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D6 Fantasy
Publisher: Nocturnal Media
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:58:41

D6 does the basics admirably. It starts to fall down when you need 'extras' though. Powers (Magical or Psionic), Vehicles, and Giant Monsters are not the systems forte.

The other major flaw is the attributes are not very intuitive. 6 Attributes each with skills attached, but which skills are tied to which attribute often eems arbitrary. Once it's memorized it won't be a big issue, but it's a minor hurdle in learning the system.

That being said; D6 is solid. It lets you make a wide range of characters, and conduct basic scenes admirably. It's a very difficult system to 'break' or 'powergame'. Simple and to-the-point for the most part.



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D6 Space
Publisher: Nocturnal Media
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:58:36

D6 does the basics admirably. It starts to fall down when you need 'extras' though. Powers (Magical or Psionic), Vehicles, and Giant Monsters are not the systems forte.

The other major flaw is the attributes are not very intuitive. 6 Attributes each with skills attached, but which skills are tied to which attribute often eems arbitrary. Once it's memorized it won't be a big issue, but it's a minor hurdle in learning the system.

That being said; D6 is solid. It lets you make a wide range of characters, and conduct basic scenes admirably. It's a very difficult system to 'break' or 'powergame'. Simple and to-the-point for the most part.



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D6 Adventure
Publisher: Nocturnal Media
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:58:32

D6 does the basics admirably. It starts to fall down when you need 'extras' though. Powers (Magical or Psionic), Vehicles, and Giant Monsters are not the systems forte.

The other major flaw is the attributes are not very intuitive. 6 Attributes each with skills attached, but which skills are tied to which attribute often eems arbitrary. Once it's memorized it won't be a big issue, but it's a minor hurdle in learning the system.

That being said; D6 is solid. It lets you make a wide range of characters, and conduct basic scenes admirably. It's a very difficult system to 'break' or 'powergame'. Simple and to-the-point for the most part.



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D6 Space Ships
Publisher: Nocturnal Media
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:55:00

Just a tad bit too cluinky for my liking. But still a solid ruleset. It'll just require some system mastery to really make excellent use of it.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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D6 Fantasy Creatures
Publisher: Nocturnal Media
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:54:22

A few really interesting new takes on old school classic monsters here. And also a few monsters not often seen in a Bestiary. well worth an addition to any collection.



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Ruins & Ronin
Publisher: Hydra Cooperative
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:51:19

Just a bit too 'bare bones' for my liking. Only 3 classes and 2 of them are spellcasters. I wish there were a skill-based class such as a thief, spy, or ninja.

Other than that oversight a well executed OSR product with a very strong bestiary.



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Atlantis: The Second Age
Publisher: Khepera Publishing
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:46:32

An amazing achievement. Continents worth of cultures and history to explore and adventure within. The rules are simple and bare-bones, but clearly not the star of the show. Almost any type of fantasy story can be run here, almost any culture based (even loosly) on real world cultures exists somehwere within the Second Age. A must have for those interested in worldbuilding and exploring.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Tequendria: Fantastical Roleplaying
Publisher: Trollish Delver Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:45:07

A fantasy world based on the dreamy fairytales of Lord Dunsany. Not your tyical hack n slash. A must have for those interested in new and unique fantasy lenses.



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Dogs Of War
Publisher: Beyond Belief Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:44:28

Barbarians of Lemuria goes modern.

The main differences from core BOL are simply to add modern backgrounds (rather than races/ cultures of medieval fantasy) and specializations (rather than the classes and careers of the ancient world) as well as updating the weapons tables to include all manner of modern goodies

There is a bit of GMing advice here too. counter-terrorism units, mercenaries, super spies, gangsters, or even soliders in a larger war are all possible.

More than any other ruleset BOL (and by extension Dogs of WAR) is elegant and easy to use. The mechanics get out of your way so you can get down to the business of exploring your characters and their story

Excellent art throughtout. An introductory adventure is included with pregens



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Azamar the RPG
Publisher: Wicked North Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:24:16

A fairly generic Tolkienesque setting with elves, dwarfs, goblins, and a few varieties of humans. The best thing is the large dash of the cthulhu mythos. Most of the monsters are strange eldritch horrors which adds a definite feeling of horror and mystery to the setting. Well executed throughout, not quite revolutionary but a good blending of two fantasy staples.

The bestiary makes this product worth a purchase alone. One of the best, and most original collections ofm onsters you're likely to find.

