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    Referee's Aid 2: The Type-S Scout/Courier $2.99 $2.00
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    Referee's Aid 2: The Type-S Scout/Courier
    Publisher: Mongoose
    by Robert J. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 03/06/2015 08:28:27

    I can’t believe there are not even ship stats for this. It is useless and I'm glad I didn't pay $4.99 for it.



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    Referee's Aid 2: The Type-S Scout/Courier
    Publisher: Mongoose
    by paul h. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 03/05/2015 20:46:31

    I agree with the previous review - the supplement is 'ok' for the price point of $2.99. Most of the description contained in the book is already known or published elsewhere. It's nice that the author spent some time giving the ship more character, but there are little tidbits that probably don't quite belong, such as multiple references to the tiny nature of the ship and the violence that may occur from stressed out crewmembers. The problem with that idea is that MOST ships in Traveller are cramped like this one, and if crewmembers who sign up for space duty have such a difficult time, how are passengers who are paying huge sums going to feel?

    The first five pages are devoted to explaining about the history of the scout ship, some background on the duties of scouts and their ships, how an individual might be awarded a scout ship for service, and finally some text relating to missions and such.

    The next three pages are given to the ship itself, including the deckplan. It kind of sucks that it's greyscale and also relatively low-res if you zoom in for details. With a pdf you really aren't limited size wise, so a cleaner image would have been nice. There's a passage in this section related to control of the scout in an atmosphere without power. It's the first real mention I can recall of what happens with a ship that loses it's power in an atmosphere - in this case without power or steering surfaces you are screwed unless your engineer can get your gravitics back online. Though it would have been nice to read about thrusters that an ace pilot might be able to use to pull up the nose or stop the flat-spin.

    There are a couple of illustrations, with two of them being recycled from Scouts and Core Rule book. The relatively new one is a 3-D isometric layout of the scoutship. It's not bad, but a couple of complaints about it. First since it's being viewed from an angle, some of the illustration is hidden from view. Second the description of the book (and possibly the 3-D layout) doesn't quite jive with the layout plan that has existed from the Core Rule book (and is copied onto the page). In the description of the bridge it says there are two workstations. The 3-D view cuts off the rear workstation view, so one cannot see if the artist drew them there or not. But the deckplan shows four. I would have hoped also for a better layout, showing the decks from multiple angles. Even an extra page (or two) devoted towards this or variants would have been quite welcome (and better suited towards a $4.99 price point).

    The last few pages are given over to some sample ships. Not bad, but more or less filler. The Cat Ship is definitely filler, but provides, perhaps, an interesting nugget for a referee to use.

    I hope that Mongoose will do a better job on a supplement like this if they do another one on some of the other ships (Free Trader seems like a natural to me). There's really no excuse to scrimp so much on content when you aren't killing a tree to get this out to the public. And please, lets get better with illustrations and artwork!



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    Referee's Aid 2: The Type-S Scout/Courier
    Publisher: Mongoose
    by Philip W. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 03/05/2015 18:39:53

    The product is OK only. I think that it is very light in content and that a lot more effort could be put into it. For a product with a full price of $4.99 (I actually paid $2.99 when it was on special) I would have expected a lot more.

    The 3 D artwork along side the traditional deck plan is good. It gives a real living sense of this little starship. I like this aspect of the product and would like to see more in future. This is where Mongoose really had a chance to shine, but alas, they seem to have fallen short. Black and white artwork belongs in the 1990's. We live in the 21st century with tablets, computers with PDF readers and colour printers. I have said this once and will say it again -

    THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT USING COLOUR.

    The external drawing of the Type S end of the ebook gives a good sense of the external view of the starship. The drawing on page 6 looks nothing like it. It appears a lot bigger and is confusing for the reader.

    So here are my recommendations:

    Use colour in your artwork.

    Consider 3D modelling software when doing artwork. Many folios of historical WW2 fighting ships have been done this way - they are more expensive but they do look good.

    Provide more written content.

    My rating - two stars -(not a total disaster but found wanting)



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