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    Invasion
    Publisher: Arion Games
    by Jennifer C. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 05/21/2020 12:53:25

    I’m really impressed with the Game and it will be hitting the table right after the current Game finishes a) Characters – all characters are members of the IATF (International Alien Task Force) and are usually soldiers. They are created using the normal SWADE rules. Certain Hindrances (‘Wanted’ for example) have little value and so are excluded. Everyone gets the core skills at d4 AND Fighting and Shooting. There are some new skills, but not usually available to characters at the start. All characters get a starting package of gear (Kevlar armour, combat knife, assault rifle etc. This can be customised so the team gunbunny can have a light machine gun.) It is also advised that each PC has two characters due to the potential lethality of the missions! The team will also get to define their IATF base. This has starting elements (hangar, command centre, research lab etc.) but then may be expanded by taking Edges bought with points gained by capturing alien technology. b) It is suggested that a standard campaign consists of 20 missions, starting at Novice and proceeding up to finish at Legendary. There is scope for non-standard side missions. Note: Only non-Wounded soldiers may take part in a Mission and soldiers do not fully heal automatically between Missions. One reason to have 2+ characters each! PC’s advance after each Mission, but only if they took part. A Strike Team consists of six soldiers, if there are not enough PC’s then they may ‘double-up’ or take Extras. Mission Generator: Similar to other SWADE Mission Generators, but concentrates in a lot of detail. It uses the card draw system. Okay – let’s give it a go! This is my first Mission, which makes it Novice level in terms of the opposition. Card 1: Ace. This makes it a Terror Mission, the aliens plan to spread as much terror and panic as possible; whilst killing and/ or abducting as many humans as possible. There are five humans at risk; the Strike team must save at least three of them or the mission is a failure.

    Card 2: The Terror site is a suburban area of South America. The abandoned 2016 Olympic facilities of Rio de Janeiro spring to mind.

    Opposition: The Terror site is the toughest Mission and there is likely to be quite a lot of Aliens. 5 card daws on the Novice Table gives: - 2 Robosnakes 5 Probes 2 Writhers 7 Grey Alien soldiers 5 Knids (insect-like creatures)

    Ok, this is a tough Mission as a start; but would certainly start things off with a bang!

    My first thoughts are to place the aliens in the disused indoor swimming venue where they have set up a laboratory. They are kidnapping local residents to experiment on and the Knids and Writhers are roaming wild, killing and eating anything they come across.

    I would start the PC’s in media res, they have infiltrated the venue where there are five hostages that they have to rescue. Me being me, I would have the PC’s believe that they were just Special Forces going up against terrorists and only as the Game progressed would I reveal the aliens.

    All of this was done as I wrote this; it hasn’t been tweaked to make it fit. In fact, I like it so much that it will probably be my opening Mission.

    Here is also an example in the book of a Season Mission, generated like the one I just did.

    c) All of the aliens and creatures are described and fully statted for SWADE. There is also a player’s page for each type, to be read AFTER they have met the alien. This contains some info from soldiers, scientists and civilians about the alien; it may not be 100% accurate!

    d) The book finished with useful weapons charts, a character sheet, a Base sheet and an index.

    There are no off-time rules or anything like that, SWADE handles these quite well anyway and as the authormentions at the start, this Game is emphasises the struggle and the battle – if you like, it is X-COM.

    Highly recommended and I can’t wait to get it on the table.



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    Mindjammer - Hearts & Minds Adventure
    Publisher: Modiphius
    by Brass J. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 04/30/2015 17:53:50

    This is what Mindjammer needed – a well-thought out and designed adventure. Sarah has taken the adventure outline out of the CR and expanded it into a full adventure in four parts; plus giving a lot more detail to the world of Olkennedy. Throughout the text are references back to the CR; when read in conjunction this gives a good insight into adventure design and how to run the adventure. The adventure itself is in four Episodes; each Episode is in a sandbox format; following the initial Hook each section of the Episode is presented with several options for the PC’s to follow. Basically, a civil war is brewing on Olkennedy; the PC’s can take sides or try and remain neutral (unlikely). Also; there are several sub-plots which they can get involved in. One thing is obvious – Sarah does not think small. This is not a series of minor encounters like “Go and steal an item off an important person”. Instead, the actions and events are on a planetary scale; with PC’s making decisions and taking actions that can affect entire cultures and economies. Space opera on a grand scale; but all cross-referenced within itself and to the CR to make it easy for the GM. I am writing a set of adventures for Mindjammer; having read “Hearts and Minds” I am revising some of my basic concepts. This has set the bar very high indeed and I expect that subsequent adventures will raise the bar even higher.



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    The Dread Shard
    Publisher: GRAmel
    by Brass J. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 03/14/2014 18:38:58

    The latest adventure for Beasts and Barbarians, written by Marek Golonka. The adventure describes a setting (the city of Dalaxium in the Iron Empire), and opens with an overview of the city. There is a lot jammed into 16 pages, with several interesting NPC’s and potential encounters described (the section on Games is interesting and easily usable elsewhere in the Empire.) There is a section on rumours (some false, some true). Again, a lot has been put in just a few pages. All NPC stats have been grouped at the back of the book, making them easy to findThe main adventure is similar to a lot of TV shows, it starts off with a situation but this rapidly evolves into something else. There are stats for using Tattered Banners if you have that supplement.The plot is scripted but there is no sense of railroading; in one or two instances it may be better for the PC’s to let something happen so they can get a grasp on what’s going on. However, if they wait too long, then they may find that the chain of events is now unstoppable. I am looking forward to running this with my group. Highly recommended.



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    Death of the Tyrant
    Publisher: GRAmel
    by Brass J. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 08/09/2013 17:40:06

    When reading Robert E Howard, I was always impressed by the way he could cram more into 30 or so pages where many authors need a whole novel (reference Shadows over Zamboula). Well, in this adventure, Umberto Pignatelli has pulled off the same trick. On a read through, from the word go I was hooked. The scenario is deep and intriguing, but never so that the GM has to keep track of dozens of pieces of information. Also, where other published adventures would be ending, this is just the beginning of this one - I was amazed at how it ends. I cannot recommend this product highly enough - five stars does not do it justice.



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    Beasts of the Dominions
    Publisher: GRAmel
    by Brass J. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 08/02/2013 17:46:22

    At first glance you may think “only ten new monsters? Not much of a bestiary.” But you’d be wrong. Included in this volume are not just monsters, but several NPC’s who are perfect for long-running villains, plus a new cult – Disciples of the Black Temple. All are fully written up and each has a detailed scenario attached. These are exceptionally well-written, one of them, Tukomal’s Jaghza / Hosts actually caused a shiver of (fear, loathing?) when I read it. They capture the gritty, raw feel of the 1930’s pulps perfectly.



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