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Double or Nothing
Publisher: Newstand Press
by Chad S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/09/2019 14:34:19

Double or Nothing does a great job of capturing the vibe of Dirty Pair while taking that concept and showing how it can be expanded into other genres. It distills it down to the "buddy cop" action story combined with a romantic comedy/sitcom romp and finds ways to emulate both of those styles through quick, easy to grasp, and downright DIRTY mechanics.

First off is the way it plays out the friendly "competitions" these sorts of pairings naturally get into. You literally keep track of who is scoring more "points" with the characters' current crush or who's clobbered the most bad guys. It codifies the sort of thing players would normally do if they get into this sort of scenario.

The same goes for the flirting mechanic. It depends on the sorts of peeps you play with, but this sort of interaction comes about naturally in the groups I've gamed with over the years, so seeing something that gives a mechanical bonus to a thing that already exists is pretty cool. It shows that the people who made this game get the way certain groups interact and find ways to work that into their design.

Keeping tabs of the collateral damage caused by both sides of the conflict, and judging "success" on whether the players can cause less damage than the bad guys is a pretty clever take too. Going by this I'm sure the Dirty Pair themselves rarely actually WON an episode, and I'm sure plenty of PCs will be recreating that outcome.

Haven't had a chance to actually play this yet, but reading it over tells me it's definitely gonna be something that'll click with my gaming peeps if I ever have the chance to run something with just two other players. Rad stuff.



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Double or Nothing
Publisher: Newstand Press
by Jonathan B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/07/2019 22:45:55

Worth the price, given the potential for fun and how clean the presentation is.

This is a great small-group game, drinking optional. The rules are presented in a fully conversational manner, but the examples given are clear enough to follow if the normal presentation isn't one's thing. As for the game itself, it fully realizes the genre it's aping, while providing enough of a framework to expand a bit past that. There aren't a great many mechanics, but each one is spot on and easily provide the framework for the best kind of cooperative storytelling. If your idea of great RP sessions isn't shuffling minatures and rolling dice in a grand multi-hour wargame with the occassional trip to the bar to speak with NPCs, Double or Nothing is for you. Even if you aren't a weeb from the 90's.

It's great for a fun time with a few friends (especially friends the GM is currently shipping) or for a laugh at a con. Despite the premise, theres more than enough room in the game for both one-shots and campaigns, or even a legacy game where one Flirty Pair retires and another arises from the ashes and rubble. I'd suggest anybody grab a copy and give it a go.



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