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    Lightspeed
    Publisher: Avalon Game Company
    by Geoffrey W. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 04/22/2019 20:06:28

    Two stars. There was potential here. Lots of people like it because it's a mash of star wars and star trek, along with a MESS of other sci fi properties with the numbers filed off. I wanted to like it for the same reasons, but I can't.

    Ultimately it's too slim on information for anything OTHER than the Federation, and even in that regard it really only tells you details about how the StarForce and AstroPol operate. The Empire, the Old Earth Empires... the core book basically disregards them. Even the Criminal sections don't mention much other than AstroPol. It's really disappointing. Hell, there isn't even detailed information on the history of anything other than Human expansion in the galaxy. Each alien species has its own little blurb in its own little section, and other than those blurbs they're barely mentioned in the text of the setting chapter.

    I know that there are other source books, but for even the most basic information about the structure of these other portions of the galaxy to be nearly completely absent from the core game? It's egregious. I haven't even gotten to the system information yet. I'll read it eventually, maybe the Fuzion system itself is worth the purchase of this book... otherwise, however, I can't recommend this. If someone goes through it, trims some fat and then gives all the Galactic civilizations equal treatment, then we'll talk.

    PS: Why are the Ranger starships (Peacekeepers) given a write-up twice? You get very detailed information in the AstroPol Ranger section and then a full ship writeup in the back with the rest of the ships. Things like this are what I'm talking about. The layout isn't very good on top of a heavy bias toward one group.



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    Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes (Free Edition)
    Publisher: Sine Nomine Publishing
    by Geoffrey W. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 06/28/2016 21:19:09

    Now look, I don't tend to particularly enjoy OSR games. I got into RPGs in the early 2000s and the vagaries of older editions of D&D don't hold much nostalgia for me. That said, I love the hell out of this game. In fact, Godbound might very well be my very favorite RPG product at the moment.

    The system is pretty simple, like OSR tends to be, but it avoids all the parts of OSR that annoy me. There are no pointless limits on character power based on arbitrary things (like Race in old D&D), THAC0 isn't a thing, and every little thing doesn't have its own tiny system.

    Instead what you've got is a slick interface, a somewhat non-standard Damage/HitDie mechanic that gives the game a vaguely cinematic feel once you grok it (read the combat section thoroughly, it's different), and just the overall FEEL of being... powerful.

    Godbound wield the Words of Creation, little-big packets of divinity that give them access to powers that make you feel legimitately like a deity, kicking over nations or founding them, stomping horros from beyond, you name it.

    The deluxe version is totally worth it too. The extra rules give you gudielines for expanding the scope of your game and even make it easy to translate in some of the feel of... other popular god-games that've been making the rounds of late.

    I backed the Kickstarter for Godbound and I totally don't regret it. Kevin Crawford (Sine Nomine) is probably my favorite RPG producer at the moment. You should at least check out this free version of the game, it's super fun. And once you fall in love with that, toss him some cash and get yourself a proper book, why not? You won't regret it. This game is my new happy place.



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    Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes (Deluxe Edition)
    Publisher: Sine Nomine Publishing
    by Geoffrey W. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 06/28/2016 21:16:53

    Now look, I don't tend to particularly enjoy OSR games. I got into RPGs in the early 2000s and the vagaries of older editions of D&D don't hold much nostalgia for me. That said, I love the hell out of this game. In fact, Godbound might very well be my very favorite RPG product at the moment.

    The system is pretty simple, like OSR tends to be, but it avoids all the parts of OSR that annoy me. There are no pointless limits on character power based on arbitrary things (like Race in old D&D), THAC0 isn't a thing, and every little thing doesn't have its own tiny system.

    Instead what you've got is a slick interface, a somewhat non-standard Damage/HitDie mechanic that gives the game a vaguely cinematic feel once you grok it (read the combat section thoroughly, it's different), and just the overall FEEL of being... powerful.

    Godbound wield the Words of Creation, little-big packets of divinity that give them access to powers that make you feel legimitately like a deity, kicking over nations or founding them, stomping horros from beyond, you name it.

    The deluxe version is totally worth it too. The extra rules give you gudielines for expanding the scope of your game and even make it easy to translate in some of the feel of... other popular god-games that've been making the rounds of late.

    I backed the Kickstarter for Godbound and I totally don't regret it. Kevin Crawford (Sine Nomine) is probably my favorite RPG producer at the moment. You should at least check out the free version of the game, it's super fun. And once you fall in love with that, toss him some cash and get yourself a proper book, why not? You won't regret it. This game is my new happy place.



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