot more nuanced than what I've seen in other games, though. Rather than just switching to a ternary (a bad outcome, a good outcome, a bit of both), each roll has a set of "stakes." The stakes are either good or bad things with eight flavors - so there are dangers like "delay" and "injury" and benefits like "efficacy" and "subtlety." The players get a pool of FUDGE dice, and use plusses to buy benefits and minuses to cancel dangers. It does several things that I really like: 1. It gives a little bit of structure and inspiration for the GM. Thinking about what happens on a partial success is sometimes a challenge. While you still have all the flexibility in this system (you get to decide what the dangers mean), it does help a little to have a framework. 2. Results get really complicated - the bina...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Mindjammer: Children of Orion—the Venu Sourcebook
by Nathan G.
Publisher: Modiphius
Date Added: 06/10/2018 08:37:55
Mindjammer: Children of Orion—the Venu Sourcebook All this is, is the Imperium corrupted by Chaos. That's it. Lazy writing and blatant theft of another's IP.

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Alien Breeds
by Neil L.
Publisher: Zozer Games
Date Added: 06/10/2018 04:36:55
Alien Breeds The problem with Aliens (and vampires) is that everyone has seen the movies and knows a lot about how to kill them. If you'd like to include something similar in your RPG, but don't want the players to use that understanding to beat the creatures too easily, this has some useful variations you can use. It comes with a good scenario to use and a nice set of colony plans and maps.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
DDEX1-06 The Scroll Thief (5e)
by Noah G.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 06/09/2018 23:01:48
DDEX1-06 The Scroll Thief (5e) Fun adventure with a lot of roleplaying opportunities, then some combat and exploration. Like a lot of mysteries that are written as modules for other people to run, there isn't really an open-ended way for players to figure out what's going on. This can make the adventure feel railroaded. The key is to make sure players enjoy interacting with the people they meet along the way, foolish as some of those NPCs are. Like most 4 hour mods, this tends to run over 4 hours. If you have time, take a five minute intermission in between acts. There's a natural pause and it will make a better experience for everyone....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
DDAL07-07 Rotting Roots (5e)
by Noah G.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Date Added: 06/09/2018 22:47:19
DDAL07-07 Rotting Roots (5e) The best of the T2 modules from this season, and one of the better two hour T2 modules out there. It's largely combat, some exploration, and some interesting characters to interact with. Relatively easy to prep, solid but not spectacular experience to play. This adventure has a memorable boss fight, particularly for newer players who haven't really seen a boss and its legendary actions. I don't think it does as much for people who have seen bosses from Season 5's T2 mods. In theory choosing some encounters in the middle adds replay value, but it's relatively common for DMs in my area to have four hour slots so we play the three strongest optional encounters over and over. I strongly recommend changing the series of saves right before the boss fight in to a more creative, dynamic skill check. Engage players' creativity, not just their wrists for rolling dice....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
DRIFT: The Inferior Planets
by Joshua L.
Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
Date Added: 06/09/2018 21:21:47
DRIFT: The Inferior Planets I don't usually take my time to write a review, but I felt I needed to inform others to avoid this product. It has some interesting concepts, but it is very incomplete and hasn't seen an update in 10 years. All you get is about 12 pages worth of fluff on the first three planets of the solar system, a few more pages of modest images, and that's about it. I'm not sure exactly how this was three years in development, as stated on the store page. The description on the store page also states it's a WIP, which is all fine and good, if it was true. Sadly, there hasn't been an update since 2008, and if I had known that I wouldn't have bought this product. At least it's only four bucks, but I still feel it's money I'd have been better spending elsewhere....

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
B/X Essentials: Core Rules
by Graham L.
Publisher: Necrotic Gnome
Date Added: 06/09/2018 19:06:01
B/X Essentials: Core Rules I have a soft spot for old-school D&D books. I’ve got a sprawling collection of Basic, 1E, 4E, and now 5E books as well as Labyrinth Lord, OSRIC, Basic Fantasy RPG, Sword & Sorcery, and more. Every time I discover a new clone, or a new spin on a classic RPG I try to find print copies on eBay or Print-on-Demand on DriveThruRPG. I’m constantly amazed at the level of effort people put into recreating OGL versions of these games from decades ago. Some of them are — if you set aside nostalgia for the originals — better than the originals. After spending some time reading the B/X books I can honestly say these are among them. The materials are organized better than the originals, and very much more readable and usable. The layout is professional, and the art is quite good. The pages are largely black and white (like the original books) with tasteful use of color highlights to make the tables more readable. I love collecting high-grade original D&D books, but I can see using these at...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
B/X Essentials: Cleric and Magic-User Spells
by Graham L.
Publisher: Necrotic Gnome
Date Added: 06/09/2018 19:04:51
B/X Essentials: Cleric and Magic-User Spells I have a soft spot for old-school D&D books. I’ve got a sprawling collection of Basic, 1E, 4E, and now 5E books as well as Labyrinth Lord, OSRIC, Basic Fantasy RPG, Sword & Sorcery, and more. Every time I discover a new clone, or a new spin on a classic RPG I try to find print copies on eBay or Print-on-Demand on DriveThruRPG. I’m constantly amazed at the level of effort people put into recreating OGL versions of these games from decades ago. Some of them are — if you set aside nostalgia for the originals — better than the originals. After spending some time reading the B/X books I can honestly say these are among them. The materials are organized better than the originals, and very much more readable and usable. The layout is professional, and the art is quite good. The pages are largely black and white (like the original books) with tasteful use of color highlights to make the tables more readable. I love collecting high-grade original D&D books, but I can see using these at...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
B/X Essentials: Classes and Equipment
by Graham L.
Publisher: Necrotic Gnome
Date Added: 06/09/2018 18:59:35
B/X Essentials: Classes and Equipment I have a soft spot for old-school D&D books. I’ve got a sprawling collection of Basic, 1E, 4E, and now 5E books as well as Labyrinth Lord, OSRIC, Basic Fantasy RPG, Sword & Sorcery, and more. Every time I discover a new clone, or a new spin on a classic RPG I try to find print copies on eBay or Print-on-Demand on DriveThruRPG. I’m constantly amazed at the level of effort people put into recreating OGL versions of these games from decades ago. Some of them are — if you set aside nostalgia for the originals — better than the originals. After spending some time reading the B/X books I can honestly say these are among them. The materials are organized better than the originals, and very much more readable and usable. The layout is professional, and the art is quite good. The pages are largely black and white (like the original books) with tasteful use of color highlights to make the tables more readable. I love collecting high-grade original D&D books, but I can see using these at...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Thief by Timothy Watts
by Graham L.
Publisher: Timothy Watts Artworks
Date Added: 06/09/2018 15:05:32
Thief by Timothy Watts Love this! It will almost certainly be an assassin when I use It!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Mystery Men! Second Edition
by Marc C.
Publisher: John M Stater
Date Added: 06/09/2018 15:01:11
Mystery Men! Second Edition I just bought this and what a great surprise--it is PACKED with helpful content. I haven't played it yet, but the PDF includes a very detailed city scenario, tons of heroes and villains to use, and really nicely-formatted rules content. I am excited to dive in, just thought it was a shame no one had reviewed it here yet.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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