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    Instant Teams For That Violent Dystopian Age Pro-Sports League $1.00
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    Instant Teams For That Violent Dystopian Age Pro-Sports League
    Publisher: Fishwife Games
    by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 01/14/2014 21:43:50

    Instant Teams For That Violent Dystopian Age Pro-Sports League, that title is almost longer than the product! It is a list of fifty (American) cities and fifty team names and a table for generating team colors. I would have liked the city list to have been weighted but population so you were more likely to see teams from New York or LA than Waco or Detroit. But other than that complaint, it does what it sets out to do.

    Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

    Note: Read more reviews and other gaming articles at my journal https://seaofstarsrpg.wordpress.com/



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    Instant Teams For That Violent Dystopian Age Pro-Sports League
    Publisher: Fishwife Games
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 01/14/2013 02:39:50

    The premise is simple. Somewhere in the background of a near-future/SF game, you want to have a sporting league going on. Then the characters start getting interested, and you need to come up with team names...

    The inspiration is something like the NFL (major American Football league, if you didn't happen to know, and the pattern for American Football teams wherever they are). Teams have a two-part name consisting of the city where they are based and something a little more descriptive. I support the Crewe Railroaders, for example. So here we have one table of descriptors - which are universally violent, Invaders or Wreckers for example - and another which is US cities. If your setting is other than the United States, you will have to substitute other location names from your own setting.

    Then there's a neat feature, another table to roll on to select each team's colours. This will be useful for descriptive purposes, either of the game itself caught on a screen somewhere or perhaps there are hordes of fans wearing their team's colours. This could be important: characters might encounter hostility if they have the wrong colour scarf!

    In a CyberSpace game I had a Rollerball league (remember the movie?) going on in the background, something like this would have been ideal for making the teams sound realistic. For that matter, you may even want to make it more central to your campaign: maybe one or more of the characters plays in the league, or used to do so... the characters may even be the core of a team, beloved by their fans and hated by those of the other teams. Plenty of scope, ideas spawning... and all from one page!



    Rating:
    [4 of 5 Stars!]
    Creator Reply:
    Megan, Thank you for the extensive review, your comments were exactly in the nature of my goal with this simple one page product! The NFL, along with the NHL, were indeed the basic inspirations for this product. Another inspiration was Roller Derby, which tends to incorporate more aggressive team names such as the ones that I presented in this list. I was considering making the list of cities more international but ultimately decided to stick with U.S. cities instead. However, if there is enough interest in this product, I may create an International variant and/or a Europe version (I myself was thinking that a European equivalent would be rather neat). In addition to the above, I've also toyed around with a simple generator to make team member names. (Oh, and a definite nod of homage to Rollerball, btw. ;) )
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