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    Big Bang: The Mostly Illustrated RPG Guide to Firearms Vol 2 $7.50
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    Big Bang: The Mostly Illustrated RPG Guide to Firearms Vol 2
    Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
    by Steve G. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 03/01/2007 00:00:00

    The second volume in the series weighs in at 113 pages. The layout is exactly like the first volume, withy the first third of the work containing a cover, credits and table of contents pages (3), a brief intro (1), a description of the formatting used for the weapons (1), using the data in Cyberthriller (3), using the data in D20 Modern (2), using the data in Fudge (2), using the data in Action (2), a BIG and Highly Detailed section discussing cartridges (21) and a weapon misfire table which can be incorporated in your games (1). That's the first 36 pages.

    The last 4 pages were legal notices for the OGL and a few ads for other products.

    The rest of the 63 pages are used to describe 23 weapons (volume 1 contained 33). The weapons are organized somewhat differently this time: 8 concealable, 3 experimental, 9 rifle, 2 SMGs, and 3 WWII. Many of these weapons are quite odd (a keychain gun? a cigarette gun? both highly compact CIA weapons). There are a few more mainstream weapons in this volume, including the main assault rifles of the French and the Germans. But the rest vary from experimental to seldom seen or rarely used.

    I'm okay with rare weapons being listed, these volumes are aimed at gamers. Still, I would think that the bulk of the weapons described would be weapons a groupd of adventurers/soldiers are likely to come up against in the real world. <br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: The data blocks present the basics in a well-organized manner, and the supporting text was detailed. The photos were b&w and clear.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: The weapons included are mostly oddball. They can make for interesting reading, but I was hoping common, mainstream, current issue military weapons would be covered, and so far (between the 56 weapons described in the first and second volumes) only a very few quality. I bought Vol 1 & 2 along with the Special Edition all at once. If there had been a detailed review like this one, letting me know the weapon choices were way out there, I would never have picked up these first two volumes. I will rate the quality as acceptable, but I'm disappointed. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Disappointed<br>



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    Again, your count is in error. There are far more than 23 weapons covered. Under the standards of militaria publication worldwide, each variant is counted as a separate weapon. In the future, please count correctly.
    Big Bang: The Mostly Illustrated RPG Guide to Firearms Vol 2
    Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
    by Sigurd L. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/18/2004 00:00:00

    Yes! This is how it's done. A mix of weapons both modern and venerable. Some are new, but look cool and show promise. Others are battle-tested and found across the globe in various settings. All are suitable for arming your heroes or villains, for sheer looks or gritty utility. <br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Great background material, and good translations of real-world stats into gaming stats. Descriptions of the newer weapons are hard to find. This supplement lets me put them right into my setting. The older weapons are workhorses that can be found in the hands of virtually any hood or guerilla. <br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: What is it about cover art and ARP? The gun on the cover is the FN F2000 assault rifle,which is not detailed in this supplement. But it was very well described in Big Bang Vol.1. Go figure. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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    Big Bang: The Mostly Illustrated RPG Guide to Firearms Vol 2
    Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
    by James C. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 05/13/2004 00:00:00

    A very good, and extremely well researched piece of work. There is a lot of granularity in the material in this book, but even if you aren't interested in the development or detail of the weapons, the tables themselves are excellent renditions of the items in a variety of game systems.



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    Big Bang: The Mostly Illustrated RPG Guide to Firearms Vol 2
    Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
    by Will W. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/05/2003 00:00:00

    More good ammo (pardon the pun) against the gunbunny in your campaign who has way more information about specific weapons than you do.



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    Big Bang: The Mostly Illustrated RPG Guide to Firearms Vol 2
    Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
    by Erron W. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 09/17/2003 00:00:00

    A very nice collection of information on modern guns; it is well laid out, and informative. There is a good attempt to make it accessible to several game systems, as well as give enough information to allow the creation of data for just about any system.

    All in all well worth the price.



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    Big Bang: The Mostly Illustrated RPG Guide to Firearms Vol 2
    Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
    by Peter P. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 08/26/2003 00:00:00

    This is overall a good product.

    The only problem I had was that the first 35 pages or so are duplicated in the Big Bang Revision file as well. Both files are about 110 pages long so there is about 75 pages of different material, but the duplicated pages did frustrate me because I went to get a copy printed out and paid for them when I didn't have to.

    If you enjoyed the other Big Bang products you will enjoy this one as well.



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    Big Bang: The Mostly Illustrated RPG Guide to Firearms Vol 2
    Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
    by Chet C. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 07/29/2003 00:00:00

    Even better than Volume One. We finally get some of the better H&K guns (though I'd still love to see the short-lived VP-70 covered) and some of the wilder spy and criminal variations.

    History is shared as well as technical specifications -- and the method of communicating this data is also improved. And though I see no real differences in the D20 OGP coverage (which caused a hullabaloo at rpg.net), but hopefully all D20 fans should be happy now. Fudge rules are clarified; Fudge requires decisive game mastering and this hard data makes for quicker decisions.

    Any complainst? Not really. There is some condescending towards Action! and Guns, Guns, Guns on the first page of the introduction. Dana is knowledgable enough about his subject and presents his information so well, that he may be forgiven this bit of cockiness.

    Big Bang intends to continue presenting firearms of the world on a periodic basis. If Dana is taking requests, I'd request a volume on historical guns of America (from pre-Revolution through the Wild West) and one on Famous Fictional Firearms. This will depend on whether Dana knows those as well as the 20th (and now, 21st) century arms he has covered so far.



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