Uses the D6 system and provides good depth for martial, social, stealth, and especially magic-based characters



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Legends of Steel - Barbarians of Lemuria Edition
Publisher: Evil DM Productions
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:22:10

Contains the complete BOL core rules, a custom setting, an expanded bestiary, 2 introductory adventures and a selection of pregens.

The rules are simple, elegant and beautiful. 5/5 for the rules.

The setting 'Erisia' is more detailed than the 'Lemuria' of the core BOL rulebook, but still lacking in details for actual play. It's a broad sketch rather than a complete picture. This leaves GMs freedom to make the setting their own however. 3/5 for the setting

If you already have the BOL ruleset I, personally don't think the setting is strong enough to warrant a purchase, but I have no regrets from my purchase either. It's certainly not 'Bad' it just could be better.

Interior art is black and white and of average quality.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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White Box : Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game
Publisher: Seattle Hill Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:21:42

Best of the OSRs. Easy to play, easy to reference, gorgeous black and white art.

If you want a bare-bones RPG that lets the rules get out of your way so you can focus on story and characters with little mechanical complexity this is for you .



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Fading Suns (Second Edition)
Publisher: Ulisses Spiele
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:18:25

'A lighter, softer, Warhammer 40k'

Do not confuse this with science fiction! This is science fantasy! Swords, bows, knights, cavalry charges, magic, and just the occassional spaceship or alien seems to be the order of the day in Fading Suns.

The setting goes into lavish detail in some sections, but completely omits other areas which will likely be vital to play. Feels incomplete.

The core mechanic is fast and simple. lots of gear, both psychic and magical powers are included. No starship rules!

The art is black and white but of the highest quality for black and white art. The PDF is not bookmarked.

Hard to give it low marks in the areas they did include. But so many areas are omitted I can't give it any higher rating than a 3/5. If it were a more complete product 4/5 would be more likely.



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Sundered Skies - Setting Book
Publisher: Triple Ace Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:17:52

Magitech High Fantasy

The setting is well outlined but rarely gets beyond 'broad strokes'. Many original and evocative ideas are to be found, few are developed very far.

Races include fully sapient baby-dragons (Drakin), plant-based Elves, steampunk Dwarfs, sky-viking Orcs, mutant Goblins (Glowborn), and anthrophomorphic animals enslaved by the Elves (Wildlings)

The setting itself is a shattered world of sky sialnds floating between an icy glacier and a raging inferno. Sky ships navigate this oddly glowing world in search of salvage, and commerce. Sadly many of the physical laws of the world are based on game balance rather than cinematic appeal or intuition (sky ships cannot approach sky islands from the top or bottom, only from the edges for example)

The religion is fairly detailed and involved avatars still walking amongst mortals in the world. But it reads like a bad soap opera or over the top anime. The gods come across more as reckless and childish superhumans than divine personifications.

Half of the book is dedicated to a plot point campaign. This is the story the setting was designed to tell. Sadly it is both a hard railroad and poorly written. Few options are presented besides 'run screaming into combat' and there's not enough detail to support any other play style. The plot itself makes little sense, follows no logical train, build no momentum. It's just a long series of combat encounters with the vaguest excuse as to why a fight is needed. Indeed sometimes I have no idea why the author believes a scenario would ever lead to combat. He just types 'when the fight begins...' leaving me asking 'what fight? why?'

There is not much art in the book. What is there is full color but of variable quality. the PDF is bookmarked.

The setting itself likely deserves a 3/5. Good ideas, just not enough detail. Even the hokey 'religion' can't drag it down too far. The plot point campaign is 1/5. At times it makes no sense and cannot be followed even after several re-readings.



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White Star: Galaxy Edition [Swords & Wizardry]
Publisher: Barrel Rider Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2018 17:15:52

I'm a huge fan of White Star. But what I liked about the product was it's simplicity. Here it becomes bloated.

Backgrounds, Homeworlds, and Skills are added on as well as a huge number of new Classes. But the core engine isn't really designed with all of these add-ons in mind. The foundation is too narrow to support it.

To contrast; White Star Original was a great alternative to something more complex like Traveller or Stars Without Number. But here we've got just as many options, and as much versatility as those products, yet with far inferior execution (due to the core engine not being designed to offer so much)

Is there a big reason to purchase this product if you already have white Star and it's Companion? Not in my opinion. It collates those products well. But adds little new aside from gorgeous art and an easy-to reference layout.

That being said; It's still a solid product. Clunky and improvised at times, but with a love of it's source material (both thematic, and mechanical).



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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