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Skinchangers: Open Beta Test
Publisher: Amagi Games
by Katrina B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/05/2018 09:31:37

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You play as shapeshifters that have met powerful animals spirits (Bobcat, Crow, Fox, Owl, and Raccoon). They granted the PCs the power to transform into an animal, use supernatural abilities, and see the spiritual and supernatural world in exchange for the responsibility of hunting monsters, be they “vampires in suburbia, great beasts in the subways, or weekend getaways where the owners prey on their guests”. Additionally, being part of the supernatural world detaches you from the rest of humanity. Most normal folks forget supernatural events incredibly fast, including the PCs if they meddle too much into magic.

Rules: Similar to Fate Accelerated, each character has approaches (though Skinchangers uses 5 different approaches vs Fate’s 6): Brutal, Covert, Fleet, Showy, and Studious the array being (4, 3, 2, 2, 1). Every time a PC attempts an action they choose what approach seems to fit best and rolls dice based on their rating.

However, one twist is the concept of Stakes, Dangers, and Augments. Automatic stakes are something that happens as a result of the PC’s actions that can’t be removed. Dangers are bad things that happen on a roll unless the player spends a (-) Fate die to cancel it. These might include Delay, Injury, Mayhem, Expense, or Fatigue. Augments are something that won’t happen as a result of the action unless the player spends a (+) Fate die to make it happen. Possible Augments include Observation, Speed, Style, Subtlety, Advantage, or Duration.

Overall, I'm really into this and can't wait to play it!



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Retroverse Free Preview 2018
Publisher: Lasers & Liches
by Katrina B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/09/2018 13:16:23

Overall: The Holo-Knight class has some flaws but is a very flavorful and interesting class and VERY differnent from your generic 5e fighter/ paladin/ eldritch knight. I'm interested and can't wait to check out the kickstarter.

Some abilities seem a little strong (Double Team mostly) and a few seem a little weaksauce to me (Weapon Shatter, Armor Burst) but overall pretty good.

The Dragonborn variants are interesting and fun, and the new spells are a little silly but still fun and interesteing. The monsters (and shiny variant templates) are unique and really cool looking. I like the blending of classic D&D mons into something new.

Really interested to see the whole thing! Full review here.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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AFTERLIVES: or All Good Characters Go To Heaven
Publisher: Magnum Opus Press
by Katrina B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/12/2018 10:58:56

Afterlives is a diceless system that can seamlessly stack atop pretty much any game where PCs worship deities or god-like beings.

It's designed for when PCs die and you want something more dramatic and meanignful than "make a new PC and divide up dead PC's gear" or "I cast Raise Dead". It's designed such that the normal DM opperates as the Persecutor and a guest player acts as the Judge.

It doesn't offer any true game mechanics but does give a pretty solid, easy-to-follow outline for how to build a case for a PC's eternal soul. Overall, a great read and def something I'll consider using when I next find myself with a deceased PC.

Full review here.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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20 Tavern/Inn Menus
Publisher: Ennead Games
by Katrina B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/07/2018 11:16:07

Really helpful! Offers 20 menus each offering breakfast, lunch/ supper/ bread, dessert, and non-alcoholic and boozy drink options with prices for everything.



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Revenge Of The Turkeys!
Publisher: Dreadvector.com
by Katrina B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/07/2018 10:26:41

A very simple, silly game played with 1d6 where the PCs are turkeys fighting back against mankind/ farmers/ processing plant employees. Each Turkey PC rolls a d6 to determine if they're for or against party unity. Missions include: attacking polititians coming to "pardon" turkeys, freeing farm turkeys, and getting revenge on processing plant.

Overall a rediculous, probably very short game and looks like a lot of fun. Can't wait to break this out in November.



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