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    Mutants & Masterminds Gadget Guide: Asian Weapons $2.95
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    Mutants & Masterminds Gadget Guide: Asian Weapons
    Publisher: Green Ronin Publishing
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 04/09/2013 11:39:04

    There's a lot packed into this little work - a whole collection of Asian weapons as well as that staple of adventure, ninja weapons and devices!

    It starts off with a note on concealment and on the frequent use of Asian weapons in pairs, and continues by describing a whole range of blades, budgeoning weapons, polearms, entangling weapons and ranged weapons - including a whole array of different arrows. If you do like Asian weapons, you'll probably find your favourites here (my particular love, the kukri, is there... so I now know the M&M stats for the one lurking under my desk!) Most weapons are Japanese or Chinese in origin, but the Indonesian kris makes an appearance, as well as famous items like nunchaku, the chakram and the war fan.

    Next comes the ninja section (although for some reason shuriken appear under ranged weapons). This includes notes on the way they are good at concealing and improvising weapons as well as some of the gadgets for which they are renowned. There are also notes on weapons shaped like animals and the use of animals as weapons (with the common mistake of referring to POISONOUS snakes... hitting someone with one of the very few poisonous snakes would have little effect, use a VENOMOUS one if you want to annoy the poor serpent into biting your target with dire effects!) .

    Now, whilst there's a brief mention in the section on weapons shaped like animals, the main focus here is real-world mundane weapons. If you want ones that are themselves superpowered, or which accentuate superpowers, you won't find much here. But the wise superhero remembers that there are times when cold steel will be more effective than any weird ability!



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